It was Dan’s birthday this week, so we decided to have a day out, as we often do to celebrate our birthdays. A Cheshire birthday sounded like a fabulous idea.
Our first stop was Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, where we wandered around the shops and popped into Pret a Manger for lunch. We also visited the Coliseum Shopping Park just around the corner, only to find that most of the shops were shut due to bad flooding the day before!
We decided we would have a drive to Chester town centre for a wander around.
We browsed around the shops, before we got caught in the biggest rainstorm I think I may have ever seen! It literally came out of nowhere and we were so glad to be able to be under cover as it arrived. Unfortunately, other people weren’t so lucky, running through the torrential rain to join us under the cover of The Chester Grosvenor Hotel’s entrance. There was thunder and lightening and everything. It was pretty dramatic!
Do you see the white ribbon the car? A newly married couple were leaving the hotel behind us to jet off on their honeymoon. The groom happily announced he was glad to be going to Ibiza as he dashed for the car. I can’t say we weren’t a little envious!
We waited for the rain to pass, until it became apparent it wasn’t going to disappear any time soon. Accepting defeat, we headed back to the car, extremely relieved the car park could be reached without us needing to venture out into the storm.
Heading back home, we chose to stop off in Tarporley and try one of the restaurants there. Searching through TripAdvisor, we decided a restaurant with excellent reviews would be a very good idea. It turned out that Piste is a gem of a place.
There was a lovely shabby chic feel to the decor, with candles in Laurent-Perrier champagne bottles giving it a romantic vibe.
No alcohol for me as a designated driver, so I went for a mocktail instead. The non-alcoholic mojito was minty and lemony and very refreshing.
We both opted for the beef shin, which was really tasty.
But just wait for the dessert.
I had Cheshire ice creams in a brandy tuille and the birthday boy had brioche pudding with white chocolate sauce. And boy did it taste as good as it sounds!
The perfect end to a lovely Cheshire birthday.