23 June 2020

Brilliant Family Friendly Summer Games from Tactic

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The school summer holidays are almost in sight which means no more home learning and a break for us adults as well as the kids. Home learning has been tough going at times so we're definitely looking forward to a break in our house. To keep us from getting bored and to make sure we have fun as a family the lovely people from Tactic have sent us a handful of games to try out and enjoy.
We really love a good board game or two in our house so were thrilled to receive three different fabulous games. So what did we get? Well we have the energetic Beach Bounce aimed at ages 4+, I Love Britain aimed at ages 7+ and an outdoor game called Mölkky aimed at ages 6+. Harlow desperately wanted to unbox and play Beach Bounce first so that's what we did.


Beach Bounce is a fun and exciting game where you can team up with other players to bounce a little beach ball and raise your flags first to be the winner. Aimed at ages 4+ you can have from 2-4 players and each game lasts around 15 minutes plus. Sometimes longer depending on the skill of the players but that just means it'll keep the kids busy so they're not wrecking your house. You start off by choosing your team, either Dolphins or Seals and you try to make 3 in a row by bouncing the beach balls and landing them in the waves (small square holes). It's quite straight forward to follow and my two certainly picked it up quickly. For each 3 in a row, your team can place their flag on the scoring island. The first team to raise 3 flags on the island wins!


It's a really great game which can get competitive at times but we loved it. The 3D game set up is fab and makes it more interesting for the kids. Players joining together as a team was a big hit for us too. Sometimes the kids joined up against us adults and won haha. I really liked that is was easy to set up and quite self explanatory, especially when you have younger children. They just want to get on with it super quick. The instructions are simple to follow though and once you've had your first go it'll be easy to keep playing again and again.


Next up Logan wanted to try out I Love Britain as he loves a fact and this game is all about British history. Or should I say it tests you on how well you know British history! The colourful map of Britain is your game board and you've to race around the United Kingdom, visit different regions and answer questions about British culture, traditions, nature and more. Roll the die to see whether you’re moving around by bicycle, by car or sweeping through the air on a plane. Each correct answer earns you a card, and the first player to collect five different category symbols wins.


Aimed at ages 7+ this is a lovely educational game for 2-4 players which definitely helps to develop memory skills as well as learning new things about our country. So many things I'm ashamed to admit I never knew but Logan was absolutely amazing at this game. His knowledge and fact recall is brilliant, his Dad and I were super impressed. It'll be no surprise to hear that Logan won most of the time as well. He especially enjoyed that on the bottom of each question card there is a fact to read out to everyone if you get the question right.



Last but not least is the brilliant outdoor game Mölkky. It's a Scandinavian style game which is quick and easy to set up. Aimed at ages 6+ with 2+ players to get going, it's super simple to set the skittles in the formation shown on the instructions and then just throw the pin to see how many you can knock over.


There are 12 skittles in total and 1 throwing pin. Each skittle is numbered 1 to 12 and once set up you must stand between 3-4 metres away for throwing the pin. You have to knock the skittle over completely before you can claim that as a score. If one skittle is knocked over then the score equals the number on the skittle. If more than one skittle is knocked over then the score equals the number of knocked over skittles. The instructions come with a little scoring card to keep track but it's worth having pen and paper handy to help out. 


The aim of the game is to score 50 points exactly first. If you go over 50 then your score is halved to 25 and you start again trying to get to 50. The kids loved it and it was very exciting to see who could knock the skittles over and who could be the winner.


I really liked this game because it's quick and easy to understand. It has a fab carry case which is perfect for taking to the park to play with friends or out in the garden. Everything goes back into the box without a fuss as well which is a massive bonus. I hate it when games won't fit back in the box! The skittles and pin are made of solid wood so very sturdy and hard wearing. Everyone can get involved with this too from young to old, it's a lovely game for some outdoor fun.


These games have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

22 April 2020

Review: Spinmaster Candylocks Dolls & Pets

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Harlow absolutely loves a little surprise in the post and since we can't go to the shops anymore (which she really enjoyed) she's been keeping a keen eye on what's been getting delivered instead. You can imagine her excitement then when the postie turned up with a special package just for her. Inside was a beautiful Candylocks doll complete with it's own pet! There might have been some excited squeals from Harlow when she saw it.


