Once a month the husband and I like to arrange a date night together, and I was especially looking forward to this month as it was during the Easter holidays. Of course I love spending time as a family, but ever since the kids were little, we have always made time for each other. After spending 2 nights in a Premier Inn all together over Easter, I was certainly looking forward to spending some quality time with just the husband at TGI Fridays.

TGI Fridays

It had been 2 years since we had last visited TGI Fridays, and I was looking forward to seeing any changes they had made to the menu.… Continue reading

Last week my husband and I were invited to Bistrot Pierre to try out their ‘Soiree Gastronomique’ evening. We would be dining on a six course menu, which in itself is exciting. But since our last visit in October, their restaurant in Stockton Heath has had an exciting makeover, and we couldn’t wait to experience the newly refurbished Bistrot Pierre.

Dining and Activitiesat Q Lodges Slaley Hall (56)

On entering, I was pleased to see that the layout of the restaurant is very similar to how it was, and it still retains it’s welcoming feel. We both loved the fresh new look, the rustic wooden tables, the new colour scheme and the adornment of pictures and mirrors on the wall.… Continue reading

Last Sunday evening my husband and I had the opportunity to visit our local Bistrot Pierre restaurant in Stockton Heath. It was our first visit to the popular chain of French restaurant, and I was really looking forward to our evening as I had heard excellent things about the cuisine from a close friend.

Review of Bistrot Pierre

There is a huge variety of eating places in Stockton Heath, and before our visit I must admit that French cuisine was never my top choice. But after dining at Bistrot Pierre my view has totally changed, and French cuisine now sits alongside my favourite, Italian dining.… Continue reading

Afternoon tea has certainly had a huge revival over the past decade, and since turning 40 it’s one of my favourite things to do. When I wrote my A to Z of things to achieve this year, top of the list was to discover a new place for afternoon tea. Well in September I achieved this not once but twice, first enjoying afternoon tea in Birmingham during a weekend away with the girls. And the following week it was time for me to treat my mum for her birthday.

Champagne afternoon tea at The Mere

I decided to surprise her with afternoon tea at The Mere hotel in Knutsford in leafy Cheshire. … Continue reading

Last week I was invited to try out the new menu at Gusto, an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Knutsford. I had previously dined at the restaurant 2 years ago, when myself and a group of girlfriends had visited for lunch. This time I was booked in for dinner with my best friend, and I was looking forward to experiencing Gusto in the evening.

Gusto in Knutsford

You will find Gusto nestled amongst the many restaurants of Knutsford, and as we walked along the high street you realise what a vibrant town it is. It was an unusually warm sunny evening, and as we approached the restaurant you could hear the lively chatter coming from the open windows.… Continue reading

Treating the family to a special meal is always a great opportunity to get together, eat delicious food and catch up on everyone’s news. It seems there’s quite a few families nowadays who don’t sit down together at the end of every day. Instead eating separately, and missing out on all-important family time.

The Brook Restaurant

As the price of living and eating out has gradually increased, are families going to restaurants as much as they used to? Has the growing number of home delivery food companies encouraged families to stay at home. Choosing to dine in the comfort of their own home? Are parents still happy to pay for the additional costs that come with restaurant dining, like travel and restaurant tipping?… Continue reading

During our recent trip to Bath, there was one place where the teen was desperate to eat at…… The Handmade Burger Co. The husband and I had dined at the Grand Central restaurant in Birmingham a few months back. And when we discovered we could also devour their burgers in Bath, we couldn’t wait for our evening at The Handmade Burger Co.

Handmade Burger Co - Bath

Our table was booked for Valentine’s Day. For my husband and son, a succulent burger is the perfect way to celebrate the day of love. I was resigned to the fact that there would be no cosy romantic meal for 2, as we were away for the kids.… Continue reading

I love to celebrate my birthday, and on Sunday we visited Chester to indulge in some shopping, eating and of course a birthday cocktail or two.  Chester has an abundance of eating places in the city, and Hickorys was top of my list for a celebration. Husband and I had previously visited Hickorys back in February, and since then we had been desperate to take the kids. And we were not only celebrating my birthday, but it was Katies in a few days time.

Mojito Cocktail

Hickorys has a fantastic spot by the river, and as soon as you enter you get caught up in the lively atmosphere.… Continue reading

Back in September I visited Birmingham for the very first time with girlfriends. I fell in love with the city so much, that I took the husband on a mini break last weekend. One thing about Birmingham is that you will never go hungry. The city has such a vast and diverse amount of restaurants, ranging from your high street chains to independent ones. Having eaten at the Handmade Burger Co back in September, I knew there was only one place to take my burger mad husband.

Handmade Burger Co

Handmade Burger Co

The Handmade Burger Co have 3 restaurants in the city, and we dined at Grand Central.… Continue reading

During our recent trip to the beautiful area of Dumfries and Galloway, we visited the Galloway Burger House. Located in the village of Gatehouse of Fleet, the burger restaurant can be found inside the Galloway Lodge. During the day you can browse the fantastic selection of jams, chutney and mustard. Or wander around the beautiful gift shop, and stop for a coffee and cake in the café. But on Friday evenings (plus Saturdays in June/July/August) the café is transformed into the Galloway Burger House.

Galloway Lodge

Galloway Lodge

Now any restaurant that has the word ‘burger’ in it, is guaranteed to be a huge hit with the teenager and the husband.… Continue reading