Reviews – Travel & Food

Buckets of Tea is a lifestyle blog and I regularly document my travels and foodie adventures.  I love to travel especially within the UK and to discover new places to visit and eat.  I’m not a huge beach holiday fan; firstly I burn quite easily and secondly, I’m not the sort of person who just sits on a beach all day doing nothing.  I just love going on adventures too much and discovered new places, local customs, and food.


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” 

Eleanor Roosevelt


I love visiting North Wales, I always went on holiday here as a child and actually lived there for three years;  I loved every minute of being there and I’m hoping to move back some day.  In 2017 I visited Scotland for the first time, in fact I went twice.  My first visit was to Edinburgh and I took day trips out to Loch Ness and the Highlands and Loch Lomand, Oban and Inverary.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

When I was at school I took GCSE Photography, back in the day when you processed films in a dark room then developed your prints.  There just wasn’t any of this digital lark!  I still love photography and nowadays despite owning a DSLR I much prefer to use my iPhone to take pictures with.  The quality is fantastic and with the addition of apps I can edit them right on my phone then post straight to my social media accounts be it TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

TRAVEL ADVENTURES

Travel is something I have always loved and from a young age I was lucky to visit some fantastic places that weren’t what would have been classed as the traditional child’s holiday destination.  As a child we had always holidayed in Wales for beach holidays but during half terms we had long city breaks in places such as Brugge, Dublin and Paris.  One year when I was 12 we spent a month turing Denmark and Sweden and I think it was certainly this holiday that ignited my love of foreign city travel.

My first foreign beach holiday wasn’t until I was 19 and I went with a group of friends to maljorca and I can honestly say I hated every minute of sitting by the pool or being sat on the beach.  What I did love however was tasting local traditional quisine and spending hours walking around the markets and hsitoric places nearby.  Luckily, one of the people I went with wasn’t a fan of foreign beach holidays either.


“To travel is to live”

Hans Christian Anderson


The only other foreign beach holiday I went on was when I was 22 and along with my then boyfriend, my younger brother and a friend of his, we went to Zante for 10 days.  Within 2 hours, despite having factor 50 sunscreen on I was burnt to a crisp and ended up needing to see a local Doctor.  I’ve just avoided hot places every since!

I still love time spent in North Wales as well as UK and foreign city breaks taking time to get lost in the geart of a city and explore the history and local customs behind the area.

FOODIE ADVENTURES

I like food, I think I can confidently say that!  I also like recreating some of our favourite dishes at home as well as eating out both locally and when away sampling local dishes.  I think there is nothing better than a dish cooked with good quality local ingredients and keeping it simple to allow the ingredients to shine.  I’ve been lucky enough to eat is some lovely resturants including Mitchin starred places but that doesn’t mean I don’t like a local family own pub that serves good honest classic dishes.


There is no sincere love greater than the love of food

Gerorge Bernard Shaw


My favourite food is afternoon tea and I partake in the relaxing ritual that is afternoon tea quite often.  I have also never been a huge fan of alcohol; I don’t really like the taste.  I like brandy and the odd vodka but where everything else is concerned I don’t reaally touch it.  However, I do like cocktails; they just don’t taste like alcohol and I am a huge fan of a cocktail to accompany a good afternoon tea.

I am hoping you can find some inspiration on places to visit and food to try and would love to hear all about your favopurite places to visit especially if they are more none traditional destinations be they near or far.

Over the years, I have visited quite a few places around the UK and have written about them on this blog.  I get asked quite a lot about where to go for afternoon tea in a certain area.  This page will show my travel and foodie adventures by region/City.  I hope you find this page useful.

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England

London

Birmingham

Southampton

Chester

York

Cambridge

Worcestershire

Shropshire

Staffordshire

Derbyshire


Wales

North Wales

Llandudno

Conwy


Scotland

Edinburgh

Perth

Stirling