All posts filed under: Days Out

George’s Great British Kitchen, Liverpool Review

If you’re ever stumped for somewhere to eat in Liverpool and you ask a mate for recommendations, they will probs reel of a long list of restaurants and bars to visit. Whether it’s date night, getting lunch in town while shopping or just want to see where’s the latest go-to; there’s a mass of eateries in and around the city centre. George’s Great British Kitchen however, has been on my must-visit list for a while. Darren’s a high school teacher meaning impromptu date nights during term-time are a no-go zone. But when a v lovely email landed from the George’s PR team at the start of the summer hols, it was a sign. We were finally going to try the latest addition to the food scene. And we were not disappointed. Handily located near John Lewis, I met Darren off the 82 bus and we headed on in. Initially we were struck by the decor. I didn’t actually know the restaurant specialised in fish and seafood so that was a pleasant surprise. Shown to our …

Life Lately – July Round-Up

July is another month that’s passed me by in a blur. These summer months are by far my fave thanks to the never-ending sunshine, enjoying great food and exploring new places on the doorstep. Here’s what happened – The lovely Laura over at My Foodie Journey headed over to the Titanic Hotel as I sadly couldn’t make it. The extremely picturesque Liverpool landmark hotel hosted an intimate bloggers evening of cocktails and canapes on the terrace. I’m told it was a lovely summers eve and the perfect spot to enjoy an #Instagram worthy drink or two. Thanks Laura for heading along for me! Towards the end of the month we headed across to Sefton Park to LIMF – Liverpool International Music Festival. Tickets were just a fiver and with a restaurant review planned just down the road, it was the perfect excuse to tick Trevor Nelson off the bucket list. Dancing along to old school RnB was just what the Dr ordered. The fiance surprised me with a wedding planner. We got engaged a couple …

Just Wings, Aigburth Road Liverpool

Since moving to South Liverpool we’ve enjoyed exploring the many different areas on our doorstep – Wooton Village is just a stones throw away, Otterspool prom is perfect for dog walks and Aigburth Road is home to Space Coffe, our new breakfast haunt and further up you’ll find Just Wings… As the name suggests, this place specialises in all things Chicken. Burgers, wings and a boat load of sides – all available in 12 different rubs or sauces for both the weaklings amongst us (hi!) and those who love to indulge in mouth-watering spicy food every now and again. We popped along on a Saturday evening before heading to LIMF in Sefton Park. Handily located, towards the top of Aigburth Road, it’s easy to get too by either bus or train. We rocked up with rumbling bellies and with a few menu recommendations in our arsenal, we got to grips with the menu. The menu may be small, but it’s certainly might. Just WingsJust Wings is part of a Merseyside chain or takeaways and the …

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!