In a couple of Sunday’s time, families across the UK will be celebrating Father’s Day and acknowledging all the things dad do for us throughout the year. Alongside it being an opportunity to spend time together, it’s also a chance to say thank you. Many of you might not be aware of how Father’s Day evolved, so we thought we’d share with you a his couple of facts - and of course, some of the best gifts to spoil your dad with this year!
History of Father’s Day
The majority of people think that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day came in hand in hand, but in actual fact, Father’s Day was a more recent concept, unlike Mother’s Day that dates back hundreds of years. As story goes, the day was marked by Grace Golden Clayton in 1908 following a mine explosion in Fairmont, West Virginia which sadly killed over 360 men, leaving sons and daughters without a dad. Clayton realised the need, and love for these men by their families and began campaigning for a day to celebrate Father’s. Two years later in 1910, sons and daughters would wear roses to church which represented their love and admiration for their father - a red rose represented a living father, and a white rose to a deceased.
How to Celebrate Father’s Day 2017...
If you’re looking for a way to thanks to your dad for being so great, we’ve got a couple of ideas to help you which we think will go down a treat!
Castle St Townhouse
Say thank you to your dad this Father’s Day at Liverpool’s Castle St Townhouse who will treat your dad to a FREE breakfast, brunch, or dinner! There’s an amazing selection of dishes available for you to indulge in, including Sandwiches, Townhouse Big Plate Favourites (try the Eggs Royale)!, and mains classics such as Rib Eye and Chicken Lime, perfect for foodie lovers.
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If you’ve ever wondered what the world’s dream job might look like - we think we’ve found it...an Alcohol Blogger! All jokes aside, there are very talented bloggers and writers who have been taking to the hottest bars to sample the very finest cocktails and spirits to review, and share with us where we need to head to for the perfect drink. We picked a couple of our favourite alcohol bloggers from around the U.K….
The Cocktail Lovers
Mr G and Ms S, are the creative brains behind the blog, The Cocktail Lovers. Here they share a range of alcohol blogs, whether it’s the latest industry news, trends, recipes, bars and most importantly, their opinion on what cocktails they’ve been enjoying in London - from old school tastes to new exciting concoctions! They have featured in numerous leading publications including The Times, The Telegraph and BBC Radio London sharing their passion - and they also publish The Cocktail Lover’s Magazine for their fans.
Edinburgh Whisky Blog
Edinburgh Whisky Blog is ran by a team of 5 self confessed ‘spirit geeks’ which offers the latest reviews, updates, interviews and best bars around - obviously Whisky related! Visitors to the site will enjoy fun, and informative content, sharing the team’s latest musings - and insights to events that they’ve attended. It’s continued to grow, and has become one of the most popular Whisky blogs around - and with over 10k Twitter followers in tow, it’s one that any true Whisky lover needs to follow.
The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club
Helen McGinn is the writer behind award-winning blog, The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. Her blog features a selection of posts - which are often complete with different wine recommendations! Before blogging, she was a supermarket wine buyer - and was lucky enough to sample wines from around the world which gave her the experience, and knowledge, for her role as an international wine judge. Alongside this, she has produced numerous books including Teetotal Tipples, and you can read her work in the Daily Mail’s Femail.
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Alfresco dining is one of life’s simple pleasures! There’s nothing more perfect than embracing the sun, sipping on a cold glass of wine and indulging into amazing food. Across the North West there are plenty of beautiful restaurants and pubs that offer incredible views that are perfect to enjoy any day of the week. We’ve pulled together a couple of our favourite Alfresco eating spots from the North West…
The Stanneylands, Wilmslow
If you’re looking for a gorgeous Countryside escape, The Stanneylands in Wilmslow offers the perfect dining experience in the Tap & Pantry, an all day casual dining destination. It offers guests three beautiful terraces which overlook the new, and stunning, woodland and pond that surrounds the property. There’s plenty of food choice for guests, whether they are looking for a light bite to eat, or a large plate meal - all to be washed down with one of the most amazing British inspired cocktails from its drink register.
The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Knutsford
Surrounded by a Championship Golf Course and a panoramic view of the Mere Lake, you’ll find the incredible Club Lounge & Bar at The Mere. It’s perfect for those who are spending the night at the resort, or those indulging in a game of golf, and also for those who just fancy calling in for something to eat. The Club Lounge offers one of the most scenic views of Cheshire, and with plenty of food choices including burgers, steaks and pastas, it’s one of the perfect places to enjoy when the sun is out!
