Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review

Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review: August 2018

Think warm, cosy and inviting, Bill’s Manchester is a homely hub and an ideal place for a family gathering, catching up with friends or dining with a loved one.

Décor is a shabby chic mix, with washed stripped woods, velvet seating, worn leather relaxers, charming chandlers and candles.

Warm welcomes are what I love about Bill’s and they have never failed yet.  Staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and have a genuine want to make your visit top notch.  The Manchester manager and his team deliver on all points.

Excitingly Bill’s New Menu is Now out! Great to see that Bill’s have kept firm favs such as the tasty Crumbed Halloumi Sticks with lime aioli and Giant Green Gordal Olives.  New starters including the brilliant Beetroot and Goats Cheese Arancini with purple basil, beetroot & pine nut pesto and seeds which were gorgeous and scoffed in record time.

Also, the Ancient Grain Bowl a super sensational Salad of wild rice, buckwheat, toasted millet, black quinoa, asparagus, charred broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, spring onion, red pepper tapenade, seeds and lemon dressing

Why not wash these down with a super duper healthy Kale, spinach, mango, apple juice Super Greens Smoothie and a large glass of awesome Orange Juice.

Mains have been mixed up with a new introduction of Pan Fried Sea Bass with an avocado, cherry tomato & caper salsa and herb rösti.  Alongside the classic Bill’s Halloumi Burger, with tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion, lime aioli, sesame bun and fries, the new menu rocks! Keep things cool with the Peach and Fresh Mint Iced Tea and a bottle of Bill’s beer.

Finish fabulous with the Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie with warm chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and a chocolate flake and the wonderful Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts with fresh strawberries, warm chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

Keep refreshed, while enjoying your delicious desserts, with the Watermelon and Raspberry Cooler mixed up with Bill’s Pink Lemonade and a Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry Juice.

Enjoy the New Bill’s Menu, with new additions, alongside the classics, but the brand has retained their signature relaxed friendly feel, service and all-round good times vibe.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: August 2018

Location One St Peters Square is the home of the Drake Morgan creation: The Anthologist Manchester City Centre. A relaxed homely hub, with a mix of eclectic décor, with a fresh fabulous natural vibe including planters, fresh fruit and herbs on display, throws, cosy scatter cushions, with a mix of bold and neutral colours that complement the ambience and atmosphere.

Offering a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and my choice the mocktails aka Absolut Proofs, you are spoilt for choice.  The Gorgeous Garden Fizz created with basil, blackberries, raspberries, lemon & agave.  The marvellous Market Fizz shaken with pomegranate juice, lemon, rose water, tonic & za’atar salt rim.

Also, the delicious Ginger Mimosa stirred up with orange juice, fresh ginger, rosemary & ginger ale.  Finally, the amazing Alchemist Cooler, rustled up with chilled peppermint tea, lemon, mint & tonic.

The Anthologist Afternoon Tea provides a generous serving of finger sandwiches, scones and beautiful cakes.

Sit back, chill and relax, as you look out on the view directly overlooking St Peters Square or why not head out and enjoy seating outside on the stunning alfresco terrace.  Even if there is a slight chill, Anthologist have you covered, and provide snug drake Morgan monogrammed fleeces to keep you cosy.

Before you leave make sure you check out the ladies.  Beautifully designed with butterfly detail and complimentary sweet treats too.

Make your Afternoon an Anthologist Afternoon!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Coronation Street The Tour Review

Coronation Street The Tour Review: July 2018

Manchester’s media city is the place to make your on street debut on Weatherfields famous Coronation street.

Wonderful Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford, is the setting for the ITV Coronation Street Soap.

Be streetwise with your foot wear choices, and prepare for a few bumps along the way, on the streets iconic corrie cobbles.  Amazing Allan, our lovely tour guide, gave nothing but a smooth performance.

The first glimpse you see the brilliant Bistro, Dev and Sunita Alahan’s convenience store and located at no 10 the Kabin News Agents.

Turn the corner, take a breath, and there you have it Coronation Street in all its glory.  Jack and Vera Duckworth’s, stone clad terraced, as iconic as the Coronation Cobbles.

Park up at the plats for a cuppa before you head on into Underworld for your shift in the knicker factory, but make sure that you don’t air your dirty linen in public!

Got a puncture, call into Webster’s Autocentre and Kevin will sort you out.  While you wait, grab a copy of the Weatherfield Gazzette, to catch up on all the weathy gossip.

Take a moment Imagine the buzz on filming day, as the characters prepare for another day in Wetherfield, rolling into the Rovers Return for a glass or two of their fav tipple.

Ooo go on then duck, I’ll have a bag of chippy chips with lashings of salt and vinegar, from For Your Fries Only.  Head under the arch, turn right, to get the back street take on the street, down the graffitied back alley.

