Health Review: Monkey Nutrition Primal26 Pro

Last week I reviewed some chocolate protein from Go Nutrition so this week I thought I would stick with the theme but try some from a different company. I had heard of Monkey Nutrition before but never thought to order from them. Their website is black and very simplistic which I always interpreted as a masculine thing. Not being the most confident of people this put me off a bit until they offered to send me some protein to try and see if they could change my mind.

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See what I mean by the packaging? That said I do love the monkey design and how it features on both the protein packet and the shaker. The shaker is a large one and has a flexible spiral blade in the lid which creates a cyclone effect to mix the protein. I really like this and found it blended the powder really well. I always thought the whisk ball shakers were superior but I won’t be looking anywhere else for a shaker in future. This one is only £4.99 to buy which is an absolute bargain as the main bottle is great quality.

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I decided to try the Primal26 pro protein powder in velvet chocolate. This new protein is an advanced pure whey protein isolate sweetened with stevia. For the chocolate flavour they use organic cocoa to keep the flavours as natural as possible.

The formula is fortified with ProHydrolase which they say means you can use less product but still get the same protein benefits as other powders, supports an increase in protein absorption up to 3 times, reduces discomfort from gas and bloating as well as support muscle building. There are lots of benefits listed but I find these ones to be most relevant to me. I do find if I take too much protein I can trigger my IBS symptoms and I can honestly say that hasn’t happened when taking this protein. I also love that is contains 26g protein per serving, no fat, no sugar and just 1g carbohydrates so perfect for those following a ketogenic diet plan.

So what does it taste like? Well it mixes a lot easier than the Go Nutrition paleo protein. I take mine with water straight into the cyclone shaker and it mixed smooth with little fuss. I really like the flavour as well. Because of the natural sweetener it isn’t overly sweet and the chocolate is quite subtle meaning it isn’t too sickly. That is the last thing I want after a heavy workout session.

When it comes to the benefits I’m not sure I have been taking it long enough to really say whether it meets its promises but I do feel better from taking it and find my muscles recover more quickly with less DOMS the next day. Less pain is always a bonus for me. AND this protein is usually £29.99 but is currently on offer for just £21. Not a bad price for such a premium product. You can also buy it in French vanilla flavour, I think I’ll be trying that one next time.

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Rum Club at Revolucion De Cuba with Appleton Estate

For various reasons it is a while since I have been to Rum Club at Revolucion De Cuba. Other things have taken priority but not last week! I was especially happy that the highlight for the month is Appleton Estate who make my favourite rum ever, VX.

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We kicked things off with a Mai Tai made with Appleton Estate VX and a taster of the rum on its own. I really love this stuff as anyone I have talked rum to will know. It is a blend of different aged rums up to 10 years and is made in old Jack Daniels barrels. Whilst the barrels are thoroughly cleaned there is a slight smokiness left behind which lightly flavours this rum. It is also sweet with heavy vanilla on the palate whilst caramel and toffee come through on the nose. I got very drunk one New Year’s Eve cuddling a bottle of this stuff and still love it despite the hangover.

Onto the 8 year old which is sweeter on the nose with a creamy note that some felt was like Christmas pudding. This is spicier on the palate thanks to the extra 3% ABV and less smooth. I am still a fan though as I find rums aged to this time frame have a lovely light quality.

We also tried the 12 year old which is much darker in colour with vanilla and oak on the nose. The oak carries through to the palate with much heavier smoky notes than the VX. The smoke was a bit much for me and I wouldn’t choose this rum to drink on its own.

Appleton Estate are currently undergoing a rebrand although their roots are still firmly in Jamaica specifically the Nassau Valley. Since 1749 the Nassau Valley has provided the perfect climate, water and cane to combine creating these unique rums and some of the most distinctive flavours on the market.

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A rum club is never complete without some sort of silliness. We’ve worn ponchos, cowboy hats, you name it. This time our entertainment came in the way of Jamaican flag cocktail sticks which were promptly placed in my hair. This came from the Jamaican Me Crazy cocktail special but you can also get an Appleton Collins, Old Jamaican or a Montego Mai Tai for the rest of the month. I recommend you try them all…

This event was available for all to attend and I paid for my Jamaican Me Crazy cocktail. Others and the rum samples were complimentary.

