Friday’s Fab Five Foodie Finds

My different kind of Five a Day…

Sometimes we can all get stuck in a rut and instead of varying our food we simply stick with what we know.  So, when this exciting foodie bundle, including brands; Hippeas, World of Zing, Pip&Nut, Doisy & Dam and Tenzing natural energy drinks, arrived at blogging HQ, I decided to use the goodies to switch up my working day munchies, have some healthy indulgence and here you have my Friday Fab Five Foodie Finds.

Squirrel away and get your breakfast boost with Pip&Nut and enjoy some scrummy Porridge made with pip and nut’s natural almond drink and for extra nuttiness squeeze in some amazing almond butter.

Love your lunchies and spice things up by giving your vegan hotroll some Zing and adding lashings of World of Zings peri-peri naga chilli ketchup – yummy!

Refuel your day with some sensational super snacks such as the cheesy chilled out Hippeas, a delightful Doisy & Dam chocolate bar which has no than eight ingredients and contains 8% superfoods, all washed down with a can of Tenzing natural energy drink.

There you have it some healthy! Make sure your foodie day is done the right way! A big high five to the fabulous Hippeas, Pip&nut, doisy & Dom, sauces and energy drinks.


Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



12 Days of Giftmas Christmas Gift Guide 2017

12 Days of Giftmas Christmas Gift Guide 2017

My Santa sack is full, and I am ready to spread the festive cheer and share some spectacular ‘Must Have’ gift ideas which should be in your festive stockings this season.

So why not get things all wrapped up, Eat, Drink and be Merry.  Grab a mince pie, a glass of mulled wine and smile your way through my 12 days of Giftmas; Christmas Gift Guide 2017.

First Day of Giftmas: Creative Nature Chocolate Collection – £21.99 – Ideal for foodies, chocoholics and passionate bakers who want to bake up a storm.

Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription & Tasting Kit – £29.89/£29.90 – Wine Lovers will enjoy a tipple or two with this wonderful wine subscription gift.  Team this up with the terrific tasting kit for the ultimate paring.

Third Day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Subscription – £40 – Ginoisseurs will welcome being part of this club, that delivers fine small batch gins along with gourmet treats, so lets make it a happy Ginmas.

Fourth Day of Giftmas: Clearspring Luxury Japanese Sushi Kit – Currently on Special offer at £23.60, usually £29.50  – A fun, creative and interactive gift experience, so get a roll on and get your sushi on.

Fifth Day of Giftmas: Sous Chef Deluxe Paella Set – £24.95 – Turn up the heat and create a Spanish sizzle with a gourmet family evening in.  Hold off the Siesta and serve up a slice of Spain.

Sixth Day of Giftmas: Gift of Oil, Balsamic Lovers Collection – £19.95 – Try some Italian, innovative infusions with these first-class balsamic condiments.  Be slick and give the gift of oil.

Seventh Day of Giftmas: Navy & Cream Jimbag Rucksack – £49.95 – Whether it is work, play or training this Manchester based brand have created a stylish women’s rucksack suitable for everyone’s needs.  Bag yours before it is too late.

Eighth Day of Giftmas: Goodio Chocolates Makio Collection – 49 Euros – Keep out the cold with this Merino fine Italian knitted Beanie.  Also, chow down on premium sea salt chocolate.  Be head smart and gift this cute comfort combination.

Ninth Day of Giftmas: Mia Tui Navy Olivia Bag Handbag – £49.99 – Hold your head up high this party season with this nice navy spacious handbag which includes a matching clutch and make up purse.  Store all those party essentials in this smart bundle.

Tenth Day of Giftmas: The Little Book of Hygge and Hoggly Tea – £8.99/ 1 box of tea ranges from £4.25 – £5.25 – Fancy a festive cuppa, well Christmas blends such as Around the Fire and Spiced Orange will warm you up while you read about the Nordic way of life with the Little Book of Hygge.

Eleventh Day of Giftmas: The Works Goodies – £Prices range from £2 – £10 – From stocking fillers to gifts, The Works have a well-stocked Winter Wonderland of wonderful gifts for all the family.

Twelfth Day of Giftmas: Happy Linen Company Double Duvet Set – £20.95 – Wrap up warm with this delightful double duvet set printed with crimson coloured elephants. Time to snuggle up and get cosy.

Excitingly, daily from 1st – 12th of December keep a look out on my blog for even more info about all these gorgeous gifts in my #12DaysOfGiftmasReviews feature.

