Novotel Manchester Centre Review

Novotel Manchester Centre Review: April 2018

Located within an enviable postcode, near to all the main transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations, the Novotel Manchester Centre, is the ideal place to enjoy all of the city action, from a convenient and central 4 star base.

Make your way through the revolving doors, into the bright airy reception area, and prepare to check in for a sensational stay.  Make use of the interactive touch screen system that provides helpful tourist information.

Executive rooms immediately have that wow factor, focusing on your needs to provide a relaxed experience.  An open plan arrangement, with a super cosy comfortable bed, with amazing artwork above the bedhead, a flat screen television, and a cleverly designed modular bathroom.

The adjoining lounge area, with a second flat screen television, comfortable sofa, relaxer chair set within a Manchester city artwork background scene, along with a Nespresso coffee machine, Bose Ipod dock, complimentary broadband, and mini bar stocked with water was an ideal place to kick back, relax and chill out.

Bathroom brilliance comprised of a tastefully combined bathroom built within the room in neutral colours, which included a fully enclosed stand up power shower, separate toilet area, a spacious sink area and plenty of mirrors to beautify yourself.

The over sink marvellous mirror was fully illuminated with the additional extendable mirror, that also magnified, which took the faff out of getting ready for the evening.

Additional complimentary bathroom goodies included the fabulous Fairtrade Shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, conditioner and soap.  Also, essentials such as a comb, dental set, shaving set, shower cap, vanity set, shoe shine sponge and a sewing kit which definitely cuts down on the baggage, and the need to pack extras.

Fancy a workout, well pop on your fluffy robe and slippers, included within your executive room, and head on down to their modern fabulous fitness centre to let off some steam.

Relax, refocus and recharge in the sauna and steam room, with towels and water already provided you can have a little you time without any stress.

Why head out into the city for dinner, when you already have the excellent Exchange Food and Drink Lounge on the ground floor of the hotel.  Unwind in a casual setting, and only a 1 minute lift ride away.

Taking inspiration from their local heritage, being allegedly located on the site of the first public telephone exchange, “The Telephone exchange” in 1847.  Décor is a mix of aged industrial chic with contemporary collections including telephone paraphernalia, open bulb light fittings, stripped wood, metal mirrors, bar style stools, cosy booths and soft plush sofas.

Take a seat at the buzzing bar and absorb the awesome atmosphere, while enjoying a range of wines, beers and cocktails.  Requesting an off menu mocktail, the team had no trouble rustling me up a delicious drinkie.

Delightful Daniel welcomed us, as we settled in for a relaxed evening of simple international cuisine.  Super scrummy starters of brilliant baked mini camembert with celery, carrot, bread sticks, and the sensational superfood salad with edamame beans, lettuce, pumpkin seeds, blueberries with generous amounts of avocado, went down a treat.

Mouth-watering mains included some yummy home cooked comfort food including the battered Haddock with thick cut chips, and a good dollop of tartare sauce.  Also, the sweet potato and spinach curry with rice and nann bread.

The delicious delightful desserts did not hang around along, Chef Chris’s chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and strawberries was polished off in record time.  Along with the bread and butter pudding with custard, a proper yummy pud.

    It was also nice that both Daniel and Attila, who looked after us throughout the evening, showed a genuine interest and made effort to chat and provided a lot of laughs and giggles throughout the evening.

The wonderful welcome tray, that included some Strangeways drinks, Pringles crisps, and a Novotel Card, that featured an image of John Rylands Library, was just lovely, and much enjoyed while winding down on an evening in the relaxer chair.

The bedside station was useful with a reading light, usb charger ports, and ideal to chill out in an evening with a biscuit and a coffee from the in-room Nespresso coffee machine ready for a good nights sleep.

Head on down to breakfast and enjoy in a casual contemporary space with an array of options or like me dial room service for breakfast in bed, for some ultimate rest and relaxation.

Go all continental and order some fresh pastries, a vibrant fruit bowl, some scrummy porridge with syrup and fresh strawberries and some pure orange juice.  Enjoy in the lounge while catching up on the latest news, or in bed, why watch one television when you can watch two.

Feeling full on, why not order yourself a fully cooked English breakfast with bacon, bangers, mushrooms, egg, tomato, hash browns and toast.  Then wash it down with some English Breakfast tea. Catch up on work at the desk or chill on the sofa and enjoy.

What can I say…What a stay, perfect from end to end, four star genuine service.  Manchester Novotel Centre, thank you for a perfect mini Manchester city break.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Brown’s Bar & Brasserie Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

Brown’s Bar & Brasserie Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: April 2018

Bang in the heart of Manchester city centre, located on York street, is the brilliant and beautiful Browns Bar & Brasserie.

Built in 1901, by Charles Heathcote for Parr’s Bank, this beautiful red stone building is an opulent example of Edwardian baroque architecture.

Décor is an eclectic mix of marble, dark cherry woods, iron works, includes a picture-perfect piano, and the high ceilings provide a spacious airy feel.  The various nooks and crannies make this place ideal to have a few post work drinks, catch up with friends, chill with family or get cosy with a loved one.

Seated in this cute, cosy corner hideaway, we pursued the menu and ordered some sensational sweet treats in the form of an amazing Afternoon Tea.

The Vegetarian offering included a selection of savouries, the hummus crostini and delicious cheese & tomato mini brioche rolls.  The home baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream were delicious.

Mouth-watering mini desserts featured slated caramel profiteroles, chocolate brownie, chocolate slice sprinkled with gold dust and my personal fav the macaroons.

Take the Afternoon out, chill with the Brown’s and enjoy moreish, mouth-watering moments with their classic Afternoon tea.

