Grafene Manchester Dinner Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

Grafene Manchester Dinner Review: April 2018

Grafene is a unique cutting edge innovative restaurant and bar located in upmarket King Street in Manchester city centre.  Owners Paul and Kathryn, with a wealth of experience behind them, used this knowledge to bring Manchester a modern British menu, with food being locally sourced where possible, to all be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

Décor is an mix of industrial, with earthy coloured upholstered seating, softened with fabrics, fresh flowers and amazing artwork.  All this along with the wide-open windows, that allows for masses of natural light, has brought the countryside indoors, vamped up with some city edge.

Seating includes intimate tables for two, booths for larger gatherings with friends or family, and a discreet private dining area, that is offset from the main room, which gives the feeling of privacy without being cut off from the atmosphere.

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Novotel Manchester Centre Review

Novotel Manchester Centre Review: April 2018

Located within an enviable postcode, near to all the main transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations, the Novotel Manchester Centre, is the ideal place to enjoy all of the city action, from a convenient and central 4 star base.

Make your way through the revolving doors, into the bright airy reception area, and prepare to check in for a sensational stay.  Make use of the interactive touch screen system that provides helpful tourist information.

Junior Suites immediately have that wow factor, focusing on your needs to provide a relaxed experience.  An open plan arrangement, with a super cosy comfortable bed, with amazing artwork above the bedhead, a flat screen television, and a cleverly designed modular bathroom.

The adjoining lounge area, with a second flat screen television, comfortable sofa, relaxer chair set within a Manchester city artwork background scene, along with a Nespresso coffee machine, Bose Ipod dock, complimentary broadband, and mini bar stocked with water was an ideal place to kick back, relax and chill out.

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Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted

Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted: January 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

Howdy partners, us cowboys rode up to the wild west aka Manchester Breakout for a show down like no other.  We entered the Saloon bar, not to wet our whistle or hoe down to the sound of the piano keys, but in search of the loot – Yee-ha!  However, we got to get a skedaddle on, things just got wild, as there is a new sheriff in town who recognised my partner and I from our wanted posters.

A shoot out signalled that the 60-minute countdown had begun in this duel room game with twists and turns around every corner.  Milly our third partner in crime and our brilliant Breakout game master guided us bounty hunters through the wild west to try and aid our escape, so she too could take her cut of the riches.

Take a gamble and collect as many poker chips, as possible for a chance to gain a place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board, but be warned this is a secondary task, so don’t let this distract you from getting that darn loot and escaping.

Our horses were watered and waiting, ready to giddy up and ride off into the sunset, but alas the jig was up and our game had been sussed, so ya’ll better go before the Sheriff throws you in this cell with us, as Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted!

Ride on up to play Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted game to see if you can conquer the Wild West, take home the loot and gain a prized place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://breakoutmanchester.com/rooms

Bøck Café Manchester Sunday Roast Fondue Review

Bøck Café Manchester Sunday Roast Fondue Review: January 2018

Bock is Belgium brilliance bang in the heart of Manchester city centre.  A European Café which offers one of the North’s largest selection of Belgian and Begian inspired biere.  This hidden little gem just located off cross street is a firm fav haunt of mine.

The eclectic décor includes unique, quirky signage, beer barrels, mirrors, clocks and subdue lighting that sets the scene, with an intimate feel and gives that European vibe.

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Shoryu Ramen Piccadilly Gardens Manchester Review

Shoryu Ramen Piccadilly Gardens Manchester Review: January 2018

Shoryu Ramen founded in 2012, from the team behind the Japan Centre brand, offers authentic Japanese ramen and excitingly has opened their first branch outside of London right in the heart of Piccadilly gardens Manchester.  Impressively the brand has been recommended in the 2014 – 2017 Michelin guides.

Head chef Kanji Furukawa along with owner Tak Tokumine were both natives of Hakata district in Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu Japan.  Their hometown Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe is now a firm fixture on the menu at Shoryu Ramen hence the term “It’s in our bones”.

Décor was delightful with subdue lantern lighting setting the scene, along with a mix of seating for groups, couples or intimate seating for one.  The place offers a relaxed atmosphere, with an open kitchen and also a warm welcome with the bang of a drum.  You will know exactly what I mean when you visit!

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The Botanist Manchester Deansgate Review

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate Review: January 2018

No need to be a scientist to study the beauty of plants, head on down to the beautiful Botanist Deansgate, and get back to nature, for an exciting horticultural adventure in a secret garden paradise.

Décor is relaxed, natural with a cool, calming mix of cream, light green and pastel colours, stripped woods, quirky bare bulb lighting, charming cabinets full of curios, plants and posters of plant life.  A true home away from home feel about the place.

The theming continues throughout the dining experience, but is classy, subtle and useful.  Cutlery, salt & pepper pots, napkins and menus are presented in this wonderful wooden garden basket.  The fabulous floral plates also add to the charming quirkiness.

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THE UK BLOG AWARDS 2018…I am officially a finalist. NOW, I need your VOTE

Exciting News…I am a finalist for the Food & Drink category in the UK Blog Awards 2018. 

The next stage of the process is the PUBLIC VOTE, which begins today!  Everyone’s support and positive feedback has already been amazing and is much appreciated.  NOW is the time to have your SAY and if you like what you see kindly could you VOTE for ME!

Click the link below, scroll to the bottom of the screen, pop in your name and choose FOOD and DRINK the drop-down menu:

https://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2018/entries/forkward-thinking-foodinista

“2014 was the first year in existence for the UK Blog Awards.  The UK Blog Awards recognise a multitude of industry social media talent across the UK.  The Awards are an exciting and uplifting time for the digital industry of Blogging professionals”

Thank you kindly in advance, feel free to tweet, facebook, reblog and share this post.

Best of luck to all the other entrants 🙂

Melanie xx

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