Friday, 8 April 2022

THE IVY EASTER SPECIAL MENUS WILL MAKE YOU BUNNYHOP




The Ivy Buchanan Street has launched an Easter Specials menu to celebrate  Spring. 

 

We love getting into the spirit of Easter and The airy is one of those restaurants that makes theshowbizlion.com roar. 


Nothing can beat it’s special atmosphere, excellent service and tasty food - and for a special occasion - or an exquisite catch up with friends it’s the place to go. 


During these Covid conscious times it’s spacious enough to give you breathing room too. 


The stylish eaterie  is celebrating the Easter season with a series of delicious specials incorporating limited edition cocktails, a spring lamb dish and showstopping Easter Nest dessert. 


The enticing offering will be available to guests for Easter weekend only (Friday, 15 until Monday, 18 April) alongside the brasserie’s inimitable classics, fusing fresh seasonal ingredients and delectable culinary twists.

 

The Grilled Lamb Cutlets (£25.95) will be served with a crushed pea and herb purée with slow-cooked  lamb shoulder, asparagus, baby courgette, sun-blush tomatoes, red wine and olive sauce, while chocolate lovers will go crazy for the Easter Nest (£9.25), a nod to the humble bird’s egg, featuring a divine chocolate sponge, piled with dark and white chocolate mousse and Kataifi pastry and topped off with chocolate eggs and lemon balm. 

 

Complementing the dishes in true style is the limited edition cocktail menu – featuring an Easter twist on three classic aperitifs, a Chocolate Negroni (£10.25), an Easter Egg Martini (£10.95) and a White Rabbit G&T (£10.25).

 

To book a table visit TheIvyGlasgow.com

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

COLOURBOXX FESTIVAL CANCELLED AS FANS EXPRESS SURPRISE




 COLOURBOXX festival has been cancelled this summer in Bellahouston Park.

DF Concerts, who are also behind TRNSMT festival,  had planned  the day long festival with Becky Hill, Joesef, Berry Galazka, Bimini, HYYTS, Lawrence Chaney, and The Sugababes earlier this year and fans were excited for the pop centred line up. 

It will no longer happen - for the foreseeable.

DF Concerts told revellers in an online statement: "This event has been cancelled. Thank you so much for all the love and support you have shown Colourboxx so far.

We really hoped we would be coming to you with better news but, here’s hoping we will meet again to celebrate all things love, joy and unity with you.

"Love, Colourboxx x."

The event which was planned for the same day as Edinburgh Pride claimed of be a "vibrant wonderland where inclusivity and freedom of expression reign supreme", featuring drag acts across the UK and some of the country's most popular musicians.

Fans were left questioning the decision with some asking: "Does anybody know the actual reason Colourboxx in #Glasgow was cancelled? Their statement says jack all. Weird AF…"

Another lamented: "Gutted that colourboxx has been cancelled, had such a decent line up."


Sunday, 3 April 2022

DOCTOR WHO DAVID TENNANT DISSED BY FORMER DOCTOR WHO PETER DAVIDSON AT EVENT




DOCTOR Who's David Tennant was dissed by former Doctor Who Peter Davison in front of his fans. 

Scots born David who recently filmed a new series of Good Omens in Edinburgh was at the Wales Comic Con. 

After hundreds of fans joined a queue for his official meet and greet, Peter Davidson decided to take to social media to tell him he was  'not that special'. 

The two men are actually related - with David's wife Georgia being Pete's daughter, so it was really all in jest. 

Georgia posted up a picture of Peter in Telford and he joined the queue. 

Peter said in his message: “Here I am protesting in front of the half mile queue for your husband” - #peterdavison #davidtennant #awkward @walescomiccon.

Peter wrote on a sign: "He's not THAT special

His confession brought more fans out in his favourite with one saying: : "Guarantee my daughter would be first in the queue to meet your dad again. Her love for him is boundless :)"

Another laughed: "So funny. Could Peter offer to help cut the queue time by taking the money for David - to be a good father in law - keep half himself and rubber stamp a David autograph for the tired end hot fans? Win Win!!"

