Lincoln chippy wins ‘Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year’ award

Burton Road Chippy

Lesley Graves and Des Anastasiou, co-owners of Burton Road Chippy

Burton Road Chippy in the cathedral city of Lincoln has been voted independent fish and chip restaurant of the year.

It took the accolade in the National Fish & Chip Awards 2015, prestigious awards which recognise the quality, value and choice offered by fish and chip businesses across the UK. They are organised by industry authority Seafish.

As well as scooping Independent Restaurant, Burton Road won the Staff Training and Development category and was a finalist in the NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award category. It was also voted the best fish and chip takeaway in the Eastern England region.
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Help make our new Google+ community for Canterbury a success

Here at Cathedral City Guide we use social media to keep up with the latest happenings in cathedral cities up and down the country, and one of our favourite social media sites is Google+.

But while many cathedral cities have their own active communities on Google+, we were surprised to notice that Canterbury – home of the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion – did not.

So we set one up.
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Exeter invites locals to submit designs for ‘Exeter Pound’ notes

Exeter Pound logo

The Exeter Pound logo, designed by Exeter College student Lily Bedingham

People in the cathedral city of Exeter have been invited to help design the paper notes for a proposed local currency.

The ‘Exeter Pound’ project aims to launch the currency this autumn, providing the city’s economy with a complementary currency that can be used alongside sterling.
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A look back over a fantastic 2014 for Cathedral City Guide and a quick peek forward to 2015

Grapes Smell York

Putting ‘olfactory guidebook’ Smell York to the test – a personal highlight of 2014

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearly over.

Over the course of the year Sarah and I visited a number of cathedral cities, including Norwich (twice – no, wait, three times), Canterbury, and Oxford. Perhaps that’s slightly fewer than in previous years, but we did also find time to get married and have a baby.
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Cafe Turquoise, Canterbury: a fabulous find that is right on (the beaten) track

Cafe Turquoise, CanterburyWhen exploring a city, there’s little better than making the most incredible discovery down an unpromising side street. But sometimes it isn’t necessary to go off the beaten track at all.

Cafe Turquoise is a great little establishment in Canterbury and it’s situated on one of the city’s most picturesque streets, Butchery Lane. This central location places it close to the city’s Roman Museum and within spitting distance of the cathedral.

The cafe’s decor is both retro and generally rather continental, with art nouveau mirrors, 1950s-style teapots and cups, and a spiral staircase twisting up from the ground floor to the second. During our visit the soundtrack was provided by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and crooners of that ilk.
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Thinking about visiting Oxford in the new year? We know where to start…

Radcliffe Camera, OxfordWe’ve now completed our page all about Oxford – making it the 13th city that we cover in detail here on Cathedral City Guide. On our Oxford page you’ll find information about getting there, the sights not to miss, and suggested activities too.

As well as this, the page has an Oxford-specific events calendar and some fun facts about ‘the city of dreaming spires’. For example, did you know that Oxford University graduate Roger Bannister ran the world’s first four-minute mile at Iffley Road Track in Oxford in 1954? He was a junior doctor at the time.
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Paddington Bear takes time out from filmstar lifestyle to visit UK’s cathedral cities

Paddington BearChildren’s character Paddington Bear is currently riding high in the UK box office charts with his new film, Paddington. But the duffle-coated lover of marmalade sandwiches has been up to something else as well.

That’s right – Paddington, who first appeared in the 1958 book A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, has been travelling around the country visiting many of our cathedral cities.
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Vote for us in the UK Blog Awards and help raise the profile of the UK’s cathedral cities

UK Blog AwardsCathedral City Guide has entered the UK Blog Awards 2015 and reached the ‘public vote’ stage.

If you enjoy the site or find it useful, please take 30 seconds to vote for us. Somewhat optimistically, we have entered two categories (and there’s nothing to stop you voting for us in both):

Voting closes on 3 December with the finalists announced on 15 December. Should we make the final it would give us an opportunity, in our own small way, to raise the profile of the UK’s cathedral cities as remarkable places to live and visit.

Incidentally, you may be wondering about the lack of updates on Cathedral City Guide recently. There’s a good reason for this – Sarah and I became parents at the end of October. I’m looking forward to taking our daughter to her first cathedral city…

Update 7 December: Thank you to everyone who has voted for us, it’s much appreciated. The shortlist is being announced on 15 December – hopefully we’ll be on it.

We smell a bargain: scented travel guide to York goes on sale for just £5

Smell York guidebook

Smell York is the UK’s first olfactory guidebook

‘Smell York’, the innovative olfactory guidebook to the cathedral city of York, has now gone on sale for the reasonable price of just £5.

Back in July we put the guidebook to the test, with two volunteers competing to identify the 12 York-related aromas infused into its pages.

All copies from the initial pilot print run earlier in the year were snapped up fast, but it is now possible to buy ‘Smell York’ from the Visit York online shop for £5 (plus postage).

Whether you want to own a piece of history, or just spend an amusing evening getting your friends to identify strange aromas, then we would recommend Smell York.

Lincoln’s Dog & Bone in the running for ‘National Pub of the Year’

Dog & Bone, LincolnA neighbourhood pub in the cathedral city of Lincoln has been named one of the top 16 pubs in the UK and is now in contention for the prestigious ‘National Pub of the Year’ award.

The Dog & Bone on John Street, which describes itself as “a traditional proper pub”, progressed to the national final after being selected firstly as Lincolnshire Pub of the Year and then East Midlands Pub of the Year.

National Pub of the Year is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a voluntary consumer organisation that campaigns for real ale, pubs and drinkers’ rights.
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