City Country Life

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Welcome back to City Country Life, a lifestyle linky series I run with the amazing Becca from Keeping up with the Joneses.  City Country Life is about celebrating where you live.  January’s topic is Winter Activities and I do hope you’ll join along by linking up your winter posts.

Can sipping cocktails in the city in January be seen as a winter activity?   I hope so.  Last weekend saw me swapping the countryside for the colder climbs of the city up north and some much needed R&R with my girlfriends.

My friend Corrie is getting married in July and I am one of her ‘Best Girls’ and I’m honoured to have been asked.  All the girls gathered with Bridey for the big hunt for dresses in the Trafford Centre during the day.  Of course I can’t possibly tell you the colour or style we’ve gone for, my lips are sealed.

We drove to the apartment we’d booked for the night to get ready and settle in (overlooking the Coronation Street Set/Studios no less) right in the heart of Media City at Salford Quays.

Ready for our night out.  

the girls

Top left Clare, Top Right Shelley, Bottom left Corrie (aka Bridey), Bottom middle Lynne and little me Bottom right.

So lippy on, we headed out to Cloud 23 for cocktails.


For cocktail hour we chose from a unique and delicious menu, I ended up choosing the 1930’s style cosmopolitan.  The vintage style cosmopolitan uses gin and raspberry instead of vodka and cranberry which I for one much preferred.  Gin all the way.

The prices on some of the cocktails were heady to say the least, we saw one party partake of the Stratosphere cocktail costing £23! We stayed around the lower mark and were really happy with our choices, the ambience and of course the view was stratospheric and really added a stylish touch to our evening.

Cloud 23 bar view

bridey and best girls

An edible and stylish touch from Cloud 23 for Bridey.

On to Dimitri’s Taverna for a late dinner of greek tapas finished off the evening beautifully.  We came out of the restaurant into soft, fluffy snowflakes which missed the south completely.

I learnt a lot about planning from Shelley who organised where we stayed in Media City; reserved our tables at Cloud 23 (which enabled us to sail past the queue like celebrities) and finally Dimitri’s where we dined on chilli prawns, chicken kebabs, patatas bravas, grilled halloumi, stuffed vine leaves and pitta with 4 dips.

A couple of phone calls and the reservations were moved back slightly to give us more time to get ready in the apartment.  This girl can PLAN and is as cool as a cucumber!

The next day we hit up Cafe Rouge for brunch before hitting the road back down south.  It was so great to catch up with the girls and share all our news, wedding info, successes and tit bits we would usually miss out on.  I’m not sure we stopped to draw breath.

We are located from one end of the country to the other, from Scotland to Devon, so this weekend was rare and treasured by us all.

Next meet up with the girls will be the hen do in Cheltenham.

Have you done anything recently that is a world away from your ‘normal’? I’d recommend it, winter cocktails in the city, I loved you.

Lizzie xo

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