Yorkshire Journals

Honeymoon in Yorkshire and London

An August 2005 trip to Yorkshire by Green Dragon

Black Swan Inn Photo, England, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: This is my honeymoon, 1 week in Yorkshire (Leeds) and 1 week in London, England.

Honeymoon in Yorkshire and London

Overview

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Prologue:This trip has been planned, cancelled, and re-planned several different times. Due to various financial emergencies and poor decisions, it had been delayed almost 4 years, but we finally got to go August 2005.The planning portion, as I said, was over several years, but the first step towards actually going this time was getting airline tickets on Priceline. I managed to get tickets for my husband Jason and I from Orlando to London in August (which is high tourist season in London) for each, plus taxes, for a total of per ticket. Since the normal discounted Internet rates were around ,000, I think I got a rather good deal there. We had one change over in Charlotte, and it...Read More

Crowne Plaza Leeds

Hotel | "Crowne Plaza"

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I got this hotel on Priceline for $70. It's listed as a four-star hotel, and aspects of it were. It was clean, and had nice decor. The restaurant we went to had great food, as did room service. There was no free high-speed Internet available in the rooms, but we could use the downstairs computer to check email when we wanted (open 24 hours). The beds were large and clean, and the room was very nice. The hotel staff were very helpful, especially on recommendations for local dining. We left very pleased, especially for the price!There was absolutely no disdain shown for having a prepaid Priceline room.The only down side was it was not near a lot of things, as that is the business...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Crowne Plaza Leeds
Wellington St.
Leeds, United Kingdom LS1 4DL
+44 (870) 4009170

Copthorne Tara Hotel

Hotel | "Copthorne Tara"

Copthorne Tara Hotel Photo, England, United Kingdom
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This is a four-star hotel I reserved on Priceline for $70 a night. Absolutely it's a four-star! I had a great time there. The staff was helpful, friendly, and available. The facilities were clean, nicely decorated, and the restaurant was wonderful.When we checked-in, we were offered to upgrade to a Connesseur Room for an extra $45 a night. This was our honeymoon, so I decided to splurge. After all, a king-sized bed, good sized bathroom, AND free high-speed internet in the room was surely worth all that! We had a very nice view from our window (11th floor), and absolutely no noise from below. We were facing away from the tube, but could see it if we craned our heads near the window. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Copthorne Tara Hotel
Scarsdale Place
London, England
+44 (20) 7937-7211

Black Swan Inn

Restaurant

Black Swan Inn Photo, England, United Kingdom
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We had lunch on the way up to the Fountains Abbey, at a pub called the Black Swan Inn in Burn Bridge. It was difficult to get to (small road over a narrow bridge) but worth it! We both had our first fish-and-chips of the trip—the haddock was sweet and flaky, the portion huge, and the chips fluffy. Heaven!

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Black Swan Inn
746 East Center
Pocatello
(208) 233 3051

The Queens Arms

Hotel | "Queens Arms"

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We had dinner at a pub called the Queens Arms just outside Leeds. We each had steak-and-ale pie covered in a delicious gravy, and a mushroom/Stilton melt for an appetizer and a couple of pints (Guinness for Jason, cider for me!). It looked like it catered to a rather busy group, mostly tourists, but the food was incredibly good.

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

The Queens Arms
201 Harrogate Road
Leeds, England LS7 3PT
0113 288 8165

Fox & Grapes

Restaurant | "Fox & Grapes"

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We drove out of York in search of a pub for a late lunch. We'd about had it with the city, and were looking for something out in the country. We drove through Tadcaster, but the only place we saw that was interesting was 'Tad-kebobs', and we wanted a sit-down meal. We drove through Bramham and onto the A1 and A64, finally stopping at the Fox & Grapes. We ordered a couple of pints, and Jason had open-faced chicken pie while I tried the lamb moussaka. The lamb dish was good—sort of like a potato based lasagna with eggplant and lamb.

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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Fox & Grapes
Bramham Park
Leeds, United Kingdom LS15 4NJ
+44 (113) 393 5009

Nawab

Restaurant

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We got a recommendation from the desk clerk to try Nawab, which is an Indian restaurant several blocks down. We found it, and it was great! We had meat samosas for starters, lamb haandi and chicken jefrase. The food was delicious, but the dessert, called Fantastica, while tasty, was evidently common - we saw it in no less than four other restaurants later in our trip. It was a caramel and vanilla ice cream dish with toffee and chocolate on top.

