The Ryebeck Hotel Review

The Ryebeck Hotel Review: February 2018

Built in 1904, by prominent local builders G.H Pattinson, and formerly known as Fayrer Holme, The Ryebeck country house hotel has an enviable postcode located within five acres of gardens overlooking Lake Windermere.

Sympathetic, yet extensive renovations reflect and retain the original features and historical charm by combining contemporary and traditional to create an amazing Arts & Crafts decor with a quirky eclectic feel, which provides a unique space for guests to relax, reflect and recharge.

Delightful Duncan, the hotel manager, was the first face, that I saw, upon entry into this spectacular hotel, an opulent yet unpretentious, homely, warm and inviting place to be.

Checked in to one of the four gorgeous Grand rooms in the main building and they live up to the expectations of their Cumbrian dialectal name being “reet grand”, if anything it is an understatement.

The bedroom decorated in subtle neutral shades, with solid wood furnishings, a lovely large bed, modern amenities such as a funky retro radio, flat screen television and a well-appointed tea tray with Farrer’s of Kendal Lakeland tea, coffee and scrummy artisan handcrafted biscuits.

The wooden writing desk, vanity area with a marvellous mirror, provided a perfect space to get ready, and to simply sit and enjoy recording some exciting Lake district adventures within my journal.  The complimentary fruit bowl and bottled waters was a welcomed addition and a nice touch.

The chaise lounge day bed, allows you to sit back, admire and appreciate nature at its best with the remarkable breath-taking panoramic views over Windermere, Claife and the Coniston Fells.

The bathroom set a romantic tone with two fluffy robes hung on the door, and a viewing window over the natural splendour of the lakes.  Kitted out in modern marble, with a deep sunk bath, overhead shower, large mirror, heated towel rail and toiletries, the bathroom had all the creature comforts needed to make a stay smooth and fuss free.

Afternoon tea is located towards the rear of the property in the lovely lounge where in the summer months you can take advantage of the magnificent gardens and enjoy the outdoor patio area.

A chilly rainy day and a busy service, meant that the cosy conservatory was to be our tea location.  A grand affair with the most fabulous finger sandwiches, home baked scones with lashings of jam & cream and a range of dainty pastries and sweet offerings.

Dinner begins in the lounge, an intimate space where pre-dinner drinks can be had while reading the exciting evening menu offerings.  Duncan and his team were on hand demonstrating their mixology skills, mixing me up two marvellous mocktails.   Subdue lighting set the scene for a rather relaxed and romantically divine dinner in our own private conservatory area.

Starting with the delicious cheese from the courtyard dairy served up with crackers, chutney and grapes in the most charming wooden box, with a gingham fabric, immediately said summer, so I created our very own mini indoor picnic.

Mouth-watering mains included the corn-fed chicken served with braised leeks, wild mushrooms and garlic roasted potatoes, presentation perfectly formed and was a real winner.  The tremendously tasty twice baked cheese and chive soufflé – teamed up with the fresh side salad and thick cut chips went down a storm.

Delicious desserts included a wonderful warm chocolate fondant with banana ice cream and the Blood orange and lemon tart with crème fraiche sorbet, both a triumph and cleared of the plates in record time.

A relaxed dinner, with some sensational food and throughout service was faultless.  Rachel our server was incredible, professional, personable and will go far within the industry – I loved the lass!

Cosy and snug in our fluffy robes, a lazy leisurely breakfast in bed, with an awe-inspiring view was the order of the day.

A full Lakeland breakfast consisted if smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, homemade black pudding, mushroom, hash brown, cherry tomato and comes with your choice of egg.  The Vegetarian included a vegetarian sausage, mushroom, hash brown, cherry tomatoes along with your choice of egg.  All served with breakfast tea and toast with fresh butter.

Nestle yourself away from the hustle and bustle in this friendly homely hub, that is synonymous with fine food, sophistication all delivered in a relaxed friendly style.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Indulge in some Self Love This Valentine’s Day with the Sienna Spa at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Indulge in some Self Love This Valentine’s Day with the Sienna Spa at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Love is in the air this February and now it is time to slow down and show yourself some much-deserved self-love with a sensational spa day followed by an amazing Afternoon Tea.

The Sienna Spa located in the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester has all the facilities, that you need to get your mind and body relaxed, revitalised and reinvigorated, including an air-conditioned gym, 12-metre deck level swimming pool, whirlpool bath, Nordic sauna, steam room and the peaceful poolside relaxation area.  The welcome was warm, as always, but this time there was new fluffy robes.  Also, brilliant branded Edwardian Hotel flipflops which you do get to take home.

