A couple of weekends ago, my lovely fiancé and I had a cute date night in Manchester followed by a stay at one of my all time favourite hotels – King Street Townhouse. I first stayed at this hotel last year and completely fell in love with it so when the opportunity arose to stay there again, I couldn’t have been more excited. Despite living only 30 minutes away from Manchester city centre and spending a good majority of our time there, it’s one of those cities that you can always find an excuse to book a hotel for and have a full weekend stay. There’s always new restaurants and bars opening and something new to see or do. Not to mention the Christmas markets at this time of year which are literally round the corner from this hotel. Yay!

We were booked into one of the suites which was such a treat as last time I visited, I stayed in one of the standard double rooms. Don’t get me wrong, the standard rooms are amazing too but to have a whole suite was just total luxury and in my opinion, if you’re going to stay here, worth the extra cost. As you can see from the photos, the suite has an open plan style complete with its own living area and bedroom as well as a spacious bathroom fully equipped with wet room style shower and double sinks. My first thought when entering the room was ‘oh my gosh, that view’ as this particular room we stayed in has the most spectacular views across Manchester. We arrived for check in at 4 so the sun was just setting as the god into the room and pink skies and Manchester sky line was such a stunning view. I must have sat on the bed for a good hour just watching the sun go down which was so lovely and peaceful.

Another initial thought was ‘bath tub goals!’ – I mean, look at it! f you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture – if you don’t, come say hey!) I’m sure you’ll know that I appreciate a good bath (well, who doesn’t?!) so to see this insane freestanding tub sat at the end of our bed with views right across Manchester was amazing! The first thing I did after taking these photos was run the bath so I could have a relaxing pamper before dinner. I also ordered a G&T from room service which came so well presented and very quickly after ordering by a lovely suited and booted gentleman. Now that’s what I call good service! They’d also left us some gingerbread men, macaroons and a lovely welcome note – too cute!

As well as the amazing bath, the decor in the rest of the room is just as beautiful. You can tell that everything has been really well thought out and it has a lovely cosy feel to it. I particularly loved the tiles around the bath, the cool lampshade in the living area and the little mirrors above the bed. Interior done right. Talking of the bed – I just have to mention how comfortable it is because oh my goodness, it’s one of those beds that you just sink right into. Seriously, I put my head down on the pillow and practically disappeared it was so squishy. I basically need to find out which pillows they have and buy them for every bedroom in my house as the comfort was seriously real!

After a few more G&T room service deliveries and a soak in the bath, we got ready for dinner and headed out to a new Indian place that’s recently opened. The meal was okay but we weren’t overly impressed so I won’t go into too much detail about that, haha. After dinner we headed for some drinks and I posed in front of every Christmas tree I came across (typical blogger hehe) before heading back to King Street Townhouse for some Netflix in bed (is this a sign we’re getting old?!) and the best nights sleep in that divine bed.

(you can get my blazer here and use code KAYLEIGH30 for discount)

The following morning we got up early and headed to the hotels rooftop infinity pool / hot tub. This is another of the hotels biggest selling points for me as it’s such a cool feature and not something you often find in UK hotels. When you think of an infinity pool you often think of exotic locations so for a Manchester based hotel to bring a bit of that holiday excitement to the UK is fabulous. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good image of the pool to share as it was a super misty morning but if you want to have a look, a quick google will bring up loads of images. However, we did have a chill on their lounge beds in the little relaxation area just next to the pool as this also has insane views of Manchester – a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.

After our trip to the pool, it was time to order breakfast. Breakfast is one of my favourite parts of staying at a hotel as it’s such a treat to get breakfast delivered to bed and I always end up ordering a couple of different things so I can have a real feast. I couldn’t decide between eggs & avo or pancakes as they’re both my ultimate fave breakfasts so I decided to order both alongside orange juice and a latte – perfect. They didn’t disappoint either and were scoffed within 10 minutes of them being delivered to the room. Haha!

