A Fabulous Festive Foodie Stay, with Peter Street Kitchen, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – Review

A Fabulous Festive Foodie Stay, with Peter Street Kitchen, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – Review

Celebrate in style this Christmas, with the Radisson Blu Edwardian, at their super 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre.

Situated inside the historic Free Trade Hall, the hotel is steeped in historic charm and elegance, as one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

The reception area boasts a beautiful crystal chandelier, as its signature centrepiece.  Along with the Christmas tree, sophisticatedly decorated, providing that home away from home feel.

Since the extensive refit, the interiors now have a fantastic and fabulous fresh look.

Clean, contemporary lines with amazing artwork, lighting, planting and subtle subdue shades, creates a relaxed and refreshed vibe.

After a seamless check in, we headed up to our room and prepared to completely chill out for the weekend.

The double bed was cosy and snug and provided a plentiful space to get lot’s of the Zzz’s in before a busy day the following morning. A chic contemporary space with some local artwork and gorgeous glass light fittings.

The beautiful bathroom splits into two, first an area with wardrobe, vanity mirror, magnifying mirror, sink, storage space along with all the other must haves to pamper and beautify.  Then the second area with bath tub, toilet and full stand up shower wet area along with REN toiletries.

The main living area including a workable desk along with bottled water, tea and coffee making facilities and a lovely card and cake welcome gift.

For a perfect piece of Paradise head to the hotel’s in-house Peter Street Kitchen restaurant and bar for a taste of contemporary Japanese and Mexican foodie delights.  The concept being small plates and sharing in a relaxed environment.

After a multi-million-pound investment, the Radisson Blu Edwardian restaurant, has introduced Peter Street Kitchen, a super smart space with elegance and style.  The new venture from Amir Jati, who has vast experience within the industry, over 22 years to be precise, and clocking up over 10 years at Nobu!

Incorporating Japanese décor throughout the bar and restaurant with the brilliant Bonsai tree addition, providing a beautiful bespoke finish.  The DJ played a fab set of tracks which for me created an amazing atmosphere.

The Japanese theme works in conjunction with the Mexican theme, with the circular shape of the restaurant allegedly taking inspiration from the Mexican eye.

Chatting with management and staff, on the evening, it was clear that a huge investment had also been made in the staff training and development.  I could easily reem off the names of star servers on the evening, but the fact remains, every single member of the team, without fail performed to perfection.

The mouth-watering Mexican dishes, included homemade nachos with their signature guacamole, Chilli lime veggie chicken soft tacos and the Robata mezcal-glazed smoked paprika ribs, gave a hot spicy start to the evening.

Japanese selections started with the amazing Avocado tartare with shichimi soy, a clean sophisticated dish with style and substance.  The Charred asparagus with ibuki rice, shichimi broth and garlic roasted kale served in a claypot and the sensational snow crab dish with creamy spicy mayo was an instant hit.

Continuing with the Japanese sharers, the Flatbreads with roasted aubergine with rocoto chilli and wasabi sour cream had a kick and tasted delicious.  One of my favs was the veggie chicken tempura with creamy spicy mayo and chilli ponzu.  Also, the mushroom with truffle toban-yaki was stunning.  All had complex flavour combinations which delicately worked together to create exquisite palate flavourings.

Divine, delight desserts included the delicious Chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream, Kuro goma cheesecake with orange sorbet and the Raspberry parfait with shiso ginger ice cream and berry compote, all woofed down in record time.

Delightful drink offerings include a range of Japanese and Mexican beers, Japanese tea and the most amazing non-alcoholic cocktails including the gorgeous Garden Margarita, made with Seedlip Garden, apple, lime, agave and salt – an absolute personal fav of mine, mixed to perfection.

The best part about staying at the hotel is knowing that in the morning we got the chance to re-visit the Peter Street restaurant, but this time for breakfast.

The range of bountiful and beautiful buffet breakfast offerings was amazing.  Pastries such as Pain au chocolat and butter croissant served warm with homemade orange preserve.

Cold Selections consisted of Homemade breads, seeds and berries, seasonal fresh fruits, cold cuts, cheeses, muesli, flavoured yoghurts and freshly squeezed juices.

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

Also, À La Carte included the Taste of Japan Smoked salmon sashimi on toasted muffin with wasabi mayo, shichimi and fresh lemon and the team were more than happy to provide an avocado version upon my request which was great!

Not got time to stop by Peter Street Kitchen, no problem, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester have you covered.  Breakfast on the go, included these wonderful wooden service trolleys in reception providing on the go guests, with pastries, apples, bottled water, tea making facilities and cereal bars, ensuring no one leaves with an empty tummy.

