Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Belfast is a city we love to visit, there’s lots to do with some great restaurants and bars. It had been a couple of years since our last trip so we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at The Merchant Hotel and booked an ‘art deco room’ for a two night weekend break. 

Eat & Drink in Madrid, Spain

Spending a week in Madrid for work, I got to visit some nice spots for food and drinks. Here’s a roundup of the places I enjoyed including Bar Tomate, La Cabra, Tatel & Natsuki. 

Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny

Mount Juliet is a beautiful Georgian house, on 1500 acres of land, with the River Nore running through it. It’s setting is spectacular and is one of the reasons we chose Mount Juliet for our wedding in June 2010. We were excited to return recently for a two night stay.

Brunch at America Restaurant, Toronto

  Brunch at America Restaurant in Toronto was quite simply, epic, and one of my favourite dining experiences of 2015. I loved everything about it, from the place itself to the food and the style of dining. If I find myself in Toronto again, I am certainly making sure I’m there on a Sunday to…

The Best of 2015 – Travel & Holidays

This time this ‘Best of 2015’ post is in order starting with our New Years visit to London, one of my favourite cities. We stayed near Hyde Park at the Doubletree by Hilton London Hyde Park on Bayswater Road, a nice location and well located to explore the places we love in London from there. We…

Ravine Vineyard, St. Davids Bench

While in Canada this summer we visited Ravine Vineyard a few times, for wine tasting, Lunch and dinner. It offers something a little different to a lot of the other vineyards and wineries in this area – the restaurant is more casual, rustic feeling… we loved it, gorgeous food, great setting, really nice staff.

TOCA, Ritz Carlton, Toronto

Whilst in Toronto, it was Simon’s birthday and a birthday needs a decadent lunch! I booked a table for 2 at TOCA  in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto. A luxurious hotel from the moment you enter, a sweeping staircase brings you to TOCA on the mezzanine floor. The menu is based on Italian cuisine, it’s seasonal and local and…

Canoe, 54th Floor – TD Bank Tower, Toronto

The view from the bar in Canoe is one of my favourites … looking out over the water across the Toronto islands, with the City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), sailing boats and just a gorgeous perspective from the 54th floor. Such a lovely spot to sip a gin martini…

Niagara on the Lake & The Bench – Ontario Wineries, Canada

  You may not know this but there’s a wonderful wine region in Canada – on both sides of the country. We love Toronto, a city we return to time and time again. An hour out the QEW from Toronto and you are into wine land, the Twenty Valley, the Beamsville Bench and onto Niagara…

Toronto Part 3: Brunch at ViaVai (& a little shopping!)

Our first full day in Toronto and we fancied a nice brunchy kind of lunch so with a bit of pre-holiday research I had booked us into Via Vai for their weekend brunch. A brand new restaurant, soaring glass, artwork and a great menu. Previously an art gallery, Via Vai is now a wonderful pizzeria restaurant and wine bar with…