We had some chill time after breakfast so I had another bath (got to make the most of that tub!) and then we spent some time getting ready before check out at 12pm. After we checked out and left our bags with reception, we headed into the tavern bar and restaurant for a festive afternoon tea. I personally love afternoon teas as I’m the kind of person that likes to have lots of different things to try and pick at. A buffet is my dream so an afternoon tea isn’t too far off, haha! The festive afternoon tea came with all the usual sandwiches, cakes and scones with small Christmassy twists such as Turkey & Stuffing as one of the sandwich fillers – delicious! They offer afternoon tea in the Tavern throughout the whole year and is something you can do without being a guest at the hotel so this is something I’d highly recommend checking out next time you’re in Manchester. It’s super cosy and cute in there and would make the perfect pit stop mid shopping spree!

Overall we had the most lovely stay at King Street Townhouse and I’d love to go back again in the future. It’s just an all round great hotel with everything you could need for a comfortable and fun stay.  You can check out their website here for more info on prices and how to book.

I hope you enjoyed this post guys. Do let me know if you’d like more hotel or spa break reviews in the future as it’s something I really enjoy doing! I have one coming up very soon about my trip to a fabulous spa in The Lake District so keep your eyes peeled for that.

This stay was complimentary however all opinions are my own.

If like me you love spending time with your girls but need a bit of help deciding what to do and where to go, then keep reading as I have found the solution. glh Hotels have launched an interactive map called ‘London Covered’ which is basically the best idea ever as it helps you create the ultimate trip around London, or follow pre-made trips that include some amazing locations On a recent visit, I followed ‘London’s Lushest Luxuries’.     
Now if you love London and visiting as much as I do, you’ll know that it’s an amazing city full of fun and exciting things to do whilst there. However, with so many different areas and things to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming. Also, if you’re not based in London and need a hotel for the night, that can also be a challenge as there’s so many to choose from and knowing which is going to be in the most convenient area for the things you’re planning to do can be tricky. The last thing you want to do is get a tube halfway across London at the end of a night out so the fact the London Covered map can help you ensure everywhere you visit is within close proximity of your accommodation is really handy. The map allows you to pick a glh hotel (and they have many lovely ones to choose from around London) and it then shows all the things available to do nearby. The best nightlife, places to eat, shopping and even salons so you can go and have a pre night out pamper. 
glh Hotels asked me if I’d like to try the map for myself and have the ultimate girls night out in London and obviously, I jumped at the chance. London is one of my fave cities to visit so getting the chance to explore new places is always welcome. I got in touch with my friend Emily who recently moved to Bristol and asked if she’d like to join me as it seemed the perfect chance to catch up.
I was booked into every hotel Piccadilly which is right near Piccadilly Circus tube station and possibly one of the best central locations you could find. When I say everything is on your doorstep, I mean everything. I hate having to get the tube everywhere when I’m in London as it adds unnecessary stress to my visit so being able to plan a route for our night and the following day with places that were all within walking distance from the hotel was amazing. The map allows you to add things to your ‘trip’ from various categories depending on what you want to do and then it will tell you exactly how long the route will take, the distance between each location and a little bit about each place too so you know want to expect before you arrive. Genius.
Emily wasn’t arriving until 9:30pm as she’d been at work all day so we decided the best bet would be to head to a local bar when she arrived for a few well needed end of the week drinks. We decided on Foundation Bar which was a short walk from the hotel. Yep, the walk was do-able, even in heels. I don’t go out in London all that often so didn’t know what to expect but the bar was super cool and quirky and the music was right up our street. We caught up over a couple of drinks, had a bit of a dance and then headed back to every hotel to get a good nights sleep before a day of fun we’d planned via the London Covered map the following day. The hotel was a total dream and the huge king size bed in our suite was divine. The room was so spacious with a large living area, flat screen tv on the wall and a huge bathroom so it felt like a real treat and of course meant there was enough space for all of our clothes and beauty products. I’m sure you can all appreciate the mess made getting ready for a night out, or is that just me?! There was also a mini bar on offer with complimentary drinks which we took full advantage of whilst getting ready to head out.
The following morning we ordered breakfast to eat in our room (I had pancakes, yum) using every hotel’s order and collect service before heading to Salon 64 for a blow dry. Again, I’d not heard of this place before but we couldn’t wait to pay them a visit after reading the description on the London Covered map. It’s basically a coffee shop as well as a hair salon and each station has space to use your laptop and USB ports to charge your phone. A bloggers dream?! They also serve all kinds of lovely coffee so if you need somewhere to work remotely throughout the day or want to get some last minute bits done before heading out with the girls, you can do so in total comfort whilst also getting pampered. However, if you don’t fancy a treatment, there’s no pressure to do so – you can also go in purely to work, drink coffee and socialise. It had a great laid back vibe which we loved and we left with bellies full of cappuccino and super bouncy hair. Ideal.