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Melanie xx


Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review

Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review: April 2018

Rumours are flying around, that Crazy golf just got epic, and I can confirm it’s all true! Get your game face ready, as things are in full swing down at the super cool Junk Yard Golf site slap bang on first street Manchester.

Before play, fuel up like we did, and enjoy a beer or a mocktail decked to the rafters with sweet treats and an umbrella to boot.  Jump into the golf buggy, gear up to the golf range, ready for some Grand Slam play…well not quite, but a game on the 9 hole Bozo and Gary courses for sure.

Rock up like a pro, with your very own cool Junk Yard golf visor caps, this was guy Vs girl so we went with Blue & red, and turned things on their head; blue for the girl and red for the guy.

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Welcomed on course Gary, golf club in hand ready to swing into action and get on it like a car bonnet.  Yes, there is a slide, and yes you can actually slide down it too!  Party people, this is the place to be with UV Lights, loud music and flashing lights, while you get funky on the golf course and strut your stuff.

Shell off those inhibitions, scrap those doubts and let’s make this a hitter.  Drive into the garage, confident that your game is on form, swaying that shot and steer that ball into the hole.

The Bang on Bozo course, goes carnival crazy, and takes you to the dark side.  Your game above or below par…well for me it was time to get dodgy, shut this game off and shatter my opponent’s dreams, bring on my waggle, as the winner takes it all.

No clowning around and don’t let this course be the death of you, hook that ball and aim for the glory moment – a hole in one. This was such a super informal activity which was interactive, immersive, and so much fun.  All the staff were awesome, in particular Georgina, who was a super star.  Would I go again, well that is a fore-gone conclusion!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Fairfield’s Crisps Review

Fairfield’s Farm Crisps Review: April 2018

The Fairfield’s Family farm have been harvesting potatoes, in the stunning Colne Valley in Essex, for three generations.  The Crisps are hand cooked on the farm to produce top notch crisps with crunch.

As if that was not enough, from early 2017 Fairfield’s farm energy is all generated using sustainable technologies including solar power and anaerobic digestion which is great news for the environment!

    It was exciting stuff, that the fabulous Fairfield’s Farm brand, winged over a couple of boxes of crisps to blogging HQ.  Don’t miss the big unzip…it was my time to get crunching.  Tear the bag, take out the dip, wack into the microwave, heat and boom you are good to go.

Get comfortable and cosy, grab a bag of your fav Fairfields Heat and Eat, that come in two flavours sea salt with a tomato salsa dip or cheese &chive with a caramelised onion dip, and prepare to crunch, dip and dunk your way through movie night.

Planning a summer day out…take the Fairfields snack pack crisps back to the field, stock up the picnic hamper and get your summer crunch on.  Their range of flavours including Sweet chilli, Cheese & Chive, Aspall cyder vinegar and lightly sea salted will compliment and make for a scrummy summer sandwich combo.

Get your crunch on with fabulous Fairfield’s Farm.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea Review

Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea Review: March 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, in the heart of York City centre, offering incredible views of the historic wonderful wall, The Grand Hotel is the perfect place for a pit-stop to enjoy the quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea.

Experience the grandeur of the Grand and enjoy their signature five-star Afternoon tea served in the relaxed Rise restaurant & bar.  Warmly welcomed by Mark and his team, we prepared to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity.

Let the staff attend to your needs, as you catch up with friends, family & loved ones, over fabulous finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and lovely pastries & sweet treats galore.

Why not go all out and bring on the Champagne bubbles…add on a glass of the fizzy stuff or a handcrafted mocktail to make your Afternoon tea super special.

The decadent, delightful and delicious dessert offerings were eye catching and included the flamboyant flamingo style pink raspberry cupcakes, mouth-watering meringues, carrots slices, pretty profiteroles layered with scrummy chocolate and cute chocolate hearts filled with raspberry yumminess.

Friendly, yet unobtrusive, attentive service with scrummy sandwiches, sensational scones and tasty sweet treats, all washed down with some fabulous refreshments, in an opulent and luxurious setting.  It is safe to say Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel York was a resounding success.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


GR8Escape York: New York Room Review

GR8Escape York: New York Room Review: March 2018

Unlock your imagination, with escape room brand, GR8Escape in the centre of York.  Get, yourself right in the very heart of it New York in York. Locate the green door 4A on Colliergate for an hour of immersive entertainment and excitement.

Do you want your very own NYPD badge and a place on the New York Police Department Force?  Well, there is only one block in your way, master diamond thief Bugsy Bronxton! Alleged to have stolen the famous Manhattan Star Diamond it is up to you to find it.

Issued with a rookie warrant use your powers of investigation and detective skills to solve clues and puzzles to find the Diamond, before your one-hour countdown hits zero.

Places on the New York Police department are still up for grabs, as we had to hand our rookie badge back, and accept defeat.  Will your detective skills shine like a Diamond and earn you your very own NYPD badge.

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Melanie xx


Can You Escape? Operation Hero Mission: York Review

Can You Escape? Operation Hero Mission: York Review: March 2018

An exciting, electric and engaging experience in the centre of York, escape room brand “Can You Escape?” provide you the opportunity to become a super hero legend in their new game Operation Hero.

The Force Four superheroes, Torus, Oculo, Hermes and Badger, have been stripped of their superpowers and it is up to you to stop the evil baddy Mobius taking over York city centre.

Our game master James the Flush prepared us for battle to use our skill, strength of mind and inner super hero powers to complete our mission, save force four and grab our slice of victory.

Team name decided; Fire Foxes, and my personal superhero name chosen; Forkward Fire Flame, it was time to don the superhero cape and mask and prepare for a battle like no other.  Without giving too much away, this high tech filled room had gadgets and games galore to get your heart and mind pumping.

A truly unique, exhilarating and immersive “must do” experience right in the heart of York City. Are you a Superhero and Can You Escape?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx