Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

It is never easy to find a hotel to stay at before or after a wedding. Something convenient and comfortable, with nice facilities and a tasty rejuvenating breakfast! Fermain Valley Hotel ticked all those boxes for me when I stayed for a bank holiday wedding in May.

Fermain Valley Hotel

This luxurious 4-star hotel is located nearby to St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, and the main hub of restaurants and attractions on the island. Fermain Valley Hotel, with two restaurants, a cinema, swimming pool and business centre on site, has everything you could need for your stay, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure. Nearby you can enjoy stunning walks along the coast or in the picture-perfect Bluebell Woods.

Fermain Valley Hotel

We were staying in Room 17 on the first floor, a light and contemporary bedroom with views of the sea in the distance. The decor was a grown-up style with muted pastel colours and simple printed fabrics. Everything felt designed with comfort in mind, plump pillows, indulgent bed and soft carpeted flooring.

Fermain Valley Hotel

There were plenty of pleasant little touches I noticed in the room… a complimentary decanter of sherry, and a selection of fruit, water and chocolates.

The bathroom was basic and a little cramped, but the lovely White Company toiletries made up for the lack of space!

Fermain Valley Hotel

Breakfast was a feast for all the senses… you can enjoy your morning meal downstairs in the restaurant, but I recommend ordering room service and having a leisurely morning waking up with the local newspaper and a decadent full English.

On the morning after the wedding we relished the opportunity to refresh and relax in the boutique spa at the hotel. Everyone else must have still been asleep as we had private use of the pool and sauna.

Affordable and perfectly located, Fermain Valley Hotel is a great place to stay for a mini break in Guernsey.

More information and book a stay at Fermain Valley Hotel here.

Honest Tea x Groundwork

Last week, on a very sunny Thursday morning I joined a group of tea enthusiasts on the picturesque Southbank for a celebration of all things honest and healthy with Honest Tea.

Honest Tea

Honest Tea was launched in 1998 by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff in Bethesda, MD. The company was born from a desire to create a thirst-quenching drink that was refreshing without being too sweet. Both Seth and Barry believed there was an opportunity to create a less saccarine, but equally flavourful beverage, with no calories and no nasty additives. Honest has been run for the last 9 years with a strong ethos based around helping communities and being a responsible business which is why they decided to team up with Groundwork.

Honest Tea

At the entrance to the ‘Honest Garden’ pop-up we were greeted with bottles of refreshing Honest Tea. We then joined TV presenter Julia Bradbury in a boutique tent for a informative and inspiring chat about Honest Tea’s partnership with the environmental charity Groundwork. Julia revealed that new research shows how the nation wants to go back to the good life, and spend more time in nature. Groundwork are working tirelessly to transform urban spaces into community gardens, including building and nurturing vegetable gardens in London Overground stations.

To continue the healthy theme YouTuber John Quilter (The Food Busker) demonstrated the importance of using organic ingredients in your home cooking and showed us all how to make delicious homemade granola with Coffee Flour and Medjool Dates, amongst other ingredients.

Honest Tea

Lastly we were treated to a brilliant display from upcycler and eco artist Sarah Turner who craftily illustrated how to make small planters by upcycling Honest Tea plastic bottles. Sarah expertly made these inventive little pot plants so quickly it tempted me to turn every plastic bottle into plant perfection.

Honest Tea

This calm and pretty pop-up gave me the opportunity to take time out from my hectic schedule and indulge in Honest Tea’s beautiful green sanctuary of delicious food and drink. I’m excited about the Honest Tea and Groundwork future plans, hopefully we’ll all be noticing more greenery and life at our London train stations soon.

More information about Honest Tea and their projects here.

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Best Food in Lisbon

When I travel to a foreign destination a new hunger is ignited to find the very best hidden gems and city specialities, to share with my readers but also to satisfy my intrigue. Withlocals offers a unique opportunity to discover a truly special experience with a real local from the region. Dependent on your interests you can join bespoke tours which will introduce you to a plethora of unspoilt and untouristy places.

Lisbon Food

Lisbon is the perfect example. The Portuguese capital has so much to offer, but it is tricky to navigate alone. The food scene here is a mix between haute cuisine from chefs like Jose Avillez and casual street food in the Timeout market. My favourite meals include the spectacular cuisine at Belcanto where Jose has been awarded two michelin stars for his special interpretation of Portuguese flavours and produce. For a more authentic and light-hearted evening head to Taberna da rua das Flores where you can sit in a small dining room tasting home-cooked goodness.

Snails

Withlocals have a few unmissable tours worth considering when you are looking into things to do in Lisbon. These completely customisable and available in a variety of languages. There are two tours which particularly caught my attention:

Lisbon food

Lisbon Food Tour: The Ten Tastings

This exciting tour will take you on a gastronomic voyage round the city. Offering a comprehensive menu of the very best traditional Portuguese dishes and ingredients. This immersive culinary experience will include tasters of classic sardines and, of course, the best (local) Pasteis de Nata in town. The tour can be adjusted according to diet and preference so it will he relished by all.

Lisbon food and wine

Flavours of Lisbon: Wine & Tapas Tour 

Lisbon is home to many wonderful food producers and wine makers. On the Wine & Tapas tour you will be treated to 4 delicious drinks and 4 bites from around the city. The local will tell you the best tips for enjoying the Lisbon nightlife and you will have the opportunity to get some of the best street shots of this atmospheric destination.

Pasteis De Nata

If you have specific requests the tour guides can cater to these (you will find these filters and instant chatting facilities on the website) but I recommend letting the local expert take control and take you to their favourite places.