Mother’s Day 2019 in the North East

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (March 31st to be exact) and this year there’s a bunch of offers on dinners, teas and staycations in the North East.

Instead of leaving it last minute to try and book up a delicious roast or rushing to the shop the night before to grab a card and a bunch of flowers, why not treat your Mam’s, Grandmother’s, Aunt’s or even a special friend to a spa break or a luxury 2 course meal?

I’ve done some snooping around and found a collection of really great offers for you to celebrate the special person in your life.

MEALS + SUNDAY LUNCHES

Browns, Newcastle City Centre

£15/16 per person

Sunday Lunch including Mother’s Day specials accompanied by live piano whilst you dine. Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, West Allotment

Prices from £15.95

4-course Sunday carvery including a free glass of fizz for Mam and Village vouchers. However this deal is snapped up quick so you must pre-book!
Further information and to book click here.

Toby Carvery, Various locations

Prices from £8.99

The king of the carvery! Sunday lunch at Toby suits the whole family. If you can’t make it for lunch they also have Mother’s Day Breakfast from £4.49. Further information here.

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond

£42 per person

3 course Sunday lunch served between 12-4pm or alternatively Afternoon Tea with fizz also for £42pp. Further information and to book click here.

Crowne Plaza, Newcastle

Prices from £19.99

Sunday lunch at Crowne Plaza includes a 2 course lunch for £19.99 or a 3 course meal for £24.99. Also includes a complimentary glass of fizz for Mam! The hotel also have a speciality gin bar for afters!
Further information and to book click here.

Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Prices from £20

Choose from either a 3 course Sunday lunch for £29.95 for adults and £16.95 for Children which includes a free gift for Mam or enjoy Afternoon Tea for £20 per adult, £12.50 per child.
Further information and to book click here.

Hardwick Hall, County Durham

£26.00 adult, £14.00 child

4-course Sunday lunch including a complimentary gift for Mam and accompanied by live piano.
Further information and to book click here.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

£19.95 per person

3-course Sunday lunch with gift for Mam. Further information and to book click here.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Newcastle + Durham

Prices unknown

Mother’s Day specials and delicious options from the A La Carte Menu.
Further information and to book click here.

Bella Italia, Various locations

For Mams that prefer something a little different, Bella Italia are giving all every Mam a free glass of bubbly when they order any meal. They’re also holding an exclusive competition to win £2k of holiday vouchers.
Further information and to book click here.

Keep an eye out for deals that might pop up at:

Local pubs and restaurants, Zizzi, The Botanist, The Salt Kitchen Sunderland, National Glass Centre Sunderland, Ramside Hall, The Treehouse Alnwick.

AFTERNOON TEA

The Parlour at Blagdon, Blagdon

£21 per person

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at one of the best spots for AT in the North East, it’s one of my favourites! They’re also offering a 3-course Sunday lunch for £25 per person. Further information and to book click here.

Six at The Baltic, Gateshead

Prices from £19.95 per person

Afternoon tea at the top of The Baltic Flour Mill includes. Classic Afternoon Tea for £19.95, Prosecco Afternoon Tea for £24.95 or Champagne Afternoon Tea for £29.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Matfen Hall, Matfen

Prices from £18.50 per person.

Classic Afternoon Tea for £18.50, Champagne Afternoon Tea for £28.50 or Cocktail Afternoon Tea for £23.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Tea on The Tyne, Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Tyne

Prices from £19.95 per person

Sail up the River Tyne all whilst enjoying an Afternoon Tea picnic accompanied by music and commentary of the sights of the Tyne. Adult price: £19.95, Child: £15.95 and under 2’s go free.
Further information and to book click here.

Wynyard Hall, Wynyard

Prices from £24.50 per person

Running between 29th and 31st March. Classic Afternoon Tea at £24.50 or Prosecco Afternoon Tea at £30.50.
Further information and to book click here.

Revolution, Newcastle + Sunderland

£20 per person

Enjoy a two hour bottomless brunch at Revolution on the 31st March.
Further information and to book click here.

