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Off to Costa Teguise the week before Christmas to visit my folks who live there 6 months off the year.

 

Unfortunately, their recommendations for bars/restaurants are solely based on the price of booze and whether they show the Newcastle games. If you know of any nice places please let me know. Likewise, if you are after cheap booze and Newcastle matches then I'll be happy to help as my dad has done a Phd level of research on both subjects.

 

:lol: Best restaurant we've been to there is El Navarro. Looks like nowt from the outside because it's squeezed between two bars (or at least it used to be), but the food is good and it's not stupidly priced for the standard of the grub. You'll probably want to book a few days ahead to make sure of getting a table though (maybe slightly less so in December).

 

Couple of the restaurants around the smaller bay at Playa Jablillo are nice - just your standard seafood, paella etc., but a bit quieter than the main burn further round the resort, so more pleasant for sitting with a sea view and a vat of sangria.

 

Not sure about bars as we haven't been for a few years and the nicer little places tend to come and go (whereas the football and Irish places are eternal...), but I'll holler if we find anything new.

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I did Slight Side and Scafell from Eskdale this morning. I expect to ge walking like John Wayne for the next day or 3.   

on the north of islay by ardnave which is basically 2 houses and a farm. took the dogs for a walk and spotted what looked like a dead sheep on its back all four legs pointed skywards with 2 lambs stoo

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:lol: Best restaurant we've been to there is El Navarro. Looks like nowt from the outside because it's squeezed between two bars (or at least it used to be), but the food is good and it's not stupidly priced for the standard of the grub. You'll probably want to book a few days ahead to make sure of getting a table though (maybe slightly less so in December).

 

Not sure about bars as we haven't been for a few years and the nicer little places tend to come and go (whereas the football and Irish places are eternal...), but I'll holler if we find anything new.

Went to Teguise once in 2001 and didn't care much for it tbh, although the restaurants seemed pretty good IIRC.
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:lol: Best restaurant we've been to there is El Navarro. Looks like nowt from the outside because it's squeezed between two bars (or at least it used to be), but the food is good and it's not stupidly priced for the standard of the grub. You'll probably want to book a few days ahead to make sure of getting a table though (maybe slightly less so in December).

 

Couple of the restaurants around the smaller bay at Playa Jablillo are nice - just your standard seafood, paella etc., but a bit quieter than the main burn further round the resort, so more pleasant for sitting with a sea view and a vat of sangria.

 

Not sure about bars as we haven't been for a few years and the nicer little places tend to come and go (whereas the football and Irish places are eternal...), but I'll holler if we find anything new.

Great stuff, much appreciated!
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:lol: The last paragraph (the Attitude quote) says it all really - do a bit of research ffs, the Yumbo Centre even has a dedicated Eurovision bar, so the clues are plentiful - but it's true that it can be a bit, well, in-your face if you're not used to it. The drink thing is cheeky as fuck mind. :D

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We had our honeymoon at Playa del ingles but there was only one obviously gay couple staying in our hotel, two German kids, 'hold mein little hands, Hans, was the catchphrase I used a few times in my best Colditz Kommandant accent. Went to the yumbo a couple of times. It was canny enough although no gays sent flowers to my room for me unlike the kid in the paper. Always the flipping groom, never the bridesmaid! :)

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Went to Grab Canaria, Playa del ingles, in the early 90s, completely unaware it was so gay (pre-internet). Enjoyed it except contrary to that TA report the food in my hotel was awful. Also once went by mistake to a gay hotel in Boston which was a bit ott. More leather in the bar than a morrocan market. Gayest place I've ever been though had to be stiges near Barcelona. Fantastic place Tbh.

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We had our honeymoon at Playa del ingles but there was only one obviously gay couple staying in our hotel, two German kids, 'hold mein little hands, Hans, was the catchphrase I used a few times in my best Colditz Kommandant accent. Went to the yumbo a couple of times. It was canny enough although no gays sent flowers to my room for me unlike the kid in the paper. Always the flipping groom, never the bridesmaid! :)

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Well octoberfest was mint, Munich is a nice place generally but a bit clean cut for my tastes. I wouldn't take your lass there though, my head was on a swivel all week.

 

On a detox forever now mind, was like that scene from Trainspotting when I got home last night.

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Possibly due to some, as yet unconfirmed, bizarre alignment of planetary bodies and that kind of shite, I've somehow managed to wangle a pass to a 20 year reunion of folks I worked with as a Canoe God.

It's in March next year, near Perpignan.

The guy arranging it owns several very nice gites in a village there, and has invited a bunch of us down for a long weekend of nostalgia and amnesia :lol:

Anyway, I'm looking at flying Newcastle to Barcelona then hiring a car and driving up there, it's only an hour and a half ( 3/2 for :CT: ), but as a very infrequent flyer I have a question.

I want to take a few bottles of decent local beers down as part of a gift for the lad who's putting the weekend on, but I'm not sure what the best way to get them there is?

Can I put them in my carry on bag, in my luggage, or am I better off having them delivered to Perpignan and collecting them once I get there?

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I must admit I'm really looking forward to it.

The option of arriving in Barcelona a day early and having a solo evenings wander is increasingly likely too. :lol:

I guess there's no problem putting bottled beers in the hold , as it's not going to be pissy lager or any thing fizzy?

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No idea mate. But if you fancy some good old English grub, get yourself down to Seaton sluice to take some fish and chips on the plane. Honestly, it's standard nowadays...

 

Whenever we go and stay with my auntie and uncle in Spain we have to purchase Greggs sausage rolls from the airport and take them over. You can take the people out of South Shields....

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I was very excited to find last weekend that Greggs have finally made it to Belfast. I haven't had one since my uni days. God was I disappointed with their sausage rolls. I'm not sure whether it was just the fact that I haven't had one in years or whether I just had a greater appreciation for shite food in my youth but it was nowhere near as tasty as I was expecting.

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I was very excited to find last weekend that Greggs have finally made it to Belfast. I haven't had one since my uni days. God was I disappointed with their sausage rolls. I'm not sure whether it was just the fact that I haven't had one in years or whether I just had a greater appreciation for shite food in my youth but it was nowhere near as tasty as I was expecting.

 

i never did like the sausage rolls tbh, but the steak bakes and the like are grand for the money, likewise the sandwiches and whatnot

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Bet you don't get the ham and pease pudding ones over there though ;)

 

the one i tend to like best is the cornish pasties, but naw we get the usual ones from what i seen, sausage/beans , corned beef, steak etc

 

actually haven't had anything out of it in a while lol maybe this weekend!

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Greggs sausage rolls have definitely gone downhill. I used to eat loads of them in the period 1998-2000 then I didn't have another one til about 2011 and it was completely different. I've since had a fair few from various Greggs all over the country and they're all poor, they must have changed the recipe at some point.

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They've incrementally reduced the salt and fat content which I guess you might notice more after a decade.

 

I've never really understood the fuss about Gregg's. Good value I suppose, but that's about it.

 

An honourable mention to the Branding Villa near my work. They serve a burger called "The dirty thoughts of Cheryl Cole". The secret ingredient is a Gregg's sausage roll with baked beans. Delicious.

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