Pho Manchester Review: October 2018
Pho originally opened in 2005, by husband and wife team, Stephen and Julitte Wall, after their inspirational Vietnam travels specifically in Ho Chi Minh City. Fast forward 13 years and Pho is still family run and serving healthy Vietnamese street food.
Pho Manchester located in the heart of the iconic Corn Exchange provided a relaxed and authentic Vietnamese experience, with vibrant city street lights and all-round positive vibes.
Offering fresh fabulous and fantastic food, Pho really warmed up my heart and soul. While you decide why not enjoy some munchable Bánh phồng tôm prawn crackers with sweet chilli sauce.
Sensational starters included Veggie Gỏi cuốn – fresh rice paper summer rolls with herbs, vermicelli & pickle and the Veggie Chả -giòcrispy spring rolls served with lettuce & herbs to wrap & dip, both served with a choice of nước chấm or peanut sauce.
Bills Breakfast York Review: May 2018
Bang in the heart of historic York, Bills restaurant is the go to place for a hearty home cooked breakfast, to start your York Adventure the right way. Beautiful fixtures and fittings, with a shabby chic rustic rich theme give the place that extra relaxed feel which allows you to sit back, chill and enjoy the atmosphere.
Katie our server made her introductions, and we both loved her. Quirky, cool, super chilled and relaxed, yet Katie still managed to deliver super service. A genuine lady, with great chat and a real asset to the brand. In fact all the York team were super stars as always!
Bills just got even more brilliant with their breakfast bonanza! Continental or classic, they have you covered. We opted for a two-stage breakfast approach, beginning with a lovely large orange juice and a watermelon, peach and raspberry juice.
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.
Bills Restaurant York Dinner Review: March 2018
The bright lights of York led me to brilliant Bill’s which offers a delicious and delightful dining experience with genuine and authentic service, home cooked food, and smiles are plentiful.
The place oozes charm with the rustic and shabby chic interiors such as candelabras and chandeliers, that are eclectically, but tastefully mixed to create a homely relaxed feel. The marvellous mocktails along with sensational seasonal dishes makes for a perfect dinner with friends, family or loved ones.
Warmly welcomed by Chris, then energetic Emma our server made her introductions, along with the delightful Adam, a member of the management team, this trio made our visit to York Bills extra special. They devoted time to their customers and delivered genuine service with a passionate and fun flare.
The Principal Manchester Hotel Review: February 2018
A landmark location within Manchester city centre, The Principal Hotel presents Victorian decadence and grandeur. This terracotta grade II listed building shapes Manchester’s skyline with its unmissable iconic clock tower.
First opened in 1890, as The Refuge Assurance Company Headquarters, the Principal Hotel has a rich historic past. The extravagant entrance with high steel gates, trio lit lighting, topiary planters, gold engraved Principal signage and flags flying proudly, prepares guests to step into a breathtakingly opulent lobby.
The stunning sculptured horse stands proud in reception and provides a talking point for sure. The breathtakingly beautiful sky dome dominates divinely with style and grace.
Sympathetic, yet extensive renovations reflect and retain the original features and historical charm by combining contemporary and traditional to create an eclectic, quirky and unique space for guests to embrace and enjoy.
Shoryu Ramen Piccadilly Gardens Manchester Review: January 2018
Shoryu Ramen founded in 2012, from the team behind the Japan Centre brand, offers authentic Japanese ramen and excitingly has opened their first branch outside of London right in the heart of Piccadilly gardens Manchester. Impressively the brand has been recommended in the 2014 – 2017 Michelin guides.
Head chef Kanji Furukawa along with owner Tak Tokumine were both natives of Hakata district in Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu Japan. Their hometown Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe is now a firm fixture on the menu at Shoryu Ramen hence the term “It’s in our bones”.
Décor was delightful with subdue lantern lighting setting the scene, along with a mix of seating for groups, couples or intimate seating for one. The place offers a relaxed atmosphere, with an open kitchen and also a warm welcome with the bang of a drum. You will know exactly what I mean when you visit!
The Botanist Manchester Deansgate Review: January 2018
No need to be a scientist to study the beauty of plants, head on down to the beautiful Botanist Deansgate, and get back to nature, for an exciting horticultural adventure in a secret garden paradise.
Décor is relaxed, natural with a cool, calming mix of cream, light green and pastel colours, stripped woods, quirky bare bulb lighting, charming cabinets full of curios, plants and posters of plant life. A true home away from home feel about the place.
The theming continues throughout the dining experience, but is classy, subtle and useful. Cutlery, salt & pepper pots, napkins and menus are presented in this wonderful wooden garden basket. The fabulous floral plates also add to the charming quirkiness.