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This hotel was perfection!
I have recently written a review mentioning a hotel that was well over my usual budget... well this is it!
The 4* Green Bough hotel is situated on Hoole Road, Chester... great access for the centre of Chester by car, and not too far to walk if the weather is nice.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed in one of the four junior suites for one night which including breakfast put me back £99. This price was due to a late deal and is normally priced at £249.99 per night, to be honest, had I of paid full price I most definitely wouldn't of raving about it... then again I simply couldn't afford £250!
Reception & Staff:
I can't speak highly enough of the staff, we arrived at the hotel after a trip to Chester Zoo (also reviewed) at approximately 4:30 pm. We went to the front desk and were welcomed by a very welcoming, friendly female receptionist who signed us in and made polite conversation before showing us to our room. After this we didn't see her again but every member of staff couldn't have done any more to be of help with anything. They arranged a DVD and chocolates (complimentary) to be ready in the room for our return 9:00 to be shown to our seats and offered a wide selection of drinks and a breakfast menu. Service was extremely quick and there were no mistakes at all.
Absolutely amazing room! Very spacious with a large 4 poster bed right in the middle, there was a dressing table, full length mirror, full sized wardrobe & flat screen t.v, and still plenty of floor space to move about it comfortably. The en-suite was a very decent size, with a shower/bath at one end with a small dividing wall between that and the toilet and sink.
I couldn't have asked any more of the hotel! There was nothing that I would have changed about the night, it was a last night away for a while for myself and my girlfriend as she has just left for university so really was a perfect way to end the summer! Nothing but a huge thank you should go to everyone at the Green Bough hotel.
I stayed in Chester for a night on the 27th of August, the hotel we stayed at was way more upmarket than could normally afford but managed to get a good deal bed & breakfast. So for an evening meal I had looked online for vouchers etc. I found a deal of two main meals for £10 when you became a member of the Zizzi website. I had never heard of the restaurant before, so being a fan of Italian food thought I would give it a go!
Situated on Newgate Street it was easy to find and just near a multi-story car park so access was brilliant. So my girlfriend and I entered and were welcomed by a warm friendly atmosphere, and a waitress was over within seconds to show us to a table. It was only about 6:15 so there weren't too many people in yet so it wasn't hard to find us a table, however I liked that she gave us a choice of 3 tables rather than just sitting us in the closest one. She then gave us our menus, after commenting on my girlfriend's necklace (another pleasant, friendly touch), then left us to browse the menus before a different waitress would come to take our order.
We shared a starter of Garlic Bread (£3.75) together which was really tasty, if anything slightly too much garlic for my liking but it was all eaten without delay! For mains I ordered a 'Sofia Pizza' which is described on the menu as 'Spicy chicken, pepperoni, oven roasted sausage, tomato, mozzarella, finished with green chilli and fresh rosemary' priced at £8.95. My girlfriend chose the 'Ciabatta Pollo' which is described on the menu as 'Chicken, avocado, red onion, aioli, seasonal mixed leaves, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, served on toasted garlic ciabatta bread' priced at £8.50.
The sizes of each meal were in stark contrast, the Ciabatta Pollo had been finished before I had eaten half of my pizza! And whilst I was left completely satisfied by my food my girlfriend was left still quite peckish despite really enjoying the meal. I found it odd that there was such a difference in portion sizes when only paying 45p more for my meal.
For dessert we both ordered a Torta Cioccolata, the write up on the menu describing it as 'Rich chocolate torte on a thick hazelnut chocolate base, served with vanilla mascarpone' priced at £4.75. I was really impressed with this as a dessert, when ordering they ask if you would like a scoop of ice cream with it also, which of course I said yes to! It was very rich and having never tried chocolate torte before I thought it was a fairly small portion but after eating it I think anymore would have been needless and would have began to get quite sickly.
The bill came in at around £35 including drinks which I was pleased about, we had both thoroughly enjoyed our meal, portion size of one of the mains being the only downside, but the food was amazing and the staff couldn't have done any more. I would definitely return to eat there again.
More of a heads up than a review!
I am on the mailing list for a site called magicfreebies which compile all offers and freebies available across the net, at the start of this week I recieved an email and the top offer was free prints on snapfish!
Snapfish is a photo printing site that can upload and store your images on and then get your favourites printed!
Normally I'm quite reluctant to use these sites as I have a photo quality printer at home and they quite often charge through the roof for postage from these sites. However this promotion is for free postage & packaging, which alone isn't great but if you aren't a member yet you get 30 free prints when you sign up. Which when combined with the promotion code 'SUMMERDEL' for free delivery equals 30 photos completey free and delivered to your door.
Only downside is that this free P&P promo ends on the 5th of September, so move fast and make the most of this fantastic offer!
