Brown’s Bar & Brasserie Manchester Afternoon Tea #Review

Brown’s Bar & Brasserie Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: April 2018

Bang in the heart of Manchester city centre, located on York street, is the brilliant and beautiful Browns Bar & Brasserie.

Built in 1901, by Charles Heathcote for Parr’s Bank, this beautiful red stone building is an opulent example of Edwardian baroque architecture.

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Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea #Review

Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea Review: March 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, in the heart of York City centre, offering incredible views of the historic wonderful wall, The Grand Hotel is the perfect place for a pit-stop to enjoy the quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea.

Experience the grandeur of the Grand and enjoy their signature five-star Afternoon tea served in the relaxed Rise restaurant & bar.  Warmly welcomed by Mark and his team, we prepared to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity.

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Make York your Destination for 2018 #Review

Make York your Destination for 2018

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.

Travelling by rail to York could not be easier and the station is less than a 5-10 minute walk into the heart of all the historic action.  Perhaps you already have an organised itinerary, or maybe decided on a spontaneous trip away, either way, if you have already pre-purchased your yellow York passes then you are good to go, if not just pop over to the Visit York office and the fabulous friendly team will get you on your way to exploring York.

The York Pass offers you a choice of free entry to over 30 York tours and attractions.  You can buy a one, two or three-day pass, making your York Adventure fuss free, fun and cost effective.  During our visit, we used the pass for JORVIK Viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York City Cruises, York Minster and York chocolate Story.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Transported back in time, during our visit, the city was hosting the Viking festival which sees a range of exciting events taking place throughout the city, such as re-enactments, along with an array of colourful characters dressed in attire befitting of York’s historical past.

JORVIK Viking centre is now a super state of the art attraction, located on the site of the original 1976 dig, providing an interesting, imaginative and immersive experience.

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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.

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Indulge in some Self Love This Valentine’s Day with the Sienna Spa at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester #Review ***UPDATE – THIS SPA HAS NOW CLOSED AND REOPENED UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME ***

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.

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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 #Review***UPDATE – THIS SPA HAS NOW CLOSED AND REOPENED UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME ***

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 ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

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 ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

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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