Escape Magazine Autumn Issue 2020

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Escape Exclusively devoted to our guests and teams

Dream River Cruises All aboard for an epic European adventure

Autumn Issue 2020

Porsche Perfection

The new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition


Food Glorious Food Award-winning restaurants & delicious recipes

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11 Exclusive Offers

10 ‘We Go Above and Beyond’

12 Duke’s Head Hotel, Norfolk 16 The Mill Hotel, Suffolk 22 The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa, Surrey


07 Style & Living

Indulge in some luxury retail therapy

24 The George Hotel, Essex

18 ‘Our Wedding was Awe-Inspiring!’

30 Kingscliff Hotel, Essex 38 Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Hertfordshire

How we helped one couple’s dream wedding come true

45 Hotel Gift Voucher

26 A Magnificent Palace of Two Halves

46 Thatcher’s Hotel, Surrey

Visit our selection of super local attractions

48 Many Rivers to Cross

54 St Nicholas Hotel, Essex 56 Dragonfly Hotels

Take a European river cruise and discover a world of wonder

62 Back to the Future

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition


MD Ray Dowsett on what makes Surya Hotels unique

36 The Perfect Match

Why Weddings & Events Co-ordinator Rebecca Williamson loves her job

37 A Truly Magical Experience Transporting children to a fantasy wonderland FOOD & DRINK

33 ‘My Desert Island Must-Have’

Head Chef Simon Gomez on the essential ingredients for success

34 Chef ’s Corner

Check out these mouth-watering recipes

60 Fryatt Hotel & Bar, Essex

40 An Authentic Leader

65 Tom Peppers, Essex

42 Go with the Grain

66 Bricklayers, Essex

Work up an appetite for Surya Foods Celebrate National Rice Week this autumn


PUBLISHING PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Clara Deeks MANAGING DIRECTOR Allistair Hunter OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Tracy Norton-Mead CONTACT Escape Magazine DS Media, 7 Faraday Close, Oakwood Industrial Estate, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO15 4TR

Advertising Enquiries: 01255 221322 Editorial Enquiries: Escape Magazine is published by DS Media on behalf of Surya Hotels. DS Media is part of The DS Group. The contents of this magazine must not be reproduced without permission. Escape Magazine is available FREE for guests and staff at all Surya Hotels. / 03

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Escape Exclusively devoted to our guests and teams

Dream River Cruises All aboard for an epic European adventure

Autumn Issue 2020

Porsche Perfection

The new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition


Food Glorious Food Award-winning restaurants & delicious recipes

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A big warm welcome to the Autumn issue of Escape magazine – we hope you enjoy our first ever edition! As you know, things have been a little strange this year and we could all do with a little ‘escape’ now and again, which is why Surya Hotels and DS Media have teamed up to present you with our brand-new magazine – filled with dreamy getaways, lifestyle inspiration, hotel news and much more. At Surya Hotels, all our services are back open and operating as normal as we can. Looking ahead, we are excited to offer some great packages so you can enjoy a much-needed getaway and catch up with your loved ones over the Christmas period; take a look at our website for some fantastic, exclusive offers! In this issue, we turn the spotlight on our hotels, teams and services, go on a river cruise adventure around Europe, and discover the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition – it’s simply stunning. Check out our local attraction highlights to make the most of your stay with us, our fashion and shopping pages for some retail therapy, and our delicious recipes to try out when you’re back home.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy your Escape… Ray Dowsett, Managing Director, Surya Hotels / 05

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Stay Safe & Cosy this Autumn with Hatfields!

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re you looking to transform your home? Then, look no further than Hatfields. Whether you wish to completely refurbish a room in your home, or simply add one key item, Hatfields buyers ensure there is something to suit every home with both classic and contemporary styles. Lucille Bedroom.

If you’ve not already visited the store, you’ll find home décor inspiration throughout our beautifully designed showrooms spanning 2 floors, adorned with a vast choice of must have home furnishings. Once in-store you can expect to find sofas, armchairs, recliners and corner groups in both soft cover and leather upholstery. Our collections of dining sets, cabinets, occasional tables and bedroom furniture won’t leave you disappointed either! Plus, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of beds and mattresses, so much so, that we even have our own exclusive range of handmade beds named ‘Backchoice’. You will also find that Hatfields display the largest selection of rugs in Colchester, together with a huge range of carpets and smooth and real wood flooring.

Discover a great selection of STOCK Garden furniture in-store. Available for immediate collection, whilst stocks last! If that wasn’t enough choice already, discover the perfect finishing touches for your home with a wide selection of mirrors, pictures, lighting and ornaments. For those who love to find a bargain, we have many clearance items around our store, which can also be seen on our website, including top brands.

Houston Corner Sofa.

There’s no need to worry about the car, with ample FREE parking on site. Hatfields is open 7 days a week. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales advisors are always on hand to welcome visitors through our doors. Gallery ‘Street Graph’ Rug.

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Nordic Folk Wool-Silk Scarf, Lasett England, £160

Add the perfect finishing touch to your autumn outfit with this gorgeous scarf, forming part of a collection of luxury, hand-designed and finished scarves and pocket squares by Melanie Laslett. Comprised of 70 per cent wool and 30 per cent silk, this 90 x 90cm square scarf features hand-fringed edges.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, £175


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Olverum Bath Oil Travel Set, £25

Leather Pencil Skirt, Distinctively Me, £285

Whether you use it to relieve stress, revive aching muscles and joints, rebalance dry skin or simply to luxuriate in a blissful, aromatic ‘me time’ moment, an Olverum bath provides a sense of wellbeing and renewal. This handy travel set provides enough oil for nine soothing baths.

Offering a choice of more than 70 different colours and shown in Plumb, this nappa leather pencil skirt from London womenswear brand Distinctively Me is made to fit you perfectly. A classic style that can be dressed up or down, the butter-soft leather makes it a piece you’ll want to wear all season.

Swarovski Optik NL Pure Binoculars, from £2,370 These new Swarovski Optik NL Pure binoculars promise an experience of unprecedented intensity, making users feel at one with the scenery they are viewing. The perfect pairing of an expansive field of view – the largest ever at up to 70° - with barely perceptible edges and groundbreaking design create a new dimension of wildlife watching. Available in three models: 8x42, 10x42, and 12x42 magnification.

Le Serpent is an ethical, gold vermeil choker that sits elegantly on the neck to create a bold statement. Rooted in earth, strong abstract shapes are inspired by the distinctive, bold postmodernist architecture and cubist symbolism observed in Lomé on the Gulf of Guinea.

Le Serpent Choker, Mamater, £120

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NIO Cocktails Share Box of 6, £39 Fancy an outdoor cocktail on your staycation? Just remember to take some glasses, an ice bucket and NIO (Needs Ice Only) sachets. The cocktails are sealed in a mini flat box which can be safely delivered straight through your letterbox and is totally recyclable. The ingredients are chosen from only the most premium of spirits, and the boxes (in 3, 6 and 9 cocktail options) are easily transportable in picnic bags.