Thursday, 24 March 2022

MANCHESTER CITY MOXY HOTEL REVIEW: GET AHEAD WITH A HAT




THEY say that to get ahead you should get a hat and Moxy Hotel Manchester City boasts a whole wall of them. 

The Marriott Bonvoy’s experiential hotel brand, officially opened in Manchester at the start of the year and presents its ever stylish vibe to the heart of Spinningfields. 

You can’t really get more City than where it is. 

With its pink neon signage on top of its metal panelled exterior, the contemporary neighbourhood hotel offers a youthful fun atmosphere to those looking for a place to be.

For those travelling by train, plane or bus, its centrally located and a nearby NCP car park accommodates those who travel by car - remember to download the app first though. 

The minute you walk in you know you are in for some sociable times. 





All guests arriving are offered a premixed cocktail (there’s a zero alcohol option too) just to kick off your free time. 

The lounge area of the hotel offers quirky furnishings with colourful scatter cushions and little nods to the surrounding culture and history. 

At Moxy City Manchester, you’ll find test tubes on shelves - a nod to the chemists that used to be there, cushions in the shape of knots - a reminder of the cotton that was made there,  and hats aplenty - addressing the old hat factory there. 

There were also old style gym lockers against one of the walls and a football table and annexed off of that a private office type space for board meetings or communal gatherings. 




At weekends there’s DJs behind one of the desks at the entrance and card and board games aplenty as well as books to read to pass the time. 

It’s got a cool, uncomplicated vibe and the smiles on guests faces says it all. 

On arrival one of Moxy’s artists was completing a colourful mural on the back wall. 

We checked in, got our welcoming drink, and caught a lift which was emblazoned with the lyrics Love Will Tear Us Apart - a tribute to Joy Division’s Factory Records link to the city. 

We encountered a couple of greyhounds waiting for their floor - as the hotel is pet friendly. 

The room itself was spotless and a sign told us everything had just been given a swoosh of anti bacterial liquid including the remote control (always comforting). 




The mirrors are perfect for selfies and the mood lighting is a perfect start to the weekend - with a motion centred light under the bed for those night time bathroom excursions. 

Closets are open walled and everything is minimalistic so there’s less clutter and more sleek lines. 

The platform beds had fresh white mattresses and the pillows had just enough bounce while in the bathroom there are walk in showers and the pink hand and body soap smelled lovely too. 




We resisted watching Netflix on the telly to explore the surrounding area of Spinningfields and its cool mix of shops and restaurants.  

We were a guest of Ducie Street Warehouse and loved the freshly made food and trendy atmosphere in spacious surroundings and also visited our favourite Chinese restaurant The Rice Bowl, with its gluten free vegetarian options and stylish tables, the following day. 

Breakfast at The Moxy is even better than you’d imagine. 

There is much more than muffins and cookies, as guests can enjoy a self service hot or cold buffet with cold meats and cheeses, breads, fruits, an extensive cereal bar, yoghurts, a traditional English brekkie, and a mix of hot and cold drinks. 




Machines will dispense regular breakfast drinks - with a separate fridge offering more choice to those who wish to pay a little extra for the drink of their choice. 

The Moxy bar has a host of cocktails on offer too with beers, spirits, wine, Moxy syrup blend, non-alcoholic Fauxy Moxy,or the booze fuelled Disco Diva in a disco ball with Vodka, Vanilla, Limoncello, Citrus Elderflower, Pomegranate, and Prosecco.

 There’s also a dedicated barista counter for a coffee fix, and Grab n Go snacks and beverages available 24/7 for those late night cravings. 

Staff at the nine storey hotel were so friendly and informative about the local surroundings and history. 




They went out their way to help with any requests too. 

