City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review

City Centre Cruises Manchester Sunday Lunch Cruise Review: July 2018

For over 30 years, Manchester City Centre Cruises, have been operating passenger boat cruises in their two luxury barge boats.  The Castlefield cruise location, was ready and waiting, for our turn to set sail with Captain Alan and his skippers Sarah, Ellie and Ted.

Participation in the cruise was to celebrate positive steps toward female emancipation, pay homage to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes, as in February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, with December marking 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.

Our super sensational Sunday lunch began with fresh Soup, a crispy bread roll, all washed down with a range of light liquid refreshments.

Mouth-watering Mains included roast beef, roasty potatoes, boiled potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, broccoli, carrots and lashings of gravy.  With advance notice being provided, an extra bonus was that chef Lorna catered for Vegetarians, with a yummy cheese and bean melt which tasted delicious.

The dessert was a completely tasty triumph, a rhubarb crumble with custard, which I could have easily ate more than one serving.  All washed down with a choice of tea and coffee.

The barge boat experience is sensational with informative and comical commentary from captain Alan partnered with a pleasant poem. You also get to see a whole range of sights, including Manchester’s beautiful bridges, on the Bridgewater canal system.

Graffiti which can be both controversial and subjective, but get down with Bart Simpson and on lock down with the Panama dock number 3 which is the only lock left in water.Notice the interesting contrast between Manchester’s industrial past with the old soap works factory with the modern Media city including the likes of the BBC and ITV.  Along with Manchester heartfelt iconic symbolic bee symbol, which is about the people of Manchester’s courage and strength to fight future conflict together.

Synonymous, with when the suffragettes used their united courage and strength, to gain women of today the freedom and right to vote and have our say in society.

Why not book onboard for a Sunday celebration Lunch, celebrating women’s life and liberty, and raise a glass or two in respect and tribute to the suffragette’s bravery and sacrifice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.citycentrecruises.com/

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Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans

Hotel Football Class of 92 Room and The Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour – One for the Fans: June 2018

Hotel Football is just a dribble away from the magnificent Manchester United Football ground.  Having stayed at Hotel Football previously, the hotel is not just for the mega Manchester United fans, as the place has something for everyone.

However, this visit was an all-star pitch perfect performance, which would see fans dribbling with excitement, as they live the ultimate Manchester United dream.

Kick off began in the Class of 92 room, a chic custom designed bespoke room which includes unique Class of 92 memorabilia, that pays homage to its class of 92 owners, Gary Neville & Ryan Giggs.

Above the bed was a signed Ryan Giggs shot and if that was not enough quotes from Zinedine Zidane, Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and the man himself Sir Alex Ferguson.

The well-appointed entertainment area, with desk, mini bar and a flat screen television,  had the ultimate fans dream, a Gary Neville’s signed shirt hung on the wall.  Along with a class of 92 timeline which included the players individual score tally’s.

In the mini bar the boys have left a stash of tasty treats including some good old retro classics along with two bottles of Café Football beer.  Ooo and some lovely chocolate balls of brilliance, as a wonderful welcome gift.

Choose a front row seat, chillax, read the in room class of 92 book, and enjoy the breath-taking view which has a direct vantage point overlooking the Manchester United Old Trafford Football Stadium.

Fancy a refresh, hit the showers or take a soak in the bath, using the fun player themed toiletries.

Grab your snug Hotel Football monogrammed robe and slippers, out of the well cool wardrobe, and maybe read a book using your complimentary class of 92 bookmark.

Need some fuel, head down to Café Football Old Trafford, and enjoy a reds Afternoon Tea which includes a range of sandwiches, yummy scones, cakes with unlimited tea or coffee.  Oh and yes…the view of the Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium is thrown in for free!

Why not keep things sweet, and try the pre-concert Billy Joel Afternoon Tea, on Saturday 16th June at Cafe football Old Trafford.

Walk off the treats along the canal way or why not hit the gym, get fit and keep hydrated with the complimentary water provided.

