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New Year’s Eve Meals in Leeds

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Looking for a more refined way to spend your New Year’s Eve? If you’re rather enjoy a quality meal and drinks in a ambient restaurant, as opposed to being in the mix of a loud party, check out these popular dining hotspots.

 

Chaoprayah

Leeds’ premier Thai offering, Chaophraya is a great choice for New Years celebration. Since opening, the restaurant has seen a following steadily grow, thanks the high quality meals offered at the Swinegate located restaurant. With a busy, yet relaxing ambiance, it’s a great selection for New Year, no doubt reservations will soon be snapped up, meaning you’ll find yourself in the company of other parties, whilst also being able to easily converse with your group. Once you’re done with your meal, head downstairs to the Palm Sugar bar, to celebrate the New Year in style.

 

Fazenda

Every city enjoys an abundance of traditional grill restaurants, however if you’re a true steak lover, there’s surely no better way to spend the last evening of 2014 than with this twist on a classic steak restaurant. Not a buffet in the standard form, Fazenda is a Brazilian take on an all you can eat style a la carte steakhouse. The key aspect of the service is that Fazenda provides continuous tableside service of fifteen different prime cuts of meat, including beef, chicken, pork and lamb. Located on Leeds’ Granary Wharf, it’s within walking distance of Leeds’ prime nightlife locations, if you want to toast the 2015 after your meal.

 

Sous Le Nez

If you’re looking to broaden your horizons when it comes to cuisine in the New Year, this renowned French restaurant is the place to head. The acclaimed restaurant on Quebec street has become renowned as one of the city’s more premium restaurants, and with a relaxed atmosphere and top quality food and service, it’s a great choice for bringing in the New Year. With an abundance of meat and fish courses, Sous Le Nez caters to all tastes, and although many see French cuisine as a more refined taste, there are plenty of options available to expand your culinary horizons.

 

 

New Year’s Eve Meals in Manchester

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Looking for a more refined way to spend your New Year’s Eve? If you’re rather enjoy a quality meal and drinks in a ambient restaurant, as opposed to being in the mix of a loud party, check out these popular eateries.

Blackhouse: The Grill On The Alley

Blackhouse is fast becoming one of the most popular names in the UK when it comes to traditional grill food, so if you’re in Manchester and looking to enjoy a quality meal this New Year’s Even, you’d be remiss to ignore the Grill on the Alley. The restaurant prides itself on the use of fresh British meats and produce, meaning every meal served will always be of the highest quality. If your ideal evening celebration consists of a quality meal over a party theme or set menu then this is the choice for you as your last meal of 2014. Revel in the delightful tones of the in-house pianist whilst you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, before moving on to enjoy a delectable meal in the relaxed restaurant ambiance.

 

Australasia

It might not be a cuisine that has renowned popularity, however Australasia is a contemporary Australian restaurant that takes being trendy very seriously. One of the most striking and impressive restaurants in Manchester, it’s a great choice for New Year’s Eve, as after 11pm the restaurant turns into a late lounge with guest DJs. There are two ways to eat the food – go traditional and have a starter, a main and a dessert, or choose from a selection of smaller dishes, including sushi, tempura and oysters.

 

Ning

A combination of well-cooked fresh food, a great ambiance and stylish decor are just some of the reasons why this Malaysian restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter a popular choice with both locals and in-the-know visitors. Cooked with ultimate authenticity, the menu contains a mixture of curries, wok-fried dishes, noodles, Thai dishes and Malaysian specials. If you want to start the New Year with a real kick in Manchester, Wok is worth a try.

WIN! £30 for 30:30:30

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Tell us when you’ve booked your 30:30:30 room and you’ll be in the running to have your £30 credited back for £30 extra to spend in Chester!

Post on our Facebook or Tweet us with… ‘I’ve booked a Roomzzz 30:30:30 and I’m in with a chance to get a free room in Chester’ 

We’ll pick a winner at random once a week from the entries we get over Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck!

 

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Be one of the first to check out our brand new Aparthotel in Chester, for just £30!

From 1st April 2015 for 30 days there are 30 rooms available per night at Roomzzz Chester, for just £30 per night. All we ask is you give us just 30 seconds of your time on check-out to review your stay.

You’ll have to be quick – once they’re gone, they’re gone, and they’re disappearing fast!

– 30 rooms available per night

– For 30 nights from 1st April 2015

– For £30 per night

 

T&C’s:

Rooms must be booked online through Roomzzz.com only

Rooms must be prepaid at the time booking

Bookings are non-refundable & non-transferable

Subject to availability

Your review must be completed online on departure at reception (on Tripadvisor, Twitter, FB, Google +)

Rooms on an allocation basis – first come first served

No min/max bookings

Christmas events in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Now that the doors of the advent calendar have been impatiently unhinged, the season to be jolly has officially begun and nowhere is this more evident than in some of the UK’s most prominent cities. With a stream of seasonal events for all ages, there really is no excuse to not get into the festive spirit this Christmas.

