Memories of UK Holidays & The Ultimate UK Camping Guide by Halfords

memories of uk travels and ultimate camping guide by halfords

Just thought of sharing some of my favourite memories of UK holidays and share a major piece of information with the travel and camping lovers. The Ultimate UK Camping Guide for 2016 by Halfords is a guide to tourist hot spots and touring essentials and the new range of tents by Halfords is something you must definitely check out!  


UK is a country that every wanderlust or travel lover has in their list of places to visit or their travel bucket list. However, even when the tourists visit the UK, they're not able to see the whole of it from the hilly areas in the North to the beautiful coastal areas in the South. 

Living as a resident in the UK, I have been fortunate enough to see many parts of country. However, there's still lots more to explore but since I'm a mommy, it is now important for me to select areas that are child-friendly and to check out the weather forecasts prior to the journey. 

I've recently come across 'The Ultimate UK Camping Guide for 2016' which has been produced by Halfords, which I'm sure would be very helpful for you in planning your next camping trip. It contains all kinds of details a traveller and a camper would like to know, from tourist hot spots to touring essentialsYou can check out the digital version of the guide, here

I was going through the booklet and really liked how everything has been put up in it. It's not just handy but the pool of information is just what you would need. 

And if you're going for a camping trip, you would definitely require a tent! So, Halfords has also launched a range of tents which you can check out, here 

I am sharing some of the beautiful places I've personally been to and would highly recommend you to visit these places too.


EDINBURGH (Scotland)

It was winter trip during the Christmas holidays with family to this extremely beautiful place. It was just a day trip and we travelled back home the same night so I did miss a few places which I'm planning to see on my next trip. 



DURHAM (North East England)

Since I have lived there, I made sure to explore every part of the county. You can check out one of my detailed travel post on things to do and see in Durham,  here

This is also the place where some parts of Harry Potter were filmed. 

durham cathedral

durham castle


YORK (Yorkshire)

The trip to Scarborough and York was totally unplanned. My husband and I just woke up on a Saturday morning and left to explore the places. The coast is so beautiful as you can see below.

yorkshire


DOVER (Kent)

Now since I have moved to the South East of England in Kent, also known as the Garden of England, our latest place to explore has been Kent. Dover is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Kent, famous for the white cliffs of Dover and the historic Dover castle in South Kent.

white cliffs of dover and dover castle


Share your favourite travel memories in the comments below or any tip you would like to give to the camping enthusiasts.

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Restaurant Review: Brioche Burger, London - UK


Brioche Burger Green Street London

It was Saturday when we dined at Brioche burger. I had often heard of it earlier but never got a chance to try it out. Located inside East Shopping Centre on the Green Street in East London, Brioche Burger serves full Halal menu that includes gourmet burgers, steaks and milkshakes. The Green Lane Mall seemed to be a perfect place for South Asian shoppers and even Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the British Bake Off was recently spotted there shopping!


Parking:

There is lots of parking available on the streets which is free on weekends. We went there at 9:00 pm but I think the parking is free 6:00 pm onward. As you walk inside the mall, just go straight ahead and you will easily be able to locate Brioche Burger.


Seating & Interior: 

The restaurant is spread on two floors so there is ample seating available for the diners. Since I went there in Ramadan, it was extremely busy and that's the reason why I was unable to take a photo of the interior for you but you might be able to get an idea looking the pictures that are to follow. However, the lighting was dim so you might not find them very bright. 


The Dining Experience:

Despite the restaurant being fully packed, the staff seemed to manage everything well and the food arrived just when we wanted it to be there.

The sides for us were Dirty Dozen (£4.50 for 6 chicken wings) and Sweet Potato Fries (£3.5). Both tasted good, however, I think dirty dozen would be spicy for kids and also gave me a sort of Chinese-y feeling because of the peppers, onion and the chilli sauce.

Brioche Burger Green Street London

For the main food, we ordered Rib Eye Steak (£22.99) and Lone Ranger (£9.99) as recommended by the manager.

Brioche Burger Green Street London
The 10oz steak was a 21 day dry aged Aberdeen Angus, it was moist and flavoursome and was served with a gravy which was okay. I added very less amount of the gravy as the steak on its own had a good flavour and some fat content too (warning, if you're on diet). 

For me, the burgers have to be juicy but I found the patty slightly dry and it could have been more moist which would have certainly enhanced the flavour. I could have of course added the sauces on the table but then adding the extra other sauces overtakes the original taste. 

Brioche Burger, London
The drinks were Pina Colada (£3.95) and Mojito (£3.95). Now Pina Colada is one of my FAVOURITE drinks but not every restaurant or cafe does it right. I tried both drinks and loved them. Missed the Alphonso Mango milkshake last time but there's always next time. (That also comes in the list of my favourites)! 

Brioche Burger Green Street London
For the dessert, I ordered Hot Cookie Dough (£4.5). I said 'I' because it was my decision (almost solely) to choose as my husband took BabyN' out to play and run around before our 1.5 hour journey back home. 

