9 Mar 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Exchange Leicester

Sundays are for relaxing, unwinding from the past week and letting go. So when The Exchange asked if I wanted to come down and try out their Bottomless Sunday I was like 'hell to the yeah'! And I couldn't very well do this Sunday filled with bubbly deliciousness on my own now could I...that's why I was accompanied by two of my very lovely friends Lauren & Lisa. 


The Exchange is situated in the heart to Leicester's Cultural Quarter directly opposite The Curve Theatre. A perfect spot for an afternoon full of girlie shenanigans! On entering the bar we could see that the tables had been carefully laid out and styled with a collection of mismatched vintage china, floral table cloths and fresh flowers. It was a mad hatters tea party hidden within the city! A sophisticated spread of wonderment with personalised name plates on the table and food galore! From the moment we sat at our table and all the way through our dining experience the lovely waiter Arron attentively saw to our every need. Making sure that our teapot was hot and brimming with tea and more importantly that our prosecco glasses were full. They really do make you feel special!


Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford back in 1840 and today it is still the most quintessential of English customs. Dainty cucumber sandwiches, miniature cakes and of course tea. However The Exchange's afternoon tea has a little twist. Sandwiches served on tractional vintage cake stands but with modern contemporary filling ingredients. From mozzarella, red pesto & basil to baby spinach red pesto & prosciutto ham for the meat eaters. All sandwiched within a mini toasted ciabatta finger. A very moreish selection indeed and the chef Tim kindly kept checking in us to see if our sandwichey delights needed replenishing.



As well as the bottomless prosecco The Exchange also offers a selection of soft drinks and house wines in this bottomless offer. I of course had to try a cheeky rose which was very satisfying and refreshing. And it kinda went perfectly with the decadent warm scones, clotted cream and jam which was my personal highlight. Nom nom nom! And if you even have any room left there are mini brownies and macaroons aplenty to sink your teeth into. I was rather full at this point however I still managed to squeeze a couple in.


'There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea'

Henry James


What a splendid way to spend a Sunday Afternoon with bottomless prosecco, bottomless food, great company and the fantastic atmosphere that The Exchange has to offer! The service was spot on, the food delicious and the prosecco was flowing. The Exchange was shortlisted for 'Best Afternoon Tea'  in Leicester in Leicesters Tourism Awards 2016 and you can certainly see why! Whether you are after an afternoon out with your friends or want to buy someone a unique memorable gift I would highly recommend Bottomless Sundays at The Exchange.



Bottomless Sunday every week at The Exchange Bar Leicester 12.30pm - 3pm £25pp

Book your table HERE!







5 Mar 2017

World Book Day - Chronic Illness And How I Overcame Obstacles

I posted this over on Instagram this week and I was rather overwhelmed by the response. I thought Id share it here on the blogosphere too.



As it's World Book Day I want to tell you story... 


Once upon a time there was a girl called Victoria. Unfortunately Victoria was quite poorly for many years and struggled to walk, talk and do simple tasks. Victoria began her long road to recovery. And with the help of friends, family and the hospital she taught her brain how to do these simple things again. One of the things Victoria really struggled with was reading. Her dizzy head and sickness made the words move from the page and she couldn't focus, concentrate or take anything in. Victoria was a determined girl and refused to be beaten by this illness so she came up with a plan! She would walk to the local library a mere 8 minute walk from her home (it actually took her 50 minutes as she could barely stand and had to cling onto everything for dear life along the way). Once at the library she would sit on one of the tiny chairs by the tiny tables in the children's section and open up a book. Books like 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and the 'Miffy' books. Books that had large bold text, children's books that were simple to read. Victoria made this journey many times. Each time sitting on that tiny chair practicing reading, teaching her brain to stop the words from moving and take in their meaning. The librarian watched Victoria over these weeks, sitting in the children's section reading books but never once said a word. Until one day the librarian came over to her and said 'I've been watching you come in here and I just want to say you've made so much progress'. The librarian and Victoria talked for awhile and Victoria explained about her illness and that she had a Balance Disorder. The librarian went on to tell her that she was proud of her for all the progress she had made. That night when she got home Victoria cried. She really didn't feel that she had made any progress at all, as she felt so ill all of the time. But a complete stranger had seen the difference and went out of her way to tell her and that felt good.



Books were a massive part of my recovery. Books are important, they should be celebrated! Grab yourself a book this World Book Day, sit on a comfy chair, read and get lost in your imagination.




18 Jan 2017

Hygge The Danish Art of Living Well With BoConcept Edinburgh

You may have seen or already be aware of the Danish phenomenon of Hygge (pronounced 'hue-gah') as it seems to be the word of the moment. Taken from the Old Norse words hu -meaning thought, mind, courage and hyggia which means to think. Hygge doesn't have a direct English translation but I feel the it can be summed up by one word cosiness. Hygge is a sense of belonging, contentment and the simplicity of being present in the moment. That place that is familiar to you, the feeling of being home, a sense of love. Hygge will be different for everyone as needs will differ from one person to the next. For me Hygge is that quiet satisfaction and security of unwinding in a relaxed and harmonious atmosphere. A space that is just for me or my Fortress of Solitude as I like to call it. A place where I can let go, connect with my surroundings and have an awareness of both my inner and outer space. 

I have been working with *BoConcept the designer furniture store to put together a collection of their pieces to reflect my perfect place for Hygge. BoConcept concentrates on urban danish design for the urban minded customer and they opened a new flagship store in Edinburgh late last year on 26th December 2016. 






I love nothing more than getting cosy on a comfy armchair with my feet up, a good book and cup of tea in hand. with that in mind I wanted to create a place where I could do exactly that. BoConcept have so many fantastic pieces of furniture available it was hard to choose! In the end I went for this green Osaka armchair  and contrasting purple Bermuda footstool. Alongside these I would have the Como wall system to display my colourful accessories and favourite books. All these combined  would create a perfect place of cosiness for me to unwind.






What does Hygge mean to you? The uncomplicated art of living cosy? Or the feeling of warmth when being with family or friends? Whatever it is I think we should all take a page out the Danes book and embrace Hygge in our lives and our hearts. 


'We still carry within us, in a small warm spot, the idea of home. Home as a safe place, a loving place and a creative place. A place of comfort and privacy.A place where we can explore our inner life.'

Llse Crawford






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