Crazy Pizza Fun With Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour

Good pizza is hard to come by in Manchester city centre. Being such a big city you would expect somewhere to have got it spot on by now but I am yet to find it. So when the guys at Crazy Pedro’s invited me in I wasn’t really expecting much.

Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour is brought to you by the brains behind Liars Club and is located on top of it. Open from noon until 4am serving pizza throughout as well as the largest Mezcal selection in Manchester, Crazy Pedro’s is a light and airy bar ideal for watching the world go by.

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The ceiling is papered with random posters which I love especially this one, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a truer saying.

The cocktail list is short yet sweet featuring a number of margaritas as well as other unique drinks. I chose the dizzee mezcal containing Pedro’s party mix, oaxaca, mezcal, ginger, grenadine, lime, pineapple and apple in a plastic cup decorated with sweets and an American flag. A fruity mix that certainly packs a punch with the mezcal giving it that authentic earthy smokiness you get from no other. A few more of these and I’d have been dancing on the tables, although I get the impression that is welcomed here. They sell pizza all night until close and also have takeaway option meaning you can get piping hot pizza when you really need it.

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The pizzas couldn’t get any more authentic with an Italian chef making and preparing everything fresh. The base is made to a traditional Italian recipe whilst the toppings have an American twist with names like fried chicken & waffle and Kingston rock. The salami is sliced in house too which I thought was a lovely touch.

I was lucky enough to get behind the counter and make my own pizza under the watchful eyes of the chefs. The dough had already been proved so it was about shaping it in the unique way they do here so the base was nice and thin yet still with that slightly raised crust around the outside. Suffice to say I was pretty rubbish and needed a fair bit of help but I got there in the end! I made their eggs and bacon all dayer (smoked bacon, scrambled egg, mozzarella and HP sauce) yet was very cheeky and demanded a couple of slices of salami on top… well they had painstakingly sliced it, I wanted to see what it tasted like!

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I thought I did pretty good? Taste wise you can’t go wrong. The base is thin and crispy with an amazing range of toppings to suit anyone. The chicken and waffle was a favourite with the sweet chewy waffles contrasting with the salty cheese and fried chicken. So different and something that really shouldn’t work, but it does.

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My favourite thing about Crazy Pedro’s has got to be the happy hour. Between 5pm-9pm pizza prices are slashed with a slice costing just £1.50 and a full 16″ pizza costing £7.50. For that price it isn’t even worth turning the oven on. There’s also a great outdoor seating area which catches the sun for most of the day, seriously, what more do you need?

I love that Crazy Pedro’s isn’t trying too hard to be something they’re not. It’s casual, good drinks and excellent pizzas with no pretentiousness and no fuss.

I’m just glad Crazy Pedro’s isn’t closer to my flat… I’d be the size of a small house.

I was invited as a guest of Crazy Pedro’s and wasn’t asked to pay for my meal. 

 

 

Beauty Review: Top Notch Hair and Beauty, Eccles – Manchester

Every so often we all need a pamper. The pressures of daily life get too much and just getting away from it all for someone else to look after you for a change can make such a difference. I’d usually visit a spa for this kind of treat but tried out Top Notch Hair and Beauty in Eccles a few weeks ago to see if they offered anything remotely similar.

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As you enter from the main Eccles high street the salon looks like it is just a hair dressers. Styling chairs line the wall with a nail bar situated at the back of the salon. What you won’t see is the tranquil treatment room upstairs where you can get Dermalogica facials, eyelashes and waxings, to name just a few of the treatments on offer. Candlelit you could be anywhere in any spa and it is wonderfully calming considering the bustling street outside.

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I chose a gel manicure that was done with immense detail. It didn’t help that the dark grey colour I chose turned out to be quite opaque so needed at least 5 coats to be even! Many a beauty therapist would have given up at a few coats but not mine, she was adamant it was going to be perfect! After my manicure I had a facial using the calming Dermalogica range. I’ve always been a fan of a Dermalogica facial and this one didn’t disappoint. I do find the products work so well with my skin leaving it feeling refreshed, squeaky clean and radiant.

After my facial I was whisked back downstairs for my hair to be blow dried. I have very fine hair that does not like to keep a curl so it was quite testing of me to request a curly blow. This wasn’t an issue for my stylist. After she had washed and roughly blow dried my hair she painstakingly used the little round brushes like many others to get the curls in place before rolling them and pinning whilst they set. I’ve had this blow dry many a times but never has the stylist gone to this much effort to keep my curls intact.