The No. 29 Automatic – Black & Brown, Camden Watch Company, £375 This striking watch face features numbers and a surrounding frame that take their cue from the front plate found on Victorian traction engines. The machined pattern in the centre of the dial is inspired by the detailing found on steam engines of the period, while the crown engraving is based on a section of bridge that spans Regent’s Canal in Camden. A classic time piece with a thoroughly modern design.

Boxing gloves, Timothy Oulton, £215 For a knockout gift for the ultimate sports fan, these hand-stitched boxing gloves in weathered leather from designer Timothy Oulton’s sporting nostalgia collection are bound to hit the mark, whatever the special occasion.

Valiano Circolo Grande Earrings, Sif Jakobs Jewellery, £149 Enjoy a special evening out wearing these gorgeous earrings in 18ct gold plate with multicoloured zirconia. A modern take on the hoop, they add a rainbow of sparkle to even the most monochrome of outfits. / 09

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“We go above and beyond” Ray Dowsett, Managing Director of Surya Hotels, talks about what makes our venues so different and how we are the perfect choice for a great staycation.

It’s been an incredibly tough time for the hotel and hospitality industry since lockdown in March. How has it been for Surya Hotels? The lockdown has affected everyone in the hospitality industry; luckily for Surya Hotels, we managed to act quickly to reduce the impact it has caused. We were able to keep most of our hotels open, with reduced services, to support key workers who needed accommodation to fulfil their work. Now we are back open almost as normal - the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme was a big help to build up reservations again. What measures have been introduced to keep guests and staff safe? All our staff have been given PPE and guidelines to help keep themselves and their guests safe during this difficult time. We have also introduced additional cleaning routines and adjusting staff schedules to help promote social distancing. We have added several sanitising stations in our communal areas and even launched a mobile ordering app for all our restaurants. With advice changing almost daily, we set up a dedicated space on our website. How would you describe the essence of Surya Hotels in three words? Stay. Explore. Discover.

Which special values are needed to become part of your hotel network? We expect all our hotel teams to offer true hospitality that goes above and beyond to make your visit special; a service that only a family-run business can provide. How is a Surya Hotel venue different to others? We focus on outstanding guest experiences at an affordable price so everyone can feel like royalty when they stay with us. Each property offers something unique, whether it’s a relaxing countryside getaway at The Mill Hotel, Sudbury, a spa retreat at The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa, Farnham, or a sunny weekend at the beach at The Kingscliff in Holland-on-Sea. Do you have a typical guest? What do you think they are looking for in a stay? With the great variety of hotels we have, each hotel has their own niche and typical guests. Our Dragonfly Hotels offer many amenities that suit business workers during the week while hotels like the Duke’s Head Hotel are more suited to leisure stays. We are lucky enough to have a hotel to suit everyone!

What special offers can guests look forward to this autumn and winter? With more and more people taking their holiday in the UK this year, we have crafted some fantastic offers which are already active on our website, including free nights with selected packages, which can save you over £170 on your staycation. Top tip – our hotel prices are always better when you buy from us directly, either through our website or by phone. 2020 has become the year of the staycation – do you see that continuing long-term? Despite recent restrictions, we have seen a big influx of leisure stays for the next few months. We feel many people will continue to book their holidays within the UK even when ‘normality’ returns as there are some fantastic offers available with much more flexibility compared with international travel. You currently have 15 niche locations across East Anglia and Surrey for guests to choose from – do you plan to add more in the near future? We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow our portfolio of properties and regularly visit possible locations. All we can say for now watch this space!

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Don’t miss our exclusive offers! Stay, Park & Fly from Stansted Flying from Stansted? Take advantage of our Stay, Park & Fly package and save a huge amount on your airport parking while starting your trip early with a relaxing overnight stay at Great Hallingbury Manor. This great package, from only £120, includes: • Overnight stay the night before your flight • 4, 8, 10 or 15 days’ parking at our hotel car park • Taxi ride to your departure terminal • Taxi collection from your arrival terminal back to the hotel

Great Hallingbury Manor offers: On-site bar & restaurant / Room service 24-hour reception / Private room hire Bedrooms all en-suite / AA 4-star rating

Close to Stansted Airport, Great Hallingbury is a traditional, Tudor-style manor with a contemporary interior. Set in the beautiful countryside location on the Essex and Hertfordshire border, our hotel is ideally placed just minutes from the airport and a short drive from the bustling market town of Bishop’s Stortford.

For further information call 01279 506475 or email

Super Staycation It’s time to explore new frontiers with an extended staycation at one of our spectacular hotels with up to £178 discount when you book with us direct.

Book 3 consecutive nights for the price of 2 Book 5 consecutive nights for the price of 3 Book 7 consecutive nights for the price of 5

This great offer includes breakfast each morning, free Wi-Fi and parking.

Call our central reservation team on 01553 774 996 or book online Terms and conditions apply - please see our website for details

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Make Christmas and New Year extra special with our tailored events – keep an eye out online for our yuletide offers. / 11

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Fit for Royalty


Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

here can be few more imposing hotels in the east of England than the Duke’s Head Hotel.

Its striking powder-blue façade, a study in Georgian elegance, is as much a part of King’s Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place as the stalls that have traded here for generations. It’s the quintessential market town hotel – a handsome hostelry with history at every turn, restored and restyled for the discerning 21st century traveller. Stay here and you’ll join quite a guest list. Political icons, princesses, the ‘who’s who’ of King’s Lynn’s past – the Duke’s Head has played host to them all. Today, period charm meets contemporary chic; spacious rooms envelop you in comfort, and the very best local produce is served in an acclaimed restaurant and buzzing bar.

Food & Drink

Artisan coffee, inventive cocktails, fine wines and fabulous, flavourful food – the Duke’s Head is a dining destination for every occasion that

never misses an opportunity to showcase Norfolk’s best. Massey & Co is a former bank turned lively bar and lounge, while Turner’s puts the art into à la carte, with a contemporary twist on traditional British fare.


Its experience, spanning hundreds of years, takes the stress out of planning a wedding. That, and knowing the setting will be a beautifully dressed space in a legendary venue, with exquisite food for you and your guests. Whether a lavish affair for up to 160 or an intimate gathering for 60, you can trust the seasoned team to tailor-make a day you’ll treasure.

Meetings & Conferences

The Duke’s Head is just one of those places people love to meet. The go-to rendezvous for gatherings of every kind, it’s equally good for business meetings – and with flexible function spaces for up to 200, it’s also a popular conference venue. Whatever your corporate event, expect exceptional service and state-of-the-art technology in a truly unique setting.

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Fit for Royalty Providing centuries of perfect hospitality, no matter what…


ith a 300-year-old tradition of great hospitality, the Duke’s Head is no stranger to pulling out all the stops – even in challenging times. The venue stayed open throughout lockdown, thanks to its 22-strong, dedicated team, who served almost 3,900 room nights for key workers supporting the local area. As it is for all our hotel teams, nothing is ever too much. A tourist attraction in its own right, the Duke’s Head is pivotal to the history of King’s Lynn. Its restaurant, Turner’s, is named after the local MP who built the hotel in 1683, and offers a more formal environment than the hotel’s popular cocktail bar, Massey & Co.

