A Fabulous Festive Foodie Stay, with Peter Street Kitchen, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – Review

A Fabulous Festive Foodie Stay, with Peter Street Kitchen, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – Review

Celebrate in style this Christmas, with the Radisson Blu Edwardian, at their super 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre.

Situated inside the historic Free Trade Hall, the hotel is steeped in historic charm and elegance, as one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

The reception area boasts a beautiful crystal chandelier, as its signature centrepiece.  Along with the Christmas tree, sophisticatedly decorated, providing that home away from home feel.

Since the extensive refit, the interiors now have a fantastic and fabulous fresh look.

Clean, contemporary lines with amazing artwork, lighting, planting and subtle subdue shades, creates a relaxed and refreshed vibe.

After a seamless check in, we headed up to our room and prepared to completely chill out for the weekend.

The double bed was cosy and snug and provided a plentiful space to get lot’s of the Zzz’s in before a busy day the following morning. A chic contemporary space with some local artwork and gorgeous glass light fittings.

The beautiful bathroom splits into two, first an area with wardrobe, vanity mirror, magnifying mirror, sink, storage space along with all the other must haves to pamper and beautify.  Then the second area with bath tub, toilet and full stand up shower wet area along with REN toiletries.

The main living area including a workable desk along with bottled water, tea and coffee making facilities and a lovely card and cake welcome gift.

For a perfect piece of Paradise head to the hotel’s in-house Peter Street Kitchen restaurant and bar for a taste of contemporary Japanese and Mexican foodie delights.  The concept being small plates and sharing in a relaxed environment.

After a multi-million-pound investment, the Radisson Blu Edwardian restaurant, has introduced Peter Street Kitchen, a super smart space with elegance and style.  The new venture from Amir Jati, who has vast experience within the industry, over 22 years to be precise, and clocking up over 10 years at Nobu!

Incorporating Japanese décor throughout the bar and restaurant with the brilliant Bonsai tree addition, providing a beautiful bespoke finish.  The DJ played a fab set of tracks which for me created an amazing atmosphere.

The Japanese theme works in conjunction with the Mexican theme, with the circular shape of the restaurant allegedly taking inspiration from the Mexican eye.

Chatting with management and staff, on the evening, it was clear that a huge investment had also been made in the staff training and development.  I could easily reem off the names of star servers on the evening, but the fact remains, every single member of the team, without fail performed to perfection.

The mouth-watering Mexican dishes, included homemade nachos with their signature guacamole, Chilli lime veggie chicken soft tacos and the Robata mezcal-glazed smoked paprika ribs, gave a hot spicy start to the evening.

Japanese selections started with the amazing Avocado tartare with shichimi soy, a clean sophisticated dish with style and substance.  The Charred asparagus with ibuki rice, shichimi broth and garlic roasted kale served in a claypot and the sensational snow crab dish with creamy spicy mayo was an instant hit.

Continuing with the Japanese sharers, the Flatbreads with roasted aubergine with rocoto chilli and wasabi sour cream had a kick and tasted delicious.  One of my favs was the veggie chicken tempura with creamy spicy mayo and chilli ponzu.  Also, the mushroom with truffle toban-yaki was stunning.  All had complex flavour combinations which delicately worked together to create exquisite palate flavourings.

Divine, delight desserts included the delicious Chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream, Kuro goma cheesecake with orange sorbet and the Raspberry parfait with shiso ginger ice cream and berry compote, all woofed down in record time.

Delightful drink offerings include a range of Japanese and Mexican beers, Japanese tea and the most amazing non-alcoholic cocktails including the gorgeous Garden Margarita, made with Seedlip Garden, apple, lime, agave and salt – an absolute personal fav of mine, mixed to perfection.

The best part about staying at the hotel is knowing that in the morning we got the chance to re-visit the Peter Street restaurant, but this time for breakfast.

