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Hard to believe this place will be no more, I will be totally lost as enjoyed submitting reviews over the year. Does anyone know of any other sites similar? Im on facebook for those still wanting to stay buddies.

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Tai Pan, Uxbridge 18/11/2017

Production line food with no taste and miserable staff

Tai Pan, Uxbridge ~~~~~~ ADDRESS DETAILS ~~~~~~ Capital Court, No. 30, Windsor St, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1AB Open 7 days a week: Lunch 12:00 noon - 3:00pm Dinner 5:30pm - 11:00pm Last Entrance: 45mins before closing time All major credit cards accepted as well as cash paymrent. Tel: 01895 553 283 / 284 ~~~~~~ WHAT IS IT ~~~~~~~~ The tai pan is a buffet style restaurant serving Chinese cuisine at a fixed price eat and as much as you like. There are four of these restaurants situated in the Middlesex area. They provide a distinctive menu which includes selected dishes from regions of China and Hong Kong with the odd portion of fries for a taste of English cuisine. Relatively new, this used to be the site of Mahjacks a DIY store until they closed down and was turned into Capital Court offices with Tai Pan next door. ~~~~~ WHERE IS IT AND WHERE TO PARK ~~~~~~ Situated in Capital Court which is slap bang in the middle of a very busy roundabout in central Uxbridge, Middlesex. I kid you not, its a total nightmare to get access to, no one built a restaurant in the middle of Hanger Lane so why do it in Uxbridge. Ok its not as bad a as Hanger lane but you need you eyes in the back of your head exiting off here and of course when you leave you are joining three lanes but there are traffic lights coming out so give you a chance. Parking is very very restricted and spaces tight and limited. As its Uxbridge and close to London parking is a nightmare. The only alternative is to ...

Seadogz 30/10/2017

Never had my hands on such a big sat nav

Seadogz ^^^^^REASON FOR BOOKING ^^^^^^^ What do you get the man who has everything ( in moderation) and no more room in the house for any more gadgets? Well as it happened a 2 hour cruise around Portsmouth in a boat worth more than my house. I was looking through Groupon and came across this deal so decided why not. So in July this year when it was my partners birthday, we spent the afternoon on an amazing boat with a glass of bubbly each and making happy memories. I had bought the cruise package not the rib charter which is fast and furious and you will get wet. My partner cannot swim and I was concerned he would panic and not enjoy the experience of the rib charter. The rib charter is crazy and you must use a life jacket regardless of your ability to swim. . I would of loved this but it was his birthday treat and I knew the cruise would be perfect for his posing shots. The cruise is more sedate and you literally walk around the boat and even take control of the wheel. ^^^^^ WHO ARE SEA DOGZ ^^^^^ Operating from Ocean Village Marina Southampton, Seadogz offers an experience that is unique and like nothing else I have experienced in Hampshire. Appears to be no set office, they operate via their mobiles and transit vans based at the marina but on the website it states registered office as : Company Number: 8050195 Registered Business Address: Unit 8 Kiln Workshops, Pilcot Road, Crookham Village, Hampshire GU51 5RY ^^^^ ARE THEY LEGIT?^^^^ Absolutely .... each team ...

Grovely Pets 01/10/2017

Doggy Drive In Wash

Grovely Pets CONTACT DETAILS : Basingstoke Road Alton GU34 4BH TEL: 01420 549697 Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.30, Sunday 10.00 - 16.00 ***** What is it? ***** This a new concept from America and there are only a few in the UK . Basically its a do it yourself dog wash, a bit like a pooch launderette. ***** Who owns it? **** Grovely pets are originally a home-based business based in the New Forest. They serve the local communities in the South with a free home delivery service within a 25 mile radius of SO40 postcode. Now they have recently opened their first Grovely Pet Country Store, at Hillside Nurseries, Alton specializing in locally produced nutritious pet food and promoting British manufacturers. Not just pet food supplies but also a selection of rabbits and guinea pigs to purchase at the rear of the shop. ***** Is this easy to get to? ******* Personally you couldn't ask for a more perfect location. Set in the the beautiful Alton countryside, the pet shop and dog wash are situated off the main road and in the grounds of Hillside Cafe (Departure Lounge). They host car boot sales here and various other events, a local attraction and very well signposted. Parking is free and literally right outside. ****** So how does this dog wash work? **** I found it by pure chance online and as my husky was in need of bath in between her normal dog groomers appointment at clip and dip, I decided to give it a go. No appointment needed , just turn up in shop ...