Dukes Head Hotel 5-6 Tuesday Market Place King’s Lynn Norfolk PE30 1JS There are several other lounges and separate dining areas throughout the hotel, so whatever the occasion, there’s one that’s perfect for you.

01553 774 996

And with a new, talented and locally renowned Head Chef, Stuart Deuchars, at the helm, you’re in for a treat. Stuart oversees a new single menu for all of the hotel’s dining areas, offering a simply delicious array of modern European-style dishes with a touch of the exotic.

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A work of Art The Mill Hotel, Sudbury, Suffolk

It’s a picture-perfect scene. Swans glide past a whitewashed mill, nestled on the riverbank by an ancient bridge, framed by weeping willows. Lush green water meadows stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to The Mill Hotel, a beautifully converted watermill in the Constable country town of Sudbury, Suffolk. History and modernity meet here, with soothing, contemporary interiors complementing the mill’s original features, among them the waterwheel itself – an atmospheric centrepiece in the restaurant and relaxing bar. Within minutes of the hotel, picturesque villages dot some of England’s loveliest countryside in scenes made famous by romantic artist John Constable. Isn’t it time you put yourself in the picture? Food & Drink Savour The Mill’s mouth-watering food and you’ll see why it’s the place to be. Locally sourced produce contributes to a best of British menu, surpassed only by the beauty of the surroundings,

while the original waterwheel in the restaurant emanates rustic charm. The terrace’s heated canopy invites al fresco dining even on chillier evenings. Meetings & Conferences Mix business with pleasure in an environment made for clear thinking. The hotel’s versatile function rooms are fitted out with state-of-theart screening technology and available for events of every kind. From private dinners to breakout plenaries or receptions in the refined Gainsborough Suite, the experienced events team will take the strain while you take the credit.

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The Mill Hotel Walnut Tree Lane Sudbury Suffolk CO10 1BD 01787 375544

THE PURR-FECT GHOST TALE! Did you know that East Anglia has strong links with witchcraft and cats hidden in old homes and historic buildings? The Mill Hotel in Sudbury has its very own mummified moggy, which is encased in glass in the main reception area. The cat was first buried to bring good luck to the original mill and protect it from all harm by witches, warlocks and fire. It was found in the timber framed part of the building, constructed nearly 300 years ago, during its conversion in 1971. The feline was removed but returned four years later after a series of misfortunes – and there have been no problems since. / 17

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‘Our wedding was awe-inspiring! ’ As our venues prepare for 2021 bookings, we look back at the wedding of Mike and Gemma Tandy who tied the knot at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Photography Nick Collison

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hen Mike and Gemma first contemplated the type of wedding venue they wanted, there were three big boxes to tick. It needed to be a venue where they could spend their entire day under one roof, where guests could book rooms for the duration of their stay, and one that was big enough to cater for more than 200 evening guests. As soon as the couple completed their initial tour of the Duke’s Head Hotel, they realised they had found their dream venue – one that not only met their main requirements but offered even more. “We wanted the whole day to be under one roof, from the wedding prep in the morning to the ceremony to the wedding breakfast, and lastly the evening reception,” recalls Gemma. “Not only were we offered The Nelson Room where we could hold the ceremony, we then had the Walpole Ballroom purely for the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. “Mike’s family and our friends were mainly travelling from Birmingham, so we wanted a venue where our guests could book rooms for the duration of their stay.” Gemma’s parents were allocated a threebedroom apartment on the top floor of the hotel, where their daughter could stay, and which also provided ample space for the morning wedding prep. From the outset to the big day itself to the morning after, the Duke’s Head Hotel didn’t disappoint – in fact, it exceeded all expectations. “The Duke’s Head went above and beyond from the very first meeting; nothing was ever too much trouble for them - from the menu tasting, the wine tasting, sorting out the accommodation for all our guests, helping our vendors the day before and on the day setting up,” says Gemma. / 19

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“They allowed us to bring in our own lighting which transformed the ballroom into a magnificent space and was just spectacular. They also decorated the ballroom and throughout the hotel during the Christmas period in our colour scheme [rose gold]. “Adding the use of the decorations and the Christmas trees for us on the big day made for some really special photos and just added that little something special. The food over the time we were there for the wedding was just exquisite. “The morning after the wedding, rather than using the main restaurant…the staff re-laid our wedding tables and breakfast would be served in the ballroom just for our guests so that we could all be together. “This, to us, was above the call of what was required for them to do and we will be forever grateful. We have formed a beautiful friendship with all those involved with the Duke’s Head, and we look forward to many more visits.” The couple have one word for their wedding - awe-inspiring. “It was difficult to pick just one word, but if you look up awe-inspiring in a thesaurus, the words used sum everything up perfectly about how we felt about our wedding day; amazing, wonderful, majestic and breathtaking!” For your 2021 wedding and onwards, browse our beautiful venues at To book a tour of the Duke’s Head Hotel, call 01553 774 996 or visit

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Countryside Gem The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa, Farnham, Surrey


ot far from London, there’s a swathe of English countryside that’s unexpectedly beautiful – a ‘green and pleasant land’ of rolling hills and verdant valleys. High on a wooded ridge, The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa’s distinctive façade has been a welcome sight for travellers on this road for generations. Resplendent in red brick, with refined good looks, it’s an imposing sight. Step inside and the accent is on classic comfort, from the stylish restaurant and bar to the spacious, light-filled bedrooms. Meanwhile, a high-spec spa and pool invite relaxation or invigoration in The Hog’s Back Leisure Club gym. The location could hardly be better. Historic Guildford and the Surrey Hills are on your doorstep, and some of the UK’s leading attractions are a short hop by car, from Legoland and Royal Windsor to the thrills of Thorpe Park. Food & Drink Bristling with local producers and suppliers, this part of southern England provides many of the ingredients for the seasonal dishes you’ll enjoy at The Hog’s Back, so only the freshest and finest reach its tables. Weddings With acres of space, exquisite food, sweeping views and a romantic gazebo for al fresco ceremonies, The Hog’s Back is among the most sought-after wedding venues in Surrey. Meetings & Private Dining Escape the capital for your next event and discover the difference space, natural light, inspiring views and effortless logistics can make – not to mention ease of access from the M25 and M3.

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The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa Seale, Farnham Surrey GU10 1EX 01252 782345

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A true original The George Hotel, Colchester, Essex


handsome hostelry with 500 years of history, few hotels have as many stories to tell as this one.

The latest chapter is a £10 million makeover including conversion of St Nicholas Hotel opposite. When it reopens in early 2021, The George Hotel will offer all the latest mod-cons and comfort to complement its historic prowess. The additional brand-new suites, Stable, Courtyard, George, Claudius and Boudicca, will offer super king beds, while the restaurant is being extended with new, comfortable lounge areas. With its dignified facade a distinctive feature of Colchester’s characterful high street, The George is an authentic coaching inn with a storied history interweaved with the town’s own. Preserved in its medieval cellars, the ashes left by Queen Boudicca’s rampage that burned Roman Colchester to the ground take you right back to AD60, while upstairs, today’s travellers are treated to every contemporary comfort.