Candylocks are amazingly scented collectible dolls and pets with long hair so soft it looks like cotton candy. They're bright and colourful and honestly smell lovely. Some of the scents used are mango, peach and lemon. This new 2-Pack of Beachie Besties includes one 3-inch tropical-themed Candylocks doll and her Fruitpop pet friend. I just love the way they come packaged too. Their ombre hair (of 15 inches) is wrapped around the doll and the pet to hide them in a cotton candy cone shape. This series has the dolls looking like popsicles in the package which is very cool.


As well as receiving your doll and pet in this package you also get a couple of cute accessories. A lovely little hat and a hair pin that doubles up as a food bowl for your pet! Harlow loved having the accessories but her favourite thing to do was of course play with their hair. It's super soft, super long and doesn't need brushed plus has a unique texture which makes it easy to style even for little hands. We've been practicing a lot of pleats recently but you can create braids, buns, twists and ponytails on your doll and pet.


There's eight different Candylocks dolls and pet sets to collect which retail for around £12.99 and if you want to add anymore pets to your collection you can purchase the separate Candylocks pets scented surprise figurse for around £4.99 (20 different pets to collect). These are a great way to start your Candylocks collection. Each pack of Beachie Besties comes with 1 Candylocks Doll, 1 Candylocks Pet, 2 Accessories, 1 Collector Poster, 1 Instruction Sheet.


Harlow has had lots of fun playing with her Candylocks and pet and uses them to interact with other toys she has. She's right into her dolls at the moment and small animal toys so this gift was perfect. She has a list as long as my arm with toys she wants to buy with her birthday money once lockdown is over and there's definitely going to be some Candylocks on there. 

This product was gifted in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

9 April 2020

Review: Zuru Rainbocorns Series 2 & Smashers Epic Egg

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I don't know about you lot but keeping the kids occupied can be hard work at times! Especially during the current circumstances. With Easter on the horizon it's a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and treat the munchkins to a toy for Easter (instead of chocolate) that'll keep them occupied for hours. I'm sure they'll thank you for it with some nice peace and quiet!


Logan and Harlow have both been very lucky to receive some fabulous toys from Zuru which have been keeping them very busy. Logan received a super cool Smashers Epic Egg and some 5 Surprise Dino Strike capsules whereas Harlow got a Rainbocorns Series 2 Ultimate Surprise Egg and some 5 Surprise Unicorn Squad capsules. Both kids were delighted with their treats and couldn't wait to get stuck in. As you can imagine Harlow was most impatient to get into her Rainbocorns Series 2 egg so I let her open that first.


So what are Rainbocorns? They're cute cuddly toys and the Rainbocorns Series 2 is the ultimate surprise egg. It's like a special unboxing egg with 10 layers to hatch and discover. Think YouTube surprise unboxing and you get the idea. With series 2 of these adorable creatures there are 13 new characters to collect including Unicorns, Llamacorns, Pandacorns and even a rare golden Flamingocorn. Every egg includes a collectible teal egg, a hatching hint, scented plush, surprise sequin accessory heart, collectable Boo-Boocorns, Rainbocorn Poop, stickers, collectible accessory and collector’s guide. Lots to keep the little ones happy.


When we peeled off the first layer to get into the egg a piece of paper with a hatching hint (a clue as to what creature was inside) floated out. It had I Love Mountains on it! Harlow was then so thrilled to hatch a beautiful Llamacorn from inside her egg and I was surprised to smell it was scented. It smelt gorgeous with lovely vanilla notes which were easy on the nose. Harlow cuddled into her Llamacorn at bed time and she smelt like vanilla in the morning, so cute. There were more surprises inside with a bag of Rainbocorn poop that is also scented and is kind of like a foam goo, if that's a thing? It's great to play with and doesn't cause any mess (so thankful). The little Boo-Boocorn (which is like a mini rainbocorn baby inside an egg) we got inside was a lion type but did you know there's over 40 new ones to collect including rare twins! Harlow's put more Rainbocorns Series 2 on her present list as she's desperate for those twins. Our Llamacorn also has a sequin surprise heart that can be clipped to your backpack, hair, or clothing, and swapped with friends. You brush the sequins the other way to discover the secret, Harlow's Llamacorn had a slice of pizza on her heart.