The range of bountiful and beautiful buffet breakfast offerings was amazing.  Pastries such as Pain au chocolat and butter croissant served warm with homemade orange preserve.

Cold Selections consisted of Homemade breads, seeds and berries, seasonal fresh fruits, cold cuts, cheeses, muesli, flavoured yoghurts and freshly squeezed juices.

An impressive hot buffet selection of scrambled eggs, smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, baked beans, grilled mushrooms, hash browns and roasted vine cherry tomatoes.

Also, À La Carte included the Taste of Japan Smoked salmon sashimi on toasted muffin with wasabi mayo, shichimi and fresh lemon and the team were more than happy to provide an avocado version upon my request which was great!

Not got time to stop by Peter Street Kitchen, no problem, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester have you covered.  Breakfast on the go, included these wonderful wooden service trolleys in reception providing on the go guests, with pastries, apples, bottled water, tea making facilities and cereal bars, ensuring no one leaves with an empty tummy.

The Radissons extensive refurbishment has clearly been a super success, offering plush accommodations, in an iconic contemporary space along with the personality and pizazz of Peter Street Kitchen, what’s not to like.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx





Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review

Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review: December 2018

It’s CHRISTMAS…Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills Rock, Manchester Bills has a Christmas cracker of a treat for their flock.  Bills Fantastic, fabulous and festive 3 course menu, that includes a welcome drink and nibbles, for only £27.95. Available 20th November – 31st of December 2018.

Bills Manchester Christmas 1aChristmas at Bill’s is charming, cosy with candles and thrown in for free was lots of smiles and super service from the lovely Sasha, Alex and Kati.

The super sensational sparkly Christmas menu started with a Welcome Drink and Nibbles.  Choice of: Glass of Prosecco, Estrella Galicia or a Mocktail Toasted Focaccia (or Sourdough Toast if avoiding gluten) with Hummus and Giant Gordal Olives

Our starter choices included the Chicken, Cranberry and Pancetta Terrine with fig & cranberry chutney and toasted sourdough and the brilliant Beetroot & feta salad with candied beets, pea shoots, mixed seeds and sweet balsamic.

Mains made the mouth water including the perfect pumpkin, fig & chestnut roast with sautéed wild mushrooms, cavolo nero, roast potatoes and rich vegetable gravy with an add on side of sweet roasted vegetables at £3.95 and the beef, bacon and camembert burger with cranberry & fig chutney, baby gem lettuce, mayonnaise and fries.

When the cold kicks in a good tasty pudding is in order and we went for the Chocolate orange bread and butter pudding with warm vanilla custard and the delightful Christmassy Cheeseboard  with cranberry & fig chutney, oatcakes and walnuts.

Those are just a fen of the fab foodie treats on the menu, but view the full Christmas offerings by clicking right here.

Make Christmas even more fabulous and festive, grab a basket and shop to your hearts contents in Bill’s brilliant shop.  Packed with all those marvellous must haves, why not create a gift box or basket and pass on the brilliance of Bills this Christmas.

With their range including speciality tea, cookies, jams, sweet treats and Bill’s perfect Pink lemonade there is something for everyone.

Don’t fret, if you are running short on time, you can even shop online and have the magic of Bill’s delivered direct to your door.

Spread some Christmas cheer and have a Merry ‘Bill’smas’ all round.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Lucardo Escape Rooms Manchester: Gem Runner – Review

Lucardo Escape Rooms Manchester: Gem Runner Review: December 2018

Lucardo escape rooms, located in Manchester city centre, offer an excellent escape experience that is sure to get your pulses racing and minds working, as you race against the clock.

Josh our games master warmly welcomed us and explained the rules and different lock type in the game.  Enthusiastic, full of energy and a genuine passion for escape games, Josh did an amazing job throughout.

The Gem Runner escape game, located in a fictional central bank in Manchester city centre, was a high-quality adventure with well thought out puzzles and problems for our specialist elite team of robbers to decode and crack.

