City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Review

City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Review: September 2020

City Cruises offer a whole range of exciting adventures aboard the river Ouse York, including Self Drive boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Self Drive Red Boats

Become captain of your very own vessel and cruise your way down the river Ouse York, in style.

Jack was an amazing chap, welcomed us warmly, provided instructions and our life jackets.

In your self drive motorboat, that can accommodate 8 people, explore York’s sights seamlessly, as the Vikings once did.

Hire is by the half hour or full hour and City Cruises York have fourteen Red Boats in total, their names are Josephine, Angie, Leonie, Sarah, Yvette, Kathryn, Alice-May, Lucy, Tina, Heather, Ellen, Rebecca, Emma and Penny!

Have fun and sail your boat all the way down the Ouse and you will even see the millennium bridge.

Fancy chilling, hand over the skipper duties and sit back and relax, as you take in the sights.

Enjoy the brilliant bridges and York’s stunning sights and amazing atmosphere, as you bob down the river Ouse.

Lunch Cruise 

Fancy some York sightseeing, but feel a bit peckish, well I have the perfect solution, a Lunch cruise along the river Ouse.

Meet the lovely captain and skippers who will make sure that you have a smooth sailing.

We got lucky and bagged the Captains table which made the lunch that little bit extra special.

The two course lunch with tea and coffee included is home cooked and warming with options such as wellington, hunters chicken all served with potatoes and veggies.

Soak in your surroundings such as the beautiful Bishops palace, as you then enjoy a delicious dessert which was a fruity chocolate roulade and fruit cake with berry compote.

Afternoon Tea Cruise

The King’s Staith Landing location, on the picturesque river Ouse in York, is where City Cruises York depart for their amazing Afternoon Tea cruise.

Their fully roofed brilliant boat will protect you from natures elements and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

The amazing Afternoon tea consists of sandwiches and some scrummy sweets treats.

There are plenty of scrummy sandwiches and lots of delicious dessert options such as carrot cake and scones with cream and jam.

Tea and coffee are also included with the option to add on some of the fizzy stuff.

Let Captain James Cook and his team of loyal skippers, sail you down the river Ouse in style, for a full 1 hour and 45 minutes, ship ahoy.

City Cruises York, the only way to cruise the Ouse!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.citycruisesyork.com/

A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review

A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review: September 2020

The Principal Hotel steeped in history and old school charm and character.

The gorgeous and glowing golden building emits the feeling of warmth and the welcome from Christopher was even warmer.

A lovely Scottish chap who clearly had a natural flare and passion for customer service and the buildings historical heritage.

Check in with the concierge with their cute royal red-letter box in pride of place.

Pass the rather lovely lounge, a perfect place to read the daily news, people watch and enjoy a refreshment once you have checked in.

Make your way up the iconic stunning sweeping staircase with mirrored details and neutral colouring.

The Principal York provide a range of accommodations from standard rooms to suites, we visited on two separate weekends to check out what both room types had to offer.

The Royal Suite

The Royal suite located on the first floor is a fabulous experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The spacious Suite has beautiful period detail and a tasty tuck box filled with a range of complimentary yummy treats.

This is the perfect time to enjoy some you time have a break have a kit kat along with a good Yorkshire cuppa.

Things get even more marvellous with the magnificent Minister view, a perfect viewing point, as you kick back and relax in the lovely lounge area. Our wonderful welcome gift included a wicker basket along with a gorgeous golden box of chocolates such a lovely gesture.

Whether you’re off out for the evening or decide to dine in, the bathroom area, that included a separate room for the toilet, is the perfect pamper space.

With double person waterfall shower and complimentary elemis toiletries throughout your stay.

Highly recommend at least one evening of in-room dining, as the scene is set for a relaxed and romantic night in.

The suite is an exquisite experience perfect for romance, celebrations and provides plenty of space for a family stay.

Standard Rooms with a View 

Room 211 was to be our home for the weekend and we could not wait to simply settle in and get all snug.

Our cosy double featured the classic red telephone and had an amazing light piece to boot.

The cute picnic wicker hamper, that was stuffed with sweet treats, included a beautiful illustrated York card and was a super surprise.

Safe, mini bar, bottled water and a tea tray all provided free of charge makes your stay much safer and easier, as no need to buy additional refreshments.