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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Nawab
236-238 Oldham Road.
Manchester, England

Coach and Horses

Restaurant

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We were very hungry by now, as our lunch was at 11am and it was now almost 8pm. Of course, we can't find any pubs along the road since we're so hungry. We stop at one called the Snooty Fox (I loved the sign!) but discovered that they don't serve food on Monday. Argh! They did recommend a place called the Coach and Horses, which was down the road several miles. We found it and both ordered Whitby Haddock—my was that good! We also had some HUGE fried mushrooms. They must have been over 2 inches across each. The pub was decorated in hundreds of cats—not live ones, though, ceramic, brass, glass, etc. Some were even hanging from a glass tray from the ceiling!We figured we could do this with my ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Coach and Horses
71 Wakefield Rd.
Leeds, United Kingdom LS26 0SF
+44 (113) 2821021

Taste Of India

Restaurant

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We finally found a restaurant called the Taste of India, and I ordered Lamb Tikka Marsala, a typically British dish. Jason had the chicken jefrase again. His was great, but I didn't like mine that much - too much tomato for my taste. The cheese/garlic naan was great, though.

We chatted a bit with the waiter, who was 18 and ready to vacation in South Beach, Florida. We told him to wait 3 years, as he wouldn't be able to drink! He had never been to a big city, so we warned him about that as well. He's from Dacca but had been here for most of his life.

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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Taste Of India
32 Market Place
Yorkshire, England

Waggon and Horses

Restaurant

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We traveled down the M1 to Nottingham, and passed some nuclear power plants. RIGHT next to the highway, too! I've never seen them that close before. Jason wanted a more scenic drive than the M1, so we exited towards Mansfield and took the scenic route through fields and forests. We found a pub outside Nottingham for lunch, called the Ram and another right next to it called the Waggon and Horses. We had lunch there—steak and mushroom baguettes with chips and a couple of pints. While eating lunch, we chatted with two delightful ladies sitting at the next table named June and Christine. I believe they were sisters. Christine lives in Fort Myers, and we talked of some of the differences betwee...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Waggon and Horses
The Turnpike, Halam
Nottingham, England NG22 8AE
(01636) 813 109

56 Oriental

Restaurant

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We had dinner back in Leeds, at a Chinese restaurant down the street from our hotel called 56 Oriental. It was an upscale noodle bar. I tried some sweet sherry with my dinner (very good) and had Hong Kong style fried rice—lots of seafood! Jason had 56 fried noodles, and both were delicious. My dish had scallops, shrimp, chicken, duck, and veggies in a salty oyster sauce. We stopped by the little grocery store on the way back for some water and snacks.

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

56 Oriental
56 Wellington Street
Leeds, United Kingdom LS1 2EE
+44 (113) 2450380

Crowne Plaza Leeds

Restaurant

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We decided to eat at the hotel restaurant for our final stay in Leeds, and it was actually quite delicious. It was £18 for three courses. For starters I had a goat's cheese, bread, spinach leaves, and fig dish, which tasted great. Jason had Soba noodles and prawn tempura, which he said would have been better hot. Dinner was duck confit with cabbage and potato—delicious. Dessert was passion fruit-and-blueberry cheesecake. It was very decorative, but perhaps the taste was too subtle for me. I like bold flavors, and this was delicate.

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Crowne Plaza Leeds
Wellington St
Leeds, United Kingdom LS1 4DL
+44 (870) 400 9170

The Thai Place

Restaurant

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From the hotel, we considered several places for dinner, and ended up at The Thai Place just down the street from our hotel. It was ok, I suppose, but not the best I've had by a long shot. Jason had Pad Thai and I had a curried seafood dish. The curry paste was very thick, and I guess I'm used to thinner curry. There was no spice and very little flavor to mine.

