All posts filed under: Days Out

Food // The Florist, Hardman Street, Liverpool

When a Pinterest worthy eatery or venue opens, there’s always the worry that what they’ve compensated for in decor, there must be some scrimping going on somewhere…either food or drinks. So, popping along to the newest Insta-worthy launch on Hardman Street, The Florist was a pleasant surprise. The decor is goals, the use of space is fab and after sampling their Sunday lunch menu over their launch weekend, it’s pretty great too. You know a venue plans to go big when their launch event takes place over two days, inviting the city’s blend of bloggers and press to sample the drinks menu and try a delicious roast dinner. I think they even said on their Instagram, the cocktails were truly tested. We headed over on Sunday afternoon to road test the roast dinner menu – beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a veggie tagine took centre stage on the menu and an assortment of sides – we opted for the creamy leek, garlic and make and carrot and turnip mash to sit alongside our beef and …

Review // Rumi By Bukhara, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

Thanks to this little blog of mine, we’re very lucky ducks who have been treated to many a lovely meal, in exchange for a review. Sometimes, it’s nice but not somewhere you’d rush back for, some you have high expectations about but then it’s not all that, and then every now and again, a find like the Rumi by Bukhara comes along. Unassuming and indifferent on the outside, but the home to amazing food at very purse-friendly prices. A definite 10/10…. Rumi first hit the radar when I spotted a babble of local Liverpool bloggers in attendance late last year. Located on Mount Pleasant, just a stones throw from Central and Lime Street, we were yet to venture up there but from what I’d heard and the evidence posted on Instagram, I had a feeling it would be good. As I mentioned earlier, from the outside the unassuming eatery has a very casual, relaxed vibe and is a trio of a cafe by day, restaurant by night plus a one-stop for gelato, sundaes and waffles. …

Review // Chy, Waterloo

Before I get into writing this post, I have a confession to make….I’ve never really been a fan of Chinese food. I much prefer to order or head to an Indian restaurant when it comes to choosing between the two. So, when the opportunity came up to head along to Chy Chinese Restaurants in Waterloo, I was slightly hesitant but decided to broaden my horizons (and please my bf who doesn’t eat Chinese food as often as he’d like) and I’m so glad I did! Chy is the third in the trio of family owned branches to open in Merseyside. Along with the two sister restaurants in the City Centre and on Lark Lane, the Waterloo eatery opened 12 months ago, and what a fantastic addition! Location Making the journey to Chy meant my first trip to Waterloo. It was super easy to get to, just 10 minutes on the train from Sandhills and located on South Road, it’s just a minutes walk from the station. And as any foodie will tell you, it’s always …

Food // Bloggers Brunch, LIV Food Market

If you’re a Bold Street regular or someone who likes to eat healthier and discover new brands to add to the weekly shop, I’m sure you’re well acquainted with the LIV Food Market, located just opposite Liverpool Central. Since it opened its doors just under a year ago, the one-stop health food shop has quite rightly built up quite a reputation in the city. Doubling up a venue to stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a leisurely drink between shops and a health superstore, it’s well worth a visit. I attended their Bloggers Brunch recently and wanted to chat you through my three favourite things about the brand…. ONE The food, obvs. The cafe section of the store has a very homely decor and it’s very easy to get comfy on one of the many sofas and indulge in a dish or two from the menu. We were treated to small bites from the breakfast menu. Every blogger fave made an appearance – avo on homemade, on the premises sourdough, peanut butter and banana on toast, …

Review // Have You Experienced VR-Here?