After all that training, head down to Café Football for some delicious dinner.  Ben, Terpsi and all the Café Football key players, did an amazing job looking after us, as usual.  Dinner was a game two halves Savoury vs sweet.

The menu offers a good range including nachos, halloumi burger with fries and the sensational steak.  Why not wash them all down with the Café Football beer.

A sweet stay highlight for me, is always the sweet shop stop! After enjoying sticky toffee pudding and bubble gum desserts, it is so much fun to pop to the shop for some ‘penny’ sweets. A perfect end to the evening.

Wake up well and kick start the day with a brilliant breakfast. Go hot, and have breakfast in bed, with Giggs. A lovely full English with bacon, banger, beans, egg, mushroom, black pud and tomato.

Fancy something chilled, well go cold continental with Neville.  Enjoy a fabulous fresh fruit platter, with pastries, yogurt, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and peppermint tea.

Having trouble deciding, well let’s call it a draw and go for both!

Why stop there, continue to live the dream, roar for the red devils and book onto the legendary Manchester United Theatre of Dreams Stadium Tour.

Prior to the tour, you have access to the museum, for me the highlight of this was the eye wateringly impressive Trophy room. Not just because of the shiny items, but the sheer volume of trophies achieved – incredible!

A fun interactive activity, that included silly selfie moments, to warm you up for the exciting stadium tour.

Brilliant Ben our guide made his introductions, along with security team Kevin and Dave, who provided a friendly and relaxed tour with lots of fun thrown in for good measure.

Get the behind the scenes scoop, and feel the atmosphere, as you look out onto the stadium from the dreamy director’s box, VIP area!

Both the home and away fitting rooms are included within the tour and you can only begin to imagine the buzz and focus, of the players prior to play, on match day.

Walk in the boots of your favourite player, imagine 76,000 fans roar, as you emerge through the tunnel like a pro, and prepare to clinch victory.  A fun moment of the tour, but no spoilers, you will have to just wait and see!

Back the home team, take in the view, and yes the lovely lanyard you do get to take this home!!

Also, take time to visit the Munich tunnel to pay homage to those in the tragic Munich Air Disaster on 6th February 1958. As, Manchester United’s players of the past have contributed to the greatness of the Club we see today.

Go on be a devil, live the dream, with the Class of 92 team!

Thanks for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://hotelfootball.com/

http://www.manutd.com/en/Visit-Old-Trafford/Museum-And-Stadium-Tour/Stadium-Tour.aspx

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester City Centre Review

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester City Centre Review: May 2018

The 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester 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.

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 five-star hotel, with spa, restaurant and a bar.

Make your way through the airy, impressive and exquisite lobby, which hosts a mix of eclectic contemporary décor including a giant cockerel, bold Buddha head and some interesting wall art.

As you sweep through the lavish lobby, you will notice the Manchester iconic Bee wall art which will lead you onto the opulent hotel bar and restaurant.

Welcomed warmly by the charming Jack and Joe, our concierge and desk check in attendants, who directed us to our room.  Décor was a calming chic mix of neutral shades with splashes of gorgeous gold.

The room had the wow we factor, the view over Manchester’s industrial city skyline was wonderful, and just as things could not get any better along arrived the most marvellous macaroons!

To the right of the cosy, comfortable and snug bed, slide back the wooden door to reveal a fabulous vanity area which has all the must haves such as mirrors, a hair dryer, a larger wardrobe unit, robes, to make your stay a smooth one.

The bathroom included a hot towel rail, spacious tub, stand up wet room style shower with a handy inclusive mirror for all those singing in the shower moments!

Residents have inclusive use of the sensational Sienna Spa and health club.  Facilities include an 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 sets a high-end tone which oozes quality and 5-star luxury.

After working up a sweat or simply soaking up some lovely leisure time, swimming, enjoying the whirlpool bath and turning up the heat in the sauna and steam room why not opt for a treatment to balance your inner mind, body and soul.

Available for those who have booked treatments, the relaxation room, decorated in opulent gold, with subtle cream tones, along with subdue lighting, peaceful music and relaxing recliners, is a place to relax and channel your inner calm.

