Review: The Malvern Spa

I really do love a spa day, and have enjoyed quite a few lovely luxurious places over the last few years, but the chance for Spa days are few and far between now the little one has arrived. So when we were invited down to enjoy the facilities at The Malvern Spa for the day I was determined to fit it in!

Last week during half term both Lee and I had some annual leave booked, so took advantage of Imogen now being in nursery and headed down the motorway for an hour into Worcestershire. For some reason I was expecting the Spa Hotel to be deep in the countryside but as it happens its more in the town than I anticipated and easy to find.

We were welcomed by the lovely spa hostesses, who go through your day with you and let you what to expect, where to get refreshments and how the lunch or afternoon tea process works, depending on what type of package you have booked, and then give you a quick tour of the facilities. The entrance foyer was a lovely relaxing space, where you can revisit throughout the day to have a drink or snack or just relax.

We only had a few hours in the spa itself before our afternoon tea at 2pm, so didn’t opt for any particular treatments, choosing just to relax instead.

The facilities here at the spa are second to none with a unique 20m indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool accommodating numerous individual features including vigorous bubble massage stations, powerful water jets, gentle hydrotherapy beds, and spacious, relaxing booths for you to chillout whilst  soaking in the warmed Malvern spring waters. I can’tell you how impressed I was with the pool area and the pool itself, definitely one of the best I’ve seen.

You can enjoy hot and cold drinks by the pools as well which is a bonus, as many spas only allow water poolside. As well as the amazing pool, you can also enjoy the Crystal Steam Room with a fibre-optic ceiling display, infused with essential oils, Salt Grotto, Herb Sauna and a Kelo Sauna – one of only 10 in the UK, this unique rustic sauna is constructed from naturally fragrant wood found only in the arctic circle. I enjoyed the choice of steam rooms and saunas – and found the crystal steam room one of the best I’ve been in recently!

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There are also fragrant showers, a foot spa area, ice fountain and bucket drench shower filled with icy water to complete the experience. (And yes, we both dared the ice cold bucket shower!) If you’re feeling energetic there is also a fitness suite to get your gym fix too, or at the other end of the scale a dimly lit relaxation room to read or snooze your time away.

We had a lovely few hours in the spa and came away feeling a lot more relaxed than when we had entered.

Alongside the foyer is the bar and restaurant. I found it a rather perfunctory space, not really in keeping with the rest of the spa, it was here we were to have our afternoon tea.

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We sat down for afternoon tea at 2pm, when the lunch for the spa day guests was still in full swing, so if you want the area a bit more peaceful I would opt for a little later. We were offered a choice of tea or coffee, but it was a bit disappointing that there was no choice of teas, just their standard tea, whatever that was.

According to the website description, for the Afternoon Tea you can expect ‘a selection of finely cut sandwiches, fancies and freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream’. When the tea arrived we were a little disappointed that its appearance didn’t really live up to either that description or the pictures on the website, it wasn’t as refined as we had expected. No one explained what was on the afternoon tea until we asked or offered us any refills on the tea either.

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I would question whether the scones and cakes were homemade, which I think is so important for an afternoon tea. The scones themselves and the carrot cake were the best of the sweet treats.

Without question I would go back to the Malvern Spa as we LOVED the spa facilities, but I’m not sure I would book an afternoon tea again, perhaps the savoury lunch options may have been better.

Thanks to the Malvern Spa for inviting us down to try out the facilities and the afternoon tea. 

 

 

Review: The Fighting Cocks, Moseley

Since we live in the north of the city, we don’t often get to explore areas like Moseley as much as we should. We have visited the Fighting Cocks before a few years ago with friends, but I didn’t really remember much about it. So when we were kindly invited down to take a look at the new menu we were keen to see what this old pub had to offer.

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Our Holiday to Menorca

Back at the end August we took off on our first foreign holiday with Imogen to Cala N Bosch in Menorca. We had an absolutely lovely time, our hotel was great with a lovely pool and the resort it self was so family friendly.

Take a look at the few photo highlights below, but I also did some filming whilst we were there so I love it if you’d take a look at the video, and if you enjoy head over to my youtube channel and subscribe !

The Marina at dusk

Chillin

Beautiful cove nearby

such amazingly clear water

The pool

A family of Flip Flops

Selfie!

Just some of the yummy food we had – Beef Carpaccio

Goats Cheese Salad

Hanging Kebab

Goofin around

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Kitchen Bites #25: August & September 2017

This months Kitchen Bites is in a slightly different format – a video! I thought I would film a video over for my youtube channel of all this months yummy goodies, so instead of replicating it here, I’ve linked the video below!

We’ve got oaty goodness from Quaker, healthy chickpea crips from Hippeas, noodles, spice blends and a few cookbooks to look at too!

I hope you enjoy, and I’d love you to let me know what you think in the comments!

Review: The Meat Shack

Given our usual tardiness at checking out new places in Birmingham these days, you’d be forgiven for not expecting this review for another year or so. But occasionally we just go and pull it out the bag!

The Meat Shack have recently opened up a permanent place on Thorp Street (near the Hippodrome) so we went along a couple of days before our holiday to check it out. Randomly, Lee used to actually work in that same building many moons ago when it was another restaurant, so the space was strangely familiar yet very different.

There’s a nice small selection of drinks – Lee tried a Sadlers Peaky Blinder.

But let’s get to the food. We’re no strangers to The Meat Shack’s ‘filthy dripping goodness’ burgers, with their never ending lines at street food events underlining just how popular they are. I can’t say I’m not glad to be able to sit and wait for that cooked to order burger though, rather than stand!

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I ordered the Buffalo Blue burger – with blue cheese, american cheese, candy bacon crumb, iceberg, red onion, blue cheese dressing and frankys buffalo sauce. I’ve had this one only once before and love the salty and spicy combination so much.

Lee went for a Dutch Piggy – dripping such cheese, american cheese, streaky bacon, iceberg, red onion, pickle, ketchup and chipayo, one he had not tried before, but kept up their reputations for being some of the best burgers in the city.

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We also tried the Shack attack fries (skin on fries with green chilli relish and Holy F*ck Suace) and sides of onion rings and frickles (fried pickles). We looooooved the Frickles, which made a great addition to the burgers. The fries, although nothin wrong with them, could have been so much more, which was our only (very minor) criticism.

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The burgers certainly live up to their tag line and as usual we loved every single bite. The city is a really great place now for burgers, with these guys and OPM doing a trade down in Digbeth so let’s hope there’s room in the city for both to thrive!


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