Monthly Archives: April 2012

Try the Croma Early Bird Deal (and breakfast at The Lead Station)


Just wanted to share with you very quickly how much I enjoyed the early bird offer at Croma one evening last week. The deal is £9.95 for a beer, glass of wine or soft drink, a garlic bread, dough balls or mixed leaf salad, a main course of pizza or salad, followed by tea or coffee. It’s available Sun – Thurs 4-7pm and I think presents really good value for a casual meal out.

We both ended up having the same thing, the peppered steak pizza…

… and I think it goes in my top 5 pizzas of all time! Possibly because I’ve never had steak on a pizza before, and didn’t realise just how much of a good combo it would be.

I think the atmosphere in there is very relaxing, and the food is simple, but always good. So I think it’s a really good option for winding down and chatting after a hard day at work.

Oh, and in a hungover state yesterday, we managed to drag ourselves to The Lead Station for some much needed breakfast, so I took the pics that I didn’t manage to get last time.

The Eggs Benedict, I’m told were perfect yet again, and as you can see, the Full English is enormous! This is without mushrooms or blackpudding! Loads of really good quality bacon sausages.

You don’t get potato cakes with most breakfasts, and it is a very welcome addition. Set me right up for the day… I went straight back to bed!

Gem x

A very Chorlton birthday!


Last weekend it was my better half’s Birthday, and I had lots of surprise treats planned for her! We had been to a wedding the night before and were a little worse for wear on her actual birthday, so in the afternoon we bobbed round to Simon Dunn for a sugar hit! After teacakes, we chose a few chocolates and sat for a while with a mug of hot choc.

While we were there we saw them making up some giant easter eggs and carefully wrapping them. There are some beautiful ones, so if you haven’t already got yours, I’d highly recommend you take a look. Much nicer than the branded ones.

The next day I had booked a table for 12pm at The Lead Station for all our family. Turns out they still serve breakfast at that time, which was a bonus for us! Some of us ordered the Eggs Benedict, others opted for the haddock, but I had a full english breakfast. I wish I had remembered to take a pic of our food, but it was just too good! I had tucked in before I thought of it! I genuinely cannot wait to go and have breakfast there again. My partners family are very discerning when it comes to food, and they deemed it excellent, so that is all the seal of approval I need. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, and lit the very silly candles on the very silly little cake we had brought.

The next day I had booked us into The Tea Hive for Their Afternoon Tea. It looked like excellent value for money, at £14.95 for the stand (I was sure it was going to be per head!), but I could not believe how much was included.

We chose 3 types of finger sandwiches, and the tea that we wanted, then they presented it all beautifully on a traditional cake stand, alongside their usual vintage china. We also got scones with jam and cream and 4 different cakes! We had to take some home even though we sat there for a good couple of hours.

It was just one of the most relaxing afternoons we have had in a long time, and I’m really looking forward to bringing my friends to try it. I never thought I’d be choosing my favourite tea strainer, but this is it. Very cute!

And a Chorlton birthday wouldn’t be complete without gifts from Pad and sweeties from Bittersweet. I am starting to worry that I’m becoming a little bit obsessed with this place….