If you love dining in a city that’s full of hustle and bustle, head to Liverpool Lunya, which is right in the heart of its shopping complex, Liverpool One. It’s a Catalan and Spanish Deli Restaurant Bar that is award-winning and an independent restaurant and bar. If you’ve ever walked by, you’ll already know that this is one of the city's most popular food destinations, and if the mouth-watering food smells haven’t already attracted your attention, then just discover their menu...
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Bank holiday is a chance to really let our hair down - who doesn’t love a good Monday off work? And what better way to spend it by booking a spontaneous night away with your other half, or your friends! We’ve pulled together a couple of gorgeous hotels that are perfect for those cheeky nights away that will keep you busy - and entertained- this May Bank Holiday.
Mercure Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford - to be or not to be - this bank holiday. Located in the beautiful centre of Stratford Upon Avon, this historic hotel has plenty to offer for a short stay including its stunning tudor decor, the delicious Marco’s New York Italian, oh and not to forget its friendly ghost! Discover more on Shakespeare and his life growing up here, and lose yourself in one of his plays in The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. There’s plenty of tours that take place from walking ones to ghost tours (check Tudor World out for this), the tour guide is absolutely fantastic and will leave you with an unforgettable experience! Finish the evening with a couple of drinks, and some local food, in one of its many cute little restaurants and bars.
Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool
If there’s one city in the world that will keep you entertained from arriving to leaving, it has to be Liverpool! Why not visit the Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel? You can dine and drink here, before heading out to do a bit of retail therapy - and head to some of the coolest bars in the city such as the newly refurbished Circo which promises a night you’ll never forget. In the morning, you can enjoy a Full- English breakfast before taking a trip to the Albert Dock for a bit of sightseeing. Perfect!
The Daffodil, Lake District
For peace and quiet from the rest of the world, head to the beautiful Daffodil situated in Grasmere, Ambleside. Along with beautiful views across The Lake District, it also offers a delicious dining experience for guests, or a stunning spa for them to relax in for the ultimate countryside escape! It’s in a prime location for romantic walks, which can perfectly be finished off by a cold cider in a local pub!
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Whether you’re scrambling through the back streets of Poland, or browsing in the English Capital, there are plenty of unique, and extremely creative bars for you to experience. We’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most craziest bars that we’d love to visit - well, maybe except for the one in Prague...
Cybermachina, Krakow Poland
If you love your video games, then this bar was made for you. Complete with throwback games across every room (such as Mario) it’s one of the best bars around to release your inner teenage self! The cocktails, and shots, are cheap and delicious - so we are led to believe- and those Guitar Fans can rock out its very own dedicated area. And to top it off...they serve ‘gamer’ themed drinks.
Anonymous Bar, Prague
You’re probably well accustomed to seeing the images of the Anonymous circulating on social media - and in the press. For some (including me), it can be a little intimidating and also a bit daunting! However, in Prague, they have their very own Anonymous Bar where staff serve you in the traditional masks - and after one drink they offer you the secret menu which is unique - and enchanting. Some of the drinks menu is only able to be viewed through a black light - and another only through an old school viewmaster. And as you’ll spot on its TripAdvisor comments, if you order one particular drink the staff take a photo of you in a Guy Fawkes mask. A bit spooky if you ask me!
London is famous for a few things - The Queen, Buckingham Palace and the most important thing, its tubes! If you fancy a taste of British history, head to Cahoots which you’ll find in the centre of Soho It’s a 30s / 40s themed bar in an old unused tube station which provides visitors a trip way back to the post-war in this secret bar that’s filled with gorgeous cocktails, swing dancing and sing a longs. If you’re thinking of heading to it, make sure you pre-book as you can imagine, it really popular and can get really busy!
As one of Liverpool's most iconic institutions, Circo promises guests a spectacular night that they'll never forget. When entering the doors, all things weird and wonderful will be taking place as part of their Nevereverland theme which promises nights that you'll never, ever forget. With a selection of dinner shoes, live music sessions and a nightclub, it's the perfect - yet most wackiest - to head to in the North West.
