Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel – Review

Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel Review: November 2018

The Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.

Want to make you stay super-duper, well opt for the sensational suite, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.

The suite has an incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh.

We were warmly welcomed, with a lovely light up display and lots of Scottish sweet treats, a nice personalised touch.

The suite provides the perfect accommodations, with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, including living room, two flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi.

Also, a bathroom which has an abundance of mirrors, power shower, complimentary toiletries, slipper and bathrobes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

The bedroom, with the stunning Scottish artwork mural, is the ideal space to rest your head after a bust bustling day or evening out in Edinburgh.

Now it’s time for some you time, head down to the Novotel Edinburgh Centre leisure facilities, perhaps you fancy working up a sweat in their fab fitness centre or why not enjoy the heated indoor pool, cool colour changing mood jacuzzi, hammam and sauna.

Built up an appetite, well recommended is their onsite restaurant, a warm, friendly and relaxed place to fill up, catch up, all while being looked after by the attentive Novotel team.

Offering international cuisine there is a wide range of dishes to suit all palates. Starters included nachos and cheesy poppers which were lovely.

Mouth-watering mains included the super-food salad with black rice, asparagus, pomegranate, avocado, feta and almonds.  Also the Angus Tap burger, served with bacon, melted cheese, salad, gherkins and fab fries.  For desserts, we loved the cheesecake and the cheeseboard – both hit the spot for sure.

Make a night of it, absorb the lively atmosphere and buzz, by trying out a drink or two in the Tap music lounge.  Try out the funky, cosy and contemporary numbered spin tub chairs.  Enjoy and unwind at the tap before returning to your suite for the night.

Morning motivation is in abundance with fresh fruit juices, and a full drinks station fully equipped with quality machines to make tea, coffee, herbal teas, along with a range of milk and soya milk.

Breakfast is a beautiful bountiful feast of quality offerings including fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, hot offerings such as, hash browns, beans, veggie sausages, bacon, sausages, egg, mushrooms, tomato along with toast wholemeal, white and gluten free.

Edinburgh Novotel Centre, the perfect place to stay, for work and play, fabulous fitness facilities, a sensational pool, super staff, fabulous food and an amazing atmosphere, what’s not to like!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant – Lunch Review 

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant Lunch Review: November 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, the fabulous Forth Floor Restaurant, at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh city centre, offers diners an exquisite experience with sensational views including the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

On the menu included super service along with a showcase of sensational and innovative dishes using the finest Scottish produce.  For example, all steaks are Scotch beef certified and sourced locally from Shaw’s Fine Meats based in Lauder, 25 miles south of Edinburgh.

A lovely lunch began with an unexpected pre-course, with the most amazing Artisan bread, delicious soup and fresh butter beautifully displayed on a pretty pebble.  Enjoyed with still water and the Harvey Nichols, Sparkling Chardonnay, Australia, NV, a nice non-alcoholic adult alternative to wine.

Starters included the yummy Pumpkin hummus, pumpkin seed dukkah, harissa, Greek yoghurt, grilled flatbread and also the show stopping Hand-dived Orkney scallop, roasted langoustine, oxtail croquette, beetroot gel, apple, and vanilla bisque.

Mouth-watering mains included the Super-food salad, a mix of grilled courgette, quinoa, baby spinach, tender stem broccoli, avocado, edamame beans, pomegranate and lemon dressing.  Also the brilliant Boarders beef fillet, sweet potato chips, sautéed garlic mushrooms, roast plum tomato, pesto, onion ring and peppercorn sauce.

Delicious and divine desserts included the Carrot Textures; carrot cake, orange and carrot cloud, carrot sorbet and cream cheese.  Also, the beautiful Blackberry parfait, almond sponge, caramelised white chocolate, buttermilk and compressed apple.

All washed down with the lushest non-alcoholic drinks including an ice tea and the lushest mocktail; Pret a Porter, shaken up with, Passion fruit purée, raspberry purée, cloudy apple juice and cranberry juice.

Lunch in style at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Can You Escape Edinburgh Operation Odyssey – Review

Can You Escape Edinburgh Operation Odyssey Review: November 2018

Can you Escape Edinburgh opened their escape room brand back in 2014 and has since won many awards and accolades including Scotland’s best family day out, has been named the best performing small business by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and received two TripAdvisor certificates of excellence.

Mission: Operation Odyssey, an out of this world, galactic space adventure for all you budding astronauts out there.  Lucky to become Space cadets, along with our commander, we embarked on our solar system star gazing mission on the International space station, but things soon took a drastic turn.

“Houston, we have a problem, the escape pod needs to be fixed”.  Somewhat a muffled and crackled radio signal, but luckily Houston received our distress signal and concluded that an unexpected meteor shower struck the main ship.

All the main power systems are down, we need to restore, reboot and make our escape in the pod, before we are flung out into a black hole, never to be seen again.  Not just gravity to contend with, but time is of short supply too, as the next meteor shower strike is predicted in 60 minutes!!

We would be happy to be beamed up to Scotland anytime to play this super sensational space mission, but the key question is can you defy gravity, fix the systems and escape?

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Launch off

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea -Review

Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November 2018

Get on board with the Red Bus Bistro, a brand who offer a unique dining experience, an Afternoon tea tour on a fabulous vintage 1966 Routemaster bus right in the heart of Edinburgh.

