Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company Review

Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company Review: October 2020

Worried about finding the perfect gift for a special occasion? Not anymore, thanks to The Champagne & Gift Company’s new online service that offers a great selection of customised Champagne gifts for everyone and every occasion.  Bottles can be individually personalised to make an extra special gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

The Champagne & Gift Company aim to create the perfect Personalised Champagne themed gift, beautifully presented and wrapped. So whether it’s to say a special “Thank You” to clients or friends, or for a romantic occasion, anniversary or corporate event you can be sure that the delighted recipient will treasure your gift.

The Champagne & Gift Company also provides distinctive own label Champagne for companies and organisations and have created bottles for some of the world’s leading names.

Whether you are raising your company profile, launching a new product, hosting a corporate event or just thanking your clients,  Champagne branded with your organisation’s name and logo on the label is a most effective way to get your message across.

The company can tailor make to your requirements to personalise your bottles of fizz, so you can create memories with that personal touch.  They offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options so they have you covered.

Created especially for my family these lovely lemonade bottles have been personalised with ‘Williams Family Christmas’ just a beautiful way to mark a very special day.

There are also a range of fabulous quality hampers such as the Very Berry packed with a range of pretty pink treats that are sure to please the lucky recipient.

The Very Berry Hamper presented in this wonderful wicker basket includes Belvoir Rhubarb and Strawberry Cordial, 500ml, a Bottle of Fentiman’s Traditional Rose Lemonade, 750ml Bottle Lindt Mini Pralines, 100g Box Lindt Strawberry Milk Chocolate, 100g Bar, Mrs Bridge’s Rhubarb and Custard Sweets, 155g Jar and a box of Pukka organic teas.

Sending a bottle is quick and easy.  You can order on line from www.champagneandgifts.co.uk or call to discuss your requirements.  The friendly Champagne & Gift team will help you select the best gift from the vast selection of fine Champagnes and gift hampers.

Make sure you put the fizz into your celebration gifting with The Champagne & Gift Company.

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Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

www.champagneandgifts.co.uk

Autumn Amazingness with Pikt Fresh Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies Review

Autumn Amazingness with Pikt Fresh Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies Review: September 2020

With the Autumn weather firmly planting its roots it can be easy to head straight for the snacks and convenience foods.

However, Pikt fresh provide a perfect healthy alternative, as you can stay snug and warm inside, as they deliver plastic free, fresh 100% organic fruit and veggies direct to your door.

Family run, Pikt are a brilliant bunch and work hard to source all this lovely organic produce, so you can simply sit back, relax and wait for the sweet sound of your doorbell.

They have made the ordering process extremely easy.  Their online platform is user friendly, you can see exactly what you are ordering and you are not committed to a subscription, so you can enjoy a non-pressured shopping experience.  

Pikt are all about being healthy and ethical, as they are fully plastic free, deliveries are carried out by carbon neutral DPD and Pikt are B-Corp meaning that they are actively committed to social change taking care of both our planet and people.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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