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The result was beautifully bouncy curls that lasted all day and well into the next despite being slept on. I know where to come next time I have an event to attend and need to look my best. The tranquility of the treatment room upstairs makes this the perfect option for a bit of time to get away from the world and enjoy some me time.

I visited Top Notch as a guest and was not asked to pay for my treatments.

Health Review: Go Nutrition Paleo Protein And ZMA

Now I’ve been training for some time I have a fairly good idea of what I need to do physically and what I need to eat to get the results I want. I’ve been using protein for some time but I thought it was time to move onto some supplements to help my body repair and recover from the heavy training I’m hitting it with. Then Go Nutrition offered to send me some stuff to review giving me the perfect opportunity to up my training game.

 

Go Nutrition is your one stop shop for quality products to help support your health and fitness goals. They pride theirselves on quality in all they do. Not just in their products but also in their packaging and their website. I love their branding and think the orange is a great unisex design to appeal to all. This quality ensures their products don’t contain cheap fillers or amino acids whilst ensuring they tell you exactly what is in the products on the packaging. I have found other brands can be misleading with the truth on their ingredients labels so this is really good to hear. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee, something I certainly haven’t witnessed often with online health and fitness sites.

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When I am not out and about I do try to eat as clean as possible and am a fan of the paleo diet. I chose to try their paleo protein which comes in a 500 gram pouch priced at £11.99. There is only one flavour available at the moment which is dark chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate flavoured protein but had to try something that was claiming to be paleo friendly. The protein blend provides 26.3g of protein per 30g serving and is made of 95% beef protein isolate and 80% egg white protein which helps to bring the fat content down to just 0.7g. This protein isn’t too sweet which is perfect for chocolate lovers who don’t want that overly sugary taste. My main concern is that it is really difficult to mix. I popped it in my Go Nutrition shaker and no matter how hard I tried I could not get this protein smooth. I even tried it in the Nutri Ninja with some raspberries and, whilst it did mix up better, it wasn’t 100% smooth. That said it is a good price and one of the better beef protein products I have tried.

Many a personal trainer has told me to try ZMA to help my body recover from lifting weights as well as aid a better sleep. I have to say I was nervous. The label says it will increase testosterone levels and I wasn’t entirely sure that is something I wanted to happen!

The Go Nutrition blend uses premium quality zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 which help to promote muscle growth and recovery. They are also vital for fat metabolism and immune function whilst helping to boost recovery speeds post exercise and aid a restful sleep. I’ve been taking ZMA for a few weeks now and can honestly say I can tell a huge difference. I sleep better, not heavier or for longer, but I wake up feeling completely rested. I have also noticed less muscle fatigue and I rarely suffer from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) particularly after leg day. In turn this has enabled me to work out harder and for longer helping me to achieve my goals quicker. Well worth the £11.99 for 90 tablet price tag and something I will definitely continue to use well after this supply has ran out. Now to try the other supplements that have been recommended to me. I know where I will be buying them from.

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Restaurant Review: New Menu At Beef And Pudding

One of my favourite restaurants in the City has announced their new menu for Spring/Summer and I, for one, was excited. Beef and Pudding is one of those places where you can meet friends, go on a date or just sit in the window with a drink and watch the world go by. They serve what I’ve heard described as ‘posh pub grub’ many a time but for me it to good wholesome food that makes you feel warm inside. So when invited to try the new menu I obviously jumped straight in.

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The winter warmers have been replaced and there’s lot of lighter options with some impressive looking salads to choose from. The evening we visited was still pretty chilly so my friend chose the sweet potato skins to start. Rolled in black pepper and served with a trio of dips they didn’t look like what I was expecting. They almost had a crunchy crumb so were slightly different but tasty and the aioli had a wonderful kick of garlic that worked well with the black pepper crust.

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Having regularly chosen the pate when dining at Beef and Pudding I chose the new version, well it’s called Dark and Stormy like a favourite cocktail of mine, how could I resist? Gone is the glass jar for hefty slices of wild boar pate with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and a touch of ginger. The rum flavour was a little lacking for me and was overpowered by the wild boar although this had a great rich flavour to it.

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Sorry for the blurred picture, I didn’t realise until I got home how blurred it was! My date chose the light option of grilled cod fillet, peas and ham. The fish was slightly overdone but then that is how I like my cod so this wasn’t a big issue for me. The flavour of the light fish, salty serrano and earthy new potatoes was a lovely combination and the vodka citrus butter added a little fattiness to round it out. A beautiful dish that I will be ordering next time I visit.