Moustakallis Tavern, Polis 15/09/2017

Good food and great hospitality Polis style.

Moustakallis Tavern, Polis ^^^^^^^ Moustakallis Tavern, Polis ^^^^^^^ 9is Iouliou 10 Polis, Paphos, Cyprus Phone: 26 322883 E-mail: info@moustakallis.com Opening Hours • Monday 10:00am-11:00pm • Tuesday 10:00am-11:00pm • Wednesday 10:00am-11:00pm • Thursday 10:00am-11:00pm • Friday 10:00am-11:00pm • Saturday and Sunday ^^^^^^WHAT IS THIS PLACE? ^^^^^^ In my opinion and my family too, this is one of the best restaurants in Cyprus which also happens to be the first original and traditional Cypriot Restaurant-Taverna in Polis. We were welcomed with a handshake and it felt like we were returning to an old friend's house. The business is owned and run by three generations of the family, Papa Moustakallis “ The Man with the Large Moustache, his son Andreas who showed us to our table and also sporting a similar however not so large piece of nose hair as Papa. Then it’s Grandson Kyriakos who my daughter was looking at with fluttering eyes….. Then I was too but will call it quits there. He was rather handsome. ^^^^^^HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS THIS RESTAURANT? ^^^^^^ Purely by chance on our first night there, after a long day travelling we just took pot luck on finding somewhere to eat. This place was situated in a secluded area of Polis surrounded by hills and off the beaten track. The outside was decorated in typical Greek style and all in the open air. On a warm evening this looked ideal to sit down and chill on our first night there. ^^^^^ PARKING ^^^^^^^^^^^ There is a large dirt track type ...

Limone Villa, Cyprus 22/08/2017

Aphrodite wouldn't stay here but Zeuss might

Limone Villa, Cyprus Limone Villas Links : https://www.olympicholidays.com/destinations/cyprus/polis-and-latchi/limone-villas https://www.facebook.com/limonevillas/ Address: Makariou III Avenue, 120 8873 Argaka Polis Cyprus We have just returned from a holiday in Cyprus. Last time we were there was 9 years ago. Quite a reunion as I have a close friend there and very emotional to meet her again and spend time with her family. I chose this villa by chance as its close by to Lucy plus the all-inclusive option was going to cost a fortune for all of us. I liked the convenience we had a car thrown in too at no extra charge. I booked this originally in January and used teletext holidays, I won’t be using them again but that’s a different review before I go off the beaten track. The villa looked lovely online and the price was reasonable so I called teletext (call centre in India) and booked it. The villa for five came to just under £3000 including flights, APH parking cost a further £90 and the food on top £600. Teletext told us that Wi-Fi was there and air con was included which we later found out there wasn’t, they lied, not a good start. ^^^^^^ GETTING THERE ^^^^^^^ The flight was the first one out from Gatwick and departure time was 6.30 am, so we left Hampshire at 2.30 am to give us plenty of time for check in and drop the car at APH parking. Small Planet Airlines was pretty good to be fair, just no frills as its economy and a little cramped but the staff were friendly and the plane was ...

Clip and Dip, Sherfield on Loddon 30/07/2017

Your pooch is in safe hands

Clip and Dip, Sherfield on Loddon <<<<<<<<<< CLIP AND DIP DOG GROOMING SERVICES >>>>>>>>>>> ADDRESS DETAILS: Sherfield Garden Centre Wildmoor Lane Sherfield on Loddon Basingstoke. RG27 0HL 📞 07401 048 238 email: Debbie.robey@outlook.com <<<<<< WHERE TO PARK AND EASY TO FIND>>>>>>>>> Parking couldn’t be easier, literally pull into Wyvales Garden Centre through the double gates and drive in, you will see Clip and Dip almost in front right by goats. The car park is massive, it’s free and more often than not you can park outside the cabin. When I say Goats I am not teasing you. This garden centre has grounds that are very beautiful, a huge elephant water feature and pond is next to Debbie’s dog grooming as are the friendly pygmy goats that come to the fence and say hello. Chickens and turkeys are also free to roam behind the enclosure. Disabled parking is there but nearer to Wyvales entrance. Also here is a hand car wash (bit expensive compared to others) and a water garden feature outlet. You will need a car to get here, public transport links are on the very busy main road which takes you to Reading but they are few and far between buses along this road. <<<<<<<<<<<< HOW TO BOOK >>>>>>>>>>> Go online to http://www.clipanddip.co.uk/ and on the homepage there is a booking system, similar to a calendar. Select a day and time convenient to you, Sundays are closed. You will get a text confirmation of your appointment and a text reminder the day before. Payment is by credit card, debit card or ...