The Radissons extensive refurbishment has clearly been a super success, offering plush accommodations, in an iconic contemporary space along with the personality and pizazz of Peter Street Kitchen, what’s not to like.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx





Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review

Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review: December 2018

It’s CHRISTMAS…Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills Rock, Manchester Bills has a Christmas cracker of a treat for their flock.  Bills Fantastic, fabulous and festive 3 course menu, that includes a welcome drink and nibbles, for only £27.95. Available 20th November – 31st of December 2018.

Bills Manchester Christmas 1aChristmas at Bill’s is charming, cosy with candles and thrown in for free was lots of smiles and super service from the lovely Sasha, Alex and Kati.

The super sensational sparkly Christmas menu started with a Welcome Drink and Nibbles.  Choice of: Glass of Prosecco, Estrella Galicia or a Mocktail Toasted Focaccia (or Sourdough Toast if avoiding gluten) with Hummus and Giant Gordal Olives

Our starter choices included the Chicken, Cranberry and Pancetta Terrine with fig & cranberry chutney and toasted sourdough and the brilliant Beetroot & feta salad with candied beets, pea shoots, mixed seeds and sweet balsamic.

Mains made the mouth water including the perfect pumpkin, fig & chestnut roast with sautéed wild mushrooms, cavolo nero, roast potatoes and rich vegetable gravy with an add on side of sweet roasted vegetables at £3.95 and the beef, bacon and camembert burger with cranberry & fig chutney, baby gem lettuce, mayonnaise and fries.

When the cold kicks in a good tasty pudding is in order and we went for the Chocolate orange bread and butter pudding with warm vanilla custard and the delightful Christmassy Cheeseboard  with cranberry & fig chutney, oatcakes and walnuts.

Those are just a fen of the fab foodie treats on the menu, but view the full Christmas offerings by clicking right here.

Make Christmas even more fabulous and festive, grab a basket and shop to your hearts contents in Bill’s brilliant shop.  Packed with all those marvellous must haves, why not create a gift box or basket and pass on the brilliance of Bills this Christmas.

With their range including speciality tea, cookies, jams, sweet treats and Bill’s perfect Pink lemonade there is something for everyone.

Don’t fret, if you are running short on time, you can even shop online and have the magic of Bill’s delivered direct to your door.

Spread some Christmas cheer and have a Merry ‘Bill’smas’ all round.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Lucardo Escape Rooms Manchester: Gem Runner – Review

Lucardo Escape Rooms Manchester: Gem Runner Review: December 2018

Lucardo escape rooms, located in Manchester city centre, offer an excellent escape experience that is sure to get your pulses racing and minds working, as you race against the clock.

Josh our games master warmly welcomed us and explained the rules and different lock type in the game.  Enthusiastic, full of energy and a genuine passion for escape games, Josh did an amazing job throughout.

The Gem Runner escape game, located in a fictional central bank in Manchester city centre, was a high-quality adventure with well thought out puzzles and problems for our specialist elite team of robbers to decode and crack.

The famous 190 carat Saratov Diamond from Russia had been deposited deep in the vault and the clever team over at Lucardo managed to hack the security system, as our team “Slickly Tricky” pulled on our balaclavas and prepared to raid the vault and steel the diamond.

Our team, along with the lovely Josh managed to pull off the biggest diamond heist…. question is can you escape?

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review

Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review: December 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub, in Manchester city centre, is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

The names Bond, James Bond…007 eat your heart out and prepare to become the spy you always wanted to be, take your final exam in the exciting, immersive and electrifying Reclassified escape game experience.

The Reclassified Green and Blue games are identical, so if you are in two groups this will bring out the competitive juices and allow you to race the other team.  The Reclassified games are unique, fun and highly addictive and test many areas of perception, observation, speed and skill.  Jess our games master was an absolute legend.  Keep a steady hand, focused mind and you will become 007 in no time.

Once you have fine tuned your Secret agent Spy skills, get the PLASTIC TOY WATER GUNS at the ready, to take on the Identify game.

A murderous mystery game, where your friend had been murdered, so you and your team of spies need to crack the case by invading the killer’s lair to find the proof and bring the killer down.

You will need to channel your inner Sherlock homes and detective powers, as the odds are stacked against you, you know who did it, but the Police don’t believe you, gather the proof before the murderous manic returns.  The Killer caught us in his lair, but do you have what it takes to IDENTIFY this psychopath’s other victims and escape with your life?

