TASTER Travel Guides

Audio audio guides to a selection of the World’s best hotels.

There are countless memorable experiences we all carry in our memories from around the world, that first sight of the Pyramids outside Cairo, maybe seeing the clouds drifting way below Machu Picchu in Peru. White water rafting on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon.

And the places we stay while we collect these incredible experiences are important too. Perhaps it’s just a tent in a national park that’s etched onto your memory, but perhaps it’s a remarkable modern, minimalist hotel with brilliant service and style; maybe it’s one of the world’s great, traditional hotels.

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A comparative rarity still in Spain – woman chef Carlota Claver adds clear creativity to one of the most pleasant, interesting restaurants in the city. The key is quality raw materials and flair – and you can see it all…

One of the original and still one of the best gastro pubs in London. It blends a wonderfully informal pub-style drinking experience with high quality, plainly prepared food. The only drawback is that if there are just two of you…

The AOC - as its name suggests - "Apellation d'Origine Controlee" celebrates with great success the French system of guaranteeing the geographical origins of food. From chickens to cheeses ... and from wines to the best beef France registers the…

When I was in Bath most recently I got around to visiting the Bath Gin Club. Gin has become the artisan-crafted gin of the twenty-teens. This bar has hundreds to sample and compare from small gin distillers all around the…

This extra free guide comes from Richard E Grant the actor whose TV series on the world's hotels included a visit to these two Berlin hotels with piles of history behind them. Obviously I can't charge for something I've borrowed.…

This is one of the liveliest, most buzzing restaurants in the south west of England. It’s a few metres up the slope at the end of Torquay’s seafront. It’s run by two brothers with background support from mum and dad…

Very attractive, old stone building - with bar and hotel - in a small town far up a river valley above the river plain of La Rioja in northern Spain. Pedro Masip is one of Spain's finest, younger generation of…

Coast is a new building with great views across Carmarthen Bay towards the Gower Peninsula and Worms Head - but more importantly it's the new home of Michelin-starred chef Will Holland. Will made his name at La Becasse in Ludlow…

We're talk seriously 'A' list round here - the cream of Hollywood's film stars and of course some of us ordinary people drift in too - trying to look cool. Food is excellent but not cheap. The bar is also…

A seventeenth century military fort right on a white sand beach now decorated with style and serving fine food. Huge, louvred shutters completely fail to keep out the gentle lapping noises of the Caribbean ! It also has a small…

The utter calm of where Hanora's Cottage is situated will reduce blood pressure and stress - only for the wonderful, rich food to pump you up again. The Wall family use the best local meat and fish - and the…

This is the country pub and restaurant where star of the British culinary firmament - Stephen Terry - performs his miracles. Stephen was one of the three chefs from across the UK who cooked for Heston Blumenthal's "megastar chef's banquet"…

This is not just an excellent food experience in the well-lit basement, but it's a unique architectural experience too. The house was designed by iconic Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh but not built until the end of the 1980s. It's…

Japanese fusion cuisine in elegant architectural fusion surroundings too. Excellent terrace for a drink or summer dining. They even have Sake Sommeliers … rather stylish. Katana import a special Japanese charcoal to give you the most authentic flavours.

This is one of a small clutch of quality eateries in a town that's justifiably packed with tourists and packed with tourist restaurants. Le Breard is far above the mass-market norm. You'll find it a few metres up the slope…

One of those brilliant pub restaurants you'd just love to dine at every week ! Decorated with intriguing bric-a-brac and painted dark green throughout its several small eating spaces. Fine seafood on this southern coast of Ireland. A classic Irish…

This is informal seafood dining at its best, right on the shore and in fizzing, buzzing Provincetown - the Gay capital of the east coast of the USA. It's a great, lively, arty, fun town ! So just relax, enjoy…

Not exactly a restaurant, but certainly an unusual and fun eating experience. Dozens of rum and beer bars surround half a dozen major fish-drying shacks. There's a 24-hour bar and a delightful dance hall with elegantly-turned out, older Bajans as…

Another very unusual dining and entertainment venue in Glasgow - this was once a parish church but now offers music and drama upstairs and quality eating and a whisky bar downstairs. It's "Play, a pie and a pint" programme has…

We drifted into this ancient building to shelter from the rain and have a drink. We then saw the staff lovingly preparing beautiful dishes of ripe cheeses and smoked duck salads and stayed to eat from the full menu !…

Plas Bodegroes has been riding high in the Good Food Guide for decades ! It's held a Michelin star too for much of the time. It's a very elegant Georgian-style country house in glorious gardens with outstanding cuisine and some…

Extremely fine and local British Columbia dining. The Raincity Grill specialises in finest produce from its hugely rich region. Try roasted 'Sloping Hill Farm' Berkshire pork belly with persimmon and shallot. Excellent wines from British Columbia which may surprise you…