Day's, Bournemouth 17/07/2017

Oh My Days .........

Day's, Bournemouth Days Buffet Restaurant ADDRESS: UNIT 3 St Peters Quarter Bournemouth BH1 2AD TEL: 01202 318 888 http://daysrestaurant.com/index.html# There are three of restaurants, one in Poole, the other Bournemouth and Brighton. It was the Bournemouth one we visited recently and therefore the review is based on my experience there. ***** WHY CHOOSE THIS RESTAURANT?****** A random off the cuff moment and driving to Sandbanks to be exact, it was lunchtime and we were starting to feel hungry. The only place I know in Bournemouth to eat is on the pier but it was heaving due to the good weather and everyone out. I googled buffet restaurants on my iPhone and though this wasn’t the first choice, The Food Factory came up first , we decided to try somewhere new and the lunchtime prices were pretty reasonable. The sat nav got us there quite easily and just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach and pier. ***** PARKING***** It’s Bournemouth and if anyone knows the area then it’s a total nightmare for parking, even NCP parking is full and prices here are a total rip off. Days is situated just off the town but none the less still in a busy high street. There is no parking outside that’s permit bays only and double yellow lines. Drive a little further up from Lloyd s bar and up the hill is some parking slots at £2 an hour. Meter pay only and if you can eat quickly an hour should cover it. ***** FIRST IMPRESSIONS ****** Very oriental in design and very dark from the outside. Easy access ...

Camp Hopson (Department Stores) 22/05/2017

Miss Brahms and Mrs Slockem were all thats missing

Camp Hopson (Department Stores) ^^^^ WHAT IS IT? ^^^^ A large and unique department store just outside of London and based solely in Newbury, Berkshire offering everything from clothes, perfume to home furnishings which is in the other store situated a stone’s throw away. ^^^^^HOW IT ALL BEGAN ^^^^^ Camp Hopson was founded in 1921 with the merge of two companies; a furniture business owned by Joseph Hopson and Camp’s Drapery Bazaar owned by Alfred Camp. Joseph Hopson set up his furniture business in 1854 following the purchase of a building in West Street, Newbury. Alfred Camp opened Camp’s Drapery Bazaar in Northbrook Street in 1886. Joseph’s grandson son, Paul, married Alfred Camp’s daughter, Norah, in 1920. The following year the two businesses merged to form Camp Hopson, taking over the site in Northbrook Street where the store still stands today. In 1998, Camp Hopson’s Furniture Centre was opened, offering furniture, beds, carpets and soft furnishings from an award-winning building located across the car park behind the Department Store. In 2004 the Department Store underwent a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, with air-conditioning and a more contemporary retail environment on three floor levels. Morley’s Stores group acquired Camp Hopson in November 2014. CAMP Hopson reopened its doors for a relaunch event after a £3m redevelopment in Sept 2016. With over 90 years in Newbury, this store is a focal point to The Parkway and town center. ^^^^^WHATS IT LIKE INSIDE?^^^^ I never ...

Harvester The Stag and Hounds, Basingstoke 24/04/2017

The Stag and Hounds

Harvester The Stag and Hounds, Basingstoke WHERE IS IT THE STAG AND HOUNDS Winchester Road Basingstoke Hampshire UK RG22 6HN Tel: 01256 359983 <<<< WHAT IS A HARVESTER RESTAURANT? >>>>>> In case you haven’t heard of them or visited one, Harvester Restaurants is a family friendly farmhouse-style restaurant chain now owned currently by Mitchells and Butlers. With outlets all over the United Kingdom it is expanding into most areas of England. The chain specializes in flame grilled food, spit-roasted chicken and help yourself salad carts and bread rolls. <<<<< HOW TO BOOK A TABLE. >>>>> Depending on what time of day you are hoping to go, you might not need to pre-book. As you go in via the main doors (which have since been replaced by new modern ones), right in front is a small reception desk. Just wait here to be served and if there is a table you will be ushered to it quite quickly via the greeter. However we weren’t so fortunate, It was a Saturday lunch time and at 12 .15 becoming quite busy. We were told the wait was about 10 minutes which wasn’t too bad, so we gave our name over and in return received a bleeper which we took to the bar. One new change here is that if you order a soft drink at the bar you can now have the limitless option where you can refill as much as you like when you finally get to your table. Previously a bar drink didn’t count and you would end up buying a coke and then having to purchase further at the table. That has now stopped and much appreciated especially if the children are ...