-Once the free trial of 30 prints has been used prices start from 9p a print. There is also a 'Prepay and Save' deal which reduces print prices to start from 5p per print.
-Prints delivered within 1-3 days.
-Photo gifts (Books, Calenders, Cards) also available, these however take approximately 3-7 days delivery time.
-Once uploaded it is possible to enhance & edit your pictures through software on Snapfish.
I realise I havn't written about my experience but this is because I am yet to use the service, I will be making the most of it before the offer ends but simply wrote this review to inform of the offer, once I have recieved my photos I will edit this and give a full review into the process.
So check back!
I took a couple of days off from work to make the most of the last bank holiday of the year, and made it into a 5 day weekend. My girlfriend is leaving for university at the end of the month so whilst I was off I thought we would make the most of it and spend a couple of days in Chester. On route to our hotel we stopped at Chester Zoo for the afternoon, I hadn't been for years so was quite looking forward to it! So we parked up, the zoo offer a huge car park with several over flow car parks, all of which are free for as long as you are there which I thought was good as they could charge whatever they want as there isn't anywhere else nearby to park for free! So after a short walk down to the entrance we were pleasantly surprised to find no queues, probably because of the time we got there (2pm) but still was expecting it to be a little busier after seeing the amount of cars in the car park. Admission charges through the high season are as follows;
Donation Standard Group
Adult £16.45 £14.95 £11.45
Children (3-15 years inclusive) £12.45 £11.30 £10.45
Infant (2 and under) Free Free Free
Concessions £14.95 £13.55 £10.45
Family (two adults + two children) £55.00 £50.00 -
Concessions apply to senior citizens, students, visitors with disabilities and carer accompanying disabled visitor. The donation column is what they would like you pay, it means the difference between that and the standard is made as a charitable donation to help animals across the world. If making this donation as I did you will be asked if you are a taxpayer and then give in a couple of details so that they can claim gift aid from the government which adds an extra 28% to your donation but costs you nothing.
So we got in and were pleased to see toilets just by the entrance as it had been a long drive, both male & (from what I was told) female toilets were both really clean. There were also disabled toilets and a baby change unit in the same place so everyone was catered for!
Once we were sorted we had a look on the map (included in admission price) to what was were & which was the best way to go about getting to see everything we wanted to, We decided that whilst we had quite a bit of time it would probably be best to try and see the most popular animals first just in case we took longer than expected! So starting with the elephants we went in a clockwise direction around the zoo. I was really pleased that the enclosures were so big, I wasn't expecting to see uncomfortably small enclosures but these on the whole couldn't have been more spacious. I won't go into detail about each animal as I could talk all day but everyone's favourites were there as well as a few quite spectacular additions since I last visited such as the Jaguar house and the Bear enclosure.
During our visit we stopped for an ice cream at one of the stalls, these were incredibly over priced but whilst we were out didn't mind paying. We also stopped for a drink which to my surprise were a quite reasonable price, can't remember exactly how much but was plenty of change from a tenner! We found that the 4 hours we allowed ourselves was probably the minimum amount of time we could get round in but still didn't see absolutely everything. It would be very easy to spend the whole day there!
I would recommend this huge attraction to anyone, thoroughly enjoyed my day out. Quite reasonably priced for what it is as well.
I work 9-5 in an office, anybody who has read earlier reviews or my profile may know I am on abit of a health drive at the moment. I normally bring in my own lunch (saves money & generally abit healthier) but today I was rushed off my feet and didn't get chance before leaving the house.
So Plan B, use the sandwich van that turns up everyday to rob us all blind!
I was pleasently surprised to find an offer of- *Credit Crunch Lunch-Sandwich, crisps & a can for £2* So I thought I wouldn't beat that, picked out my chicken salad sandwich, followed by some Prawn Cocktail Quavers and then it was a toss up between Pepsi or 7up.
I chose 7up and I am massively disappointed! I am still drinking it purely due to the fact that I have bought it but apart from the first to mouth fulls I haven't enjoyed it at all.
The sugar content is quite astonishing, each 330ml can contains 35g of sugar! Thats 39% of your daily allowance! I can feel it on my teeth every time they touch and it is a horrible feeling!
I know the sugar content is so high to provide taste but I just feel this is excessive and wonder why it isn't lower. It is no wonder obesity levels are rising with the tendency to take the easy quick options nowadays fizzy drinks like 7up are helping no-one. Also priced at around 60p in most places it isn't too expensive.
I fancy keeping my teeth, so for that reason i'm not going to be drinking 7up again!
Whoever said good things come in small packages was definately right!
Chicago Towns deep dish pizza are possibley my favourite pre-packaged food ever, definately the best pizzas.