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I almost always would choose the lamb hotpot from the old menu. Piping hot and served with amazing dumplings I was gutted to see it had not made the cut then it was understandable with it being such a heavy dish. I opted for, what I can only consider to be its replacement, mince and spuds. Not really a summer dish but certainly one for those colder days when comfort food is needed. The thyme spiked gravy was lovely and the potatoes were a much lighter alternative to the heavy dumplings of my favourite dish. Next time I’ll be ordering some bread to mop up the delicious gravy.

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I have to say I was a little disappointed to see that the dessert menu was still the same. I expected this to have had a summery overhaul but it is unfortunately the same as before. My date chose the jam jar lemon cheesecake with eton mess dressing whilst I went for the creme brulee. The cheesecake was quite heavy but had a nice zesty lemon flavour and the eton mess dressing is a nice twist. The creme brulee had a satisfying crack when breaking through the sugar and the cracked pepper shortbread was a lovely touch to add a hint of spice to a normally creamy dessert.

Some nice additions to the menu which, for starters and mains, has had quite an impressive change. I’ll need a few more visits to try out the summery salads and, I believe, the new cocktail menu which is currently in the design stage. Now if they ditch that Drumstick lolly cocktail there will be hell to pay…

We were invited to dine as guests of Beef and Pudding and weren’t asked to pay for our meal.

Cocktails In The City Returns To Manchester – A Preview

One of my absolute favourite events on the Manchester calendar is Cocktails In The City. I’ve been incredibly lucky to judge the event for the last two years so when I was asked to go to the preview for the main event I was very excited. And there are some changes afoot…

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Cocktails In The City brings together the best bars with the best cocktails this fair city has to offer all under one roof. Previously housed in the Town Hall you will find a bigger venue this year with the event being held at Great Northern Warehouse. This is a big plus for me as I felt it was a little too busy last year with queues of people trying to get to their favourite bar pop up.

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There’s food, music, magic and mystery with bars such as Cloud 23, Elixir and newcomers Hawksmoor to name just a few, teaming up with a spirit and bringing you the best cocktail they can conjure up for the event. My favourite Appleton VX have teamed up with Hawksmoor with a pretty banana daiquiri on offer whilst Cloud 23 have partnered with Tanqueray 10 to create Up, Up and Away complete with a scented balloon and some Manchester history.

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All Star Lanes’ bar team are currently battling it out with their chosen spirit Jack Daniels as they all compete to have their individual cocktail star at the show. They’ve got an impressive collection of American Whiskey on their back bar so it will be interesting to see what makes it to Cocktails In The City.

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As if that wasn’t enough you will find show floor experiences from Fingers in Pies Productions and the ever charismatic Andy Pope on the main stage with a movie theme hosting cocktail seminars with a movie twist. Breakfast Martinis served on toast anyone?

The biggest change is the dates… there’s two! Yes, for two nights you can try the best cocktails from the best bars in our amazing city. I’ve booked the days off work already…get your tickets here and can I make a suggestion? Go to both days. It’ll be worth it.

 

Review: Beauty and Go Bioactive Beauty Drinks

We’ve all bought into a fad before now. That miracle body wrap that promises to make you lose 10cm from your stomach in an hour, that miracle face cream that guarantees to iron out all those frown lines. When I was asked to try Beauty and Go bioactive beauty drinks I was dubious to say the least. Let’s take a look at them.

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Beauty and Go are the outcome of a scientific collaboration between two companies – AMC Group and Natura Bisse. AMC Group is a leader in the field of research and development of functional beverages and the use of natural bioactives. Natura Bisse are a family owned luxury cosmetics company known globally. Their vision is to feed your skin by combining their different expertise to create a wonder drink.

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The drink uses MacroAntioxidants which are derived from the peel of fruits. They claim to help fight the ageing effect of the skin helping it to look more luminous and healthy.

The drink itself is available in four different varieties: Anti-ageing, radiance, vitality and detox. I got the first three to try out.

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The drinks contain no artificial colours, preservatives or added sugars using stevia to sweeten where needed. They claim to be a natural source of protein although at 1.4g (in anti-ageing) per 100ml I wouldn’t say they were particually high in protein. They are, however, low calorie for a fruit drink with just 35 calories per 100ml. They come in handy 250ml bottles that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened too which I quite like.