The hydration station offers complimentary herbal teas and filtered water to keep you body hydrated, as you refocus and escape the city hustle and bustle.

The marvellous Moroccan mud ritual for two is a perfect treatment to share some relaxed R&R time with a loved one. A therapist will guide you through the treatments, which include a scrub, mineral clay and a face mask, and then you are left to carry out each step of the treatment in your own intimate private Rasul chamber.

The detoxifying and stimulating nature of the treatment, left us both feeling refreshed, cleansed and nourished. Once finished head back to the well equipped changing rooms with high spec hair dryers, straighteners and coded lockers.  Change there or throw on your robe and head on up to your room.

Steak and Lobster for dinner was perfect, Ana and Robert provided us with the most perfect service throughout the evening. Starters which included chilli cheese bits, cayenne peppered onion rings, Parmesan fries and my personal fav the wonderful warm veggie mince lettuce cups, speedily left the plates in no time.

The lovely Veggie Philly cheese steak with creamy spicy mayo was yummy. My plus one loved the ‘Bring it together surf and turf’, a huge serving which included grilled steak and half lobster with spicy roasted garlic chimichurri butter with chilli ginger dressing and a side of peppercorn sauce. The salted caramel cheesecake provided a sweet finish.

The hotel bar, was an ideal end to the evening, not only were the staff on point as usual, the lush raspberry & lychee sling and the kiwi ginger addiction mocktails hit the spot, but we also had the pleasure of meeting the resident llama lovelies!

Breakfast in bed began with room service of course.  With a delivery of a fully cooked English breakfast and a continental offering with fresh fruit and pastries.

Start the day relaxed and refreshed, pop on your robe, make that breakfast call and enjoy the amazing Manchester skyline, as you chow down.

Manchester Five Star Style and service, make sure you stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester and experience it for yourself.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche

Grafene Manchester Dinner Review

Grafene Manchester Dinner Review: April 2018

Grafene is a unique cutting edge innovative restaurant and bar located in upmarket King Street in Manchester city centre.  Owners Paul and Kathryn, with a wealth of experience behind them, used this knowledge to bring Manchester a modern British menu, with food being locally sourced where possible, to all be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

Décor is an mix of industrial, with earthy coloured upholstered seating, softened with fabrics, fresh flowers and amazing artwork.  All this along with the wide-open windows, that allows for masses of natural light, has brought the countryside indoors, vamped up with some city edge.

Seating includes intimate tables for two, booths for larger gatherings with friends or family, and a discreet private dining area, that is offset from the main room, which gives the feeling of privacy without being cut off from the atmosphere.

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Novotel Manchester Centre Review

Novotel Manchester Centre Review: April 2018

Located within an enviable postcode, near to all the main transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations, the Novotel Manchester Centre, is the ideal place to enjoy all of the city action, from a convenient and central 4 star base.

Make your way through the revolving doors, into the bright airy reception area, and prepare to check in for a sensational stay.  Make use of the interactive touch screen system that provides helpful tourist information.

Executive rooms immediately have that wow factor, focusing on your needs to provide a relaxed experience.  An open plan arrangement, with a super cosy comfortable bed, with amazing artwork above the bedhead, a flat screen television, and a cleverly designed modular bathroom.

The adjoining lounge area, with a second flat screen television, comfortable sofa, relaxer chair set within a Manchester city artwork background scene, along with a Nespresso coffee machine, Bose Ipod dock, complimentary broadband, and mini bar stocked with water was an ideal place to kick back, relax and chill out.

Bathroom brilliance comprised of a tastefully combined bathroom built within the room in neutral colours, which included a fully enclosed stand up power shower, separate toilet area, a spacious sink area and plenty of mirrors to beautify yourself.

The over sink marvellous mirror was fully illuminated with the additional extendable mirror, that also magnified, which took the faff out of getting ready for the evening.

