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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Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant – Lunch Review 

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant Lunch Review: November 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, the fabulous Forth Floor Restaurant, at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh city centre, offers diners an exquisite experience with sensational views including the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

On the menu included super service along with a showcase of sensational and innovative dishes using the finest Scottish produce.  For example, all steaks are Scotch beef certified and sourced locally from Shaw’s Fine Meats based in Lauder, 25 miles south of Edinburgh.

A lovely lunch began with an unexpected pre-course, with the most amazing Artisan bread, delicious soup and fresh butter beautifully displayed on a pretty pebble.  Enjoyed with still water and the Harvey Nichols, Sparkling Chardonnay, Australia, NV, a nice non-alcoholic adult alternative to wine.

Starters included the yummy Pumpkin hummus, pumpkin seed dukkah, harissa, Greek yoghurt, grilled flatbread and also the show stopping Hand-dived Orkney scallop, roasted langoustine, oxtail croquette, beetroot gel, apple, and vanilla bisque.

Mouth-watering mains included the Super-food salad, a mix of grilled courgette, quinoa, baby spinach, tender stem broccoli, avocado, edamame beans, pomegranate and lemon dressing.  Also the brilliant Boarders beef fillet, sweet potato chips, sautéed garlic mushrooms, roast plum tomato, pesto, onion ring and peppercorn sauce.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields Review: October 2017

The Gourmet Burger Kitchen brand began in 2001, when world famous chef Peter Gordon along with three kiwi guys set up their first Gourmet Burger Kitchen site in Battersea South London. Now, fast forward to 2017 and they now have over 80 restaurants across the UK. The focus is on quality handcrafted burgers using the freshest ingredients and creating all their burger sauces daily from scratch.

Located Left Bank along the River Irwell, in the heart of Spinningfields is Manchester’s Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The delightful outdoor terrace is great for some al fresco dining in the sun. Décor is light, airy loft feel with contemporary light fittings and table sections. There is a selection of help yourself condiments such as the red and green hot sauces. Service is casual with a relaxed vibe.

Welcomed warmly by the team, we got settled and while perusing the menu, we enjoyed some liquid refreshments including the Meantime London Pale Ale, which has both Kentish and American hops, that give a citrus flavour with a bitter finish. Also, the non-alcoholic Strawberry and elderflower fizz which visually looked lovely and refreshed the taste buds.

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Côte Manchester Vegetarian Menu Review

Côte Manchester Vegetarian Menu Review: October 2017

Magnificent Manchester Côte Brasserie, located on St Mary’s Street, is a fabulous family friendly French brasserie with all the elegance and charm of a quaint, rustic and rural, French village eatery with a twist of contemporary and classy city chic. Think Brittany meets Gers with a hint of Paris.

Awaiting our arrival, the amazing Ashleigh seated us in a light filled booth space, with wonderful windows opening onto the city streets. A homely hearty hub, from which to watch the world go by and observe the city dwellers eclectic tastes and styles. Carlos, our server, whom I have previously met, had no need to polish up his waiter skills, as he provided super slick, stress-free and sensational service as usual – a real pro!

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My Healthy Kitchen Vegetarian Meals Review

My Healthy Kitchen Vegetarian Meals Review: October 2017

Being Happy and Healthy is a priority in my life and My Healthy Kitchen Meals contribute to me achieving this life balance, by offering a range of nutritious creative meals that are ready in minutes. Saving me both time and giving me a beneficial notorious health boost.

Blogging HQ transformed into My Healthy Kitchen with the delivery of some super scrummy fresh high-quality meals. Under 500 calories, no artificial preservatives, colourings or flavourings and contains at least 1 of your 5 a day, these meals are health focused.

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Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauces Review

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauces Review: September 2017

Jack Daniel was not a fictitious character and was in fact a real person and the creator of Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey in 1866. Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey is made using quality and old school methods, at one of America’s oldest registered distilleries in Lynchburg Tennessee.  Packed into the glaze and sauces is either real Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey or Tennessee Honey.

Jack Daniel’s ® range of barbecue sauces have launched under license by the Baxters Food Group. Excited to be sent a full case of Jack Daniels barbeque sauces, which included Full Flavor Smokey, Smooth Original, Extra Hot Habanero and Smokey Sweet Barbecue Glaze, I was ready to create some Vegetarian foodie delights.

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Pizza Express Manchester King Street Review

Pizza Express Manchester King Street Review: July 2017

Perfect Pizza with Pizazz can be had at the new Pizza Express situated in an enviable location, just off Albert’s Square, at the top of King street in Manchester city centre. Housed within a gorgeous grand 19th century building, the restaurants décor is swish and stunning. High ceilings give the place a spacious airy feel and some of the original architectural features have been retained which works well. Contemporary decor additions have been themed around playing cards, including wall prints and within the detail of the booth dividers. A mix of the old and the new décor works extremely well.

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