Exploring Budapest’s beer scene

Budapest: the jewel of the Danube and a city well known for its beautiful architecture and relaxing thermal baths…but does it have good beer? It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, not for a beer jaunt but just to experience the city, but once everything was booked and arranged, I was pleasantly surprised just how many decent craft beer bars there appeared to be in the city. Over the course of four days we managed to visit quite a few of them. Here’s a little look at them.

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Hunting out Oslo’s best craft beer bars

After visiting Bergen and travelling via train across the mountains, we ended up in Oslo. Like Bergen, the beer is expensive but there are considerably more places selling craft beer in Norway’s capital city to check out. We spent four nights in the city in total and managed to work  our way through quite a few of Oslo’s beer bars visiting everywhere from cosy local bars to microbreweries to a well-known Scottish chain, so here’s a guide to some of them.

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Craft beer in Bergen, Norway

Norway may not seem like the most obvious place for a holiday filled with beer due to its well-documented high alcohol prices, but we didn’t let that stop us. Yes, it’s expensive but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit and if you stick to smaller drinks and are prepared to only go out for a couple, it’s not going to totally break the bank. Here’s a little look at where to buy and drink craft beer in Bergen.

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A return visit to Copenhagen

Almost two years since my last visit, I recently made a return trip to Copenhagen. We’d got tickets for Copenhagen Beer Celebration and also decided to stay a few extra days before it to return to some old favourites and check out the new places that had sprung up since our last visit to the Danish capital. Here’s a little guide to the craft beer bars we went to during our five days in Copenhagen.

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History, brewpubs and collaboration: a trio of pubs in North Wales

Despite growing up in Merseyside, living in Manchester and spending as much time as possible travelling and exploring, there’s one area very close to home where I’ve not spent too much time: Wales.  Apart from a few trips as a child (and a hen do in Chester that involved visiting a spa in Deeside), Wales is very much undiscovered territory to me so when we were looking for a place for a weekend away, it seemed like the natural choice.

We stayed in rural Snowdonia – probably the most rural place I’ve ever stayed – but on the way there and back we made a few stop offs.

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Craft beer in Barcelona

Barcelona has a reputation as a very cool, cultured and trendy city and it’s also in the midst of a beer revolution. Although Estrella and the like dominate, there are now a growing number of smaller breweries popping up in the city and craft beer bars opening their doors.

We recently spent a weekend exploring the city and here’s a little look at some of the bars and breweries we visited in Barcelona.

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A Whitby pubs guide

Whitby is without a doubt one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever visited in the UK. From the stunning drive across the North York Moors on the way and that glorious first glimpse of Whitby Abbey and the sea beyond, I was enchanted and spent most of my time quite in awe of the beauty of the town. I mean, look at it!

199 Steps Whitby St Mary's Church graveyard and Whitby Abbey, Whitby

It’s somewhere I’d always wanted to go, especially as Dracula is one of my favourite books, so Ross took us off on a weekend for my birthday. Once we started researching the pub situation in the town, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that there were plenty of places worth a visit as well as a brewery (called, unsurprisingly, Whitby Brewery). Now, this isn’t a definite guide to Whitby’s pubs as there were plenty we didn’t get to, but more than enough for a weekend’s visit!

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