Union Rooms, Newcastle

Newly refurbished bar and restaurant near Central Station are offering a Mother’s Day Sunday lunch and Afternoon Tea all accompanied by a live performer. Further information over on their Instagram here.


SPA + STAYCATIONS

Malmaison, Newcastle

£99 per person

Includes a stay at the hotel with breakfast, 30 minute spa treatment, complimentary chocolates and a 2 course meal with cocktail.
Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, Newcastle

£89 per room (2 people sharing)

“Girls at the Spa” Package. Exclusive to Thursday and Sunday nights only. Includes overnight stay, 2 course meal with a glass of fizz and a 25 minute treatment.
Further information and to book click here.

Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley

£70 per room (2 people sharing)

Overnight stay and breakfast included. Restaurants on site if you also want to add a dinner option.
Further information and to book click here.

Seaham Hall, Seaham

£62.50 per person

Sunday spa package includes use of spa and a 2 course Sunday lunch. Further information and to book click here.

Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill

£154 per room (2 people sharing)

Sunday night stay. Includes stay in luxurious room with breakfast, use of the spa and dinner in their award winning restaurant.
Further information and to book click here.

Hallgarth Hotel, Darlington

Offers a range of stay, dinner and spa packages which suits a range of different staycation needs.
Further information and to book click here.

Hopefully that’s helped a few of you who are struggling to figure out just what to do on Mother’s Day this year. Regardless if you’ve booked the fanciest getaway or are just celebrating with making your Mam breakfast in bed then I’m sure she’ll be appreciative. Spending time with your loved ones, is after all, the most important!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel


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Mannaza Korean BBQ, Newcastle

Hello, Hi, Welcome,

So this week on the blog I decided to try writing a little foodie post as I’m always looking for new and different eating experiences to test out. At the weekend, my friend and I decided we wanted to see if anywhere in the North-East offered a Korean BBQ dining experience as we had both  learned about Korean BBQ through tv shows and online videos.

If you don’t know what Korean BBQ is, it’s basically where you cook chosen meats on a grill which is placed on your table at the restaurant. It’s a little different than just sitting down for a regular meal and it’s a huge phenomenon in Korea for social meetings.

Upon our search, we found Mannaza, a Korean restaurant which provides the barbeque cooking style we so badly wanted to try. Located just next to Blackfriars, the restaurant is easy to find and as it’s close to The Gate, it’s only a short walk to bars and the cinema if you’re looking to add more to your night.

Inside, the restaurant is a nice size. Not too big, not too small and has a friendly, warming atmosphere. We booked our table because I was unsure just how popular a Saturday night could get at Mannaza and I’m glad we did as there was a handful of people waiting for a table and we walked straight in to our reserved table.

The menu is extensive! There’s pretty much something for everyone, from vegetarians to seafood-lovers (I even spied that they serve octopus). It’s pretty simple to decipher as they have a ‘Self-Grill’ column which lets you know what options you can choose for the Korean BBQ dining. If you fancy something from the menu but don’t feel like cooking it yourself, there is the choice to have it cooked by the chef so don’t fret if the idea of self-grill is a bit daunting!

We went for the set menu for 2, which included a starter of dumplings (which were already cooked for us and delicious), a tray of marinated raw chicken (Yangnyeomdak-Gui) and a tray of marinated raw beef slices (Bulgogi) to cook on the grill, a side of kimchi and a side of spinach alongside 2 portions of sticky rice. All together I think the food came to £28.00 which we thought was pretty reasonable for what you were given.

When it came to the time for us to grill our meats, we were a little hesitant on how long we had to cook the slices for and if there was a desired ‘look’ for the dish we were meant to be grilling without completely burning the living daylights out of it. The slices of meat are sliced thinly for quick cooking and I cook quite regularly so I shouldn’t have been so worried about poisoning the both of us but I really am not equipped with any BBQ knowledge.

We managed to get the hang of it after the first few tester bits of meat (we literally cooked on bit at a time just to see what would happen) and ended up throwing the remainder of the meat all on the grill. If not a tiny bit stressful, it provided a boat load of giggles and a lot of fun and the end food product was absolutely delicious and filling!

