Four Ways To Choose The Perfect Weekend Break

If you could read our texts to each other you would see that we both just want to go away again. Christmas is over now, January blues have passed and we have finally got rid of the snow. We are now in that limbo time where we want to fast track to holiday season.

With easter breaks coming up, may bank holiday weekends and, of course, the summer months ahead it’s time to start planning quality time away with our friends, family and loved ones. How do we choose the perfect weekend away? We thought we would share with you some of the ways to choose the perfect weekend away.

Are you going to stay at home or go abroad? One of the first things to consider when it comes to your break away would be to decide whether or not you want to stay at home or go abroad. There are major benefits to both, and there can be a cost and time difference. The things to consider would be how long you plan on going away for. For one night you may want to stay a little close to home, but the Easter bank holiday or another bank holiday weekend may give you those extra days and nights to enjoy somewhere further afield.

What do you want to do with your time there? The next thing to think about would be to think about exactly what you want to do with your time away. You may only have one thing on your mind, some rest and relaxation, and staying closer to home means that hotels like The Wood Norton could be the ideal escape. If you want something more energetic and active, there are some great hotels and resorts that you can consider that offer an array of sporting facilities and walking opportunities to enjoy.

What is your budget? Knowing where you want to go and what you want to do will then help you decipher your budget and how much you want to spend on the break away. You can figure out how much you want to spend and then looking online at various websites will help you determine the best deal. There are some great websites that offer last minute deals, so you may want to think about waiting a while before booking. If you can’t wait, then checking out a few different sites before booking would help you to determine the best deal. If you are traveling abroad, you may want to think about booking a hotel and plane separately so that you get a better deal.

Who are you going to go away with? Finally, you might want to think about who you want to go away with. Is it a couples escape, a weekend with your friends or even just some time away by yourself. There are many different types of breaks away you could do that would suit the company you are going to have, but sometimes just having your closest with you or your family is enough to make the break away magical.

We hope that this helps you book the perfect weekend break away soon, we have started planning ours already so let us know where you are planning on going too!

Caravan Brunch Review

Caravan is situated just a short walk away from the station in the kings cross Partnership Development. We walked from Baker Street as it was only a 30 minute walk but had to walk through kings cross station to get to Caravan.

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We visited Caravan one Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at 11AM and headed inside to ask for a table, we opted to sit outside because of the lovely weather and were told it was a 30 minute wait which was fine by us we were not in a rush anyway.

We headed to the bar to order a drink while we waited to be seated. We had only been waiting for 10 minutes when the waitress came over and told us our table was ready- amazing.

The bar area was pretty cool it wasn’t in the middle of the restaurant but it also wasn’t situated at the back so you could walk the entire way around the bar and order from both sides which was quite cool.

The toilets were communal at Caravan, there were separate cubicles for males and females but the rest was communal. We have started to see this more and more in London so maybe it will become the norm soon.

The inside is rather dining room like (this definitely isn’t a bad thing we love it), there are long communal tables which immediately reminded us of being back at school. The high ceilings and pipes that are on display gives Caravan an industrial look which gives it a slightly edgy vibe.

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The atmosphere inside was energetic and lively it looked like everyone was having the best time whilst potentially recovering from the night before with great food in a vibrant establishment. If we were not able to get a seat outside then we would have been more than happy to sit inside on the long communal tables.

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It was so lovely being able to sit outside in September (especially as it had been so cold the week before), but we soon noticed that it wasn’t so great for taking photos (dam shadows), we actually ended up putting our food on the floor in the shade to get a decent photo of our food oh the things we do for a good Instagram shot.

Annie ordered the Banana, Date, Tamarind, Cocoa Nib, Almond Milk smoothie it was very sweet and almost tasted quite artificial. Rach went for the Cucumber, Apple, Parsley, Spinach which was quite watery and sadly was no where near as good as her homemade green juices.

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If we are completely honest we didn’t love the juices we both didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped and didn’t end up finishing them either. They cost £4.50 so below average for a juice or smoothie in London but if we were to return to Caravan we would definitely opt for an iced coffee instead.

