Third day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Review

Third Day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Subscription – £40 – Ginoisseurs will welcome being part of this club, that delivers fine small batch gins along with gourmet treats, so let’s make it a happy Ginmas.

Spain which is Europe’s gin capital by volume is where the Craft Gin Club creators Jon Hulme and John Burke first met.  In Madrid, a meeting of minds and a few GnTs later the idea of the Craft Gin Club was born.  Featuring the world’s finest craft gins along with scrummy treats and their great ‘ginned’ magazine this is one club not to be missed!  Their aim is to make all their members Ginnoisseurs!

Sensational sweetness came in the form of the delicious Dorset dry Conker’s home county gorgeous gin along with the conker cold brew coffee liqueur which made my take on a poshed up expresso martini and to make it even more mega I added some of the Divine milk and white cappuccino Fairtrade chocolate bar along with a marshmallow and a dusting of cacao powers to give it that festive feel.

Super savoury delights included some of the Conker’s gin served straight up with BTW tonic water which enhances the flavour rather thank masking it.  Served alongside a handful of manomasa manchego and olive tortilla chips for that seasonal Christmas crunch.

High quality products, a fab publication and swift delivery direct to your door give the gift of gin this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.craftginclub.co.uk/

INFO@CRAFTGINCLUB.CO.UK

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Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Gift Review

Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription & Tasting Kit – £29.89/£29.90 – Wine Lovers will enjoy a tipple or two with this wonderful wine subscription gift.  Team this up with the terrific tasting kit for the ultimate paring.

Wine subscriptions include 2 bottles of sommelier selected wine, tasting notes for each wine and a fab wine magazine the gazette all delivered direct to your door.  There are also gift cards available for 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions.  Ideal for a last-minute gift can be printed out and go straight under the tree.

The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc.  Originally from Gers, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 became the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association.  Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition which brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world.

Domaine Bérénas, Insolite blanc 2015, IGP Pays D’oc tasted fresh, fruity and worked well in my homemade white wine sauce blended with fusilli pasta, asparagus, carrots and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds to give the dish a burst of flavour and a crafty Christmas colouring.

Mas du Soleilla, Bringaïret 2012, AOP Languedoc La Clape, witgh a ready rich, spicy and fruity flavour made a marvellous mulled wine ready for those winter evenings ahead.

Serve your specialist sommelier chosen wines in style with this terrific tasting kit which includes a corkscrew and two tasting glasses.  Give the gift of Wine this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.lepetitballon.co.uk/

 

Mircrobarbox Vodka Cocktails Review

Mircrobarbox Vodka Cocktails Review: November 2017

Offering a range of monthly cocktail club subscriptions and gift boxes the Microbarbox brand are bringing the party to you with this brilliant bar in a box – boom! This Marvellous mega MicroBarBox rocked up to blogging HQ jam packed with artisan vodka spirits and mixers ready to get the party started, so that you can create your very own cocktails with some fizz and flare.  Get your Friday feeling on and have a fabulous festive Christmas shake up!

The Vodka Cocktail box contents include all the ingredients and instructions* to mix up four fabulous vodka based cocktails, all delicious and simple to create.  The Microbarbox offers you an immersive, entertaining experience that creates an electric atmosphere while sipping your favourite cocktail creations.

To start things off, I got my shake on and created a classic Cosmopolitan, a chic city cocktail, that consisted of Folkington’s Cranberry juice with Smirnoff’s Lime Vodka, Cointreau Triple Sec and a slice of lime, to create a lip-smacking sensational sipper.  

Crank things up a notch with a wonderful wild swan basically a twist on an expresso martini.  The concoction of Raisthorpe toffee vodka and the creaminess of Coole Swan topped off with some fluffy marshmallows is a mix made in heaven.

Fancy a fabulously fresh and refreshing cocktail creation…then the vodka and grapefruit is the one for you.  Amazing Absolut vodka served straight up with a pretty pink grapefruit and tonic water from Fentimans and a wedge of gorgeous grapefruit.

