Salisbury Chocolate Bar and Patisserie has ceased trading

The Salisbury Chocolate Bar and Patisserie has ceased trading as of Wednesday 1 October 2014. It’s a real shame to see another local independant business trader in Salisbury having to close their doors for the last time.

There has been an independant chocolate on the High Streein in Salisbury for almost 30 years only independent supplier of Belgian chocolates in the city centre. I wish the owner(s) all the best for the future.

You can see the person message from the owner of the Salisbury Chocolate Bar and Patisserie on their website which is http://www.chocolatesandpatisserie.com

Salisbury is starting to look clean and tidy again

It’s nice to see that Salisbury is starting to look clean and tidy again. For a long time it seemed to me that Salisbury was looking rather neglected so it’s nice to see the City looking so good.

I’d noticed that the grass had remained un-cut along the Churchhill Way for quite some time but Balfour Beatty seem to be doing a superb job of keeping Salisbury clean and tidy. I live in the St Paul’s area of the City and it was a pleasant suprise to see the council contractors working so hard in my road this morning.

As we all know, Salisbury is a medieval Cathedral City and a popular tourist destination for people visiting Wiltshire. Keeping Salisbury clean and tidy will only enhance the popularity of the city and that will hopefully lead to an increase in visitors and business that comes in.

I suppose my only other complaint is the amount of dog poo that I see on the streets. I’m a dog owner myself and always pick up after my dog, why other dog owners can’t pick up their dog poo remains a mystery. It’s not as though dog poo bags are expensive, I use frozen food bags from Tesco and they are very cheap to buy. Prehaps reinstating the road-side bins would help :)

Now that Salisbury is starting to look clean and tidy again

Now that the city is looking good again, let’s hope that it will stay that way. I realise that some, if not all of the litter problem is down to educating people, it will be interesting to monitor whether Salisbury stays clean and tidy

The Stones Hotel at High Post, Salisbury, SP4 6AT

The Stones Hotel at High Post near Salisbury is being refurbished and I will post more information when I have it. The Stones Hotel at High Post is ideally located for travellers who wish to visit the historic Cathedral City of Salisbury as well as those wishing to visit Stonehenge which is close to Amesbury.

The hotel is approximately 4.5 miles from the centre of Salisbury and is located off of the A345. The hotel also benefits from being located close to the High Post Golf Club.

The Stones Hotel is on Twitter

You can send then a tweet at their Twitter address which is https://twitter.com/stones_hotel

For details of other hotels in the Salisbury area you can see my Hotels listing on this very website.

 

Berrynarbor Holiday Cottage near Ilfracombe, North Devon

A Berrynarbor holiday cottage near Ilfracombe in North Devon was our holiday destination of choice this year. Berrynarbor is between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the North coast and is easily accessible from the A339.

Mrs W spent many a long hour looking for a holiday cottage in Berrynarbor that would be ideal for our summer holiday. After a lot of searching and looking at reviews on TripAdvisor she discovered the ideal Berrynarbor holiday cottage in the form of Pink Heather Holiday Cottages in the Sterridge Valley. There are 2 holiday cottages at Pink Heather and they are absolutely beautiful. The main house and the cottages are set up the side of a hill and the only sounds that you can hear are the birds and the sheep.

Our Berrynarbor holiday cottage

Berrynarbor Holiday Cottage

Berrynarbor Holiday Cottages, North Devon

The view from our Berrynarbor holiday cottage

This is the view that we enjoyed from our cottage looking across the Sterridge Valley, isn’t is beautiful.

The view from our Berrynarbor holiday cottage

The view from our Berrynarbor holiday cottage

We decided to eat out in the evenings and found a great little pub called the Ye Olde Globe which is a traditional character pub filled with antiques and curiosities. Ye Olde Globe dates back to 1675.

We also visited The Focsle Inn that overlooks the bay at Combe Martin. The food was really good and it was nice to sit outside and watch the tide come in.

Our Berrynarbor holiday cottage is also an ideal base for visiting some of the other attractions up on the North Devon coastline.

We traveled into nearby Ilfracombe for a walk along the harbour a few times and had the obligatory ice cream and a pasty. As well as visiting Combe Martin and Ilfracombe we also paid a visit to Woolacombe on our last day of our holiday.

Woolacombe is noted for it’s long sandy beach and it didn’t disappoint one little bit. One the day that we visited is was hot and sunny so Mrs W was able to roll her jeans up and take a paddle in the sea.

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe Beach

Sadly our holiday came to a finish and we had to return home to Salisbury and back to reality. If you’re planning a visit to North Devon in the near future and are looking for somewhere peaceful to stay then I would recommend this Berrynarbor holiday cottage. The cottages are owned by Stewart and Wendy Crocker and the address is Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor, North Devon. EX34 9TB Telephone 01271 883093

HomeSense in Salisbury is now open

HomeSense in Salisbury is now open. HomeSense in Salisbury is located close to Waitrose on the old Comet site off of Churchill Way West.

I also understand that Home Sense is the sister company of TKMaxx who are located The Cross Keys Shopping Centre (Tel:01722 320644).

Home Sense is a home goods store and they have over 30 stores with the some in the North and Midlands but the bulk appear to be in the Southern half of the UK.

The address for the Salisbury branch of Home Sense is:

Churchill Way West
Salisbury
South West England
SP2 7TS

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For more information about the store please visit the HomeSense website

The Devizes Road Zebra Crossing In Salisbury Is Dangerous

The Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury is dangerous and something needs to be done before there is another accident. The crossing is situated at the bottom of Devizes Road (A360) and is just a short distance from the St Paul’s roundabout.

I cross the Devizes Road zebra crossing on a daily basis and it seems to me that drivers just don’t notice the crossing, or they notice it just in time to screech to a halt.

The Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury

The Devizes Road Zebra Crossing In Salisbury

The Devizes Road Zebra Crossing In Salisbury

The worst offenders are those who come up Devizes Road from the roundabout. The road curves around to the left and this leave little time for the drivers to notice people at the crossing.

If you look at the Google Maps picture below you will see what I mean. The map will enlarge if you click on it.

Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury

Devizes Road zebra crossing In Salisbury

One theory is that they exit the roundabout and just put their foot as they make their way out of Salisbury. I also wonder whether the drivers coming down Devizes Road are concentrating more on the traffic ahead and that they are likely to have to stop at the traffic lights.

There have been several accidents at this crossing including a gentleman from the area who was knocked down by a foreign tourist in September of 2013.

There have been calls to relocate the Devizes Road zebra crossing further up the road but apparently the pavement is too narrow and the project would be very expensive. There were also plans for new signage and special Zebrite lighting which would illuminate the crossing. It now appears that only the new signs are to be installed.

Which ever way you look at it, the Devizes Road zebra crossing continues to be a dangerous crossing in my opinion. Hopefully no one else will be injured or worse !.

 

Electric vehicle charging point in Brown Street Car Park

I spotted my first electric vehicle charging point in Salisbury today. The Brown Street car park looks as though it’s being re-developed at the moment because motorcycle parking has moved to an area by the entrance to the car park.

There was talk about turning the Brown Street car park into a coach park for short term coach parking. I believe that long stay coaches would then park up at the Britford park and ride site.

Salisbury currently has Coach Friendly Status and I guess that the powers that be need to make sure that Salisbury keeps it so that Salisbury can compete with rival tourist destinations

At the moment I’m not heard of any confirmed plans Brown Street but I’m certainly curious about the electric vehicle charging point in the car park.

Sunday Lunch At The Radnor Arms in Salisbury

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch at the Radnor Arms in Salisbury yesterday. The Radnor Arms is a lovely country pub in the tiny Village of Nunton just outside of the Cathedral City of Salisbury in South Wiltshire.

We had heard that the pub had recently been refurbished and was under new management. As ever, I had my trusty camera with me and was able to take a photo.

Sunday Lunch at The Radnor Arms pub at Nunton, Salisbury

Sunday Lunch at The Radnor Arms pub at Nunton, Salisbury

We have experienced Sunday lunch at quite a few of the pubs in Salisbury and i have to say that the Radnor Arms is up there with the best of them. If You’re looking for somewhere close to Salisbury for Sunday lunch then this could be the pub for you.

Our visit

We arrived at the Radnor Arms just after 12 as we had arranged to meet my my wife’s Mum, her Brother and his Girlfriend.  We ordered some drinks and I decided to take a wander outside before we ordered our lunch.

The pub has ample parking and a large spacious garden at the back. There are plenty of picnic tables in the garden and even a climbing frame for the children. I also noticed a BBQ area in the garden as well as a large marquee. It looks like the Radnor Arms would make an ideal venue for a large family gathering or a group visit for an outdoor BBQ, Incidentally the landlord is South African so would refer to it as a Braai which is the Afrikaans word for it. This pub also has a sister pub called The Bat and Ball at Breamore nr Fordingbridge

The main bar at the pub is dog friendly which is great as we can take our rescue greyhound with us.

Right, time to order our lovely Sunday lunch

Our Sunday lunch experience

We had a look at the menu where my Wife ordered roast beef and Yorkshire pudding along with four different vegetables while I chose a gammon steak with fried egg and chips.

Our meals arrived very soon after we’d put in our order and the table waitress was very nice and polite, she is certainly a credit to the pub and it’s staff.

My gammon was cooked beautifully and the egg was fried perfectly. The portion size was just right as opposed to the mountains of food that are often served at some of the chain pubs. Our family members also commented on how well cooked the food was so we’ll certainly be going back again in the future.

If you’re looking for a top Sunday lunch in the Salisbury area then I would thoroughly recommend the Radnor Arms at Nunton. You can contact them on 01722 329722 or find them on this map of Nunton

Free Parking After Three in Salisbury

Free parking after three in Salisbury is available from the 30th of June. You can park in Culver Street car park which is a long-stay multi-storey with 528 spaces.

Free parking after three in Salisbury is one of a number of initiatives being launched in time for Salisbury Independents week, which also starts on the 30th of June

Free parking after three in Salisbury follows on from the free Sunday parking initiative that was brought in by Wiltshire Council as a trial and which began on the 6th April 2014.

The decision was made to offer free parking after three to encourage shoppers and visitors to Salisbury. It is hoped that this will increase trade for local businesses in the immediate area as visitors walk to the City centre.

Culver Street Car Park location

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Salisbury Park and Ride

There are also five park and ride sites around Salisbury. These allow people to drive to one of the park and ride sites, park their car in a secure car park and then continue into Salisbury City centre by bus.

More information about the Salisbury Park and Ride service can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website

Free Parking in Salisbury

You can now park for free in Salisbury on a Sunday. You can park at the Culver Street shoppers’ car park.

The free Sunday parking in Culver Street is being offered by Wiltshire Council as a trial and began on the 6th April 2014. The decision was made to offer free car parking on a Sunday to encourage shoppers and visitors to Salisbury. It is hoped that this will increase trade for local businesses in the immediate area as visitors walk to the City centre.

Culver Street car park is a long-stay multi-storey with 528 spaces

Culver Street Car Park location


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Salisbury Park and Ride

There are also five park and ride sites around Salisbury. These allow people to drive to one of the park and ride sites, park their car in a secure car park and then continue into Salisbury City centre by bus.

More information about the Salisbury Park and Ride service can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website