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.

The restorations and refurbishments, carried out by award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair, have remained sympathetic to the original period features retaining the buildings elegance and natural charm.

Take the sensational staircase or catch a ride in the lift up to your room.  The décor is well balanced using natural tones and textures to create an elegant space to revitalise and relax.

Useful features at the bedside brilliance included enough plug sockets to charge all your gadgets, reading lamp, notebook, pen and a cool quirky red usable telephone.

The spacious room included two full length mirrors, one suspended on the wall and another behind the grey doors to the right, in a wonderful wardrobe with plenty of space to hang all those fancy outfits.  Also, a flat screen television tastefully fitted above a fabulous fire surround. Particularly nifty was the table which had a fold out mirror feature, which was ideal to beautify located where natural light was plentiful.

The solid wood unit provided additional garment hanging space, a safe, mini fridge, tea tray, and a complimentary tuck box.  An extra super surprise, just for us, came in the form of this wonderful wicker hamper packed with Yorkshire treats.

Fantastic, fresh and fabulous, the bathroom was stunning.  Fully tiled, including a top of the range standing shower unit, a vanity sink area, with a super large mirror, and exquisite Elemis toiletries.  Bathrobe on the door ready for you to get all snuggly.

After some in room pamper time, strut your stuff, make an elegant entrance and walk your way down the opulent sophisticated staircase like a movie star.

Delightful dining can be enjoyed at the Refectory Kitchen and Terrace, where they celebrate seasonal local produce by using some of Yorkshire’s finest ingredients.  Along with Yorkshire’s finest staff, as George and Richard did a fab job looking after us throughout the evening.

Meaty Main and a vegetarian option both went down a treat, which included the roasted cauliflower risotto, with watercress, ginger and toasted sunflower seeds.  Also, the sensational Sirloin 10oz served with hand-cut Maris Piper fries, vine-on cherry tomatoes, a Portobello mushroom with lashings of peppercorn sauce.  Why not go all out an add on some tasty truffle and parmesan fries.

Mains and Mojito mix well, so why not pair them up with a refreshing mouth-watering virgin blueberry Mojito shaken up with blueberries, mint, sugar syrup, apple and soda.

Devine desserts included the delicious dark chocolate cheesecake, pistachio crumb and steeped blackberries.  Also, a trip to Yorkshire would not have been complete without trying the cheeseboard, that includes a variety of regularly changing cheeses from Yorkshire and across the UK.  Served with honey, Netherend Farm butter, caramelised walnuts, home-made chutney and Peter’s Yard rye crispbread.

Make things even sweeter with a brilliant berry fizz, a non-alcoholic mocktail made with a mix of blackberries, blueberries, apple, cranberry, elderflower, vanilla syrup and lemonade.

After dinner why not chill in many of their lovely lobby areas, or if you need to get online the free wifi throughout the hotel worked wonders, without a device, well head to the business centre for all your online needs.

Luxury for me don’t get better than breakfast in bed, the continental offering included fresh juice, fruit, pastry’s, toast with preserves and tea/coffee.

Feel like something hot to start your day, well pop on your fluffy robe, and why not opt for the full English breakfast or go for the hot vegetarian option.

Work off some of your indulgences, by heading down to the leisure club which includes a gym with a range of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.

Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, then chill out in the steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.

Have a fabulous finale to your stay and conclude in the gorgeous grandeur of the Garden room.  Served between 5 – 8pm, enjoy a tremendously tasty twilight Afternoon tea, in this sensational setting.

Wyatt and Sebastian provided a wonderful welcome and provided sensational service throughout.  There was even a game station if you fancy challenging someone to a game of scrabble.

Twilight tea, as you gaze over the grounds with the marvellous Minister in the backdrop, made for the most perfect early evening.

Twilight time includes two finger sandwiches, delightful home-made scones with clotted cream and jam, along with some lovely cakes and pastries.  Also included, a bramble cocktail which they were more than happy to make a non-alcoholic bramble mocktail for those who do not drink or are the designated driver.

There was even a delightful departure, with the lovely Carolyn on check out and super Steve the door porter, who directed us through the building to a door, that lead directly onto the train station platform, to ensure smooth and safe onward travels.

I love the people of York, Love York and Love The Principal York.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review

York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review: May 2018

Taking a lead role in the theatre scene, for over 270 years, York Theatre Royal reopened in 2016 after a six million development.  Creating a state of the art 21st century theatre.

The bespoke décor, that combines traditional with the contemporary, while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features, has created a warm, welcoming hub with an airy feel.

