Monthly Archives: January 2016

Full On!

The weekend started early for Alison, when she met a friend she had not seen for a year and they went to Artisan in Spiningfelds, where they had cocktails and lunch .  They had a mojito and a purple lady to drink and the Satay chicken, chilli, onion & yoghurt
in a folded flat bread and the pulled pork sandwich with homemade crinkle cut chips to eat.  Alison said the cocktails were nice but the food was not up to the usual standard and whilst the service was good there was a bit of a cock-up over the bill, but this was sorted quickly.  I then met them at the Royal Exchange for special FX, their free Friday entertainment in the Great Hall, this Friday it was The Flat Cap 3, a very good jazz group who play everything from old time standards to modern pop and some of their own stuff.  I had some beers and the ladies shared a bottle of prosecco.

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From here after walking Alison’s friend back to her train we stopped off at The Fitzgerald, where Alison had a Smoked Rum Old Fashioned (Diplomatico Reserva and Havana Especial Rums, cherry and Angostura Bitters served in a sealed bottle with cherry smoke) and I had a Sazerac (Martell VS, Sazerac Rye, Peychaud bitteIMG_1331.JPGrs and an absinthe rinse) and very nice they were too, this is a place we will be going back to.  From there we went to one of our favourite places, Mr Coopers House and Garden, here we went for a couple of classics a mojito for Alison and a long island iced tea for myself, we also had snacks, home baked sourdough bread, whipped butter and salt flakes, and some caramel, chilli and black pepper popcorn.  IMG_1335From there it was a tram back to Sale where we called into Vida for a porn star martini and a pint of Peroni, before going home.

Saturday evening was spent with good friends at the Nomads for a panto reunion again a night of beer and prosecco.  There was karoke, laughs and interesting conversations and I guess some sore heads in the morning!1

Sunday, a day of rest, not for us!  After a leisurely breakfast in bed it was off to the Horse and Jockey in Chorlton to help Jeff celebrate his birthday.  We decided to get some exercise by walking there, we went down the canal tow both from Dane Road to Stretford, then down Edge lane, this was made more interesting by Emma coming with us with the dogs!  Bruno kept insisting he wanted to go for a swim!  The Horse and Jockey has changed hands since the last time we were there and is now owned by Holts brewery.  It is brighter inside and there were lots of families in and it was very busy, it was Sunday afternoon.  From there Alison took me to the Launderette on Beech Road, this is somewhere Alison had been before but I had not, when we arrived we were offed the choice of sitting outside or inside, we opted for outside and with the awning and heaters it was very pleasant, although it was a very mild night.  We started with cocktails a Launderette Porn Star for Alison and a Jerk Daiquiri for me (Red Leg spiced rum, Kings Ginger, Blossoms Mango, lime and jerk seasoning, served with a pineapple slice).  To eat we shared a stater of Arancini, these were deep fried, breaded goats cheese balls, served on a roasted butternut squash puree with rocket, for our mains we had a caesar salad with chicken and anchovies, which Alison said was very good but a little light on the caesar dressing, although when we asked for more it came straight away.  I had the Toulouse sausage and haricot bean cassoulet, which as tasty but with a little to much bread crumbs on

the top which made it too dry.  We then had one of their share cocktails, Night at the Drive In (Absolut vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, passion fruit puree and slated caramel syrup, topped with prosecco and a scoop of popcorn).  For dessert we shared a chocolate brownie and ice cream.  It had a nice atmosphere and the staff were friendly, we will definitely be back.  Then it was back home to bed so we could be up early to get into work for a rest!

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New Year and Beyond

A little bit late with this post, but in my defense I have been ill and it is panto season so have been busy as well!  For New Year Alison and I went away with IMG_1309three friends Diane, Ross and Jenny.  We went to the Gower and stayed at Parc-Le-Breos a Victorian hunting lodge set in the grounds of a Norman deer park no less.  Our friends arrived on the Wednesday and we on the Thursday evening, as Alison was working.  Upon arrival we were shown to our room which was above the entrance hall, it had everything you needed although the wardrobe was a little small and there were only three coat hangers and using the door key was an acquired skill!

IMG_1299The place was very nicely decorated for Christmas with a huge tree.  There was the main dining room which had a roaring wood burner, a conservatory which would be lovely in the summer but a little cold in the winter, a large sitting room with leather couches and chairs and wood burner (not lit), a games room with table tennis and pool and a guest kitchen with brewing facilities, fridge and microwave, it also had a couple of leather arm chairs to make a nice little reading nook.

For New Years Eve there was a buffet for an extra £18 pounds, it was very basic and to be honest not that well cooked, they did supply red and white wine and orange and apple juice. After the buffet we had a table tennis and pool tournament, modesty prevents me from telling who won!

The breakfasts however were very good. As I was not feeling too good I did not have the full Welsh, but those that did said it was very good.  I had scrabbled egg which was good and the continental consisted of croissant, cheeses and cooked meats which again those that had it said was good.

After breakfast we went for a hearty walk recommended on the hotel website, which finished at the Gower Inn, where it would have been rude not to go in for a drink!  The beer drinkers amongst us tried the beer from the Gower Brewery, Gower Gold, which is a golden hoppy ale, followed by a Gower Rumour, a stronger ruby red ale, this was my favourite but they were both good.  Whilst we were there we booked for our evening meal, before going back to the hotel for a rest and wash and brush up.  We arrived at the Gower Inn for our evening meal and it was very quiet, in fact there were only another 4 people in, a change from the afternoon when it was packed.  To eat Alison had, the Creamy Fisherman’s Pie, I had the Classic Burger, Ross Chicken Jalfrezi, Diane British Beef, Rioja & Chorizo Slow-Cooked Pie, with mash and Jenny had sirloin steak, bearnaise sauce with mash, all were very good.  From there it was back to the hotel for a few drinks and a few more drinks and a game of charades.

After breakfast the next day our friends left for home whilst we went to BwlNew Innch in the Brecon Beacons to visit my daughter and ex in-laws.  Whilst there we went to the local pub, the New Inn which is an excellent local pub with good beer, good food and friendly locals. It is also a backpacker hostel.  The food was excellent and all home made. There is a changing specials board from which Alison had the sweet potato and goats cheese lasagne and I had the Welsh Black beef pie.  As I say the food was excellent and I would definitely recommend this pub if you are ever in the area.  The next day after a slight delay because I had locked my keys in the car we set off home!

After the panto on Sunday we tried a new restaurant in Sale, Borrello.  It is on the site of what used to be Mimi, it has been complimage21etely refurbished and the decor is very nice.

We had a garlic bread tomato which was good and large enough for two to share, for the main Alison had Penne al Salmone, penne pasta, salmon, cherry tomatoes, pink pepper corns and vodka, I had Tagliolini al tatufo, tagliolini pasta, smoked pancetta, cream and truffle, both were very tasty. For dessert I had Tartufo with flaming sambuca and Alison ordered the creme brulee, but this was off so she went for an espresso martini instead.  Mine was boozy and tasty, but it did take the waiter some time to light it Alison’s martini was a little small and not very well mixed but tasted ok.  It is a good restaurant with good food although the service was a little iffy and they need to work on their cocktail skills, that said we will be going back.