The beautiful bathroom was well appointed with a huge double stand up power shower.

Along with complimentary Elemis toiletries for the duration of our weekend stay.

Whether you are staying in a suite or a standard room, I highly recommend ordering room service for 1 night of your stay, as it was easy and excellent all round.

Olives, salad, heritage tomato basil bruschetta and the chilled tomato and red pepper gazpacho tasted amazing.

Mains included the Rib Eye steak with Peppercorn Sauce and a range of lovely veggies such as greens and roasted carrots.

Cheesecake and brownie deserts washed down with non-alcoholic champs while enjoying the city wall view was a perfect ending to the evening.

The Refectory Restaurant 

Dinner onsite is always a great idea, as it saves unnecessary travel and the Refectory restaurant is next level.

Catherine was top-notch really made sure our visit was spot on, a lovely member of the team personable, polite and professional.

The Refectory have a range of cocktails, mocktails, local beers perfect to sip as you enjoy some olives and peruse the menu.

The beautiful Berry Fizz made with fresh blackberries, apple, cranberry, elderflower, Vanilla syrup and lemonade is a refreshing treat.

The chef and his team are amazing, as catering for dietary needs can be done without faff or fuss.

Creating beautiful plates of food such as this pretty Quinoa Salad, Heritage tomato bruschetta and spicy chicken wings.

All washed down with a fabulous and fruity Virgin Blueberry Mojito made with a muddled mix of blueberries, mint, sugar syrup, apple and soda.

There is a good atmosphere and as early evening turns into later night the lights are dimmed and set a relaxed tone.

Mouth-watering mains such as the chickpea curry, fish and chips and the delicious chocolate brownie and frangipane desserts are all delicious.

The Garden Room

The gorgeous garden room is the perfect place to enjoy after dinner drinks or a lovely pot of fresh Yorkshire tea.

In the mornings it was nice to head to the onsite pool for a dip, a fresh and fantastic way to start the day.

Breakfast

Breakfast can be enjoyed in the Refectory or in the comfort of your own room or suite.

Consistent on both stays in terms of quality and a timely delivery on all mornings of our stay.

Hot bacon roll, avocado and chilli jam roll and a range of fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, tea, coffee and juice.

Make your York Staycation super with the Principal York.

#StayAlert #StaySafe

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.phcompany.com/principal/york-hotel/

Enjoy some Rest & Relaxation with the Rena Spa at the Midland Review

Enjoy some Rest & Relaxation with the Rena Spa at the Midland Review: September 2020

The Rena Spa at the Midland hotel Manchester is now welcoming back day spa guests, for indulgent decadent luxury spa experiences, to relax, unwind and enjoy some much needed you time.

Jordan and all the spa reception team always provide the loveliest of welcomes providing your spa introduction, treatment choices and of course fluffy robes and cosy slippers to make your spa day that little bit extra.

Rena have a range of super spa packages including the Indulgence which includes a 50-minute treatment, a glass of champagne, a light lunch or afternoon tea and a £10 gift voucher to spend on spa products.

The wet facilities include a relaxation pool, swan neck fountain and what spa day would be complete without a few bubbles with their wonderful Jacuzzi.

Once government regulations allow the steam room and sauna will also re-open to give you even more facilities to enjoy.

The Rena Relaxation suite is a whole world of escape, float away in pods, contemporary modern hub chairs or enjoy one of the private rooms all logistically designed with safety and social distancing in mind.

Treatments at the Rena are exceptional, my therapist Stephanie H was not only a lovely lady, but professional, personable and knowledgeable.

The contouring invigorating body wrap was like being dipped in a jar of honey without the stickiness and my results was skin that was left peachy, soft, silky and smooth.

The balancing and detoxifying treatment involved gentle exfoliation with crushed cabernet scrub, followed by application of contouring concentrate, designed to help boost metabolism, ease away tension and speed up the elimination of toxins.

You are then massaged in vine body butter and then wrapped to cocoon the skin with hydration. The experience included a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.

The products used for your treatments are the Caudalie range and as the spa has a boutique you can buy some lovely spa products to enjoy at home.

Now after all that rest and relaxation, we certainly had hungry tummies, so the afternoon tea included within our package was most welcomed.

Tea began with a lovely warm welcome from the lovely Midland team members Biyan and the wonderful William.

