Make York your Destination for 2018

Make York your Destination for 2018

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.

Travelling by rail to York could not be easier and the station is less than a 5-10 minute walk into the heart of all the historic action.  Perhaps you already have an organised itinerary, or maybe decided on a spontaneous trip away, either way, if you have already pre-purchased your yellow York passes then you are good to go, if not just pop over to the Visit York office and the fabulous friendly team will get you on your way to exploring York.

The York Pass offers you a choice of free entry to over 30 York tours and attractions.  You can buy a one, two or three-day pass, making your York Adventure fuss free, fun and cost effective.  During our visit, we used the pass for JORVIK Viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York City Cruises, York Minster and York chocolate Story.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Transported back in time, during our visit, the city was hosting the Viking festival which sees a range of exciting events taking place throughout the city, such as re-enactments, along with an array of colourful characters dressed in attire befitting of York’s historical past.

JORVIK Viking centre is now a super state of the art attraction, located on the site of the original 1976 dig, providing an interesting, imaginative and immersive experience.

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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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Chaophraya Restaurant Review

Chaophraya Restaurant Review: January 2017

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Chaophraya pronounced “chow – pry – a” is named after a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand. I and my plus one boarded the long-tail Thai boat known as Ruea Hang Yao for an adventure of a life time and ready to seek out foodie Thai treasures in the heart of Manchester city centre.  The moment that you step through the doors the attention to detail has clearly been thoroughly thought out and the restaurant interiors offer opulent surroundings boasting a mixture of standard and sunken seating on two full floors with ornate lighting features and authentic Thai statues.

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Cosy Club Manchester Review

Cosy Club Manchester Visit: October 2016

Sundays are synonymous with having a cosy snug duvet day, but I have found a home away from home where Sunday can be just as cosy – The Cosy Club Manchester.  Part of the iconic corn exchange, the building dates back to 1903 and was home to city traders.  Today, the venue is bustling with locals and tourists looking for a place to get cosy and enjoy some delicious delights.

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Slug And lettuce Spinningfields Manchester Review

Slug and lettuce Visit: September 2016

The restaurant and bar enjoy an enviable spot located in Spinningfields alongside the banks of the River Irwell.  Ample seating areas based at the front and rear of the building make this an ideal chill out spot for some alfresco fun with friends, family or colleagues.  Lydia our server was polite, friendly and customer focused throughout.

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Côte Brasserie Manchester Review

Côte Brasserie Visit: August 2016

French1Fancy a culinary whirlwind tour across France, from Languedoc in the South, Brittany in the west, then right into the heart of Paris?  No flight or Eurostar tickets are required, located on St Mary’s Street just off deansgate awaited our French paradise, Bonjour Manchester Côte Brasserie!  An inviting entrance offering outdoor seating, topiary ball trees with green foliage and quaint rustic signage.  Inside, we were shown to cosy and cute booth style seating which provided a good viewing point to watch the world go by and imagine that we were in the very heart of France.  The rustic and contemporary décor retains that French charm and character.

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Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter Manchester Review

Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter Manchester Visit: August 2016

Walking through the Northern Quarters charming and characterful streets, right there at the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter amongst a creative eclectic mix of independently owned shops, bars and restaurants, we spot the original Black Dog Ball Room. The “Black dog” theme is constant but not overkill appearing on the building’s exterior, cool trendy neon door and on the creative artwork header plaque as you step down into the New York style speakeasy Bar and restaurant.

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Neighbourhood Manchester Spinningfields Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

Neighbourhood Visit: July 2016

Neigh1We headed on down to Spinningfields in Manchester to check out a brand spanking new Neighbourhood. James Hitchen splashed out a massive million on the revamp giving Manchester city centre a nice slice of the high life for all. Polite, professional and on point door staff made for a great welcome into the Neighbourhood scene. The entrance is minimal with subtle signage that gives the place an instant chic and cool vibe. Sunday sessions are further enhanced with live music. The atmosphere was synonymous with visits to similar venues across Miami, Las Vegas, Florida and New York. The bar signage “The best view of Heaven is from Hell” keeps a part of Neighbourhoods hedonistic party past, but within a much more streamlined space with no separation between the dining area and bar which instantly gives the venue a more grown up feel, but still fun, classy and sophisticated with an equal emphasis on dining and drinking.

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