Tranquillity awaits your arrival at the Sienna Spa Relaxation room where you can sit back on leather upholstered recliner beds, as you enjoy sipping complimentary herbal teas and iced water, as you catch up with friends or simply reflect and refocus your mind while you wait for your therapist.

Ashley my therapist was personable, friendly and provided a relaxed tone for the treatment day.  The back massage worked on my knots and helped relive tension and strain.  My personalised ESPA facial was tailored by my therapist to suit my skin type and included a cleanse, exfoliation, personalised facial mask and finishes to boost the skin.

As the day turned into late afternoon the exquisite Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester richly glows as a beacon that is synonymous with the hospitality and five-star service that they provide inside.

The opulent Opus lounge is a legendary landmark located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

The building was sympathetically refurbished in 2004, retaining original features which mix both contemporary and traditional to create a unique and relaxed space to enjoy a social Afternoon Tea.  High ceilings, bespoke furniture, fabulous fireplaces and subdue lighting set’s the scene.

Warmly welcomed by Glenn and his team, we started with some light refreshments, the lovely latte gave a boost and the lush Raspberry & Lychee Sling mocktail mixed up with, mint, raspberries, lemon and soda water was delightful.

Fabulous finger sandwiches, sensational scones with yummy clotted cream, along with jam when down a treat.  As if that was not enough, the range of pastries was delicious.  All washed down with peppermint and earl grey tea.

Spread the love, love others, but love yourself too.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Sienna Spa & Health Club, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP

Tel: 0161 835 8964

OpusOne Bar and Restaurant, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP.


Tel: 0161 835 8904

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018 under the helm of head chef Jake Jones, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.  The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to mention a few.

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Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester: June 2017

A perfect pamper package of indulgence can be enjoyed at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian, which is located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and was the original home to the Hallé Orchestra. The building is steeped in history, and has old school decadence and charm, retaining some stunning original features.

Situated deep within the buildings vaults make your way down to the Sienna Spa and escape from all the city hustle and bustle. Forget your worries and stresses, and prepare to enter a tranquil, relaxing oasis of peace and calm where the focus is all about having a little well deserved ‘you’ time.

The Inner City Escape package, has the perfect balance of activities to feed mind, body and soul. Prior to your treatments, you have a full 2 hours admittance to use the wet spa facilities which includes a full air-conditioned gym, 12-metre deck level swimming pool, the poolside relaxation area along with facilities such as the whirlpool bath, Nordic sauna and steam room.

Also included is a choice of two 30 minute treatments which include a Facial, Relaxing Back Massage, Body Polish or Nail Treatment. Or pick one 60 minute, including a Facial, Relaxing Body Massage, Deluxe Manicure or Deluxe Pedicure. After all that pampering and relaxation, the hunger pangs definitely do start to kick in, so the Radisson have kindly included a traditional afternoon tea or lunch at steak & Lobster to finish off your exquisite spa experience.

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Neighbourhood Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

Neighbourhood Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: May 2017

My Spinningfields Sunday Session always feel incomplete without a visit to the glam and Glitzy Neighbourhood Restaurant and Bar. Summer Sun shining, we fancied both a mixture of sweet and savoury treats, so we opted for Neighbourhoods very own chic creative contemporary city afternoon tea.

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Opus One Afternoon Tea Review

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Opus One Afternoon Tea Review: April 2017

The 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.  Originally, built in 1853 to commemorate the repel of the corn laws and sympathetically refurbished in 2004, retaining original features such as the façade, to create this stunning hotel, spa and restaurant.  First impressions count and you will not be disappointed.  Make your way through the airy, impressive and exquisite lobby and this will lead you to the opulent Opus One bar and restaurant.

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Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review

Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review: April 2017

Magnificent, modern and situated right in the heart of Manchester city centre is Sakana; a sophisticated mecca of all things Asian.  Split over two floors, with two bars and two kitchens this place has the facilitates to go all out and impress.  Décor was a mix of cool, chic and contemporary fixtures and fittings along with the vibrant Japanese themed, work of art, murals splashed on the walls.  This set the tone, which was a bustling cosmopolitan place, where one can socialise with friends, family and work colleagues alike.  Booth style window seating, which I loved, allowed us to take advantage of the sun without the strain on the eyes, thanks to good quality sun shields.

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