Glamour and a Musical – Our Stay in The 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

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A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a fabulous competition for two to stay a night in the newly awarded 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast. The prize also included two tickets to see Chicago the musical in the beautiful Grand Opera House which is next door to the hotel. After deliberating long and hard I decided it was probably best to bring Nial 😉

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A Blissful and Relaxing Pregnancy Massage At The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

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Being pregnant is an amazing time and probably the most deserving time to be pampered. There are so many changes that your body goes through, and that’s one thing that I’m learning quickly as this is my first pregnancy. It only makes sense that by nurturing your body you will help nurture the baby.

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Great Food at Coq & Bull Brasserie, Clandeboye Lodge

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Yesterday we shared with you our recent trip to the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor, Co. Down (which you can read here), and today we’re back with a review of our dining experience at the Coq & Bull Brasserie at the hotel.  As we were staying in the hotel, we booked a table for 7.30pm to give us ample time to relax in the hotel before enjoying our evening meal.  As we went down to the brasserie we could see it was already getting busy, an had a vibrant atmosphere.  As this was our first time dining at Coq & Bull, we knew the busy dining room was a good sign.  We were greeted by a member of staff and took a seat in the lounge area to enjoy a drink before taking a seat for dinner.

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A Night of R&R at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor

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A couple of weeks ago we were invited along to the 4 Star Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor to visit the Coq & Bull Brasserie.  We hadn’t been to Bangor in a long time and it was our first time visiting both the Clandeboye and the Coq & Bull Brasserie so we didn’t really know what to expect.  It turned out to be a very special day for us as we had our 12 week scan earlier in the morning and are delighted to announce we are expecting our first child (but we’ll share more about this in a future blog).

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Gourmet Wine Evening at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

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Last week we were invited along to the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in our home town of Newcastle for a lovely gourmet wine evening.  We’ve been pretty fortunate over the last 8 – 9 months to be invited along to a number of fine dining evenings thanks to the NI Year of Food & Drink, although we like to think it’s down to the fact that we’re great company 🙂

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A Celebration of all Things Fermanagh at Festival Lough Erne

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On Friday night we were fortunate enough to get invited along to Festival Lough Erne, and a celebration of all things Erne County at the Lough Erne popup restaurant in the newly refurbished Enniskillen Castle.  Now in its second year, Festival Lough Erne showcases some of the wonderful local food producers in Fermanagh, and this year to celebrate the year of food and drink here in Northern Ireland, the festival marked the end of the inaugural Fermanagh Restaurant Week.

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Luxury and Relaxation at The Culloden Hotel

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A few weeks back we went off on a little adventure to kickstart our July holidays.  First up was a lovely lunch at the Michelin Starred Deanes EIPIC (which you can read about here), followed the next day by a night of fine dining and relaxation at the luxurious 5 star Culloden Estate and Spa in the village of Cultra just outside Belfast.

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Dinner Review of The River Room at Galgorm Resort & Spa

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A few weeks back we visited the Galgorm Resort and Spa for an overnight stay (you can read more about that trip here).  While we were more than impressed by the hotel facilities, and in particular the outdoor Thermal Village and spa facilities, there was another aspect of the stay that really took our breath away – the food.  We dined at the River Room on our first night, and it was a dining experience to remember.  It feels like every restaurant we’ve been to in the past 3-4 months has exceeded our expectations, and the River Room was another dining experience where this was the case.

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Luxury and Bliss at Galgorm Resort and Spa

Review of Galgorm Hotel and Spa - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We recently spent the night at the wonderful Galgorm Resort and Spa in County Antrim to celebrate Helen’s birthday.  This was our second time at the Galgorm having previously stayed at a family wedding.  There have been a few changes over the past 2-3 years since our last stay, with the new outdoor thermal village the most prominent.  We had heard lots of good reports from friends who had been to the resort since the thermal village opened, and we couldn’t wait to spend a day lying about, relaxing and just taking it easy.  While the Galgorm is a bit of a jaunt from our home in Newcastle (about 90 minutes), it’s only 35-40 minutes from Belfast, and as we went straight from work in Belfast, it didn’t feel as long a trip which is always good.

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Escaping the Euros with a Spa package at Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle

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As many of you know, Nial is football mad.  So as you can guess, with coverage of the Euros being everywhere at the minute, football is on the television in our house daily.  Sometimes even twice a day!  As I’m sure you have gathered from previous blog posts, I am not a fan, I can watch the odd game but there is a limit to how many minutes I can dedicate to football before I start to feel queasy…

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