Weatherfield bus late again, no worries, why not stop at Steve’s Street Cars for a ride into town.

For a traditional Manchester Café, try out the Pie and Peas, at Roys Rolls proper comfort food!

The street sets the scene for sensational story lines and twisted plots, including heartbreak, deceit and murder.

Recreating, a dark side of the street…The terrifying Tina McIntyre monumental moment, where she plunged to her death, in the Coronation cliff-hanger story line.

Welcome, Victoria Street new additions including Speed Dial, the snooker hall and even a tattoo parlour to encompass the evolving modern Manchester lifestyle.

Weatherfield train line delays, no worries chill and chat in Costa, over cup of coffee and see who is having a heart to heart in the community gardens.

Humming the Corrie Orrie theme tune, in my head, as I left the street to end what was a fabulous classic Coronation Street tour.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Novotel Liverpool Centre Review

Novotel Liverpool Centre Review: July 2018

Destination Liverpool, on Hanover Street, is the location of 4 star Novotel Liverpool Centre.  A stylish hotel, in a convenient, centralised position for you to take advantage of all that Liverpool City centre has to offer.

Executive accommodations provide a relaxed and focused experience where you already have everything you need to make your stay a smooth one.

The wardrobe had plenty of space for you to store all your wears along with complimentary slippers and a fluffy robe for the duration of your stay.  You will notice the door, behind which is a separate enclosed toilet area.

Amenities included a fully stocked tea tray with Belgian biscuits, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary bottled water, already chilled and waiting, in the mini fridge.

The room offered a spacious sanctuary with a super cosy bed, entertainment unit, work desk area with a Bose Ipod docking station and wonderful wi-fi.

The swivel flat screen television allows you to catch up on the news or watch a move from the comfort of your bed or desk area.

The super smart swivel desk is handy, as can be used flat as a vanity area with mirror in place or is easily interchangeable to watch television or make any required telephone calls.

The double doors lead onto a contemporary Bathroom with rain shower and separate had held shower unit.  Also, a handy built in wood storage shelves, ideal for storing all those beauty products.

The marvellous mirror is well lit and there is a whole host of executive superior complimentary bathroom goodies including fabulous Fairtrade Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap.  Also, essentials such as a comb, dental set, shaving set, shower cap, vanity set, shoe shine sponge and a sewing kit which cuts down on the baggage, and the need to pack extras.

Now all settled in, it’s time for some you time.  Head on down to the leisure area and take a dip in their gorgeous heated swimming pool.  After your dip, grab a book, rest on a recliner and chill poolside.

Their fabulous fitness suite has everything any fitness bunny requires to keep themselves in peak performance.

Offering a range of weights and training equipment, you can row, run or cycle, as you watch the poolside atmosphere to keep your mind focused.  After training, work up a sweat of a different kind, and hit the steam room for a relaxed session.

Along with the electronic code operated lockers, there is a plentiful supply of towels, so when you have worked up a sweat, they have all your needs covered.

The in house, Rope Walks bar and Kitchen, has all your foodie requirements sorted.  The décor has been designed with Liverpool’s rich sailing heritage in mind along with a sprinkle of the brilliant Beatles band.

Theming subtle in style and tasteful, creates an ideal place to meet friends, family, a loved one or colleagues for a get together over food and drinks.

A must is to let Pedro mix you up a cocktail or in my case a marvellous mocktail! Pedro has natural talent and flare for creating the perfect mix of combination and flavours.  While Pedro got his shake on, we chowed down on these yummy vegetarian nuggets with dipping sauce, fresh cucumber slices and hummus dip.

Loving the Liverpool Love Lane battered Fish and Chips with peas and tartare sauce and the sensational superfood salad was a fab fresh dinner option.

Delve into their delicious desserts with this fab vegan raspberry frangipane tart with raspberry coulis or opt for the lovely local cheese board, with grapes, biscuits and a nice dollop of chutney.

After an exciting evening in Liverpool city centre and a good night’s sleep, why not keep the good times coming and enjoy an in-room breakfast.

Opt for a continental vibe with fresh fruit, prunes, porridge, pastries with a range of preserves and fresh orange juice.

Or perhaps you fancy some of the hot stuff?  With full English and Vegetarian breakfast options, and a choice of breakfast, herbal teas and coffee, you are spoilt for choice.  So cosy up on the bed or chill at the swivel desk area, making morning in room dining, a laid back relaxed affair.

Novotel Liverpool Centre, “We love you yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool

Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool: July 2018

“Help I need somebody, Help not just anybody, Help”.  Help yourself and get a spring in your step, by heading on down to Albert Dock Liverpool, and feel that marvellous magical musical melody.

