You would never guess it, but hiding beside Bristol Temple Meads station sit three Mongolian yurts selling award-winning Sunday roasts and potent cocktails. General manager Jamie Crowley and head chef Oscar Davis sat down with Bristol Live for a chat about their unusual offering. Mr Crowley, 37, moved to Bristol two years ago after more than a decade managing bars and restaurants in London. The Dubliner has quickly found his feet here, thriving as the overseer of Yurt Lush’s front of house set-up and taking particular pleasure in devising the cocktail menu. “We’re probably one of the only pubs in Bristol that sells poitin,” said Mr Crowley, proudly, before having to explain he is talking about a traditional Irish spirit. “It’s just something new that people are interested in,” he said. “The English have gin; the Irish have poitin. “It was banned for 200 years, but it’s been back on the market for about 20 years now.” The … [Read more...] about Pub of the week: The bar inside a Mongolian yurt
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Residents of West London's Notting Hill bemoan influencers doing shoots against the brightly painted front steps of their stucco houses, while Oia locals in Santorini, Greece, complain Instagrammers coming to capture the blue-and-white houses make high season unbearable. But even our own island has seen noticeable spikes in numbers in the past decade. Whether Instagram-driven or not, such dramatic increases bring fresh challenges for the management of our tourism hotspots, particularly from a conservation point of view. As is the case at Antrim's Giant's Causeway, where last year a record 1.03 million visited. Such numbers mean that many will not experience the glorious isolation depicted online, something of a challenge for the site's caretakers, the National Trust. "Instagram certainly has a part to play in how we can accurately represent the visitor experience," says Jennifer Michael, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer at the Causeway. "We have a responsibility to … [Read more...] about Bad influencers: Is Instagram wrecking our tourist attractions?
A Wellingborough bar will open with a new look and a new name in the coming weeks. Temple in Silver Street closed on Saturday (June 29) for a £30,000 revamp and is promising to bring a 'bit of fun and energy' to the town. Its re-opening date is not yet confirmed but owner Sanjai Tailor is hopeful it will be in a few weeks.And when it does re-open it will be called The Sound Bar - with the initials representing the unit's former use as a TSB bank - with a second 'urban' room at the rear called Vybe.It will have a new concept with specialist cocktails, pitchers and fishbowls from an extensive menu.Sanjai, who is also chairman of Kettering Pubwatch, said: "We want to bring a bit of fun and energy to the town."People's drinking habits have changed and we want to reflect that. Not everybody wants to stay out until 6am and there are lots who want to go out, have a cocktail and relax with some music."We're trying to reach out to that earlier market who want some entertainment and we're … [Read more...] about New lease of life for Wellingborough bar
Up to six million people are visiting the capital every year. Many throng the pubs of Temple Bar, mill around Trinity College and visit the Guinness Storehouse as tourist buses line up, bumper to bumper, along Nassau Street. In other European cities, tourists pay a tax to cover the costs of some of the services they use when they are visiting - and many of these charges are increasing. So, is it time to impose a similar charge here? As one tourism commentator puts it, destinations around the world are now raising more tourist taxes than a medieval king preparing to go to war. Where once tourists were considered a blessing, now in some places they are considered a curse who should be forced to cough up some of their hard-earned holiday money almost as soon as they unpack their bags. Dublin may not have reached that stage yet, but at times the crowds can become overbearing. Visitors may bring in welcome revenue to a city, but the hordes of visitors can also come with costs. Their … [Read more...] about Duty bound: Is it time to tax Ireland’s tourists?
Rather than flying in cheese from abroad, a couple with a passion for local produce opted instead for a spot of import substitution at their Co Cork dairy, writes Roz Crowley.Irish mozzarella? Irish blue cheese? Irish cheddar? Irish halloumi? What’s going on? It’s called import substitution and Irish consumers are the better for it. As sustainability goes, it’s one decent step towards avoiding/reducing air miles while providing local employment. Home-grown isn’t always easy to achieve.Energetic Irish winemakers have been trying to grow grapes in Ireland for years, but unless global warming lessens our rainfall, it’s hard to believe they can produce consistently.However, we can support local a short journey away and drink sparkling wine made by Limerick man Dermot Sugrue at Wiston vineyards in Sussex (Bradleys North Main St, Cork, stock it).Responsible for award-winning sparklers including his own labels, Sugrue is doing his bit to reduce airmiles.Back in … [Read more...] about Curds and whey: Art of making sustainable cheese