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Great seaside ESCAPES

Fancy a couple of nights by the sea, with the sound of the lapping waves, the glorious sea air and, most importantly, great food? Here are four places to take bucket, spade and appetite
Hell Bay Hotel is on scenic Bryher in the Isles of Scilly with its sandy coves

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HELL BAY HOTEL

Bryher, Isles of Scilly (hellbay.co.uk)

SEASIDE CREDS In the spirit of full disclosure I must declare a bias towards the Isles of Scilly. When I was young, my great-uncle Bryan - a big bald man with a pipe, two labradors and a joke on his lips - lived there and we spent many a sunny holiday staying in the flat above his sweetshop (Bourdeaux’s on St Mary’s, the biggest of the Scilly Isles… the shop sign is still there, but not Uncle Bryan, sadly).

local artist Richard Pearce’s hut

If you’ve never been to these islands, I urge you to go and experience paradise 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. The climate is mild thanks to the Gulf Stream: tropical plants thrive here, and the beaches are long and white, the waters turquoise. In high summer the purply blue of wild agapanthus flowers daubs every view with colour, and lichen grows on all the rocks – a sign of air purity. On one walk I met a French woman who said, “How can this be England? It’s like the Caribbean.” She’s right – on a sunny day, at least.

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The July issue of delicious. is all about reinventing summer cooking with new sticky BBQ recipes and brilliant picnic ideas. You’ll also find a seaside menu from Cornwall, seasonal courgette dishes and the 10 most useful recipes for summer. Debbie Major works her magic with curry powder, Natasha Corrett rustles up fast, healthy meals, plus there’s a guide to baking fennel-seed buns and a stunning 16-page Collector’s Edition Pastry Special.
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