My husband and I had a lovely vegetarian meal at Café Rouge at intu Trafford Centre. It was one of our anniversaries, so it was a very special day for us. Luckily almost everything was perfect. More details about them on their website.
The only thing that bothered us was a lady at a table nearby that was clapping her hands every time her child was eating a spoon of food. It was really strange, the child was so cute and had a big appetite, why was she so loud I don’t understand. We asked to be moved to another table and we were told we can pick any table we want. We moved and everything was fine. Funnily enough, after we moved, two more couples with children picked tables near us. Both children were so well behaved and the parents respectful of the others in the restaurant.
We’ve ordered and then waited for our mains.
A celebration has to involve Prosecco. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Actually all the staff was helpful and friendly.
This month we’ve picked a welsh pub for lunch. We went out with work stuff and we’ve stopped by The Alyn, in Rossett, North Wales. We were hungry, so we’ve decided to have lunch too and not only a couple of coffees. The Alyn Riverside Country Pub is close to river Alyn, hence the name. It was a sunny day, but warm enough to stay outside. I imagine is great in the summer to have a pint of beer or a coffee outside and looking at the river.
The decor is lovely. There are so many nice pictures on the walls, a few old beams. During the Victorian era, the building was a hotel. In the 1870s the hotel was licensed to Edward Babb, a local councillor. He was a member of the Wrexham Board of Guardians, the board ran the local workhouse.
In 1894 Edward Babb was one of four charged with serving alcohol to two policemen who were on duty. At least technically, because policemen at that time were never off duty. The magistrates thought the law was too harsh, and decided to fine the landlords only a token one shilling each.
A few days ago, my husband and I went to the Donkey Sanctuary in Manchester. I shared a few pictures on Instagram. The Donkey Sanctuary is a charity, more details, that houses rescued donkeys. They have a few sanctuaries around UK, like Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and a few others. There are a few sanctuaries outside UK too, in Spain, Ireland, and Italy.
The entry is free, but they do accept donations. They also accept treats for the donkeys, but the staff and volunteers are the ones giving the treats. It’s just a matter of health and safety, so the donkeys don’t bite the visitors in their eagerness to get the carrot.
Besides having these amazing animals and taking good care of them, the sanctuary does other things too. One of those things is donkey assisted therapy for children. I think is wonderful and I’m sure the children are benefiting a lot from this. There are some stories on their website, so you can have a look if you are interested.
The staff at the sanctuary is great, friendly and so helpful. We had a lovely time and I would want to visit the centre again.
Yesterday we went to Wrexham for the day. I’ve been to the area before. I visited Erddig, a beautiful stately home and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This time we went in the town to see the city centre and that was a great idea. I ended up buying a lovely coat and a book.
Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales. Its history can be tracked back before the Romans. Nowdays is a lovely city with lots of shops and tearooms where you can spend a few hours wondering around.
Yesterday my husband and I went to Lancaster and we stopped for coffee at The White Cross Pub. The pub is near the canal, more info on their website. It is in an 130 years old cotton mill.
The name of the pub comes from the original stone white cross, that was just 200 meters away. It was a place were people travelling would stop and give thanks. It’s possible they would stop for food and drinks in the area too.
Storey’s Mill was finished in 1880. The building where the pub is now, used to be a storage place for raw materials. In the mill oil cloth and linoleum was made. In 1987 the area was transformed from a former industrial boundary to a lovely place with pub and offices, a short walk from the city centre.
The pub is independent and, on their website, they mention that they use local produce as much as possible. We will go there for a meal soon, as I really loved the feel of the pub.
We’ve visited it as part of Heritage Open Days (it was free) and, unfortunately, we booked a volunteer led tour. It was the most boring thing I’ve been to. In a room, she stopped and said “have a look around, as we’ll spend 5 minutes here”. Lion Salt Works is a fascinating museum though and I would recommend visiting it. Maybe other tours are more engaging, but for us was a waste of time in a busy day.
The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site. Three types of salt were produced there, from table salt to salt used for agricultural purposes.
I’ve visited St. Mary’s Church Weaverham on Heritage Open Days last week. It was a guided tour and I enjoyed it a lot, as the guide told us so many interesting facts about the church. In Weaverham people have worshipped in a church on the spot where is St. Mary’s Church for over 1,000 years.
The site is mentioned in Domesday survey, 1086. Before that, it was a Saxon church that stood there until 1277. In its place a new church was built from the 13th to the 14th century. The new church was long and narrow. The Tower that we can see today, the one where we saw the bells (more about this later in the post), is from that church. In the 16th century, during the reign of Elizabeth I, the church was extended to, approximately, the size that is today. In 2000 an addition was made to the church to include facilities.