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.

Enjoy a chocolate or two, as you stroll down memory lane, learn about York’s chocolate heritage and the people behind brands such as Terry’s, Rowntree’s and Craven’s, but keep the choccy rustling wrappers on the hush.

From the Ancient tribes of America to York’s historic chocolate past, now it’s time for you to step it up a notch and step inside a virtual chocolate world at the factory zone.  Your all singing super star guide will show you how it’s done with a little help from yourselves of course.

Learn how to taste chocolate professionally and the science as to why chocolate gives us the feel-good factor.  Sufficiently skilled with the know how knowledge get ready to make your very own chocolate lolly, with various toppings such as salted caramel balls, this is stuff of sweet dreams.

For the finale watch the experts at work in their custom made bespoke chocolate demonstration kitchen and yes you do get to taste a scrummy yummy chocolate truffle or two.

A super sweet, fun and fabulous attraction.  Immersive, interesting and informative.  An experience that any chocoholic would love.  Now, don’t end your journey early, as the onsite chocolate café serve up the most amazing chocolate afternoon tea.

Kieran, a fantastic fella, served up our afternoon tea with smiles and could not do enough for us.  Scrummy scones, jam, strawberry’s and cream, sweet caramel slices, chocolate slabs, mouth-watering macaroons, chocolate dip with mini marshmallows and the most dainty and delightful, expertly made in house, chocolates.  All washed down with tea, hot chocolate and some of the fizzy stuff.

Make sure you don’t miss out on your chocolate fix the next time you’re in York and make York’s chocolate Story your must see attraction.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.yorkschocolatestory.com/

 

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The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Bettys York – Review

The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Bettys York – Review: November 2018

Fabulous Festivities nearing in full swing, this is the perfect time, for you to indulge in an opulent, exquisite and lavish Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at the iconic Bettys tearoom in York city centre.

A York institution, a visit to Betty’s famous tea rooms on St Helen’s square is a must.  First served in the 1920’s Betty’s have refined and evolved their exquisite Afternoon tea experience.

Lavish in the Lady Betty Afternoon tea, men are welcome too – this is not just a treat for the ladies, served in the tranquil setting of the Belmont room, with interiors inspired by the Queen Mary Ocean liner, and a perfect pianist playing an assortment of musical melodies, you would be mistaken for stepping back in time to a bygone era of elegance and opulence.

Proceedings at Bettys begin with the most amazing pea, cucumber & tomato cocktail appetiser.  Along with some the sensational savouries, including the Smoked salmon Romanov with beetroot and lemon crème fraîche, on a wholemeal croute and the miniature pork & apple pie.  Also, the vegetarian offerings including miniature spring onion & herb frittata and the super sun-dried tomato & basil roulade with rocket leaves served on a wholemeal croute.

Why not get fizzy with it and add on some champs or opt for the non-alcoholic Elderflower bubbly which was just as royally refreshing.

The main Afternoon Tea, a selection of delightful, delicious and dainty offerings, served on sensational stylish silver tea stands, included a range of fresh and fabulous finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam and lovely pretty pastries all perfectly presented.

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Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Lovely luxury indulgence, from time to time, can be good for the mind, body and soul.  However, the focus for me is about affordable luxury to enjoy a luxury rail trip up to Edinburgh.

Travel in Style

Trainline – First Class TransPennine Express

Get things off to a super start and let Trainlines dedicated 500+ team take care of all your travel needs.  By booking your tickets with Trainline, a one stop shop whereby can search for all the best fares with a variety of train operators, to bag yourself a bargain.  You can book online or via their app, making searching for affordable fares easy and a simple experience.  Sit back and enjoy the view.

Opt for physical tickets to collect or e-tickets, the smart ticketing choice for travel on the go.  App tickets especially ideal for the wet and wintery weather, as no need to worry about wet or loss of tickets too! Plan ahead and first-class fares may not be out of reach, with many operators such as TransPennine Express covering the Edinburgh route.

Where to Stay

Novotel Edinburgh Centre – The Sensational Suite

Book into the Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, for a few nights, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.  The hotel offers a range of onsite facilities including the Tap bar and restaurant, fitness centre and a sensational indoor heated pool with colour changing mood jacuzzi, hammam and sauna.

Make your stay super-duper and opt for the sensational suite, the perfect accommodations with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.  An incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh with a living room, two flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi.

The bedroom, with the stunning Scottish artwork mural, bathroom with power shower, complimentary toiletries, slipper and bathrobes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

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Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea -Review

Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November 2018

Get on board with the Red Bus Bistro, a brand who offer a unique dining experience, an Afternoon tea tour on a fabulous vintage 1966 Routemaster bus right in the heart of Edinburgh.

The iconic and innovative, Route Master introduced by London Transport in 1956 was in full service until 2005, but then sadly decommissioned.  These lightweight aluminium angels of the road used techniques developed in aircraft production during world War II.

Red Bus Bistro’s routemaster RML 2549 originally started service in 1966, fitted with a new engine in 1991, refurbished in 1992 and went through a variety of sales and owners until Red Bus Bistro became the proud owners, who converted and spruced the vehicle up with the help of South East Coachworks.

The 70 – 90 minute tour takes in all Edinburgh’s key attractions including the old town, Palace of Holyroodhouse and of course Edinburgh Castle, all while you sit back, relax and indulge in Afternoon Tea delights.

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The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea – Review

The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November

The Dome, a marvellous building proudly flying their three flags; Great Britain, Scotland and of course the Dome itself.  Inside, the Georgian Suite, was to be the location for an amazing Afternoon tea, providing a plush, opulent and magnificent setting to indulge in this quintessential tradition.

DOME 1a

Absorb and admire the sumptuous and splendid interiors, with the black and gold wall panelling, upholstered cushioning on the elegant ebony chairs, crystal chandeliers and crisp white linen with all the bells and whistles.

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The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: August 2018

Location One St Peters Square is the home of the Drake Morgan creation: The Anthologist Manchester City Centre. A relaxed homely hub, with a mix of eclectic décor, with a fresh fabulous natural vibe including planters, fresh fruit and herbs on display, throws, cosy scatter cushions, with a mix of bold and neutral colours that complement the ambience and atmosphere.

Offering a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and my choice the mocktails aka Absolut Proofs, you are spoilt for choice.  The Gorgeous Garden Fizz created with basil, blackberries, raspberries, lemon & agave.  The marvellous Market Fizz shaken with pomegranate juice, lemon, rose water, tonic & za’atar salt rim.

Also, the delicious Ginger Mimosa stirred up with orange juice, fresh ginger, rosemary & ginger ale.  Finally, the amazing Alchemist Cooler, rustled up with chilled peppermint tea, lemon, mint & tonic.

The Anthologist Afternoon Tea provides a generous serving of finger sandwiches, scones and beautiful cakes.

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