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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

TAS

Hotel | "Taz"

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We found a tube going from the park, so we decided to rest our feet for a while. I convinced my husband that tonight was Anatolian night, and we should try Taz, a local restaurant chain that specialized in that cuisine. It turned out to be a great idea—that was one of our best dinners on the trip. The bread with yogurt/dill dipping sauce was a great start, and had very tender Kalamari for an appetizer. I enjoyed the flute music played in the background—it was very sad and lonely.Dinner was a lamb/tomato/pepper dish with mushroom pilaf, and was delicious. Jason had mussels, prawns, and cod with a tomato cream sauce, also very tasty. I tried some Turkish coffee (very sweet and th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

TAS
37 Farringdon Road

020 7430 9721

Gerrard's Corner

Restaurant | "Gerrard's"

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We went to Gerrard's Corner, a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and it was delicious! We ordered several dishes and shared them all. I was going to order the jellyfish, just to try something different, but the waiter recommended against it. We had duck with pancakes, prawn wraps with lettuce, a chicken dish, prawn with ginger and onions, and pork noodles. We talked about politics, travel, religion, and terrorism, as well as our favorite, science fiction :I wanted to try something unusual so I ordered Mou Tei, a very strong rice/bamboo liquor. I don't think I'll try that again—much too harsh for me! I should have listened to the waitress who recommended against it.www.GreenDrago...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Gerrard's Corner
30 Wardour Street
London, England W1D 6QW
020 7287 1878

Copthorne Tara

Restaurant

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We relaxed at the hotel, and discussed several options for dinner, but decided that it was too cold, rainy, and windy to go outside. We had lamb joints for dinner and met a very nice waitress, Ella Woods. She was Polish and urged us to go visit her home city, Krakow. She was very nice and helpful, and chatted with us a bit.

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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Copthorne Tara
Scarsdale Place Wrights Lane
London, England W8 5SR
+44 (20 7) 937 7211

Stephano's Grill

Restaurant

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We watched the sun set over the Embankment and Big Ben tower, and off to the tube for dinner at the Nordic. Jason had asked me to find Norwegian food for tonight's culinary exploration, and this was one of the few Scandinavian restaurants I could find. Poor choice! We got there, and it was just a very crowded, very noisy bar… we quickly retreated. Instead, we went to Stephano's Grill, which was a Lebanese/Italian place that worked fine. We had Lamb Shawarma and hummus, and chicken curry. We were quite hungry, and it was quite tasty. We were too full to even have a pint before bed!

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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Wagamama

Restaurant

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We went back to Wagamama, and I had the seafood udon, while Jason tried the seafood ramen, the closest thing he could find to chicken soup (he still was feeling sick). I tried elderberry soda, and it was definitely different! We had duck gyoza as an appetizer, then off to the Globe!

When I had gone for lunch, earlier in the week, I was blown away by the fried noodles, they were FABULOUS!

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Wagamama
4A Sreatham St
London, England W1H 9AB
+44 20 7323 9223

Indian Restaurant

Restaurant

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We wandered through the carnival around Covent Garden before finding the little street of Drury Lane the theatre was on, and went for a quick pre-theatre dinner at the Indian restaurant. We had a lamb dish and chicken curry, and it was ok—nothing spectacular.

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Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

