Although alcohol is not often associated with a healthy lifestyle, there are certain spirits that have been scientifically proven to be good for us including our ultimate favourite, Gin! Believe it or not, years ago it was actually used as medicine and has since evolved into the drink we know and love today. So, if you're wondering whether you should that mid-week tipple, we've pulled together a few reasons why you should!
Skin will improve
Instead of spending money on expensive anti-aging creams, a glass of gin will give you all the goodness your skin needs. Gin is made with Juniper berries that are full of antioxidants that help restore your skin, keeping it fresh-looking youthful and wrinkle-free.
It's diet friendly!
As we all know, alcohol is one of the fastest and easiest ways to put weight on *sigh*. BUT, there is some good news...Gin has the least amount of calories in any alcoholic drink (yippee)! If you're watching what you eat and drink, you'll be fine sticking to a glass of Gin which only has around 100 calories in.
It’s good for the digestive system
Gin is made with herbs that help with the digestive enzymes allowing food to be broken down quicker, helping it improve digestion. And as it contains antioxidants it reduces that bloated feeling that comes on after a couple of drinks keeping your stomach flatter.
Helps with illness
Well seeing as it's practically a medicine, it's been noted as a great cure for bugs that we might pick up! Juniper berries are supposedly good for helping prevent chest problems in the lungs and coughs as the oil in them helps clean out mucus that might be lurking around.
And apparently drinking Gin moderately will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The ingredients within it have been proven to help with the inside of the body such as making your veins stronger and stopping your arteries being clogged.
So there you have it...Gin really is good for us! Now if you're deciding what to have yours with, make sure you check out our gin cocktails post here.
A couple of years ago, afternoon tea came back into fashion with hotels and restaurants across the UK rushing to lay on platters of freshly made and sandwiches that were accompanied with a glass of fizz or pot of tea for guests. However, fast forward to today and the 'traditional' concept of it has changed massively...and we love it!
Chefs have been let loose with their artistic skills and started creating unique menus that replace cakes and scones with items such as chicken wings, mini burgers and nachos. We've picked some of the most unique afternoon teas around; check them out below!
Punk Afternoon Tea
If American-style food is for you, then you’ll love the Punk Afternoon tea at the Baltic Social in Liverpool. For £25 a head, you’ll be served a range of delicious food including mini burgers, spicy fries, hot dogs, pretzels finished with a chilled alcoholic beverage. It’s one the cities incredibly popular teas, so make sure if you’re planning a visit to book a table.
Address: 27 Parliament St, Liverpool L8 5RN
Phone: 0151 707 1137
Step back in time to the wonderful 1920s in the wonderful speakeasy, Quaglino’s. Indulge in classic foods including smoked salmon rosti, strawberry tarts, finished with a cocktail (or two)! Occasionally they have other themed teas on to, such as last year’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tea.
Address:16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ
Phone: 020 7930 6767
Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea
In 2016, The Sanderson scooped the award for the best afternoon themed tea, and it’s not hard to see why! For those Alice in Wonderland fans, or those who just fancy one of THE most amazing treats around, then book in for the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea. Everything is themed, from the cutlery to the cakes which include the coffee flavoured pocket-watch macaroon!
Address: 50 Berners St, London W1T 3NG
Phone: 020 7300 1400
The Freaky Afternoon Tea
Roll up, roll up and and come and feast your eyes on The Freaky Afternoon Tea at Circo - The Next Generation. One of Liverpool's most iconic venues has recently moved from its old home on the Albert Dock up to Seel Street and will be opening its doors this March.
Address: Seel Street, Liverpool
Phone: 0151 709 0470
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As you may know already, here at team GB Hospitality we are very fond of Gin. And with it still being Ginuary, we thought we’d share with you are top pick of Gin parlours from across the UK. Whether you’re looking for a traditional, old-fashioned bar or the hottest place to hit the city, we are sure you'll find something you like.
Fogg’s Gin Parlour, London
In the heart of Covent Garden, you’ll find one of London’s most unique Gin bars around, Fogg’s Gin Parlour. For those who are keen to step back in time, then this is a must! Guests are greeted by its ‘front of house’ suitably theme in a tweed waistcoat and moustache who leads them through into the themed bar, which offers up to 300 different types of Gin. They have an endless cocktail menu, with the bar staff on hand to offer advice on trying something new. Throughout the week, they offer a range of offers from G&T Saturdays, Gin Safari and Cream Cakes and Cocktails. As you can imagine, this place gets full quickly so we’d recommend making a reservation!
