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Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam

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Disclosure - We were invited to Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

We love to travel, it's one of our favourite things to do however when I am planning a trip away I always worry about dining out. Little J and I can be fussy so I always need to make sure there are restaurants that suit our needs. When planning our trip to Amsterdam one of the first things we noticed was there was a Hard Rock Cafe. It was no surprise as they are everywhere, we even spotted one in Nice when we visited last year. Little J loves the Hard Rock Cafe and even more so since the introduced the kids Messi Menu at Hard Rock Cafe. 
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7 Romantic Restaurants In Liverpool, Perfect For Valentine's Day

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Valentines Day is a day to celebrate love and what better way than to head to a romantic restaurant for an evening of delicious food and drink and good company. When it comes to romantic restaurants in Liverpool there is plenty of choice but we have selected seven of our favourites.

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The Cowshed Liverpool

The Cowshed 104 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BL
"Welcome to the house of beef, a place for steaks, drinks and good people. If you love beef as much as we do, you're in the right place!"

Valentines Day Menu is available on 14th February only - Meat Eaters £58 per head Non-Meat Eaters £30 per head.

Stanleys Bar and Grill Liverpool

Titanic Hotel, Stanley's Bar & Grill, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool L3 0AN
"The theatre-style restaurant, Stanley’s Bar and Grill, is the perfect place to meet family, friends, and colleagues. You can choose to watch our Culinary Team create magic in the kitchen or simply enjoy the view overlooking the waters of Stanley Dock."

Valentines Day Dinner available on 14th February with a special offer of  Two glasses of Lanson Champagne and a box of Luxury Chocolates for £30

browns restaurant Liverpool

Browns Liverpool, 43 Paradise Street, Liverpool One, L1 3EU
"Perfect for all occasions, from intimate dinners to family gatherings and celebrations, we offer relaxed and stylish dining and drinking with beautiful bars serving hand-crafted cocktails and a fine range of wine, Champagne and artisan spirits."

Created especially for Valentine’s Day enjoy a choice of two or three-course set menu available on the 14th February. Two courses is priced at £37 and three courses for £43.

steak platter at Miller and Carter, Liverpool

Miller & Carter Albert Dock, Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AF
"At Miller & Carter we know a thing or two about steak. In fact, we could say that we're one of the best steakhouses in Liverpool. But we'd rather leave that to your judgement."

Enjoy a 3-course Set Menu from £37.50 which will be available all day from Sunday 11th February to Saturday 17th February so you can still enjoy Valentines even if you can't make it on the 14th!

ego at the punchbowl

Ego at The Punchbowl, Lunt Road, Sefton Village, Liverpool, L29 7WA
Enjoy freshly cooked Mediterranean food, cocktails and local cask ale, served with a smile at exceptional value at Ego at The Punchbowl in Sefton.

Join us this Valentine’s Day and fall in love with our special menu. Indulge with your loved one and celebrate together over 3 courses, including starters, mains and desserts, with plenty of delicious options to make your evening one to remember. We’re here to make this Valentine’s an unforgettable experience for you at Ego at The Punchbowl, Sefton.

La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant,
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La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant, 12 Stanley Street, Liverpool, L1 6AF
"La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in the finest Italian food whilst enjoying a fantastic glass of wine or cocktail."

Book for a romantic Valentine's meal before 31st January and get a free glass of prosecco each on arrival.

the old stables at Allerton Manor

The Old Stables, Allerton Manor, Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 3JT
"A range of menus featuring classic British dishes, made using locally sourced ingredients, it’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, or simply grab a bite to eat."

Celebrate Valentines Day with our 3 course set menu. £40 per person. Includes Strawberry Fizz Cocktail on arrival.

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Have you visited any of the restaurants before? What are your thoughts?


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23 Places Where Kids Can Eat For Free (or £1) This Summer 2023

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Last updated July 2023

Having the kids at home for 6 weeks during the Summer holidays can be lots of fun but can also cause a strain on the bank balance. Keeping the kids entertained, fed and watered can be stressful but there are some places that have stepped up and are offering kids to eat for free (or £1) during the Summer holidays. I am hoping more places will also join in with this scheme and if they do I will be sure to update this page. 

child eating chips

Asda Cafes
Kids eat for £1 All Day, Every Day with no adult spend required.