For food Annie ordered the Chapel and swan smoked salmon, soft scrambled egg on grain toast which was absolutely incredible. They were very generous with the portions and it kept me full for the rest of the day which is always a bonus. This dish cost £9 which is actually very good value for London considering it had smoked salmon on it.

Rach ordered the Avacado, Chilli, Lemon & olive oil on sourdough bread but she also added a side of bacon which was undeniably delicious and they were very generous and gave three thick slices of bacon. The dish cost £7 and the bacon was an additional £4 so again it was only £11.

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Over all we were really impressed with Caravan and we loved the relaxed and quirky vibes. We would definitely recommend a visit, there is so much more on the menu that we need to try so we are sure we will be back again soon.

Coconut & Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Saturday morning we were up early and headed to the gym to work out our arms and chest. Commuting into London daily means we don’t have time to prepare and cook pancakes in the week so making pancakes at the weekend is a lovely treat.

These pancakes are so fluffy and delicious we cannot wait to make them again!

Serves 10 Pancakes
Ingredients for Pancakes
150g Oats or Oat flour (we just blended oats)
2 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
2 egg whites
50ml Almond milk (add gradually)

Toppings
Stewed frozen berries (we got ours from Tesco)
Peanut butter

Method
Blend your oats until they form a flour
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a batter.
Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
In a separate pan you will need to stew your frozen berries until they are piping hot.
Stack the pancakes and add the topping.

Sheffield Shenanigans

We planned a mini break to Sheffield a while ago, and got a great deal on a 2 night stay at the Hilton. We left at 6.30ish on Friday evening and drove up the M1 all the way to Sheffield, Friday night traffic and a couple of accidents we arrived 3 hours later! Straight to bed for us ready to hit the next day. Annie and I got up at 8ish for a run. As I went to University in Sheffield I took Annie on my old 10km route around the city. It was the most beautiful morning and the run felt incredible. We ran through a park too which was nice and took some cool photos of autumn leaves.

We got back to the hotel and got ready for breakfast, we had high expectations for the breakfast, especially as breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, and sadly it was a disappointment, I have most definitely eaten better breakfasts elsewhere. We then headed to the city centre to explore and do some shopping. We wandered around the city buying new clothes and bits and bobs for winter before heading to Ecclesall Road which is where Rachel used to live. The road is a beautiful tree lined road full of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and gift shops. We headed to Couch for a coffee, we had an iced coffee and shared a large slice of Chocolate Orange cake. We chilled in the cosy café for a while, watching the world go by. Then I took them to the Botanical Gardens, which are these gardens that are kind of a mini version of Kew Gardens. We then went for a wander around Endcliffe Park to get those steps up! We still had some time to kill before our early dinner reservations so popped into some gift shops and charity shops. I got an underwater camera for £5!

We then headed to Graze Inn for dinner and ooogled at the menu which had soooo much to choose from. Annie and I both went for the half chicken which came with 3 sides each! For £12.95 an absolute bargain and shows how we get so ripped off in London! The dinner was soooo tasty, I just wish I had room for dessert as the tasting platter looked amazing!

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We headed back to the hotel to get ready for our night, we glammed ourselves up and before we knew it the taxi had arrived. I had pre-booked the disco taxi for the girls as a surprise which was such a laugh!

We ended up going on a mini bar crawl dancing the night away before heading back to the hotel at 2am.

The following day we woke up to miserable weather and headed to breakfast. We stuffed our faces with food and then got ready to check out. We walked across Sheffield back to my car and the I drove us to Matlock. We wandered around Matlock and then headed to Matlock Baths. Matlock Baths is a strange place that looks like a seaside town where all motor bikers seems to congregate. We had fish and chips at a restaurant and then it was back to the car for the 3 hour journey home.

We love visiting new places in England and cannot wait for our next weekend break at the beginning of December. We are unsure where to go so any suggestions are welcome……!