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Friday Night Al Fresco – A Review of Southern Eleven Manchester

Southern Eleven is easily in my top ten places to eat…ever! It’s a winner every time and my go-to place when I have visitors.It oozes comfortable sophistication, in a buzzing atmosphere in Spinningfields, central Manchester.
It’s not your average diner food or setting, instead it’s a cool cocktail bar and restaurant serving-up gastronomic delights with an open kitchen and a seriously stylish interior.You look around and you’re surrounded by young-professionals, families, first-daters, girls-night-outers and regulars – this place has a lot of regulars.
What I’m saying is, it’s a mixed-crowd as everyone loves Southern Eleven and everyone fits in. It’s a pleaser on every level. This is basically because the food is out-standing. It’s authentic, careful and delicious. The owners and chefs take great pride in making sure they get everything right, from the mouth-watering menu, locally-sourced produce, authentic cooking techniques and unique twists like the ‘Shake your own cocktails’. It’s a fun place to be, with prompt service and an effortlessly cool vibe.
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A bit of Michael Buble at the 02 London

Well, of course I couldn’t not include a post at about the amazingly talented Michael Buble, who we saw at London’s 02 last week.

I’d seen him before a couple of years ago and he didn’t disappoint, so when I heard he was touring again, I sat on the internet at 9am and watched every date sell out before my very eyes! I’d missed out and was gutted. So when he added a couple of extra dates at London’s 02, I dived right in again and this time got tickets for myself and mummy.

8 months later, I was on the train down to London from Manchester (cheap upgrade to First Class so I could enjoy a couple of glasses of wine), in the Summer sunshine, absolutely chomping at the bit to see him perform live again. Mummy met me at Euston at we made our way down to the Embankment where we jumped on the Thames Clipper to Greenwich. What a great way to travel! With an on-board bar and views of the River Thames and London, it’s a 50-min journey to the 02 at Greenwich and costs £5.85 with your Oyster Card.

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Dog walking in Delamere Forest

So with the hottest weekend of the year upon us and nothing to do, we decided to spend our Saturday on a lovely long dog walk with Bobbi in Delamere Forest.

Delamere is about 45 mins outside of Manchester towards Chester/Liverpool way. It’s a very quaint part of the world and thrives in the sunshine, with lots of lush green leaves and trees. We drove and there’s plenty of parking, very reasonably priced at £1 per hour which put you at the beginning of many walking trails of varying lengths and distances. We chose to park in Whitefield Car Park which is just across the road from a lovely walking trail through the forest and around the lake.

Bobbi was in her element, frolicking and leaping through the bushes and woods. As it was so hot, Delamere is perfect as there’s lots of shade, so you can be outside for longer and it’s better for dogs. We passed lots of other couples, dog-walkers and families, but it wasn’t busy at all – it felt very peaceful and secluded.

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