The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review

The Ivy St Helens Square York – Review: January 2019

The Ivy York city centre, located in the hustle and bustle, within the St Helens square hub is a sophisticated relaxed dining spot ideal for a delicious dinner date evening.

Warmly welcomed by manager Will and all of his team, who provided prompt professional and personalised service throughout.  We relaxed and settled into our corner booth and admired the cosy, contemporary décor while encompassed York’s historic past with the amazing artwork adorning the walls.

Super starters included the brilliant Buffalo mozzarella Crispy artichokes, pear and truffle honey. Also, the lovely roasted scallops Grilled chorizo and ras el hanout roasted butternut squash.

Mouth-watering mains included the show stopping Grilled whole lobster Garlic and parsley butter with watercress and thick cut chips.  Also, my fav dish was the vegan roasted butternut squash with grains Buckwheat, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, sesame and pomegranate with crumbled bean curd, harissa sauce and coriander dressing with an extra added on side of thick cut chips.

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Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging – Review

Luxury York Guide with Visit York and The Judge’s Lodging– Review: January 2019

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.  Take on the wonderful wall walk and see if you can complete the complete circuit.

Where to stay

The Judges lodging

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in an enviable postcode in the centre of York, in north-east England, perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976. This stunning residence has a restaurant, two bars and some super special character rooms.

The Clifton was a super sensational cosy classy room rich in detail and historic charm.  Décor a mix of subtle neutral shades, quality furnishings, fine fabrics with a touch of chic added with the fab vintage telephone.

Immediately, walking into a lovely lounge, well appointed, with some super scrummy shortbread, water, tea, coffee and also fresh milk.

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York Chocolate Story – Review

York Chocolate Story – Review: January 2019

York Chocolate story, located on King’s square, right in the heart of York city centre is a chocolate lovers heaven.  Prepare to unwrap your very own piece of chocolate history.

Warmly welcomed into the attraction by the joyful Josh, a cheerful chap who made a great impression and immediately made us feel at home.  The souvenir guide book not only looks appealing, but is a fact filled read, ideal for the journey home and remembering those chocolatey momentous moments.

Be ready to take on the chocolate challenge and embark on a journey that will take you back thousands of years from chocolate to cocoa bean, exploring the rain forests of central America, where ancient tribes discovered the mysteries and power behind the cocoa bean’s humble exterior.

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Fudge Kitchen York: Fudge Making Experience – Review

Fudge Kitchen York: Fudge Making Experience – Review: November 2018

Fudge Kitchen, nestled away in the quaint Shambles area of York, produces fabulous flavoursome fudge daily.  The brand began producing artisan fudge in the UK, as Jim Garrahy’s fudge kitchen, back in 1983 and then shortened their name to Fudge Kitchen in 2010.  Jim was the creator of Fudge Kitchens, fudge recipe, that dates back to the 1830’s and incredibly is still hand made on marble slabs.

Allegedly, fudge originates from when a lecturer, over at a female college in Vasser, USA, was taking a class in Toffee making, but as the temperature was not high enough, the end product was called fudge.  Hence, why the term ‘fudge’ is used to denote an error.

We prepared ourselves for a fudge making extravaganza and donned the wonderful wicker traditional straw hats aka a natty boater, with the amazing Apron embossed with the Fudge Kitchen logo and could not wait to enjoy the hour-long Fudge Making Experience.

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Botanist York: Mocktail Making Class & Private Dining at the Tool Shed – Review

Botanist York: Mocktail Making Class & Private Dining at the Tool Shed – Review: November 2018

With Party Season ready and heading into full swing, its time to sip and eat your way through the festive season with the Botanist York located on the corner of the lovely Little Stonegate York.

Make your party or celebration gathering extra special, mix things up and begin proceedings by shaking things up a little, with a private group cocktail or mocktail making class at the Botanist York.

Ed aka our cocktail connoisseur and mixologist, was a blooming pleasure to meet.  A lovely lad, with bags of energy and enthusiasm along with passion, drive and an in-depth expert knowledge of the cocktail industry.

On our arrival everything was ready, waiting and Ed was raring to go.  He took us through a step by step process of how to pour and explained the measuring and counting system, which was so much fun, as we got to give this a whirl and my volume was pretty much spot on, so I was feeling pretty smug.

Making mocktails to perfection is mass like these peeps do day in and day out is a highly technical skill that requires precision, accuracy and flare.  However, for my whistle stop visit, the mocktail making class was a real dream, super fun and provided plenty of giggles and laugh out loud moments.

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The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Bettys York – Review

The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Bettys York – Review: November 2018

Fabulous Festivities nearing in full swing, this is the perfect time, for you to indulge in an opulent, exquisite and lavish Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at the iconic Bettys tearoom in York city centre.

A York institution, a visit to Betty’s famous tea rooms on St Helen’s square is a must.  First served in the 1920’s Betty’s have refined and evolved their exquisite Afternoon tea experience.

Lavish in the Lady Betty Afternoon tea, men are welcome too – this is not just a treat for the ladies, served in the tranquil setting of the Belmont room, with interiors inspired by the Queen Mary Ocean liner, and a perfect pianist playing an assortment of musical melodies, you would be mistaken for stepping back in time to a bygone era of elegance and opulence.

Proceedings at Bettys begin with the most amazing pea, cucumber & tomato cocktail appetiser.  Along with some the sensational savouries, including the Smoked salmon Romanov with beetroot and lemon crème fraîche, on a wholemeal croute and the miniature pork & apple pie.  Also, the vegetarian offerings including miniature spring onion & herb frittata and the super sun-dried tomato & basil roulade with rocket leaves served on a wholemeal croute.

Why not get fizzy with it and add on some champs or opt for the non-alcoholic Elderflower bubbly which was just as royally refreshing.

The main Afternoon Tea, a selection of delightful, delicious and dainty offerings, served on sensational stylish silver tea stands, included a range of fresh and fabulous finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam and lovely pretty pastries all perfectly presented.

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The Principal York Hotel Review

The Principal York Hotel Review: May 2018

Located in an enviable postcode in the heart of York, with views of the Minster, only a few small steps away from York Train station, the Principal York is the place to stay, play and enjoy your stay the Yorkshire way.

The breath-taking building with grandeur and grace stands dominant and proud, awaiting to welcome visitors to enjoy a first-class experience.

The gorgeous grounds have that secret garden feel.  These vast sprawling gardens are an ideal hub in which to escape the hustle and bustle of York and have some rest and relaxation time.  You may not be the only residents taking advantage of the greenery, you may be lucky to see a ducky.

Warmly welcomed at reception by Alex and his team, we knew the stay was going to be rememberable for all the right reasons.  The perfect balance has been struck, with their choice of bespoke décor, between the opulence of late-Victorian architecture and contemporary charm which suits the discerning and modern traveller.

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