The famous 190 carat Saratov Diamond from Russia had been deposited deep in the vault and the clever team over at Lucardo managed to hack the security system, as our team “Slickly Tricky” pulled on our balaclavas and prepared to raid the vault and steel the diamond.

Our team, along with the lovely Josh managed to pull off the biggest diamond heist…. question is can you escape?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review

Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review: December 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub, in Manchester city centre, is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

The names Bond, James Bond…007 eat your heart out and prepare to become the spy you always wanted to be, take your final exam in the exciting, immersive and electrifying Reclassified escape game experience.

The Reclassified Green and Blue games are identical, so if you are in two groups this will bring out the competitive juices and allow you to race the other team.  The Reclassified games are unique, fun and highly addictive and test many areas of perception, observation, speed and skill.  Jess our games master was an absolute legend.  Keep a steady hand, focused mind and you will become 007 in no time.

Once you have fine tuned your Secret agent Spy skills, get the PLASTIC TOY WATER GUNS at the ready, to take on the Identify game.

A murderous mystery game, where your friend had been murdered, so you and your team of spies need to crack the case by invading the killer’s lair to find the proof and bring the killer down.

You will need to channel your inner Sherlock homes and detective powers, as the odds are stacked against you, you know who did it, but the Police don’t believe you, gather the proof before the murderous manic returns.  The Killer caught us in his lair, but do you have what it takes to IDENTIFY this psychopath’s other victims and escape with your life?

PLASTIC TOY WATER GUNS at the ready, keep your wits about you and bring the killer to Justice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Base MCR Manchester – Review

Base MCR Manchester – Review: December 2018

Base MCR, located in Manchester city centre, in a super cool and quirky railway arch space.  Fully kitted out with bar and seating area where you can enjoy a pre-match bite to eat and drink before battle begins.

Try their Veggie dogs or hotdogs with lashings of red sauce and mustard, with salted or peanut butter pretzels and swizzle sticks.

Make you way down to the Base Bar Batting Cages and the lovely Tez aka Base Bar employee and all-round lovely lad, will I am sure, look after you just as amazingly well as he did throughout our visit.

Get kitted up and then the Base MCR team will prep you for a super awesome session.

Bring on your A game and prepare to bat the ball out the park, in the brilliant Base Bar Batting Cages.

A plus is the balls are non-stinger, so in the unlikely event you get hit, it will be a soft blow.

Ideal for a night out with friends’ family or the perfect date night activity for you and your other half.

Batting is a good laugh and when you hit the score boards you start to feel like a pro…don’t get too cocky mind, as you start to lose your focus and miss that all important score board.

Put on your best game face, don’t be cagey, be full of confidence and you will be batting like a pro in no time.

Compare the final scores, but don’t dog peeps out, just have fun and bring on them balls!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Christmas Collection Gift Guide 2018 -Review

Christmas Collection Gift Guide 2018 – Review

Feeling Festive and Fabulous, Christmas is nearing and it’s time to avoid the Christmas queues and mayhem, and shop smart online.

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Housing Units

Pamper and beautify yourself this Christmas, or get gifting, with a range of super sensational items over at Housing Units online or why not pop into their Greater Manchester store.

Keep things super sweet, and spritz away, by opting for the lovely Sweet Pea and Honeysuckle eau de toilette £12, from the divine Heathcote and Ivory range.

With the chill in full force, keep your lips lush and pucker, ready for that mistletoe moment with the classic Cath Kidston Lip Balm Trio £9, made with shea butter and natural beeswax to keep your lips smooth and soft all season.

Now you need somewhere to store all that glam, no problem, the iconic heart shaped flower head design cosmetic bag by Orla Kiely £20, is the perfect pretty pouch for all your products.

Red letter Days

Make sure you grab some of that Christmas Candy this festive season and give your friends, family and loved ones an unforgettable experience.  Red letter days provides gorgeous gift experiences, with the most fabulous activities, such as mini-breaks, theatre, foodie packages and much more.

