East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch #Review

East Lancashire Railway: Lancastrian Lunch Review: September 2018

East Lancashire Railway has a rich historic industrial past, with story’s telling of the heart-warming heroic struggles, both past and present, to keep a dying part of Britain’s railway heritage alive.

Due to innovations and advancements in technology, this has resulted in a drastic decline of the traditional railways, and why the East Lancashire Railway along with their budding team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, strive to keep Britain’s Railway legacy living on for future generations to experience.

Step on the platform and enter a bygone era of transportation and travel, feel like you have stepped back in time, to experience Britain’s booming rail era empire.

Dine with distinction and sophistication, by opting for one of their on board dining services such as the Red Rose Dinner or as we did the lovely Lancastrian Lunch.

Roll out the red carpet, step on board their traditional Orient Express Pullman style carriages, as the team prepare for your arrival, with the dining manager and your personal waiter making their introductions, to provide you with the ultimate first-class elegant experience.

Feel the 1920s glamour and grandeur, within vintage dining trains, with opulent upholstery, fully complete with the bells and whistles, including clean and crisp fresh white table linen along with the best in bespoke dinnerware’s.

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Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre #Review

Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre Review: August 2018

The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is right in the heart of the vibrant Northern quarter, making this an ideal hotel for business, leisure or a combo of both.  Head for the revolving door to check in – in style!

A luxury hotel, in its own right, but why not go all out and upgrade to an Executive King Bed Club Room, for the ultimate upgraded stay.  Both gentleman at the check in desk, kindly accommodated an early check in, which made my life easier, as I had back to back reviews booked throughout the city.

Spacious room with cosy king bed, chaise long, workable desk, flat screen television and all the mod cons you need to make your stay a smooth one.

Located on the 8th floor, the King Club Room, offered a stunning city skyline view, along with complimentary chocolates and embossed notepad and pen.

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TeamSport Go Karting Manchester #Review

TeamSport Go Karting Manchester Review: August 2018

Grab the Girl & Guy squad and head down to the TeamSport Go Karting Multi Level Circuit, in Manchester city centre, for the race of a lifetime.

Meg and Clo welcomed our team, assisted with the pre-driver registration, making the process for you and your mates’ super-duper easy!

Aim for the fitting rooms, get kitted up and then prepare for the safety briefing meet and DVD, prior to track time.  Adrenaline flowing, head down to track and get ready to gear up for a track thrill.

Helmeted up, lower your visor, give your competition the racing stare, and prepare to buckle up, take on 550m of TeamSport track, with karts capable of 40mph speeds, high-octane straights and 15 bends!

Who will your on-track persona be, The Stig or Lewis Hamilton, you decide?

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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.

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Roxy Ball Room Manchester #Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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