Leeds

Briggate Christmas Spectacular

Running from the beginning of December, Briggate is offering a two week festive market where a giant marquee will become a hub for merriment and good will. Arts, crafts, demonstrations and of course food and drink will all be available from the 20 stalls that are taking part in the celebrations. As well as retail therapy, the Christmas Spectacular will feature appearances from Leeds City Varieties, Opera North and the cities major sports teams. The market runs to the end of the month and even offers late night shopping on Thursdays.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

If magic and wonder is evading you this winter then visit Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure. With breathtaking illuminations, a snowflake maze and an outdoor Ice Rink, Stockeld Park really does have it all this Christmas with a packed special events calendar ensuring that the sparkle remains for the whole festive season. Stockeld Park is also home to the largest Christmas shop in the north, and you could find that you get lost for hours in its beguiling gift emporium.

Manchester

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Event City is the UK’s largest Christmas indoor theme park and is coming to Manchester for the first time this December. Not only are there 30 fun-packed rides, but there’s also plenty of food and drink on offer. To top it all off, the Christmas Circus is in town and its array of breathtaking and entertaining performers promises to leave you in awe and put you into the festive spirit.

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Reminiscent of a scene from a Christmas card, Spinningfields Ice Rink offers you the chance to skate under the stars with friends and family and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The Ice Rink is open seven days a week and also offers a whole host of activities including a pop up festive village and Helter Skelter rides, making Manchester City Centre a must visit if you’re looking to soak up that Christmas atmosphere.

Newcastle

Countdown to Christmas at Belsay

Belsay Hall, just outside of the city, is putting on an assortment of festive events to take you back to Christmas past. Running every weekend up until the middle of December, Belsay Hall creates nostalgia with a host of events including festive carols and songs and even Christmas ghost stories for adults. Enjoy the festive season in the historic surroundings of this 19th century mansion and don’t forget to sample a wintry walk around the stunning gardens.

Kielder Winter Wonderland

If you’re seeking a bit adventure and wonder, Kielder Winter Wonderland could be just what you’re looking for. Follow the Winter Wonderland star to the middle of an enchanted forest to be welcomed by a fantastic range of festive activities which will awe and amaze. Not only is there ice skating and snow tubing, but there’s also a visit to the elves workshop and of course Father Christmas himself to look forward too. Also, make sure you don’t miss the Water Birds of Prey Centre where you can get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the UK.

If you’ve seen anything you fancy or you’re just visiting one of these fantastic cities, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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10 Days, 10 Free Rooms! Be in it to win it!

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To build anticipation for the announcement for our new location –  we’ve launched a 10 DAY competition to win a night’s stay at our brand new Aparthotel.

Keep your eyes on Facebook and Twitter and all you have to do is state the name of the specific attraction we’ve posted a photo of, and we’ll select a winner at random every morning.

Our new location will sit alongside our portfolio of Aparthotels in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle and we’re sure you’re going to love it!

Even if you aren’t one of our lucky 10 winners, make sure you sign up to the Roomzzz Royalty Club, if you’re not already a Royalty Club member, join NOW!

It’s free to join and you will enjoy exclusive rates and deals across all locations. You will also get 48hrs advanced warning to great rates at the new Roomzzz Aparthotel before it goes on general sale.

The 10 Days, 10 Rooms competition is for a one night stay and is for 2 people sharing. You can enjoy your stay in April 2015.

Join the Roomzzz Royalty Club HERE

Halloween in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Halloween is almost upon us, and if you fancy doing something over the coming weekend, heading for a city break is a great way to get away and enjoy yourself. Whether you’re after a weekend of socialising and being spooked, or something more relaxing, the cities of Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds have plenty taking place. If you’re heading to the city this weekend, here are our top Halloween picks.

Manchester

Bat Out of Hellowen at Ritz

Ritz Manchester is a renowned music venue, and with Halloween here, they’re paying homage to the king of the power ballad, Meatloaf on Friday 31st. Unfortunately, the man renowned for Bat out of Hell  won’t be making an appearance himself, but you can expect plenty of other spooky Halloween themes as the night progresses. If this sounds like your kind of night, head to the renowned Ritz on Whitworth street, where an £8 advanced ticket will gain you entry to an evening of classic ballad tunes.