Quietly stylish rooms, an atmospheric Lounge Bar and an intimate Courtyard Brasserie complete the allure of the oldest hotel in town, for centuries a historic landmark at the heart of the oldest town in England. Food & Drink Showcasing the best of British produce, dining at The George is a taste of local culture. Leading conference and banqueting facilities are underpinned by the imaginative, categorically English menu at the Courtyard Brasserie, and the cosy, rustic tranquillity of the Lounge Bar. Meetings & Conferences Before anyone takes to the stage, allow The George’s historic ambience and effortless efficiency to do the talking. A characterful venue for events of every kind, the flexible function rooms are a popular rendezvous for delegates and private diners alike. With spaces for up to 70, enjoy the latest in conferencing technology and a team of events professionals with an unrelenting attention to detail. The George is currently closed for refurbishment with reservations taken instead at St Nicholas Hotel.

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O A Magnificent Surrey

Palace of Two Halves Make the most of your hotel stay in Surrey and take a walk back in time in the footsteps of royalty.

ne of the most famous buildings in Britain, Hampton Court Palace was the centre of court and political life for more than 200 years.

Originally built by Cardinal Wolsey, the opulent Tudor palace soon caught the attention of Henry VIII, who transformed the building into a vast pleasure palace, boasting a bowling alley, tennis court and more. A palace of two halves, King William III and his wife Mary II commissioned the celebrated architect, Sir Christopher Wren, to build a new baroque palace for them, creating a suite of spectacular King’s and Queen’s state spartments set around an elegant fountain court. However, following George III’s accession to the throne in 1760, Hampton Court ceased to serve as the home of the reigning monarch. The palace was then divided into a series of ‘grace-and-favour’ apartments – granted by the monarch to those who had rendered service to their country.

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Hampton Court Palace was first opened to the public by Queen Victoria in 1838, and immediately became a popular tourist destination. Almost two centuries later, the palace remains a place of fascination and intrigue for visitors from all over the world. The gardens of Hampton Court Palace comprise 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland. One of the newest attractions is the Tudor-inspired Magic Garden, opened in 2016 by the Duchess of Cambridge. Along with its world-class art collection, Hampton Court Palace is also home to the Great Vine, which is the largest grape vine in the world, the Royal Tennis Court dating back to the reign of King Charles I, and the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze where 350,000 people get lost every year.


Simply enchanting

The Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail offer a stunning retreat for garden lovers, naturalists, artists and photographers - or those who simply want a restful break. What could be nicer than to stroll through a beautiful garden, explore the nature trail, perhaps spot a kingfisher and enjoy some delicious home-made cakes? Located in West Norfolk near to Swaffham, Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail offer a beautiful setting comprising: garden • Six-acre natural trout stream • AFour ponds • Waterways • Thirteen bridges • Eight-acre nature trail • Kingfisher hide • Tearoom & plant sales •


In 1970, at the age of 70, retired farmer Billy Knights began designing and creating the water gardens.

info Opening hours Monday-Friday: 10:00-16:30 (last time slot 15.30) Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 (last time slot 15:30) Last admission: 16:00 Gardens close: 18:00 Admission To palace and garden tickets (excl donation): Adults - £24.50; Children - £12.20; Members – free. The Magic Garden is open, but the Maze remains closed until further notice. Pre-booking is essential for all non-members, and for members wishing to visit palace interiors. Hampton Court Palace East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

graze. Billy’s son jokingly suggested he should have a water garden, which prompted him to draw out plans (on the back of a piece of wallpaper) and it wasn’t long before he had machines digging out the ponds and waterways. He worked on his garden with love and enthusiasm until he died aged 93. For more than 20 years, the gardens had been open to the public. In 2002, as a tribute to her parents, Coral Hoyos began restoring the site, which had fallen into disrepair after being closed for five years. The gardens reopened a year later with a new car park, refurbished tea-room and gallery, a disabled toilet and an eight-acre nature trail. There has since been the addition of a bird hide, bamboo grove, scented arbour, a rustic roundhouse and plant sales.

The site was a damp meadow which became too wet for cattle to


Opening hours Daily: 10:30-17:00 (or dusk if sooner, last entry 16:00) Tearoom with take-away service: 11:00-16:00 (if weather fair). Admission Adults – £7; Seniors – £6.50; Children (0-16) – free Users of electric wheelchair or buggy – £3.50 (user/ pusher charged as one) Toilets available and dogs on leads with wellbehaved owners welcome! No booking required. Gooderstone Water Gardens The Street, Gooderstone, King’s Lynn Norfolk PE33 9BP 01366 328007 / 27

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ZOO Essex

Down at the

Colchester Zoo is home to 220 species set in 60 acres of Essex parkland and lakes! As you navigate your way around Colchester Zoo, you’ll visit many different habitats, from the humid home of the Komodo Dragons to its very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

The zoo also has many fantastic undercover areas, so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days. Stop by the Orangutan Forest and see if you can hang for as long as

these wonderful creatures and feed the rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary, Australian Rainbows.

Plus, you can also walk through areas such as Worlds Apart, the perfect place to warm up on a chilly day! Colchester Zoo also offers a range of delicious food options so there is no need to worry about a picnic.

And there are loads of gifts and treats in The Outpost Gift Shop, so you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your day.


Opening hours & admission Times and prices vary according to season. All tickets for Colchester Zoo must be pre-booked online in advance. Health and safety measures are currently in place. Colchester Zoo Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL For further information, see

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Coastal hideaway


Kingscliff Hotel, Holland-on-Sea, Essex

here the meadows and creeks of the Tendring Peninsula meet the sea, a hidden corner of Essex awaits – barely an hour from London, but a million miles away. At its heart, the Kingscliff Hotel – a contemporary coastal hideaway loved by locals and cherished by travellers, who come for simple seaside pleasures where England’s climate is at its kindest. Just to the south lies Clacton-on-Sea – a playground for good, old-fashioned family fun. To the north, Frinton, an elegant seaside resort known for its brightly coloured weather-boarded beach huts and family-friendly shores.

sea views, the restaurant at the Kingscliff makes the most of its coastal credentials. Menus created by awardwinning chefs feature lip-smacking seafood and the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Cosy up at the bar when it’s chilly outside or bask on the landscaped terrace when the sun shines. Weddings Imagine saying “I do!” with the beach as a backdrop, the beauty of gardens all around you and birdsong as the background score. Add the friendly smiles of a trusted team – dedicated to making your day everything you dreamed it would be – and your ‘happily-ever-after’ couldn’t begin on a better note.

Right on the prom, resplendent in powder blue, the Kingscliff is just the spot for taking in the sea air, tucking into the freshest of seafood, and simply stepping back to watch the world go by. A place to escape, a place to celebrate and, above all, a place to feel at home. Food & Drink Bathed in natural light, with sweeping

Meeting & Conferences Perhaps it’s the sea air, or perhaps the state-of-the-art facilities. Doubtless, it’s a little bit of both. The Kingscliff ’s meetings make for clearer thinking and inspired ideas – all in the luxury of perfect efficiency. Bright, airy meeting spaces let the light in, cutting-edge tech makes everything effortless, and delicious, nutritious food keeps delegates engaged.

