Category Archives: Festival

New B+B relaunches restaurant to Hampshire diners

The Old House Hotel in historic Wickham Square has received a facelift!

Now sitting proudly alongside her sisters in Belgravia, Edinburgh and Weymouth , B+B Wickham is the newest member of the B+B Collection.

The building boasts original features galore and the 12 bedrooms have been individually designed around this. Ornate fireplaces, sash windows and cosy nooks are complimented with great quality white cotton linen on super comfy beds. Bathrooms boast luxurious products, white fluffy towels and each room has a bath and shower. B+B Wickham is a stylish alternative to outdated bed and breakfasts and offers an  affordable alternative to the predictable 4* chain hotel.

Garden Room 12

Public areas have been freshened with a brand new colour scheme  – adding the unique B+B flash to the bar and reception areas. Design and quality are big parts of the B+B philosophy.

Bar

But there is a big difference between B+B Wickham and her sisters and that is The Old House Bar and Restaurant.

Building on already fine reputation , Chef Andy Millard has worked tirelessly to create a menu we are all super proud to shout about! Hampshire is bursting with food purveyors galore and our new menus celebrate this heritage. Paired with a wine by the glass list sourced by our in-house expert, we are in no doubt – The Old House Bar and Restaurant  will become THE food and drink destination of Wickham and Hampshire. … and if this wonderful weather holds for the summer – the suntrapped garden welcoming dogs will be the perfect al fresco venue for lazy lunches!

To help celebrate the opening, members of the B+B Collection Belong + Benefit Club are to receive an exclusive opening offer. Click here to read all about it!

B+B Edinburgh and Team wish B+B Wickham and The old House Bar and Restaurant all the very best for their opening and launch on 20th July 2015.

Edinburgh is the Telegraph’s top city in Britain

Announced in the Telegraph yesterday, the city of Edinburgh has beaten off London to be  the top city in Britain and we are supremely proud of that!

It is almost impossible to explain  why Edinburgh has been awarded this accolade for the second consecutive year. Much of the wonder is contained in the history of the city’s ancient alleyways and architecture and cannot be explained – only ‘felt’ and ‘experienced’. But we have tried to whittle down our favourite reasons to visit, B+B Edinburgh style!

Edinburgh is Britain's Top City

Edinburgh is Britain’s Top City

Edinburgh is Compact

An incredibly easy city to explore on foot, it is possible to truly soak in the atmosphere. Stop for a while to enjoy the street performers, buskers and bagpipe players on the Mound or in Princes Street Gardens, whilst enjoying an ice cream from one of the numerous outdoor cafes. Walk easily between the Georgian formality of the New Town with its high end shops and boutiques to the Old Town with the magnificent Castle perched at the top of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh is an all-year-round city

During August, the city welcomes an global crowd to experience the Festival season. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1-25 August), Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1-23 August) and the International Festival (8-31 August) are just 3 of the main events and are booked out way in advance. Book accommodation early. But, some of the best reasons to visit are the natural wonders and these can be visited during low season. Walking across Arthurs Seat, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the depths of the countryside. One of our favourites is along the Water of  Leith into Stockbridge Village along to Shoreside and some of the best cosy harbourside pubs serving the best seafood around!

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Shoreside, Leith - cosy harbourside pubs

Shoreside, Leith – cosy harbourside pubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh is a Coastal City

Thanks to it’s location on the Firth of Forth, there are beaches in Edinburgh! There are options for everyone – with our favourite being Belhaven  boasting sand dunes and colourful grasslands. A great beach for blustery winter walks,  it is the ideal place to enjoy the views across the Forth Estuary and is a mecca for surfers.

Belhaven Sand Dunes

Belhaven Sand Dunes

 

…and there it is! Our reasons to visit the top city in Britain. Our WINTER2014 promotion offers great rates until February 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Christmas in Edinburgh – Countdown begins

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

Christmas Festivities in Edinburgh

Christmas festivities in Edinburgh starts early – in fact the countdown begins in November. Princes Street Gardens and St Andrews Square is the festival hub and includes ice skating rinks, Christmas markets and fairground rides including a Big Wheel boasting amazing views over the city.

There is a packed calender of festivities but below are a few of our favourite reasons to visit Edinburgh over Christmas:

Christmas Parties

THE  ultimate party night right in Edinburgh’s  heart – welcome drinks and canapes – an award winning brigade of chefs delivering an outstanding festive supper followed by the headline show – Scotch and Soda – be transported in an evening of raucous circus, dance and music.

European Christmas Market

This popular event is held in a picturesque setting below the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens and around Scott Monument – it is a unique shopping experience – a fair of crafters, artisan gastronomy, artists and gifts. Truly unusual gifts. A must!

The Ice Rink

Set beneath the backdrop of the Castle with tutorials available if needed – spectacular.

The Great Santa Fun Run

Happens on the 14th December, is colourful, hilarious and raises much cash for a great cause.

…and it all begins with …

Light Night

on the 23rd November.

With a series of stages up and down George Street, this event is for the community and by the community. An estimated total of 1,250 performers, each performing an act, a dance, a song or a piece of music to celebrate all things Christmas on one of the stages.

Not to be missed – book up accommodation now and join the buzz in the build up to Christmas in Edinburgh.

 

Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and other sports events

Apart from the global World Cup football which filled every bar in every nation, Scotland is playing host to the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Scotland is alive with sports events in 2014.

Sport is about competition and competition is about pride and there is plenty of pride in Scotland. 

First in the packed calender, starting on the 23rd July is The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Not just about sport but a celebration of the cultures and history of  the 71 nations taking part from all over the Commonwealth. There will be associated events all across Scotland.  The Games was first held in 1930, this is the third to be held in Scotland and the first to come to Glasgow. A total of 4,500 athletes – will converge on Glasgow, playing 17 sports over 11 days of competition that includes 261 medals. Pride in abundance!

But Scotland plays host to regular sports events – and the Ryder Cup is arguably one of the most famous. This golf tournament has it’s roots in Scotland and a long, established tradition has built up over 93 years. All cities, including Edinburgh offer accommodation with links to golf courses and there are many ways to plan the perfect Golf Package.

So whether you are a spectator or an active participant, Scotland is bursting with inspiration and sport adventure – book your tripGlasgow2014 very soon!