After our fabulous blow dries we headed to Topshop on Oxford Street for a personal shopping session which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Again, it was only a 10 minute walk from the salon which was handy, especially as it started chucking it down and we didn’t want to ruin our freshly blow dried hair. When we arrived, we were shown to the personal shopping area where we were greeted with prosecco and taken into the cutest little room which was just interior design goals – think pastels, flowers & rose gold accessories. The lovely stylists then picked a selection of outfits for me based on the things I’d told them before my appointment. I said I wanted to try some Christmas party wear pieces as sassy outfits are obviously required at this time of year! I loved everything they chose for me – especially the mesh long sleeve top and leather dress combo. I felt like such a rock chick! 
After lots of shopping fun and taking snaps of the beautiful Christmas lights on Oxford Street, it was time for food! We used the map to get us to Shackfuyu, a beautiful little Japanese place. We ordered a selection of dishes to share which is always my favourite thing to do as it means you get to try lots of things and as Emily is pescatarian, we ordered lots of fish and veggie dishes including the best spicy edamame EVER. It was all absolutely delicious and so well cooked. It’s safe to say there wasn’t a thing left on our plates and I’d definitely recommend paying them a visit if you like Japanese food. After we’d finished at Shackfuyu, our London Covered ‘London’s Lushest Luxuries’ route was complete! Much to our disappointment might I add.
I hope you enjoyed reading all about my girly trip and of course the fabulous map. It really is such a good idea and makes planning a trip in London so much easier. I discovered some fabulous places I’d have never known about if it wasn’t for the app introducing me to them and I’m already looking forward to exploring more new places. I’ll definitely be using it every time I visit the capital from here on in. Also, if you like the sound of what I got up to, you can actually follow my exact route for yourself by using this link here: http://londoncovered.glhhotels.com/trip/londons-lushest-luxuries
Are you a fan of visiting London? Do you like the idea of using the London Covered map to help you plan your next stay? I’d love to hear how you use it and the places you visit!
*paid collaboration with glh. However, all opinions are my own.

So if you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture if you’re not already), you’ve probably seen me spamming my feed with photos from mine and my fiancé Matt’s engagement party. They had so many lovely comments on them so I just wanted to thank you guys for all the love you’ve shown us – it means the world to me. I thought it’d be nice to share a few photos from the party and most importantly, the venue. When we first got engaged, we weren’t sure if we wanted a small gathering at our house or if we wanted to go all out with a big party so it took us some time to get round to actually booking something. In the end we decided a big party was the way to go as there was so many people we wanted to celebrate with and you only get engaged once, so why not go all out?

Although we now live closer to Manchester, we’re originally from the Lake District and as most of our family and friends live there, we decided that would be the best location to have the party. When thinking of venues I knew I wanted somewhere modern but also somewhere that has character and  nice accommodation for our guests travelling from away. With this being said, I knew Abbey House Hotel was the venue for us. Situated in the south lakes, it’s a beautiful hotel that’s recently been renovated meaning everything about it is perfect, for want of a better word. The hotels grounds are absolutely stunning and the wedding suites are insane (more on those in a separate post).

