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    Monday, 11 April 2016

    A WEEKEND AWAY...

    I haven't told you about what I got up to on my Easter break yet have I?

    Well, Tom and I decided it was time for a road-trip. We packed up our bags and jumped in the car and set off from Liverpool to one of our favourite cities - Manchester
    We checked in at the beautiful Townhouse Hotel which is right in the city centre and provides the perfect base for exploring the city. 

    Formerly a cotton warehouse, the exterior is made from gorgeous red brickwork but the inside of the hotel is modern and sleek. We had a quick peek in our spacious room, where I was transfixed by the gorgeous bathroom and the generous supply of toiletries....
    before dumping off our bags and heading to the hotel bar for a glass of fizz before setting out into Manchester
    First stop was one of our favourite bars The Alchemist on New York Street ....
    for a glass of Prosecco and a bottle of peroni while we looked over the cocktail menu. 
    The Alchemist bars are part of the Living Ventures brand who are renowned for their expertise in cocktail making as soon as I spied the 'Solero' on the menu, I had to order it

    Kettle One Vodka, passoa, lemon, lime, apple, orange and mango syrup all garnished with white chocolate foam...
    which we naturally washed down with some serious looking shots!
    All that alcohol needing soaking up with some food so we ventured towards Spinningfields, home to some of the best restaurants in Manchester to find ourselves some grub. 

    There could only be one choice. Burgers and ice-cream at our favourite restaurant, Neighbourhood which also has a brilliant bar, complete with DJ, so you can dance off those calories after dinner.
    Full of delicious food and lots of drink, we staggered back to our room and got tucked up in our comfy bed for the night
    The next day, we got up bright and early and headed down for breakfast before making tracks back to Liverpool...
    taking a detour via Crosby beach where we made some new friends in the form of the Anthony Gormley statues!
    Back in town, we headed down to the Albert Dock to watch the sun-set from The Pumphouse which overlooks the Mersey.

    We took a walk around Liverpool One, spent a leisurely few hours shopping and worked up an appetite so we made our way over to Bold Street where we found KO grill. A recently opened Eastern grill restaurant specialising in meats and curries...
    We shared the signature karahi curry...
    ..and the grilled lamb chops which were our favourite. We were also eyeing up the mixed grill that the table next to us ordered so have already made a mental note to come back and try it.
    The home-made naans cooked in the restaurant's clay tandoor also deserve a special mention. We ordered the peshwari naan, filled with a sweet mixture of almonds, raisins and cashews - buttery, fluffy perfection!
    If you ever find yourself in Liverpool, I highly recommend you head to the KO Grill or anywhere on Bold Street in-fact. It's fast becoming one of the best areas in Liverpool to eat!

    Once we'd finished up our food, it was sadly time for me to make my way to Liverpool Lime Street to say goodbye to Tom for another week and head back to London.

    A brilliant bank holiday spent with my favourite person so I hope you enjoyed hearing about it!

    The Alchemist Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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