The iconic and innovative, Route Master introduced by London Transport in 1956 was in full service until 2005, but then sadly decommissioned.  These lightweight aluminium angels of the road used techniques developed in aircraft production during world War II.

Red Bus Bistro’s routemaster RML 2549 originally started service in 1966, fitted with a new engine in 1991, refurbished in 1992 and went through a variety of sales and owners until Red Bus Bistro became the proud owners, who converted and spruced the vehicle up with the help of South East Coachworks.

The 70 – 90 minute tour takes in all Edinburgh’s key attractions including the old town, Palace of Holyroodhouse and of course Edinburgh Castle, all while you sit back, relax and indulge in Afternoon Tea delights.

Using Scotland’s best and finest local ingredients and where possible local produce to produce your Afternoon Tea loveliness.

Fresh and fabulous fancy finger sandwiches, cakes, warm home baked scones with traditional preserves and no need to whip yourselves up in a frenzy as there is plenty of fresh whipped cream to boot.

A whistle stop tour of Edinburgh, experienced on an iconic classic 1966 Route Master bus all while enjoying a sumptuous and sensational Afternoon tea what’s not to like.

Getting on board is easy, it’s getting off that’s hard, because it was so much fun, and no not because we had had over indulged, well perhaps we did a little!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Noughts and Coffees Board Game Café and Escape Team Building Edinburgh: The Magical Emporium – Review

Noughts and Coffees Board Game Café and Escape Team Building Edinburgh: The Magical Emporium Review: November 2018

Morrison Street, an exciting site location featuring a contemporary noughts and coffees board game café and the location of Escape Team building Edinburgh.

Time for some spellbinding spectaculars, as we grabbed our gown and wand to swish, flick and cast our way into The Magical Emporium, an exciting escape room game by Escape Team Building Edinburgh.

Wizards worldwide had been notified that, the dazzling and delightful renowned supplies shop, Garbo’s was suspiciously closed down.  Suspecting Evil forces, it was up to us to use our magical mystical marvellous powers to investigate Ms Garbo’s disappearance.

An immersive, interactive, and spellbinding experience whereby we had 60 minutes to chant, cast spells and incantations to find Ms Garbo.

No need for the fun to end, as after escape game play, head to the onsite Noughts & Coffees board game café, a chilled out, friendly and informal hub, for some more game play, a light bite to eat with some tea or coffee to wash it all down.

How’s it work, easy get the squad, grab a seat, choose a game, pay £2.50 each, fill up your cup and play all day.

Get your game on, on marvellous magical Morrison street Edinburgh.


Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea – Review

The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November

The Dome, a marvellous building proudly flying their three flags; Great Britain, Scotland and of course the Dome itself.  Inside, the Georgian Suite, was to be the location for an amazing Afternoon tea, providing a plush, opulent and magnificent setting to indulge in this quintessential tradition.


Absorb and admire the sumptuous and splendid interiors, with the black and gold wall panelling, upholstered cushioning on the elegant ebony chairs, crystal chandeliers and crisp white linen with all the bells and whistles.

Also, we just so happened to pop by at the right time, as the Dome was decked out in all their fabulous Christmassy wares.

Beautiful and Bespoke Gainsborough Sheffield silver tea service and Chardonnay Pattern Dudson Fine Bone China are use throughout service enhancing the elegance of the experience.

Afternoon Tea proceedings overseen by Head Chef Sue Snider, providing a range of fabulous finger sandwiches, super Scones in both fruit and plain varieties served with clotted cream and jam, along with a selection of scrummy sweet treats.

What would Afternoon tea be without the tea right? Well, The Dome have devised the menu to pair with their nine varieties of loose tea which include a range of herbal infusions and of course Traditional Scottish brew.

Enjoy a little you time, indulge and enjoy!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Real Mary Kings Close Edinburgh – Review

The Real Mary Kings Close Edinburgh Review: October 2018

Happy Halloween to you all my ghoulish ghostliest friends, its time for a Spooktacular step back in time, to explore Edinburgh’s only uniquely preserved 17th century street, and follow in the footsteps of past residents.

Prepare to go deep underground under the famous Royal Mile, to the Real Mary King’s Close, delve into the mysteries and myths, but be prepared to hear the authentic truths about Edinburgh’s murky dark past.  For a small fee, make sure to pick up your ghoulish souvenir photo at the end of the tour.

Costumed Characters aka your tour guides include previous residents of the Close, The Maid to the cant family 1535 Agnes chambers, head of Edinburgh’s Foul Clengers, who’s uniform bared the Cross of St Andrew motif, as he put is life at risk to clear the disease stench homes of those infected or the renowned physician and pioneer of Medical sciences in Edinburgh Joannes Paulitius aka The Plague Doctor, and the first to officially treat the sick.

On our tour we had the pleasure of the amazing Alex, who played literary genius The Poet 1771 Robert Fergusson, unsung hero 1645 Walter King.

Hearing accounts from the previous residents and what life was really like on the Close, was engaging and entertaining, your guide wanders through alleyways, passages, talking of conspiracy, the plague and murder, bringing the chilling Close to life.

Don’t be too spooked out though, as your guide will watch over your safety, but my only advice if you hear the warning cry ‘gardyloo’ run for cover otherwise you may end up covered with the slops of Edinburgh’s Close residents!

Happy Halloween and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx