Easter Sunday is nearly here, and if you're looking for a fun and quirky way to spend it, we have just the treat for you! Leasowe Castle will be hosting their very own 'The Mad Hatters Tea Party' which you are all invited to. The day promises a fun range of activities and events that are perfect for all the family...
Easter Sunday Mad Hatters Tea Party Lunch
Join the team at Leasowe Castle for a fun and quirky day which includes
Tea Party Menu
If you're looking for tea with a twist, then the Tea Party Menu is for you! Indulge in a selection of mini hotdogs, not so classical pizza, retro cheese & pineapple on a stick, miniature sausage rolls, pink cheese tartlet, Victoria sponge, lolly ice and profiteroles .
The Lunch takes place between 12 noon and 5pm ...remember don't be late!
The event is £14.95 for children and £24.95 for adults.
To book your space, call 0151 606 9191 or email email@example.com
Address: Leasowe Road, Wirral, Merseyside CH46 3RF
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Blogs are the go to place if we are looking for advice in any area - fashion, the latest interior design trend and our favourite, food! Years ago, if we wanted to create a fancy dinner for friends it would involve relying on a cookbook to help guide the process. But today, we have the simple luxury of just checking on Instagram or Facebook for food bloggers to showcase their latest creation followed by an easy guide on how to make it yourself. If you’re looking for new food inspiration, we’ve rounded up our favourite food bloggers who we love who have a genuine love for cooking..and who inspire us to follow in their footsteps. Check them out...
Jacqueline Meldrum is the blogger behind Tinned Tomatoes, a Scottish food blog that offers over 600 family friend vegan and vegetarian recipes. Each of them are completed with images and easy to follow instructions for anyone to create a delicious meal. Jacqueline is a food writer and contributes to publications including Vegan Life Magazine, Reader’s Digest and Great British Chefs and has had the opportunity to work with leading brands including Baxters, Quorn and Tesco.
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Eat like a girl
Irish Born food and travel blogger, Niamh, is now based in London. Her blog shares her latest recipes that will make your lunch or dinner that bit more delicious. If she’s not sharing recipes, you’ll find her reviewing the latest bars or restaurants. Her Instagram account is amazing and full of the most irresistible food videos and images any food lover could only dream of!
The Curry Guy
If you love Indian food then you need to discover The Curry Guy by Dan. He’s a freelance food writer and blogger and occasionally a special events chef from North Yorkshire. He grew up in California where he learnt plenty of family recipes which led to his cooking passion. There’s hundreds of delicious recipes that you’ll find on his blog which has experimented with again and again to make sure it’s as perfect as possible. Follow him to find to how you can spice up your food and give traditional Indian recipes a new life.
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We all have our own favourite drinks that we love. Some of the team here like a Gin and Tonic, while the other’s prefer a strong vodka and coke. When it comes to our fictional movie characters, they too have their own preferred taste which like us which they become naturally associated with. We thought we’d take a look at some of the most iconic movie drinks from some of the world’s biggest films - and yes, of course we have listed 007...
Tom Cruise’s classic film Cocktail is a perfect Friday night choice. You can sit back, feel like you’re in an exotic destination and have plenty of cocktail inspiration throughout. One of the signature drinks that Cruise made was the ‘cocktail’ which was made up of vodka, an egg, Bloody Mary Mix and topped off with a cold beer. It’s also a drink that’s made famous in the film Red Eye and is linked with being the perfect hangover cure. With those ingredients we are not so sure...
Sex and the City
Without doubt, the Sex and the City girls made the Cosmo cocktail one of the greatest drinks of all time. Throughout the series and films they constantly consume these fruity cocktails which are made up of vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime cordial.
Similar to Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, we are also stuck in a time warp reliving his drink order every single day. We were quick to realise that his favourite tipple was a Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks with a Twist, followed by the infamous words “It always makes me think of Rome, the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon”. In actual facts, his drink choice is very unpopular with most people only ordering it within a drink such as a martini as it’s quite dry.
James Bond is without doubt one of the most iconic male cocktail drinkers in film history. Throughout the years, many actors have taken on this role, sprouting out the classic line ‘Shaken not stirred’. And although we associate the Vodka Martini with Bond, his first true drink was the Vesper Martini which he made famous. It’s made up of gin, vodka and vermouth and “once you’ve tasted it, that’s all you want to drink”.
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We are very pleased to announce that our client, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, has walked away with two awards at this year’s EatDrinkSleep awards - including Best Luxury Hotel and Best Wedding Venue. The awards took place on March 6th to celebrate the very best of the hospitality industry from in and around the Greater Manchester region.
Following a public nomination, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa received more votes for the Best Luxury Hotel within the region, leading to us winning the award. The second award for Best Wedding Venue was the Chairman’s Choice Award which recognises the best achievements from each category
The Mere's General Manager Gary Johnson commented “We are extremely delighted to have been given two prestigious awards at this year’s EatDrinkSleep Awards that recognise our commitments to guest experience at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, and also our Wedding team who constantly strive to bring their brides dream wedding to life”.
The EatDrinkSleep Awards are held every two years and highlight the best from the hospitality industry from the Greater Manchester region. There are 35 categories which are open for public nominations which are then shortlisted. Another vote is then opened for two weeks for the public to decide the award winners. From each category, there is the opportunity for hospitality establishment to receive the Chairman’s Choice Award which is given to those whose achievements have been recognised. During this year’s events, there were 500 attendees and 35 awards.
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Spring has arrived and we are embracing the lighter mornings, the blooming buds and of course, the new cocktail menus in our favourite bars! It’s the perfect season to sit back and sip on fruity cocktails that prepare us for the summer months ahead! If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to indulge in this Spring, we’ve put together a guide on our top picks and how you can make your own delicious ones from the comfort of your own home….
Give the classic Strawberry Daiquiri a revamp this spring by replacing the strawberry with Cranberry for an incredibly mouth-watering cocktail! It’s a timeless choice that’s so easy to make.
All you need is:
Then, simply add all of the ingredients into a shaker. Pour it gently into a fancy cocktails glass and finish with a slice of lime for the ultimate look and taste!
Fun Daiquiri fact: The British Navy where the first to discover the cocktail. Having spent time based in the Caribbean, there was a law that every sailor had to get a gallon of beer every day but sometimes they were unable to get this - especially if the boat was off shore for some time! Instead, they discovered Rum which was much more easy to get hands on! The sailors changed their drinks to Rum but we’re guessing they never discovered a delicious cranberry cocktail….
Spring is the best time for herbs and fruits, and no Julep can be completed without a bit of mint! Indulge in this classic cocktail with a fresh taste thing spring…
All you need is:
If you fancy a drink that’s just as delicious as its name, try a Rosemary Lemonade. Made of tequila and rosemary, it’s the perfect choice for sitting in the garden on a spring afternoon that’s made of a spring herb!
All you need is:
For the ultimate drink, pour the lemonade and tequila into a jar pre-filled with rosemary and ice cubes. For serving, ensure it’s in a tall long glass and the flavours will release as you sip! It’s also the perfect choice for a refreshing juice drink for those who don’t want any alcohol - just remove the tequila!
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We are very excited to reveal that our very talented client, DV8 Designs latest project - a creative overhaul of a historic Cheshire Pub.
The Hesketh, formerly known as Hesketh Tavern, has been renovated by the team to create a space that’s reflective of its 1860s heritage yet still retaining its charming and family friendly atmosphere.
The new look will feature used worn leathers which will be contrasted with wools to soften the aesthetic. An earthy colour will be used to create a sense of warmth and cosiness for visitors. Some of the notable new changes include wing-back arm chairs, and rubbed back painted timbers to help form the country pubs intimate characteristics. There’s also been a new pergola installed.
Managing Director of DV8 Designs Lee Birchall said: “Our brief was to retain the pub’s traditional charm, which is a firm favourite amongst friends and families alike. Many local competitors have been modernised and themed, leaving The Hesketh as the only traditional pub in town, so the design plays to this strength as a unique selling point.
“Some of the spaces were awkward, so we have re-considered the flow and layout forming more comfortable areas on arrival and around the bar area. A key element when re-designing the site was its leading entrance, which we have extended to make it much more welcoming and attractive, ensuring that customers can enjoy the impressive design elements of the pub from the moment they arrive.”
Lee added: “An important feature of The Hesketh is its on-site carvery so our designs have ensured that this space becomes more functional during busy periods, whilst still retaining its charm and aesthetic. We have also recladded the bar while refurbishing its existing dividing screens to ensure that guests at The Hesketh can enjoy a new look yet familiar feel for their much-loved pub.”
Director of Almond Family Pubs, James Almond said: “The Hesketh is well-loved by its regulars and enjoys ongoing success after 11 years since we have held its reigns. However, it needed a ‘sparkle’ as some of the once contemporary elements had become dated while the traditional features had only grown in charm. This inspired us and the team at DV8 Designs to enhance the existing features and play to the strengths of the historic pub.”
For more information about DV8 Designs visit www.dv8-designs.co.uk
For more information about Almond Family Pubs visit www.almond-pubs.co.uk
A weekend away for the team at GB Hospitality usually consists of some major relaxation time, a beautiful view, a few glasses of wine and of course, a stunning and stylish hotel. Up and down the country, there are so many beautiful designs and interiors enticing people to find that much needed night away! We thought we’d share with you our favourite hotels - some of which we’ve been lucky enough to encounter. So, if you’re looking for that relaxing rustic countryside break, or that city based shopping trip with the girls, we’re sure that we will have something that’s perfect for you...
Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool
Recently crowned winner of the Best Hotel in the UK 2017 by Travelrepublic is the amazing Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool. The hotel is the world’s only Beatles inspired hotel which cleverly reveals the story of the band through its carefully crafted interior design. Suites and bedrooms are filled with Beatles- inspired artwork which creates memories that no Beatles fan could ever forget. Even the finer details such as the cocktail menus are each subtly named after a Beatles reference. It’s location in the heart of the city and is perfect for hitting the bars or a shopping spree. If you visit, we’d highly recommend the Strawberry Field cocktail...
The Witchery by The Castle, Edinburgh
If you’re looking for something extravagant and highly romantic, then you must visit The Witchery by The Castle in Edinburgh. The hotel is based in buildings that surrounded the gates to the gothic Edinburgh Castle which are adjoined to its award-winning restaurant. There are only nine suites available and are each designed in the most beautiful and theatrical setting, including The Library which is described as Rich and Gothic, The Heriot which is perfect for the sumptuously romantic and The Armour for the Dark and Dramatic type. It’s guaranteed to be a stay that you’ll never, ever forget….
The Stanneylands, Wilmslow
Although The Stanneylands is currently undergoing a major refurbishment for many years it has played a huge part as the perfect getaway in the Cheshire Countryside. Overlooking the most beautiful gardens, this boutique country house will remain the perfect location for all to put their feet up, relax with a newspaper and sip on a refreshing craft ale during the weekend. Although it will predominantly be a food and drink establishment, it’s perfect for that cheeky night away! Doors are set to reopen in April 2017.
A Secret Garden, Canterbury near Kent
Okay so hands up we know this is classed as ‘glamping’ and not a hotel in the traditional sense but we just had to include it on our list. Tucked away in the heart of Kent, you’ll find A Secret Garden which is run by Chris and Michelle Whalley. They bring to life the idea of being in your very own secret garden (just like in the book) with really cosy beds that fit into wooden pods that are surrounded by glass walls and ceiling - to make you feel like you’re sleeping under the stars. It’s a really creative and fun concept that we just love. If you’re looking for the ultimate escape from reality, then a trip down South is what you need!
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This Saturday, those of us with a sweet tooth will be rejoicing as it’s International Waffle Day! They make the most delicious treat that’s perfect for any time of day -including breakfast, lunch or dessert! To mark the occasion, we did a bit of research to find out exactly where the day originated from and also some of our favourite toppings….
What is Waffle Day?
Well, in actual fact there are two Waffle days - one that falls on March 25th and one that’s celebrated in August over in America.
The tradition originates from Sweden, and is celebrated across the country. It’s now catching on around Europe and, in celebration, people rejoin in eating waffles all day!
Over in America, the day is celebrated on August 24th honouring the anniversary of the first US Waffle Iron that was created by Cornelius Swarthout from New York.
We’ve pulled together a couple of Waffle facts that we thought you’d love to know...
No waffle is complete without a delicious topping, whether it’s sweet or savoury. Here, we share with you our top three toppings...
Ice cream - We know this is such an easy topping but add a bit of whipped cream and throw some fruit into the mix and you’ll create the most amazing taste!
Scrambled eggs - Perfect for a breakfast or brunch delight, simply add scrambled eggs for a simple and easy to make morning delight. You could even spice it up with a bit of bacon.
Nutella - There’s nothing more perfect than melted Nutella on warm pancakes...delicious
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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for what to surprise your mum with, we’ve created a guide showcasing a range of ideas - from the quirky to the traditional! This year, why not go all out and be a little more creative than just running to Tesco for a last minute bunch of flowers and show mum just how much she really means to you!
Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
Every year we celebrate Mother’s Day three weeks before Easter Sunday, hence the reason why the date is always different - this year it’s taking place on Sunday 26th March. Traditionally, it was a day that Christians would spend time in their ‘mother’ church and also with their family. Although today Mother’s Day has lost the religious element, the concept of spending quality time with the family is still quite present - and much more focused on children showing their appreciation of their mum and all that they do for them.
If you’re looking to surprise mum this Mother’s Day with a gift she’ll never forget, read our top picks…
The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
For the ultimate ‘ahhh’ moment, why not surprise your mum with a visit to the stunning Cheshire countryside to The Mere Golf Resort & Spa? They’ve got a selection of exclusive offers on across the spa and their restaurants, where mum can put her feet up and relax - which you can enjoy too (perfect)! Here are the Mother’s Day offers...