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‘Dried apricots are my desert island must-have ingredient!’ Kingscliff Hotel Head Chef, Simon Gomez, talks about his love of cooking and how working in kitchens in five countries has given his skills extra zest.

What are your earliest memories of cooking? My family background is very food orientated; my uncle is an executive chef in Mumbai and my dad was also a chef for his whole career. I remember cooking with them when I was younger. When did you first realise you wanted to become a chef? When I was 19 years old - my family pushed me to get into it as it would be a good life for me. I took a course in food at college and have been cooking ever since. How would you describe your cooking style? Oriental and unique - I make amazing curry dishes. What inspires you in the kitchen? I like a new challenge, new dishes and a busy environment. I also enjoy leading a team.

Who is your culinary hero? Gordon Ramsay Which one ingredient would you take to a desert island? Dried apricots - I can make these into numerous dishes! Which starter, main course and dessert is your favourite? Starter – chargrilled prawns with chilli, lime and coriander; main – T-bone steak with crispy fresh salad and pink peppercorn sauce; dessert – sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream. What would be your ultimate menu showstopper? An assiette of pork (pork tenderloin, black pudding, pork cheeks, pork belly, bon bon ribs) with garlic and rosemary fondant potato, spiced red cabbage, celeriac remoulade, garlic sautéed greens and madeira jus.

Which is your greatest cooking hack? The microwave – ha-ha, kidding! It would be when I cook steak; rather than marinating overnight, I make a dressing consisting of garlic, rosemary and thyme with olive oil, cook the steak and then add the dressing over the pan and the steak and let it cook with the butter to flavour the meat. What’s your recipe for being a successful chef? I am very good at organising the kitchen from the beginning with always the right amount of mise en place [prep] and have been to so many countries. I speak six different languages, have worked in five different countries…and therefore have an excellent understanding of flavours. I love spice, fresh coriander, fresh chillies, lime, lemon, zesty things - which all brings an excellent addition to a plate. Nobody in 17 years has ever complained. / 33

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Chef’s corner

Try these delicious recipes from Kingscliff Head Chef Simon Gomez – perfect for an evening hunkering down.

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Crispy sticky pork (serves 4-6)

Ingredients 500g pork tenderloin 1 red pepper 20g chopped garlic 20g chopped ginger 100g sliced white onion 100g spring onion 20ml sesame oil 150ml oyster sauce 200ml Thai sweet chilli sauce 60g fresh chopped coriander 100g pak choi 50g mange tout 80g cornflour 20g chopped red chilli 20ml rice wine vinegar 250ml vegetable stock

Method Strip the pork fillet into strips, lightly dust with salt and pepper and cornflour. Leave to rest for half an hour while making the sauce. Once the sauce is prepared, deep fry the pork in oil at 180 degrees for a few minutes so that the outside is crispy and the middle is soft. Add the pork into the prepared sauce and fry in a wok, add

Vietnamese sea bass with noodles the fresh pak choi, mangetout, coriander and spring onion. Ready to serve with steamed Laila basmati rice.

For the sauce In a hot pan, use a dash of sesame oil, add the garlic, chilli, onion and lightly brown. Add the red pepper, sweet chilli sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and bring to the boil Add the stock, bring to the boil again and add some salt for seasoning. Take off the heat and wait for the pork.

(serves 4)

Ingredients 4 x fillet of sea bass (180g) 10g chopped garlic 10g fresh ginger 20g galangal 2 x Cassia leaf 50g fresh sweet basil 20g fresh red chilli 50g fresh coriander 50g lemongrass 2 x lime zest Salt and pepper for seasoning 20ml coconut oil 5g butter 150g cooked egg noodles 200g choy sum 50g bean sprout 1 green pepper 1 lemon squeezed 100g sliced onion 80ml coconut milk 50ml corn syrup 80ml vegetable stock

Method Use a food processor to make the Vietnamese paste, using the ginger, garlic, galangal, basil, chilli, coriander, lemongrass and lime zest. In a hot pan, pour the coconut oil, sauté the sliced onion until it is a little cooked in colour,

add the paste from the food processor, add the vegetable stock, cook slowly for 10-15 minutes until the aroma comes out from the paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste and half the lemon juice. Add the coconut milk and the corn syrup, bring to the boil. Leave to simmer, then cook the sea bass. Season the sea bass lightly with salt and pepper, put the fish skin down in a hot pan and cook in hot oil for two minutes making sure the skin is going crispy. Flavour the sea bass with the remaining lemon juice and butter, cook for a further minute. Add the fresh choy sum, beam sprout and green pepper to the sauce, fold it together, then add the cooked noodles, cook for 1 minute and serve. On top of the noodles add the sea bass with the skin on top. Decorate with coriander and chargrilled lime. / 35

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The perfect match We catch up with Weddings & Events Co-ordinator Rebecca Williamson, an invaluable member of the team at the Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea, Essex.

The Kingscliff Hotel is

I’d shown interest to

improve the department

well-known in the area

my manager at the time

using my knowledge from

for its amazing food and

that I would like to progress

my apprenticeship to

atmosphere. Having worked

within the industry. I was

implement new ideas.

here for the past four years,

then offered to study a

I feel honoured that I am

Level 4 Apprenticeship

Over the next couple of

part of that.

(Hospitality Manager

years, I hope to progress into

specialising in Conference

management, learning

and Events).

new skills with the support

It is located right on the

of Hollie Brewer, my

sea front with Clacton Pier

mentor and manager.

and town centre only

Within that time, I was

one-and-a-half miles

promoted to Wedding

away. I started as a Food and

and Events Co-ordinator

Most of my time spent

Beverage Assistant working

overseeing all operations

outside of work is with

in an amazing team on the

within the department.

family and friends who have

weekends while studying my

Over the past two years, I

supported my journey over

A-Levels during the week.

have worked tirelessly to

the past four years.

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A truly magical experience

The Fairies and Elves is a photoshoot like no other, transporting children to a fantasy wonderland.


he Fairies and Elves was created six years ago by Suffolk professional photographers Steve Tarling and Paul Peek, each with more than 25 years’ experience capturing people portraits. The idea was to take their Portrait Experience studio directly to the customer, offering themed photoshoots in hotels across the South East of England, including Surya Hotels. A team of four, they offer a variety of photoshoot experiences, including The Fairies and Elves, a Christmasthemed Winter Wonderland, Unicorns and Dragons, Superheroes, Harry Potter and Vintage Kids.

The Fairies and Elves is a land-of-makebelieve experience for children, from 14 days to 14 years, with something for all ages to get fully involved. Wherever possible, children are encouraged to play in The Fairies and Elves enchanted garden, where they can meet rabbits, hedgehogs and frogs, while the team capture some beautiful, precious memories. Everything is provided to make each photoshoot as magical as possible, including a wonderful collection of costumes to make each elf and fairy feel special. From princess dresses in every colour of the rainbow to noble tunics, plus a wide range of accessories including headdresses, tiaras, wings and hats.