I noticed on the menu that they also serve Korean wines and Sake, but we just went for the typical Pinot Grigio and Merlot to calm our anxiety after the hilarious food encounter.

I would highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary to try out! The prices are reasonable, the staff were helpful and the experience was great. I’d like to take a bigger group of friends next time just to see how we all cope. We also didn’t give ourselves food poisoning, hurrah!

Have you tried Korean BBQ or had any other fun dining experiences?

I hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll see you soon,

Chanel

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Better than GHDs? Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners Review

Hello,

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA these last two weeks but I unfortunately had to deal with the passing of a family member which has been very upsetting and I’ve needed the time to support my loved ones.

Today I bring you a new topic that I’ve yet to explore on this blog which is all about hair! Now I am not the best with my hair, I have thick, long auburn hair which is a nightmare to style without professional help so I usually just straighten it and that’s about as far as my skills stretch.

I used to have naturally curly hair but with years of straightening and blow drying my hair,  I’m left with a sort of frizzy mane with the occasional kink.

I’ve always been a huge fan of GHDs and used their products since I was in high school and I wasn’t really aware of a brand which topped GHDs in terms of quality and popularity. Until my parents bought me a pair of Cloud Nine straighteners for Christmas.

Cloud Nine? Who are they?

Cloud Nine are a haircare and styling brand which was developed by the creator of GHDs, Robert Powls. Launched in 2009, the brand pride themselves on allowing their clients to adapt their tools to cater for their own hair needs. The ceramic and smart technology used in the products promote healthier and happier hair, which sounds ideal to me! Cloud Nine don’t just stop at straighteners, they also have a curling wand, revolutionary heated rollers and a super savvy hairdryer.

The Review: The Touch Iron

The straightener I have is The Touch Iron which was developed in 2015 and claims to be the world’s fastest heating straighteners and they’re definitely not lying! The blades take seconds to heat up and all you have to do is tap them together to get instant heat.

I used a little bit of oil through my hair before blow drying and then sprayed all over with a heat protecting spray in preparation, just to try and keep my hair as less damaged as possible.

Here is my hair before I used The Touch Iron:

 

and after a quick 15-20 minutes of straightening, my hair looked so much sleeker:

My favourite feature on these straighteners are how quick and easy it is to change the temperature from 195°C to 165°C for anyone with finer hair, by clicking the blades together three times.

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The Touch Iron is only £115 which is in the same price range as the typical GHDs but I’m already seeing the benefits from using Cloud Nine, especially in terms of my hair feeling healthier and less damaged.

If you want to find out more about Cloud Nine or The Touch Iron then you can find their product range at https://www.cloudninehair.com/ 

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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Staycation: Seahouses + Holy Island

Happy Monday!

This weekend my parents and I decided to pack up our bags and travel one hour North to Seahouses and Holy Island. As we can’t fly with my mams condition, setting up the car and visiting places in the UK has become our escape from reality for a day or two. As we live in the North-East we have the best of every type of retreat, countryside, coast and city!

Seahouses is a little village in Northumbria which hosts a few pubs, a handful of shops and an arcade for the young ones (and also the child in all of us!). We stayed at a lovely little B&B called The Olde School House which was fantastic and had a big comfortable room, delicious breakfast and a very friendly host!

During the evening we had heard great things about The Olde Ship Inn so decided to try it out for ourselves. It was a little crowded but it added to the atmosphere of an old, village pub. Plus, I ordered a crab salad and it was bloody huge!

The next day we set off for Holy Island, somewhere I had never been before despite living only an hour away! If you’re thinking of visiting make sure you read when the tides come in and out otherwise you’re at risk of being stuck on the island as the causeway will be underwater!

I loved Holy Island and the quaint lifestyle the villagers seemed to lead. We had a look around the Parish Church and the beautiful stained glass windows. Holy Island is steeped in history, from religious escapades to Viking invasions and you can really feel how special the place is when you’re there.

We had a cheeky look where Lindisfarne Mead is made and slipped in a few tasters before making sure we left in plenty of time before the tide was due in!

We had a great few days and it felt amazing to just step back from the real world and enjoy some beautiful sights this country has to offer!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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