By Stuart Maconie

ISBN-10: 1407026984

ISBN-13: 9781407026985

Each person talks approximately 'Middle England'. occasionally they suggest whatever undesirable, like a lynch mob of day-by-day Mail readers, and occasionally they suggest anything strong, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer time twilight. yet simply the place and what's heart England? Stuart Maconie didn't recognize both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out...

Is center England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough fairly as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the day trip, with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones, to find the reality.

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52 Faro and around PLA C ES Visiting Faro The bus terminal is located on Avenida da República, just north of the harbour. The train station faces Largo da Estação, a couple of minutes further northwest. 185. 30pm; t 289 803 604). pt) is another good source of information on the area as a whole. Centro Ciência Viva parts of which you can climb for great views over the town. The most striking entrance to the old town is through the nineteenthcentury town gate, the Arco da Vila, next to the turismo.

Gardy Rua de Santo António 16 t289 824 062. 30am–8pm. Cavernous and popular local pastelaria with a counter piled high with cakes and savouries. Tables spilling out onto the main pedestrianized street and a side alley make this one of the best places in town to watch the world go by. Café Piramides Jardim Manuel Bivar t 289 822 964. Daily 8am–midnight. Set in a glass pavilion with a pyramid-shaped roof, this all-purpose café has Contents Places Restaurants Adega Dois Irmãos Largo Terreiro do Bispo 13–15 t289 823 337.

Standard mid- priced Portuguese grills served in a characterful restaurant that largely consists of a covered patio. Live folk music on Fridays. Taska Rua do Alportel 38 t 289 824 739. Mon–Sat noon–3pm & 7–11pm. Friendly place serving traditional, moderately priced Algarve fare to a mostly Portuguese crowd. House specialities include gambas (prawns) accom- Contents Places 59 panied by an excellent range of Portuguese regional wines. alive and still looking unwell at this suitably darkened club with cheap beer and wicked shots.

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