The Moxy is perfect for an easy and energised staycation.  For full transparency we were a guest of the hotel for our stay but would definitely revisit. 

 Rooms are available from £99.

.To book your stay at Moxy Manchester city visit www.MoxyManchesterCity.com | @MoxyMcr  #PLAYON #ATTHEMOXY

 

Monday, 14 March 2022

DUCIE STREET WAREHOUSE REVIEW: FRESH AND FAB


Manchester has always been one of theshowbizlion.com’s fave places to go for a weekend and we always love a walk by the canal. 
Manchester’s Ducie Street Warehouse is right beside it in the centre and the venue was recently refurbished. 
It even even hosts a doggy friendly mini cinema. 

It’s vast with industrial style ceilings, and large enough for you to have your own space- important in these Covid aware days. 
It’s also warm and friendly enough for you to feel at home with plenty of pot plants and greenery to bring the outside in. 
Diners can choose to eat in the relaxed foyer area which acts as a reception area for the adjoining Nomad hotel or they can venture deeper into the bespoke restaurant at the back.


 It’s cosy despite the overall size of the place.
 There’s also an outside terrace overlooking the canal if you don’t mind a slight winter chill in February 
Kitted out with giant lampshades and Art Deco style mirrors alongside modern art prints it feels like you could be in New York. 


Funky music plays over the sound system as an eclectic mix of diners enjoy delights including spices parsnip hummus, king prawns in romesco sauce, whole roasted spiced celeriac shawarma or a 16oz roast sirloin to share. 
Theshowbizlion.com opted for the Loch Duart salmon with Asian greens and a soy dressing on the side. We cannot rate it enough. 


It was beautifully cooked, moist and the greens were perfectly al dente and fresh. It felt clean.
The hummus was an easy eat - and with just the right seasoning so it didn’t claw if you excise the pun. 



The tomato was definitely the main flavour of king prawns in Romasco sauce and they were succulent. 
The butternut squash and avocado salad also got a thumbs up from the lioness and the sugar snap peas were crunchtastic.


Dessert of date-based sticky toffee pudding proved a winner and we liked the gold leaf piece on top  and the gluten free veggie lioness went for the sorbet rather than the poached plums. 


A three course meal works out around £35 a head for food with all the trimmings.

Friday, 4 March 2022

FRANKIE & BENNY’S TREAT SCOTS STUDENTS WITH FREE VEGAN DOGS





FRANKIE & Benny’s have a special treat to celebrate the start of the new university year and a much-anticipated return to full in-person learning for students around the Uk.

 The talian-American restaurant brand recently completed phase one of a country wide free vegan hotdog giveaway to students

 When looking at how the brand could provide students with a tasty treat and some much-needed cheer, thVegan Hotdog University Tour’ was the obvious choice. 

The much-loved UK brand has for many years run their student offer (20% off food), as well as priding themselves on offering a broad choice of vegan and vegetarian options.  

 The first phase of the ‘Vegan Hotdog University Tour’ kicked off at Nottingham Trent University in late January 2022, followed by successful stops at Bristol Uni, Manchester Met, Leicester University, Birmingham City University, Nottingham Uni, Plymouth Uni, Sheffield Uni and Leeds Beckett. 


Off the back of phase one and following the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students across England, Frankie & Benny’s will continue with the activity, this time focusing phase two of The Tour’ on Scotland and Wales. After a short break, theVegan Hotdog University Tour’ will restart and head to the following sites:

 

• Glasgow University on 7 March
• Edinburgh University on 8 March
• Newcastle Uni on 14 March 
• Cardiff Met on 21 March

 

Be sure to continue to follow the tour and any relevant updates onFrankie & Benny’s social: @frankienbennys, as the brand will be handing out vouchers at their upcoming university stops (for freebies in restaurants), with students also in with a chance to win Frankie’s for a year when they sign up with the brand.  