Enjoy a glass of the obligatory fizzy stuff along with srummy sandwiches, scones and sweet treats.

Dietaries are well catered for with including Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten free which is nice to see.

The hand cut sandwiches on gluten free bread are delicious and have a range of fabulous fillings.

The home baked scones with jam and cream are a Midland tradition and work well with the sweet treats including my favourite the mint chocolate macaroon…yummy.

Rest, relaxation and some you time, the Rena Spa at the Midland is the place to be.

#StaySafe #StayAlert

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.themidlandhotel.co.uk/spa

 

The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton Review

The Woolly Sheep Inn Skipton Review: September 2020

Located in an enviable postcode right in the heart of Skipton town centre, the wonderful Woolly sheep provides lodgings, food, drinks all with a home away from home feel.

Andy and the wonderful Woolly team provided a warm welcome and really made us feel part the family.

Our super Superior room with sofa bed was a clean, contemporary space and perfect for a Skipton staycation.

The room also has a separate vanity desk which could double into a work space, if you need to get the laptop out during your stay.

The tea tray is next level with Yorkshire tea, coffee, hot chocolates, some beautiful biscuits, still and sparkling Harrogate water and an absolute winner with some very generous ‘Have a drink on us’ vouchers.

The en-suite bathroom was perfect with overhead shower, sunken deep tub, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and complimentary toiletries to use throughout your stay.

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Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works Review

Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works Review: September 2020

York Cocoa Works has always been a home away from home for us.  A lovely local independent chocolatier with high quality products where they literally go from bean to bite, as their yummy treats are produced on site at their chocolate manufactory.

Owner Sophie and her team have created a cosy and snug environment perfect for family, friends and couples to enjoy a chocolate indulgence making your day much sweeter.

As always, the whole team make you feel welcome and part of the Cocoa works family from the moment you step in the door which is a reason many York residents and visitors to York keep returning.

The York Cocoa Works Chocolate Indulgence package includes a platter of super scrummy chocolate truffles, cakes and a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.

You also receive a hot drink of choice and I would highly recommend having their signature hot chocolate.

Sophies beautifully bespoke handcrafted chocolate packages allow the team to adapt for allergies such as dairy free, wheat free, vegetarian and vegan, so perfect for everyone.

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York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York Review

York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York Review: September 2020

York’s only licensed pedicab City tours are the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds with transport and tour rolled into one!

The cabs are weather protected, fitted with seat belts, have cosy cushions and blankets for colder nights and have no environmental impact so are 100% free of carbon emissions, so that is a big thumbs up from me!

All round nice guy and cheeky chappy John provides safe sightseeing York tours with some historical info thrown in for good measure.

Hear about the Romans, Vikings and all things medieval, so board your chariot, hold onto your Viking armoury and prepare for a fun and historical encounter like no other.

Discover the exciting tales and tribulations of historical characters such as Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Henry VIII, Richard III, Constantine the Great, William the Conqueror and Queen Victoria who all played their part in the exciting story of how York has become what we love and know today.

Throughout your tour, you will visit iconic sights such as the York Minster, The City Walls and Gateways, Clifford’s Tower, Treasurers House, the Shambles and Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate.

Photo opportunities are plentiful and I can tell you John is pretty handy with the camera, so yet another perk of this amazing service.

John was patient and took time to get the perfect photos and create much loved photographic memories.

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Get Sports, Study and Staycation Ready with Hype Review

Get Sports, Study and Staycation Ready with Hype Review: September 2020

With students ready to commence study, people enjoying sports, keeping fit in the outdoors with activities such as running and UK Staycations being more popular than ever before due to travel restrictions make sure you get ahead and get Hype ready.

Hype have a range of suitcases including this small floral sturdy, wipe clean case on wheels perfect for a UK city break.

Hype have all you need to be prepared and another bonus is that you can shop online and they have a contactless deliver system direct to your door…winner!

These Hype glitter logo embossed cycling shorts are perfect teamed up with the navy Hype logo cotton t-shirt.

The Hype black canvas bag ideal to store gym kit, food or to pop in a good read and a packed lunch to take to the local park or beach.

Hopefully, you will catch some sun and Hypes navy UV protected sunglasses are super cool and perfect for running, as they do not slip, stay put without causing discomfort.