The Colonnade café was ideal for a pre-theatre bite to eat offering simple, honest and yummy homely food.  We chowed down on sandwiches, a lovely halloumi salad with a good handful of chips.

‘Did the Minster please you my lady?’…Even the tables had a sparkle and sprinkle of theatre on them with these charming little quotes.  Just as charming were the staff on duty, Adam and Simone, did a fabulous job of looking after us all evening.

For delicious deserts, we opted to go all out chocolate in light of York’s chocolate heritage, which included slices of the most divine dark chocolate & raspberry brownie, and the scrummy chocolate orange slice.

Our evening of attendance was when York theatre Royal Youth Theatre, one of the largest theatre groups in the country, presented Legacy.  Legacy, a production by Paul Birch, directed by Kate Veysey ‘We will change what we do.  We will change who we are.  We will change…Everyone’.

The Legacy production, with its mix of dialogue, along with the injection of upbeat music spurts, and strobe lighting, worked in harmony to create an exciting, engaging and entertaining production for both young and older audiences.

The organisation Legacy promise an elite service to erase your digital DNA profile and create a new “perfect” you all for a cost of course, but is the cost just a financial one?

The production seeks to explore this through looking at relationships, the impact of modern technology, media privacy issues, elitist inequalities and societal judgements.

For myself there was a synonymous connection, with the ‘blogger’ who featured throughout the production.  When termed by some as a blogger in a derogatory fashion, she continued to justify herself and term herself as an ‘independent journalist’.  Being both, I can see both sides of the spectrum.

What is Legacy, an organisation, media or both, when the lines become blurred, do morals too? With memory modifications, unethical sabotage, and sinister company misdealing’s, in the end you pay the ultimate price, legacy is your life.  Live your life, your way, and create your own legacy.

Such an enjoyable evening of theatrical talent which provided interesting content for later after dinner conversations.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Review

City Cruises York Afternoon Tea Review: May 2018

The King’s Staith Landing location, on the picturesque river Ouse in York, is where City Cruises York depart for their amazing Afternoon Tea cruise.

Their fully roofed brilliant boat will protect you from natures elements and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

All aboard! Let Captain James Cook and his team of loyal skippers, sail you down the river Ouse in style, for a full 1 hour and 45 minutes, ship ahoy.

Onboard the setting was lovely with gorgeous gingham lemon and white clothed tables, blue covered seating and fabulous floral centre pieces.  I loved that the afternoon tea had been wrapped over in clingfilm to keep all your goodies fresh and fabulous.

While you enjoy your afternoon Tea, you will have the pleasure of listening to marvellous musical melodies along with some of the Captains commentary…and comedy.  As you can see, giggles and fun were plentiful…and so were the food offerings.

Afternoon tea included fantastic finger sandwiches, fruit scone with jam & cream, an array of dainty sweet treats, tea and coffee.  Also, you can add on prosecco, if you fancy getting fizzy with some bubbles.

During your sail, get your camera ready, and prepare to snap away, as you will see some sensational sights.  Bishopthorpe Palace is the stunning residence of his Grace the Archbishop of York.

The York Motor Yacht Club, landing ground and club, has some incredible vessels docked up for you to admire.

As if that was not enough you will see York’s rowing club, and the many bridges, with their elaborate delightful décor.

The Afternoon Tea on City Cruises York was a chic, classy and a charming way to spend an Afternoon in York.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Can You Escape? Operation Lone Eagle Mission York Review

Can You Escape? Operation Lone Eagle Mission York Review: May 2018

Have you got the key, can you escape?  Well make your way to Can You Escape York an impressive, innovative and immersive, escape room to find out.  Polish up on your spy skills, become super sleuths and take on the challenge of Operation Lone Eagle.

World renowned scientist Doctor Aquila Mind was left humiliated and embarrassed in the scientific community, as he went to collect a scientific prize for memory retention techniques, and then forgot his acceptance speech.

Now, his aim is to build a memory manipulation machine, that will wipe the memories, of the speech attendees, York and in fact the whole of Yorkshire.  His assistant has seen sense and is recruiting spies to locate the key to stop this devilish Doctor – the Torque bracelet.

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Bills Breakfast York Review

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.

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Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea Review

Grand Hotel York Afternoon Tea Review: March 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, in the heart of York City centre, offering incredible views of the historic wonderful wall, The Grand Hotel is the perfect place for a pit-stop to enjoy the quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea.

Experience the grandeur of the Grand and enjoy their signature five-star Afternoon tea served in the relaxed Rise restaurant & bar.  Warmly welcomed by Mark and his team, we prepared to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity.

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