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

My mum recently celebrated a very special birthday, and as a surprise I booked afternoon tea at Nunsmere Hall Hotel.  The hotel is situated in the heart of Cheshire, and despite driving past many times we had never visited before.  As soon as you enter the grounds of Nunsmere, you know you are somewhere special.

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

Being surrounded by a lake on 3 sides, it really does feel that you have escaped to somewhere magical. You can’t help but gaze at the stunning building and gardens, and once inside I felt like I had stepped into Downton Abbey. We were greeted by the most charming doorman, who showed us into the lounge area where our afternoon tea would be served.… Continue reading

Having a teenager who is burger and film mad, Planet Hollywood was top of our list for visiting during our recent trip to London. We wanted somewhere that not only served delicious food, but a restaurant that offered something unique and quirky, and Planet Hollywood looked as if it would tick all the boxes.

ph14

We decided to book a table for 5pm on the Sunday, which would give us plenty of time to enjoy our meal before our night time bus tour at 8.30pm. We arrived at the restaurant after a pleasant stroll from Piccadilly Circus tube station, and despite being 30 minutes early we were shown to our table.… Continue reading

With a teenager in the house, I know fully well that being together as a family is on borrowed time. When you are nearly 14, family time comes way down the list behind gaming, social media and playing football with your mates. But one thing that is guaranteed to have the teen saying yes to family time, is food. So when we were invited to a local Toby Carvery to spend some quality family time together, I knew there would be no excuses from the teen.

Toby Carvery Speke

I booked the meal for the last day of term, and we visited the Toby Carvery in Speke.… Continue reading

On Saturday evening we visited TGI Fridays to try out their brand new menu which was launched on the 8th March. We have dined at the Cheshire Oaks restaurant before, but we decided to visit the TGI Fridays which is located at the Trafford Centre. It is worth noting that you are unable to book a table on a Saturday, so if you visit at peak times you may have to wait. However there is a large bar area where you can enjoy a drink whilst taking in the TGI Fridays atmosphere.

TGI Fridays Trafford Centre

We were taken to a booth seat (is it just me who LOVES a booth seat) towards the back of the restaurant.… Continue reading

Yesterday I was invited to try out the new Super Lunch menu from Jamie’s Italian. This was my first visit and I was looking forward to a leisurely lunch with my mum and step dad. They are both huge fans of Jamie Oliver, and they have visited the Manchester restaurant a handful of times.  We decided to visit the Liverpool branch which has a central location and is easy to find.

Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian

We were booked in at 12pm and we arrived just as the doors were being opened. We had a booth seat which was comfortable and spacious, and had the added bonus of being near to the window. … Continue reading