Two children under 16 get a FREE breakfast with one paying adult.

Bella Italia
Children can eat for £1 with any adult main. The offer is valid between 4-6pm Monday to Thursday.

2 kids eat free Monday-Friday from Monday 24th July-Friday 1st September.

Brewers Fayre
The same as Beefeater, you can get two children under 16 a FREE breakfast with one paying adult.

Future Inns
At Future Inns, under 5's always eat for FREE with any adult meal. 

Gordon Ramsey Restaurants
Kids under 8 eat free all day every day at selected Gordon Ramsey restaurants. 

Hungry Horse
Kids eat for just £1 on Mondays and up to 2 kids get a breakfast FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. 

Kids get a meal from 95p daily from 11am

Free Kids Munch Meal when you spend £5+ on non-kids food or drink at M&s Cafe.

Kids eat FREE all day, every day in Morrisons cafes nationwide, daily from 3pm with every adult meal over £4.49. Free Crumpets also available

Pausa Cafes at Dunelm
Children get 1 mini main, 2 snacks and a drink FREE with every £4 spend after 3pm at Pausa Cafes at Dunelm stores.

Premier Inn
Buy 1 adult breakfast from just £8.99 and up to get two kids breakfasts for free.

Kids eat FREE all day, every day with paying adults at Preto. This offer is open to children up to 10 years old - This is an ongoing offer!

SA Brains Pubs
Children can eat for £1 with any adult main. The offer is valid Wednesdays only but all day. 

Sainsbury's Cafe
Kids eat for £1 with the purchase of an adult hot main. Valid from 11:30am every day.

Sizzling Pubs
Every Monday to Friday, 3 - 7 pm you can get a kids’ main for just £1 with the purchase of an adult meal.

Table Table
Two children under 16 get a FREE breakfast with one paying adult.

Kids eat free with a purchase of 60p+ from Monday 24th July - Friday 1st September.

The REAL Greek
Kids under 12  eat FREE every Sunday for every £10 spent by an adult.

Buy 1 adult breakfast from just £8.99 and up to get two kids breakfasts for free.

Whitbread Inns
Purchase one adult breakfast at any Whitbread Inns pub or restaurant and two kids under 16 eat for FREE

YO! Sushi
Kid’s eat FREE until 11th August September 2023 with every £10 adult spend.


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Here Comes Summer!

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The 21st June marks the official start to Summer. We have seen a glimpse of Summer sun over the last week and waking up to bright skies really does make you feel good, more positive and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. Summer is all about paddling pools, days out at the beach, BBQ's and beer gardens. 

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If you are as ready for Summer as we are you can get in the Summer mood by entering our Summer giveaway. Try out the latest Summer menu's and cocktails at some of your Restaurant favourites by entering our latest giveaway.

The Restaurant Favourites gift card lets you visit a wide range of restaurants including Nando's, Chiquito, Zizzi, Pizza Hut, Ask Italian, Bella Italia and a personal favourite of mine, Pizza Express.

All you need to do to enter is enter your details via the app below, pop back daily for bonus entries to be in with the chance to win £50 Restaurant Favourites gift card. 

Good luck and remember to pop back daily.

Open to UK residents only
Closes 25th June at 11:59pm
All entries are check and verified
Winner will be contacted within 3 working days
If no response after 28 days a new winner will be chosen

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The Block House, Staffordshire

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Disclosure - We were invited to visit The Block House. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

As a family we spend a lot of time in and around the Staffordshire area and after a day at Trentham Gardens, The Monkey Forest or Alton Towers we are always looking for somewhere to eat which is close and family friendly. We recently visited The Block House which delivered everything we needed after a long day. A relaxed atmosphere, an appetising menu and a very warm welcome. 

The Block House

The Block House exterior

The Block House, Newcastle Road, Whitmore, ST5 5BU

The Block House

When arriving at The Block House you are first drawn to The Sheet Anchor which is a pub situated at the front however The Block House is at the rear of the pub and can be entered via the pub or its own separate entrance. To look at, The Block House is very stylish. Lots of lovely decor both inside and out with a choice of tables or booths and also an outdoor area. 

