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May 17th, 2018
Europe On A Plate: Where to go for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Europe is a foodie heaven, so we’ve compiled a taste trail guide your taste buds will thank you for (but your waistline might not).

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Brunch: London

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell

Seemingly lifted straight from the pages of a Tatler magazine, this special spot sets the benchmark for London brunching. Pristine whitewashed floor boards are adorned with an eclectic assortment of beautiful stuffed armchairs, wrought iron garden furniture and large comfy basket chairs giving the overall impression that you’ve just come down to breakfast in an eccentric aristocrat’s country manor.

The menu comprises a selection of traditional English dishes with a touch of adventure (think: tropical banana and coconut pancakes accompanied by a very English side of clotted cream and berries) paired with renowned posh British service. The establishment prides itself on offering the service of an exclusive member’s club without the hefty price tag or pretentious guest list.

We recommend: The Lobster Royale – whole grilled lobster tail, spinach and hollandaise sauce with a bottomless selection of Bellinis, Bloody Marys and bubbles.  

Image courtesy of Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Lunch: Italy

The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco, Tuscany

Watch out Antonio Carlucci!  After taking part in the Le Salette gastronomic experience you’ll be able to make gnocchi that could put this world-class Italian chef out of business! This personalised private masterclass of grand proportions will leave you with an envy-inducing culinary repertoire that will elevate your next dinner party to a league of its own.

The entire experience is devoted to your tastebuds, starting with a menu tailored to include your favourite fare – ensuring you’re only learning about dishes you’ll actually want to recreate in the future. Buddied up with a chef, you’ll peruse the local markets for the freshest local produce before learning how to whip up a three-course Italian feast worthy of your new white apron and chef’s hat.

We recommend: Leave your schedule open because the experience culminates with a personal Maitre D’ serving your creations over a romantic candlelit table setting, paired with local wine and picture-perfect views of the Serchio Valley that you won’t want to hurry away from.

Image courtesy of Renaissance Tuscany Il Cicco

Evening cocktails: Paris

Moonshiner

Those in-the-know don’t go to Da Vito for the pizza, so we’ll let you in on a secret. Turn the handle of the walk-in refrigerator and you’ll be transported to a hidden 1920’s speakeasy. Sink into a period-appropriate leather chesterfield and take your pick from a bar fully stocked with secretly imported alcohols and liqueurs, including a selection of over 100 whiskeys and bourbons.

The crowd intensifies on Thursday and Friday nights, so you’ll need to get in before 9pm to avoid the queue. Feeling lucky? The bar houses a locked safe and if you guess the code correctly you win a special prize.

We recommend: The Tostario – cachaça parati infused with herbs, Mezcal Vida, green lime juice, apricot jam, agave syrup and scrappy bitter cardamom.

Image courtesy of Bonjour Paris

Dinner: Spain

El Diablo, Spain

Word of warning – book in early as this place is routinely filled up come dinner time. Located on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, this rather rustic restaurant pays homage to its volcanic surrounds in a novelty fashion.

Using a non-conventional cooking system specially designed in consultation with architects, scientists and volcanologists, the chefs at El Diablo prepare meals with the help of a dormant volcano. Yes, you read that correctly. Your meal will be seared atop a volcanic crater by mother nature herself, using the full force of geothermal heat ranging as high as 450-500 degrees Celsius.

We recommend: Opt for the Volcan Grill Tour which includes a three-course barbecue meal, volcano tour and transport to and from your hotel.

Image courtesy of Tourism Lanzarote

Where to Stay: Luxury Escapes Collection – Europe Classics

Planning a European holiday? Make the most of it with these fantastic deals covering everything from the sunny Greek islands to a 16th-century castle in Burgundy, France.

London, England

Devonshire Club – one of London’s hottest private members’ clubs. This exclusive property is located within walking distance to London’s ultra-trendy Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields Market and arty Shoreditch areas. Save up to 64% when you book with Luxury Escapes and enjoy daily breakfast, a bottle of wine and welcome pastry on arrival, complimentary soft drinks and snacks, plus access to the exclusive members-only areas!

Lake Como, Italy

Live la dolce vita in Italy’s A-lister playground with five nights in a stylish self-contained apartment at the newly opened La Perla by Sedar and save up to 71%. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is the glamorous home of George Clooney, million-dollar Renaissance villas, Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the whole of Italy.

Venice, Italy

Lose yourself in charming Venice and sleep by the world-famous canal at Salute Palace Hotel and save up to 76%. The historic Venetian building sits in one of the most premium locations in The Floating City, with its very own water landing for gondolas and water taxis. Enjoy a four, five or seven-night stay with daily continental buffet breakfast, a delicious dinner for two, a cocktail per person and a welcome glass of prosecco on arrival.

Kotor Bay, Montenegro 

If it’s not there already, you need to add Kotor Bay to your bucket list! Experience the mountainous beauty, dreamy blue waters, homemade cheeses, fresh seafood and local wines of Montenegro’s UNESCO-listed Kotor Bay, recently named one of 2018’s ’25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime’ by The Telegraph. Spend five nights at the brand-new, five-star Allure Palazzi Kotor Bay and enjoy daily breakfasts, €100 dining credit and spa discounts, while saving up to 64%.

Burgundy, France

Stay in a newly-renovated, three-wing castle in Burgundy, France and explore the region famous for its smooth, full-bodied red wines. Surround yourself with the gorgeous French countryside and views over the rolling hills and lush vineyards with a three, four or seven-night stay including daily buffet breakfast, welcome aperitif and local snack for two, two-hour cooking class for two with the hotel’s resident chef, wine tasting and a visit to Chateau de Pommard and more. Save up to 51% when you stay at Château de Chailly-sur-Armançon.

Corfu, Greece

Escape to the idyllic Greek Island of Corfu, easily accessible from mainland Europe. Enjoy a romantic getaway in the quaint seaside village of Acharavi, and spend four nights at the brand-new boutique hotel, Mr & Mrs White Hotel Corfu. Enjoy daily breakfast, a three-course dinner for two, a welcome drink on arrival, 10% off food at the stylish hotel’s restaurant, an early check-in and late checkout, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Save up to 55%!

Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Soak up the pure air and awe-inspiring beauty of the Swiss Alps with a sun-kissed summer escape to the grand opening of Valsana Hotel & Appartements Arosa and save up to 36%. Spectacularly located amongst clear lakes, forest and mountains in the Alpine resort village of Arosa, this exceptionally stylish and eco-conscious hotel is the perfect base from which to walk, bike and explore amongst one of nature’s spectacular playgrounds.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Visit one of the happiest countries on earth and discover the hidden charms of the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik. Explore Iceland’s dramatic landscape made up of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs and lava fields or go in search of the famed Northern Lights. Spend three nights at the CentreHotel Midgardur with daily breakfasts and a three-course chef’s choice dinner featuring Nordic fusion cuisine, and save up to 59%.

European Tour & Cruise

Visit six European countries in 18 days on the adventure of a lifetime around Europe. Start with a 10-day tour of beautiful Croatia and Slovenia before boarding a premium liner for a seven-day cruise taking you to Italy, Malta, Spain and France. This incredible package includes return international flights from Australia, accommodation in premium hotels, all the meals and entertainment aboard the ship, return flights from Venice to Rome, sightseeing, private transfers and much more, plus save up to 23%!

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