Find it here: 1 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4EA
Atlas Bar, Manchester
For those looking for a more modern edge parlour, then head to Manchester’s Atlas Bar. Here, you can sample 300 different types of Gin while taking in some of the stunning views from the city. As part of their new year’s resolution, they’ve promised to introduce a new gin each week to their menu (we can hear Gin lovers rejoicing around the world)! As it’s so popular, they’ve now set up a store, The Gin Bible, where you can find out more about your drinks, the latest recipes and buy your favourite drink online. Amazing!
Find it here: 376 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY
The Jekyll And Hyde Gin Parlour, Birmingham
Step back into the Victorian Era in Birmingham's finest Gin Parlour. Visitors wanting to relax in the parlour must take the staircase where they’ll be escorted back in time. Here you’ll find a selection of 90 gins from across the world. It’s split into two parts (obviously) with one being Mr Hyde’s Main Bar and Dr. Jeryll's Gin Parlour. They offer freshly made food here - all with a cool vintage menu.
Find it here: 28 Steelhouse Ln, City Centre, Birmingham, B4 6BJ
What’s your favourite gin parlour? Tweet us over at GB Hospitality and let us know! x
Ginuary is here (hurrah)! It's the perfect chance for tipple lovers to sample some of the best Gin drinks around. And seeing as the team at GB Hospitality happen to be HUGE Gin fans, we thought we'd share our top favourite gin cocktails recipes so you can make them from the comfort of your own home. Happy Ginning...
Aperol Gin Spritz
The ultimate classic cocktail has to be the Aperol Gin Spritz that’s perfect for a mid-week treat or for cooling you down on a hot summers night!
Juice from 1 lime
4 mint leaves
1tsp of sugar
How to make:
In the bottom of the cocktail glass, mix the mint leaves, lime juice and sugar together. Then add ice to the glass, followed by the gin and aperol. Add a touch of prosecco, stir and relax!
Originating from Singapore, the Singapore Sling continues to be one of the best cocktails ever created! Although it was originally designed to be a woman’s drink because of it pink colouring, it’s since gone onto be a drink loved by all.
25ml Dry Gin
25ml Cherry Brandy
25ml Lemon Juice
How to make:
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and continue to shake until it feels chilled. Then pour into an ice-filled glass and enjoy!
Although this cocktail can be made with vodka or gin today, traditionally it's always been a gin based cocktail - and delicious enough to make our list! It's definitely a cocktail for those who like sweet and tangy tastes!
50ml grapefruit juice
How to make:
Using a highball glass, press a damp rim onto a plate of salt. Simply add ice, vodka and grapefruit juice and stir for the perfect drink.
What is your favourite Gin Cocktail? Make sure to tweet us over at @gbhospitality x
If you found an engagement ring in your Christmas stocking this year, congratulations! There's nothing more romantic than a festive proposal.
Now that you've said yes, you need to begin the most exciting part of your wedding...finding the perfect location! If you're looking for the ultimate wedding, then discover the most magical location at Leasowe Castle...
Situated in the heart of the Wirral, the Grade ll listed building showcases some of the most beautiful views of the Merseyside coastline. This 16th Century castle is the perfect location for romantics and at the end of this month, will be holding a very special opening evenings for brides and grooms to be.
On Sunday 29th January 2017, between 12pm - 4 pm, Leasowe Castle will be holding its first Wedding Fayre of the year. During the day, guests will be able to see the castle styled and ready for a wedding to provide you with inspiration on how your wedding there could look. There will be 40+ professional exhibitors across six rooms showcasing everything that you'll need for your big day, along displays of Live Music, Make overs and Hair Demonstrations. At 1.30 and 3pm, guests will be invited to watch the Catwalk shows to reveal some of the most stunning dresses and suits.
The wedding fayre is free for all to enter.
If you would like some more information on the fayre, please contact the team over at Leasowe Castle on:
Telephone: 0151 606 9191
With Christmas out the way, it's now time to begin preparations for one of the biggest nights of the year...New Year's Eve! It's a great chance for families and friends to get together to celebrate bringing in 2017! No matter if you're looking for a big night out, or a cosy night away, here are the top places that you should consider spending your new year's eve...
