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A City Break in Manchester

A city break in Manchester is well worth, given it is one the most vibrant and varied cities in the UK. Whether you want shopping, culture or sport, you’ll find plenty within close reach of most Manchester hotels.

Culture in a City Break in Manchester

The city’s splendid architecture ranges from the iconic Town Hall to the beautiful St Mary’s Catholic church, known to locals as a hidden gem. There’s a wide range of museums, too, from the Manchester Art Gallery to the Museum of Science & Industry.

Manchester has traditionally been second only to London for theatre, and your city break can take in a trip to the Royal Exchange, the Opera House and many more stages. You can also visit iconic sites connected with Manchester’s television industry, from Media City to a tour of Coronation Street and the Rovers Return itself

City Break Manchester Hotel Gotham Honey Restaurant

Music and Nightlife in Manchester

While the heady days of “Madchester” are gone, the city still offers plenty of music venues, from the vast Manchester Arena to the legendary Roadhouse. Manchester’s rich nightlife ranges from the sophistication of the Cloud 23 bar to clubbing at Gorilla, or the vibrant, varied bars of the Northern Quarter. There’s excellent nightlife within easy reach of the Hotel Gotham for example as well as its own Club Brass where you’ll have membership for the duration of your stay.

Shopping in Manchester

Manchester has all the major shops you’d expect, but it’s also rich in specialist and boutique shops. The Arndale, the Trafford Centre and the Lowry Outlet Mall leave you spoilt for choice, while Afflecks offer quirky, independent fashion stores. The best area, though, for independent shops is the Northern Quarter, offering everything from crafts and design to classic vinyl records and world famous upmarket brands, such as Vivienne Westwood and Hermes.

City Break Manchester hotel room

Sport in Manchester

Many visitors to Manchester undoubtedly come for a trip to either Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, depending on their preferences, but the football fan can also enjoy the National Football Museum. Old Trafford is also the home of Lancashire Cricket Club and has hosted memorable Test Matches, while the Manchester Velodrome is Britain’s earliest indoor Olympic cycling track.

Eating Out in Manchester

You can find whatever type of restaurant you’re looking for in a city break in Manchester, whether it’s The French by Simon Rogan, with two Michelin Stars, the 2 AA rosette Honey Restaurant at Hotel Gotham or the informality of Northern Soul Grilled Cheese. You can also find almost any ethnic food you might want, and Manchester’s Chinatown, reputedly the biggest in Europe, is well worth a visit.

If you want to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Manchester is well supplied with first-rate cafés — Moose Coffee and Home Sweet Home are both excellent choices.

City Break Manchester View

This has only scratched the surface — Manchester’s attraction for a city break range from parks to trips on the Manchester Ship Canal. And the city’s Metrolink tram system can take you anywhere and back to your Manchester hotels for just £5 a day.

So why not book your city break using the Hotel Gotham as your base by following this link to find out availability and some great rates!

Afternoon Tea — As English as Roses

There’s nothing that evokes old-world England quite like afternoon tea. In the 19th century, and well into the 20th, it united the aristocracy and working classes as the country came to a halt at four o’clock for sandwiches, scones, cakes — and, of course, tea made the old fashioned way. As the old popular song put it, “everything stops for tea”.

Today, we might throw a tea-bag into a cup, but most of us don’t have time to stop for a full afternoon tea. We still love it, though, whenever we have the opportunity indulge ourselves at a tea-room or hotel.

Bespoke - Risley Hall Hoetl

 

Afternoon Tea in Hotels

If you’re in London, tea at a hotel like Claridges or the Dorchester is a treat everyone no one should deny themselves, but a hotel doesn’t have to be that famous or expensive for the experience to be special. Properties up and down the country offer this service both to guests and non-guests.

If you’re staying there, a traditional tea can make your break extra special. Or, if you’re in the vicinity of the right hotel, you can pop in and enjoy the elegance just as it should be.

Afternoon Tea 1

Here are just a few of the hotels around the country that offer afternoon tea:

  • Hallmark Carlisle Hotel — In the heart of the historic city of Carlisle, the Hallmark offers a comprehensive tea menu in the bar or brasserie. It’s popular, though, so you’ll need to book.
  • Tigerlily — A chic hotel in the centre of Edinburgh, Tigerlily’s celebrated restaurant offers tea either cosily inside or at its pavement tables on George Street in summer.
  • Hotel Gotham — A listed art-deco building in mid-town Manchester, the Hotel Gotham serves tea at any time between 2.30pm and 6pm.
  • Inn on the Lake — By contrast, the Lake District’s Inn on the Lake offers stunning views over Ullswater while you take your tea in either the Lake View Lounge or the Orangery.
  • The Grosvenor Arms — Situated in the picturesque Dorset town of Shaftesbury, the Grosvenor Arms serves tea in its restaurant.
  • Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff — This elegant hotel in the middle of one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts offers both traditional and themed teas.Afternoon Tea in Your Area

    Of course, these are just a handful of the many hotels around the country serving afternoon tea. Whether you’re on holiday or a day out, or whether you’d like to treat yourself close to home, check out your area for hotels to visit.

Reasons to head over the sea to Isle of Skye in March

The Isle of Skye is an area of spectacular beauty and incredible wildlife.  For those looking for a rugged paradise, it’s pretty hard to beat the mystical island off the West coast of Scotland that’s connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge.

