Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Review

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Review: August 2018

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of the beautiful West Pennine moors, whose origins date back to farm buildings from the 17th century, is now a four-star hotel, Spa & experience.

In 1964 owner Carlton Walker, was offered “the last drop” of a bottle of wine, to mark the completion and celebrations of the restaurant, hence the hotels current name.

Warmly welcomed by the ladies on reception, we headed up to our Executive double room.  Spacious and immaculate room presentation, a great start to our super spa stay.  The bedside area has a lamp, decent shelving unit and plenty of plugs for all your tech gadgets.

The desk entertainment area with flat screen television, can double up as an ideal work area, as there is also complimentary high-speed internet access, or as a vanity area. A logo embossed Last Drop Hotel notepad and pencil along with a well-appointed tea tray with coffee, tea and herbal teas was provided.

The contemporary bathroom included a sunken bathtub, overhead shower unit, heated towel unit, bidet and toilet.  Well designed and an ideal space for getting spruced up for dinner at the onsite Courtyard restaurant.

With this being an Executive room, upgraded toiletries were included and even the toilet roll had The Last Drop Village logo sticker detail!

Everything about the Executive package is about making sure you have a sweet stay. Extra Exec perks included complimentary Chocolate, mineral water and welcome drinks vouchers.  Along with the fluffy robes, slippers and moisturiser pre-placed on the bed which made our stay super snug and easy.

Escape life’s hustle and bustle and indulge in some self-love.  Treat yourself to a treatment at their onsite spa and prepare for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

Hayley my therapist was personable, friendly and provided a relaxed tone for my treatment session.  Using divine Declor products for my facial and then having a heavenly head massage with essential oils.

Tranquillity awaits your arrival at the Spa room where after treatment you can sit back and chill, enjoy the view, as you enjoy sipping complimentary herbal teas, iced tea, juice or water, as you catch up with friends or simply reflect and refocus your mind.

The Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa has all the facilities, that you need to get your mind and body relaxed, revitalised and reinvigorated, including a huge 18 meters long swimming pool with a spacious poolside seating area.

Their Hydrotherapy pool, that exposes the body to hot then cold water, is believed to have extensive health benefits.  Also, there is a generous poolside area for those what want some chill out time.

The wonderful waterfall feature is stunning, combined with chilling out at the pool edge, with fresh breeze and air, looking out onto the distance, this is the ultimate pamper session.

The range of therapeutic rooms on offer was impressive, and the ultimate in de-stressing, including a rock Sauna, Bio Sauna, Steam Room, Aroma Grotto and halotherapy room with dry salt aerosol believed to have a whole range of health benefits.

Fancy building up a sweat of a different kind, you can always hit the onsite gym, that has a whole range of equipment, to keep your body on top form.

After chillaxing head into the Last Drop pretty picturesque village, soak up the atmosphere, take a moment to have a selfie by the water fountain or grab bite to eat at the Village Tea shop.

The Village Tea Shop, a quaint, sweet place, with their own resident fluffy teddy bear keeping watch outside.

The amazing Afternoon Tea was spot on and included a range of freshly cut finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, jam and a range of fabulous fancy sweet treats.

After tea enjoy some fresh air, as you stroll around the gorgeous green grounds with fab florals and mini water feature.  Then, head on up, back to the comfort of your executive room and refresh yourself ready for drinks and dinner at the onsite Bar and Restaurant – The Courtyard.

Situated in a stunning converted barn, start in the cosy snug area, with lovely Last drop logo cushions, for pre-drinks, then move into the main restaurant with high ceilings and wonderful wood beams.

Dinner was delicious, including nibbles such as the Artisan breads with flavoured oils and olives.  Super starters comprised of the gorgeous goats cheese bon bon’s and the vegetable tempura with sweet chilli dip.

Mouth-watering mains included the rib eye steak with handmade chips, tomato, mushroom, onion rings with peppercorn sauce.  Also, the potato mushroom gnocchi, with a generous serving of chips.

Keeping things savoury we opted for their beautiful cheeseboard with crackers, chutney and grapes.  However, I would also highly recommend the Raspberry & Pistachio Bakewell Tart.

Enjoy breakfast in bed, which included the British Breakfast with tea or coffee or a brilliant vegetarian option with veggie sausages.  Also, continental offerings including fresh fruit, pastries and pure orange juice.

At the Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, all staff were friendly, knowledgeable and happy to help, there seems to be a real good vibe about the place and a sense of community which gives that home away from home feel.

