Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Suddenly Britain Is More to My Taste

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Suddenly Britain Is More to My Taste

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Byline: ANDREW NEATHER

I HAVE long been suspicious of the joys of British holidays. The party leaders' annual posing en famille in damp Cornwall or windswept Wales only hardens my determination to head for the sun. But a Christmas break in Suffolk and panicked reports from fleeced British visitors to Euroland are changing my mind.

It isn't just the weak pound: "We had three camparis and a sparkling water and it came to n32 that's 30 quid!" breathed one recent visitor to Paris, still shell-shocked. It's also that improvements in British food and hotels over the past 10 years have made the difference in quality a thing of the past.

There was a time when provincial Britain was a culinary wasteland. But a string of boutique hotels I've stayed in recently the Crown and Castle in Orford, Suffolk or The Rectory in Crudwell, Wiltshire spring to mind suggest those days may be over. The standard of both food and comfort is excellent; most are pretty childfriendly too. …

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