We went to meet with John, the manager at Abbey House for a chat so we could decide on a date and also give him more info on what we wanted in terms of decor, food, entertainment and the number of guests we’d have attending. He was so welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us – he was happy to answer any questions we had and provided us with lots of suggestions for the party and what they could do that would really impress our guests. He also showed us their two function rooms – The Cavendish Suite and The Great Hall. Both rooms are stunning with The Cavendish Suite being the bigger and more modern option of the two. We had around 120 guests in total so we decided The Great Hall would be the best option for us as The Cavendish Suite held a lot more guests and we didn’t want the room to look empty, despite John informing us they can dress the rooms to make them look smaller, which is always good to know. We also felt the The Cavendish Suite was more suited to a wedding so we thought it was best to save that for the big day. 

 After deciding on the room and Friday 30th June as our date, it was time for the fun stuff. I’ve never planned a party to this extent before so I didn’t have a clue what was available but John told us all the options and we were honestly blown away by the different things we could do. Everything  from as selfie mirror to magicians and even a Jager station were on the list. We decided to go for all those things as we thought it’d get people talking and be a bit of extra fun for our guests. We also asked for a welcome drink to be served as it’s always nice to be handed a free drink when you arrive a a party! Abbey house arranged prosecco for the ladies and beers for the guys, which went down a treat. We also decided on a hog roast with all the trimmings as the food option, alongside veggie kebabs for the vegetarian guests and cute cake pops for dessert.

As you can see from the photos, The Great Hall is an amazing space – it has loads of character with panelled walls, high ceilings and a really great lay out. It has the main room where there’s more than enough space for a dance floor, entertainment and seating, a small walkway which is great for serving the welcome drinks, the bar and a huge terrace leading out onto Abbey House’s beautiful gardens. Perfect for a marquee! That was a big selling point for us – with it being Summer, we figured it would be lovely to give people the option to sit outside and for the children attending to have somewhere to run around and play. It’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint and most guests were outside until the sun went down and they were ready for a dance. We also had the food served on the terrace under a marquee which was a really nice touch. We were very lucky with the weather too which was a huge bonus as it allowed us to take advantage of the whole space.

The night began with guests arriving to a welcome drink out on the terrace followed by entertainment from magician Joel Dickinson which got everyone asking ‘how on earth did he do that?’ – he was crazy talented and I heard nothing but praise for him from our guests! Next up was the delicious hog roast and lots of dancing in the main room thanks to DJ John Norcotte and the Jager station. I think we may have gone through two whole bottles by the end of the night. Everyone loved it and it definitely got people up on that dance floor after a shot (or five). It was definitely worth the sore head the next morning. 
I loved that everyone was taking selfies at the selfie mirror throughout the night too as we got a copy of all the pictures that were taken put into an album with a message from our guests. I think this is such a lovely idea and it was amazing to look through the next morning. I’m definitely considering something similar for the wedding day. It was hilarious to see people’s selfies get more and more silly as the night went on too – that’s what all those Jager shots will do to you, haha.
During the night, Matt and I headed out into the Abbey House grounds to get some photos with our amazing photographer Erin Browne and I just have to share some of them as I’m so in love. I’ve been a massive fan of Erin’s work for years now so when she offered to take photos at the party, I jumped at the chance. She’s one of the most talented and creative photographers I’ve ever come across and she always thinks outside of the box whilst making you feel totally comfortable. She whisked us off into the woodland area a short walk away and got snapping. We had balloons for props and had so much fun – as you can see by the big smiles on our faces, which were totally natural and caught in the moment. As I said, I’m so in love with how the pictures turned out – they’ll definitely be getting framed! If I’m this happy with the engagement photos, I can only imagine how she’ll capture our actual wedding day – I’m already so so excited. If you’re looking for a photographer for any kind of special occasion, be sure to get in touch with Erin and follow her on Instagram @eriinbrowne to see examples of her fantastic work!!