Family Affair Lunch
Spend quality time with family and indulge in a three-course lunch that’s complete with live entertainment. It’s available for £39.95 per adult and £19.95 per child.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Browns
Treat mum to a traditional Afternoon Tea which includes a glass of sparkling wine, a gift, entertainment by The Mere’s resident pianist, and a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes, teas and a glass of bubbly. This is available from £24.95pp and £15.00 per child.
Mum’s the Word Spa Package
Spoil mum with the perfect Spa package which includes a 25 minute treatment, Afternoon Tea, use of spa facilities and a gift. It’s available from £79 pp (Monday - Thursday) and £89 (Saturday - Sunday). Or you could make a weekend of it for £115 bed and breakfast...
Book now… firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01565 830 155
Address: The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, WA16 6LJ
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Hard Day’s Night Hotel
You could make a weekend of Mother’s Day and treat your mum to an overnight stay at the award-winning Hard Day’s Night Hotel. If your mum’s a fan of the Twist and Shout, then we’re 100% sure that she’ll fall in love with the amazing Beatles themed hotel with this Spring in the City offers which includes…
Treat Mum to a gorgeous three course lunch on Sunday 26th March for £26.95 which includes a delicious Strawberry Bellini!
Book now: Reservations@harddaysnighthotel.com or call +44 (0) 151 668 0485
Address: Hard Day’s Night Hotel, Central Buildings, N John St, Liverpool L2 6RR
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Champagne & Afternoon Tea at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
If your mum is anything like most of ours, her weekends are most probably spent watching the glitz and the glam on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. So, this Mother’s Day, why not take her to one of the most iconic ballrooms in the country for a Champagne & Afternoon Tea at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom? For £69.95, mum can enjoy:
Address: Promenade, Blackpool FY1 4BJ
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Bistro Pierre, Liverpool
Why not wine and dine in one of Liverpool’s most loved restaurants, Bistro Pierre. It’s the perfect opportunity for mum to sample some great French cuisine - without having to take a trip to France! They have a selection of offers that run throughout the year so check on their website before you visit to see what suits your budget. We’d recommend the three course lunch for only £12.95 - which includes a selection of the most amazing French food - try the Tarte aux légumes et Gruyère or the Gojon de poisson for the ultimate treat. Bon appetite!
Address: 14 Button St, Liverpool L2 6PS
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The Irish have always known how to party and St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse for the rest of us to join in with their celebrations! It’s without doubt one of the best social events of the year which everyone wants to join in with! Although we know the best place to spend it would obviously be Ireland BUT if you can’t make it, don’t worry because the North West Nightlife has got you covered. There are plenty of fun things that you can get up to on March 17th, and we’ve listed some of the best places to spend it and also took a look at the history of the day.
What is St Patrick's Day?
Every year on March 17th, there is a celebration of Irish culture which is recognised around the world. Although many like to think it’s just for celebrating the culture, it’s also a day to remember one of Ireland’s most famous saints, Patrick, who ministered Christianity in Ireland in the fifth century.
How can I celebrate it properly?
By heading out to drink, of course! Be prepared to see plenty of green, and lots of Guinness hats!
Many bars and restaurants will serve plenty of traditional irish meals to get everyone in the mood including Irish Brown Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Irish Potato Stew. And to drink? Irish coffee and Guinness of course.
Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day…
Bongo’s Bingo Liverpool, Camp and Furnace
What better way to spend St Patrick’s Day than to spend the day with Johnny Bongo and B*Witched? They’ll be in the city on both Thursday 16th March and Friday 17th March.
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Independent Liverpool’s St Patrick’s Day
Promising to bring a bit of Dublin to The Great Baltic Warehouse, Independent Liverpool will be hosting their Patrick's Day weekender. There will be bucket loads of Guinness and traditional Irish food to keep everyone going!
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Head to an Irish pub: With it’s close ties to Ireland, it comes as no surprise that Liverpool is home to plenty of Irish pubs. If you’re looking for one of the best nights of your life, make sure you head to one to enjoy traditional Irish music and food. Our favourites include O’Neils, Pogue Mahone and Lanigan's Irish Bar...
The Font are hosting an Irish Whiskey Day on the 15th March to get everyone in the mood for the big day! Tickets are £12 and include 4 different Whisky types - and a history lesson in it!
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Waxy O’Connors, Printworks
If you’re looking for all day celebrations, then head to Waxy O’connors this St Patrick’s Day! With plenty of ‘craic’ and live music, is there a better way to spend the day?
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