Va va voom a Vanilla Moon, mixed with Absolut Vanilia Vodka with Sweet Potato Pink Marshmallow Moonshine to create a light glass of loveliness, finish off with a marshmallow for the ultimate cocktail creation.

There you have it, four fabulous cocktails shaken and not stirred which cocktail creation is your favourite?  Why not get your shake on and then you can taste test these creative cocktail concoctions for yourself?  Take advantage nd get 10% off with offer code: FTF10.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.microbarbox.com/

hello@microbarbar.com

*Box contents:
50ml Absolut Vodka
50ml Smirnoff Lime Vodka
50ml Cointreau Triple sec
50ml Absolut Vanilia Vodka
50ml Sweet Potato Pink Marshmallow Moonshine
50ml Coole Swan White Chocolate Liqueur
50ml Wild Toffee Caramel Vodka
150ml Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic
250ml Folkingtons Cranberry Juice
The Vodka Cocktail Box contains 11 units of alcohol.

 

 

 

 

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.

In 1888 the ‘yellow earl’ and first president of the automobile association Lord Lonsdale acquired the property to use as his private hunting lodge. Now, the Holbeck Ghyll offers guests a sensational stay without the stuffiness. A romantic, relaxing retreat to simply kick back, unwind and forget life’s stresses.

The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger during her filming of Miss Potter. Also, this was the onset location for Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who filmed their series the Trip in 2010.

The inviting oak panelled, arts and crafts styled, entrance sets the scene with stunning stained-glass windows, an inglenook roaring log fire and an even warmer welcome from Katherine and the Holbeck Ghyll team. Katherine a true ambassador for the brand who provided passionate, professional, personalised, attentive and genuine service throughout.

Renovations have been sympathetic to the original historical features retaining both the character and charm emphasising their beauty without an ounce of vulgarity. Unique room offerings span from traditional to contemporary. Suites have been presented with ‘Lake District’ names such as “Miss Potter”, “Lord Lonsdale”, but importantly the theme is subtle and in keeping with the sophisticated surroundings.

The Easdale junior located in the ‘Tarn House Building’ which offers guests a contemporary rural retreat. An impressive and inviting entrance way transports guests to pure bliss. The spacious junior with floor to ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop offering sensational views overlooking Lake Windermere and The Langdale Fells.

Plush presentations with plumped pillows on the cosy bed, an ample wardrobe to store all your attire which includes a safe and a mini fridge. The decadent dresser desk is perfect to pamper or perhaps feel your creative side, get out the pen and take your inspiration from Miss Potter and the lovely Lakes location to start your own novel story or maybe just document your stay within your journal.

The junior was well equipped with a flat screen television, CD player, hairdryer, iron, a well-appointed tea tray, a selection of magazines and local area guides, even though only required minimally, an ingenious torch is provided to guide your way around the grounds when dark sets in. The lovely local Lyth Valley Damson Gin was sensational and the extra celebration chocolates were delightful.

The modern bathroom included a full enclosed standing shower, deep bath tub, mirrors a plenty, fluffy wrap around bathrobes and slippers and the luxurious Temple Spa toiletries.

Their Spa is small but perfectly formed and the lovely Nadya is at the heart of this intimate relaxation space. Complimentary robes, slippers and teas are provided so after a treatment why not get cosy in the relaxation pod recliners and take in the breath-taking views over Windermere.

Why not take the plunge and go for a dip in the hot tub again with fabulous Windermere views offering a peaceful and tranquil experience in the day or dark.

The 2018 AA Guide awarded Holbeck Ghyll 3 Rosettes. Ambitious and passionate Head Chef Jake Jones, appointed in January 2017, continues to create fine modern British cuisine pushing innovative boundaries to give guests an exciting and unique experience.

