Springtime means wedding season is almost upon us, as our diaries quickly fill up with hen do parties and wedding invitations. Whilst it’s a really exciting time, it can also put a significant dent in our wallets with the average hen do costing us ladies £250 per person, meaning many of us have to carefully budget.
Pippa Nash, Head of Online Marketing for Gourmet Society, says: “If you’ve been special enough to be chosen as a maid of honour for your bestie, you’ll have the fun but challenging task of organising the all-important hen do. Budget, of course, will be a top consideration. A Gourmet Society membership makes even the best locations budget-friendly, and so we’ve given some tips here on the best places to go in the UK’s top hen-do city destinations to make your money go further.”
The Scottish capital is a popular choice when it comes to escaping for a weekend away. For a luxurious lunch break when shopping on Princess Street, head to Cranston’s Restaurant at the Old Waverly Hotel and enjoy dishes from Scottish Salmon to chicken supreme with red jus.
Mexican food is a good choice when picking a cuisine for a group of people. Try Viva Mexico in Edinburgh’s Old Town, which has been a favourite in the city since it opened 28 years ago.
When in London, shopping is usually high on the agenda. When a break becomes necessary, Yumchaa Tea just off Oxford Street is ideal for a light bite followed by one of their many amazing cakes.
For something a bit different, try Laya’Lina, an impressive restaurant in Knightsbridge serving up Lebanese cuisine. Hot and cold mezzes can be washed down with a drink from their specialist cocktail lounge.
Overlooking the beautiful Pulteney Bridge, Pulteney Bridge Restaurant is the perfect place to toast the bride-to-be with a glass of fizz. Dishes such as venison steak and sea bass come highly recommended.
A night out in Newcastle often calls for a pretty special breakfast to tempt you out of bed the next day. Spend your Sunday morning indulging in the best Browns has to offer, from a traditional breakfast to a special lobster benedict, if you fancy treating yourself!
If you’re looking to get cultural during your time in Nottingham, the new restaurant at Theatre Royal is definitely worth a visit serving food before both matinee and evening performances.
For a sweet pick me up, look no further than Devine Cakes Café, a bakery and coffee shop that combines beautiful cake creations with hand-made savoury snacks and hot drinks
24 Bar and Grill, in the basement of the Arora Hotel on Princess Street, is the perfect spot for hen parties. With a wide range of skilfully prepared food it might be difficult to choose, but for a real showstopper dish opt for their house steaks.
Add a touch of glamour to your night by dining at Razzi Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel. It enjoys one of the most enviable locations in Cardiff, with its glass-fronted conservatory overlooking the busy capital and Cardiff Castle. It has a great menu featuring local specialities and the best of British cuisine.
Epicured is a great spot for a lighter lunch or breakfast. The quirky independent café is located on the bustling Gradwell Street, close to the shopping centre and all the cultural highlights of Liverpool. It prides itself on serving delicious homemade food and being an environment where you can sit back and relax!
The Waterfront Hotel promises great food coupled with unbeatable views. European dishes and home cooked British favourites are served on the Terrace or at one of the elegant indoor tables, and the extensive wine cellar passes as either the main attraction or a perfect component to a wonderful meal.
Nestled along Tower Street in the very centre of the beautiful city of York, Quinii’s brings a variety of Asian flavours to the table. A stylish and modern restaurant, Quinii’s is a celebration of the aromatic herbs and spices produced throughout Asia and this is reflected in its superb menu. Located close to major York attractions such as the Jorvik Centre and York Dungeon, Quinii’s is the perfect venue for any hen party looking for a taste of the orient.
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