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The White Hart at Lydgate

Hotel Review: The White Hart at Lydgate, Oldham

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Hotel Review: The White Hart at Lydgate, Oldham

The checking-in process at hotels can be laborious.

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Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

When the Northern Soul Editor was called away at the last minute, our willing Opera Correspondent stepped into her shoes and joined me for mid-morning brunch at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

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Hotel Review: Andaz London Liverpool Street

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Hotel Review: Andaz London Liverpool Street

Hotels near airports or train stations can conjure up images of pokey rooms with a sad looking ironing board in the corner.

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Food Review: Store Street Exchange, DoubleTree, Manchester

May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Store Street Exchange, DoubleTree, Manchester

Having previously appeared in Northern Soul restaurant reviews merely as Robert Hamilton’s dining companion The Brunette, I was honoured to be entrusted with writing as well as eating (as Mr Hamilton was stuck on the tarmac at El Prat).

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Stanley's Bar & Grill

Food Review: Stanley’s Bar and Grill, The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Stanley’s Bar and Grill, The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Foolhardy, perhaps, for an establishment called Titanic to describe anything as a launch.

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AC Hotel, Manchester

Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

December 15, 2018 Comments Off on Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

The hotel market in central Manchester is hugely competitive with both 3-star and 5-star offerings pretty much closed shops.

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Assembly

Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

November 23, 2018 Comments Off on Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

Finding a hotel in the capital that strikes the right balance between comfort, location and price isn’t always easy.

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Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

September 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea, The Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received the Nobel prize for economics for showing that people did not necessarily make rational decisions.

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Relaxation room, The Spa, The Midland Hotel

Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

I absolutely adore a massage. Lying comatose on a heated bed with a shed load of essential oils being kneaded into my face and body is my idea of heaven.

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Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel

Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Afternoon Tea, The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Afternoon tea is the new lunch, at least it is at The Lowry Hotel. In what could be a Brexit-inspired assertion of National Standards, they’ve abolished that continental invention, the two-hour lunch – except on Sundays, of course – and brought back Afternoon Tea.

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