 

Manchester 235

One of Manchester’s most exclusive destinations, Manchester 235 is inviting you to a ‘Criminal Cabaret’ this Halloween. The venue, which houses bars, restaurants and a casino, has a whole selection of spooky events going on. The highlight being a murder mystery in association with After Dark. If you fancy taking a look at the spooky goings on, and trying your luck at solving this blood curdling conundrum that has been laid before you, grab a ticket to the hotspot in the middle of Manchester city centre. As part of the £45 ticket, you’ll also enjoy a three course dinner and, as the website states, ‘criminal capers to die for’.

 

Newcastle

Rocky Horror Show Party

An all time Halloween classic, the Rocky Horror Show is coming to Newcastle for a weekend of spooky shenanigans. Taking place at the Lane7, one of the city’s most intriguing venues, you can enjoy an evening of film, costumes and music, at the trendy bar and bowling alley, located on St James’ Blvd. With tickets available for just £10, you’ll be able to enjoy a full  screening  of the film, before moving on to enjoy your night in their large party venue. Perfect for if you’re wanting to get in the Halloween spirit and dress up, there will be prized on offer for the best costume, plenty of scarily themed drinks and a range of DJ’s playing throughout the night.

The Full Monty

If you’re heading for a city break, but fancy skipping the standard Halloween events, how about a trip to the theatre for one of the UK’s most renowned productions. Coming to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal straight from the West End for a six day stay, The Full Monty will be playing until the 1st November. An offering with a bit more culture, tickets are available from as little as £12.

 

Leeds

Halloween Cinema

Nothing is quite like a horror film over the Halloween weekend, and if you’re spending the weekend in Leeds, there are plenty to choose from. If you’re after something on a large scale, Kirkstall Abbey is going all out in the name of horror. Hosting a weekend of classic themed films, the iconic location kicks off the event with a showing of The Exorcist at 6:30pm on the 31st, before going on to show the likes of 1978 film Halloween and Monsters Inc over the weekend. Tickets for individual showings are £12, with a full weekend pass costing £25.

 

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Shopping in the city

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Leeds

Over the past few years, Leeds has seen a real growth in shopping centre stores. With the new Trinity Centre dominating the skyline, and the impressive range of retailers that inhabit Leeds’ newest offering, there are plenty of high street names on offer. The beauty of Trinity, when compared to other centres, comes in the fact that the stores within the facility compliment the pre-existing stores in Leeds, as opposed to duplicating them. If you’re after something higher end, the Victoria Quarter, situated a mere walk across Briggate offers a more quaint and boutique experience, perfect for those with a more expensive taste. It’s fairly typical that the city centre offers a vast range of high street retailers for you to choose from. When in Leeds, the principal pedestrianised shopping street is Briggate. Housing many of the UK’s premium high street names, along with an assortment of tech and gadget stores, you’ll find most shops within a small radius of the street. Meeting the street at a perpendicular, The Headrow also offers fashionable retail stores, meaning that you don’t have too far to travel when you fancy a leisurely browse. If you’re after something a little different from your trip, Leeds also offers a choice of smaller, independent stores. Whether you’re after men’s fashion in The Hip Store, or knickknacks and crafts from the assortment of stores inside the Corn Exchange, it’s worth taking a look online at what the independent traders of Leeds can offer you.

Manchester

Manchester is renowned for the assortment of retail options available. With the Arndale Centre located centrally in the middle of Manchester, the area has a similar feel to Leeds, with both large shopping centres and high street stores all within close proximity. If you want to avoid the city centre hustle and bustle, the Trafford Centre is just a short journey away. Manchester is a huge city, and the assortment of high street retail options makes it ideal for a weekend shopping break, especially in the run up to Christmas. If you’re heading to the premiere shopping destination in the North, the mix of department stores, big name retail chains and smaller independent offerings all in the centre of the city make it ideal if you’re planning a weekend break in the heart of the city, and with an abundance of bars and restaurants on hand, it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

Newcastle

Similarly to both Leeds and Manchester, Newcastle has a number of shopping centre options, if you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy, whilst guarding yourself from the autumn and winter elements. Just a short journey from Newcastle, you’ll find the renowned Metro Centre. The vast shopping complex has plenty to offer, and to this day holds the crown as Europe’s largest covered shopping and leisure centre. If the drive into Gateshead is too far, Intu Eldon Square, located in the city centre, yet again offers plentiful retail offerings in the heart of Newcastle. With high street retailers also lining Grainger Street and Pilgrim Street in the city, take advantage of any early autumn sunshine as you browse Newcastle at your leisure.

If you’re planning a city shopping break, make sure you check in to a Roomzzz hotel, for a convenient city centre base.

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August Bank Holiday Weekend

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With the extended three day weekend now on the horizon, we can all begin to look forward to that extra day off work, and the opportunity to enjoy something a little different over the weekend. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a city break, let your hair down and have a truly enjoyable, relaxing time, the bank holiday provides plenty of opportunity to head away. If you’re looking for an exciting city break over the August Bank Holiday, here are our top picks.

