Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review: October 2017
The Beech Hill Hotel and spa located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Lake Windermere sets the scene for an exquisite atmospheric Cumbrian countryside break. The hotel has evolved over time, with the renovations being sympathetic to the original building to retain both its character and charm.
Warmly welcomed by The Beech Hill Hotel team and shown to our room which was fully appointed with two double beds, a spacious dining area, a snug sofa, a dressing table, a quality hairdryer, a generous tea tray, guest information and Lakes brochure guides, that were cram packed with ideas and suggestions of fun activities. The hotel is no more than a ten minute drive to Bowness-on-Windermere, a town which is a hive of activity with attractions such as the Beatrix Potter Tea Rooms, Quaint English pubs and boat tours from the banks of Lake Windermere.
The Gift of Oil Review: September 2017
Started in 2001 by Phil Bianchi, The Gift of Oil, was launched because Phil realised that balsamics and oils in the UK did not match up to the same standards as the offerings in the med. Phil’s passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle emerged after working for an olive oil company based in Athens. Phil visits Portugal, Modena and Sicily several times a year for tastings to discover new innovative infusions, working with the Di Lorenzo, Verrini and Tagliavini families who produce some authentic oils and balsamics. Hence, why The Gift of Oil brand can deliver quality artisan products at affordable prices.
Located in North Manchester, The Gift of Oil premises are a hive of activity, as all products are sampled, bottled, labelled and go through rigorous quality checks, by their dedicated team, to ensure only the best for their discerning food loving customers.
Wild Drinks Review: September 2017
Jonathan Wallington, the fabulous founder of the wonderful Wild drinks brand, has experienced a complex entrepreneurial journey, that has seen both highs and lows, but after a lot of energy, effort and enthusiasm, WILD drinks are here and yes they are wild, as the original idea behind WILD was a ‘Sloe-gasm’! ‘Sloe-gasm’ a mix of champagne and sloe gin came about after Jonathan had a bumper Sloe crop in 2012 on his Dorset farm. Sloes at the ready and several crafty concoctions later Jonathan settled for a Perry base sourced from the North of England, Gin from the Thames distillers, finished off with natural ingredients which are gluten free, suitable for vegans, low in calories, naturally light and made in the UK.
Jonathan has focused on every detail even down to the bottle branding, that has a natural, sophisticated and elegant design, which is synonymous with the quality of the natural spritz drink contained inside. Jonathan has delivered delicious drinks which the discerning drinker can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
The new Superstar Sloe is scrummy, serve straight up, stick in a straw and it is good to go. A vibrant velvety colour and a warm flavour make this drink perfect to serve on any occasion.
Winner of a 2017 Great Taste Award, The Elderflower Spritz made a lovely lush Elderflower, apple and gin cocktail. Garnish with lemon and apple for refreshing floral and delicate sipper which would be a great addition to any dinner party.
Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine Review: September 2017
Love wine…Hate Hangovers…Want to save on Calories…Yes, Yes and Yes! Well Esiberg alcohol free wine is the answer. Produced the same way as wine, but then cleverly using one of the world’s most advance techniques to remove the alcohol yet keep the same fresh crisp taste. The result an alcohol-free wine with a fraction of the calories of your usual alcoholic vino. Each glass of Eisberg fizzy or still alcohol-free wine is less than 33 calories per 125ml glass in comparison with an alcoholic wine that tops 120 calories plus! Great if you are driving, training, school night drinking or just fancy a refreshing sipper without the booze.
Blogging HQ got ready to enjoy some alcohol-free tipple, as a batch of excellent Eisberg drinks arrived which included Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Blanc.
Fancy a fizzy berry Bellini brunch, well use the Sparkling Rosé to create a scrummy strawberry and peachy Bellini, finish off with a strawberry and serve with balsamic berries on toasted bread.
Yutaka Noodles Review: September 2017
British Taiwanese food writer and TV chef Ching-He Huang has been busy demonstrating her culinary flair and finesse creating Yutaka’s new healthy organic soybean noodles range. Gluten free, high in protein, high in fibre, no additives, low in sodium and suitable for vegetarians, these nice noodles tick all the right boxes.
Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauces Review: September 2017
Jack Daniel was not a fictitious character and was in fact a real person and the creator of Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey in 1866. Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey is made using quality and old school methods, at one of America’s oldest registered distilleries in Lynchburg Tennessee. Packed into the glaze and sauces is either real Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey or Tennessee Honey.
Jack Daniel’s ® range of barbecue sauces have launched under license by the Baxters Food Group. Excited to be sent a full case of Jack Daniels barbeque sauces, which included Full Flavor Smokey, Smooth Original, Extra Hot Habanero and Smokey Sweet Barbecue Glaze, I was ready to create some Vegetarian foodie delights.
Teapigs Hangover Gift Set Review: August 2017
Teapigs founders, Nick and Louise, started the brand back in 2006 with a mission to get everyone drinking real tea again. Both have bags of experience, as they met while working for a massive tea company. The brand has grown from strength to strength with their natural biodegradable mesh teabags collecting over 70 great taste awards – impressive stuff!
During a lovely evening, out we can all get a little too carried away with the bubbly alcoholic refreshments, leaving us feeling a little tender the following day. Be prepared and spread some much-needed comfort and hugs by giving your tea obsessed friends and family a ‘Teabag’ Hangover kit so that they can have the ‘hair of the Teapigs’.
Goodie Chocolate Review: July 2017
Inspired by Finland’s core values of well-being, transparency and sustainability, Jukka Peltola founded Goodio in 2015 with one core question, “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”. Avoiding any of the sugar laden nasties, Goodio instead uses both nutritious and organic ingredients, such as raw cacao, to create a range of innovative and unique flavour combinations. Goodio have created quality vegan chocolate bars, with ethical principles and have now expanded into three continents and 5 countries including; Finland, Sweden, UK, USA and Hong Kong.
DW Sports Review: June 2017
DW Sports retail chain with presence both online and on the high street has something for all your fitness needs. Get your game on and start your fitness journey with the right kit from DW Sports. The delivery was both prompt and well packaged and I was raring to give my sporty items a whirl.
Teapigs 3 feel-good teas review: June 2017
Teapigs founders, Nick and Louise, started the brand back in 2006 with a mission to get everyone drinking real tea again. Both have bags of experience, as they met while working for a massive tea company. The brand has grown from strength to strength with their teas collecting over 70 great taste awards – impressive stuff!