Make sure you drop in and I’m sure once you do it would be your last time!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.lastdropvillage.co.uk/

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Roxy Ball Room Manchester

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Review: August 2018

Rock up to Roxy Ball Room Manchester, located on Deansgate, and prepare for a fab fun filled game playing experience.  Check in with the team, Molly, Ashley and Laura, a bunch of laid back, friendly guys and gals, who will make sure you have a shed load of fun.

Stripes or spots, either way prepare to go large, when you play pool on Roxys full size Sam K Tables.  Rent them by the half hour and pot your way to winning.

Relax and refuel Roxy style, opt for their platter and make way for a monster feast including classic pizza slices, Buffalo chicken wings, mac & cheese bites, onion rings, garlic ciabatta, and fully loaded fries. On our visit, we decided to replace the fully loaded fries with cracked pepper and sweet potato fries which was no problem and the team were happy to do so.  Wash this all down with a pint of beer or a berry mocktail.

Bring on the ball control and prepare to ping pong your way to victory on the Roxy full size competition tables.  Again rentable by the half hour.

On a winning streak, I managed to ping pong my way to the number one spot and found the game totally addictive, it was hard to put the bat down, but it was time to move on.

After winning both Pool and Ping Pong, feeling pretty confident I headed on upstairs with my plus one, for 18 holes of crazy golf, preparing to perfect my swing and get a hole in one.

Prepare to chillax, as you enter a Jamaican style smooth tropical paradise, with shack style seating and chilled music vibes.

Hit the beach, Treasure Isle or get jamming with Bob Marley as you race your way to the top spot.

Finally, dare to enter smugglers cove, challenge them pirates and bag that treasure chest.

Shiver me timbers, all games complete, Ball control skills on top form and clearly on a winning streak, I bagged all 3 victories! Hey look, you might balls things up, but everyone is a winner at Roxy’s, roll on the good times, Eat, Drink & Play.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://www.roxyballroom.co.uk/manchester/#prices-info-manchester

Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review

Bill’s Restaurant Manchester New Menu Review: August 2018

Think warm, cosy and inviting, Bill’s Manchester is a homely hub and an ideal place for a family gathering, catching up with friends or dining with a loved one.

Décor is a shabby chic mix, with washed stripped woods, velvet seating, worn leather relaxers, charming chandlers and candles.

Warm welcomes are what I love about Bill’s and they have never failed yet.  Staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and have a genuine want to make your visit top notch.  The Manchester manager and his team deliver on all points.

Excitingly Bill’s New Menu is Now out! Great to see that Bill’s have kept firm favs such as the tasty Crumbed Halloumi Sticks with lime aioli and Giant Green Gordal Olives.  New starters including the brilliant Beetroot and Goats Cheese Arancini with purple basil, beetroot & pine nut pesto and seeds which were gorgeous and scoffed in record time.

Also, the Ancient Grain Bowl a super sensational Salad of wild rice, buckwheat, toasted millet, black quinoa, asparagus, charred broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, spring onion, red pepper tapenade, seeds and lemon dressing

Why not wash these down with a super duper healthy Kale, spinach, mango, apple juice Super Greens Smoothie and a large glass of awesome Orange Juice.

Mains have been mixed up with a new introduction of Pan Fried Sea Bass with an avocado, cherry tomato & caper salsa and herb rösti.  Alongside the classic Bill’s Halloumi Burger, with tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion, lime aioli, sesame bun and fries, the new menu rocks! Keep things cool with the Peach and Fresh Mint Iced Tea and a bottle of Bill’s beer.

Finish fabulous with the Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie with warm chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and a chocolate flake and the wonderful Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts with fresh strawberries, warm chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

Keep refreshed, while enjoying your delicious desserts, with the Watermelon and Raspberry Cooler mixed up with Bill’s Pink Lemonade and a Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry Juice.

Enjoy the New Bill’s Menu, with new additions, alongside the classics, but the brand has retained their signature relaxed friendly feel, service and all-round good times vibe.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/manchester/

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

The Anthologist Manchester Afternoon Tea Review: August 2018

Location One St Peters Square is the home of the Drake Morgan creation: The Anthologist Manchester City Centre. A relaxed homely hub, with a mix of eclectic décor, with a fresh fabulous natural vibe including planters, fresh fruit and herbs on display, throws, cosy scatter cushions, with a mix of bold and neutral colours that complement the ambience and atmosphere.

Offering a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and my choice the mocktails aka Absolut Proofs, you are spoilt for choice.  The Gorgeous Garden Fizz created with basil, blackberries, raspberries, lemon & agave.  The marvellous Market Fizz shaken with pomegranate juice, lemon, rose water, tonic & za’atar salt rim.

