The Nico restaurants are so popular in Glasgow (and now Edinburgh too) – and for good reason. Six by Nico‘s curated concepts menu is always a hit, whilst 111 by Nico‘s ‘trust’ 5-course tasting menu has created a totally unique dining experience in the city.

There has been so much excitement for the latest Nico instalment, Public House by Nico.

Located on Glasgow’s iconic Great Western Road (and just across from the Subway, meaning it’s super easy to get to), Public House by Nico is described as having ‘the charm of the Great British pub meets delicious gastropub grub’.

With its cosy yet stylish interiors (think Chesterfield seats and geometric tiles contrasting the traditional wood), it serves up small plates Monday to Saturday, with breakfast served on weekend mornings. On a Sunday, this switches to their Sunday roast menu after 12pm and Phil for SKAPA invited us along to try it out. My kind of press lunch!


I’m always on the look out for a good Sunday lunch. A nice glass of wine, a roast with all the trimmings and a nice little stroll around is how all Sundays should be spent.

One thing I have to mention is the prices are great for the quality of food, with two courses for £17 or three for £20. For starter, Yasmin and I both had the Arbroath Smokie Croquettes which were amazing.

For the main, it had to be the Roast Speyside Sirloin, which was cooked perfectly pink. I think I must have overindulged on the gravy and Yorkshire puddings because I didn’t have room for dessert, but it just means I’ll need to pop back again to try it out!

My new favourite spot for a Sunday roast in Glasgow!

This post contains a gifted meal/experience from Public House by Nico. All views are my own.

There’s a kind of joke between Brian and I when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

You see, we’ve never really been a couple that goes all-out, #boydidgood, delivery of a billion roses, etc.

The last few years, we’ve not managed a stereotypical romantic Valentine’s Day, in fact one year Brian was even on a stag do on the day, which we found quite funny. How romantic!

Anyway, this year has been a big one for us as a couple. We got engaged, we moved in together and booked our wedding date so this Valentine’s Day feels a bit different.

St Enoch Centre must have read my mind as they got in touch with a Valentine’s challenge – to find the perfect gift for Brian*.


Nothing says ‘romance’ like trainers, eh? Seriously, though – I knew I wanted to get Brian a nice surprise that he’d actually use and you can’t go wrong with a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.

I spotted this pair in the window of Xile and liked that they were a little different to other Stan Smith trainers.

At £89, they took up most of my £100 gift card budget, but I always think it’s better to invest in a really good present that someone will love. Quality over quantity!


Sometimes, it’s the little gifts that mean so much – and they don’t need to by expensive, either.

I decided to get a few of my favourite pictures of Brian and I printed in Boots and bought a frame from there too. I couldn’t decide what photo I liked best, so I’ll let Brian decide.

The frame was only £6 and the instant prints were 42p each – such a bargain!


I always love going into Kimble’s. The staff are so friendly and the sweet treats are always amazing.

They’ve got so many Valentine’s sweets to choose from, but I opted for this cute marshmallow stick which was £2.99.

I love finding a good pressie combo and think Brian will like it too.

**This post contains gifted product from St Enoch Centre Glasgow.**

Looking for dog-friendly lodges for a Loch Lomond stay, complete with hot tub? Luxury doggo, Kassie, took us on a little trip…

I’m a crazy dog person, if you don’t already know, so one of my fave things to do is head off on an adventure with Brian and his family doggo, Kassie.

Luckily for us, Kass has built up quite the reputation for loving a luxury lodge, so when the team at Argyll Holidays* invited Kassie, Brian and I to stay in one of the brand new Lomond Retreat Hot Tub Lodges at their Loch Lomond Holiday Park*, Kassie was already packing up the car with her tennis balls and a supply of Schmackos.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park

We arrived late on the Friday night, but the team were quickly on hand to show us to our one-bedroom luxury lodge. Although it was dark when we arrived, I could already see our beautiful view of the loch, with the moonlight reflections.

