Today I wanted to share our favourite restaurant with you, the place we had one of our first dates at and somewhere we tend to eat at most weekends when we visit Manchester. Last night we was invited to watch a Man Utd match and couldn’t resist a trip to Don Giovanni’s before the match especially as they currently have their annual 50% off your food bill in August offer on when you book online.

It is a gorgeous stylish Italian near the Palace Theatre in Manchester, and offers a great Pre-Theatre menu if you are in the area for that or staying at The Midland Hotel as it is a few doors down. The restaurant opened in 1984 and in a city where many restaurants come and go you can tell this one is much loved. They have also recently renovated the restaurant and the modern look is beautiful.

Our order every time is pretty predictable as we love the Tomato Garlic bread to share with their gorgeous mussels for starter. Then we move onto Spaghetti Aragosta, which is a creamy lobster spaghetti dish. When people ask what dish you would chose to live off if you had to, well this would be my option and it has been a favourite for a couple of years and has never let me down. Last weekend I decided to have the Lobster Risotto which was delicious, similar to the spaghetti with a more tomato based sauce.

We are usually far too full for dessert but their waffles and ice cream is just too tempting.

 

The summer here really is hit & miss, and oh do I miss the sun especially the Greek sun. In need of a cheer up I took my Mum to Olive Tree Brassiere in Preston for a Greek Lunch. I love Preston as it is where I spent my final two university years and a wonderful place to shop.

Olive Tree Brassiere is another place which reminds me of Manchester Spinningfields with its wonderful open ceiling, but the crisp décor makes it so interesting and cosy. They have quite a few menus to choose from and we opted for the fixed prix menu 3 courses for £14.95 as it was for lunch, but we was not expecting the main meal size portions of some of the most delicious Greek food I have ever tasted.

Starter: Cous Cous Salad topped with Goats Cheese and mum the Greek meatballs

Main: Lamb chop Greek Salad and Chicken Souvalaki


Dessert: Toffee Ice-cream as that’s all we could manage after the amazing food

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This is an amazing place to grab lunch and a nice glass of wine and we will hopefully try out one of their other locations later in the year, as I really fancy a Chester trip.

Location: Unit 5-6 Miller Arcade, Church Street, Preston, PR1 2QY

Last week we visited the place I originally went to University for the Weekend. Carlisle is a gorgeous city rich with history although it did end up too quiet for a place to study for me and too far away from home but it is a place I love to visit now. The city hasn’t changed much since I lived there although more modern restaurants have opened which are great to cater for their growing student population.

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Firstly we visited Shabby Scholar, which is a hidden gem tucked away in a tiny courtyard. We had heard about it from family and was so glad we managed to get a cancellation as the place is always booked up, and we soon found out why. The food was incredible and is a tapas (small plate) menu  in which we worked our way through 7 dishes and some of the best chips I have ever eaten.  Our favourite dishes were the Handmade Shabby Sliders, Crab Cakes, Chicken Tikka Tortillas and marinated Lamb Rump, although every dish was delicious and really caters for everyone. What I enjoyed most was that they bring the dishes over when each one is ready which means sometimes you can get a break between some of the dishes and you can enjoy one without worrying the others are going cold. This gave the night a nice informal mood and was very enjoyable, all washed down with Alska Cider which is gluten free so definitely stops bloating.

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Sunday lunch we visited Eaten By Monsters, which is also amazing for Students as they offer 15% discount which is amazing on their already great priced menu. This place reminds me of Spinningfields and Northern Quarter in Manchester as it is decorated amazingly from the motorbike in the window to the stags head on the wall. We were sat at a table which resembled an old school table, which was amazing sat tucked up close together. After the previous nights sliders we decided to try theirs too. The sliders come as miniatures of three of their amazing full sized burgers/ hotdogs. we both choose the Turf and Surf Option which includes Lobsta‘N’Crab burger with bloody Mary mayo, A Classic Steak Patty Burger and Dirty Harry a Cumberland sausage hotdog covered in the most delicious gravy, all served with fries and sweet potato wedges. I cannot wait to try here again on an evening as I really want to try their puddings and cocktail menus too.

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