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rosebud2001

Member since 24 Aug 2008
Travelodge Hotels Ltd
Manchester | Hotels & Inns
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Good Basic Hotel in Manchester
On a recent trip to Manchester I stayed at the Travelodge in Great Ancoats Street.

The hotel is situated on a main road, about 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens and the main shopping and commercial area of Manchester. It is also a short 10 minute walk from Piccadilly Station.

We stayed in a family room which provided us with a sofa bed and a double bed. The sofa bed was fine but the mattress on the double bed was far too soft. We informed reception of this and the mattress was replaced within a couple of hours.

The rooms are clean and large and have an LCD TV and private bathroom which was clean. Our rooms were made up every day pretty early on too.

There isn't a lot to do in the immediate environs of the hotel but a short walk will take you to bars, restaurants and shops and public transport to explore the city more.

I would recommend this hotel if you are on a budget and planning on staying in Manchester for a few days.
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TGI Friday's Edinburgh
Edinburgh | American Restaurants
4
Good Food, but busy
TGI Fridays is an American themed restaurant chain.

I have visited the Edinburgh branch on numerous occasions over the years for lunch and dinner and highly recommend it.

The menu is predictable - burgers, steaks, pasta and chicken - but it never disappoints. Service is usually very good with waiting staff making an effort to go that extra mile to ensure you have a good experience.

It's also very family friendly with a good childrens' menu so all the family can have a good time.

There is an extensive cocktail list and I highly recommend you try at least one - they are wonderful.

The only problem is it can sometimes get very busy so be prepared for possibly having to wait for your table when you arrive.
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Good Drinks, Poor Food
The Cramond Inn is situated in the "village" of Cramond in Edinburgh.

The pub itself is very old and the decor is traditional.

There is also a beer garden which gets a lot of use on sunny days as you look out over the Firth of Forth.

The pub only sells Samuel Smith beers and soft drinks however - and as I usually drive when I go there I do find their Diet Coke somewhat trying.

The food is a disappointment. We visited for Sunday lunch and paid £9.99 for some really tough roast beef, which we had to wait 40 minutes for. Needless to say we haven't eaten there again.

The pub is very family friendly however - children are welcome during the day and the pub has a great "locals" feel to it.

Recommended for a drink, but give the food a miss.
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Robertsons 37 Bar
Edinburgh | Pubs
4
Friendly Pub
Robertsons 37 Bar is a traditional pub on Rose Street in Edinburgh.

The pub itself is small with a long bar but I have always found the decor warm and comforting and the service friendly and efficient.

The pub is mainly a drinking establishment but there are bar snacks on offer including pies and rolls.

There is rugby memorabilia on the walls and a cosy "lounge" area to the rear of the pub. I have always found the clientele to be very friendly in this pub and had many a fun visit to it.
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Carriers Quarters
Edinburgh | Pubs
4
Cosy Pub
The Carriers Quarters is a little pub in the Shore area of Leith in Edinburgh.

It actually comprises 2 areas...the bar area at the front and a "lounge" area at the back.

I prefer the bar area at the front - although both areas feel snug and cosy and have a nice ambience.

The service is usually good with friendly staff and drinks are reasonably priced.

Prior to the smoking ban I did find this pub hard going due to the fact it was so small but it is much more pleasant to visit now.

If you are in Leith on a cold evening and need to warm up, I highly recommend you visit the Carriers Quarters for a wee dram!
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Port O' Leith Bar
Edinburgh | Pubs
4
All Human Life is Here
The Port O'Leith is a traditional pub in the Shore area of Leith.

It is very small but always very busy - especially at weekends.

The prices are very reasonable, which I am sure helps increase the crowds, but the atmosphere is also incredible.

I love to visit this pub and people watch - you get people from all walks of life come into the Port O'Leith and all seem to happily enjoy mixing with people they ordinarily wouldn't spend the time of day with whilst having a drink and singing along to the songs playing on the jukebox.

The service is also outstanding - the pub is run by a formidable landlady called Mary and she runs a very tight ship.

I love this pub for a few hours to drink in the atmosphere and enjoy the ride. Recommended.
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Great Little Pub
The Melville is a small pub tucked away in William Street in Edinburgh's West End.

The pub offers food but I have never tried it as I tend to eat out in pubs with my daughter and sadly the Melville doesn't allow children in.

It can get very busy in here in the evenings but the service is usually very good - Betty, the landlady runs a very tight ship and one of the reasons I loved this place when I first went in and kept going back was the way she kept every unused table spotless for the next customer.

The pub has a quiz night on Thursdays and has karaoke on Saturdays every 4 weeks or so. The karaoke is great fun and lots of people take part.

The pub also has an extensive jukebox which adds to the fun filled ambience of the place.

A highly recommended pub.
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Traditional Pub
I love the Malt Shovel pub on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh - but for the fact its so expensive!

Everything else is great - its always busy, but not packed, and has a great vibe with a mixed clientele.

The atmosphere is friendly and warm and the pub decor itself is equally friendly and warm - it is a good, old fashioned traditional pub.

However you pay for this at the till - having visited many pubs in Edinburgh over the years I struggle to think of one more expensive than the Malt Shovel - only the trendy bars on George Street would beat it in the price stakes!

I love the place so much I frequently swallow my pride and pay the prices however - it truly is a gem of a pub.
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For Beatles Fans
The Spiders Web is a pub near Haymarket Station in Edinburgh.

What strikes you when you enter is the decor - the entire pub is a shrine to the Fab Four with Beatles memorabilia everywhere and also their music playing on the jukebox.

The pub is pretty good value for money but the service can vary from friendly and helpful to surly and borderline rude.

I really enjoy looking at the memorabilia in this pub - there are some real gems to be found on the walls of this pub and its worth a visit for that alone.
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New York Steam Packet
Edinburgh | American Restaurants
4
Small but perfectly formed
The New York Steam Packet is a tiny restaurant off Rose Street in Edinburgh which is accessed via a steep spiral staircase.

Booking is essential and there are generally a couple of "sittings" per evening.

The menu is small but not limited - we opted for the burgers and were not disappointed with our meal from the set menu.

The restaurant isn't licensed but you are encouraged to bring your own bottle.

This is a lovely little place which I consider to be a "hidden gem" in Edinburgh.
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