B&B Emma - The Amazing Jimmy and Leen
CERCLE BRUGES AND CHELSEA DAGGER
So when it comes to staying in Bruges, here at From Real People style we have found an amazing independent B&B for you. We stayed in Bruges in April 2017 and it was wonderful to meet Jimmy and Leen during our trip. Their B&B, called B&B Emma, is named after their daughter and they really love sharing their home with their guests. It was thanks to them and their awesome recommendations that we had such a perfect trip to Bruges. If you are a fan of football, ask Jimmy about his love for the local club Cercle Bruges, where he was club captain in 2007 and now coaches their Under 19 team. One of the odd fascinations I have about football is the songs that teams play when they score a goal. For Cercle Bruges their choice is one of my favourite songs, Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis. If you are a fan of tea (as in the drink) you should also stop by the tea shop Javana where Leen works. You can read more about their wonderful little B&B on their website here.
COSY ROOMS AND A WONDERFUL BREAKFAST
Just to tell you more about their B&B. They have 2 lovely bedrooms that are warm, cosy and well decorated with lots of white and crisp linen. Jimmy and Leen are perfect hosts who take the trouble to find out what their guests like when they arrive. They will then happily sit and mark up a map with all the best bits of Bruges on it (many of their tips to us are shared here). They also make one of the most gorgeous breakfasts I have ever had in a hotel or B&B. First of all, Leen’s smothies are just awesome, freshly made and the perfect start to anyone’s day. They go out early and get fresh local bread, which they serves with meat, cheese and jam from local suppliers. The location of their B&B is pretty perfect as well. It’s just a 10-15 minute walk from the centre through a lovely peaceful part of the city with some really cute streets.
Isle of Harris
ISLE OF HARRIS GIN - THE SOCIAL DISTILLERY
The Isle of Harris Gin distillery is based in the picturesque surroundings of Tarbert in the Outer Hebrides. It defines itself as a Social Distillery that has the local community at it’s very heart. It’s founders were a group of local men and women called the Tarbert Ten who are at the centre of day-to-day life at the distillery. As the distillery grows, more and more members of the tight knit local Harris community become involved in supporting their community effort.
The sea kelp in their Gin is hand harvested by local diver Lewis Mackenzie from the deep underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides. It is combined with eight other carefully chosen botanicals ensuring a perfect balance between the bitter juniper and pine with sweet fruit flavours of mango, grapefruit and orange. This gives the Isle of Harris Gin a wonderful fruity flavour coupled with a dry, flinty taste.
If you can’t get to the distillery in person, you can buy their gin through their online shop here. They even have a click and collect service that enables you to pick up their gin from various locations across Scotland. Each location is hand-picked as representatives of the island and the wonderful Gin it produces.