Additional complimentary bathroom goodies included the fabulous Fairtrade Shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, conditioner and soap.  Also, essentials such as a comb, dental set, shaving set, shower cap, vanity set, shoe shine sponge and a sewing kit which definitely cuts down on the baggage, and the need to pack extras.

Fancy a workout, well pop on your fluffy robe and slippers, included within your executive room, and head on down to their modern fabulous fitness centre to let off some steam.

Relax, refocus and recharge in the sauna and steam room, with towels and water already provided you can have a little you time without any stress.

Why head out into the city for dinner, when you already have the excellent Exchange Food and Drink Lounge on the ground floor of the hotel.  Unwind in a casual setting, and only a 1 minute lift ride away.

Taking inspiration from their local heritage, being allegedly located on the site of the first public telephone exchange, “The Telephone exchange” in 1847.  Décor is a mix of aged industrial chic with contemporary collections including telephone paraphernalia, open bulb light fittings, stripped wood, metal mirrors, bar style stools, cosy booths and soft plush sofas.

Take a seat at the buzzing bar and absorb the awesome atmosphere, while enjoying a range of wines, beers and cocktails.  Requesting an off menu mocktail, the team had no trouble rustling me up a delicious drinkie.

Delightful Daniel welcomed us, as we settled in for a relaxed evening of simple international cuisine.  Super scrummy starters of brilliant baked mini camembert with celery, carrot, bread sticks, and the sensational superfood salad with edamame beans, lettuce, pumpkin seeds, blueberries with generous amounts of avocado, went down a treat.

Mouth-watering mains included some yummy home cooked comfort food including the battered Haddock with thick cut chips, and a good dollop of tartare sauce.  Also, the sweet potato and spinach curry with rice and nann bread.

The delicious delightful desserts did not hang around along, Chef Chris’s chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and strawberries was polished off in record time.  Along with the bread and butter pudding with custard, a proper yummy pud.

    It was also nice that both Daniel and Attila, who looked after us throughout the evening, showed a genuine interest and made effort to chat and provided a lot of laughs and giggles throughout the evening.

The wonderful welcome tray, that included some Strangeways drinks, Pringles crisps, and a Novotel Card, that featured an image of John Rylands Library, was just lovely, and much enjoyed while winding down on an evening in the relaxer chair.

The bedside station was useful with a reading light, usb charger ports, and ideal to chill out in an evening with a biscuit and a coffee from the in-room Nespresso coffee machine ready for a good nights sleep.

Head on down to breakfast and enjoy in a casual contemporary space with an array of options or like me dial room service for breakfast in bed, for some ultimate rest and relaxation.

Go all continental and order some fresh pastries, a vibrant fruit bowl, some scrummy porridge with syrup and fresh strawberries and some pure orange juice.  Enjoy in the lounge while catching up on the latest news, or in bed, why watch one television when you can watch two.

Feeling full on, why not order yourself a fully cooked English breakfast with bacon, bangers, mushrooms, egg, tomato, hash browns and toast.  Then wash it down with some English Breakfast tea. Catch up on work at the desk or chill on the sofa and enjoy.

What can I say…What a stay, perfect from end to end, four star genuine service.  Manchester Novotel Centre, thank you for a perfect mini Manchester city break.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3145-novotel-manchester-centre/index.shtml

https://exchangefoodanddrinklounge.com/

Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review

Manchester Junk Yard Golf Club Review: April 2018

Rumours are flying around, that Crazy golf just got epic, and I can confirm it’s all true! Get your game face ready, as things are in full swing down at the super cool Junk Yard Golf site slap bang on first street Manchester.

Before play, fuel up like we did, and enjoy a beer or a mocktail decked to the rafters with sweet treats and an umbrella to boot.  Jump into the golf buggy, gear up to the golf range, ready for some Grand Slam play…well not quite, but a game on the 9 hole Bozo and Gary courses for sure.

Rock up like a pro, with your very own cool Junk Yard golf visor caps, this was guy Vs girl so we went with Blue & red, and turned things on their head; blue for the girl and red for the guy.

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