The Block House garden area
The menu has everything you would want from a grill based restaurant including succulent burgers and sizzling steaks. 

popcorn halloumi

cheese and bacon skins

chicken wings

For starters we chose Popcorn Halloumi with a chilli and pineapple dip, Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins with a cheese, bacon, sour cream and chive dip and a small portion of Smoked Jumbo Chicken Wings with the Block Barbecue sauce. 

popcorn chicken

The kids menu has a choice of two starters Nachos or Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken. We went for the Popcorn Chicken. 

The portion size of the starters was large. We received three large potato skins, plenty of halloumi and a big portion of wings even though it was 'small'. Everything was nicely presented and unbelievably tasty. A statement of 'The nicest Chicken Wings I've ever tasted' could be heard between mouthfuls.

If you are looking to order a main meal too I would definitely recommend sharing a starter between two people or two starters between three of four people. 

Mex burger with loaded fries

loaded fries


For our mains the boys all chose burgers. The BlockHouse (Two beef patties, cheese, burger sauce, lettuce, beef tomato +seeded brioche bun) and The Mex Burger (Two beef patties, chilli cheese, brisket chilli, fried jalapeños, chipotle sour cream +seeded brioche bun) with the option to upgrade your fries to loaded fries.

kids build your own burger

The kids 'Build Your Own Burger' is perfect for little ones who can choose exactly what they want on their burger.  First choose your patty Beef or Buttermilk Chicken then add your extras of lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo, pickles, cheese, French's Mustard or onion. Served with skin on fries and ketchup. 

Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad
I went for the Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad, maple bacon, croutons, Italian cheese and baby gem.

Again the portion sizes were huge and everything was delicious. The boys managed to finish their burgers but I couldn't finish my salad even after a little break half way. 

Malteaser cheesecake

I do always try to leave room for dessert but I was beaten and so was John however the boys managed to squeeze in an ice cream cone and a Malteaser Cheesecake. I honestly don't know how, but they did and enjoyed every mouthful. 

block house

block house

block house
You always know you have had a delicious meal when someone says "when can we come again?" A return visit is definitely on the cards and I would say if you are local or like us regular visitors to the area then I would definitely pop in to The Block House and give it a try. 


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The Unlimited Buffet At Pizza Hut Plus Giveaway

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If you could choose a favourite meal out what would you choose? I know John and the boys would always choose pizza. If we are ever eating out or grabbing a takeaway I don't even need to ask them now as I know what their answer will be, Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut is a very popular choice and we are lucky to have quite a few restaurants local to us that we like to go to, especially their Pizza Hut Unlimited Buffet. 

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When eating out the Pizza Hut Unlimited Buffet is the perfect choice for a family. Now available 7 days a week you can enjoy an unlimited variety of freshly made pizza, pasta and salad for a set price. 

Weekday buffets start from just £9.99 for adults and £6.49 for kids. This includes unlimited salad.

When you are ready to order you can choose to upgrade to the buffet bundle. The buffet bundle includes your unlimited pizza, pasta and salad but also includes a bottomless drink and Ice Cream Factory. The bundle is from £13.99 for adults and £8.99 for kids.

Now that the buffet is 7 days a week you can also enjoy the deal on a weekends and also bank holidays. 

The unlimited buffet on weekends and bank holidays is just £13.99 for adults and £6.99 for kids. Weekend bundles are also available and cost just £8.99 for kids and £17.99 for adults.

Last but not least you can add a tasty side to your buffet from just £2.99!

We love visiting Pizza Hut and the unlimited buffet is definitely our favourite time to visit, it offers delicious food at an affordable price and is available up till 3pm every day. 

If you would like to try out the Pizza Hut buffet for yourself we have a gift card loaded with £75 to giveaway. 

All you need to do is complete the entry form below and make sure you pop back daily for bonus chances to win. The giveaway will close on 13th November and the winner will be contacted within 7 days. If not claimed a new winner will be drawn after 28 days. Open to UK residents only. 

Good Luck

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Top 5 Most Luxurious Restaurants in London You Could Visit

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When it comes to enjoying a fine dining experience, there are plenty of excellent opportunities in London – and, with this in mind, we’ve outlined five of the most luxurious restaurants in London you could visit. After all, there’s a reason it’s so often considered one of the most luxurious and expensive cities in the world; and, with fine dining luxury restaurants like these, it’s definitely clear that London is home to multi-millionaires and billionaires alike.