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Having only tried one of each bottle I can’t attest to their effectiveness. I will say that the addition of hyaluronic acid is an interesting one as this is something my beauty hero Sali Hughes raves about when it comes to how beneficial it is to your skin. If she says it is good then I believe her!

Taste wise they are pretty good. Very similar to a fruit smoothie they are fairly sweet and one bottle is more than enough. My favourite was the anti-ageing as the raspberry gave it a bit more tartness but the others were pleasant and definitely something I would pick up again. They seem like a better option to a fruit smoothie from the supermarket if you are craving that fruity sweetness. They are also gluten free and suitable for coeliacs so a huge bonus for people who struggle with these things and grabbing a sweet drink on the go.

The drinks are priced at £2.99 a bottle and are exclusively available at Selfridges.

Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough

If there’s one place I return time and time again it is Whitby. I love the seaside setting, the riverside bars and the beautiful abbey ruins. I had never been to Scarborough before so when the opportunity arose for a road trip I was in the car in a flash! Off to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel we went.

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The journey wasn’t without complications with the A64 being closed for half of the journey but we took a more picturesque route through Pickering and found a great little farm shop so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

We were surprised by the rural location of the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. With it being so close to Scarborough we were expecting it to be more built up but it is down a windy road in the middle of some amazing walking routes, perfect if that is something you enjoy. We were checked in quickly and shown to our room which was a luxury suite complete with a king sized bed, seating area and large bathroom.

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The room was a great size with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. It was warm with a big seating area, table and chairs for dining when ordering room service and plenty of storage space if you are staying for longer than a couple of nights.

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There were a few niggles in the room around cleaniness with some cobwebs around the lights, mildew on the shower head and a number of bulbs that were out. Such a shame as these are such simple things to sort out.

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We were running quite late by the time we arrived at the hotel but managed to have a quick look around the pretty grounds before we headed for afternoon tea in the bar. The hotel is quite separated with rooms dotted around the grounds rather than in a traditional hotel block. I loved this as it gave more privacy, there were only 2 rooms in the area of the hotel we stayed in and there was a lovely courtyard to walk through to get to the main hotel building.

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We sat at a roaring fire and were presented with an impressive selection of sandwiches and cakes along with some tea and coffee.

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The scones were a little overdone and my friend wasn’t impressed as they didn’t offer plain ones, but the sandwiches were lovely and fresh as were the cakes. Whilst dining a wedding party entered the bar which was a little awkward for all concerned. They were dressed to the nines in their wedding attire whilst we were fairly scruffy in jeans. There was also a lot of them so we felt we were taking up their space a little bit.

We headed out to Scarborough centre after our tea to get some fresh air and a general nosy around.

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Not surprisingly for March is was fairly chilly with a brisk wind which we sheltered from in the numerous arcades. It was quiet with it being off season but we had a great time spending money on the slot machines and using the tickets to buy sweets.

We headed back to the hotel and I had a bath before heading into the hotel restaurant for dinner. The bath was so deep it took ages to fill but the large waterfall tap helped and the toiletries provided were more than adequate to make lots of bubbles. I was so chilled out I was tempted to cancel dinner as I was so tired!

We were seated in the bar with the Courtyard Restaurant menu and served drinks whilst we waited. I thought this was a lovely touch as the bar is much less formal and allowed us to have a chat without disturbing the other diners. The restaurant was quiet and fairly cold, the heating wasn’t on and there was a small heater in the corner which tells me there was an issue with it. This wasn’t a major issue as I popped back to the room for a jumper but I think it would have been better for this to have been mentioned beforehand.

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Prior to our meal we were presented with an appetiser of ham hock terrine served with piccalilli and a mustard dressing. The ham hock was soft and full of flavour which worked well with the piccalilli. I don’t think it needed the mustard dressing, it worked perfectly without it.

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I chose the tomato soup to start which was lovely. A hint of basil and chilli gave it a good kick.

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My friend chose the prawn cocktail which he felt was pricey at £7.50. It was pleasant enough but the prawns were fairly small and it was a small portion.

