Escape Hunt Manchester Cowboys Vs Pirates: Wild West & Blackbeard’s Treasure Escape Rooms – Review

Escape Hunt Manchester Cowboys Vs Pirates: Wild West & Blackbeard’s Treasure – Review: February 2019

Exciting Escape Hunt Manchester, located in Manchester city centre, is where all the action takes place.  Cowboy or Pirate, you decide and prepare for a wild west ride or swash buckling adventure.

I am sure you will be warmly welcomed by the team, just like on our arrival, and their game masters are awesome.

Howdy partners, the wild west tiny frontier town of East Victoria, has struck gold, so celebrations throughout town are rife.

Not everything that glistens is gold though, as with this news, the bloodthirsty Bill French Gang are riding their way into town to claim the gold and kill everyone in East Victoria.

With the Sheriff out of town, our only hope is to load the gold and residents into a rusty old locomotive, that hasn’t worked for years, get this going and you escape with your lives and get the Gold & the Glory yee-ha, fail and prepare for a Plastic Pistol shoot-down with the Bill French gang who will take no mercy, so make sure you lasso your way to victory.

From the wild land to the high seas, swagger onto the plunging pirate galleon, mid-way through a battle, as the terrifying Captain Blackbeard has just been killed.

Ship shot to bits and sinking fast, you must take control.  Arr me hearties, grab the crew as it’s all hands-off deck, lets jump ship, of course not before grabbing a hand full of gold pieces from Blackbeard’s legendary treasure chest.

Gold in hand, but the cabin door jammed shut and with just 60 minutes to escape, here’s me hoping…we managed to escape, as knowing full well the sharks don’t grant no parley and we didn’t fancy becoming their feed.

We looted the bootie, so it’s a pirates life for us, what about you?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



COSMO Authentic World Kitchen Manchester – Review

COSMO Authentic World Kitchen Manchester Review: March 2019

Located on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre, COSMO Authentic World Kitchen is the perfect place to go if you want to travel the foodie world minus the air fare.

Since opening in 2003 COSMO has expanded across both the UK and Ireland.  Making an ideal place for a family gathering, catch up with friends or a delightful date night.

After a major refurbishment, décor now has an Asian influence, a smart set up, with stripped wood, a beautiful water fountain and beautiful bar area.

The bar is a perfect place for a pina colada mocktail and a bottle of Brooklyn beer before heading to your table to chow down.  COSMO offered a range of fab drink options such as speckled hen and an off menu Virgin Mojito.

The restaurants system is simple, pay a set price per person for the food buffet and then you can sample as much fabulous food from a vast range such as Indian, Chinese, Sushi and teppanyaki.

The Chinese counter included Salt & pepper chips, Salt & pepper Chicken wings, Beef in blackbean sauce, Honey chicken wings, Vegetable spring rolls, Noodles, prawn crackers and much more.

Delicacies included seafood, seaweed, crispy duck pancakes and a range of freshly prepared offerings from the live teppanyaki stations.  A theatrical interactive and engaging culinary display.

Indian offerings included chickpea curry, Chicken curry, rice, onion bhajis, samosas, nann bread, poppadum’s, mango chutney and a whole range of other exciting dishes.

International offerings included Italian food such as pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne and garlic bread.

Also, Full roast dinners could be had along with a range of healthy self-service salads.

Finish of sweet, with the COSMO ice cream maker, sweets, marshmallows and dip your way into their marvellous fabulous foundation of all things chocolatey.

Delicious desserts included mini donuts, chocolate eclairs, chocolate brownie and my personal favs the carrot cake and rhubarb slice.  Healthy options included fabulous fresh fruit offerings which was great to see.

Thank you to Rosa, Brodie, Emily, Demi and Acasia for taking care of us throughout service.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review

Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review: February 2019

In 1893 Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music, merging with the Northern school of music in 1973 to create The Royal Northern College of Music we know today.

The RNCM, located on Oxford Road in Manchester cite centre, is a hidden gem, an excellent entertainment venue offering a variety of performances from various musical genres.

In addition to musical performances, the venue also boasts the beautiful Brodsky restaurant which offers diners a sophisticated and elegant dining experience.

The Brodsky Pre-theatre experience, was a real treat, manager Jose and the team did a fabulous job at looking after us.  The menu offers variety and va-va voom to their diners, with exciting foodie options followed through with a well executed delivery.

Sensational Starters included the roasted heritage tomatoes and baby mozzarella salad served with micro herbs, pesto and balsamic glaze.  Also, the delicious platter of garlic and chilli roasted vegetables, served with semi-dried tomatoes, hummus & olives, alongside Italian Seitan and vegan aioli.

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The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa York -Review

The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa York – Review:January 2019

The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa is located a short stroll from the beautiful historic city of York.

The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa is situated at the top of The Mount, hence the name.  Founded by Richard and Christine Oxtoby in 1967, the hotel was formerly two private houses built during the reign of William IV (1830 – 1837).

The hotel has a country house feel, a home away from home vibe, which offers guests a relaxing place to kick back and chill.  This is reflected also in the service, a friendly and professional approach all-round.

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Novotel York Centre – Review

Novotel York Centre – Review: February 2019

Novotel York Centre, situated close to the historic city walls and overlooking the beautiful banks of the River Foss, is a fabulous four-star hotel.

Check in process was warm, welcoming and super friendly.  The lovely lady adopted a relaxed informal approach providing all the relevant information in a polite and professional manner.

The immaculate Executive rooms are the ideal space to unwind and relax.  Ideal for couples, families or business trips away. Fluffy robes and slippers are all provided for you to use throughout your stay.

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The Grange Hotel York – Review

The Grange Hotel York – Review: February 2019

The Grange Hotel York, a classic Regency townhouse, formally known as Bootham Grange was built and occupied by the wealthy Richardsons in 1829.

In 1989 Jeremy and Viven Caseel converted the building, into the luxury four-star hotel, opening to the public in 1990.

The opulent reception consists of a plush period sitting area along with a spiral style staircase and for our fabulous festive stay the lobby space boasted a beautiful Christmas tree with all the trimmings.

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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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