The surprise elements of this egg are great and kept Harlow occupied for ages. She's played with all the items every day over and over again so I'd definitely buy her another one. Great as an alternative Easter present or a fab boredom buster. If you're kids also love surprises not only will they love these Rainbocorns Series 2 but they'll love the 5 Surprise Unicorn Squad. They're very similar to the surprise eggs but instead are capsules on a smaller scale. They're still awesome and have 5 surprises inside, you crack them open like a chocolate orange and peel each slice to find the surprise inside. You get a unicorn body, cool hair, accessories, goo and stickers. Rainbocorns Series 2 retail for £24.99 and the 5 Surprise Unicorn Squad retail for £6.99 each. Both great presents to give and receive.


Next up is Logan's Smashers Epic Egg. It's another surprise egg but this time you collect and build one of 3 exclusive Smash-o-saurs dinosaurs. There's lots of different elements to it and you basically slime, fizz and SMASH your way through over 25 surprises inside. There's a little scratch map which you use to excavate the Dino Egg to unearth compounds like the Fizzy Lava Bomb and Ice Age putty with hidden Smash-o-saur bones. Collect all the bones to start building your dinosaur. Each egg includes 1x Epic Dino Egg shell, 1x Dino Egg Yolk Bag, 1x Scratch Map, 5x Compounds, 6x Smash Eggs w/ rebuilder, 1x Digging Tool and 1x Exclusive Smash-o-saur Dino.


Logan loved this egg as it was more of an activity to find the dinosaur bones to build your exclusive Smash-o-saur. He used the scratch map and started at number one, scratching off the panel with a penny to reveal the Dino Dirt. It's like sand and had a dino bone inside which we took and placed aside for when it was ready to build. I really like that the Dino Dirt has a resealable package so the dirt can be played with again and again. A few of the packets are like this so a very well done there as we'll most definitely use them again. The next scratch panel revealed the Fizzy Lava so we poured some water over it and watched the lava melt away to show us the bones inside. It's like a bath bomb so doesn't take long to fizz away. After that is was the glowing slime then the fossil rock and finally the ice age putty. The fossil rock took the longest but you get a little digging tool to help you. All of these were great activities which kept Logan busy for over an hour.


It was finally time for Logan to build his dinosaur and he was so happy with the finished result. He's going to put it in his room on display and to keep it safe from his sister haha. As well as building his dinosaur there were also 6 smaller smash eggs inside the big epic egg that contain small collectible creatures. You can purchase these as separate packs if you want more from Smyths Toys but you get them included in the epic egg which is nice. Logan was happy to let his sister open these smash eggs with him and I really like that the eggs can be rebuilt and smashed again and again. Loads of fun to be had as well as pretend play potential, Harlow's already had them playing with her dolls.


I highly recommend the Smashers Epic Egg, it's a great way to entertain the kids and Harlow has asked for her own one next time. Lots of the surprises inside can be kept and used over and over so nothing will go unused, especially at the moment since no one can go anywhere. My kids quite like to play in the back garden a lot now and you can't go wrong with some dinosaurs for outside fun. Even better they can take the slime outside with them too haha. Smashers Epic Eggs retail for £24.99 and can be purchased from Smyths Toys. Personally I would order sooner rather than later.


Logan also received the 5 Surprise Dino Strike capsules and these are a great Easter alternatives as well. They're just like the Unicorn Squad ones and every capsule includes a battling dino ready to be assembled, 1 customizable weapon backpack and 1 or 2 swappable weapons to battle with. There's 13 different Dino Strike characters to collect including a rare molten gold T-Rex fossil. Logan really enjoyed opening these and building his dinosaur inside. They're a good size, great for collecting and pretend play. They retail for £6.99 which is a great price and perfect for popping in along with an Easter egg.