You know how much I enjoy my desserts especially the ones that come in the combo of warm and cold. Cookie Dough was freshly baked soft cookie dough and was served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. It reminded us of the Ben & Jerry's cookie dough ice cream and was FAB! 
Brioche Burger Green Street London


End Notes: 

The overall dining experience at Brioche Burger was good. Since it was Ramadan then, we were also served complimentary water and dates to break the fast which was a very thoughtful of them and a very sweet gesture. 

For me, customer service is highly important and that's one of the major  deciding point to visit a restaurant again. Brioche Burger is a child-friendly place that gave me a homely feeling because the staff made the diners so comfortable.

You can see the menu of Brioche Burger, here

Rating: 7.5/10

Have you dined at Brioche Burger in East London? I would love to know about your favourite burger spot.


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Dreamland Margate - Amusement Park Celebrates 1st Birthday!

Dreamland margate amusement park

Dreamland amusement park in Margate (Kent, UK) just marked it's first birthday on the 18th of June. Now FREE to ENTER and pay per ride, Dreamland Margate welcomes everyone to their pleasure park to enjoy the retro-fitted rides. 

Dreamland margate amusement park

Dreamland Margate is a world of fun and thrills that enables visitors to either choose from pay per ride or ride unlimited with a choice of wristbands. These can also be purchased online and are in fact, cheaper if purchased online prior to the visit. 

Dreamland margate amusement park

The park offers different thrill rides for all ages and is the perfect place for a spending a family day-out. There are also on-park entertainment and performances of the bandstands to keep the visitors entertained. 
Dreamland margate amusement park

Besides the rides, there is a separate gaming arena for children to play games, skate and enjoy food and refuel at the their food court which has a good choice of food. However, 
I would be happier if they added a few more options for vegetarians because the only thing I could find was a Halloumi burger. 

Dreamland margate amusement park

For the children under 8, there is also a place for soft play called Octopus's Garden Play Area where they can enjoy. 
Dreamland margate amusement park

If you wish to go in a group of 15 or more people, there is also a different rate available. 

They have ample parking available at the own parking lot of Dreamland Margate and it costs £1 per hour. 

Dreamland margate amusement park

Check out the website of Dreamland Margate for opening dates, timing and prices, or anything you wish to know, here

Tell me about your favourite ride at the amusement parks.


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BakerDays: Personalised 5'' Letterbox Gift Cake Review + Giveaway

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

I wanted to do this since long. A personalised Ferrari themed cake for the special one on his birthday. In this post, I will share my experience with the BakerDays personalised 5 inch letterbox gift cake and a giveaway for you lovely people, so make sure to read till the end!


Oh, and have you read my previous posts? Then you would know what's going on at my end nowadays. Yeah! It's my husband's birthday month. Catch up with the birthday dinner post, here. Seriously, one of my FAVOURITE restaurants for high-end dining in London. Check it out or you will miss dining at this very posh eatery that gives you a feeling of being royal.

It was such a delight to be sent a personalised cake. I love personalised things. Not only do they look pretty but they just melt the (at least, mine) heart.


About BakerDays:

BakerDays is a Personalised Celebration Cake Specialist, providing quality personalised cakes for all occasions. The delicious range of recipes and sizes are available for delivery 6 days a week. And wait, if you order before 2:00 pm, BakerDays can deliver the very next day! YES, you are reading it right! 

The Letterbox Cake is the baby of the BakerDays family. Being just 5” in diameter, it fits perfectly through the Letterbox allowing you to surprise anyone with the most delicious personalised gift.

You can check out the BakerDays website here, or visit and follow them on their Facebook and Twitter pages. 

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review


My Experience:

The BakerDays cake arrives in a white thick card board box and the cake is further secured in a nice metal box to ensure that your personalised 5'' letterbox cake reaches you in good condition.

Frankly, when I had heard of the BakerDays letterbox cake, I wasn't much sure about how the condition of the cake would be when it would arrive at my door-step. 


However, it was in the best condition and I was very happy to see it. 

Other than the cake, there is a small 3 inch card, a packet of 3 decent sized balloons, 2 candles and a party whistle blower. That was actually a surprise because I wasn't expecting all that. So, it is a whole mini birthday celebration package which seemed perfect for me because that's all I was looking for. 

I selected a cake from their website and provided my own photo and text to be printed on the cake. P.S. The cake was on behalf of BabyN' for his dad whom he calls Baba (meaning dad).

I have taken a photo of the box for you so you have an idea of how the BakerDays personalised letterbox cake arrives.


BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

This cake was vanilla sponge cake and it tasted good and so was the fondant. However, you can also order chocolate chip sponge cake, gluten wheat free cakes, dairy free cakes and fruit cakes. 

The vanilla sponge cake I tried costs £14.99, while there is an additional charge for the other flavours. The cakes are posted through the Royal Mail and an additional postage charge applies depending on how urgent you need the cake to be delivered. For all the details, you can check on the BakerDays website. 

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

Although it's meant to be a letterbox cake, your house may have a different sized letterbox like mine which may not enable the post-man to keep the box in your letterbox. In that case, if he rings the bell and you receive it, it's well and good. However, if the postman leaves a note for collection or re-delivery,  you might not be very happy about that. 


