Girl’s night out! A boutique break at Malmaison Manchester

I was well overdue a girlie weekend… spa, shopping and getting glammed-up for cocktails. The stylish Malmaison Hotel Manchester boasts boutique bedrooms, its own spa and restaurant; and is surrounded by some of the best shops, bars and clubs in the city. Shopping and sipping champagne at Selfridges… When your feet can take no more,…

New Sheffield coffee shop – the go-to gaff for a carb fix

200 Degrees has opened its doors in Sheffield today! The latest addition to the city’s trendy Division Street. I was invited along to their pre-launch party on Saturday to sample their coffee, cake and sandwiches ahead of the big public reveal. What’s my verdict? It’s pretty swish with some seriously satisfying sandwiches, moreish cakes (with…

An Italian adventure: Treviso – Venice

Two hours up in the air then the warm air hits my face – there’s no better feeling than stepping out of the plane and into the sun. Hello Italy. Treviso airport is where most budget flights arrive – from there, its a 15 euro taxi into the town. It’s picturesque and seems small at first glance,…

Portugal detox retreat: Macdonald Monchique Spa

Whilst an image of sun, sea and sangria usually springs to mind when you think of holidays to the Algarve; drive west from the coast and you’ll stumble upon the undiscovered, quiet, picturesque village of Caldas de Monchique. I was lucky enough to be invited to stay at the Macdonald Monchique Spa and Resort to try…

48 hours in Berkshire: the best bits

Wondering where to go on your next weekend getaway? If you want to escape city life and indulge in some well-earned rest and relaxation, Berkshire could be the perfect countryside retreat. Stay… at Hurley House, Henley The drive is straightforward from Sheffield to Berkshire… two hours 40 minutes via the M1, merging onto the M40. And there’s…

Afternoon tea, Yorkshire style

 If you follow my blog, you’ll know I love eating clean and will usually always opt for the healthy option on a menu. But now and again, we all deserve a treat day. Served within quaint vintage tearooms, chic hotels and luxury restaurants; here are some of the best Yorkshire locations serving up delectable afternoon tea delights……

Rudie’s at Hackney: Jamaican jerk, rum and reggae

Rudie’s oozes sass. Serving up signature real jerk and yard classics; this Hackney hangout is unmistakably Jamaican. But aside from the menu, people come here for the drinks and to soak up the atmosphere too; thanks to Rudie’s choice of rum cocktails and relaxed reggae music. We grab a window seat and I order the…