Riad Le Plein Sud, Marrakech 30/03/2017

Riad Le Plein Sud

Riad Le Plein Sud, Marrakech RIAD PLEIN SUD 56 Derb Derdouba Arets Ihiri, Bab Doukala, Marrakech, 40030, Morocco, 020 3684 4822 No direct website Last month my other half took me to Morocco for my birthday, we stayed in Marrakech. This was a first time experience for us in Marrakesh though I was in Moroco before. The flight was just 4 hours from Gatwick Airport. The break was for 5 days and 4 nights and was booked via Teletext Holidays who have a direct website. *** WHAT IS A RIAD? *** Staying in a riad in the old medina of Marrakech is a unique experience, but as we found out later, it is not for everyone. The name ‘riad’ means garden but it is given to guest houses built round a central courtyard and usually in the heart of where the locals live. Nothing like a hotel and no plush amenities such as a pool even though some state there is one. The pool here is more like a fishless pond and the Riad is dark inside, it actually feels like you’re entering a cave dwelling. They are generally owned by individuals, sometimes the owner is the manager and sometimes there is a manager who can be a local. A word of advice - many riads do not accept credit cards. Often a riad is booked on a website, only a small deposit is paid - some or all of the balance must be paid on arrival. This may have to be cash, and may require a trip to the ATM. Also, being forced to pay the bulk of your accommodation costs in cash may cause cash flow issues, especially on arrival. One solution is to take enough ...

Bistrot Romain, Marrakech 13/03/2017

Bistrot Romain, Marrakech

Bistrot Romain, Marrakech Bistro Romaine Le Bistro RomainPlace , Immeuble 87, Magasin C11, Gueliz, 40000 – Marrakech http://www.bistrot-romain.com/ ***WHY DID YOU GO THERE? *** Situated just outside one of the two main shopping plazas in Morocco, we found this restaurant /bistro offering a buffet lunch for £9 ( 89 dm’s). If you have visited Morocco especially MARRAKECH, you will be familiar with the hygiene standards in most restaurants and they are incredibly bad. It was our last day there and I sick and tired of MARRAKECH and the smell, the filth and being followed by creepy locals. We decided to get a taxi and take us to one of the nicest shopping plaza’s I have ever seen and best of all the area was safe, clean and very westernised. Just outside the mall was this restaurant and it looked clean and tidy, no flies over the food and seating outside to watch the world go by, so we opted for this for lunch. *** OPENING HOURS *** From 9 am till 1 am. If you want to use the restaurant service then you need to pre book a table online or by calling them. They only speak Arabic or French so good luck . The menu is in French only. ***HOW TO PAY*** The currency here is Dirham but its a closed currency which means you can only bring limited in from outside Morocco . Credit cards especially AMX are accepted as are Euro's. Watch your credit card total though as every single place we visited all tried to rip us off including here. ***HOW TO GET SEATED*** No queuing system here just hang ...

Consol, Basingstoke 04/02/2017

Tanning and Anti Ageing Treatments all under one roof

Consol, Basingstoke CONSOL - Basingstoke Salon ***** WHAT IS IT? ***** Consol's unique self-service tanning concept originated in Denmark over 20 years ago and came to the UK in 1996. Over the past 15 years CONSOL has expanded rapidly and now operates 42 studios throughout the UK including Swindon, Basingstoke, Reading and one of the newest in Newbury Parkway. CONSOL is primarily a sun bed centre but slowly over the years other appliances were added to the stores. Not all shops have the same treatments, for example Basingstoke has a collagen bed, Winchester has the Aqua Massage and Newbury the stand-up tanning booth with a vibro plate to tone and tan you at the same time and Bristol have vibro slim machines. CONSOL is a walk in sun centre with private cabins that house the state of the art ergoline sunbeds. Both men and women use the salon and the cabins are totally private with locking doors. *****WEBSITE ***** http://www.consol.eu/ also on facebook where they advertise the deals *****WHERE IS IT?***** 6 Winton Square Basingstoke Hampshire RG21 8EW Situated in the town centre of Basingstoke, just on the outskirts of the main shops. Very easy to get to either by car, on foot or public transport. There are two main car parks which are payable by the hour (after 6pm it’s a £1 all night). One car park is right behind the store just off the main road and the other, Sarum Hill is almost opposite, much bigger and both on the same level, not multi storey. The studio is on the corner of ...