No surprise then that in the summer, when the wildlife is at its most abundant (think whales, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks), this quiet bolt-hole is a most popular destination for tourists, drawn by its historic reputation and starring role in Hollywood movies like Stardust, Flash Gordon, and of course the 1948 film of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Isle of Skye Landscapes
Skye Landscapes

Undoubtedly the summer is a very special time of the year.  However, the quieter months of March and April have their own particular brand of magic as well, without feeling as though you’re too hot on the well-beaten tourist trail.  All of this makes it an ideal last minute getaway before it becomes impossible to find anywhere to book in peak season.

It is in these spring months when the days are getting longer and attractions start to open again in the tiny villages and historic keeps that the year’s first wild flowers emerge, with violets and primroses peaking above the ground.  It’s also one of the best months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, second to October.

The black Cuillins, Isle of Skye
The black Cuillins, Skye

In April the birdlife becomes more abundant again, with gannets, black guillemots and other seabirds returning to the cliffs, while lambing season also begins on the Isle’s numerous farms.

Everywhere you stay on Skye has its own story to tell and enhances the experience in its own unique way. The Dunollie Hotel is set by the water at Broadford Bay at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. As such it is peaceful and quiet, and always has a welcome Drambuie available after a day of exploration.

The Kings Arms Hotel meanwhile in the pretty village of Kyleakin dates back to the 1600s and is one of the oldest hotels on the island.  It’s all about open fires and panoramic views across the Kyle of Lochalsh to mainland Scotland when you stay here, and it’s also known for traditional cuisine from fresh, local ingredients, characterized by seafood and game.

Dunollie Hotel Isle of Skye

With an altogether different vibe however, is The Kyle Hotel on the other side of the Kyle of Lochalsh.  Perfect as a base for exploring the mountains, enjoying the local wildlife and visiting the nearby Talisker Distillery nearby, it is more contemporary than its counterparts and is just a 10-minute walk from the town’s railway station and Skye Bridge, as well as being just short distance from the shores of Loch Alsh.

The overarching beauty of the Isle of Skye is that it really embodies everything you need for the ultimate escape – spectacular beauty in its most natural form, history, culture, as well as peace and quiet.  The best part is that you don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy it; the time is now!  But don’t tell everyone, let’s keep it our little secret.

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Top Five Coastal Hotels in the UK to Visit in the Spring

Once you’ve fallen in love with the UK coastline it’s nigh on impossible to resist the draw of salt in the air, sand between your toes and the occasional spot of sunshine as well.  Long walks along the cliff tops, hearty meals with dramatic views, and a sense of adventure are staples of a British seaside break, as long as you know which coastal hotels to visit.  So here’s what we suggest…

The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall

Bespoke Hotels - The Lugger
Bespoke Hotels – The Lugger

In the little village of Portloe, known for its unrivalled, timeless beauty, The Lugger Hotel is the proud recipient of numerous accolades relating to its high standards of service and style.  Right on the water’s edge, coastal hotels are ideally located for pottering around by the sea, but the Lugger is also within easy reach of attractions like the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  Details including carefully attended fine linens and deluxe showers , while completing the experience is the restaurant, which proudly sports two AA Rosettes and serves locally-sourced food, and truly a joy to luxuriate over.

My Hotel Brighton, Brighton

A luxury hotel that looks more like the apartment you wish you had, My Hotel Brighton is a four star destination that hinges on sexy design and the spirituality of Feng Shui.  Yes, this is how to do Brighton if you’re not a student – ultra cool, super stylish, but with plenty of soul.  Local artisans have created opulent studios, and artwork is peppered throughout the hotel.  They also know how to stop you from feeling like just another face in the crowd, storing your personal preferences on record so that when you go back (and you will want to go back), your room will be ready and waiting just the way you like it!

The Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

Bespoke Hotels - The Dunollie Hotel

In a serene waterside location on Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is all about escaping to homely comforts (and hopefully a lack of mobile phone signal as well).  At the foot of the mountains leading to the famed Cuillin Hills, the area is filled with history, not least the legend that Bonnie Prince Charlie gave the recipe for Drambuie to Clan MacKinnon at this very spot, to thank them for helping him to escape from France.  So why not drink a toast in the restaurant in the evening?  It would be rude not to!

BridgeHouse, Dorset

In a word, BridgeHouse in Dorset is simply magical.  With 700 years of history, it is quite literally a house on a bridge that once upon a time housed a dozen priests.  Today, everything from the walled garden to The Beaminster Brasserie is brimming with charm.  Food, including freshly caught fish is local and organic, and the whole atmosphere is one of unpretentious relaxation.  As good fortune would have it is also close to the Jurassic Coast, which, if you haven’t been, is a real treat for the senses and perfect for anyone who wants to get outside for a bracing spring walk.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Scotland

Bespoke Hotels - Carnoustie Hotel & Spa
Carnoustie Hotel & Spa

It’s up to you which view you prefer at the Carnoustie Hotel, from the local town to the golf course and the windswept, it’s all spectacular.  The golf course has hosted some of history’s greatest players in its time, and while the hotel has a wealth of health and spa facilities which really ought to be enjoyed while you’re here, we are partial to a stroll down to the water’s edge where the Angus coastline boasts some of the most magical beaches in Scotland.  If you fancy a day out, a trip to the late Queen Mum’s imposing childhood home Glamis Castle is a must, and we suggest you finish the day with Scottish fare in the hotel’s award-winning Dalhousie Restaurant.

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