The living and dining area is so spacious, with the kitchen decked out with all the appliances you need to make your self-catering stay as chilled as possible. You even get a complimentary bottle of prosecco ready and waiting in the fridge, which was opened as soon as we (well, Brian) got all the bags in from the car whilst Kass and I explored the lodge.

Kassie had been a good girl in the car, so we let her open her welcome pack from Argyll Holidays and eat one of the biscuits they gave her, which she greatly appreciated!

Interior goals

I think one of my fave features of the whole lodge has to be the bathroom. Seriously, it’s bathroom goals, with a massive bath, all the getting ready room and – what I now must have in all my future bathrooms – underfloor heating. Seriously, what an absolute treat underfloor heating is in the middle of winter in Scotland.

Anyway, after a chilled evening, complete with Kassie keeping cosy beside the fire, we headed to bed before Kass woke us up pretty early the next morning, clearly excited to see more of the holiday park.

With loads of windows around the lodge letting in all the natural light, it also let Kassie see pretty much every other dog go past, which made her want to go outside even more!

Dog walks at Loch Lomond

There’s plenty of places to walk your four-legged friend, with Kassie’s favourite being a walk along the beach before we found some woodland to throw her tennis ball for her – her most favourite activity.

On arrival, you also get a folder with loads of walking routes too, if you want some more inspiration.

It was so nice to just take some time to do nothing all day, opting to make Bailey’s hot chocolates with plenty of marshmallows, watch some very cheesy films, then head out on another walk. Bliss!

Moonlight strolls

Following dinner and drinks, we couldn’t grudge Kass one last walk of the night and headed a walk along the beach under the moonlight – I couldn’t get over how pretty it looked.

Until next time, Loch Lomond!



Prices start from £475 for a minimum 3 night stay. All the details on how to book here.


***This was a gifted two-night stay from Argyll Holidays.***

All words and opinions my own.

Let’s be honest: who doesn’t need a little January pick-me-up?

The weather is dull, your bank account looks sad and festive fun is a distant memory.

During a time of January blues, my Scottish staycation couldn’t have come at a better time.


A 40 minute drive from Glasgow and we arrive at our home for the night. The Old Loans Inn, part of the SimpsInns group, is a cute little hotel just a few minutes drive from the Troon beachside.

It’s a freezing cold day, but we’re soon warmed up inside with a lovely welcome from Kerry, the duty manager who was super helpful.

After a friendly check in and putting our bags in our room, we head back to the restaurant and bar area for some lunch and a glass of prosecco. Well, it would be rude not to!

Our table overlooks the pretty terrace, which I imagine is a go-to in the summer months for drinks outdoors, especially as there’s so many delicious cocktails to choose from.

Another glass (or two) of bubbly later, it’s time to get ready and I’m happy to say that there’s plenty of getting ready room!



The hotel arrange for our taxi to take us to our dinner destination, Lido Troon, which you may remember I visited last year and loved. The restaurant kindly gifted us with a gift card on the night so I’ve been looking forward to returning ever since.

The food at Lido is as good as I remember it and I adore the contemporary and stylish interiors. The bar and restaurant were really busy (it was a Saturday night), so I’d recommend booking in advance.

Along with the gift card, Lido had also gave us one of the free Buzzworks Benefit cards which gives you points everytime you use it. Just for registering the card, they give you 1,000 points (which is equal to £10) so well worthwhile!

We decided to go for main courses with lots of sides. Steak, mac and cheese and prosecco is a winning combination for dining.

Staying on at Lido for one last cocktail (their Bramble is delicious), we head back to the hotel and can’t resist sitting in the cosy bar – the perfect place for a relaxed chat.


After a good sleep in the seriously comfy bed, it’s time for my favourite – a hotel breakfast! Again, the staff were super helpful and breakfast did not disappoint with plenty of coffee included.

I spend the rest of the morning doing some blog work in the room, which has a perfect little table and comfy chair under the window which makes for a cute work space.

After express check out (you can request this and it saves lots of time in the morning), we drive to Troon beach. It may be raining, but nothing beats the salt air and the sound of the waves on a Sunday morning stroll.

Heading back to the car, we’re already making plans to come back for another seaside stay in the spring. Never underestimate the power of a Scottish staycation for some much-needed R&R.

To book your own Scottish staycation at Old Loans Inn, click here for more information.

To book a table at Lido Troon, click here.

My stay at Old Loans Inn was gifted, but all views are my own. Some of the value of the Lido Troon meal was gifted, but all words and views my own.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for a festive sleepover.

And, as Christmas sleepover settings go, The Bonham Hotel Edinburgh is pretty much the perfect location. 

Christmas tree lights twinkling, decorated fireplaces and winter warmer night caps all made it a dreamy night, so here’s what we got up to.



First things first: the location. Just minutes from Haymarket station, The Bonham Hotel is located in one of Edinburgh West End’s prettiest streets. It’s got a gorgeous boutique feel and has undergone a rather glamorous refurb recently so I was really impressed by the interior.

It’s a perfect place for a weekend away in the Capital, far enough away to have a calm and relaxing stay, but also within reach of the buzz of the city centre.

The staff were also really helpful  and friendly too, which always makes a difference!


When I arrived, Victoria, Yasmin and Suzy were already there with a glass of prosecco waiting. When Rebecca joined us, it was time for the first festive activity of the night: cookie decorating!

I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I think I could 100% start a career as a profesh cookie decorator.

Continuing our evening of creating Christmas treats, it was into the cosy bar for a cocktail masterclass. The espresso martinis went down well beside the fire – so cute!


With the suite all set up for dinner, we had a seriously delicious Christmas feast (I chose duck, beef and sticky toffee pudding, which I like so much that I forgot to take a pic).

With Christmas films playing and the tree providing the most festive of backdrops, it definitely got us in the festive spirit!

Of course, what’s a hotel stay without an amazing breakfast and the next morning we had just that. Eggs royale and a good latte were needed after a bit of a late night drinking prosecco, playing Christmas games and chatting about our plans for the festive season.


As I said before, The Bonham Hotel is in a really good location so we took a walk along to Princes Street for some shopping and – of course – a visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets.

The perfect way to end a festive stay in Edinburgh!

Thanks to The Bonham Hotel for a fabulous stay. All words my own.

Is there anything better than embracing the festive season with a glass of bubbly?

You might remember our day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas last year so I was so excited for this years evening of Christmas fun.

We started off with a Mac masterclass at House of Fraser before taking a look around the department store’s festive treats, from the Dior Christmas tree to their Santa experience, which is SO cute for kids, seriously magical! Santa will be in his HOF grotto every Saturday on the run up to Christmas and you can call the store to book.

Next up was a trip to the Christmas markets at George Square. If I’m really honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by the George Square one last year so I’m delighted to say this year is the best I can remember in a long time.

The food is amazing, there’s live music each day performing Christmas faves, the perfect setting to enjoy a Baileys hot chocolate from the bar and we even had a go on the big wheel and carousel.

Our night of festivities continued as we headed to John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries for a styling session with the store’s lovely personal shopper, Rachel. The personal styling appointments are completely free and is such a relaxed space to find your perfect wardrobe. We also got a glimpse into how to create the most amazing Christmas dinner table – check out those jewel tones! Serious goals for whenever I actually manage to do a Christmas dinner at my own house (sorry mum, looks like you’ll be cooking Christmas for us for at least another year!)

Last, but by no means least was my first venture to the brand new Everyman cinema in Princes Square. One thing I have to point out is this stylish little spot is so much more than just a cinema! We tried out their cocktails (the frozen pina colada is a DREAM), the food (also amazing and really fairly priced) and chilled out in the plush bar area. When you do go for a film, you can get all your food and drinks to your seat – hello Prosecco cinema dates! I was really impressed by everything about Everyman, from the friendly staff to the boutique feel of the theatre. Plus, they’re showing Christmas films in the festive run-up, which you can see more about on their website.

It’s official: Christmas is here, Glasgow!