Why not bring on all the gifting glitz, sparkle and razzle dazzle of the theatre, by gifting a Theatre Break Package, within London’s wonderful Westend.  Offering a variety of theatre break packages, from three to five star, including hit shows such as Thriller, Wicked, The Women in Black, Dream Girls, The Play That Goes Wrong, you will be spoilt for choice.

If the sky is the limit, why not take things all the way to the top and indulge in gifting, an Afternoon Tea and View from The Shard with Champagne for Two, in London, for that super special person in your life.  Best part about the package is that it can be enjoyed together or used on different days providing you with ultimate flexibility.

Head up the tallest building in Western Europe, and prepare for breath-taking views, at The View From The Shard.  Also, included is a glass of the fizzy stuff, so raise your glasses in style.  Friends, Fizz and Fabulous views…what’s not to like!

Then make your way to the, beautiful Belgravia’s five-star Halkin by COMO.  Enjoy the opulent and plush surroundings, as you soak up the atmosphere and their Signature sensational Spanish Afternoon tea.  Along with a choice of tea and a glass of cava too.


Indulge without the fizz, this festive season, with Hamper.com.  The Ultimate Alcohol-free hamper is a gorgeous gourmet luxury family food hamper, jam packed with fabulous foodie goodies presented in a wonderful wicker hamper.  A personal git message can be added and also included is free UK Next and named delivery.

Exquisite artisan treats included are the Belvoir Elderflower Presse 75cl, Cartwright and Butler Soft Fruit Jellies in Kilner Jar 190g, Elizabeth Shaw Milk Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut Biscuits 140g, Farrahs Original Toffee 100g, Mighty Fine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Dips 90g and Original Cake Co Cherry & Almond Topped Cake Round 400g

Also some scrummy Yorkshire Crisps Lightly Sea Salted 50g, Tracklements Damson Fruit Cheese 100g, Snowdonia Cheese Co Black Bomber 200g, Gourmet Black Pepper & Sea Salt Crackers 185g, Thomas Tucker Salted Caramel and Vanilla Popcorn 125g, Simply Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread 200g, Buiteman Baked with Love Cheddar Originals 75g and Cambrook Baked Salted Mixed Nuts 80g.  A beautiful hamper ideal for the festive season.

Leviko Designs

Lovely Louise, the owner and designer of the jewellery made at Leviko designs, is an independent located in Edinburgh who trades on Etsy.  Producing handmade bespoke quality pieces that can be tailor made to your set specifications all presented in a beautiful gift box.

The stunning sterling silver and freshwater pearl pea pod jewellery is a beautiful collection, that can be made with Choose between one and five pearls, I choose 2 pearls to symbolise two peas in a pod.

This gorgeous gemstone bracelet, in stunning platinum coloured hematite stones with a lobster clasp, a great piece for both men and women.  The focal stone is an 8mm gemstone of your choice flanked by antique silver tone spacers and surrounded by 6mm smooth and 4mm faceted hematite gemstones.  A lovely gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas.

Hoogly Tea

Hoogly offer tea and warmth from the winter weather hygge style. Fancy a festive cuppa, well the Hoogly black tea gift set at £12, is perfect for you, as this includes four fabulous teapods offering brilliant blends such as Around the Fire, Apple Chai, Chocolate brownie, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Vanilla Chai or Raspberry, liquorice & Lavender, so will be sure to warm you up.

The small lovely lush luxury wooden box filled with twenty individual tea pyramid wraps, along with a brilliant bag filled with 40 tea wrapped bags £45.50 in options such as Rhubarb and Vanilla, Sparkling White, Chill Out Mint, English Breakfast, Classic Green, Cosy Chamomile, Earl Grey and Apple strudel, this is a tea lover’s dream.

Give the gift of tea, this Christmas, and keep things all cosy and snug in a mug.