Also, the delicious Ginger Mimosa stirred up with orange juice, fresh ginger, rosemary & ginger ale.  Finally, the amazing Alchemist Cooler, rustled up with chilled peppermint tea, lemon, mint & tonic.

The Anthologist Afternoon Tea provides a generous serving of finger sandwiches, scones and beautiful cakes.

Sit back, chill and relax, as you look out on the view directly overlooking St Peters Square or why not head out and enjoy seating outside on the stunning alfresco terrace.  Even if there is a slight chill, Anthologist have you covered, and provide snug drake Morgan monogrammed fleeces to keep you cosy.

Before you leave make sure you check out the ladies.  Beautifully designed with butterfly detail and complimentary sweet treats too.

Make your Afternoon an Anthologist Afternoon!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-anthologist-manchester/

Coronation Street The Tour Review

Coronation Street The Tour Review: July 2018

Manchester’s media city is the place to make your on street debut on Weatherfields famous Coronation street.

Wonderful Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford, is the setting for the ITV Coronation Street Soap.

Be streetwise with your foot wear choices, and prepare for a few bumps along the way, on the streets iconic corrie cobbles.  Amazing Allan, our lovely tour guide, gave nothing but a smooth performance.

The first glimpse you see the brilliant Bistro, Dev and Sunita Alahan’s convenience store and located at no 10 the Kabin News Agents.

Turn the corner, take a breath, and there you have it Coronation Street in all its glory.  Jack and Vera Duckworth’s, stone clad terraced, as iconic as the Coronation Cobbles.

Park up at the plats for a cuppa before you head on into Underworld for your shift in the knicker factory, but make sure that you don’t air your dirty linen in public!

Got a puncture, call into Webster’s Autocentre and Kevin will sort you out.  While you wait, grab a copy of the Weatherfield Gazzette, to catch up on all the weathy gossip.

Take a moment Imagine the buzz on filming day, as the characters prepare for another day in Wetherfield, rolling into the Rovers Return for a glass or two of their fav tipple.

Ooo go on then duck, I’ll have a bag of chippy chips with lashings of salt and vinegar, from For Your Fries Only.  Head under the arch, turn right, to get the back street take on the street, down the graffitied back alley.

Weatherfield bus late again, no worries, why not stop at Steve’s Street Cars for a ride into town.

For a traditional Manchester Café, try out the Pie and Peas, at Roys Rolls proper comfort food!

The street sets the scene for sensational story lines and twisted plots, including heartbreak, deceit and murder.

Recreating, a dark side of the street…The terrifying Tina McIntyre monumental moment, where she plunged to her death, in the Coronation cliff-hanger story line.

Welcome, Victoria Street new additions including Speed Dial, the snooker hall and even a tattoo parlour to encompass the evolving modern Manchester lifestyle.

Weatherfield train line delays, no worries chill and chat in Costa, over cup of coffee and see who is having a heart to heart in the community gardens.

Humming the Corrie Orrie theme tune, in my head, as I left the street to end what was a fabulous classic Coronation Street tour.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://coronationstreettour.co.uk/

Novotel Liverpool Centre Review

Novotel Liverpool Centre Review: July 2018

Destination Liverpool, on Hanover Street, is the location of 4 star Novotel Liverpool Centre.  A stylish hotel, in a convenient, centralised position for you to take advantage of all that Liverpool City centre has to offer.

Executive accommodations provide a relaxed and focused experience where you already have everything you need to make your stay a smooth one.

The wardrobe had plenty of space for you to store all your wears along with complimentary slippers and a fluffy robe for the duration of your stay.  You will notice the door, behind which is a separate enclosed toilet area.

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Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool

Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool: July 2018

“Help I need somebody, Help not just anybody, Help”.  Help yourself and get a spring in your step, by heading on down to Albert Dock Liverpool, and feel that marvellous magical musical melody.

Book yourself onto the Magical mystery Tour and get on board your very own “yellow submarine” for the Ultimate Beatles Fan experience. “She’s got a ticket to ride”…well I definitely did and could not wait.

Packed with larger than life Liverpool characters including our host Jay Johnson and driver Ross, I knew to be prepared for an action packed whistle stop Beatles tour with a lorra lorra laughs.

The Tour has many highlights including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, St Peters Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home and Former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA)

Excitingly, there are four stops, where you can get off the bus, at key Beatles locations and snap away to your hearts content.  Walk with the boys (Fab Four Statue located at the docks) to the first of these stops which was Penny Lane.

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