A Date Night stay in Manchester with Buyagift – Review

A Date Night stay in Manchester with Buyagift – Review: May 2019

Date night inspiration required, well look no further, as Buyagift have everything you need to super spoil your loved one and make their date night extra special.

We opted for the Buyagift package which included a one night stay with breakfast at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.

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

Make your way through the airy, impressive and exquisite lobby, which hosts a mix of eclectic contemporary décor including these super stunning lighting features.

The bedroom was a chic and contemporary space with a super double bed, both cosy and snug, providing a plentiful space to get lot’s of the Zzz’s in before a busy day the following morning.

The Bathroom features a bath tub, toilet and a full stand up shower wet area along with REN toiletries.

Make date night even more fab with a Buyagift Smartbox experience which provides cinema tickets and dinner for 2.

There are a range of restaurant choices, but we selected Zizzi’s on King Street Manchester.

Zizzi’s King Street is the perfect place to chow down in a relaxed informal setting with friendly fab staff which make your visit easy and chilled.

The three course menu, included within the offer is brilliant, but as we were short on time we opted to use the value of the voucher and try the veggie Ravioli Di Capra, a gorgeous Goat’s cheese & spinach-flecked ravioli with a tomato sauce, super green pesto & pine nuts.

Also, the amazing vegan lovely Lentil Linguine Ragù, a Rich Italian lentil ragù with baby sunblush tomatoes, kale & linguine.  All washed down with Peroni, Zizzi offers both alcohol and non-alcohol versions, so all good.

Next, we headed over to the Printworks, with our two cinema tickets, to check out the showings at Vue Cinema.

We opted to watch Little, a fab fun film with some real Laugh Out Loud moments, ideal date night movie material.

After a lovely night’s sleep, we enjoyed a beautiful breakfast, which was part of the Buyagift one night stay package at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.

There was a range of bountiful and beautiful buffet breakfast offerings such as the cold selections which consisted of Homemade breads, seeds and berries, seasonal fresh fruits, cold cuts, cheeses, muesli, flavoured yogurts and freshly squeezed juices.

The hot buffet selection included scrambled eggs, smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, baked beans, grilled mushrooms, hash browns and roasted vine cherry tomatoes.

Why not enjoy a little you time and head down to the hotel’s new and fully refurbished onsite gym, pool & spa area.

The ideal place to workout, take a dip in the pool, enjoy the Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, experience showers or simply chill poolside.

End your date night stay on a high, after some shopping and sightseeing, enjoy an Afternoon tea for two at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester with Buyagift.

The brilliant Birch room, located in the stunning and sensational Free Trade Hall, is an ideal intimate setting for some super sweet treats and chill out time.

An amazing Afternoon tea offering with fresh finger sandwiches, scones, jam, clotted cream and a range of sweets.  All washed down with tea of coffee.

Make your Date Night Stay super special with Buyagift.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx






A Fabulous Foodie Stay with Store Street Exchange at the DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly– Review 

A Fabulous Foodie Stay with Store Street Exchange at the DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly– Review

The DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, located in Manchester city centre, is ideal for both business and leisure.

Go from train to room in record time, as the hotel is just a few minute’s walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station.

An exciting, electric and eclectic part of the city where you can even watch Manchester’s iconic yellow trams pass by.

Synonymous with the welcome on arrival, the room was just as warm and wonderful.  A cosy home away from home, with a super snug Sweet Dreams® bed, flat screen TV, Complimentary wifi, mineral water and sky sports channels.

Work like a boss, at the desk area, and stay cool & calm under pressure in your fully air-conditioned room with fantastic floor-to-ceiling opening windows, as nice to let in some fresh air, while taking in the city views.

Super spoilt by the hotel, as we received a fully loaded complimentary mini bar, so we could stay snacked up and hydrated during our stay.

Freshen up and feel fabulous in your en-suite bathroom with power shower, brilliant vanity area and a range of complimentary toiletries.

The onsite Store Street Craft Bar and Store Street Exchange restaurant, tag line is ‘Exchange the ordinary for something Extraordinary’ and they are not wrong.

Beautiful rustic interiors, the perfect place to people watch and an ideal cosy homely hub to enjoy a meal out with family, friends or colleagues.  Staff are friendly and fabulous including Alex, Sienna and the lovely Josh.

Even though the restaurant was busy, the way seating has been designed and spaced out, you still had your own personal space to enjoy both dining and drinking, in comfort and style.

Chow down on some Puttanesca olives and Store Street artisan breads along with a mocktail, cocktail or a craft beer while you peruse their exciting menu.

Sensational starters comprised of the Bury black pudding & apple sausage roll, Stokes brown sauce and the rustic chopped salad, baby gem, tomatoes, cucumber, marinated feta cheese.

Marvellous mains included the Great Northern Pie Co Artisan steak pie with creamed potato, peas & garlic gravy.  Also the super scrummy Roast cauliflower, spiced sweet potato, natural yogurt with added on sides of Tender stem broccoli, sesame dressing and skin on fires, all of which tasted amazing!

Delightful desserts enjoyed, the Melt in the middle chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream and the tangy rotisserie pineapple with vanilla pod ice cream.  Enjoyed with this excellent ‘off-menu’ Margaretta mixed up by Jacob.