When it comes to activity days out in Liverpool, the options are endless. Food, drinks, cinema dates, indoor trampolining and now VR-Here. If you’re an old-school gamer, someone who enjoys playing on the Xbox, The Simms or even Typhoon Rollercoaster or you’re after a day out with your mates or your other half with a difference, the latest virtual reality experience is perfect for all. Tucked away just outside the city centre, VR- Here  is just a 10-minute walk from Moorfields train station and it’s SO worth the visit! I’ll admit, I don’t play games at all, I leave that to my boyfriend, so I thought it would be something different for us to go along to visit together…and I was right. Leave your expectations at the door and get ready to immerse yourself in another world, complete with zombies, robots and out of this world characters. VR-Here specialise in virtual reality experiences and games. During our time in the green booth, we fought zombies, got very scared indeed walking the plank at the top of …

Food // The Pheasant, Hightown 

Country pubs serving great food can be hard to come by, so if you find a warm, inviting pub that has a menu filled with delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, enjoy and spread the word! And this is how I feel about The Pheasant in Hightown. Rurally located and surrounded by fields, The Pheasant is a delightful restaurant located in an old pub. It’s not somewhere I would typically call in for just a drink as every table during our visit was filled with diners. And once we took a look over the menu, I could see why. Known for great food, we decided to treat ourselves to three courses. With a variety of starters to choose from, it took a while to make our final decision. I opted for the salt and szechuan pepper squid, whilst my Mum chose the breaded brie. However, we both could have selected a variety of other starters too. Both dishes were a decent size; perfect for hitting the spot but still leaving you hungry enough for …

Life // Discovering Date Night

Date nights can be few and far between when you’re in a relationship, more often that not opting to switch your heels for your slippers and a night on the sofa. Now, we love a night in complete with a film, bottle of wine and yummy dinner but you can’t beat the feeling of getting all dolled up. I love going out for dinner and drinks so in a bid to make sure it happens more often, tastecard got in touch to ensure we leave the house from time to time! Because Saturdays nights on the town don’t happen quite as often, I love to spend extra time getting ready and choosing where to eat. Date Night Essentials Whether date night is staying in or heading out to try a new restaurant or you’re favourite haunt as a couple, there’s a few essentials that get you ready for a evening with bae- Prosecco. Always. With fresh strawberries too if you can. Pink lipstick. A date night essential. I love this cherry shade from Revlon. Polo’s …

Travel // An Ode To The Lake District 

The Lakes is a part of the UK that I’ve been visiting ever since I was little. Just over an hour up the M6 lies beautiful countryside, vast lakes and small towns filled with cafes and pubs to explore.   Truly a natural beauty in the North, Newby Bridge was the perfect escape for a recent few nights away. Since the Frenchie joined our family 12 months ago, we were yet to take the plunge and enjoy a short staycation in the UK….so we soon fixed that with a long weekend in Newby Bridge. Located on the outskirts of the Lake District, it was the perfect base for a couple of nights of rest, relaxation and long dog walks! During our weekend away we headed north to the top of the Lake District to visit Ambleside. A sleepy town located inland from the lake, filled with walking shops, pubs and cafes. The ideal pit stop on our first day for a full English! Making our way along the winding roads, we ticked Bowness and Windermere …

Life // What Self Care Means To Me  

Health and wellbeing is so important and very ‘on trend’ at this time of year. In a bid to beat the bulge and get a head start on 2017 we’re awash with images of gym clad bodies, green tea and salads. But for me self care is more than that. Personally it’s too cold to be eating salad, madness to go cold turkey on alcohol and too dark to be gym bound. For me, it’s a mixture of old and new habits. Eat Well. If your a long time reader of this blog you’ll know I love to cook. So taking care of myself and my boyfriend means yummy meals, full of flavour and veg to boot. Healthy doesn’t have to mean bland and boring, so I’m planning new meals from a variation of my favourite cookbooks. Why not try some of my favourite past recipes? Slimming World Tex Mex Chilli Veggie Curry Lemon and Garlic Roast Potatoes Goats Cheese and Red Pepper Pasta  Head Outdoors. Exercise comes in  a variety of forms. It doesn’t have …