 

The ‘hero’ of the whole tour has been the famous ‘Vegan Dog’, a new vegan option on the Frankie & Benny’s menu and one that is proving very popular with vegans and non-vegans alike! The juicy plant-based hotdog is served on a soft glazed roll, with fried onions, gherkins, fiery chillies, BBQ sauce and delicious vegan mayo.

Gabby Barysaite, Senior Brand Manager, Frankie & Benny’ssaid: Our recent ‘Vegan Hotdog University Tour’ has proved to be such a hit, and with such positive feedback from students across the country, it’s a programme that we’re committed tocontinuing – with a focus on universities in Scotland and Wales.”  

She continued: “We pride ourselves on our vegan and vegetarian menus and as a company it’s something that we’re always looking to adapt and update. We hope that some of the students that tried our vegan hotdogs at their universities were suitably impressed and will look to plan a trip to their nearest restaurant soon.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

PEAKY BLINDERS TOMMY SHELBY’S GLASSES WERE DESIGNED IN SCOTLAND



PEAKY Blinders is preparing to air its highly-anticipated final season and local Glasgow eyewear company IOLLA created the now trademark glasses of Tommy Shelby. 


Played by Cillian Murphy, the beloved protagonist of Peaky Blinders looked to Glasgow for his eyewear inspiration, donning a pair of bespoke IOLLA glasses in 2019’s fifth season. 


Whilst Tommy Shelby's exact glasses are not available to buy, following huge customer demand IOLLA designed a similar, retro style frame, meaning that fans of the show like theshowbizlion.com can replicate Tommy’s look for themselves in time for the final season with the classic ‘MacDonald’ frames. The petite, statement making frames bring Peaky Blinders’ vintage style to life, with signature IOLLA engraved tips. Fans can also visit one of IOLLA’s welcoming showrooms to learn about the design process in more detail, and even take a closer look at some early prototypes.

Approached in 2018 by Alison McCosh, Costume Designer for Peaky Blinders, IOLLA founder and frame designer Stefan Hunter worked closely with the BBC production; producing various prototypes and even attending a pre-filming fitting with Cillian Murphy to ensure the frames were the perfect fit for the renowned Tommy Shelby. 



Set to make a highly anticipated return to our screens this month for the sixth and final season, IOLLA’s epic collaboration with the BBC drama will go down in the brand’s history, as one of the all-time classic characters modelled his very own IOLLA frames. With actors like Tom Hardy and Anya Taylor-Joy set to star alongside Cillian Murphy, the final season is sure to be more unmissable television. 


Stefan Hunter, Founder of IOLLA said: “The culmination of a huge amount of hard work and collaboration, it’s been a joy to see such an iconic character wear a pair of IOLLA frames. When we were approached in the summer of 2018, we couldn’t have imagined the journey we would go on with the production and it’s really incredible to have our homegrown business be part of Peaky Blinders history. We can’t wait to tune into the new series to see how things will end for the famous Tommy Shelby!” 


IOLLA launched in 2015, introducing a better way to buy eyewear with their offering of complete prescription glasses and sunglasses for £75. Their mission is to help people look and feel great, empowering glasses wearers to build an eyewear wardrobe thanks to their diverse range of unique frame designs and affordable price point.


For more information and to keep up to date with all things IOLLA check out their website and follow them on Instagram:


www.iolla.com

https://www.instagram.com/iolla/ 

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

ST ANDREW’S FOODIES IN FOR TREAT AT THE SEAFOOD RISTORANTE



ST Andrew’s eaterie The Seafood Ristorante,  has begun a new chapter with a modern new dining look to the historical town.

 The stunning new look offers a luxurious space to relax and unwind with a truly immersive dining experience. Located on the Scores Bruce Embankment, overlooking St Andrews Bay and West Sands Beach, the restaurant offers 360-degree views of Scotland's dramatic North Sea. 