We had an absolutely fantastic night and couldn’t have asked for anything better. Abbey House took all the stress away from us and organised everything to perfection so the night ran completely seamlessly. If you follow my social, you’ll have seen that I had quite the surprise during the night when my dad turned up. He lives in Australia so I didn’t think for one minute he’d be there as it’s such a long way to travel for an engagement party. As you can imagine, I got the shock of my life when I walked outside to greet family and turned around to see him standing there – after he’d been hid behind a car, might I add. Sneaky! Thank goodness we had our amazing photographer Erin there to help capture the moment. As you can see from the photos, I think the look on my face followed by lots of tears says it all. It’s a moment and a night I’ll never forget!!

So there we have it guys, a little look inside our engagement party. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it – now it’s time to start planning the wedding, arghhh! Thanks so much to Abbey House and all the suppliers for helping us celebrate our engagement in true style – we loved every minute of it! I’ve linked the venue and all the suppliers who helped make it a fantastic night below incase any of you are interested in contacting them for your own event.

Venue: Abbey House Hotel & Gardens
www.abbeyhousehotel.com
Photographer: Erin Browne
 https://eriinbrowne.pixieset.com
DJ: John Norcott from Ntertain
Photobooth: Photobooth Cumbria
Cakes: Angela Couture Cakes
Facebook: @Angelascouturecakes

So if you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture if you’re not already), you’ve probably seen me spamming my feed with photos from mine and my fiancé Matt’s engagement party. They had so many lovely comments on them so I just wanted to thank you guys for all the love you’ve shown us – it means the world to me. I thought it’d be nice to share a few photos from the party and most importantly, the venue. When we first got engaged, we weren’t sure if we wanted a small gathering at our house or if we wanted to go all out with a big party so it took us some time to get round to actually booking something. In the end we decided a big party was the way to go as there was so many people we wanted to celebrate with and you only get engaged once, so why not go all out?

Although we now live closer to Manchester, we’re originally from the Lake District and as most of our family and friends live there, we decided that would be the best location to have the party. When thinking of venues I knew I wanted somewhere modern but also somewhere that has character and  nice accommodation for our guests travelling from away. With this being said, I knew Abbey House Hotel was the venue for us. Situated in the south lakes, it’s a beautiful hotel that’s recently been renovated meaning everything about it is perfect, for want of a better word. The hotels grounds are absolutely stunning and the wedding suites are insane (more on those in a separate post).

We went to meet with John, the manager at Abbey House for a chat so we could decide on a date and also give him more info on what we wanted in terms of decor, food, entertainment and the number of guests we’d have attending. He was so welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us – he was happy to answer any questions we had and provided us with lots of suggestions for the party and what they could do that would really impress our guests. He also showed us their two function rooms – The Cavendish Suite and The Great Hall. Both rooms are stunning with The Cavendish Suite being the bigger and more modern option of the two. We had around 120 guests in total so we decided The Great Hall would be the best option for us as The Cavendish Suite held a lot more guests and we didn’t want the room to look empty, despite John informing us they can dress the rooms to make them look smaller, which is always good to know. We also felt the The Cavendish Suite was more suited to a wedding so we thought it was best to save that for the big day. 

 After deciding on the room and Friday 30th June as our date, it was time for the fun stuff. I’ve never planned a party to this extent before so I didn’t have a clue what was available but John told us all the options and we were honestly blown away by the different things we could do. Everything  from as selfie mirror to magicians and even a Jager station were on the list. We decided to go for all those things as we thought it’d get people talking and be a bit of extra fun for our guests. We also asked for a welcome drink to be served as it’s always nice to be handed a free drink when you arrive a a party! Abbey house arranged prosecco for the ladies and beers for the guys, which went down a treat. We also decided on a hog roast with all the trimmings as the food option, alongside veggie kebabs for the vegetarian guests and cute cake pops for dessert.

