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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Dunsley Hall country hotel restaurant

Fine dining isn't something you see much of on my blog. It's not that I don't like it, I mean who wouldn't? It's just something I don't often get the chance to do. During our recent stay in Mariner's Cottage I got the chance to eat at Dunsley Hall country hotel restaurant in Whitby.

About Dunsley Hall country hotel

Dunsley Hall country hotel is in Whitby, North Yorkshire and is about a 10 minute drive from the town centre. It is a former shipbuilders retreat set away from the centre, where the coastline meets the countryside. The four acres of land in the hotels grounds are beautifully kept, perfect for a walk before a meal or a morning stroll if you are staying the night.
The restaurant freshly prepares and cooks all of the food and serves it simply. They plan their recipes around local produce and they even have their own kitchen garden.

Our meal at Dursley Hall country hotel restaurant

A large group of us visited Dursley Hall country hotel restaurant so a private dining room was booked for us all. The menu is a three course set menu which also comes with a glass of prosecco for £19.95.

The choice of starters includes soup, tempura prawns, cold meats and wood pigeon. I have the East Coast fishcake with tartar sauce and lemon. The fish cake is a mix of local fish and tastes super fresh. I really love the homemade and chunky tartar sauce.

Dunsley Hall Country hotel restaurant East Coast fish cake

For mains there is a choice of chicken, fish, pasta and red meats. I have the lamb chops with roast baby turnips, celeriac mash and mint and lemon butter. It is hands down the nicest main I've ever eaten. The lamb is melt in the mouth tender and celeriac mash is new to me and I love it.

Dunsley Hall Country hotel restaurant lamb chops

It is tough picking a dessert when both lemon posset and a salted caramel chocolate pot are on the menu. I have the salted caramel pot which is as divine as it looks and sounds. It is thick and sticky and finishes off the meal perfectly.

Dunsley Hall Country hotel restaurant salted caramel chocolate pot with ice cream

Finally, you just can't beat a good cheese board to share can you? I love both the presentation and assortment of cheeses, crackers and accompaniments.

Dunsley Hall Country hotel restaurant cheese board

Dunsley Hall country hotel restaurant final thoughts

Our meal at Dunsley Hall country hotel is amazing. From taste to presentation each dish is just perfect and I can't fault anything. The quality of the food and service, especially for the price, is brilliant. For me the main and desserts are the star of the show and I would love to go back again for more.

You can book a meal or a room at Dunsley Hall country hotel here.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Mariner's Cottage Whitby

Living so near the East Coast of Yorkshire Whitby is somewhere we visit often. But, despite going so often it's not somewhere we've stayed at before. That has changed now after a night in Mariner's Cottage Whitby, one of the Shoreline Cottages.

About Mariner's Cottage Whitby

Mariner's Cottage Whitby is a three bedroom cottage on the West side of Whitby, near the famous Abbey and whale bones. It is pet friendly, has free wifi and has a parking space too, rare for Whitby! Check in is at 4pm and check out is at 10am.

Arriving on a Friday November night means the cottage is dark, so all of the photographs are with the fluorescent lights.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby living room

The living room is a family size room that is comfortable and cosy. There are chairs and sofas, a gorgeous coffee table, large TV and plenty of lamps around the room. There is a fire too, but we didn't need to use it whilst we were there. The room has a really homely feel to it and it's great for relaxing after a busy day.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby living room

Mariner's Cottage Whitby living room

Mariner's Cottage Whitby living room

Mariner's Cottage Whitby kitchen diner

I really love the kitchen diner at Mariner's Cottage Whitby. It has a farm house feel to it with the pine furniture and decor. If you are not eating out in the Whitby restaurants there is everything you need in the kitchen cupboards to cook.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby kitchen table

Mariner's Cottage Whitby kitchen table

Mariner's Cottage Whitby Twin bedroom

On the first floor of Mariner's Cottage Whitby is a twin bedroom. It has two single beds, a desk with a large TV and bedside tables with lamps. The beds are really comfortable and there are blankets to keep you warm. There are towels on each bed so you don't need to bring your own.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby Twin bedroom, beds and bedside table

Mariner's Cottage Whitby, Twin bedroom, desk, chair and TV

Mariner's Cottage Whitby attic bedroom

On the second floor of the cottage is a double bedroom with ensuite. Again it is comfortable and cosy with blankets to keep you warm.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby Attic double bedroom, bed with bedside tables

I'm not sure why but I really love the winding stairs up to the attic bedroom!

Mariner's Cottage Whitby winding staircase to attic

Mariner's Cottage Whitby small bunk bedroom

Also on the first floor of Mariner's Cottage Whitby is a small bedroom with bunk beds. Perfect if you have any little ones away with you. The bunk beds seem sturdy and well made and from a quick sit on them are as comfortable as the other beds.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby small bedroom with bunkbeds

Mariner's Cottage Whitby bathroom

I have real bathroom envy from the huge bathroom in the cottage. It's a perfect family size bathroom with lots of space and storage. It has both a bath and shower, so which ever you prefer you're able to have.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby bathroom

All of the doors in Mariner's Cottage Whitby are like this one below. I really love the rustic feel to them and they look really pretty in their different colour paint.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby bathroom door

Mariner's Cottage Whitby views

One of the highlights of the cottage is the view. From the attic bedroom you can see Whitby Abbey standing over the town. Don't let it fool you that it is close, there is a short walk then the 199 steps between the cottage and the Abbey.

Mariner's Cottage Whitby view of Whitby Abbey from bedroom

If you are looking for a home from home stay I really recommend here. It is spotlessly clean, comfortable, cosy and has everything you need whilst you are there.