Therefore, I would just advice you to inform the BakerDays team to convey to the Royal Mail to deliver the parcel at the neighbour's in case you're not around rather than leaving a note.

I haven't forgotten the GIVEAWAY


So HERE it is! Now this calls for all the excitement? You just have to ENTER the Rafflecopter and I'll select a random winner and announce/contact the lucky reader on social media. So make sure you following me there! 

Done? Now enter the giveaway. Good luck! :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


RESULT:

The giveaway was a huge success. Thanks for all the entries. 
There were 1078 in all and HERE is the WINNER! Congratulations to Barbara Daniels of UK. Well done! 
Bakerdays competition personalised cake winner

Have you ever ordered a personalised cake for someone special? What was their reaction when they received it?



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Restaurant Review: Bangalore Express, London - UK

Bangalore express london halal

Did you know that Bangalore is actually the name of a city in India? Located at the Gracechurch Street in London, Bangalore Express serves full Halal Indian menu and is head by Chef Yogesh Datta, one of the UK’s top Indian chefs.

Location & Parking: 

It's actually 5 minutes walk from the parking spot to the restaurant but it took us 10 minutes to get there because we weren't aware of the area much. That's why we ended up taking the longer route because Google maps misguided us a bit. We parked the car at exactly the same spot where we had parked earlier when we had gone to another restaurant in the same area.

Look out for the council car parks in Hackney where you can easily find parking. They charge £4 per hour on weekdays from morning till 6:30 pm and 6:30 am till 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Otherwise it's free after that on Saturdays and free all day on Sundays and Bank holidays. However, if you prefer the train, there is also the Liverpool station nearby.

You will have to walk a bit from the parking spot and you will find a small street that will lead you towards Bangalore Express.


Seating & Interior:

They have a bar with a seating area, which can be seen as you enter and the main dining area is downstairs which has access through a staircase or a lift. 
Downstairs, our table had already been reserved and it was a corner table so it gave us some privacy and also some extra space for BabyN' to play. For us, it was the BEST spot to dine at the restaurant.
Bangalore express london halal

The Dining Experience:

Initially, I felt it was slightly noisy but it lowered down with time. Perhaps, it was the peak time! The lighting was dim, which created a nice ambience although dim lights are not much friendly for food photography, which you might have also noticed because the photos I normally post are bright and lively.

We ordered the mocktails first. Guava Collins (Guava, coconut and lime - £5) was something new for me, and was good. Others were Wha Lulu (Carrot, rosewater, ginger and lime - £5.5) and Mumbaita (Raspberry, lychee, pineapple and lemonade - £5.5).
Bangalore express london halal
For the starters, we ordered the Indo-Chinese chicken sweetcorn soup (£5) that came along with small pieces of naan bread and sauces in tiny silver bowls. Okay, so that's how it was Indo-Chinese (combo of Indian and Chinese).

YES, that was for my mister.
Bangalore express london halal
For myself, I opted for Tandoori lamb tikka (£8.5) and ordered Lachha paratha (£3.5) along with it. Lachha means layered and its an Indian flatbread. The combination was self-made by yours truly and was a good choice.
Bangalore express london halal
Soon after the starter session ended, we were served our mains. We had opted for butter chicken (£12) and lamb chops skewer along with naan bread. Lamb chops were served in a very presentable way and that actually reminded me of Bakra Eid/Eid-ul-Adha (Muslim festival of sacrifice) because that's when we used to enjoy lots of meaty BBQ goodies with family back home.

It came along with a tangy tamarind sauce (imli ki chutney, my favourite) and green chutney. It was good too. I am a bit fussy about that and mostly don't like the green chutneys of every restaurant.
Bangalore express london halal
Loved the chops! The BEST, most authentic and juicy chops! And the best part was the size. They were huge. YES! Normally the chops we eat are small and not very meaty but these ones were fab!
Bangalore express london halal
The butter chicken was authentic too. Normally the chicken is cut in cubes for curries but for this one, they had cut it in stripes. Of course, that didn't really have any impact on the taste but this was something different I experienced first time. For the desserts, I opted for Mango Ras Malai (£5.5), Kulfi Falooda (£5.5) and Coconut ice-cream (£4.5). These are the Indian desserts and my favourite from these was the coconut ice-cream. It was my first time having that and it was served in a shell of a coconut. The other two desserts were average for me.
Bangalore express london halal

If you want, you can check out their menu, here.

End Note:

The overall dining experience was good. The staff was extremely friendly and made sure the guests were being looked after well. All the food served is Halal and the prices with regards to quality and quantity go well.

They do have a big powder room but I just wish they had a baby changing station inside too.

Overall, it was a good experience and Banaglore Express seemed very child-friendly because every single staff member personally came to greet my little handsome boy and I think they would have happily baby-sit him for us but BabyN' loves to stick with his mum and dad only.
Rating: 7.5/10

Have you dined at Bangalore Express, London? I would love to know about your favourite Indian restaurant.


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