Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea #Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018 under the helm of head chef Jake Jones, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.  The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to mention a few.

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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel #Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.

In 1888 the ‘yellow earl’ and first president of the automobile association Lord Lonsdale acquired the property to use as his private hunting lodge. Now, the Holbeck Ghyll offers guests a sensational stay without the stuffiness. A romantic, relaxing retreat to simply kick back, unwind and forget life’s stresses.

The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger during her filming of Miss Potter. Also, this was the onset location for Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who filmed their series the Trip in 2010.

The inviting oak panelled, arts and crafts styled, entrance sets the scene with stunning stained-glass windows, an inglenook roaring log fire and an even warmer welcome from Katherine and the Holbeck Ghyll team. Katherine a true ambassador for the brand who provided passionate, professional, personalised, attentive and genuine service throughout.

Renovations have been sympathetic to the original historical features retaining both the character and charm emphasising their beauty without an ounce of vulgarity. Unique room offerings span from traditional to contemporary. Suites have been presented with ‘Lake District’ names such as “Miss Potter”, “Lord Lonsdale”, but importantly the theme is subtle and in keeping with the sophisticated surroundings.

The Easdale junior located in the ‘Tarn House Building’ which offers guests a contemporary rural retreat. An impressive and inviting entrance way transports guests to pure bliss. The spacious junior with floor to ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop offering sensational views overlooking Lake Windermere and The Langdale Fells.

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***NOTE: This location is now CLOSED*** The Living Room Restaurant and Bar Manchester #Review

The Living Room Restaurant and Bar Manchester Review: September 2017

Destination Deansgate Manchester, where The Living Room Restaurant and Bar awaited our arrival to showcase exactly what they had to offer. Welcomed warmly, by both the door security and floor staff, we were shown through to the main dining area, décor featured a mix of creams, subtle metallics, pastel greens and rose, with feature lit potted trees, well placed angled mirrors, plush booth seating with plumped up cushions all gave that dining in a secret garden feel. Subdue lighting along with some mixed-up music beats set a relaxed scene. The cool, chic, contemporary stylish décor theme continued throughout this classy dining experience.

Amazing accessories, such as the brushed metallic menus, gold dust speckled plates, brushed copper pepper & Salt pots and neutral stone napkins dressed the table to impress. The devil is in the detail and The Living Room have got this one down. Nice nibbles included olives, ciabatta bread with balsamic dipping oils all washed down with a novelty yet quality cocktail; The Polaroid Martini was picture perfection, but get ready to say cheese, because now it’s your turn to shine, as your snap shot will be attached to this innovative cocktail creation. The cocktail also delivered on taste, mixed up with Absolut Mango, White Peach Puree, Vanilla Sugar syrup, Pineapple Juice and Lemon Juice, this drink is now one of my personal favs.

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Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar London #Review

Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar London review: August 2017

Located within an enviable postcode on London’s Southbank, which offers iconic views of Big Ben, London eye and the Houses of Parliament, Gillrays Steakhouse and Bar, inside the London Marriot Hotel Countyhall, is a hotspot in the capital to indulge and enjoy some palatal pleasures. Impressively, Gillrays has been Acknowledged and awarded, receiving Two Rosettes by the UK’s Automotive Association (AA), an accolade awarded for culinary excellence. Also, commendations from bookatable.co.uk and they have featured on the Luxury Restaurant Guide.

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Medieval Times Toronto Castle #Review

Medieval Times Toronto Castle Review: December 2016

intromedivalblogLovely lords and ladies no need to engage in battle, put down your sword, disarm your lance, as an inviting grand entrance awaits to take you on a journey into historic medieval times.  Granted the VIP Royalty package, we certainly felt like the king and queen of the castle, as we bypassed the lines via a royal red VIP carpet that led us directly into our very own Toronto Castle!!  In loyal service, our wench Emily welcomed our arrival and crowned us with our black and white crowns which only meant one thing.  Our cheers this evening would be for our loyal, brave and bold “Black and white Knight”.  After a brief pose with the King and queen, for our framed group entrance photo, onwards we went into an amazing hall where a knight addressed the royal subjects from an impressive coat of arms platform.  However, as VIPs we had instant access to the arena…so onwards we galloped looking forward to the adventures that awaited….

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