Both of my kids really really enjoyed their surprise eggs, so much so that they've been asking for more so you know it must be good. They're both still playing with the ones they have at the moment as the fun never seems to stop. I'd buy them myself in future as gifts for the kids or presents for their friends so I really would recommend. As I've said perfect boredom busters and a great alternative to a chocolate Easter egg. Happy shopping!


These items were gifted for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. 

31 March 2020

Easter Gift Ideas for Children

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It's almost Easter time and the kids seem to receive an abundance of chocolate eggs which sit around for ages. Don't get me wrong, I do love a good chocolate Easter egg however there's so many more gift ideas out there now for an Easter treat so it's worth looking around.

I've put together a little list of alternative Easter gift ideas for children. Please do have a read and see what you think. These are some of the things my kids would definitely like to receive but there's plenty others available to choose from. At least these ones will keep the kids entertained longer than a chocolate egg!



Hatchimals
My daughter is obsessed with Hatchimals and loves all the different varieties you can collect. I really like that there is a huge range too as it makes it so much easier to pick gifts and keep miss madam happy. Harlow is currently eyeing the Hatchimals Colleggtibles Spring Bouquet which I think is such a brilliant idea.

The spring bouquet has 6 Hatchimals with one already hatched and ready to play. The other 5 are hidden inside pretty hatchable flowers! These exclusive cuties have golden wings and are easy to hatch by removing the stem and opening the flower. You can then place them back into the bouquet for a beautiful display. Retailing at £14.99 it's a great little Easter gift that'll last.

Hexbug
We've had a few hexbugs in our time but they're just so entertaining so it would be rude not to get some more. There's tons of hexbug critters on the market to chose from but I particularly like the look of the Scarab and Beetle. The scarab is super fast and if toppled on it's back can right itself again which is pretty cool and the beetle has sensors in it's antenna so if it feels something or hears a noise it backs away and scuttles off in a different direction!

These are the types of toys which keep my two occupied for ages and they retail for around £9.99 so it's a decent price as well.

Bug Box Beasties
Sticking to the theme of bugs, how about a real life bug for your child to look after? Some bugs such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches are relatively easy to keep and care for plus they don't smell or bite like some furry pets do. Cleaning is minimal and bugs can be handled with care and are really very interesting. I've kept lots of furry pets in my day but I'd rather keep insects, they're loads easier.

You can purchase all manner of different inverts from Bug Box UK.

Zuru Rainbocorns & Smashers
The Zuru Rainbocorns and Smashers are a particular favourite as they're already egg shaped! Harlow loves her unicorns and Logan's into dinosaurs so they make excellent Easter gifts. The egg they come in is huge too so always look extra special. The kids love the surprise element and the anticipation of what they're going to find inside which is always a winner here.

Prices vary from around £20 and can be purchased from Argos, Amazon, B&M etc.

Items were gifted for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own. 

27 March 2020

Review: All New Super Wings Toys & Magazines!

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Now that the kids are at home a lot more I've been searching for toys and activities to keep them busy, especially Harlow who is only 5 and has the attention span of a flea! We've been really lucky recently and the lovely Super Wings team sent us some of their new toys and fabulous magazines to try out.


For those that don't know Super Wings is a top flight preschool animation, available to watch on TinyPop and Cartoonito. It's a firm favourite cartoon at home and when we go abroad. Each episode follows Jett, the adorable plane who travels the globe delivering packages to children in different counties. On every delivery Jett encounters a new problem that he and his friends must work together to solve.


The Super Wings aren't just regular aeroplanes either: They have the ability to transform into amazing heroes who can run, climb, lift, dig and even dive deep under the sea! Super Wings is a fun show which is full of positive messages (I know it's for younger children but even Logan has a quick glance now and again) – from problem solving and teamwork to educational highlights and cultural diversity, Super Wings is a great way to get little ones’ to work together and think about the world we live in. The new series (series 4) of Super Wings launched on 2nd March 2020 so it'll be available to watch now. Perfect for those home learning moments when the adults need a little break.