The Top 5 Most Luxurious Restaurants in London You Could Visit
So, you’ve been looking for the most luxurious restaurants in and around London? Whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend an extra special evening, or if you’re simply curious about how the other half lives, we’ve come up with some of the top five most luxurious restaurants in London to help you find an effective solution overall.

The Ritz London in Mayfair
We’ve all heard of the Ritz. However, for so many of us, thoughts of actually dining in this fine establishment are the things of dreams. Indeed, with a single omelette at the Ritz potentially costing as much as £180 (it’s made from caviar, admittedly), it’s clear to see that this level of luxury is restricted to a very specific few. Indeed, you might need to win the lottery or come into a massive inheritance to enjoy a meal at the Ritz – but if you ever got the chance, it’s sure to be more than worth it.

As recommended by the Conde Nast Traveller, f you’re looking for a more soothing and calming dining experience, the Hide restaurant in Mayfair might be just the opportunity you need. In fact, though it’s the newest restaurant on this list, it achieved its first Michelin star within half a year of opening; as such, diners can expect a lot when visiting this truly unique, split-floor dining destination.

When visiting, you absolutely have to try the restaurant’s most iconic dish – the Nest Egg – to enjoy the full experience. An irresistibly rich blend of egg yolk, smoked butter, cream, and gently toasted mushrooms, it’s undeniable that the Hide restaurant has firmly established itself as one of the most luxurious and creative in all London – truly a destination for those wanting a luxury, millionaire-worthy dining experience.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsey
Gordon Ramsey – he’s a household name, and with this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Restaurant Gordon Ramsey offers an equally unparalleled experience. In fact, the restaurant holds three Michelin stars and has done so continuously since 2001 – that’s over two decades!

One of the most notable features of the Restaurant Gordon Ramsey has to be its tiny size; in fact, with only 14 small tables, booking is irrefutably necessary to get a space. All the same, this small-scale experience ensures that every dish is finished to perfection without compromise, and all guests hence know they will be treated to a truly incomparable experience overall. 

Head Chef de Cuisine, Matt Abe, never fails to pull out all of the stops to impress diners, just as his predecessor Clare Smyth had done. It’s this dedication that ensures every dish is cooked to perfection, and diners hence head into the Restaurant Gordon Ramsey with some of the highest expectations possible.

La Dame de Pic
If you have been looking for a luxurious dining experience in London, chances are, you’ll struggle to find a location that’s more sophisticated or sensual than La Dame de Pic. Indeed, it may not be one you’ve heard of in passing, but La Dame de Pic is a truly iconic restaurant that’s in equal parts a restaurant as it is a fine work of art in its own right.

La Dame de Pic was launched by Anne-Sophie Pic, who came from a long line of Michelin-starred chefs and internationally acclaimed culinary experts. As such, her uncompromising dedication to quality ensures that every diner knows just what to expect when they walk through those majestic doors – and this ensures that La Dame de Pic surely deserves a spot on this list.

Sketch Lecture Room and Library
It might not be quite as iconic as the Ritz, but few locations offer quite the same luxury as the Sketch Lecture Room and Library. Indeed, designed with a palette of deep reds and creams, this stunning property was even listed in the Michelin guide 2020, and for good reason! 

The stunning Grade II listed architecture perfectly compliments the refined and sophisticated feel of the interior; from studded ivory leather walls to luxury velvets and silk, there’s no expense spared for this truly iconic property. As such, if you can afford the meal prices, few celebrations are quite the same as a meal at the Sketch Lecture Room and Library – and, with a full 7-course meal on offer, you certainly won’t leave feeling hungry.

There’s no shortage of fine dining opportunities in London. Nevertheless, choosing that one perfect restaurant can seem like a challenge, in many cases; still, today’s top five picks are surely among the most luxurious restaurants in the big city.

While their prices ensure they typically remain reserved for just millionaire lottery winners and CEOs, there’s still something quite magical about the thought alone. And, after all, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some time in the big city with these five fine luxury restaurants, too; you might just need to sacrifice a large lump on your savings in exchange for these once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.

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Restaurants Extending Eat Out To Help Out

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Pizza Hut

We managed to take advantage of the recent Eat Out To Help Out Scheme at least once a week in August. Not only was it nice to be dining out again but receiving a 50% deduction on the bill at the end was a nice treat. I have seen so many posts on socials of people using the scheme and I had wondered whether it would be extended into September to help continue support the restaurants. Officially the Eat Out To Help Out scheme finished yesterday however there are a number of restaurants that are extending the offer in to September too. It seems the offer has been a success and a selection of restaurants would like to continue to welcome customers in September, offering them a discount.

