Sustainable bed and breakfast at Pendragon Country House, in north Cornwall

An intimate 19th-century country house hotel in North Cornwall, perched between the sea and Bodmin Moor. It rightfully prides itself on the quality of food and personal attention to guests. The Setting Turn off the A395 that connects Cornwall's two main artery roads (A30 and A39) into the drive of Pendragon House. Your nearest town is Camelford, and the Davidstow cheddar dairy is on your doorstep. From the orangery (where you take your meals), the view stretches out across the fields to where … [Read more...]

Does Cube’s tasting menu offer the best vegetarian meal in Johannesburg?

In case anyone objects to my title before we've even got started, let's get a few things clear. I know that Johannesburg's Cube is not a vegetarian restaurant. I also know Cube has no choices on the menu. Heck, it doesn't even have a wine list. Cube - or to give it its full, and functionally precise name Cube Tasting Kitchen - only does one sitting, and it's a small place, maybe 20/30 covers. Put it this way - you basically walk through the kitchen to get to the loo. But when I ate there with … [Read more...]

Fancy a budget weekend break? Why not enjoy some home comforts with a staycation

In these budget-conscious times, the term Staycation has become a media buzzword, but more often than not it's used incorrectly. A staycation isn't going away for a weekend break in your own country. That's just a holiday. A staycation is a holiday based from your home. Without having to travel, there are none of the stresses or costs to you or the environment, and no worries about what the room will be like. Moreover, if you love the local restaurants you discover, the activities you try or the … [Read more...]

Exploring the more sustainable highlights of San Francisco and the surrounding area

San Francisco is one of the greenest of America's major cities. Already 72 per cent of waste is diverted from landfill, and the city has a target of being zero waste by 2020. Plastic bags are banned from grocery stores and large pharmacies, 57 per cent of its buses are electric, and by 2010 any new buildings bigger than 5000sq ft must be built to LEED gold standard. Good news for those that live there, and here's how a green traveller can enjoy the best that this city has to offer... Where to … [Read more...]