As you can see from the photos, The Great Hall is an amazing space – it has loads of character with panelled walls, high ceilings and a really great lay out. It has the main room where there’s more than enough space for a dance floor, entertainment and seating, a small walkway which is great for serving the welcome drinks, the bar and a huge terrace leading out onto Abbey House’s beautiful gardens. Perfect for a marquee! That was a big selling point for us – with it being Summer, we figured it would be lovely to give people the option to sit outside and for the children attending to have somewhere to run around and play. It’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint and most guests were outside until the sun went down and they were ready for a dance. We also had the food served on the terrace under a marquee which was a really nice touch. We were very lucky with the weather too which was a huge bonus as it allowed us to take advantage of the whole space.

The night began with guests arriving to a welcome drink out on the terrace followed by entertainment from magician Joel Dickinson which got everyone asking ‘how on earth did he do that?’ – he was crazy talented and I heard nothing but praise for him from our guests! Next up was the delicious hog roast and lots of dancing in the main room thanks to DJ John Norcotte and the Jager station. I think we may have gone through two whole bottles by the end of the night. Everyone loved it and it definitely got people up on that dance floor after a shot (or five). It was definitely worth the sore head the next morning. 
I loved that everyone was taking selfies at the selfie mirror throughout the night too as we got a copy of all the pictures that were taken put into an album with a message from our guests. I think this is such a lovely idea and it was amazing to look through the next morning. I’m definitely considering something similar for the wedding day. It was hilarious to see people’s selfies get more and more silly as the night went on too – that’s what all those Jager shots will do to you, haha.
During the night, Matt and I headed out into the Abbey House grounds to get some photos with our amazing photographer Erin Browne and I just have to share some of them as I’m so in love. I’ve been a massive fan of Erin’s work for years now so when she offered to take photos at the party, I jumped at the chance. She’s one of the most talented and creative photographers I’ve ever come across and she always thinks outside of the box whilst making you feel totally comfortable. She whisked us off into the woodland area a short walk away and got snapping. We had balloons for props and had so much fun – as you can see by the big smiles on our faces, which were totally natural and caught in the moment. As I said, I’m so in love with how the pictures turned out – they’ll definitely be getting framed! If I’m this happy with the engagement photos, I can only imagine how she’ll capture our actual wedding day – I’m already so so excited. If you’re looking for a photographer for any kind of special occasion, be sure to get in touch with Erin and follow her on Instagram @eriinbrowne to see examples of her fantastic work!!

We had an absolutely fantastic night and couldn’t have asked for anything better. Abbey House took all the stress away from us and organised everything to perfection so the night ran completely seamlessly. If you follow my social, you’ll have seen that I had quite the surprise during the night when my dad turned up. He lives in Australia so I didn’t think for one minute he’d be there as it’s such a long way to travel for an engagement party. As you can imagine, I got the shock of my life when I walked outside to greet family and turned around to see him standing there – after he’d been hid behind a car, might I add. Sneaky! Thank goodness we had our amazing photographer Erin there to help capture the moment. As you can see from the photos, I think the look on my face followed by lots of tears says it all. It’s a moment and a night I’ll never forget!!

So there we have it guys, a little look inside our engagement party. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it – now it’s time to start planning the wedding, arghhh! Thanks so much to Abbey House and all the suppliers for helping us celebrate our engagement in true style – we loved every minute of it! I’ve linked the venue and all the suppliers who helped make it a fantastic night below incase any of you are interested in contacting them for your own event.

Venue: Abbey House Hotel & Gardens
www.abbeyhousehotel.com
Photographer: Erin Browne
 https://eriinbrowne.pixieset.com
DJ: John Norcott from Ntertain
Photobooth: Photobooth Cumbria
Cakes: Angela Couture Cakes
Facebook: @Angelascouturecakes

Despite visiting Australia so many times, I’ve never really explored properly so this time around, we decided to visit Sydney and Melbourne for a couple of days to visit some famous landmarks we’ve heard so much about. I have to be honest, Melbourne wasn’t really for me – it almost reminded me of a sunnier Manchester – it was very grey and I didn’t feel overly inspired by it if I’m totally honest. However, both myself and my ‘fiance’ (still can’t get used to saying this hehe) have been to Sydney before and loved it but as we’ve only visited briefly in the past, we were excited to see more of the city and I was obviously desperate to go to Bondi Beach.