Book yourself onto the Magical mystery Tour and get on board your very own “yellow submarine” for the Ultimate Beatles Fan experience. “She’s got a ticket to ride”…well I definitely did and could not wait.

Packed with larger than life Liverpool characters including our host Jay Johnson and driver Ross, I knew to be prepared for an action packed whistle stop Beatles tour with a lorra lorra laughs.

The Tour has many highlights including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, St Peters Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home and Former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA)

Excitingly, there are four stops, where you can get off the bus, at key Beatles locations and snap away to your hearts content.  Walk with the boys (Fab Four Statue located at the docks) to the first of these stops which was Penny Lane.

For the Beatles boys and Liverpool community, the barbers shop, the bus terminus at the top of penny lane was a social hub and a meeting place.  Hence, the Penny Lane Song was about the bus terminus in penny lane rather than the actual street.

George Harrison’s birthplace; 12 Arnold grove, where the home had a tin bath, coal fire and outside toilet. Due to their fame, the boys often used a pseudonym when checking into a hotel. It was funny to learn that George often used the name “Arnold grove”!

Next, “I’m going to Strawberry Fields, Nothing is real, And nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever”

For the final pitstop, Paul McCartney’s childhood home, and we were one of the lucky tours to be in town at the same time, as the legend himself.

The Magical Mystery tour was relaxed, fun, friendly and delivered with genuine interest and true passion.  The Magical Mystery Tour ticket also includes Cavern Club Admission for that day or evening.

“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down…” a sure thing to perk up anyone’s mood is Location Matthew Street, the beating hub of Liverpool’s music scene, with the Cavern Club being at the very heart of it.

Cavern Club Front stage has a variety of truly talented live musical performances with musical “words of wisdom” so “Let it be, Let it be, let it be”

Also, there is masses of Liverpool Legends memorabilia to keep any Beatles fans and lovers of Liverpool entertained.

Liverpool, we love you yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist Review

Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist Review: July 2018

Location Liverpool, on Sir Thomas Street, lies a challenge like no other.  Choose your team and prepare your squad to take on Breakout rooms exciting escape room challenge – The Heist.

My marvellously daring team of expert elite bank robbers docked into Liverpool for a Heist of a lifetime.  Lovely Joe, our games Master guided us deep down into the legendary vault of, Locke and Quay Treasury, that is rumoured to hold the private depository of one of their famously rich and wealthy clients.

After gaining entry to raid the Vault…no drill required, the 60-minute, automatic fail-safe security system kicked in and our only hope of escape was to find clues, solve puzzles before the back up security system sealed our fate forever.

Disguise your identity, but use your cunning mind and a focused team strategy, to gain an employee identification card, override the security systems, find the treasure and make your escape.

Make sure you have a getaway vehicle planned, we made our escape on foot and then a ferry across the Mersey.  We escaped, but can you escape the Heist…get down to lovely Liverpool to find out?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review

City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review: July 2018

For over 30 years, Manchester City Centre Cruises, have been operating passenger boat cruises in their two luxury barge boats.  The Castlefield cruise location, was ready and waiting, for our turn to set sail with Captain Alan and his skippers Sarah, Ellie and Ted.

Participation in the cruise was to celebrate positive steps toward female emancipation, pay homage to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes, as in February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, with December marking 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.

Our super sensational Sunday lunch began with fresh Soup, a crispy bread roll, all washed down with a range of light liquid refreshments.

Mouth-watering Mains included roast beef, roasty potatoes, boiled potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, broccoli, carrots and lashings of gravy.  With advance notice being provided, an extra bonus was that chef Lorna catered for Vegetarians, with a yummy cheese and bean melt which tasted delicious.

The dessert was a completely tasty triumph, a rhubarb crumble with custard, which I could have easily ate more than one serving.  All washed down with a choice of tea and coffee.

The barge boat experience is sensational with informative and comical commentary from captain Alan partnered with a pleasant poem. You also get to see a whole range of sights, including Manchester’s beautiful bridges, on the Bridgewater canal system.

Graffiti which can be both controversial and subjective, but get down with Bart Simpson and on lock down with the Panama dock number 3 which is the only lock left in water.Notice the interesting contrast between Manchester’s industrial past with the old soap works factory with the modern Media city including the likes of the BBC and ITV.  Along with Manchester heartfelt iconic symbolic bee symbol, which is about the people of Manchester’s courage and strength to fight future conflict together.

Synonymous, with when the suffragettes used their united courage and strength, to gain women of today the freedom and right to vote and have our say in society.

Why not book onboard for a Sunday celebration Lunch, celebrating women’s life and liberty, and raise a glass or two in respect and tribute to the suffragette’s bravery and sacrifice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx