The pursuit of...Birthday Number 35!

It was my birthday on Monday!
If you follow me on instagram, you will have noticed that I was quite excited for this birthday.
I never normally am you see...
I usually prefer to celebrate others big days, never really knowing what to do with mine (us winter babies have it hard you know - it's always too cold to do anything!  No BBQ's for November babies!!)
But for this one I was looking forward to it.

I don't know if it's because I'm the ripe old age of 35 that made it feel more special, but it did get me contemplating that I haven't done bad so far in life!
At the age I am, I'm where I want to be  (bar a few things....but that's what the hustle is all about isn't it?!) and I felt thankful and blessed.

So I did a few things to ring in my birthday starting with a lovely dinner at Alan Sugar's restaurant, Sheesh, in Chigwell before spending a relaxing, soul invigorating  weekend at Champneys (which I'll blog about in more detail in a separate post).

So Sheesh, well this was my second visit having went before in the summer earlier this year.
It creates quite an impression right from the start.

We were buzzed in through large electric gates which opened into the valet operated car park, where numerous swanky cars are always parked (the Bentley's, Aston Martins and Porsche's sum up perfectly the clientele to expect here).
The building itself is very impressive.
It's a 600 year old listed building with beautiful dark timbered beams and a large heated terrace area, it really does look austere and grand.
Although a restaurant, Sheesh has a strict smart dress code (trainers are off limits) and is a child free establishment.  We were reminded of this when they called to confirm the reservation.
However this is a place that you want to dress up would feel severely underdressed if you didn't - come on, this is Essex after all! The home of dressing up to the nines for all nights out, big or small!

Inside is even more luxurious with what I would call a quirky, opulent take on an old English traditional stately home.
Split over two floors, the cocktail bar is upstairs and the large but intimate dining area is downstairs.
Upstairs there is lots of luxurious, tactile animal prints and eye-popping taxidermy wall mounts (I'm used to seeing stag heads but zebra heads anyone??!).
We had a cocktail up here before our table was ready. I had a head spinning Singapore Sling...whooo it was strong!

Our table was in the main dining area which has beautiful grandiose crystal chandeliers and a view of the chefs preparing and cooking the meals.
It really has great ambience in this room.
The tables are close but not close enough that you feel you are dining with strangers and the whole feel is just very glitzy.
The food was delicious and the portions were ginormous! (See pictures!).

After our meal we went back upstairs to the cocktail bar where a live band were playing.
I don't believe they had a name but they were really good!
I didn't expect to get up and have a dance, but when they played Luther Vandross's "Never too much" I was up like a lightning bolt with everyone else!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a sucker for good old 80s, 90s music and I had a great time shaking my tail feather!!!

All in all, Sheesh is definitely well worth a visit for a special occasion.
You do need to book well in advance though. Fri/Sat/Sundays are booked out months in advance although midweek or lunchtime bookings will be easier to obtain.

Love, Ivy George x 

Me in my bathroom before leaving taking a cheeky selfie!

The humongous portions!
Zebra head anyone?

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