Brewers Fayre launch range of activities for half term fun

It’s coming very close to the first half term holiday of 2016, and with family fun and dining in mind Brewers Fayre have put together a range of child friendly activities. This means that as well as filling their faces with scrumptious grub, kids can also get rid of some of the surplus energy that school usually takes care of.

01.08.2015. Cadgers Brae Farm Brewers Fayre.

If you haven’t already done so, it is definitely worth checking out your local Brewers Fayre. Many branches have been refurbished to add a soft play area so that children can play safely whilst mom and dad enjoy a well deserved rest. There are also a range of Beano themed table top activities, including colouring in sheets, puzzles and activities, and also free balloons (and what child doesn’t love a balloon, every time we open our boot it seems yet another balloon floats out…anyone else?).

Burleydam, South Wirral General view of The Burleydam, South Wirral.

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For the half term holidays there will also be fun discos on both Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February at selected Brewers Fayres. The Toddlers disco will run from 9.30am – 3pm while the Kids will run from 3.30- 7.30pm at a cost of £3 per child. There will also be the great value menu which includes the ‘Daytime Value offer’ which runs from 12 – 6pm Monday to Friday and means guests can enjoy two starters for £2.50, two mains for just £10.99 and two desserts for £2.50. There is also the range of buffet selections with different themes for each day of the week, running from 5-8pm.

Last Saturday we went along to enjoy some of the delights from the menu at the Walsall branch of Brewers Fayre, and we were very impressed with the friendliness and service, and the food that we chose. As it was lunchtime, we opted for a sharing starter of Loaded Nachos. These are delicious, great if you don’t actually want a meal but a snack with drinks.  The fully loaded crispy corn tortilla chips were covered with melted mozzarella & cheddar cheese, gooey cheese sauce, guacamole, salsa and cool sour cream. The addition of Chilli made these a real warming dish, great for a rather cold day. We were also given a side of Jalapenos especially for the hubby, who enjoys spice. I love Nachos and these were amongst the best I have had, totally packed with flavour and filling.

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For mains Pete decided to try the Chilli Cheese Dog that he had been tempted by on our last few visits. When it came out I have to say it look impressive, loaded with spicy chilli, melted cheese, jalapeños, a drizzle of tomato sauce and served with chips and coleslaw. This was another hearty dish – a total bargain at just £8.79, with the right combination of heat and flavour. Pete added a side salad too, and said this was a dish he would definitely order again.

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I chose the South Western burger. This was a tasty, breaded spiced chicken fillet, topped with spicy mayo and served with crunchy colelsaw and chips. I loved this, the spicy mayo had the heat of chilli, and the coleslaw was also really good, chunky and homemade with a mixture of cabbages, rather than the small crunch variety you often get, The portion of chips was also plentiful, and these were proper chips, rather than fries, always a good thing in my view. A portion of onion rings was the final addition, and this was huge (I think it was 12 onion rings for £1.99, which is, quite frankly, cheaper than the average burger and fast food bar.)

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Once again we really enjoyed our meal at Brewers Fayre, and would certainly not hesitate to recommend it to readers or friends based on either food or service. So, if you are looking for affordable, family friendly fare this half term, you know where to go.

 

 

Traditional Kitchens with a modern touch

“My family and I cook at home almost every day together. The kitchen is the central and most important room in the house; it’s a great way for us to connect.”

Jose Andres Puerta

For many families, the kitchen is totally the heart of the home, a warm, welcoming environment that is constantly filled with hustle and bustle. In recent years, decor for kitchens has moved towards the ultra modern, with bright coloured high gloss units that are stylish and functional, being wipe clean and hard wearing, combining the practical with the tasteful. I think an element in this move has been the abundance of kitchen gadgets that we all seem to be putting in our kitchens, these look modern and space-age and generally suit a kitchen in this style too.

