My kind of birthday

So I turned 26 years old on the 26th January. I finally reached the age where I match my date of birth, not a particularly exciting reference considering I am now closer to 30 than I am 20.

I’ll try not to linger on that thought for much longer as it’s a little depressing, especially as I’m now no longer considered a ‘Young person’ according to Network rail.

Even if in my head I still feel like a 16 year old I managed to enjoy a very civilised and grown up birthday.

In the morning I was treated to breakfast in bed, in the form of homemade pancakes along with a invitation to a Spa day with Alan. What better way to make my aging body feel young again.

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The spa in question was Malvern Spa, surprisingly enough, in Malvern. We were both booked in for a full body massage in the morning so we headed off early to make the most of the day.

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We had a little time before the massage to take a dip in the pool, which was lovely and warm with part of it outside. There were also two types of steam rooms and saunas, a gym, a relaxation room and plenty of jacuzzis.

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Our spa day also included a light lunch and as it was my birthday, a complimentary glass of prosecco.

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By the time we left I felt both relaxed and energised, ready for an evening of food and drink. I’d made hints, I would say subtle but they were pretty much ‘can you take me to No 131 for my birthday?’ To my delight, he listened and that was where we were heading.

We stopped off at All Bar One in Montpellier for a quick drink. The place has been re-decorated and they now offer table service. Not entirely sure if that’s the case on a Friday and Saturday night when you can barely move.

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No 131 along the Promenade used to be offices but has now been converted into this grand Restaurant/Hotel/Bar and is the place to be seen in Cheltenham.

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You’re welcomed into the lobby area, where your coat is taken and shown through to the right where the bar and restaurant is. On the left there is a huge room, that basically looks like an enormous living room – full of comfy sofas to sink into and coffee tables. Perfect for retiring to after your meal.

We were seated next to the window. If we hadn’t been I may have forgot we were even in Cheltenham.

The decor is classic meets modern. The mixture of grand lighting and modern pieces of art create a unique surrounding. The candles add a sense of intimacy and privacy to your table.

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The staff are attentive, always making sure your wine glass is topped up but tend to leave you alone to just enjoy your evening.

We delved into the menu and wine list. The menu is varied with plenty to choose from and you could simply get lost in the array of drinks on offer.

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Once our orders had been taken I was treated to a complimentary glass of fizz as it was my birthday. I could get used to surprise bubbles appearing before my eyes.

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For starters I ordered the cheese souffle and Alan went for crab gratin. My souffle was incredibly light and fluffy with a rich creamy sauce with mushrooms and thyme. Alan’s crab was layered with breadcrumbs, a great mixture of textures.

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For mains we both opted for the 10oz rump steak, with duck fat fries, winter veg and a peppercorn sauce.

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The steaks were cooked perfectly and full of flavour. The winter veg was lovely and sweet, and the fries were a little too moreish.

With the alcohol fully flowing, things began to get out of hand. For a start we ordered dessert, even though we were both full and I decided to play up to the camera – much to Alan’s embarrassment.

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I only got serious when the desserts arrived. A pineapple tarte tatin with coconut ice cream for me and a hot chocolate orange pudding for Alan.

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Amazing food all round, some of the best I’ve had in a long time. So good in fact, it wasn’t long before I settled into a food coma. I can’t wait to go back!

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The best day full of relaxation and tasty food. If that wasn’t enough I even received some presents including a GoPro, a cookbook, smellies, monies and perfume.

A little late to the party but I’ve also become hooked on The Walking Dead, especially a certain character with a bow and arrow. I was chuffed when I opened this gift.

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But the day couldn’t have ended any better with a cuddle from this little madam.

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