So what toys did Harlow get sent? Well we received the lovely new Rescue Riders Playset (RRP £29.99) and one of the new Series 3 Transforming Vehicles (RRP: £9.99). Ours was yellow and called Donnie. The Rescue Riders Playset is from the latest Super Wings product range and coincides with Series 3 of Super Wings Mission Teams called the Rescue Riders. The playset is based on Sparky the Fire Truck and includes; lights and sounds, detachable ladder which can swivel 180 degrees, side mounted ‘water hose’ which can be taken out and attached to the front of the ladder, front hook which can be pulled to assist any rescues, plus pull the side leaver to release Zoe, an exclusive Super Wings character that comes with the playset. It's also compatible with the transforming vehicles, such as the Donnie we received, so Harlow has been having tons of fun putting these all together and rescuing her toy babies.


As for the Series 3 Transforming Vehicles they can transform from plane to robot in 10 easy steps. This was a favourite of Harlow's because it was simple and easy to do and held lots of pretend play potential. Super Wings fans can re-enact and master the transformation of their favourite characters from the popular TV show or create their own new adventures with their imagination. They make for great birthday presents and little gifts. A good alternative to Easter chocolate. There are over 20 characters to collect and some of the new ones are; Build-It Jett, Police Jett, Build-It Donnie, Rescue Dizzy, Astra, Scoop and Kim. All of these toys including the playset can be purchased from Smyths Toys.



As well as these awesome toys Super Wings have also brought out some magazines! Harlow loves a magazine and they're always full of fun educational activities so I quite like them too. They definitely keep her busy. The Super Wings magazine is based on the adventures of Jett and the team and is published by Signature Publishing. The first issue launched in January but you'll be able to pick up the 3rd issue now since we're in March. Every issue of the magazine comes with an exclusive bespoke toy and the magazine is packed with stories, puzzles, colouring activities and much more to keep youngsters entertained. The magazine is available at all good supermarkets and newsagents nationwide so should be easy enough to pick up on your next trip.


Harlow has really enjoyed all of her Super Wings goodies and they've been getting played with regularly and the magazines have been keeping her busy and learning at the same time. I'll definitely be buying the next issue!

These items where gifted in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

15 March 2020

Review: Dreamimals - Dream Pillow & Keychain

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Every child at some stage will go through a phase of not wanting to go to bed or making a massive fuss at bed time because they're scared of the dark or don't want to have bad dreams. That's where Dreamimals comes to the rescue. The fabulous dreamimals dream pillow helps to create a comfort zone around bedtime allowing for a calming ritual type routine to help settle your child. It's a cute fluffy pillow complete with accompanying cloud notepad where you write down the good dreams you want to have and then put them inside the pillow before going to bed.


Dreamimals are a great idea and allows your child to take control by writing or drawing their thoughts and dreams that they wish to have. If anything it will definitely help improve and promote positive thinking and visualisation techniques which are great coping strategies when we feel a little worried. The comforting cuddle cushion comes in 4 different styles; Original, Sharkie, Lamby and Pinkie, and it's sure to offer soothing emotional support to whoever needs it.

Harlow received Pinkie to try out, who is a super cute sleeping Koala, and she loves it! Pinkie is of course pink but also fluffy and amazingly super soft. Inside the dreamimals box is not only your chosen pillow friend but a set of instructions, storybook and 60 dream wishes (the cloud notepad). It's simple to use as I've explained above but have your child write their thoughts or good dreams they'd like to have that evening on a dream wishes cloud, take it off and put it inside the cuddle cushion and hey presto! Good sweet dreams will come their way.


I found it an easy concept to grasp and so did Harlow. When I showed her the box and explained what Pinkie was for she got on board straight away and couldn't wait to try it out. We've had Pinkie with us for a month now and it's a firm fixture at bedtime for miss madam. Pinkie even has a special place on her bed during the day when she's at school so that's always a good sign. Harlow recently had some bad dreams and has been worrying a lot about people passing away (I'm sure they all go through a phase of this) but I feel the dream pillow has really helped alleviate some of that anxiety and steered her towards concentrating on having good dreams and happy thoughts.