Castle St Townhouse
Wine and dine in style at Liverpool's leading restaurant and bar, Castle St Townhouse. For a night you won't forget, indulge into their special New Year's Eve Dinner. For £55, guests will be treated to a three-course meal, with starters including Roast Tomato, Seared Scallops or Maple Glazed Crispy Duck and mains consisting of Fillet Medallions, Asparagus or Pan-fried Sea bass Fillets. Finish with a selection of deserts from chocolate brownie to strawberry cheesecake. Simply relax, sip on a range of festive and traditional cocktails and let the countdown to 12 begin! Spaces are booking up fast, so call the team on 0151 363 7509 to book your place.
The Mere Resort and Spa
For those looking for the ultimate relaxation, or romantic night away, head out to the Cheshire countryside to The Mere Resort and Spa. In the daytime, why not visit the spa to pamper yourself or have a few rounds on the stunning golf course? Come the evening, celebrate the New Year at the Mere's Gala Dinner. Book a room now for two from only £330, and stay for a full English breakfast on New Year's Day...
Wishing all my clients and friends a great New Year! GB Hospitality #gbloves x
If you've ticked off your Christmas Shopping list and looking for a treat to celebrate, why not call into one of Liverpool's hottest bars to indulge into a festive tipple? Discover our favourite city spots where you can relax and unwind with friends...
Castle St Townhouse
Castle St Townhouse has a selection of seasonal cocktails that you do not want to miss! Why not treat your taste buds to their original Christmas Concoction that's made of gin, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and finished with gingerbread syrup?
If you've got a sweet tooth, the creamy vodka cocktail might just be the perfect choice for you. It's made with chocolate, milk cream, baileys and vodka, what's not to love about this?
For those looking for something spicy, we'd recommend the Havana cocktails that's infused with ginger syrup, and mixed with egg white, cinnamon and amaretto. Divine!
If you're feeling peckish, Castle St Townhouse have a delicious selection of food which is available all day. Or, you could opt for the festive menu to keep you in the Christmas spirit!
Hard Days Night Hotel
Inspired by the 'Fab Four', the Hard Days Night Hotel is the only Beatle's hotel in the world. It's located close to Liverpool one and has a spectacular cocktail bar, Bar Four. If you're in the area, we'd recommend you call in and sample of the finest cocktails from the city! Each drink is subtly named after the band. Why not call in today for The Yellow Submarine or the H.E.L.P!
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As another Christmas approaches us, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all my clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. During 2016, I have worked closely with a range of the North West's finest hospitality clients including the luxury Mere Golf Resort & Spa, the very creative DV8 Designs, the famous Hard Days Night Hotel and Liverpool's leading bar, Circo. During each project I've had the opportunity to work alongside each of them as they have gone from strength to strength. I am very excited to see what 2017 holds for both GB Hospitality, and my lovely clients!
I'd also like to thank all of those who work across the hospitality sector, who continue to provide excellent service to their guests visiting their establishments to ensure that they have the best festive experience. You are all amazing!
Merry Christmas everyone.
GB Hospitality X
Without a doubt, Sunday Lunches are one of the best meals of the week. They’re a great excuse for catching up with the family, or helping you out if you’ve sipped a few too many cocktails the night before! We’ve sampled some of the finest lunches in the North West to bring you the fluffiest potatoes, the richest meats and the perfect vegetables around to leave you with a food experience you’ll never forget...
Castle St Townhouse
In the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district lies the wonderful Castle St Townhouse. Following its launch in September, it has quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in the city. Discover their delicious Sunday roasts that are made from the freshest meats, soaked in gravy. Finish off with a light wine for a real, ultimate treat. Make sure to book in as seats are very popular!
Address: Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4TA
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The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Hidden away in the Knutsford countryside, The Mere offer its guests a very special Sunday lunch in its 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Browns. Guests can indulge in freshly cooked local produce while taking in the beautiful sights of the Mere lake. If you’re a fan of fantastic food, personalised service, then this is the place for you. The meat will melt in your mouth, and if you do have any room for dessert, then we'd highly recommend the Creme Brulee!
Address: Chester Rd, Mere, Knutsford WA16 6LJ
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Grade ll listed building, Leasowe Castle, offers the perfect Sunday lunch in a fantastic 16th century setting. Dine in its leading restaurant, The Star Chamber, and allow your taste buds to indulge into their mouth-watering roast dinner. The castle overlooks the beautiful Wirral coastline, and all guests are welcome.
Address: Leasowe Road,Leasowe CH46 3RF
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