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Posted on December 12, 2013

Our Visit to Cadbury World

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Last Sunday we drove down to Cadbury World at Birmingham,  it’s not too far from us it took just over an hour including a little ‘detour’ for about ten minutes (which was NOT my navigation skills)  We arrived just after 10:30am and we took the last space in the car park  so I was expecting it to be super busy! Parking is free as it should be 😉 Read more

Posted on October 11, 2013

Eden Hall Day Spa Review

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Last Friday was my other half’s 40th birthday so I took him to Eden Hall Day Spa as a surprise. We don’t often get to spend any time together relaxing so I booked us the majestic stay package for a real treat! I managed to keep this a complete surprise until we were about ten minutes away and then he realised where we were going! 🙂 Read more

Posted on September 11, 2013

Thomas & Friends: King Of The Railway

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Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to Thomas Land for a special screening of King Of The Railway, which is the new Thomas & Friends movie. We were treated to popcorn and drinks and watched the new movie in the 4D cinema at Drayton, I was a bit sad that the film wasn’t shown in 3D but the kids loved it; especially all the fun effects like bubbles, water spraying and the chairs moving! Daddy wasn’t too pleased about the chairs suddenly jolting as he had nodded off lol!  I personally really enjoyed the movie, it has a great story line that kept the kids entertained throughout. We were really pleased to come away with it on DVD too as the kids got a couple of amazing goody bags! Read more

Posted on August 12, 2013

Cineworld Review

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Last weekend we took Bugs for his very first trip to the cinema, it was the day before his third birthday so we wanted to do something special so when Cineworld contacted me to see if I’d like to review for them I obviously jumped at the chance! Bugs & Boo LOVE Despicable Me (so do Mummy & Daddy) so were very excited to go and watch Despicable Me 2! Read more

Posted on June 7, 2013

New Specials Menu at Frankie & Benny’s Review

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A couple of weeks ago I was sent a £30 voucher to go and try out the new specials menu at Frankie & Bennys; last time I reviewed them I actually said I wouldn’t go back and I probably wouldn’t have if I had to pay but I thought I’d give them another chance to impress me. As always I called upon my trusty sidekick Lero (My 16 yr old son) and we set off for Frankie & Benny’s Lenton Restaurant in Nottingham. It’s always super busy here as there is a big Showcase cinemas so I booked a table for 7.30pm on a Thursday evening.

When we arrived it was really busy and we had to wait for a table to be cleared before we could be seated. This was only five minutes or so and we were a little earlier so we can let them off for that 😉 We were seated at a nice little table for two and our drinks order was taken immediately! The staff were very friendly although they insulted Lero by asking ‘What can I get you ladies?’ I don’t think Lero will set foot in there again; poor lad was so embarrassed!

There is quite a good range on the special menu, five starters, 12 mains and four desserts. You can have two courses for £10.95 or three for an additional £2.25. So a three course meal for £13.20 isn’t too bad really! The Specials Menu is available all day Sunday to Friday.

I have to say all the food was brought to us quickly and the waitresses were very friendly. I did feel a bit like we were being rushed with the speed of things being brought to our tables and I shouldn’t complain about that really but I think there should be a nice pause between courses personally.

Starters… 
Lero ordered BBQ Chilli Wings and I had BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins. Lero really enjoyed his wings, mine were nice but could have been warmer. Portion sizes were good, we were still ready for more once we had finished these.

bbq chilli wings

BBQ Chilli Wings

BBQ pulled pork

BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins

Mains…
We both opted for burgers at this point. I went with the Ranch Burger and Lero BBQ Burger. There were no other mains that really took our fancy. We did enjoy our burgers, they were tasty and filling, the fries were really nice too.

Ranch Burger

Ranch Burger

Lero's BBQ Burger

Lero’s BBQ Burger – not sure why it was all on one side of the plate like that!

Desserts…
Lero was super excited to see Salt Caramel Cheesecake on the menu, unfortunately this had sold out! He was gutted and opted for Banoffee Brownie instead while I went for Apple & Raspberry Crumble with Custard.  Lero’s was disappointing, he got three small squares of dry brownie, a mountain of cream and a couple of pieces of banana. My crumble was nice, I didn’t like the pastry but the rest was lovely although it needed more custard!

Banoffee Brownie

Banoffee Brownie.

crumble

Apple & Raspberry Crumble with Custard

We both had a glass of coke too so our bill came to £32.50 in total and we paid just £2.50. Honestly the food wasn’t that bad but it’s still not for me. The only chain you will see me at on a regular basis is Pizza Express 😉

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