Dreamimals dream pillows are excellent for cuddling into and I think kids of all ages will love them. I even had a sneaky shot when Harlow wasn't looking, so comfy! They'd make a great travel companion for road trips and plane journeys and I'll definitely be packing Pinkie for our next trip.It would be rude not to. These dreamimals dream pillows retail from £15.99 which is a great price for something that's going to last. And if you like these there's also the day dreamimals keychain (RRP £8.95).


The dreamimals keychains are lovely little mini versions of the bigger pillows and can be clipped to school bags and rucksacks and taken with you wherever you go to promote good positive day dreaming. It uses the same concept as the dream pillows but for day time instead of night time. Excellent for maybe more worried or nervous children who need a comforting boost to add to their day. Harlow loves hers as she can take it to school and show her friends. It also reminds her of happy thinking if she's ever feeling sad.

I would highly recommend both the dream pillow and keychain to anyone looking to give their kids the best chance at a great nights sleep. If you're having problems with your child getting to sleep then this is definitely worth a shot. Harlow struggles at times and I feel this is really helping. We've tried so many things but this is just something really different and so fun.


Both products have been gifted for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

5 March 2020

World Book Day - Books Aren't Just For Reading

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World Book Day is always a favourite celebration of ours. We're a house full of book worms and love getting lost in a world of imagination and magical tales. But have you thought about what you can do with a book after you've read it? We often of course re read our books but books aren't just for reading! There's a whole host of amazing and fun things you can do to give life back to an old book. One of those ingenious was is to repurpose a book as craft material. The lovely people from Viking sent us lots of supplies to get us started on crafting with books so I'm going to show you how we got on.


So what was in our craft box? Well we received some stamping ink, ink pad, A4 paper, sharpie pen, paper punch, A4 gold frame, old book paper, an alphabet stamp kit and a special booked called Book Art by Clare Youngs. All of these items were going to help us get arty and create something beautiful out of old books.


My daughter absolutely loves crafting of any form and her one complaint about starting primary school is that they don't do enough crafts ha ha. So to keep her happy we often pull the craft box out at home and get busy. You can imagine her face was full of delight when she received this lovely box of goodies and she wanted to get stuck in straight away.


There are lots of different ideas inside the Book Art book by Clare Youngs to get you inspired for creating some beautiful pieces. There's ideas for making gorgeous buttons or birdcage cards or what about a cute stand-up lion or some pop up flowers. So many ideas to keep the crafting hands busy. Harlow decided to take some inspo from one of her favourite bedtime stories - Alien's Love Underpants - and we set about creating a masterpiece of art befitting of our home.


Harlow started out by drawing underpants on the old book pages so we could cut them out and use for our aliens. We then stuck the underpants to come colour A4 paper and drew the aliens around them. They looked really good and Harlow was so pleased with the outcome. We needed a background piece of paper for our work so Harlow chose a dark blue to compliment the Alien's Love Underpants story book. It worked really well and when we stuck the aliens down they really popped with their cool underpants.


Next up Harlow was desperate to get stuck into the ink and alphabet stamp kit. She chose some letter and randomly stamped them around the dark blue paper so it kind of resembled stars. She also used the little paper punches and put a piece of white paper at the back to add a bit of contrast to the piece. We also thought it would be best to include a planet of some sort and an alien space ship which we covered in some old book pages to tie in with the alien's underpants. It really was all coming together and considering Harlow is only 5 she had some great ideas.


Before we finished up and framed our piece Harlow decided she needed to put some finger prints on one of the aliens and some love hearts on the other from the stamp kit. I feel this really brought the aliens to life. So fabulous and arty. Last but not least, like any good artist, Harlow signed her work and framed it. She was so so pleased with herself and I think it's pretty fabulous. It now has pride of place in our living room for all to see.


Although this might not be conventional crafting it's definitely great to get little ones involved and when they pop off to Granny's or even have a nap you can get stuck into the more trickier book art like fruit sculptures hanging decorations. It's a great way to use up old books and who knows it might even give you a little hobby on the way.


Harlow loved making her Alien's Love Underpants picture and we've a few supplies left which I'm sure will be getting used again soon. It's a relatively low cost activity which keeps the kids busy and gets them thinking of their favoruite books whilst using up old ones. Win win!