You can book Mariner's Cottage here and see more of the Shoreline Cottages here.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer tea bag box

*AD - GIFTED* A few weeks in to January and Christmas seems like months ago doesn't it? As much as I love the festive season I do like getting back to normal. Being in our little routine. Having a living room not full of Christmas tree and glitter. The thing I miss the most when it is all over though is the Christmas aromas. I got a surprise gift through the post on Christmas Eve that is keeping the smells of the festive season going for me. The Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer tea bag box.

Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box

Inside the Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box

There are six different flavour teas in the Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box and five sachets of each flavour. Each sachet contains a pyramid tea bag with full leaf tea inside.

The tea flavours cover all of the Autumn and Winter holidays with

  • Candy cane tea
  • Chestnut tea
  • Gingerbread tea
  • Pumpkin spice tea
  • Cranberry tea
  • Candy apple tea


Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box


Now all of the teas in the Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box have a high caffeine content. Sadly for me, it means I can't drink them. But, I can make them for Ellie and visitors and have a good smell and small sip. Our favourites are the Chestnut tea, Gingerbread tea and Pumpkin Spice tea.

You can get the Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer box Adagio Teas and it is £14.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

Unboxing the December I Love Gin box

*AD - GIFTED* Last month I shared with you my first I Love Gin box that I really loved. In case you missed it, I Love Gin is a gin and tonic club. Each month members receive a box with two different gins and two tonics as well as a £5 voucher to spend in their online store. Membership is £14 per month and you can cancel it at any time. I have been sent the December I Love Gin box and I'm unboxing it today with you.

December I Love Gin box

Unboxing the December I Love Gin box

The contents of the December I Love Gin box inside the box


The theme of the December I Love Gin box is Winter Wonderland and it contains

  • A 50ml bottle of Sadler's Peaky Blinder spiced dry gin
  • A 50ml bottle of Aber Falls orange marmalade welsh gin
  • Two 200ml bottle of Regency Tonic tonic water
  • A Whitworths Shots berry and white chocolate
  • A booklet describing the contents and serving suggestions
  • A £5 voucher to spend in the store

Like last month I’m really happy that all of the bottles are glass and there is no plastic waste here.


The contents of the December I Love Gin box lined up on table

My review of the December I Love Gin box

I couldn't be happier with the December I Love Gin box. Both gins and the tonic are new to me. I really love trying different brands and flavours and the smaller bottles are a great way to do that.

Sadler's Peaky Blinder spiced dry gin has orange, cassia, ginger, black pepper, citrus, juniper and eucalyptus. Neat it isn't for me but, with the tonic water tastes amazing. It's a perfect drink for the cold, wintery months and I will definitely be treating myself to a bottle.

Aber Falls orange marmalade Welsh gin is a small batch gin using local botanicals and water from the mountains around Aber Falls. It tastes just like fresh orange juice and is lovely with the tonic. I also tried it with some leftover ginger tonic which is really good.

The Regency Tonic tonic water is a low sugar tonic, tastes the same as regular tonic water but perfect for this time of year when you need to cut back the calories after the festive season.

I really love the addition of a Whitworths Shots pack in this months box. It is nice to have something sweet to nibble whilst having and gin and tonic.


The contents of the December I Love Gin box lined up on table


Just like last month I definitely recommend trying out an I Love Gin membership. It's a great way to try out new gins and tonics and is a lovely treat to sit with the weekend it comes.

Are you a gin lover? Is the I Love Gin box something you would like?


Thursday, 3 January 2019

My 2019 goals

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. I have had a lovely, relaxing Christmas and break from working. I am back to it now though and raring to go. I always love starting the new year thinking about my plans. So here are my 2019 goals.

My 2019 goals - personal plans

  • FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I love spending any free time with Ellie, my family and friends. I want to make sure I have at least one mum and daughter date a month, one friend date a month and one catch up with family a month.
  • TRAVEL. Travelling is my biggest passion. I love nothing more than jetting off to a new country or road trippingto a new part of England. As much as I would love to set myself a goal of one trip per month, financially and time wise it's just not possible. So I am setting myself a goal of three foreign holidays this year, exploring a new place near home once a month and one or two UK mini breaks this year.
  • HOME. Last New Year I told you I wanted to buy my house, I'm super excited to say it's all going through at the moment! It won't be too long now until our little house is all mine. Once it has gone through there are some renovations I want to do. Sorting the gardens is my main one, the inside is looking great now so I want the outside to be just as nice.
My 2019 goals - standing on the Santa Susanna beach at sunset

My 2019 goals - blogging goals

  • SCHEDULE. Last year was a very hard year for me personally and blogging really took a hit. I'm starting the year planning two blog posts a week to get me back in to my love for the blog life without it being overwhelming. I will be spending my weekends writing, photographing and scheduling and hopefully get a good few weeks in front of myself.
  • GROW.  I'm sure this is something all bloggers aim for as growing is what we all need to do. I want to build back up my page views and grow my social media accounts up.
  • NARROW DOWN. I did cut down the things I write about a lot last year, but it still needs more work doing. Writing about anything and everything is how I started here, but some posts just don't do as well as others. Travel, food and style will be my main focus this year and I hope that you will all love what I am writing about more.
  • LEARN. Last year I was working hard on my photography and editing. I would love to keep on developing that more. I'm adding Pinterest to my to learn list too, it's the one social media that I just can't get my head around!
  • MAKE FRIENDS. Lots of people on social media seem to have blogging besties. Whilst there are a few bloggers I am friendly with I would love to make some closer friends online.
My 2019 goals, blogging goals, laptop, flatlay


What goals do you have for 2019? Let me know your goals or resolutions in the comments below.



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