Getting There

On 25 January 2014 celebrated chefs Marcus Wareing and Chantelle Nicholson will take The Gilbert Scott brasserie on an inaugural journey on board the British Pullman in a celebration of all things ‘British’.

The Gilbert Scott, Marcus Wareing’s brasserie and bar at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, is famed for its very British menu. Using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, The Gilbert Scott takes inspiration from tradition, whilst delivering fare with a modern twist. Guests can look forward to a seven course menu of dishes created in the kitchens of one of the world’s most famous trains.

Dining on board the British Pullman is one of London’s most exclusive and luxurious dining experiences. With its original 1920s art deco carriages and exceptional personal service by authentic stewards in livery the train evokes the golden age of travel. The Gilbert Scott’s ‘Great British Journey’ costs £495 per person. orient-express.com/uktrains

Eurostar and world-renowned Chef Patron, Raymond Blanc OBE, have launched new winter menus for Eurostar’s Business Premier passengers complete with Europe’s first high-speed Afternoon Tea, which will be served between 14.00 and 17.30 and feature traditional cake as well as classic English scones from Raymond Blanc’s own recipe, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

In addition to the classic British scones, cakes and teas, Eurostar’s Business Premier passengers will be able choose up to three hot and cold light savoury dishes. The savoury options have a European flavour and include dishes like vegetarian lasagne, mushroom risotto and poached hot smoked salmon. www.eurostar.com

MyFerryLink has joined forces with nearly 70 shops, restaurants, brasseries and hotels in Calais and the surrounding area to give shoppers travelling to France a huge array of festive offers.

Passengers sailing to France between now and 15 January 2014 with MyFerryLink can get a 10% discount in nearly 70 stores and restaurants such as La Maison des Vins et du Fromage delicatessen, La Fontaine des Fées gift shop and the popular Au Côte d'Argent restaurant. There are also exclusive offers at Calais Vins and Franglais Vins wine warehouses and at two hotels; the stylish Hotel Meurice in Calais and, further afield, the luxurious four star Grand Hotel in Le Touquet.

What’s more, travellers spending over £70 in the MyFerryLink onboard boutique will be given a gift of a bottle of sparkling wine or a box of French chocolates.

MyFerryLink operates 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £29 for a day return (24 hours) and from £38 for a three day return (72 hours). Other fare offers are available. www.myferrylink.com

LD Lines has announced the introduction of a new UK to Spain service between Poole (Dorset) and Santander in Northern Spain.

Complementing LD Lines’ existing France to Spain route between Saint Nazaire, south of Brittany and Gijón in Northern Spain, the service represents a major development to the company’s creation of an Atlantic ferry network, providing new links to serve the UK, French, Spanish and Portuguese freight and tourist markets and making regions such as the Algarve within easier reach for UK motorists. www.ldlines.com

Dorset-based ferry operator, Condor Ferries has launched its 2014/15 sailing schedule offering sailings right through until 24 March 2015, allowing guests to book journeys from the UK to the Channel Islands and France up to 16 months in advance.

Guests travelling on the fast ferries will be able to take advantage of a choice of sailings from both Weymouth and Poole to Guernsey, Jersey and connecting services through to St Malo in France.

Customers will also benefit from ever-popular day trips from both UK ports to Guernsey, allowing guests to experience a taste of the Channel Islands, as well as take advantage of duty free shopping on board. www.condorferries.com

Malaysia Airlines has partnered with chef Richard Corrigan, one of the UK and Ireland’s most esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, to create and launch a limited edition in-flight menu from February 2014. Richard Corrigan’s signature menu will sit alongside the traditional Malaysian menu and be available to First and Business Class passengers flying on Malaysia Airlines’ double daily A380 service from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. www.malaysiaairlines.com

Jet2 has announced new weekly flights between Edinburgh and Pula, Croatia and increased the number of flights from Manchester to Pula starting from May 2014. www.jet2.com

TAP Portugal now offers 15 flights a week from the UK to the Cape Verde Islands, via Lisbon, with the Boa Vista route joining an already extensive weekly schedule including six flights to Sal, five to Santiago / Praia and two to Sao Vicente. The new route will also further expand TAP’s existing connections, via Lisbon, to 75 destinations in 35 countries worldwide including Africa and North and South America. www.flytap.com

Commencing 30 March 2014, BA will fly from London Gatwick to Malta International Airport with daily direct flights.

