The Botanist York

A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to The Botanist York for the launch of some of their new cocktails. Now I bet you’re all thinking “Laura, you’re pregnant, you can’t drink!” and you are correct. Luckily for me, they were kind enough to make me an array of mocktails whilst I brought my mum along as my plus 1 so she could enjoy the cocktail goodness.

Having never been to the Botanist before, I was intrigued to find out more and being a lover of cocktails in general, I was excited to see some of the things, I had heard so much about.

For those of you that know York, The Botanist is located in Stonegate and is a fab corner building that you can’t miss and is more spacious than it first appears. When you go upstairs you find a corridor of many rooms that look like someone’s house.

Now let’s get to the important part; the drinks.

Things kicked off with 2 Strawberry and Elderflower Bellinis for mum

And a mocktail called All The Greens for me which tasted amazing.

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Drinking my Skin to better condition

If you are hoping for an alcohol-skin linked post then turn away now! I’m afraid this post is all about the liquid health supplements I’ve been testing out in order to improve the condition and look of my skin.

The lovely folk of LQ Liquid Health recently got in touch and asked me if I would like to test out a 10 day supply of their LQ Advanced skin care and being a big skincare fan, I thought it would be fab to try something a little different.


These little 50ml bottles contain 5000mg of marine collagen, aloe vera, turmeric, hyaluronic acid and a few other ingredients to promote and maintain healthy looking skin. I bet you’re all sat there reading this and thinking, god I bet that tastes weird. And you would be spot on! These little drinks have a slight orangey taste but I cannot lie, they definitely taste a little fishy.


The best way I found of drinking them was first thing in the morning and drinking it in a couple of gulps. Then I would wash it down with a pint of water which is part of my morning routine anyway. It sounds pretty extreme I suppose but actually once you got used to drinking them, the taste wasn’t so bad.


For the best effects, LQ recommend drinking them for at least a month and for even stronger results, then for 3-4 months. I only tested a 10 day supply so it was pretty hard to judge any change in my skin condition. I saw some improvements in any new spots appearing which was good and can say that once I stopped drinking them, spots started to appear again rather annoyingly. This shows that the product obviously works in ways and continued usage would probably have even better results on the skin.

Will I use these again?

Yes, I already have another 20 day supply at home ready to get my skin looking incredible.

How much are these?

For £29.99 you get a 10 day supply but the more boxes you buy, they offer a discount which is fab.

I would definitely suggest trying these drinks if you are looking for an alternative skincare option and seeing if they work for you as well.

Laura x

*the drinks were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. all thoughts are my own as usual*

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Banyan Harrogate re-launch and review

A few weeks ago I was invited to the re-launch of Banyan bar and restaurant in Harrogate. Due to work commitments I was unable to go but the lovely marketing people said I could choose a date and time that worked for me and review it then. So on Saturday the 20th, Bob & I drove to Harrogate for a day of shopping, mooching around the town and enjoying a good meal in the newly revamped Banyan.

First up the bar and restaurant looks amazing, exposed brick walls and copper lighting everywhere. Wooden shelves, plush turquoise booths and scrolls hanging on the walls as menus gave the restaurant an incredible feel and made us feel instantly welcome. I’ve shown 2 photos with flash and one without to show how great the copper looked in there.

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Bob & I sat down to enjoy a starter, main and dessert with some lovely cocktails thrown in for me, and cokes for Bob as designated driver.

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We decided to order the Teryaki Pork Belly and Deep Fried Brie Wedges for starters and were not disappointed. The Brie wedges were so yummy with an onion chutney on the side and Bob said his Teryaki Pork Belly was delicious as well.

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Onto the mains, we ordered the crispy Cajun Chicken burger for me as well as the Prince’s Trust Burger for Bob. Both burgers were cooked well and tasted amazing, jam-packed with homemade coleslaw, onion rings, salsa and even a side of chicken gravy for me. I completely forgot it came with this and was puzzled for a few minutes when i dipped my fries into it. It actually made a great little dipping sauce for the fries and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

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Last up we ordered the salted caramel and chocolate Torte for dessert despite being full to the brim with good food. I took a picture but as you can see, the transfer onto my computer went a little awry…


In Banyan’s defence, this was amazing and tasted absolutely beautiful. It was definitely the best part of the whole meal and I’m not usually a dessert person at all.

Throughout the meal we were served by the lovely Karen who was super efficient and great at recommending drinks. I started with the Sherbet Sipper and then on her recommendation moved onto the Passion Punch which was incredible. She is an absolute credit to Banyan and knew her stuff throughout the meal.

If you are looking for an amazing meal at great prices then this is somewhere you must visit whilst out shopping or just out for the day. We have already said we will go again in future as we enjoyed every bit of it.


Laura x

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