The oak room at the Lakes was to be the start of our culinary journey. Our pre-nibbles included oysters and potatoes, but served in the most elegant and charming way and tasted divine.

Bread and butter, simple but perfection, freshly baked, crisp and soft in the middle along with lashings of butter a perfect way to start. The fermented barley “porridge” with ewes curd, squash and burnt celery was rich and flavoursome. The Raw Roe Deer with pine, mushroom and toasted quinoa was a theatrical presentation with a pleasant palatal punch.

Mains included the mouth-watering Mayan gold potatoes, broccoli, smocked butter and purslane and the gorgeous Goosnargh Duck with artichoke glazed cider and preserved blueberry.

Deliciously divine deserts included the marvellous milk chocolate, passion fruit and orange. Also, the fabulous fig, hazelnut and praline.

All the dishes captured the season well – Winter on a plate and in our mouths! Our evening was enhanced by employee Nigel a nice chap with some good conversation, simply a real pleasure to meet him.

After dinner cocktails can be enjoyed in their lovely lounge in front of the cosy roaring fire with some of their more permanent animal residents. A quirky feature, but executed in a classy chic way. CC aka Mr cocktail Chris can shake you up the most excellent Expresso Martini or perhaps you fancy a more local brew so could opt for a Lakes larger.

Breakfast in bed at the Holbeck Ghyll was efficient and punctual. Breakfast with a view, a tranquil time to absorb the breath-taking scenery while reflecting on the evenings endeavours and refuelling.  Also, the morning presented a classic case of the Lakes weather climate within less than an hour the weather had gone from murky mist to lovely light filled blue skies with an electric rainbow.

The finest ingredients are used including locally sourced cured bacon, Cumbrian sausage and fresh hen’s eggs from literally up the road! We enjoyed a traditional British breakfast, a Vegetarian Breakfast along with some fresh fruit, toast, tea and coffee. What a way to start the day – perfection!

An elegant, exquisite and exclusive Country House Hotel in an idyllic location steeped in history with unspoilt Lake Windermere views. Outstanding signature service with fabulous foodie offerings which makes for a luxurious Lake District stay that will create memories of a lifetime. A real gem in the heart of the Lakes.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.holbeckghyll.com/

Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU.

STAY@HOLBECKGHYLL.COM

01539 432375

 

 

Scene Indian Street Kitchen Spinningfields Manchester Review

Scene Indian Street Kitchen Spinningfields Manchester Review: October 2017

Located Left Bank along the River Irwell, in the heart of Spinningfields is Scene Indian Street Kitchen. Winners of several awards, this Bollywood Bar and restaurant sets the scene for an impeccable evening of glamour and style. The delightful outdoor garden terrace space is great for some relaxed al fresco dining in the sun.

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Vapiano Manchester Corn Exchange World Pasta Day Review

Vapiano Manchester Corn Exchange World Pasta Day Review: October 2017

In 2002 Hamburg, Germany, saw the opening of the very first Vapiano. The brand is seeing continued growth and there are over 191 Vapianos in 32 countries on 5 continents. The company ethos is focused on an old Italian proverb: “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano” which is about a relaxed and easy-going approach to life which in turn will provide you with a longer and happier life.

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Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review

Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review: October 2017

The Beech Hill Hotel and spa located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Lake Windermere sets the scene for an exquisite atmospheric Cumbrian countryside break. The hotel has evolved over time, with the renovations being sympathetic to the original building to retain both its character and charm.

Warmly welcomed by The Beech Hill Hotel team and shown to our room which was fully appointed with two double beds, a spacious dining area, a snug sofa, a dressing table, a quality hairdryer, a generous tea tray, guest information and Lakes brochure guides, that were cram packed with ideas and suggestions of fun activities.  The hotel is no more than a ten minute drive to Bowness-on-Windermere, a town which is a hive of activity with attractions such as the Beatrix Potter Tea Rooms, Quaint English pubs and boat tours from the banks of Lake Windermere.

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