Brunette and Two Blondes: Disneyland Paris

I’m not sure if you know… but one of the brunette and two blondes is heading to Disneyland Paris! What we didn’t know was that the park is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year!

2017 marks 25 years since the theme park opened its legendary gates for the very first time. When we were sent some amazing information from 365 Tickets we were even more excited (who else is jealous of Minnie’s 150+ dress wardrobe!?).


If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the Disneyland Paris park, you can check out the original 365 Ticket post here.

Be sure to stay tuned for our post all about our time at the park and Paris!

Steak & Shake @ No.8 Lister Square

We were invited along to try No.8 Lister Square’s brand new Steak & Shake deal last week, and let me just say, oh wow!

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The vibe of No.8 Lister Square is basically cool and relaxed – my favourite.  Downstairs there’s people chilling with drinks (the cocktails are unreal may I just add), while upstairs the restaurant has a slightly more formal feel with everyone enjoying their food.  There was a pub quiz there while we were there, making for a great laugh.  They also have loads of live music nights, which I’ll certainly be making a return for.

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After making our way up the stairs, we were greeted by our server straight away and shown to our table with a lovely smile, while the steak & shake deal was explained to us.  Basically the new deal is that you get a 150g Rump Steak & chips and a milkshake for £10, and the deal is available Sunday-Thursday 4pm-7pm.  Bargaaaaain!

I did the bad thing, and brought along a vegetarian as my date to steak night – I know, I know.  But fortunately for us the restaurant and staff were so accommodating, offering several delightful sounding vegetarian dinner options.

A very friendly server promptly arrived to take our orders; I of course, had the rump steak with chips while my friend opted for the sundried tomato with buffalo mozzarella & fresh basil flatbread.  We also got the breaded brie bites with cranberry dip as a side dish – as if we didn’t already have enough on our plates… And who could forget the two chocolate milkshakes to top the meal off.

The flatbread got a huge thumbs up from my dining companion, with seriously generous helpings of mozzarella this one is bound to be a winner with cheese fans everywhere!  The flatbreads are basically like a slightly less round shaped pizza, I stole just a tiny slice and it was amazing.

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Now to the main event of the evening, the steak.  What I really loved about this dinner was the little twist in that you get to cook your own steak on a hot stone.  Armed with a sizzling hot stone, a bowl of rock salt and some beautifully pre sliced steak – I was ready to become a master chef.

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After tasting the steak, I’m basically convinced I’m in entirely the wrong profession…  It was SO good!  I think with steak, it’s a really good and fun idea to let people cook it themselves as people (me) tend to know exactly how they like it.  With all the hard work and prep already done, you just have to lay the meat carefully on the hot stone and wait for it to turn your desired shade of cooked.

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The chips were beautifully cooked with skin on, served with a generous helping of mayo.  And last but certainly not least – the brie bites. Can these somehow become a main meal please?!  They are absolutely to die for.  I love when places put extra effort into their side dishes and make them stand out, No.8 Lister Square certainly achieved that level of effort with these charming little cheese nibbles.

Final thoughts on No.8?  Food, atmosphere and service were all amazing.  The steak & shake offer is a great deal, especially for the quality of food that you receive for just a tenner.  No.8 Lister Square is the ideal place for an easy going dinner with friends, and maybe even a quiz win if you’re lucky too.

You can find out more about No.8 Lister Square and all of the fun things they’re doing here.


The Brunette and Two Blondes share The Lyth Valley Hotel in Kendall

The Lyth valley in Kendall sounds like the place of Fairy Tales, with blossoming Damson trees and rolling hills, the scenery could be something taken straight from a story… especially if that story is one penned by the wonderful Beatrix Potter.


Ms Potter is best known for her beautifully illustrated children’s books, like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and friends and her childhood holidays in the Lake District heavily influenced these works.


This Easter holiday, why not visit the lakes and explore the muse behind the landscape of Squirrel Nutkin’s sail along Derwentwater or Jonny Townmouse’s Hawkshead home? If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then The Lyth Valley Hotel is the perfect place for your exploring base.


Snuggled beautifully between the majestic limestone outcrops of Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, lying in the rolling, pastoral, damson tree-strewn landscape of the Lyth valley, is the luxuriously refurbished 9 bedroom hotel and restaurant. The stunning oak-panelled dining room and woodland creature themed rooms are enough to get you more than a little in the mood for discovering more about Ms Potter’s magical animal friends.


The World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a mere 20 minute drive from the hotel.



The Brunette visits Twice Brewed Inn

A week or two ago I was visiting my family down in Hexam, on my drive down my friend and I decided to have a quick stop at Hadrian’s Wall (surprisingly neither of us had been before). After having a quick jaunt around the area and taking some very touristy photos, we were famished.
After being made aware of a lovely little Inn not too far away from where we were, we decided to have a drive and eat there.
I decided on the Potato Skins with chilli and garlic mayo (which were ridiculously amazing, seriously I can’t stop thinking about the dips) and the Vegetable Quarter Pounder which came with some lovely homemade chips and some salad. Definitely what I needed after the very long drive down from Scotland.
The Twice Brewed Inn is set in a lovely little location, very close to an area of the wall, which we then had a little look at after eating too! It’s such a traditional British location with lovely food. We were also told that the Inn has some lovely rooms which I think would be great if you wanted to stay and explore the area over a long-weekend.
Have you visited Hadrian’s Wall before? What did you think?

The Brunette and Two Blondes Recommend Valentine’s Stays

Are you looking for somewhere to take your Valentine/Pal-entine this February? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 UK hotels we’re dying to be taken.

  1. The Witchery, Edinburgh

Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson’s Witchery is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in the city.46.jpg

2. Beech Hill Hotel & Spa, Lake District  

From the eastern bank of Windermere, the dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells are nothing short of breathtaking. This constantly changing scene serves as a living picture postcard of this most beautiful countryside, an eloquent backdrop to the captivating charm that is the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.


3. The Wizard Chamber, London

Concealed behind a bookcase door, curious guests can enjoy venturing to the Wizard Chamber on the lower ground floor of our 19th century hotel. Pass through a portrait-lined passageway that is bathed in candle light that casts dancing shadows across the walls.


4. The Four Seasons Hotel, St. Fillans 

The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire Scotland is situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of Loch Earn. The natural beauty of this location is the first delight for every visitor to St. Fillans, and the position of the Four Seasons, looking south-west down Loch Earn, is one of the most enviable settings in Scotland


5. The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton

The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993.
Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities, within eighty acres of working farmland all contribute to its distinctive personality.


6. Newton Hall, Northumberland

Unique among boutique hotels Newcastle and Northumberland, Newton Hall is blessed with Italian style, retro cool, Oriental mystery, colonial splendour, loft-style living, French chic and more… and all of it marvellously, wonderfully and beautifully relaxing.


7. Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries And Galloway

Trigony House Hotel and Garden Spa is definitely not a budget “chain” hotel and offers a truly relaxing, bespoke and unique ‘5 star’ country house hotel experience.


8. Borthwick Castle, North Middleton 

The rooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by spiral staircases and secret doorways. Some are named after the historic figures who would have slept there in days gone by.


9. Balbirnie House, Fife

Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife.


10. Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth

Nestling in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you’ll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore.


Where are you desperate to go this Valentine’s Day?