Newcastle

When it comes to a weekend city break, Newcastle truly is a gem in the north. Offering a real diverse city experience, you can experience riverside on the Quayside, a stunning play at the Theatre Royal, or some of the city’s renowned nightlife all within under five minutes walk. Bars like Babucho and Popolo exude an air of elegance upon entering, and are the perfect spots to head to if you want to splash out with an exquisite meal and drinks in an elegant environment. Offering extensive cocktails, spirits and more continental lagers on tap, these two locations are two of the most refined bars in the area. Offering something a little different, Pleased To Meet You is another elegant bar which has made a name for itself through specialising in Gin drinks, and whilst it gets busy on a weekend, the selection of exotic offerings available to customers makes it a definite bar to head to.

Manchester

When it comes to evening entertainment, Manchester truly boasts an embarrassment of riches. With modern and sophisticated bars a plenty, smaller, independent locations available in abundance, a number of theatre to boot if you fancy some culture, and the renowned Comedy Store on offer if you fancy a lighter laugh, you won’t struggle to find a destination that perfectly suits your night. If you’re after our pick of the bunch, why not head to Apotheca. Everything about the bar and restaurant screams modern and trendy, and with a location in the popular Northern Quarter of the city, the bar has grown a reputation as one of the première hotspots in the Manchester. With imported lagers, creative cocktails and an classy yet extensive wine list, all situated within a unique and stylish environment, it’s no surprise Apotheca has a portfolio of awards and quality reviews to boast.

 

Leeds

As with both Manchester and Newcastle, Leeds has extensive offerings throughout the city when it comes to enjoying food, drink and entertainment. If you’re looking for an area of the city where all three are available in abundance however, then the offerings in Trinity allow you to sample some of the best food and drink in the city, all under one roof.  If you’re after a no expense spared evening out, Crafthouse and Angelica are the jewel in the crown of the city, offering high quality cuisine from the renowned D&D group of restaurants. With bars such as the Alchemist and the quirky underground Botanist, you can enjoy the surroundings just as much as your food and drink this Bank Holiday. If you’re after something a little different, head to Roxy Ball Room, just around the corner, for their unique combination of craft and local beers, table tennis and pool.

 

If you’re heading off for a city break this Bank Holiday Weekend, check into rooms, and enjoy a truly enjoyable three day break.

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A summer evening in Manchester

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City breaks in the summer mean you can truly gain a feel for the culture of a city, take in some food and drink whilst still enjoying the warm weather and sample everything that the area has to offer without restriction. If you plan to take a weekend break in Manchester over the summer, here are our top picks.

Dinner

The Alchemist

Located among Manchester’s finest in the heart of Spinningfields, The Alchemist is a firm favourite for food and drinks lovers across the city.  The food is nothing short of classic, with dishes such as fish and chips or premium steaks starting from just £9.95. But that’s not all they have to offer as the cocktails are not to be missed, offering expertly mixed drinks that won’t disappoint for £6.95.With wide open windows and a gorgeous outdoor terrace, The Alchemist provides the perfect location for those warm summer nights.

Zouk

An Indian restaurant with a difference, Zouk offers a wide range of authentic dishes as well as constantly updating the menu to provide a whole host of exciting seasonal options. These include anything from a unique seafood menu to dishes cooked over charcoal or sigri grills, and chef specials which change on a regular basis to include little known delights from various corners of the world.

Drinks

Tusk

An African themed bar situated in the ever trendy Northern Quarter with a speciality for cocktails, Tusk is perfect for that summer evening. Although prices may seem a little high (with the average being around £8) happy hour between 5 and 8pm gives you the chance to enjoy a relaxing meal or drink without breaking the bank. Playing indie/alternative music alongside great service makes Tusk the go to bar for any occasion.

The Mark Addy

Having recently been taken over by new owners, The Mark Addy can be considered as one of the hidden gems of Manchester. Found on the Salford side of the canal and known for its great selection of beers it seems this is the perfect place for a pint in the sun.

Entertainment

Screenfields

Every Thursday throughout the summer Spinningfields presents Screenfields, where classic films will be shown on The Lawns, whatever weather the British summer provides us with. The yellow deck chairs are back, together with some new double deck chairs making this a perfect spot for date night. No booking is necessary, just turn up on the night and pick up your ticket for just £3.

If you’re planning to take a summer weekend break, and Manchester is your destination of choice, these suggestions are all great choices for enjoying the best of Manchester’s food and drink culture, whilst experiencing the warm weather of summer. If you like what you see in the city, and plan to visit, grab a booking at Roomzzz, and enjoy a relaxed weekend in this gem of the north.

 

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