Sosban is the best thing to happen for diners around Llanelli in decades. It's housed in a marvellous old industrial building - this was the pump house and water reservoir used to open lock gates at the old North Dock…

V&C are one of Edinburgh's iconic food shops and restaurants. Still owned by its founding Italian families it offers all that's best from Italy and beyond. Fine wines as well as foods for sale and an expanded restaurant service in…

Woodman’s of Essex deals in the freshest imaginable seafood. Come as casually dressed as you like. Pick your own lobster from the huge tanks and watch them cook outside the restaurant. This is among the pick of Massachusetts seafood experiences.…

This is a real rural hideaway but with a great blend of the best locally sourced ingredients and a commitment to simple, uncomplicated, quality cooking.Y Polyn is ideally placed for visiting the National Botanic Garden of Wales. If proof was…

Ynyshir Hall is a Michelin starred restaurant and hotel set in rolling parkland in the beautiful Dyfi Valley of Mid Wales. The chef is Gareth Ward who has been turning out exquisite tasting menus and market menus during 2014. The…

Ynyshir Hall is a Michelin starred restaurant and hotel set in rolling parkland in the beautiful Dyfi Valley of Mid Wales. The chef is Gareth Ward who has been turning out exquisite tasting menus and market menus during 2014. The…

This delightful new garden has been developed by the Duchess of Northumberland close to historic Alnwick Castle, north of Morpeth. It follows the tradition of the great stately home gardens - with a major cascade like Chatsworth but with wonderful…

This piece is going to stay online deliberately after the fabulous Banksy exhibition closes at the Bristol City Museum at the end of August 2009. Banksy is one of the most stimulating, offbeat, controversial and downright clever artists painting or…

You may well be sitting on an Eames-designed chair right now. Charles and Ray Eames ( a husband and wife design team) revolutionised furniture in the second half of the twentieth century. In a sentence - they taught the world…

This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The buildings are historic - this was the first working iron factory in Europe - but it is also an exquisite monastic complex. Just visit it ! This is a small part of…

Jim Thompson was an American who had worked undercover in the Far East during WWII. He settled in Bangkok and almost single-handedly revived the Thai hand-weaving silk industry. There are now a whole series of rather elegant Jim Thompson shops…

There's been a groundswell of publicity building up for the great British artist JMW Turner. The Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall film about Turner and simply called "Mr Turner" has opened in UK cinemas. He was almost single-handedly the father of…

This museum and factory complex and outstanding John Deere merchandise store pays tribute to the global John Deere agricultural machinery corporation which began life in Moline, Illinois. The company’s green and yellow livery is now a global force but this…

Kelmscott was the country home of William Morris, the founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It was at this late sixteenth century manor house and farm that he re-charged his batteries and found so much of the inspiration for…

This place officially called La Coupole or the dome is just outside St Omer in northern France - just off the A26 from Calais south. It's simply frightening to look at the vast concrete dome built into the side of…

Le Don de Fel is a fabulous phenomenon. It's architecturally unusual - huge, terra cotta coloured steel drums on a south of France mountain top... but also has brilliant ceramics displayed, made and sold within. Well worth a visit if…

Whisky is the must have "souvenir" of the Highlands - and this is the place to get it if you're in the area. In Inveraray's main street the Whisky Shop has a mind-boggling selection as well as a blend of…

Beautiful old toys for extremely big boys ! The Mallard in gleaming royal blue is the world's fastest ever steam locomotive. See some other amazing pieces of Victorian and Edwardian enginnering and later too - there's a Japanese Bullet Train…

The Newseum is a fantastic experience. You just have to get there someday ! They have the actual door which the Watergate burglars broke in through leading to Richard Nixon resigning as President. There's the incredibly moving radio antenna which…

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not – the backstage tour of the memorial theatre in Stratford upon Avon is fascinating. The RSC has its own wig makers, armourers, leather workers – all geared to creating the world’s finest productions…

This is simply one of the great Victorian engineering feats. The SS Great Britain designed by Brunel and brought home and restored in her home port is beautifully displayed. She was actually built in this very dock !

The Grove is a newcomer - and what a highly successful one ! Its owners have rescued a glorious Georgian house from dereliction and created a brilliantly comfy, calm, stylish hotel - with rural cottages to rent as an extra…

This is one of the more spiritual experiences in Turkey's biggest city. The Dervishes come from a small Islamic sect who try to submerge the "self" in love through a pirouetting dance in heavy flowing costumes. It's currently being held…

Winston Churchill was born in 1874 in the middle of a posh Ball being held in his ancestral home - Blenheim Palace - in Oxfordshire. Churchill was a descendant of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, who defeated the…

2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's death. During heavy German wartime bombing from 1940 onwards Britain's War Cabinet, led by Winston Churchill, often met deep underground just a hundred metres from No 10 Downing Street. These are now run…