In advance, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Now, have you been naughty or nice and what gifts have you seen for Santa’s list?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Nut Free Chocolate People Christmas Eve Treat Box

Nut Free Chocolate People Christmas Eve Treat Box: November 2017

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go” and even more so with delicious nut free fabulous festive treats from Nut Free chocolate people.  Christmas is a time for reflection and rejoicing, spending much deserved time with family, friends and loved ones.  Why not enhance your Christmas Eve and make it extraordinary and create your own personalised winter warmer Nut Free Chocolate People Christmas Eve Treat Box.

I choose some yummy drinking chocolate, lovely large pink & white marshmallows, marvellous milk chocolate hollow Santa, 6 milk chocolate coins, a milk chocolate stirring stick, a sensational box of Christmas milk chocolate’s which come is various Christmas shapes such as snowman, an amazing personalised chocolate bar and this wonderfully milk chocolate Christmas survival kit with chocolate treats and a cute bone china mug.

I created this Wonderful Winter Wonderland Plank which includes the personalised bar, chocolate coins, marshmallows, Christmas themed chocolatey shapes and some super yummy hot chocolate served up in the lovely bone china cup along with a chocolatey super stirrer stick.

Eat, drink and be Merry!  In advance, I Wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Gobstoppers Family Festive Boxes

The Gobstoppers Family Festive Boxes: November 2017

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town”

Candy canes galore and much more Gobstoppers is your one stop shop for all those fabulous festive treats.  Harry Potter and Hershey’s treats were my top picks from the Gobstoppers product range. Therefore, I decided to spread some festive cheer and create these fabulous festive boxes.

There is nothing better than a Christmas Eve snuggled in front of the fire watching Christmas movies with family, friends or loved ones.  Now, all that is missing is some treats.  My family festive boxes will enhance your Christmas eve and add to the festive cheer and excitement.

Harry Potter fans will love this HP themed Christmas Eve treat box.  The box includes Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans, Harry Potter Chocolate frogs and Harry Potter Jelly Slugs and the bonus is that you get 2 packs of each!

Chocoholics will adore this Hershey’s themed Christmas Eve treat box.  The box includes which includes Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses, Hershey’s milk chocolate drops, Hershey’s miniatures, Hershey’s special dark bar, Hershey’s Krackel bar, Hershey’s Mr Goodbar, 2 Hershey’s King Size Cookies N Crème bars and 2 Hershey’s King Size Milk Chocolate bars.

Remember don’t get too carried away with all the treats, sharing is caring!

In advance, I Wish you all a very Merry Christmas

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018 under the helm of head chef Jake Jones, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.  The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to mention a few.

The inviting oak panelled arts and crafts entrance sets the scene with stunning stained-glass windows, an inglenook roaring log fire.  An ideal place to cosy up prior to partaking in your Afternoon Tea Offerings.

In 1888 the ‘yellow earl’ and first president of the automobile association Lord Lonsdale acquired the property to use as his private hunting lodge.  Now, the Holbeck Ghyll offers guests accommodations, dinner, lunch and of course Afternoon Tea!

The Lonsdale Lounge, an intimate setting, with its open fires and picture-perfect views overlooking Lake Windermere, is the location for this charming Afternoon Tea pastime.

Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford introduced the fashionable trend of partaking in Afternoon Tea.  Jolly good call in my opinion!  Holbeck Ghyll’s famously indulgent Afternoon Tea available for both residents and non-residents began with of course only the finest Taylor’s of Harrogate teas, a range of fabulous finger sandwiches such as club, salmon & cream cheese, duck egg and avocado, a mushroom tart and a glass of the fizzy stuff.

We relaxed, chatted and simply watched the world go by, as a mix of melodies played at the ideal volume in the background.  Staff were also attentive but not intrusive.  Sweet service commenced with the arrival of the creative cakes and scones.

The sensational scones with jam and clotted cream were delicious.  Lovely lemon poppy seed cakes, yummy chocolate orange fancies, the most terrific tasty trifles and cute carrot cakes in the most adorable pottery planters, like something straight out of a Beatrix Potter Book.

An elegant, exquisite and indulgent Afternoon Tea experience in the heart of the Lakes.  An ideal experience perfect for a get together with friends, family or for celebrations.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU.


01539 432375

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.

In 1888 the ‘yellow earl’ and first president of the automobile association Lord Lonsdale acquired the property to use as his private hunting lodge. Now, the Holbeck Ghyll offers guests a sensational stay without the stuffiness. A romantic, relaxing retreat to simply kick back, unwind and forget life’s stresses.

The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger during her filming of Miss Potter. Also, this was the onset location for Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who filmed their series the Trip in 2010.