Parents and grandparents will enjoy every second watching their little ones enjoy this special experience with a treasure trove of unforgettable moments to hold on to for ever. Prices start from £29. Since its establishment in 2014, Portrait Experience has used its photoshoots to raise funds for the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) and has donated more than £20,000 to the charity. / 37 / 23 SURYA MAGAZINE 2020 issue 1 Team member.indd 37

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Lakeside Luxury Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Great Hallingbury, Hertfordshire

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lose to Stansted Airport, Great Hallingbury is a traditional Tudorstyle manor with a contemporary interior.

Set in a beautiful countryside location between the Hertfordshire and Essex borders, this 4-star AA awarded hotel is one of the finest hotels in the area, ideally placed just minutes from the airport and a short drive to the bustling market town of Bishop’s Stortford. Remember when flying from Stansted Airport, Great Hallingbury Manor is the perfect place to stay, and there’s a great Park and Fly package offer for you and your family to start your trip on a high! Food & Drink Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel is the proud owner of the Lakeside Restaurant and fabulous Garden Bar. The contemporary interior style, stunning views of the lake and garden and the exquisite menus will ensure your meal will be top class. Meetings & Conferences Conveniently located near the M11, A10 and Stansted Airport, Great Hallingbury Manor is a prime location for business travellers and conference meetings.

Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel Tilekiln Green Great Hallingbury Bishops Stortford CM22 7TJ 01279 506475 / 39

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An authentic leader

Our hotel brand is part of a wider group that includes Surya Foods – the UK’s leading supplier of authentic world foods into national retail.

Kingscliff Hotel Head Chef, Simon Gomez, talks about his love of cooking and how working in kitchens in fi ve countries has given his skills extra zest. Thai Dragon Earlier this year, Surya Foods launched its new Thai Dragon brand - a range of spicy and aromatic snacks and sauces inspired by traditional Thai cuisine. This year’s launches included a selection of popular Thai-style snacks, including Sweet Chilli Prawn Crackers and Thai Cracker Mix, followed by a five-strong line-up of Thai-inspired spicy sauces, including classic Thai Sriracha and, most recently, Thai Dragon Soy Sauce. The Thai Dragon range is available from selected Tesco stores.

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urya Foods is behind the Top 3 UK basmati rice brand Laila – the nation’s No.1 big bag rice brand and fastest growing dry rice brand for three years running.

A much-loved, authentic, aromatic offering, Laila is a popular choice with UK consumers. Experts in global food, Surya is the biggest supplier of international brands into national retail in the UK. Many of the world’s top brands are represented by Surya, including billiondollar Indian biscuit giant Britannia, India heritage brand MTR and iconic Pakistani brand National Foods, to name a few. Surya covers specialist cuisines spanning South Asian, Korean, Chinese, Thai, West African, Caribbean, African, South American and Polish, with Mediterranean, Turkish and Arabic products also featured in its world food line-up.

Flowery inspiration An aromatic, long-grain rice that is native to Thailand, jasmine rice is inspired by the beautiful, fragrant flower of the same name. Versatile and easy to prepare, jasmine rice is loved for its aroma and texture, but it’s also a great source of the essential trace minerals zinc and manganese which have antioxidant benefits.


The secret to cooking the perfect jasmine rice is getting the right ratio of water to rice. Authentic rice expert Laila recommends 1¾ cups of jasmine rice, washed until the water runs clear, to 2½ cups of boiled water. Laila is the rice of choice across Surya Hotels due to its brilliant quality, great flavour and genuine authenticity! / 41

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Go with the grain

From risotto to basmati, long grain to fragrant and pudding to sushi, there are so many ways to enjoy rice. So, this autumn, ‘rice up your life’ and get cooking!


f you’ve ever wondered how to make the best risotto or are looking for tips for ensuring your basmati is fluffy, or your pudding rice creamy, then The Rice Association has all the answers as well as some deliciously simple recipes too. During National Rice Week this autumn, some of the nation’s top chefs are sharing their favourite tips for cooking and enjoying rice. From simple ways to get the best from rice to tasty traditional recipes, as well as new ideas to help you ‘Rice Up Your Life’.

Not only is rice one of the most versatile foods, it’s one of few that can be enjoyed from dawn to dusk, while offering a host of nutritional benefits. All rice is low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, high in energy, and packed full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, B vitamins and potassium. According to The Rice Association, the rice industry is worth £800m to the UK economy and consumption has risen four-fold since the 1970s with 90 per cent of UK households buying it. Now that’s food for thought!

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Ching He Huang is an international, Emmy-nominated chef and cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the world.

Ching He Huang’s Special Fried Rice (Serves 2) Rice cook time: 15 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Wok time: 5 minutes

Ingredients • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and finely chopped • 1 inch of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated • 2 spring onions, washed, top, tailed, finely sliced to 0.5cm rounds • 50g diced smoked bacon lardons, • 100g small raw prawns, whole, shelled and deveined • 1 tablespoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry • 50g red peppers, diced into 0.5cm cubes • 50g frozen garden peas, defrosted, rinsed, drained • 2 organic eggs, lightly pre-scrambled in rapeseed oil • 400g steamed boiled jasmine rice, cooled, dressed with dash of toasted sesame oil • 2 tbsp low sodium light soy sauce • 1 tbsp premium oyster sauce • 1 pinch freshly ground white pepper • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

For garnish: 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced 1 spring onion, washed, top, tailed, sliced to 0.5cm rounds

Method Heat a wok over high heat until smoking, add in 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil. Tip in the beaten egg and then, using a pair of chopsticks

or spoon, stir to scramble quickly as the egg turns golden. Spoon out and set aside. Wipe out the wok, reheat it and add 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil. Very quickly add in the garlic, ginger and spring onion and swiftly stir-fry for 5 seconds until aromatic. Tip in the smoked bacon lardons, wok fry for 10 seconds, add the raw prawns and stir-fry for 1 minute until the prawns start to turn pink (if using cooked prawns, stir fry for 10 seconds). Season with a splash of Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry. Tip in the frozen green peas, add the diced red pepper and scrambled eggs, and toss to mix well. Tip in the cooked jasmine rice, stir-frying for 1 minute to combine but not to stab at the ingredients, just gently toss and scoop from underneath, turning the spatula similar to a shovelling motion. Quickly add in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, ground white pepper and toasted sesame oil and stir-fry for another minute to combine well. (When pouring, try to distribute the sauces evenly in the wok so that when you come to combine, the rice is coated as evenly possible with the sauce)

Ching’s top tip: “The trick is to wash the rice well until the water runs will give you a cleaner, less ‘cloudy’ taste to your rice once cooked.”

Transfer to a warmed plate. Serve at once with freshly sliced spring onions and chillies for a fresh bite.

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A Charming Retreat Thatcher’s Hotel, East Horsley, Surrey


hatcher’s Hotel is a fabulous Tudor-style property set in the heart of the glorious Surrey countryside.

Just under an hour away from London, lying between Guildford and Leatherhead in the quaint village of East Horsley, it offers the perfect city escape and is well positioned to explore the many local attractions in the surrounding area. There are 87 guest rooms in total, including double, twin, family and interconnecting rooms. For extra comfort and convenience, Thatcher’s also offers guests the use of free onsite parking, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Food & Drink Thatcher’s Hotel offers excellent cuisine and leading conference and banqueting facilities, catering for all types of events, occasions and dining experiences. Weddings Built in the 1930s, Thatcher’s provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding, offering traditional charm with modern facilities accommodating up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and 180 for an evening reception. Meetings & Conferences With its high-tech facilities and ample parking, Thatcher’s Hotel is a great place to do business. It boasts six meeting rooms, all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, stateof-the-art screening and IT solutions.

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From a city break to an adventure of a lifetime, a river cruise is an amazing way to experience Europe’s gems. Courtesy of ROL Cruise, we take a glimpse at the continent’s network of waterways offering a dream holiday destination.


ivers have long been the lifeblood of Europe. Once the motorways of history, they allowed people to travel from capital to capital and country to country in style – and you can do the same for pleasure on a European river cruise. Whether it’s rolling hills, bustling industrial ports, colourful villages or elegant cities, river cruises present an everchanging landscape, allowing passengers to take in a varied vista while relaxing in luxurious comfort. No two days are the same, and with the world-class service, cuisine and facilities you would expect from a five-star hotel, it’s no surprise that a river cruise is the ultimate vacation for so many.

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The Danube

One river and ten countries – the Danube is the second longest river in Europe, flowing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova. Beginning in the Black Forest of Germany and ending at the mouth of the Black Sea, this river has been a prominent transportation route for more than 2,000 years. A cruise along the Danube offers an eclectic itinerary – a mix of rural and urban sights for history, art and music lovers alike. From the Gothic churches, medieval city wall and towering imperial castle of Nuremberg to the Art Nouveau architecture of Budapest, if variety is the spice of life for you, then river cruises don’t get much better than this.

The Main

Cruising the Main River is the perfect way to experience Germany’s old and new together in one trip. As the river winds its way through Central Germany, it passes modern cities and medieval castles, little hamlets and striking architecture.

Take in the historic backdrops as you pass through the likes of Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg and Miltenberg. From the renovated Kaiserburg Castle and Germany’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site to the 18th century Residenz palace, one of the country’s most lauded Baroque buildings, this is a cruise that breathes in myriad landmarks.

The Douro

Known as one of the Dutch waterways, the Douro River is as enchanting as it is fascinating with an array of historic cities, towns and villages waiting to greet you. In the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro snakes its way throughout the sloping, green terraced hillsides of Portugal’s Douro Valley, renowned for vineyards that produce the

region’s famous fortified Port wine, blended from local grapes and aged in wooden casks. Explore the many delights of Porto, a medieval city boasting so many 16th century merchant houses, elegant bridges and baroque churches that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pinhao, famed for its train station covered in blue and white Azulejo tiles, and Vega de Terron – most well-known for its beautiful Chafariz dos Pretos fountain – are not-to-be-missed attractions.

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From the 12th century Gothic cathedral of Basel in Switzerland to the Riesling wines of Rudesheim, Germany, to the Rembrandt collections and Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam, you will be spoilt for choice. Meanwhile, Pocinho – the end point of a stunning train ride through the Douro Valley – and the picturesque riverside town of Regua should be on every savvy tourist’s list.

A typical itinerary includes France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, Arles – a painting location favoured by Vincent Van Gogh – and Avignon, home to the 14th century Palais Des Papes.

The Seine

The Rhone

The beautiful village of Tournon, boasting a 16th century castle perched on a rock, and the small city of Macon, at the heart of Burgundy’s wine region, all await the discerning traveller.

The little town of Caudebec-en-caux makes a great transit point to visit the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur, a favourite spot among French artists such as Monet and Boudin and close to the D-Day beaches of Normandy.

Another of the ‘Dutch’ waterways, the Rhône begins in the Swiss Alps and flows down to the Mediterranean. A cruise along this river takes you on a journey through the heart of wine country that offers a traditional glimpse at Provencal France, encompassing its southern charm and often accompanied by the heady scent of lavender fields.

The Rhine

In an everchanging tapestry, the Rhine River links Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. It begins at the Swiss Alps and meanders its scenic route through central and western Europe until it reaches the North Sea. A river significant for centuries gone by, a cruise along the Rhine means sighting waterfront castles and fortresses, medieval bridges and fairy tale villages, hilly vineyards and breathtaking landscapes.

Having acted as a commercial waterway for centuries, the Seine River has played an important role in France’s history.

Rouen is laden with history, as the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, while it’s also home to a stunning cathedral. Relax as your river cruise gracefully winds past vineyards and medieval houses until it reaches the UNESCOprotected riverbanks of Paris. Whether you’re dining al fresco or in a world-renowned restaurant with three Michelin stars, shopping in the opulent department stores or chic boutiques, taking in the sights while strolling along the Left Bank under the glittering stars, the city of love is a port of call that delights and surprises passengers however many times they return. / 51

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Cruise control

River cruising has so much to offer the discerning traveller and with so many itineraries to choose from, you are guaranteed to find a holiday that floats your boat.

A river cruise is for you if... You enjoy exploring multiple countries and cities

novelties of ocean

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intimate setting.

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seeking a relaxed experience alongside

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and a more toned-down experience.

remote islands, but river cruising can

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take you closer to some of the world’s lesser known sights. Get a unique view

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Contemporary Comfort St Nicholas Hotel, Colchester, Essex


olchester’s former St Nicholas House and church, currently being refurbished as part of a major £10m project, will reveal itself as a stylish 44-bedroom hotel set in the heart of the historic town. Forming part of The George Hotel, located opposite and also completely renovated, guests will be able to enjoy the benefit of both fantastic venues. Step inside St Nicholas Hotel and the accent is on modern comfort, spacious lightfilled bedrooms with all the amenities you require to make your stay enjoyable. The location could hardly be better; historic Colchester is on your doorstep. Step outside onto the high street where you can enjoy the shops, cafes, bars as well as Colchester’s famous Roman castle, a few minutes’ walk away.

Steeped in 500-year-old history, the cosy environment provides the perfect setting for lunch, drinks and a traditional afternoon tea. Food & Drink Showcasing the best of British produce, dining here is a taste of local culture. Leading conference and banqueting facilities are underpinned by the imaginative, categorically English menu at the Courtyard Brasserie, and the cosy, rustic tranquillity of the Lounge Bar. Meetings & Conferences Before anyone takes to the stage, allow the sister hotel – The George’s historic ambience and effortless efficiency – to do the talking. A characterful venue for events of every kind, the flexible function rooms are a popular rendezvous for delegates and private diners alike. With spaces for up to 70, enjoy the latest in conferencing technology and a team of events professionals with an unrelenting attention to detail.