We had a new kitchen a few years ago and went for a sleek, modern design in ecru. This was bright and made our rather small kitchen seem a little lighter, and as all the units were wipe clean, and we had a rather messy little boy, it was a good choice. But recently I have been looking at the more traditional style kitchens on the Betta Living website and have been lusting after designs that incorporate the features of Shaker Style, or have cupboards with impractical but oh so pretty glass doors. I have fallen in love with kitchens that frankly look they should be in a large farmhouse, and generally feel that these kitchens may not have the glossy shine, but the vintage glamour of styles like the Heritage Alabaster just seems to be more adult, more grown up. Less about dirty hands and sticky fingers and more about entertaining friends, coffee and chat and serious attempts at cooking up a storm.
Beautiful and traditional kitchens
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My absolute favourite is the Cranford Design below, just look at the charcoal colour against an Art Nouveau backdrop.
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What is your kitchen like? Do you favour the traditional or modern designs?

Red Carpet Style at House of Fraser

Saturday will see the next big event on the awards season calendar, when the Screen Actors Guild awards take place. The SAGs are generally considered to be one of the lesser awards when it comes to the fashion, with simpler styles, casual looks and jumpsuits all making an appearance on the Red Carpet.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some seriously gorgeous looks on display (you can check  out last year’s best dressed here.) But it does mean that this is one award ceremony where you could get away with a dress bought ‘off the peg’.

House of Fraser have become a part of the British Red Carpet in recent years, with their partnership with BAFTA meaning that their range of dresses and accessories are no strangers when it comes to the best dressed list. Denise Van Outen, Michelle Keegan, Cheska Hull, Tallulah Riley and Laura Whitmore are just some of the gorgeous ladies who have opted for House of Fraser as a port of call for their full length and fabulous dresses. With the department store stocking brands like Biba, JS Collections, Eliza J and Adrianna Papell, there is no shortage of different styles and choice when it comes to formal wear.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Francesca Hull arrives at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Currently, there are still amazing discounts and promotions which can lead to some hefty savings on formal dresses. This means now is a great time to shop if you have a formal occasion coming up, whether it be a prom, a wedding, a ladies day event, work party, or even your very own awards ceremony. The range of styles and colours ensure that you can buy now, and then wear in the summer. I have selected some dresses below in a range of prices to suit all budgets, with my favourite being the Ralph Lauren metallic cowl dress which is so worthy of a red carpet.

Do you have any special events coming up that require an evening gown?

 Little Mistress One Shoulder Embellished Waist Maxi Dress £78 Click to visit House of Fraser


Little Mistress One Shoulder Embellished Waist Maxi Dress
                        £78 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Deep V full skirted maxi dress £149 Click to visit House of Fraser


                             Biba Deep V full skirted maxi dress
                             £149 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve gown with beaded V neck now £68 Click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Cap sleeve gown with beaded V neck
            now £68 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Lace maxi dress now £50 Click to visit House of Fraser


                                             Biba Lace maxi dress
                              now £50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Badgley Mischka Sequined Lace Cami Gown with Georgette S now £09.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Badgley Mischka Sequined Lace Cami Gown with Georgette S      now £89.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Studio 75 Sleeveless Lace Gathered Waist Maxi Dress now £19.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Studio 75 Sleeveless Lace Gathered Waist Maxi Dress
           now £19.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 JS Collections Jewel cap sleeve rouched evening dress £160 Click to visit House of Fraser


   JS Collections Jewel cap sleeve rouched evening dress
                 £160 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Lauren Ralph Lauren Latima cowl neck metallic gown £210 Click to visit House of Fraser


        Lauren Ralph Lauren Latima cowl neck metallic gown
                      £210 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Untold Sleeveless monochrome gown £54 click to visit House of Fraser


                    Untold Sleeveless monochrome gown
                        £54 click to visit House of Fraser

 Linea Embroidered long sleeve maxi dress £249 Click to visit House of Fraser


                   Linea Embroidered long sleeve maxi dress
                           £249 Click to visit House of Fraser