The inviting oak panelled, arts and crafts styled, entrance sets the scene with stunning stained-glass windows, an inglenook roaring log fire and an even warmer welcome from Katherine and the Holbeck Ghyll team. Katherine a true ambassador for the brand who provided passionate, professional, personalised, attentive and genuine service throughout.

Renovations have been sympathetic to the original historical features retaining both the character and charm emphasising their beauty without an ounce of vulgarity. Unique room offerings span from traditional to contemporary. Suites have been presented with ‘Lake District’ names such as “Miss Potter”, “Lord Lonsdale”, but importantly the theme is subtle and in keeping with the sophisticated surroundings.

The Easdale junior located in the ‘Tarn House Building’ which offers guests a contemporary rural retreat. An impressive and inviting entrance way transports guests to pure bliss. The spacious junior with floor to ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop offering sensational views overlooking Lake Windermere and The Langdale Fells.

Plush presentations with plumped pillows on the cosy bed, an ample wardrobe to store all your attire which includes a safe and a mini fridge. The decadent dresser desk is perfect to pamper or perhaps feel your creative side, get out the pen and take your inspiration from Miss Potter and the lovely Lakes location to start your own novel story or maybe just document your stay within your journal.

The junior was well equipped with a flat screen television, CD player, hairdryer, iron, a well-appointed tea tray, a selection of magazines and local area guides, even though only required minimally, an ingenious torch is provided to guide your way around the grounds when dark sets in. The lovely local Lyth Valley Damson Gin was sensational and the extra celebration chocolates were delightful.

The modern bathroom included a full enclosed standing shower, deep bath tub, mirrors a plenty, fluffy wrap around bathrobes and slippers and the luxurious Temple Spa toiletries.

Their Spa is small but perfectly formed and the lovely Nadya is at the heart of this intimate relaxation space. Complimentary robes, slippers and teas are provided so after a treatment why not get cosy in the relaxation pod recliners and take in the breath-taking views over Windermere.

Why not take the plunge and go for a dip in the hot tub again with fabulous Windermere views offering a peaceful and tranquil experience in the day or dark.

The 2018 AA Guide awarded Holbeck Ghyll 3 Rosettes. Ambitious and passionate Head Chef Jake Jones, appointed in January 2017, continues to create fine modern British cuisine pushing innovative boundaries to give guests an exciting and unique experience.

The oak room at the Lakes was to be the start of our culinary journey. Our pre-nibbles included oysters and potatoes, but served in the most elegant and charming way and tasted divine.

Bread and butter, simple but perfection, freshly baked, crisp and soft in the middle along with lashings of butter a perfect way to start. The fermented barley “porridge” with ewes curd, squash and burnt celery was rich and flavoursome. The Raw Roe Deer with pine, mushroom and toasted quinoa was a theatrical presentation with a pleasant palatal punch.

Mains included the mouth-watering Mayan gold potatoes, broccoli, smocked butter and purslane and the gorgeous Goosnargh Duck with artichoke glazed cider and preserved blueberry.

Deliciously divine deserts included the marvellous milk chocolate, passion fruit and orange. Also, the fabulous fig, hazelnut and praline.

All the dishes captured the season well – Winter on a plate and in our mouths! Our evening was enhanced by employee Nigel a nice chap with some good conversation, simply a real pleasure to meet him.

After dinner cocktails can be enjoyed in their lovely lounge in front of the cosy roaring fire with some of their more permanent animal residents. A quirky feature, but executed in a classy chic way. CC aka Mr cocktail Chris can shake you up the most excellent Expresso Martini or perhaps you fancy a more local brew so could opt for a Lakes larger.

Breakfast in bed at the Holbeck Ghyll was efficient and punctual. Breakfast with a view, a tranquil time to absorb the breath-taking scenery while reflecting on the evenings endeavours and refuelling.  Also, the morning presented a classic case of the Lakes weather climate within less than an hour the weather had gone from murky mist to lovely light filled blue skies with an electric rainbow.

The finest ingredients are used including locally sourced cured bacon, Cumbrian sausage and fresh hen’s eggs from literally up the road! We enjoyed a traditional British breakfast, a Vegetarian Breakfast along with some fresh fruit, toast, tea and coffee. What a way to start the day – perfection!

An elegant, exquisite and exclusive Country House Hotel in an idyllic location steeped in history with unspoilt Lake Windermere views. Outstanding signature service with fabulous foodie offerings which makes for a luxurious Lake District stay that will create memories of a lifetime. A real gem in the heart of the Lakes.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU.


01539 432375