Here is a list of the restaurants that are taking part and the discount they are offering to their customers.

*please note this list is correct at time of posting. Always check with your chosen restaurant that they are still taking part. 

Toby Carvery
Toby Carvery have confirmed they will be continuing the discount for two weeks in to September. Receive 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. All you need to do is download the app and save your voucher to your app wallet from 1st September. Valid for up to 6 people.

Harvester will also extend its discounts into the first two weeks of September. Receive 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. All you need to do is download the app and save your voucher to your app wallet from 1st September. Valid for up to 6 people.

Sizzling Pubs
Sizzling Pubs is extending the deal for two weeks in to September. Receive 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher, promotion or fixed price menu and is not valid on delivery, takeaway or click and collect.

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut is changing the offer slightly offering customers two for one on main meals Monday to Wednesday from September 7 until the end of the month. To take part in the offer you must be signed up to its database.

Bills restaurants will offer customers up to 50% discount throughout September. Choose one course or two course from a special 'We're Still Joining In' Menu.

Stonehouse Pizza 
Stonehouse Pizza is extending the deal for two weeks in to September. Receive 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. All you need to do is download the app and save your voucher to your app wallet from 1st September. Valid for up to 6 people.

Tesco Cafe
Tesco will continue the scheme until the end of September offering customers half price off all eat in and takeaway items.

Yard & Coop
Yard & Coop will continue to offer 50% off food and drink up to £10 per head but only on a Wednesday in September.

Deliveroo will offer 100,000 customers of small, independent restaurants £5 off a £20 order delivered on the first three days of every week in September.

I can imagine as the week goes on more restaurants may opt in. Will you be Eating Out To Help Out in September?

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Mandrakes - A Magical Experience

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Last week we celebrated John's birthday and as a special treat we booked afternoon tea at Mandrakes - A Magical Experience. Mandrakes is a small cafe based in Ormskirk that is loosely based on Harry Potter. After browsing the menu online we opted for Afternoon Tea. We completed the online booking enquiry form however after not hearing for a few days we just rang up and booked our table. 

When we arrived our table wasn't quite ready so we were shown to the Harry Potter gift shop which sells official Harry Potter Merchandise. As Harry Potter fans it was lovely to see all the products, some we already owned and some that were on our wish lists. 

Once our table was ready we were sat down and our Afternoon tea was explained to us. 

Afternoon Tea at Mandrakes
Starting from top to bottom we had 4 finger sandwiches, 2 ham and 2 Wensleydale cheese and cranberry. We asked for no salad on our sandwiches so they came plain. 

Afternoon Tea at Mandrakes
On the next tier we had the largest homemade scone I had ever seen with a portion of butter and a pot of strawberry jam. You can choose to have your scone warmed up and also with whipped cream if you prefer. 

Afternoon Tea at Mandrakes
On the top tier was a flute of jelly, custard and cream, a macaron, a small chocolate frog and a small plant pot with a chocolate brownie in. When you are ready to eat your brownie they take your pot away top it with mint ice cream, whipped cream and crushed Oreo pieces. 

The afternoon tea is served with unlimited tea however we were able to sub one of our teas for a coke. On the table was also plant pots full of crisps and half way through we also reached little pots of chocolate stars. 

Once we had finished our afternoon tea we were then asked to gather our belongings and we were then taken on a little tour. 

First we were shown the flying mandrake and we then had the chance to take photographs, Next up we found some Mandrakes but we needed to put our earmuffs on first as they have quite a squeal on them. 

Last but not least we visited the potions room. 

The whole experience including the afternoon tea and tour lasts 1hour and 15 minutes. They are quite strict on the times as there was another booking straight after ours. 

The afternoon tea costs £18.50 for adults and £12.50 for children. If afternoon tea isn't for you they do have a small menu available which you can view online. 

We all really enjoyed our visit. The afternoon tea was really nice and the setting is very magical and a   must for Harry Potter fans. Would we visit again? Absolutely and I would probably choose afternoon tea again as it's great value for money. 

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