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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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Afternoon Tea Adventures | Marco Pierre White Hotel Indigo Durham

Another Afternoon Tea Adeventures! I feel like it's been ages since I last went for afternoon tea, and I've left it so long getting this written up too! June became a month full of prepping for my trip to Germany (you can read my first post about it all here) and the start of all my pain management stuff so it completely went out of my head (cheers fibro fog).

I visited Hotel Indigo for afternoon tea with my two best friends Hanna and Rozemah. It came at a perfect time following exam and job stresses, so to be able to sit in a lovely venue, having delicious afternoon tea and getting to catch up with each other was perfect. Even better, they had a deal on over June where you got afternoon tea for £10.95! 

First of all, I loved the actual surroundings for this afternoon tea. It felt super fancy, but not uncomfortable fancy. The staff were amazing too, which is something I think is really important. We had a few dietary requirements, needing a gluten free afternoon tea selection too. I take this so seriously despite being able to eat gluten but I just like to make sure my friends are getting the same despite the dietary requirements! Luckily, Hanna's afternoon tea came with a scone and cakes too, so all was well. 

The sandwiches were on point. I asked to make sure I didn't have salmon, it's such a popular choice for afternoon tea but I hate the stuff! Despite growing up with an intense sweet tooth, the older I'm getting the more I'm appreciating savoury food! It's a controversial choice in sandwiches but I always really enjoy the egg mayo or tuna mayo sandwiches, and the egg one here was really good.

Scones! I'm sure I've made my feelings clear in my previous Afternoon Tea Adventures that the scones are my all time favourite bit of afternoon tea. I never splash out for a fruit scone with all the trimmings any other time, so I just get so excited when I spot them heading towards me! These could have been bigger if I'm honest, but then I guess that's personal preference. The jam you got to go with them was lush though! 

Cake wise, there was a little raspberry trifle, a carrot cake, a chocolate mousse and a lemon drizzle cake. I was really impressed with them, but as per, I ended up feeling a lot more full than expected so couldn't finish them all! One of these days I'm determined to finish a full set of afternoon tea! These were really good though, you could tell they were completely fresh, so no worries about how long they'd been out.

I was also obsessed with the bird cage style of the stand! We spotted some people with these before ours arrived and all three of us had our fingers crossed that we would also have one too so we were buzzing when they came with it. We were also sat on the balcony, so we had full view of the whole room which is honestly just so lovely. It was also a bit more private as there isn't as many tables so we were free to just have a chat without feeling surrounded by other people.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon tea, although I'm not sure I would pay full price for it, but I'm pleased I got to experience it! If you're wanting an Afternoon Tea experience that feels fancy I'd say this is a good choice - the building is spectacular! 

As always, let me know if you have any suggestions for my next Afternoon Tea visit!


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    1. Thanks! It was lovely, wish I'd gotten more photo's of the actual building and the restaurant though!

  2. Afternoon tea for only £10.95?! That's amazing!

    Jas xx

    1. I know, absolute bargain! Always worth checking Facebook for deals like this! xx

  3. This looks like such a wonderful treat Abbey! I love the bird cage stand, it’s really unique and unusual. Yum, those cakes look absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. It really was lovely! I didn't get a chance to take any photos of the room or the building but it was stunning! I love when afternoon teas have unusual stands like this :) xx


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