BA is also increasing its number of departures between London Gatwick and Dubrovnik.

www.britishairways.com

Norwegian Air has announced it will launch new routes from London Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale from July 2014. Two weekly flights will operate between LGW and LAX and between LGW and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) while three weekly flights will operate between LGW and JFK. Introductory fares start at £149 one way to New York, £179 one way to Fort Lauderdale and £199 one way to Los Angeles.

Norwegian Air is also increasing its number of departures between London Gatwick and Dubrovnik. www.norwegian.com

Brittany Ferries is now offering ‘three nights for the price of two’ at 35 of its most popular hotels in Brittany, Normandy and the Western Loire. Prices start at just £118 per person to include threenights’ B&B and return ferry crossings with a standard car. Plus a 15% discount on cabin accommodation. Travel dates from 15 October until 31 December 2013.

All breaks begin and end with a relaxing cruise across the Channel on one of Brittany Ferries’ services from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to France. The ships are stylish and modern with comfortable bars, good restaurants and lounges. To book visit www.brittanyferries.com/offers or call 0871 244 0439 quoting 342FRA

The Swiss ski train

Launched in 2012, Eurostar’s Swiss ski service transports skiers and snowboarders from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais region, with return fares starting from £179. This year, the route will run over five peak weeks during the 2013/2014 ski season including Christmas, New Year and February half term, and passengers can carry skis or snowboards all the way at no extra cost.

The French ski train

Eurostar’s popular direct day and night services to the French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice will run weekly from 20 December 2013 until 12 April 2014. with return fares starting from £149. 

Eurostar runs a Friday overnight service which arrives in the French Alps early on a Saturday morning and a return leg departing late on a Saturday evening - perfect for winter sports enthusiasts looking to maximise their time on the slopes.

Tickets and full information from www.eurostar.com, by calling 08432 186 186, or at Eurostar stations.

Jet2.com launches Croatian inspired limited-edition beer

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To celebrate the first flight to Pula from Newcastle International Airport, the airline has created its own limited-edition ‘Newcastle meets Croatia’ beer.

Brewed by the Tyne Bank Brewery, the beer hopes to reflect the finest traditions of both Newcastle and Croatia. Offering a summery, light feel, the beer is made with a special blend of malts to create a red hue to complement Jet2.com’s logo.

To see our latest post about Jet2 including their choice of 58 sun, ski and city destinations; with regional foody treats, see our article 'Jet2holidays: On the Menu' or visit their website at jet2.com

Condor Ferries announces that it is nown operating its popular Weymouth/Channel Islands service.

The daily service operates from Weymouth to Guernsey, Jersey and St Malo. Although demand is already high for Condor Ferries’ summer crossings from Weymouth, spaces are still available for booking. To find out more about the special offers available and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com

Brittany Ferries’ unique summer programme in conjunction with ORCA (marine mammal charity) of whale and dolphin watching cruises is now underway, with a range of departures taking passengers from the south coast on two-night voyages to Spain and back, passing through some of Europe’s best waters for spotting these fascinating animals, which can range in size from the harbour porpoise (roughly the size of a dog) to the Blue Whale – the largest living animal.

Forthcoming cruises will depart on 13 and 20 August, and 10, 17 and 24 September. Each cruise includes excellent wildlife spotting opportunities with guides, deck watches, and wildlife presentations. Cruises depart from Portsmouth and start from £170 per person. Visit www.brittanyferries.com/whale

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