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I chose the dish simply titled ‘beef’ for my main. Brisket of beef atop a bed of mash (on the left) was slightly dry but the mash was wonderfully creamy and smooth. The mini beef pudding on spring greens was good with a very thin layer of suet and soft meat on the inside. The vegetables were just cooked, the way I like them, but the whole dish was a little overtaken by the gravy which was very salty. The menu stated that the meal came with a separate jug of gravy but this didn’t arrive. This wasn’t a problem though as there was plenty on the plate already and I’m sure, had I asked, this would have been provided.

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Being so close to the sea my friend went for the fish and chips. Unfortunately the batter on the fish had gone soft and the fish on the inside was a little overdone. The chips were a little dry yet the tartare sauce was really tasty with a lovely acidic bite.

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When it came to dessert I chose the creme brulee. There was a satisfying crack to the burnt sugar top and a lovely creaminess to the creme but unfortunately it was slightly overdone and had started to curdle. The sweetness of the shortbread balanced the vanilla flavours though so it wasn’t unpleasant.

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My friend chose the chocolate fudge cake which had featured on our afternoon tea earlier on. I don’t think he would have chosen it had he known and it wasn’t really what he was expecting but it did what it said on the tin. Chocolate, fudge and cake with ice cream. At £5.50 it was on the small side and a little disappointing having already had some that afternoon. My friend had asked about the cheese board prior to choosing this but was disappointed that the staff had to ask what cheese was included. When they confirmed there didn’t appear to be anything local and it was served with Jacob’s crackers. This isn’t a huge issue but there are so many great local providers for both it seems a shame that they aren’t sourcing ingredients from nearby.

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The bed was really comfy and we slept well before heading back to the restaurant for breakfast. The breakfast is cooked fresh for you whilst the continental items are self serve. I quite like this as you can be sure it hasn’t been sat around for ages.

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The grounds of the hotel are vast with 17 acres to explore. This should appeal to both walkers and cyclists but also those who want to chill out and relax. Unfortunately there is limited mobile reception and the wifi is really hit and miss. This was the main gripe for us, my friend wanting to continue running his business and me wanting to use social media whilst at the hotel. For dinner, bed and breakfast in the luxury suite the price is £295. I would expect basic wifi for this price especially having such a large room to sit in whilst working.

As a complete package we enjoyed our stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. There is lots of things to see and do in the surrounding areas if you want to. We also visited Eden Camp for some history on our way home!

We stayed as guests of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and were not asked to pay other than for our drinks. 

 

Simple Bar and Kitchen, Manchester – Reinvented

It’s that time of year again when bars and restaurants are revamping their menus ready for the summer season. Out are the heartier winter warmers in favour of the lighter summery dishes. Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the launch of the new menu at Simple Bar and Kitchen but my lovely friend Rachel was all too happy to go along for me and report back.

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They got to try samples from the new menu including the beef carpaccio which was a delicate small starter but lovely and tender. Rachel felt it was a little overpriced for the size at £6.50 but that the quality was there.

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The five spice duck confit tacos were very tasty with the confit itself being done in house for hours.

The posh chicken curry on a bed of coriander rice was fairly healthy yet still filling with really delicate flavours: coconutty with a thai influence.

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They had the classic mini burgers but they are also available as cajun chicken or blue cheese. They were a little dry and could have benefited from some sort of chutney but the meat was great quality, it is all free range and bought by the chef from the Arndale Market each day. Mark (the chef) formerly of Michael Caine at Abode, Chester is keen on locally sourced produce and sources this wherever possible.

They also got to try some of the new cocktail menu including the Hotel Motel Holiday Gin which had a savoury twist thanks to the rosemary and had lovely delicate flavours. Definitely one of the gin lovers.

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The Salted Caramel Martini is like a dessert in a glass! Butterscotch liqueur, vanilla schnapps, Baileys and maple syrup with a half salted rim meant it was like two different drinks depending on which side you drank from. Just amazing.

The Ginger and Apple Mojito was really refreshing with slices of cucumber and the Blood Orange Ginger Daiquiri was quite sour but had a lovely kick to it.

The Rose Gin-Tinted Specs was a lovely feminine drink with rose flavours and rose petals scattered on top. On the whole the drinks are very pretty with great measures. They’re is a great list of alternative drinks that give a nice twist to the cocktails you know and love. Some only have one ingredient but the bar staff welcome feedback and are happy to change things around where asked.

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A passionate chef, friendly staff who welcome feedback and some cracking twists on your favourite cocktails. It is safe to safe the ladies had a great time!

Rachel attended the launch of Simple Bar and Kitchen as a guest and wasn’t asked to pay

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