£1.50-£2.00 (box of two 170g pizzas)
Nutritional Info (per pizza):
Sat Fat- 8.2g
Ham & Pineapple
As I have previously stated I love them! The ratio of base to topping is perfect and the crisp outer shell with the soft inner gives great texture. If you are on a diet or watching your weight these really aren't great, as for a meal I need two to be satisfied equalling close to half your guideline daily calorie intake! But for a treat every now and again these little pizzas are fantastic! Even knowing this I would choose Chicago Town over any other brand every day of the week if asked and would recommend them to all of you!
Treat yourselves :)
Did Alonso really have that much impact upon the team?!
I realise he is a truely world class player & knew it was a step backwards when he was sold but honestly didn't think for a moment the fall would struggle quite so much without the midfield playmaker!
Everybody knows nothing is won or lost in the first three games of the season but if Liverpool are to be true title contendors losing 2 out of 3 without playing any of the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal is just unthinkable. Last season Liverpool lost just two games across the whole of last season yet still got pipped to the head of the Premier League by North-West rivals Manchester United.
I have supported Liverpool for as long as I can remember, I have never been so disappointed to see a player go as I was this summer when Xabi Alonso departed, his replaqcement Alberto Aquilani (an injury prone 25 year old from Roma) could prove to be a shrewd move, but as of yet he is unproven in the English League. We have lacked consistency and our substitute bench must be amongst the worst in the league. We have Babel and Voronin, both capable of a goal but you wouldn't go putting any money on it. I feel Rafa has a 'Plan A' with the starting 11 players, but if things need changing, at the moment, there simply isn't the resources.
I am looking at this from a biased point of view but I still feel Liverpool could target 2nd, before the first game I predicted;
3. Manchester United
But I now feel even 2nd is unlikely if we continue how we started, there are several teams looking strong at the start of the season (Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, Arsenal) and I feel at least one of them will sustain this good form.
My hope is that Aquilani, Agger and El Zhar return from injury at least to improve options on the bench, and Liverpool manage to start to show the consistency we finished with last season.
Adrian Chiles is god.
His Brummy humour supplies constant laughs through the analysis of each game! Supported by varying guests from Alan Hansen to Lee Dixon with the occasional manager popping in every now and then they really do get 'the last word on the weekends action'.
Its purpose is to show highlights of Sundays matches before rounding up the best of the action from Saturday. Since the domination of skysports upon kick off times there is almost always one team out of the 'big four' playing on a Sunday, for this reason a second match of the day has started.
Its light hearted approach makes it more appealing to the non-supporter of football, for instance, I still live at home with family and this is the only time my mum will sit with myself, two brothers & dad to watch any kind of sport.
The final segment on MOTD2 is a piece named 'Too Good, Too Bad' this again is hilarious, rounding up the best and worst skill, mistakes, fans, trips & falls, pieces of interview etc. This 5 minute segment alone is worth watching the other 55 minutes of the show for!
I went through the whole of last season and only missed 1 MOTD2, I definately plan to better that this year!
Long live sport on the BBC!
I have recently decided to begin eating healthy and starting more exercise, I am now in training for a 10k and half marathon next year, this is how I found my new favourite snack!
My crisp of choice has always been doritos, and since stopping some of the sports I was involved in and getting a desk job it has begun to show! I went out to a local supermarket for lunch in search of something that wasn't packed with calories and fat but still gave me the feeling that I wasn't being overly healthy! I could only find Walkers Sunbites in multi-packs but decided it was worth a try, they are sold as a low fat wholegrain snack, nowhere does it mention the amazing taste! I am never confident of getting a good tasting snack when looking for something healthy but this was different.
Each 28g bag contains just 9% of your guidline daily allowance (gda) of fat and just 7% of your gda of calories! Also boasting a content level of 67% wholegrain there really is nothing unhealthy about this snack.
Despite these low levels of naughtiness Walkers have still managed to produce an irrisistable taste, initially very creamy yet ended with a slight hint of pepper, when eating the taste is not over-powering however I wouldn't be confident to go on a date just after eating them!
Walkers Sunbites are well worth the slightly higher price tag put on them of, £1.45 for a 6x25g multi-pack (Ocado).
The Sour Cream & Black Pepper was my favourite flavour for a while until I found the new (possibley limited) Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli flavour, which are sold seperately but as of yet I have only seen them in Home & Bargain (I live in the North-West), but I have no doubt they are worth travelling out of my way for. They offer a far greater taste, there is a slight chilli kick but nothing too hot, and are actually slightly lower in calories & fat content... I would recomend these to anyone that can find them!
Walkers Sunbites are well worth the slightly higher price tag put on them of, £1.45 for a 6x25g multi-pack (Ocado).