The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review

The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review: January 2019

The Ivy York city centre, located in the hustle and bustle, within the St Helens square hub is a sophisticated relaxed dining spot ideal for a delicious dinner date evening.

Warmly welcomed by manager Will and all of his team, who provided prompt professional and personalised service throughout.  We relaxed and settled into our corner booth and admired the cosy, contemporary décor while encompassed York’s historic past with the amazing artwork adorning the walls.

Super starters included the brilliant Buffalo mozzarella Crispy artichokes, pear and truffle honey. Also, the lovely roasted scallops Grilled chorizo and ras el hanout roasted butternut squash.

Mouth-watering mains included the show stopping Grilled whole lobster Garlic and parsley butter with watercress and thick cut chips.  Also, my fav dish was the vegan roasted butternut squash with grains Buckwheat, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, sesame and pomegranate with crumbled bean curd, harissa sauce and coriander dressing with an extra added on side of thick cut chips.

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Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging – Review

Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging– Review: January 2019

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.  Take on the wonderful wall walk and see if you can complete the complete circuit.

Where to stay

The Judges lodging

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in an enviable postcode in the centre of York, in north-east England, perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976. This stunning residence has a restaurant, two bars and some super special character rooms.

The Clifton was a super sensational cosy classy room rich in detail and historic charm.  Décor a mix of subtle neutral shades, quality furnishings, fine fabrics with a touch of chic added with the fab vintage telephone.

Immediately, walking into a lovely lounge, well appointed, with some super scrummy shortbread, water, tea, coffee and also fresh milk.

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York Chocolate Story – Review

York Chocolate Story – Review: January 2019

York Chocolate story, located on King’s square, right in the heart of York city centre is a chocolate lovers heaven.  Prepare to unwrap your very own piece of chocolate history.

Warmly welcomed into the attraction by the joyful Josh, a cheerful chap who made a great impression and immediately made us feel at home.  The souvenir guide book not only looks appealing, but is a fact filled read, ideal for the journey home and remembering those chocolatey momentous moments.

Be ready to take on the chocolate challenge and embark on a journey that will take you back thousands of years from chocolate to cocoa bean, exploring the rain forests of central America, where ancient tribes discovered the mysteries and power behind the cocoa bean’s humble exterior.

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Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review

Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review: January 2019

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.  Ideal for a festive outing for a Christmas treat.  Whether you fancy the classical or contemporary, The Grand Opera House York has a performance to suit everyone’s genre preference.

Three Bears Productions returned in December 2018, for the third year with the classic pantomime Cinderella.  The star studied cast included Star of Liberty X Michelle Heaton as The Fairy Godmother, Channel 5’s Milkshake Amy Thompson as Cinderella, the magical Martin Daniels as Buttons, Coronation Street’s Ken Morley and Britain’s Naughtiest Dame Steve Wickenden as Covonia and Calpol, with BBC’s Allo’Allo!’s John D Collins as The Baron and Danny Rogers as Dandini.

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York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review 

York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review: January 2019

For the final year, and in celebration of his 40th year, Berwick Kaler is staring as York’s legendary pantomime Dame in The Grand Old Dame of York.

Nice to see York Theatre Royal’s lovely, friendly and familiar faces, within the production, including Suzy Cooper, David Lenard and Martin Barrass.

Get your jazz hands and vocals at the ready and prepare to clap, cheer and boo this all-star cast who sing, “there’s no panto like this panto” and they are not wrong.

From the set, costumes and choreography to the cheesy slapstick family fun and dastardly capers, this panto offers substance with a quality performance throughout.

The man of the moment Berwick Kaler once again pulling off another exciting, energetic and entertaining performance – outstanding!  Another standout job came from Les Miserable, part-time dentist and full-time villain.  With his dastardly capers keeping York’s theatre crowds action infused and amused.

At the centre of the story, this villainess creature, Les Miserable, attempts to stop laughter in its tracks, Booooooo, but with upbeat bursts of musical mayhem and genuine hilarity throughout, giggles are plentiful and laugh out loud moments shall not be stopped.

Grab yourself a 40 years stunning souvenir brochure, jelly babies and concessions and prepare to be entertained.

Even though Berwick makes a break for it in the hot air ballon, The Grand Old Dame of York, at York Theatre Royal, is not full of hot air…this panto performance is pure pizzazz and perfection!  Best news you have not missed out, as the show must go on and continues until the 2nd of February 2019.

Make memorable moments, as on select days at York Theatre Royal, you can snap up the chance for a behind the scenes tour whereby you get the inside scoop on all the backstage action.

Personally, for me standing on the York Theatre Royal stage was a legendary moment that will never be forgot.  Mark Walters detailed set designs are mind-blowing and to see the wall of signatures was superb.

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