BY LAURA CRANSTON

20 STORIES // MANCHESTER \\ REVIEW



20 Stories

The hottest new bar / restaurant in MCR just opened its doors in Feb 2018 and the people of Manchester weren't aware of what impact this new place would make.

It was the perfect time to open so they could make full use of their 360 degree views of Manchester in the soaring heat during the summer months. It is after all one of the best features of 20 Stories.

When you enter the restaurant you grab the lift up to the 19th floor (but why not the 20th floor? its named after where the food comes from? and you step out into the most amazing restaurant I've had the pleasure of entering.
If you turn left you have views, if you turn right you have the restaurant and bar and more views. Even the toilets have views.


The terrace gives you NYC vibes as soon as you step in. With its amazing views, pretty floral designs & set up, its all about the wow factor and I was simply stunned. I've never seen anything like it and I fell in love with every single detail.

Theres domes covered in flowers in perfect spots where you can zone out with a few of your friends without being amongst other diners. Its the perfect party set up! (plus the perfect instagram pic)
The terrace is sectioned into two parts, a restaurant & a bar.
We were sat in the perfect spot which was right under the sun & overlooking Manchester, it made us feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant.


The perfectly chosen music totally sealed the deal for us. Imagine this: A drink in your hand ( a Bloody Mary which was delicious) surrounded by stunning views, sat there with a loved one, and just taking everything in with music thats chilled but upbeat. Perfection. and this was before we had any food.


MANCHESTER BORN AND BREAD




THE FOOD

The executive chef of 20 Stories is Aiden Byrne who is a Michelin star chef who has created a menu to showcase the best of the North west and aims to source local ingredients within a 50 mile radius.

I can honestly say it will be one of the best meals you will eat because its just so fresh and tastes amazing. Every course went down perfectly, we hardly spoke during each course because we wanted to appreciate every mouthful.


The staff were so attentive and they made us feel so comfortable and at home that we didn't want to leave. They made our visit that little bit more perfect just when I thought it couldn't get any better. So I'm forever grateful to 20 Stories for inviting me to dine with you and create a memory that will last forever.

If you're ever in Manchester then you need to visit here for lunch or an evening meal - which I think would look even more idyllic with all the lights.

Laura xox

I'M WORRIED BLOGGING IS MAKING ME MISS OUT


BLOGGER -

The newest job on the block which makes everyones heads roll when you mention the word 'blogger'. Its the job every 20 yr old girl dreams of. It's the only reason every girl has Instagram.

Description of a blogger from an outsider looking in point of view:
- free stuff
- cool events
- don't have to work
- instagram fame
- more free stuff

Description of a blogger from a bloggers point of view:
- passionate
- hard working
- won't stop
- never has time off
- never has an actual holiday
- cant fully enjoy anything
- has to be on it 24/7
- never has a night out because who has time for hangovers
- never lets her hair down
- only time we drink alcohol is to get a photo
- orders the prettiest thing on the menu but who evens like avocado on toast?!
- cant be ill because ill doesn't look good on camera

The list is endless.

What I'm trying to get at, is that sometimes I wonder am I doing too much that I'm not enjoying life anymore?

When you're looking through the lens at life, are you even living it? 

Recently, I've been taking time off from my phone more than usual because not only am I worried I'm  ruining my life, but also those around me. Because its not just me that has to do all of this but someone needs to take the photo, someone needs to watch me spend 15mins until my food goes cold to get THAT shot. My bf wants to walk longer than 5 yards before I ask for another pic.

Plus I want to spend quality time together with my loved ones. Quality time when I put my phone down and look at them and listen rather than pretending to listen but getting distracted because I need to upload.

Or setting my alarm for 7am and ordering breakfast to get those breakfast shots but actually not having time to eat it because we then need to go somewhere else for another shot.

It makes it even worse that I don't blog full time but I also work full time as a visual merchandiser so all my blogging needs to happen on the weekend so I really don't get any time off. I love it don't get me wrong but am I going to look back in 30 years time and think why did I waste all that time.

My biggest worry is that I end up pushing people away. Will my friends stop inviting me places because I'm too busy and never can go anywhere or do anything, will my BF leave me for someone who isn't IG obsessed, will I lose connections with my family?

So in the future, I am going to be taking more time off to ensure I start living and enjoying my loved ones company rather than just being with them.

Who else is a little bit guilty?

Laura xox


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