Mia Tui

With all those Christmas parties just around the corner, you are going to need a handy helper.  The Dove grey Jane is a stylish shoulder bag, that is the perfect size, not too big and not too small.

Ideal for day into evening, to fit the essentials such as makeup bag, purse, diary, phone.  Inside is an insulated bottle holder, a clip for your keys and slots for both your pen and phone.   Also included is an extra nifty small clutch bag and a detachable long strap.

Going Out Out, and really hitting hard with the Christmas celebrations, perhaps this Megan smaller bag in Berry with a cream interior offers a centre zipped compartment, two large compartments, elasticated key clip and both phone and pen pockets, is the ideal bag to carry all those party essentials while you dance the night away.

Star Name Registry.com

The Starry night sky offers a magical gifting experience whereby you can provide a friend or loved one with a shining legacy that is literally written in the stars. The Vivid, at £49.99 is an extra bright start giftset provides the recipient with entry in the star registry, sky atlas star maps, confirmation letter, extra bright start explanation packs, an A4 Star name deed beautifully presented in an A4 wooden frame and black giftbox.

For an extra fee you can chose a specific constellation, for example Gemini and order an extra deed perhaps for yourself, as well as the gift recipient.  Also recommended is to choose a star map, for a nominal fee, which shows exactly where your star is located on the celestial map which includes a digitalised photo of the star, for the gift recipient, without having to use the telescope.

I named the star “Judith, Always a mother, Forever a friend.  Love Melanie x – 12th June 1982” A perfect way for myself and my mother to sparkle in the sky together forever.

Artisan Olive Oil

The amazing Artisan olive oil company, offer premium quality artisan ingredients, an exquisite range of first class award-winning products, and their partnership with some of the most experienced producers worldwide gives them the distinct edge.

Elevate your Christmas Festive Feasting with some of their divine and delicious Jams, marmalades and chutneys.  Prices start from £4.30, so grab yourself some first class produce to put a pow into your festive party.

Opt for the Franci Olive Oil Gift Box £33.50, a beautiful wooden display box, encasing a sensational selection of three premium Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oils in mild, medium and intense flavourings ranges.

Franci is one of Italy’s most renowned olive oil producers and has received the highest score 98/98 by Flos Olei, the international olive oil guide.  This gift box is perfect for a seasoned chef or beginner, as an introduction into premium olive oils.


Christmas is a time for joyous moments with family, friends and of course gifting, but lets also take time to reflect and take a walk in someone’s shoes.  The Manchester, UK based Stand 4 Socks Founder Josh wanted to make a difference and back in 2015 he said, “What if socks could change the world?” A large percentage of the population wear socks and if each pair bought had a positive impact so, “why can’t socks change the world?”

Now, the Stand 4 Socks brand proudly supports 12 global causes in 9 countries and currently support 11 out of the 17 United Nations Global goals for sustainable development.

Keep warm and snug this winter, and support individual causes such as Education, Water, Homelessness, landmines, by simply buying a pair of socks.

Enjoy shopping and have a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Shark Duoclean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away – Review

Shark Duoclean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away Review: December 2018

“Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock” Yes it’s that time of the year again, where we hang out our stockings, send out invites to family and friends and prepare to party into the festive season.

Open fire roaring, festive musical melody’s playing, but before all that the house needs to be a cosy and clean home, but as Santa’s elves are all busy, get a festive helping hand from Shark, with their super duper easy to use Duo clean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away.

The Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift-Away, an upright vaccum cleaner with the convenience of a cordless vacuum.  This sleek and slick vacuum is an amazing bit of kit.  Providing us with a machine which offers a perfect performance with dirt lifting off the carpets and upholstery in record time leaving them spic and span in record time.

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With this being a cordless product, it makes cleaning super simple, easy and lightwork.  Also, the vacuum features duo clean technology and powered lift away technology to provide the power to give your home upholstery and carpets a through clean.

Make your Christmas a sparkling and glistening one with Sharks super clean duoclean cordless machine.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx