Last weekend was my birthday, as you are probably all aware if you follow my social media accounts. I couldn’t quite believe that I was celebrating my 25th birthday and it didn’t really feel any different. As I grow older, I’m beginning to realise that there is nothing more important than time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lovely day and some very nice presents that I am grateful for but the day itself was the best.

This year, I attempted to plan something myself but everything I tried was either too expensive or people couldn’t make it and really I just wanted to spend time with as many of my family as possible. The weather was certainly on our side with it touching about 21℃. I had a pretty relaxed morning opening presents and cards with a chocolate breakfast that included a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Cadbury’s Chocolate Figures and an amazing cake that my Aunt made. It was delicious!

We headed into town on the metro for my surprise that I knew nothing about until we arrived at the venue. I finally had a chance to do an Escape Room! I was so excited because I’ve been wanting to do one for months. We arrived at the entrance to Escape Newcastle which is based on Grainger Street above Pure Ink. I found out that we were going to be doing The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry game. It’s a linear game which meant that once you found the first clue it will lead onto the second and so on and so forth until you found your way out of the room. There was a camera in the room so if we were stuck, they could send us hints on the board. I had so much fun! I can’t stress to you how much I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to be able to do another one again, hopefully soon.

After we had finished, we went to George’s British Kitchen for cocktails and a starter then moved onto The Botanist for our main meal and, of course, I had to have a pudding. At George’s British Kitchen, I tried the After Eight cocktail which was minty and chocolatey and had Vodka in but you couldn’t really taste it. For food we shared the Chicken Goujons that had lashings of sweet curry sauce and Charcoal Grilled Halloumi which was served on a bed of sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry. Both starters tasted delicious and I would highly recommend them. I would love to return to George’s again for mains in the future.

At the Botanist, I tried one of the famous hanging kebabs. There is five to choose from but I opted for the Halloumi and Falafel which is served with garlic butter, mixed vegetables and sopped in sweet chilli and ginger sauce. It comes with a side dish of couscous but I asked for sweet potato fries. It was delicious! For pudding, I had the Chocolate Fondue with brownies, strawberries, honeycomb, toasted marshmallows, coconut balls and krispie squares which we all nibbled on in the end. It was a very unique concept which I really enjoyed too. Overall, I had a lovely and perfect little day full of celebrations for my birthday.

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