The renowned multi-award-winning restaurant, owned by Stefano Pieraccini of The Rocca Group, has an increased capacity for 56 guests and a spacious semi-private dining for groups of up to 14. A new reception and bar area has also been created to allow guests to unwind and relax before enjoying favourites from their coastal inspired menu. 

 Guests can savour the menu's special flavours, which are created with the best locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The dishes are designed with a touch of Italian flair and the a la carte menu offers a classic dining experience as well as a seasonal set lunch menu should you wish to catch up with friends for a casual, relaxed afternoon treat. 

Roasted Orkney Scallops, John Ross of Aberdeen Smoked Salmon, and East Neuk Crab Agnolotti are among the menu's starters, and North Sea Turbot; Pittenweem Day Boat Halibut; Scrabster Monkfish, and Perthshire Roe Deer are among the mains.

 The renovation was inspired by Stefano's desire to not only inspire his staff but also customers to create an unforgettable food and drink experience that people want to leave their house for.

Stefano Pieraccini said “With more and more restaurants reopening, it's important that we maintain the highest standards and expectations our guests and staff expect. Our new look is contemporary, modern and represents the now as well as the future. The interiors reflect the beautiful surroundings, combining coastal colours with spatial fluidity and intuitive elegance”. 

 Initially open four days a week for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, the team behind The Seafood Ristorante plans to expand to five days a week beginning in April, with the addition of a new Tuesday service.

The Rocca Group commissioned Davidson Baxter Partnership Architects to reimagine the restaurant space and interiors for a new generation of customers. The architects had previous worked with the groups other venues in Edinburgh, Rico’s Ristorante and The Broughton.

 The open plan space has been upgraded with Chartreuse and dark olive-green furnishings, as well as rich brown tables and ebony-style wooden flooring. The new bar area increases the venue's capacity to 56 guests, and contemporary bar stools and low height poser tables have been added to encourage pre and post-dinner cocktails.

The Seafood Restaurant is open weekly, Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm - late at Bruce Embankment, St Andrews KY16 9AB. 

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

FANCY DINNER WITH A LOVE ISLAND OR TOWIE STAR FOR VALENTINES?




Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples and self love is still a thing but for those who don’t want to face dining alone, Italian-American restaurant Frankie & Benny’s has the perfect solution. 

The eaterie is offering a “Take A-Bae” service offering solo guests a date to dine with - including three UK reality TV stars.


 A line-up of friendly-faced dining partners, dubbed “Valentine’s Baes”, will be available in selectedrestaurants on Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14) to offer customers some company and conversation. Lucky guests will even have the option of dining with one of their favourite reality TV stars.


 Chloe Veitch, of Netflix’s hit Too Hot To Handle, will be a dinner date option in Frankie & Benny’s London restaurant. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, TOWIE’s James Lock will be waiting patiently to accompany lucky singletons at their table. Finally, in Glasgow, diners can choose to spend their Valentine’s Day with Love Islander Dale Mehmet. 

 

Frankie & Benny’s believes Valentine’s Day should be a day where anybody can treat themselves, bae or no bae. But it’s completely understandable not to want to be the only table-for-one in a sea of couples. 

All you need to do is head to one of the above restaurants, choose your dining partner, grab a drink, a bite and relax. 

 

On taking part in the “Take A-Bae” service, Chloe Veitch said: “Why should it just be couples that get to enjoy Valentine’s Day? What about all of us singles? There’s a lot of us out there, I should know!


“I love the idea of this ‘Take A-Bae’ service and giving a bit of love to those who might be solo on the big day. I’m really looking forward to meeting some new people at Frankie & Benny’s on Valentine’s Day and who knows - maybe someone will sweep me off my feet?”

 

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, TOWIE’s James Lock said:“I reckon there’s a lot of people wanting to go out on Valentine’s Day but not bothering because they’re on their own. Hopefully now they might do. I’m good company, easy to talk to and will have a chat with anyone so hopefully I’ll be able to have a bit of a laugh with a few people in Birmingham.

 

One of my first dates was actually at Frankie & Benny’s in Essex, so this will bring back some fun memories.”

 

Love Islander Dale Mehmet said: “Valentine’s Day is always a bit of a sucker punch when you’re single, so I’m excited to play a part in opening the big day up to a few more people. It’s great that Frankie & Benny’s is thinking about those who may be alone but still keen to get out and celebrate.

 

It’ll be good to grab a bite with people on Valentine’s Day. I didn’t have the best of luck finding love on the island so maybe I’ll have a little more luck at Frankie & Benny’s on Monday!”

 

The “Valentine’s Baes” will be in participating Frankie & Benny’s restaurants from 5PM on Monday, February 14:

- Burleigh House, London

- In the Fort, Birmingham

- In the Fort, Glasgow

 

Jon Knight, Managing Director of the leisure & concessions business, said: “This Valentine’s Day we want to make sure we’ve got all our guests covered at Frankie & Benny’s and provide people with comfort food in a welcoming environment, no matter what their relationship status. So, whether you’re single and looking for a date, or would just like to have some company over a meal - we’ll provide the venue, the food and the date (or mate).

Thursday, 3 February 2022

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD PROVES A RATINGS HIT FORTY YEARS ON



The late Gwyneth Guthrie played Mrs Mack

TAKE The High Road or The High Road as it became known was one of the most popular Scottish shows over forty years ago. 

And now it’s been revealed that the show based in fictional Glendarroch is still as popular as ever as new figures show. 

Over 40 years after it first launched on STV, Scottish drama fans are still being gripped by the goings-on in Glendarroch, as Take the High Road  has been revealed as one of STV Player’s most-streamed drama series of 2021.

 

The iconic soap, which aired its final episode in 2003, has won a legion of new followers – and delighted existing fans – since dropping on STV’s free streaming service two years ago. It was the fifth most-watched drama on the platform in 2021, attracting more streams than major new series such as Marcella (#6) and Finding Alice (#9). 

 

However, despite the enduring popularity of the gentle rural soap, a chilling American crime drama about the hunt for a serial killer operating around the US-Mexico border proved more popular. Critically-acclaimed The Bridge – starring Diane Kruger as formidable detective Sonya Cross – was added straight to STV Player without being aired on the channel itself and, as the fourth most-streamed drama of the year, has been a bingeworthy hit with viewers.

 

Daily streams of Take the High Road reached a peak on 12 November, as viewers sought to rewatch the memorable performances of one of the series’ most treasured stars, Gwyneth Guthrie(Mrs Mack), in the wake of her death. 

 

Elsewhere, the top three dramas of 2021 on STV Player were perennial favourites Coronation Streetand Emmerdale, as well as the second series of British crime thriller The Bay

 

Rounding out the platform’s top ten most-streamed dramas of the year were David Morrissey-starring detective series Thorne (#7) and US legal drama The Firm (#10) – both STV Player-only shows – as well as beloved Scottish classic, Taggart (#8). All 27 series of the show, which originally aired from 1983 to 2010, are available to stream on STV Player.

 

Richard Williams, MD of Digital, STV said:“Never underestimate the power of Glendarroch! We’re so pleased that, among the countless big-name, big-budget international dramas our viewers are enjoying on STV Player, there remains a soft spot for the gentle familiarity of Take the High Road.

 

“This list also highlights that Corrie and Emmerdale fans have embraced the flexibility that watching their favourite soaps on-demand gives them. The sheer variety of our top ten list, from the day-to-day antics on the cobbles to the high-octane thrills of The Bridge, shows there really is a drama to suit every taste on STV Player.”

 

STV Player’s ten most-streamed drama series of 2021:

 

01. Coronation Street

02. Emmerdale

03. The Bay

04. The Bridge

05. Take the High Road

06. Marcella

07. Thorne

08. Taggart

09. Finding Alice

10. The Firm