The stationery was gifted for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.  

21 February 2020

Dinner with a View at The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel

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If the weather's starting to get you down and you just feel like you need a little break away from it all then I'd highly recommend a visit to the Lodge on Loch Lomond hotel. It's the perfect getaway for couples and families looking to have a relaxing luxury break.


You might have seen my last post reviewing our own relaxing stay at the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel but now I'm going to tell you all about the delicious meal we had in their Colquhoun’s Restaurant. So you might want to have some snacks handy as this will probably make you hungry!


Colquhoun's Restaurant is one of Scotland's ultimate waterfront dining experiences. The views across Loch Lomond in Luss are just breath taking. We popped in for dinner on our stay and managed to sit beside the windows and catch the sun setting. It was absolutely beautiful to watch. Even the kids seemed impressed with our views and Harlow was constantly looking for wildlife which was cute.


The restaurant itself is very big with plenty of space and magnificent floor to ceiling windows. Even though it has an impressive size it still manages to maintain it's warm intimate feel. I'm happy to report it is also very child friendly with decent children's menus. When we visited there were lots of families staying and dining out. The children's menu has a colouring in sheet printed on the back to help keep the kids occupied and crayons are provided. Harlow loves colouring in so this kept her very happy.


For us adults there was lots of tasty food choices to choose from on our menu. It took us a minute or two to decide what we really wanted to try but finally settled on our choices. Whilst we perused the menu we had very attentive staff take our drinks orders and answer any food related questions we had. They were all very helpful and polite.


So what did we go for then? Well for starters the hubby chose the delicious beef cheek which came with shallot puree, beer mustard and root vegetable crisps. I had a taste, of course for research purchases, and honestly it was to die for. So tender and juicy, and the presentation was beautiful. The hubby had it scoffed down in no time. I went for something different and chose the sweet potato and garden pea pakora which came with chilli sambal and crispy onions. Again great presentation and they were mouth watering, highly recommend. The kids had a choice of either soup or seasonal melon and strawberries. Since non liked the soup on offer and don't particularly eat melon the staff were happy to give them a big bowl of strawberries each which kept them happy. Strawberries are Logan's favourite fruit so he was delighted.


After devouring our starters we couldn't wait to see what the mains would be like. The hubby ordered the pork belly which came with truffle mash, roasted shallot and black pudding bon bons. I went for good old battered Atlantic haddock which came with chunky chips, tartare, pickled onions and mushy peas. Both dishes were very moreish, we couldn't fault them at all. Everything was perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were excellent as you can see from the photos. I was so impressed with the hubby's plate of pork belly that I'd have it myself if we ever went back. It just tasted so good. The fish was equally delicious with tasty chunky chips. Both the kids were happy with their mains too with Logan opting for fish and chips and Harlow going for macaroni and chips. They were good sized healthy portions too. I'm always wary about some children's menus as the portion sizes can be tiny. You've nothing to worry about here though, plenty to fill the kids bellies.


By this point we were all getting full but couldn't refuse a dessert to finish of a fantastic meal. The kids chose their favourite flavour of ice cream each. Strawberry for Logan and Chocolate for Harlow. They got 3 scoops each which was more than enough after a filling meal. The hubby went for the peanut butter parfait which came with banana ice cream and caramelised banana. I chose the sticky toffee pudding which came with tablet ice cream. We thoroughly enjoyed our yummy desserts and felt relaxed and chilled in the restaurants surroundings. The kids were happy which means we were happy, ha ha, and we were ready to retire to our lovely room for a sound sleep.


The Colquhoun's restaurant is open for dinner Monday to Sunday nights, and bookings are advised as it can get busy. They are a fully licenced venue with an extensive range of wine and whisky as well as some delicious cocktails. There's sure to be something to suit everyone. We all really enjoyed our food at the Lodge on Loch Lomond and even if you aren't staying the night it's worth booking into the restaurant for a great meal. Service was good, everyone was friendly, the food was amazing and timely, we couldn't have asked for more really. Highly recommend and I'm sure we'll be back or I might just go back myself for a rest!


This was a gifted meal in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

 

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