Stationary a must have for study and Hype have got good stationary game. Think Pencils, pens, tins, note books and some gorgeous glitter thrown in for good measure.

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COOK Frozen Prepared Meals Delivered Direct to your Door Review

COOK Frozen Prepared Meals Delivered Direct to your Door Review: August 2020

In 1997 Ed started COOK as a frozen meal business in a small Farnham shop.  Luckily Dale, one of Eds clients, just happened to be a chef, so Ed persuaded him to quit his job and they joined forces.

Through many trials and tribulations COOK opened more shops and offered more home delivery options.  Fast forward to 2013 and COOK became one of the UK’s first certified B Corps that form part of a global commitment to do business right for people and the planet.

COOK are committed to making the world a better place by giving back to the community with the caring Hands programme, One Feeds Two, FoodCycle.  Also, reducing food waste and acting on climate change, as since October 2017 have been purchasing renewable electricity for their shops and kitchens resulting in their carbon footprint shrinking by a third!

Employees voted COOK one of the top 100 Sunday Times best companies to work for and they have been on the list ever since. COOK have been certified by the living wage foundation since July 2015.

After 20 Years Dale retired in 2017 and Ed now heads the business alongside his sister Rosie as co-CEOs together with their team are still as committed as ever to bring you the absolute best home cooked meals, so you can go from freezer to plate in no time.

No need to queue up at the supermarket, as with COOK you are still able to eat healthy and save time.  Dietary needs are also catered for as they offer a range of Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and No Dairy options

Pots for One, the sticky veg satay and sweet potato & aubergine Sri Lankan curry are super yummy and perfect if you fancy a light lunch or supper.

COOK agree that every chef needs a night off from time to time, so their range of chef prepared frozen meals, that are delivered direct to your door, made with love using quality ingredients enabling you to enjoy a nutritious home cooked meal in minutes without the kitchen prep.

Offering a whole range of cuisines such as Spanish, Mexican, Italian and Indian you are spoilt for choice.

On every COOK dish you will notice the name and signature of the chef that created your meal which I am sure you will agree is a nice personable touch.

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Raise the Roof with the St George’s Hotel Llandudno Review

 Raise the Roof with the St George’s Hotel Llandudno Review: August 2020

North Wales, destination lovely Llandudno, for a super sunny seaside staycation.

The St George’s Hotel Llandudno sits in a prominent position on the promenade and is proudly Llandudno’s first luxury seafront hotel.

In the spring of 1854 Isaiah Davies, who was born on a farm on the Great Orme, at just 24 years old built the St George’s Hotel.

The hotel has hosted many conferences and seven British Prime Ministers including Churchill!

Now it’s your turn to enjoy some lavish luxury.  Make your way up the sweeping red carpeted steps for a seaside staycation like no other.

Reach new heights and Raise the Roof and enjoy one of the St George’s delightful Deluxe Sea-View Rooms with balcony.

Offering breath-taking panoramic views of the Llandudno seaside resort from the highest point of the hotel – The Rooftop.

Usually the St Georges fly the Welsh flag, but in a fitting tribute to the hardworking staff within the NHS they are flying fabulously with the NHS logo flag.

The Rooftop lounge is the perfect place to retreat and chill out while enjoying the in room complimentary tea tray, biscuits and bottled water.

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Shop Ethically and Enjoy Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies with Pikt Review

Shop Ethically and Enjoy Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies with Pikt Review: August 2020

Pikt are an amazing friendly family run business who offer 100% organic fruit and veggies.  Impressive and a great way to eat healthy and look after you and your family.

They are B-Corp meaning that Pikt are actively committed to social change taking care of our planet and people.

Equally as impressive is that Pikt are fully plastic free and all their packaging is completely compostable.

Even the delivery of the boxes have an environmental focus.  Your fabulous fruit and veggies will be delivered by carbon neutral DPD.

Pikt offer fully flexibility and a non-pressured approached, you are not committed to a subscription so you can order exactly when you want anywhere in the UK with a delivery turn around time of around 48 hours.

Want to take control, opt for a Homey Box also pictured, a perfect way to choose exactly what you want perfect for someone who lives alone or have specific needs.

Sweet potatoes, avocado, gem lettuce, plum tomatoes, peppers, lemons, green beans, courgettes and spring onions eat your heart out.

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