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Park Inn

Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

To say that Park Inn’s location is a double-edged sword is something of an understatement.

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Hotel Football

Hotel Football: all to play for?

May 29, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel Football: all to play for?

Walking into Hotel Football, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto Wonder Woman’s island.

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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

April 27, 2015 Comments Off on Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, one of my favourite things was meeting my Gran in Jesmond Dene.

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Radisson Blu Manchester Spa Treatment Room

Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

Some years ago, after a particularly enjoyable spa experience at London’s swanky Sanderson Hotel, I knocked over a megastar’s daughter.

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Chicken and Ham Hock Terrine

Review: The Lawns at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa, Wirral

February 2, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Lawns at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa, Wirral

I can always tell when I’m about to enjoy a really special meal.

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Radisson Blu Carols Afternoon Tea

Carols and Cakes: Radisson Blu’s Festive Afternoon Tea

December 11, 2014 Comments Off on Carols and Cakes: Radisson Blu’s Festive Afternoon Tea

You know when a porter opens a door for you that whatever’s behind it is going to be pretty good. Afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester is testament to that fact.

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Mission to Manchester

Christmas Cocktail Cheer at Cloud 23 in Manchester

November 26, 2014 Comments Off on Christmas Cocktail Cheer at Cloud 23 in Manchester

Twenty-three floors above the bustling streets of the city centre you can find some breath-taking views of the Manchester skyline.

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Grassington House

Grassington House Hotel: a haven in the Yorkshire Dales

August 6, 2014 Comments Off on Grassington House Hotel: a haven in the Yorkshire Dales

When John and Sue Rudden took on a three storey Georgian residence in North Yorkshire they had little idea that the next few years would be some of the toughest they had ever known.

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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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Afternoon tea at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Picadilly#2

Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

Think of afternoon tea and what comes to mind? White tablecloths? Crustless sandwiches? Sedate surroundings and whispered conversations?

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