Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hen Party Part II

Hello and welcome to part II of the Marvellous Manchester weekend...if you missed part I (where were you?!?), you can read that down below.  But today I thought I would share with you where we stayed and what we got up to in Manchester, so let's begin! 

We all boarded the train to Manchester early on Saturday morning.  We arrived and checked into the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester which is a gorgeous hotel in the centre of Manchester. It is 47 storeys high and apparently can be seen by 10 English counties on a clear day! The rooms are lovely and the views are amazing as you would expect.  We unpacked, freshened up and made our way out into the city of Manchester.   

We were booked in for the afternoon high tea at the Grand Pacific at Australasia. A gorgeous restaurant in Manchester city centre.  The high tea was an afternoon tea with a twist.  It came in two "waves". The first wave was a three tier sushi and salad selection served with a glass of the Spee’ Wah Australian ‘champagne’.  The second wave was a selection of the most beautiful and frankly yummiest desserts.  It was something a little bit different to your normal afternoon tea in the most perfect and relaxed setting.

Saturday evening was spent getting ready, using the hotel spa and swimming pool and getting ready for the night ahead.  We began the night at Cloud 23 which is actually on the 23rd floor of the Hilton hotel. It is well worth a visit for the amazing views and delicious cocktails. The bar is open to non-residents of the hotel but I would advise booking beforehand via their website so you don't have to queue. 

There was lots of drinking, dancing and laughing as we visited local bars. We did randomly end up in the local Subway (yes, as in eat fresh Subway!) for a quick snack half way through the evening.  A girls got to have some carbs before she dances the night away!!!

We booked Artisan for Sunday lunch before we all boarded the train home. You HAVE to go here.  The surroundings, service and food was unbelievable.  The menu has everything from burgers and wood fired pizza's to traditional Sunday roasts at reasonable prices too. I have not a bad word to say about this restaurant. You just have to go!  

No, I didn't eat all of this and then have a chocolate pudding. No. That just didn't happen. No. Ok, that's exactly what happened. 

We headed home with full bellies (some fuller than others!) and amazing memories. I cannot recommend the places we went to enough. And did you know the Manchester Christmas markets start next week? What better time to take a little trip to Manchester! I am visiting the markets next week so stay tuned for some festive market blogging coming your way

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, 

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  1. What a fab weekend! And I LOVE that you ate that burger - yummmmm! P.S. Sorry to hear your knees are broken after your first half marathon - I know how you feel... *rubs knees*

    1. Thank you! I think my knees are well and truly broken...hoping with some more rest I can start my running again! x