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English Wine Week is taking place across Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June 2017 to celebrate the very best of English wine! It’s the perfect chance, and excuse, for us all to sample some of the finest English Wines around. So, to get us in the spirit for it, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting activities that are taking place across the country. And, what better timing for it than at the beginning of the May bank holiday? Perfect...
The Stanneylands, Wilmslow
Throughout the week, The Stanneylands will be celebrating English Wine Week by offering a range of English wines which are normally only available to purchase by the bottle. There’s a selection across rose, red and and white wines including the Chapel Down Bacchus 2015, Kent, Bolney Estate Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Sussex and Nyetimber Classic Curvee NV Sussex.
Wine Showcase, Chester Racecourse
The Wine School of Cheshire is holding a Wine Showcase for wine fans to experience a true taste of English Wine on Saturday 3rd June 2017. The Great British Grape Off is taking place at Restaurant 1539 at Chester racecourse - and will embrace Chester’s wine but also Welsh wines due to their close promimity.Tickets for the event are £80 and available to buy on The Wine School of Cheshire’s website.
Castle St Townhouse
One of Liverpool’s hottest restaurant and bars, Castle St Townhouse, are celebrating English Wine Week by serving a selection of Lyme Bay wines with different dishes throughout the week. The award-winning wines are produced in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley. Some of the wines that they will be serving include the Classic Cuvee Brut, an elegant sparkling wine, Blanc de Noir Brut, and Rose Brut.
Ormer Mayfair, London
For those true wine enthusiasts, Ormer Mayfair in London, will be serving up a five-course tasting menu for the week. It holds one of London’s finest English wine collections which guests can enjoy - embracing some of England's finest wineries.
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Heading on holiday is all about arriving in a new country and learning how to find your way around it - without being able to speak, and read, the lingo! For many, an idea of a holiday is to sit around the pool drinking all inclusive cocktails all day - and catching up with latest copy of Hello! But, for me, there’s nothing better than packing a bag to explore and learn about new countries and cultures from around the world. If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie too, you’ll know how exciting it is to push further than the traditional holiday boundaries. We’ve pulled some of the top places that you can visit - and stay in- which will definitely keep you on your toes! Perfect for leaving reality for a bit!
Every year, thousands of tourists descend into Israel - to explore and learn about the holy city, Jerusalem. On this tour, many visitors have the opportunity to cross the well controlled border into Palestinian territory, Bethlehem. Although guests will only spend a couple of hours here as part of a tour, there is an opportunity for those who want to experience Palestine to stay the night. One of the more well known places for guests to stay is artist Banksy's hotel, The Wall Off Hotel, which is close to the Israeli border that boasts of offering all guests a warm welcome, regardless of where they are from in the world. Although popular, the hotel is quite controversial - with its ten rooms facing the Israeli separation wall - that cuts through large parts of the West Bank. But like any hotel, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants on its door steps - although it has been described as a hotel with the worst view.
A country that has been shut off completely from the rest of the world since 1953 must hold so many exciting secrets and tales. If you’ve always wanted to visit, there are a small number of tour groups in the UK who actually run trips to North Korea so you can experience the lifestyle for yourself. Tourists can head behind the world’s last remaining iron curtain to see what it’s like- probably one the most exciting and unique trips that you’ll probably take in your life!
Although visiting the Antarctic probably isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, it’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity! Guests will spend most of their time sailing on the beautiful Beagle channel to take in some of the most beautiful sights in the world, swim in Deception Bay, take a Zodiac Cruise or view the natural beauty at the Lemaire Channel. For the more daring, why not camp out in the freezing temperatures...or I've you have a bit of cash, make a night of it in White Desert - a hot spot for celebrity names including Prince Harry...
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Who doesn’t love a drink before you board a flight? There’s something so exciting about sitting in an airport bar, lapping up the atmosphere, and sipping on your favourite cocktail before jetting off on holiday! So, as we know it’s nearly holiday season and we are trying to get inspiration ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of the best airport bars in the world with a twist…
Beer Garden, Munich Airport, Germany
We love Germany - we love the sights, the culture and, most importantly, the beer! Renowned for the love of drinking, the Germans really know how to drink in style. Just take Oktoberfest - the world's most famous beer drinking festival - steins, kegs, beer halls and smoke meats, what’s not to love? They’ve taken their love so far that there’s now a beer garden in one of their most city airport - Munich. In fact, this is one of Europe’s largest roofed-in beer garden that features chestnut trees and a glass ceiling and pnd to make it feel like you are in the outdoors sending you on your way with a quenched thirst, in typical German style!