The Star Inn, Newbury 30/01/2017

The Star Inn

The Star Inn, Newbury The Star Inn Newbury Road Kingsclere RG20 4SY I drive pass this pub on a regular basis so decided to arrange to have a meal there and a catch up with some friends. I noticed from the car park it’s always busy so that’s a good recommendation surely. Not wishing to take a chance on a table I pre-booked two days prior online. *** HOW TO BOOK *** Online is the easiest option via http://www.vintageinn.co.uk. A very simple form with just a few details needed and you are booked in. It’s just as easy to cancel. They send you confirmation of your booking and a link is there to cancel or amend your table. They claim “If there's no online availability, don't worry. We do keep tables free for walk-in guests, so if the date and time you want can't be booked online, please call us to check “. Today was heaving and I saw no spare tables what so ever so I wouldn’t take that as gospel. For nine people or more dining then you need to call direct on 01635 296241. **** PARKING ***** There is a free car park that runs round the back of the pub. A sharp turning off the A39 and you are into the pub grounds. The car park isn’t massive and spaces are tight. Disabled bays are situated adjacent to the entrance. **** A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY ***** The Star Inn belongs to a chain known as Vintage Inns; these in turn are owned by Mitchell and Butlers. Mitchells & Butlers Brewery was formed when Henry Mitchell's Crown Brewery [1] (founded in 1866) merged with William Butler's Brewery in ...

All Things Fish, Bournemouth 30/12/2016

ALL THINGS FISH

All Things Fish, Bournemouth *************** ****All Things Fish************* ***WHAT IS IT?*** A beachfront fish and chip eatery inside a wooden beach hut in the heart of Mudeford Quay, Dorset. *****WHERE TO FIND THEM ***** Avon Beach Mudeford Christchurch Dorset B H23 4AN ****OPENING TIMES**** Tel: 01425 272162 They are open every day in the summer season and school holidays and at weekends all year round (weather permitting). Even if they are closed the same items can be bought from the Noisy Lobster restaurant right next door to take-away. ****PARKING**** To access All Things Fish you can either walk along the promenade from the top end of Mudeford or drive your car into the smaller and busier carpark which is situated right on the beach. In peak season this car park is crazy and you will struggle to get in. This was Boxing Day and the weather was good and we still had to wait. Like all things on this stretch of Christchurch, it too is expensive to leave your car. It used to be patrolled by two retired gents who took your money and ushered you into a spot. Now their hut is gone and so have they unfortunately. Now it’s a ticket machine and payable by the hour, no change given either. Disabled slots are available but you are not exempt from paying. *****WHY CHOOSE ALL THINGS FISH AND NOT THE NOISY LOBSTER?**** The food quality is equally as good as its cooked by the same team, both work for each other but the Noisy Lobster is packed to full most days and you have to be prepared to ...

New York Cafe, Budapest 14/12/2016

New York Cafe Budapest

New York Cafe, Budapest ******** New York Café ******* Budapest 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11 In October this year, my partner planned a surprise trip for me to go to Budapest, Hungary. We had four days there in which we covered most of the attractions, one of them being an afternoon tea at the elegant New York Café. My other half researched the café prior to us leaving and the website and reviews were outstanding, so we had to go and find out for ourselves. ****** WHERE IS IT SITUATED? ******* It is part of a hotel, built in 1827 and situated in the Jewish corner of Budapest. It literally is in the town centre though we did walk past it a few times. The Big Red Bus (tourist bus) drops you off a few streets away and it’s about 10 minutes’ walk. If you’re driving parking is a nightmare but taxis will drop you outside. The cab’s aren’t as cheap as using the tourist bus and without going into another review, big red bus for a one off ticket price does take you around to all the main attractions, literally you hop on and hop off. The outside is connected to a top class hotel complete with concierge for those that require such help but it has a different entrance. We asked a taxi driver the way in and like most of the people we met in Hungary, not the most helpful. We eventually realised that the smaller public entrance is next door to the hotel foyer. ***** FIRST THOUGHTS ******* You have to wait to be seated and upon entering the reception lobby, we were lucky that it wasn’t ...
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