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Swanage Steam Train

After all these years of living in Dorset I have finally made it onto the Swanage steam train. It was pretty fun taking the short journey over to Corfe Castle and back. Worth doing once and something to take friends onto who are visiting the area.

Website: Swanage Railway

Guernsey - didn't know it was so close

Just had a long enjoyable weekend in Guernsey.

I didn't realise how near it is. As the crow flies it is a similar distance to London and flying in a plane means the journey is pretty damn quick.

The duty free, yes, no duty, is cheaper on the plane than at Southampton Airport. We could have got two litre bottles of Gordon's Gin or Russian Standard Vodka for £10 each. Instead, on the way back I got a litre bottle of Hennessey XO for £95, where a 70cl bottle in the supermarkets here is £135. I've never bought anything so expensive, or an XO before so I will savour it when I finally get round to opening it. We also got two bottles of Mumm champagne for £16 each. Cannot complain, so you must remember to not buy anything at Soton airport.

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New addition to Southbourne - Cliff House Hotel

If you want somewhere new in Southbourne to try for a relaxing drink and nice food then I've been to the Cliff House Hotel a couple of times now. Newly opened a few weeks back, I think it has every potential to do well.

It has a nice patio area at the back and a large garden. Good for late evening and day time alike.

The food is a very good standard as well.

Now that's a lot of drink - 450+

I've just totalled up the different number of wines I had added to the site and it is over 450. Probably most weren't that great and the list is just nothing more than a record for my own use rather than a guide for anyone else.

Hope that doesn't look bad :-)

Just means I am enjoying life.

Cheers and good health to you all.

Larder House / Library of Liquor

My favourite place that is only on my flipping high street is no firmly on the foodie/drinkie map seeing as the owner of the The Larder House, James Fowler, has become the World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2014.

No doubt hipster-types from London will have it on their bucket lists of things to do and places to visit. Hey, we were there first, but it's nice to share.

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