We looked around online for hotels in central Sydney so it would be handy to get to all the places we wanted to go – the opera house, harbour bridge and Bondi Beach. Luckily we can across The Larmont by Lancemore and I just have to share this place with you guys as we absolutely loved it and I can’t recommend the place enough if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Sydney.
Situated in Potts Point and only a 15 minute walk from the famous Opera House, The Larmont is a modern hotel with beautiful open plan suites that make for the perfect place to chill after a busy day of exploring the city. The decor is very modern and minimalist with pops of colour through artwork on the walls and cushions on the bed and seating area. The rooms are light and airy, as well as super spacious – it’s one of those places where you feel instantly calm and relaxed. Not to mention the bed was probably the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on – you just sink right in.

A highlight of the room for me has got to be the bathroom – as I said, the rooms are open plan so the sinks were in the same room as the bedroom with huge mirrors above and marble tops (ideal blogger aesthetic) which was the perfect beauty station for getting ready in the evenings. The toilet and bath/shower were separated by frosted glass doors and I totally fell in love with the freestanding bath tub – total bathroom goals. I loved that the shower was a wet room style too – I seriously need this in my house. Inspo!
Another huge bonus of the room was the balcony and views of the city. As you can see from the photos, we had stunning views right over Sydney and the spacious balcony was perfect for enjoying a few drinks in the evening. There was even a bottle of rose wine waiting for us in the room when we arrived which was obviously cracked straight open and sipped on the balcony whilst the sun set. Perfection!

On the second night of our stay we were very kindly offered a complimentary meal at the hotels new restaurant, The Hyde Sydney. We didn’t know what to expect as hotel restaurants can be hit and miss but this was literally out of this world. No word of a lie when we say this was one of, it not the best meal we’ve ever eaten. From start to finish, it was incredible. The menu wasn’t huge but there was enough choice that it catered to everyone’s tastes. I’m personally not a big meat eater so I went for a tomato and Burrata cheese starter whilst Matt and our friend Emily went for Quail and Oysters – all of which were beautiful.

For the mains, Emily and I both went for the crab, asparagus and tagliolini and it was divine. I’m all about a simple pasta dish and this one was so fresh and full of flavour – hands down one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten. However, the real star of the show was the pistachio crusted lamb which Matt ordered. Oh my goodness – I don’t even like lamb but this was unbelievably good. It just melted in your mouth and had the most beautiful flavour due to the herb crush. In Matt’s word is was “the best meal I’ve ever eaten” – I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that.


Dessert was to the same standard – we got three of the desserts from the menu so we could sample a bit of each and just like the rest of the meal, they were divine. I had a hazelnut and chocolate fondant with a caramel sauce and it was beautiful. I’m not a dessert kinda girl and would usually always go for a starter over dessert but oh my goodness, this was like heaven on a plate. Emily went for the white frozen white chocolate and berry mousse whilst Matt went for the Olive Oil and Vanilla Panna cotta. 
I also have to comment on the staff who were so helpful and lovely – they couldn’t do enough for us and were constantly coming over to top up our drinks (which again, were delightful) and ask if everything was okay. They were also really helpful when it came to choosing what we wanted to eat – they gave us their recommendations and told us a bit more about the dishes and ingredients. It was such an amazing place and atmosphere that I decided it would be the perfect time to ask Emily to be my bridesmaid over a glass of prosecco so The Hyde will now always hold a special place in my heart. I’ll definitely be back on my next visit to Sydney which I’m hoping won’t be too long away.

I honestly can’t recommend this place enough and if you’re visiting Sydney soon or have plans to in the future, make sure you add this to your list of hotels to stay at. You can find their website here for more details and prices.