Hard rock Cafe, Malta International Airport
In the world, there are 191 Hard Rock locations around the world - including 23 hotels - but despite this, we were still quite surprised to discover that Malta has its very own Cafe within the airport. It’s complete with memorabilia from numerous rock stars, and plenty of bits that you can treat yourself too! If you’ve got time, or your flight’s delayed, definitely enjoy a meaty meal from them (we’d recommend the hickory BBQ ribs) and a classic hard rock Sundae to finish. It’s definitely one of the coolest ways to kick back before catching that flight!
Pool Bar, Singapore Changi Airport
Although most of us are quite eager to board the plane, there are some people who simply love to relax and enjoy their time at the airport. If you’re in Singapore, make sure you keep your swimming costume handy as they’ve got their very own pool bar that’s perfect for those who fancy a quick dip! There’s rooftop pool that you can chill in, or a Jacuzzi if you want to treat yourself. And on top of this, you’ll get a free complimentary drink from the pool bar - all for £13.91!
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In today’s society, it’s become totally normal, and almost pretty much acceptable to whip out your phone or camera and snap a picture of what you are about to eat or drink - before loading onto Instagram. If I’m out, and I’m impressed, I might take a quick picture (on the sly) to share with my friends, but there are plenty of ‘influencers’ today who will not eat until they have the perfect shot - even if that means practically standing on the table to get the right ‘flat lay’. The good news of these foodies taking to Instagram to show off their fancy meals means that we can take inspiration from them when we are in the kitchen. We thought we’d take a look at some of the latest food trends that have began, predominantly on channels like Instagram, which can easily be re-created at home for you to make, filter and Instagram!
Unicorn Hot Chocolate
2017 has saw a rapid increase in Unicorn inspired foods - from cookies to wedding cakes! The Unicorn Hot Chocolate is a concoction of everything sweet - including marshmallows, sweets, sprinkles, white chocolate and rainbow dyed whipped double cream. It’s the perfect delight for those who love a sweet treat, and is so Instagrammable - even if it doesn’t look exactly how its mean too as the colours used within it, make it look absolutely incredible.
Now we know influencers can be quite keen to stick to colour schemes on their Instagram accounts - with black and white being most popular. But has this black food trend taken it to the next level? In places like Dubai, people can opt for black ice cream, or black chips which to us just don’t look right but have proven to be a sensation on social media. Although I’m not sure that it’ll be available in Tesco any time soon...
Food that’s literally defying gravity
It’s been a craze that has swept across Instagram - with plenty of cake businesses jumping in the action! Some very creative people have baked cakes to give the effect of something falling, or being poured over the cake from a high level such as a bottle of beer. We are not too sure how this is even possible, but it looks incredible and we are confident this trend will continue well into the rest of the year
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If you know your stuff about the hospitality industry, then you definitely have one date noted in your diary - World Cocktail Day - which is taking place Saturday 13th May! We definitely consider this as one of the best days of the year...mainly because we don’t have to make an excuse up to have a drink...but also because it’s the perfect opportunity to kick back and enjoy some of the fanciest drinks around!
And if you’re like us, then you probably get that warm, fuzzy feeling when you’re heading to a bar about the cocktail list, and wondering if you’ll be playing safe with a classic like a Strawberry Daiquiri or being wild and trying something new - something that may have even be created just for you in-house!
For those of you that didn’t already know, Cocktails have been around for years (and we are talking way back, before Bond...and before The Great Gatsby era)! According to the history books, cocktails have been around since the 1600s - with the trend starting here in the UK. Although American’s try and claim the idea came from them, there are clear roots that cocktails began in London, with our very own British Gin being the main ingredient!
Bars up and down the country today have unlimited access to spirits - including vodkas and gins - and can style cocktails up to make them unique and quirky! We thought we’d pull together out favourite cocktails facts that we thought you might like to get you in the mood for cocktail day…all you need to do now is download Tom Cruise’s Cocktail and relax on the couch with a chilled cocktail. Perfect!