Did someone say date day?
In Manchester, I do love stomping around the Northern quarter.
Wasn’t that a treat. We haven’t spent a day together on our own – just Mr H and I since December when we celebrated our wedding anniversary. It didn’t feel like it had been that long until I just wrote it down. Gosh. Just another example of how this year has flown by despite also feeling like we have been stood still.
So tell me, have you ventured out recently? To a bar or restaurant? Date day or a few hours? Before last weekend I hadn’t been to a bar or restaurant since March. Mr H had but if I’m honest I wasn’t in a rush to do so. I’m not quite ready to get back to normal. If that’s what we can call it now. We did venture down to The Cotswolds when the restrictions were lifted on stay-cations, the weekend was just what we all needed as as there was so much space around us I didn’t feel worried at all.
Back to last weekend. As we have a gorgeous puppy arriving very soon (eek I know) we thought we would take the opportunity to escape before our little family dynamic changes. Before sleepless nights and settling in our new furry baby are the priority. Bobby is going to be one seriously loved puppy, but first it was time for a little break.
And so we went off on a little overnight stay in Manchester.
A group of Mr H’s friends had given him a rather lovely gift voucher for us to enjoy at The Ivy – so we booked a table at the Asia restaurant. Our favourite food. We haven’t been for food before. It was so good. A gorgeous treat. I would go as far as to say it was an experience not just a meal. The food was incredible, the decor (wait for it), the service and the atmosphere. All brilliant. I would highly recommend.
We had such a lovely day.
I will admit to feeling a little apprehensive, honestly I needn’t have been. We made reservations at two or three bars which was so easy to manage. I would recommend doing so, we missed a couple of our favourites though as there was no availability. It was actually really nice not being crammed in to a bar and sitting on top of each other. The staff were really relaxed and everyone was following the rules. As the weather was OK we were also able to sit out on terraces or in the open space around Stevenson Square. It all felt manageable and something I would do again. I surprised myself.
We managed to squeeze in a little breakfast date.
On Sunday morning we managed to squeeze in some time to eat before heading home to George. I’ve always wanted to try the Cruffin’s made in Haus at Albert Schloss. Oh my goodness, I was in sweet heaven. The perfect breakfast to kick a hangover into touch! You have to try them. They’re a super fancy version of a pastry. Mr H enjoyed their Haus Breakfast which would easily serve two. I do love wandering around Manchester when the streets are quiet, free from shoppers – just locals about their day. Manchester has some of the greatest architecture, I find myself aimlessly wandering with my head in the sky.
And that was our date day in Manchester. Super chilled and really relaxing. We may have spent most of the day chatting about George and Bobby arriving this week but it was time away together. It was lovely. I can see that being it for a few months now, not that I’m sad about that as we have an exciting time ahead. It felt good to appreciate this time together.