New Beginnings

I am a massive fan of birthdays. Whether it’s mine or someone else’s, I’ll take it.

Its the perfect excuse to pop open a bottle of Prosecco, put on your highest heals and dance the night away. Not that you really need an excuse for that!

This year it all just seemed like a bit of a faff. A bit too much effort to organise anything. I was being a complete Debbie Downer about the whole thing.

Best friends to the rescue. They told me not to fear. They’d do all the planning. A surprise without the actual element of surprise. Anyway, I left the whole thing in their very capable hands and carried on failing at life with a piece of coursework that I’d left far to close to the deadline (will I ever learn?).

After a pretty full day at uni we were just about ready to celebrate.

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My Mum and Dad came down to join us as did my then boyfriend* and my bestfriend from home.

*Unfortunately we are no longer together. He decided that I just wasn’t the one for him and although I am completely heartbroken I am a massive believer in fate and that everything happens for a reason. So I guess we’ll just have to see..

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Anyway, I’ll try and keep things upbeat. We had a table booked at Restaurant Bar & Grill – a place we hadn’t tried in Manchester before. I love the one in Liverpool so I was pretty excited straight away.

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^ Loving the group cheers photo hey Rich!

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We started with a cocktail before heading upstairs to the terrace where we were lead to a perfect table tucked away at the end.

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The starters arrived and boy were they delicious!

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Also, I should probably go ahead and apologise for the awful lighting in advance! We were sat under heaters to keep warm which meant all the pictures are a wonderful shade of red/pink/purple…

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I can vouch for the perfectly buttery, juicy scallops,

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Chargrilled asparagus with and perfectly gooey, poached egg and a generous dollop of hollandaise sauce.

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and the tempura prawns with a sweet chilli dip.

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All amazing but I’d say the scallops were the winner and probably my fave.

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For mains, half of the table went for the same catch…sashimi grade tuna. It was soo good.

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The fries were the best. Maybe the best fries ever…bold statement.

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Along with a side of pak choi, because well we can never leave a side of pak choi unordered.

Those who didn’t order tuna went for steak, monkfish or butternut squash and goats cheese tarts.

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Everyone was so full from the amazing starters and mains they claimed they didn’t want any desserts. But hey, it was my birthday so I kinda felt like I should have one…..maybe two!

They came in the form of a gooey chocolate fondant and a Knickerbockerglory.

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We couldn’t quite tell if the waiter was joking when he wished me a happy 18th birthday earlier on when he lead us to our table…but apparently not. 7 years ago maybe..

I guess I do have a pretty stella skincare routine, so I’ll take it!

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Everyone dug in after deciding that they could squeeze a mouthful or two into their dessert stomach!

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It was such a beautiful meal and I felt very lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful people who played such big roles in my life.

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After finishing up and saying goodbye to my parents us young’ens headed downstairs to Panacea for a bit of a dance.

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We danced into the early hours of the morning, until we’d had 1 tequila shot too many, and it was time for bed.

It was the start of many good things to come that weekend.

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