PLASTIC TOY WATER GUNS at the ready, keep your wits about you and bring the killer to Justice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Base MCR Manchester – Review

Base MCR Manchester – Review: December 2018

Base MCR, located in Manchester city centre, in a super cool and quirky railway arch space.  Fully kitted out with bar and seating area where you can enjoy a pre-match bite to eat and drink before battle begins.

Try their Veggie dogs or hotdogs with lashings of red sauce and mustard, with salted or peanut butter pretzels and swizzle sticks.

Make you way down to the Base Bar Batting Cages and the lovely Tez aka Base Bar employee and all-round lovely lad, will I am sure, look after you just as amazingly well as he did throughout our visit.

Get kitted up and then the Base MCR team will prep you for a super awesome session.

Bring on your A game and prepare to bat the ball out the park, in the brilliant Base Bar Batting Cages.

A plus is the balls are non-stinger, so in the unlikely event you get hit, it will be a soft blow.

Ideal for a night out with friends’ family or the perfect date night activity for you and your other half.

Batting is a good laugh and when you hit the score boards you start to feel like a pro…don’t get too cocky mind, as you start to lose your focus and miss that all important score board.

Put on your best game face, don’t be cagey, be full of confidence and you will be batting like a pro in no time.

Compare the final scores, but don’t dog peeps out, just have fun and bring on them balls!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Manchester cathedral was the location for an amazing evening of the classics performed by the London Concertante.

Perhaps your classical music knowledge is not up to scratch, well no need to worry, as, “The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers!”  The London Concertante, brought together some of the finest composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, cleverly making the performance superb for avid regulars and newbies alike.

The “UK based chamber ensemble London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.”

The chosen repertoire of musical melodies for the concert was Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi all performed by Candlelight.  Set within Manchester’s beautiful Cathedral, the evening was a breath-taking and mind blowing experience.

The programme included Mozart – Divertimento in F, Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D minor, Bach – Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C minor, Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F, Vivaldi – “Winter” from the Four Seasons, as well as a few extra delightful pieces, a much-welcomed surprise!  Along with solo Oboe and Violin performances which were truly mind-blowing.

The chemistry, connection and cohesiveness, between the members of the London Concertante was a pleasure to watch.  Characterful, charming and charismatic chaps, with the lead speaker engaging and entertaining throughout, with mild anecdotes and jokes making the audience giggle with joy. Creating a poignant performance full of personality and pizazz.  The evening even included the London Concertante taking a selfie with the audience which was fun.

The London Concertante, has a fabulous flair and finesse, made to look effortless, resulting in sensational string play that captures the audiences heart and minds.  Pieces performed had energy, excitement, vibrancy, and were extremely catchy.  The grace and movement of the pieces had an immersive impact which quite frankly had me hooked until the very end.

Fear not though, as you have not missed out on the opportunity to see the London Concertante, as they return to Manchester for a festive concert on the 29th of December in addition to range of other concerts at various locations throughout the UK.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Top Manchester Activities

Top Manchester Activities: October 2018 

Marvellous Manchester, a UK city which offers visitors, so much to see and do, but here are my top options, in no particular order, for those who want to have fun while in the city.

1.TeamSport Go Karting 

Located slap bang in Manchester City Centre, Grab the Girl & Guy squad and head down to TeamSport Go Karting Manchester for the race of a lifetime.

Hit the track, feel the speed, use your skill and aim for the chequered flag and prepare to clinch victory from your opponent by driving smart.  Let Meg, Clo, Hillary and the rest of the team look after your safety while providing a fun on track experience.  What will your best lap time be?

2. Lucardo University of Magic: The Entrance Exam

Fancy your hand at being a witch or wizard, well first you must graduate from the University of Magic.  Get your wand at the ready and prepare to cast your way to success.

Lucardo offer a truly unique, immersive and exciting spellbinding experience in Manchester City Centre.  Find your way into a secret room, cast a spell and make a potion.  With Professor Emma’s help we graduated, the question is – can you?

3. Popup Painting 

Prepare to Paint Popup style, with Popup Painting, originally a London launch with the aim of promoting creativity out of the classroom.  Now held at venues throughout the UK, Manchester being one of them, try your hand at paint brushing your way to creating your very own marvellous masterpiece.  Our afternoon was based on the interpretation of Hokusai’s Great Wave Painting.

We sploshed and splashed our way around the easel like seasoned pros with our friendly skilled artist’s step by step guide.  Fancy going off-piste, not a problem, as your artist promotes and supports your inner creative desires.

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