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Thursday, August 11thI left work around 11am to drive to Orlando in time for our 4:30pm flight. We were planning on dropping our car at our friend Marie's house. The trip normally takes about an hour and a half, but driving through Orlando during the first week of school at 1:30 to 2pm was a bit more harrowing than I had expected. We finally made it to the terminal by 3pm, though, and checked in... in time to find out our flight was delayed by a half-hour. That worked fine for us, and the US Airways agent was very helpful, even checking to make sure we would still have time to make our connecting flight (before we even asked!). I do want to say here that, throughout our trip, the s...Read More
Too much realism! Photo, England, United Kingdom
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Saturday August 13th:We woke late today, but thoroughly rested and ready to go. We watched a show called Braniac, which mostly involved exploding things and shocking people for the interest of science. On our first driving exploration trip, I took the wheel. After all, I'd driven in the UK before, and theoretically I knew where we were going. Right.We drove towards our first destinations of the day, Harewood House and Fountains Abbey. However, since we had woken so late, we decided that, if we could see only one, then Fountains Abbey was our first choice. It was a good choice! We had lunch on the way up, at a pub called the Black Swan Inn in Burn Bridge. We both had our f...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Monday, August 15th:We were supposed to get up early today, but got up around 9am instead. Today was Whitby day. We debated switching with Nottingham today, but decided against it. We decided not to try to find anything fancy for breakfast, and stopped at a Burger King on the way. Boy that was different! It was late, so breakfast was over. I tried a chicken BLT baguette - not bad!Today's first stop was Rivaulx Abbey. The trek was one of the more harrowing, as it involved a tiny one-lane road for 4 miles, going up and down hills at a 25% grade. We went very slowly! Then we saw a hobbit bridge, and had to check to make sure Smeagol wasn't in the back seat. The abbey was gre...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Tuesday, August 16th:Up at 9am today - we should have gotten up earlier, as it was another fun-filled day, but we were tired!Today was a trip designed by a fellow traveler from Fodors, a "day in the Yorkshire Dales." We started off to Skipton first. We drove through Ilkley, and were stuck there for over a half hour getting through town center - it was very congested. Then we had a long drive into Skipton and we kept missing the castle. We finally found the castle, but couldn't find any parking open, so we skipped Skipton and went on to our next site, Bolton Abbey.We found the Bolton Abbey area, but once again passed right by the entrance, without realizing it. One of the ...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Thursday, August 18th:I got up around 9:30am, but Jason slept much later… I read some and watched some television while he rested. We went to the Indian Restaurant Nawab for their lunch buffet - it wasn't as good as their dinner was, but that's to be expected. Today was the Royal Armories in town. As easy as it was to find it the other day, it was very difficult today. It seemed like each sign brought us farther into a spiral, closer and closer, but never quite there. Finally we found it, and went in to see the Shogun exhibit that was featured. The exhibit was fascinating, and had lots of different things, including painted screens, armor, poetry written by Tokugawa, daily objects, map...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Friday, August 19th:We got up at 7am to get our rental car returned, and took the looooong way to the rental agency - www.theAA.com strikes again! We finally got there and were dropped at the train station in plenty of time for our journey to London.The train trip was uneventful, and we sat next to two ladies traveling to Petersborough. They were going for a cycling trip and had their maps in plastic sleeves. Very clever!We got off the train and down to the Tube to take the Circle Line to High Street Kensington Station with no problems. I did break the clasp on my favorite necklace when a man collecting trash bumped into me on the moving subway, but I caught both the pend...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Sunday, August 21st:The shower at the new hotel was unusual, to say the least. The English (as well as all Europeans, I'm sure) seem to delight in finding new ways to make faucets work. This one was a long tube. On one end you turned it away from you for cold water, on the other end you turned it towards you for hot. There was a button to press to get it past lukewarm or cool on either tube. We went down for our free breakfast, which was quite satisfying. It included croissants, Danish, cereal of about 10 different types, cheese, fruit (dried and fresh), bagels, tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. We filled up and went on our way. Today our goal was the Natural History Museum, which...Read More
Photo of England, United Kingdom
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Tuesday August 23rd:I was up around 8:30am, and went down for breakfast. Jason was more interested in sleeping a little longer, so I left him upstairs. I took the tube over to the meeting place for the next London Walk, the one to Greenwich. I was a little early, so I took out the book I remembered to bring this time :I got so engrossed in my book I almost missed the tour guide waving the brochures, calling for the group. The tour guide's name was Chris, and she had quite a thing about William never being a Conqueror. She much preferred the name "William the Bastard," as she insisted he never conquered anyone. Since most of these tour guides are getting their master's degrees in histor...Read More
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Friday, August 26th:I was up early again today, but Jason was still sleeping, so I went down and had some breakfast and did some shopping. When I got back, we agreed to do more shopping on our own and meet at 6pm for our evening plans. Jason wanted to find the Games Workshop around here, and I wanted to invade the Lush store I had heard so much about.I had lunch at Wagamama, and the Yaki Soba was delicious. I was very impressed!Lush was wonderful, I'm a complete convert. The fizzy bath bars were great! I got some gifts for others, but I may just keep it all for myself! : I went in several other stores, including a book store, but didn't find anything else worth buying. Most of ...Read More
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Monday, August 29th:Up early and before breakfast was served, so we checked out of the hotel quickly and got a cab to Victoria Station. Then we took the Gatwick Express to the airport. At check in the clerk had lots of questions - perhaps she was checking us against the no-fly list? And we got into the airport proper by 8:15am for our 10:30 flight. With lots of time to kill, we discovered there was a virtual mall in the airport waiting area, and the gates weren't announced until an hour before the flight left.We had breakfast at Upper Crust, which served us a BLT baguette and a pizza baguette. Both were rather delicious, and Jason's BLT had real American style bacon. I did some last mi...Read More