Review // Ragdale Hall, Hydro Spa & Hotel 

Before I even begin I will start with a warning – this post is photo heavy. Ragdale Hall was so beautifully decorated, I couldn’t resist getting snap happy to show you just how amazing it was! Ragdale Hall is situated at the very heart of the country, making it a 2 and a half hour trip from Lancashire. It may seem like quite a way to travel for a spa trip, but this place is so much more than a spa. Housed in an old building, dating back over 250 years, Ragdale Hall has seen may makeovers as the decades roll over, and it proved its worth and the long drive! Billed as a Health, Hydro and Thermal Spa, Ragdale is the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. I was very kindly invited to come along for an overnight stay, bringing my Mum too as she loves a spa trip as much as me. I have a feeling this post could be very long so I’ll bring it up into easy, bitesize chunks! Food  We arrived …

Review // The Cricketers, Ormskirk

Living in Ormskirk more often that not, food-wise, I’m spoilt for choice. With a variety of cute cafes in the town centre specialising in brunch, pubs dotted around the surrounding postal code areas that offer light bites and dinner options and those places in the middle. Which essentially is how I’d categorise The Cricketers. My Mum and I decided to visit for a spot of lunch at the weekend and despite us not having a reservation, we were squeezed in and seated in the conservatory. Light, airy and the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon, we set about perusing the 3-course menu. Packed with a variety of starters and mains – dependent on how hungry you are of course, we settled on the goats cheese salad for me and a sharing breads, olives and feta slate for Mum to start. Both dishes were the perfect side – tasty and full of flavour, yet too filling, leaving us ready for our main course. The goats cheese salad included pesto and pine nuts making such a beautiful …

Life // Down On Cedar Farm

Last weekend a friend and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather we’re being treated to and pay a visit to Cedar Farm. Located in-between Ormskirk & Preston, it’s tucked away in the countryside surrounded by fields. Perfect when you want to escape the hustle and bustle! We both enjoyed a delicious goats cheese bagel with wedges. The food was simply delicious and sitting outside in the courtyward was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Cedar Farm has an assortment of attractions – a petting farm complete with goats and sheep, an art gallery, cutesy style shops and the cafe where we ate. I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

Food // La Tasca, Liverpool Review

Last week I was invited to visit the newly refurbished La Tasca based just off Queen Square in Liverpool. To be completely honest I hadn’t been to a La Tasca in quite some years, but I’m loving attending blogger events in the city so I headed down with my boyfriend in tow. We arrived at the restaurant at 6pm and I was impressed by the large outside dining space they have. It was a warm evening and with many of the outside tables occupied, it looked really lovely.Once greeted by the helpful PR team we were shown to our table, handily located in front of the kitchen so we could watch the chefs at work. The staff were lovely and so knowledgeable about the food, drinks and the history of the restaurant. It was really interesting to hear that the chain cater to two types of clientele – those who want to grab a quick bite but also they’ve began to turn their hand to fine dining. We were treated to a variation of the …

Life // Liverpool Photo Diary

 Last week I had an impromptu week off inbetween leaving my old job and starting a new job this week. So as I’d massively lucked out with the weather I decided to take full advantage of the heat, blue skies & sunshine and discover Liverpool.         I live about half an hours train ride outside the city and I’ll actually be working in Liverpool now so I thought I’d explore the docks and get snap happy whilst the sunshine was out!              

Travel // Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill, London

Whenever Virgin announce their train ticket sales, my Mum and I are all over it, as we love our twice annual visit to London. Every time, we try to visit somewhere new and on Saturday we lucked out with the weather and headed over to Notting Hill. I’ve never been to Portobello Road before and we love to visit one of the cities many different markets every time we’re down South. Notting Hill in general was such a beautiful area to visit and the coloured houses and shop fronts looked beautiful in the sunshine.    We wondered along looking at the different stalls, selling everything from antiques to the most delicious-looking street food. We couldn’t pass the doughnut stall without picking up a HUGE custard doughnut each – which we later demolished in the sunshine in Hyde Park!    Halfway down the market stalls, I spotted a familiar pink logo along the row of shops – The Hummingbird Bakery! So naturally we popped inside and oogled every last cupcake trying to decide which to try …