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Dragonfly Hotels do the basics brilliantly, with a splash of panache for good measure.

n four key east of England locations, our Dragonfly Hotels deliver comfort, convenience and efficient, switched-on service, sensibly priced so you can do more with your trip, whether you’re staying for business, leisure, or a little bit of both. Relax in the remodelled restaurant and bar, Barley + Graze, or recline in the spacious confines of your room, enjoying the award-winning Hypnos beds, Freeview channels and complimentary WiFi. With free on-site parking too, you’ll find staying with Dragonfly as effortless as it is enjoyable. Perfect slumber The hotel’s take on the traditional double room is bright, soothing and subtly stylish in shades of copper and burnt orange. With king-size Hypnos beds to support your back while you sleep and adjoining ensuites, these are the ideal spaces for anyone seeking a snug stopover.

Dragonfly, Colchester, Essex Newly refurbished, Dragonfly Colchester provides a relaxing haven just outside of town, where the A12 meets the A120. Colchester’s historic centre is minutes away and escaping to the Essex countryside from here is a breeze. Castles, zoos and Constable country are all on your doorstep. 01206 230900 A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction Colchester, Essex CO7 7QY

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Dragonfly, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Newly refurbished, the Bury St Edmunds hotel is a restful retreat set just outside of town, off the A14 and A134, in close proximity to Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket, making it an ideal base from which to explore the charms of East Anglia. Bury St Edmunds’ historic centre is minutes away, and visiting the town’s award-winning restaurants, fantastic shops, annual festivals, and stunning park couldn’t be easier from here. 01284 760884 Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7DZ / 57 17

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Dragonfly, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire The Peterborough hotel provides the ideal setting for a short break or business trip and overlooks a serene lake, which is home to the city’s international rowing course. Located just off the A47 with great transport links to the local area, local attractions nearby include Peterborough Cathedral, Hamerton Zoo Park, Nene Valley Railway and Nene Park. 01733 564240 Thorpe Meadows Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE3 6GA

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Dragonfly, King’s Lynn, Norfolk Dragonfly King’s Lynn is newly refurbished and provides the ideal setting just outside of town, where the A47 meets the A10. King’s Lynn’s historic centre is minutes away, with its rich and fascinating maritime heritage, while the unspoilt North Norfolk coast beckons. 01553 771707 Beveridge Way Hardwick Narrows, King’s Lynn Norfolk PE30 4NB / 59

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Seaside Tradition Fryatt Hotel & Bar, Harwich, Essex


ocated on the North Sea coast, Fryatt Hotel & Bar is a newly refurbished traditional hotel and bar, located a stone’s throw away from the ferry terminal and beach. The name stems from Captain Charles Algernon Fryatt, British mariner and Master of the Great Eastern Steamship and local Harwich hero. Fryatt Hotel & Bar offers flexible accommodation with two cottages, set at the back of the guest house sleeping up to four guests each. There are 16 rooms with heating, a flat-screen TV and Free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have shared bathrooms and all accommodation has a simple, modern dÊcor. The pub serves a great selection of draft beers, ales, along with wines and spirits, and offers a fantastic menu with a range of classics, from beef burgers to pie and mash. There is also a pool table, dart board and TVs to keep every guest fully entertained. The A120 is a two-minute drive away and connects you to Colchester in just 35 minutes, while London is approximately 85 miles from the guest house. The hotel has a free car park to the rear with limited spaces.

Fryatt Hotel & Bar 65 Garland Road Harwich Essex CO12 4PA 01255 240770

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Porsche has unveiled the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition for lovers of nostalgia who also want all the latest bells and whistles.

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t has all the design charisma of a bygone era but with the latest technology and dream features of a futuristic utopia.

Porsche has unveiled the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, a state-ofthe-art 911 with design elements from the 1950s and early 60s and the first of four collector’s pieces of the company’s Heritage Design strategy. Historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology in a special limited edition from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the brand’s arm offering a broad palette of options to turn a special production vehicle into a bespoke showstopper. Only 992 examples of the model, which will be in dealerships from this autumn, will be built, matching the internal model series code. Selected interior elements will also be available as part of the Heritage Design package for all current 911 models. “With the Heritage Design models, we are evoking memories of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in customers and fans alike,” explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “No brand can translate these elements into the modern day as well as Porsche and, in this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our customers. We are also establishing a new product line that represents the lifestyle dimension in our product strategy with these exclusive special editions.” / 63

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To create an authentic 1950s-style look, there are five exclusive paintwork options, including an uber-rich Cherry Metallic, which combines beautifully with the gold logos. The exterior of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition features stylish livery in white showcasing a historical design. The spear-shaped graphic motorsports elements on the front wings are particularly striking, recalling the early days of Porsche’s competition history. A further highlight is the Porsche Heritage badge on the rear lid grille, harking back to the day a Porsche 356 reached the 100,000 kilometres mark. This seal of quality from the past with a modern twist will grace the rear of all four Porsche Heritage Design models. The connection between past and present is also emphasised by the 1963

WATCH OUT To celebrate the launch, Porsche Design has also created a high-quality, chronograph watch with limited availability, exclusively to buyers of the new limited-edition model. In the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Chronograph, Porsche Design has created a high-quality timepiece exclusively for owners of the new car. This mechanical watch has an elegant and clean design and, just like the car, is limited to 992 units. Similarly, the designers have drawn their inspiration for many of its details from the legendary Porsche 356 and iconic Porsche 911 Targa. For example, the design of its watch face, with its

Porsche Crest on the bonnet, steering wheel, wheel centres and vehicle key. The historical motif is also embossed on the head restraints and key pouch. The new model’s standard 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look brake callipers in a Black finish further embolden the nostalgic references. The interior also pays tribute to the past with the exclusive two-tone leather interior combining Bordeaux Red leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige or Black leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige. The use of corduroy on seats and door trims signals the return of a material used in the Porsche 356, reviving the spirit and fashion of the 50s. The classic looks of the greenilluminated rev counter and stopwatch

underline the emotive nature of the concept in the same way that the perforated roof liner in microfibre fabric and extensive Exclusive Manufaktur leather trim do. A metal badge on the trim panel of the dashboard records the individual limited-edition number. The first Heritage Design model is based on the new 992 generation 911 Targa, which has recently launched, equipped with the latest technology for chassis, assistance systems and ‘infotainment’. It is powered by a high-tech 331 kW biturbo boxer engine which, in combination with the eight-speed dualclutch transmission, accelerates the 911 Targa (with Launch Control) from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 304 km/h. From £136,643.

white second hand and Phosphorus Green rings, is inspired by the cars’ speedometer and rev counter while the hours on the watch face are inscribed in a font that is deeply characteristic of Porsche. The new strap is made of genuine Porsche interior leather and the way that ‘911’ is embossed is a further tribute. A car like no other with the watch to match, the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition fuses beautiful, flowing design with state-of-the-art technology in a way that the discerning sports car aficionado will find hard to resist.

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Sports on tap Tom Peppers, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Tom Peppers sportsthemed bar is the perfect place to watch all the sporting action. Whether you’re cheering on your favourite football team, or simply enjoying a few drinks with friends, you can catch all the latest action here. Tom Peppers 01255 423199 / 65

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A hearty welcome Bricklayers, Colchester, Essex

Bricklayers 01206 852008

The new and improved Bricklayers Arms is a traditional public house in the heart of Colchester. A family-run establishment offering guests ales and hearty food, it takes pride in every pint pulled and every dish served.

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