Wake up workout got us energised, at the onsite gym, that has a whole range of equipment and absorb the city views, as you work up a sweat.

Head down to the Store Street Exchange to enjoy morning offerings in their relaxed and chilled hub.

A beautiful and bountiful buffet breakfast awaits offering fresh juices, smoothies, fruit, cereal, pastries, breads and much more.

Along with a drinks station offering chic coffee, teas and a whole range of herbal teas too.

Hot options such as the full English and the vegetarian sausages are delicious.

Before your departure, pay a visit to the friendly first-floor lounge, overseen on the day by the pleasant and charming Stephen, stocked with tea, coffee, fruit and sweeties, the ideal place to kick back and relax, catch up on all those emails or simply a peaceful place to wait for your ongoing connections.

Need somewhere more private, well the hotel has many meeting room options including their super stunning SkyLounge, a private space with unrivalled Manchester city skyline views.

Fabulous food, super friendly staff, amazing amenities…what’s not to like!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Honest Burgers Manchester – Review

Honest Burgers Manchester – Review: May 2019

Marvellous Manchester, great news, Honest Burgers have arrived in town, located on Bridge Street, slap bang in Manchester city centre.

Manager Chelsea, Wonderful waitress Holly and all the team are an amazing bunch, informal, friendly and fabulous!

Interiors are relaxed with a mix of open brickwork, natural muted colours, booths, tables for two and sharing tables if you feel in the mood to socialise.

Honest is the place to go for bob on burgers and a bit of banter too! My ultimate fav burger at honest is the perfect Plant Burger, a vegan lushness from Beyond Meat with vegan smoked Gouda, rubies in the Rubble Chipotle ‘Mayo’, red onion, mustard, lettuce and those lovely little punchy pickles.

Honest like to mix things up a little, so a recent collab with Mother Clucker, brought us a fab fried chicken, bacon and cheese burger to the menu served with pepper sauce, lime mayo, pickles and lettuce.

All burgers are ramped up with a serving of the Honest signature Rosemary salted fries.  Make things super scrummy and bang on a few sides such as these ‘O’mazing onion rings and side salad.

Wash all this down with a thirst-quenching pint of fab Frontier or for the non-alcoholic drinkers you are in luck, as they have the lush Lucky Saint larger too.

Manchester, Honest burgers have arrived, an absolute burger game changer!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa: A Destination, Not just a Hotel – Review

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa: A Destination, Not just a Hotel-Review: April 2019

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of the beautiful West Pennine moors, whose origins date back to farm buildings from the 17th century, is now a four-star hotel, Spa & experience.

In 1964 owner Carlton Walker, was offered “the last drop” of a bottle of wine, to mark the completion and celebrations of the restaurant, hence the hotels current name.

The Last drop Village Hotel & Spa, is set within beautiful grounds, and you may even spot a bit of wildlife too, but this is more than just a hotel it’s a destination.

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa A Destination Review 4The executive package is well worth the upgrade, as this includes perks such as welcome drinks, Lilly O’Brien’s chocolates, bottled water, extra toiletries, robes & slippers all to make your stay extra special.

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INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel – Review

INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel – Review: March 2019

Just a short walk away from Deansgate and Manchester Central, INNSIDE is located in the vibrant and fabulous First Street development in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The inviting reception area, with their branded #Worktripping welcome mat, a clean contemporary space, with floral décor and a nice touch is the unique Manchester themed graffiti art on the central column.

The seating and chill out zone at the hotel reception area provides a relaxed spacious and stylish space to kick back and relax.

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Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford Manchester Review  

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford Manchester Review: March 2019

Located just three miles from Manchester city centre, with on-site parking, officially opened in 2017, the Emirates Old Trafford’s Hilton Garden Inn was the final part of the venue’s multi-million-pound redevelopment.

Located on the site of the fabulous and famous Lancashire cricket pitch, the hotel has a really energy and excitement about the place.

The reception was warm, welcoming and gave good vibes right from the offset.  Throughout the stay all staff were wonderful and made the hotel feel like home.

Décor a mix of subtle shades with a relaxing upholstered cosy island seating area, with of course cricket on the television.

The well-designed premium room with king bed, had a Serta mattress which gave me a great night’s sleep.  Additionally, the room included a 40-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, and coffee/tea making facilities.  Also, complimentary WiFi and a wonderful work desk with ergonomic chair.

A fabulous fresh fruity welcome platter and card awaited our arrival, which was fab, a nice extra gesture.

Combined with the fact that we were in a Pitch Facing room, overlooking the Cricket Pitch, with an external private balcony was a breath-taking moment and really made me genuinely smile.

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Tipsy Tea at Slug & Lettuce Manchester Spinningfields – Review

Tipsy Tea at Slug & Lettuce Manchester Spinningfields – Review: March 2019

Located in the super Spinningfields location, right in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant city centre, the Slug and lettuce Spinningfields is the ideal place to share fun filled moments and create memories with family and friends.

Situated waterside, the wooden veranda terrace area is a scenic space to enjoy outdoor dining, drinking or both.

Inside interiors are floral themed with upholstered seating, Pink illuminated lighting and amazing artwork adorning the walls.

Welcomed warmly by excellent Emily, who served us fantastically throughout, we prepared to enjoy a tasty Tipsy Tea, as our space had been pre-reserved, so we were all good to go.

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