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Travel The Three Acres

Despite nearly burning the place down, Sophie Haydock is well looked after at this Calderdale Inn

It’s a good sign that when you accidentally set the menu on fire in a well-to-do establishment, the staff react in a calm and reassuring way. This is what happened at the Three Acres inn and restaurant; while reading the menu at the bar, I absent-mindedly held the highly-flammable document over a low-lying candle – and inevitably, the thing went up in smoke. Luckily for me, I wasn’t forcefully ejected by the management – the woman behind the bar saw the funny side. Instead, we finished our drinks (Leeds Pale and Black Sheep), chosen from a wide selection of…

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Shop Profile Illamasqua Opens in the Victoria Quarter

The brand that counts Courtney Love, Beth Ditto and Lady Gaga amongst its fans opens in Leeds

Last month saw the opening of iconic British makeup brand Illamasqua in Leeds’ home of high fashion, the Victoria Quarter. The cosmetic company, which has its beginnings here in Leeds, has been hailed by British Vogue as a cult beauty brand – and we can see why; with its dark and glamorously dissolute image, Illamasqua oozes ethereal mystery and vampiric sex appeal.

Collections like ‘Art of Darkness’, the signature ‘Freak Fragrance’, and a dramatically decadent poster campaign combine to give Illamasqua that sexy, sinister Tim Burton-film feel. And if that’s not enough to set your spine tingling, Illamasqua have…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

News VQ Named Great Place in Awards

The Leeds shopping destination beats off national competition at the Urbanism Awards

Following its recent success at the UK Property Awards, Leeds’ shopping development, Victoria Quarter, scooped another prestigious award on Friday 11th November, when it was voted 2012’s Great   Place by the Academy of Urbanism.

The Urbanism Awards were initiated in 2006 to develop a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism. The Awards process seeks to identify and recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments at various levels of scale and to understand better the processes by which they are nurtured, used and enjoyed.

The annual Call for Entries was launched in…

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News Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa becomes York’s first 5 star hotel

York hotel is the only AA five star rated hotel in Yorkshire

Staff at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa are delighted that the establishment has become York’s first five star hotel, and the only AA five star rated hotel in Yorkshire.

In awarding the five stars, a spokesperson for the AA commented: “The Grand has achieved one of the highest accolades awarded by the AA. 5 black stars are a symbol of excellence achieved through dedication, high levels of investment and a passion to be the best. We are delighted that York has its first 5 star hotel.”

The five stars are an internationally recognised mark of prestige, and the…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Gadget Reviews VW Camper Van Tent

This month, Murphy Simmonds is camping it up

Do you like camping? We like camping. We love nothing more than to strap sheeting and poles to our back, traipse across a few mountains, lovingly assemble our tent, sit inside it shivering, briefly go outside to defecate behind a bush, then finally fall blissfully asleep with a rock jabbing our spine.

From that description, it might sound like we don’t actually like camping. And you’d be quite right, we don’t. It’s rubbish. Sure, it’s a fun feeling to climb inside a temporary cloth house in the middle of a field, but then the fun goes away, and it’s cold…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Dance Central 2, PES 2012, Forza 4, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, NBA 2K12, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Dance Central 2 (5 stars, X360, Microsoft) is the best reason to own Kinect. This updates last year’s Dance Central with new tracks, added polish and simultaneous two-player action. Busting moves to the on-screen dancers’ prompts is honestly as much fun as we have had gaming for ages. A fantastic party game with plenty of single-player draw.

As FIFA 2012wins the critics’ hearts as the best football sim, is there still a place for Pro Evolution Soccer? PES 2012 (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Konami) proves there is. A couple of years in the doldrums has…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Try This Lush Spa 'The Spell

Rosie Bryan-Adams experiences a magical massage at the Lish Spa

It’s not often that I go for a massage, but I can say that I’ve never had one just like this. Lush Spa on Commercial Street hides a little gem under the floorboards of the buzzing store, full of Lush enthusiasts bursting to impress you with their wide range of fruity, spicy, and sometimes strangely smelling products.

After a busy week with plenty of miles of walking to and fro taking their toll on my feet, I ventured into Lush for what was to be a very different type of foot rub. After a quick hand massage on the shop…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

News L'Occitane Launches First Skincare Bar

The Leeds VQ store is chosen as first to host private rooms for complimentary consultations

Leeds was the first city outside London to host a Harvey Nichols and now our city has come up trumps even above the capital, with the opening ofL’Occitane‘s first Skincare Bar in its VQ store.

The private Skincare Bar, on the lower groundfloor of the Leeds shop, is run by qualified L’Occitane advisors who can tailor make a skincare routine for each customer. A personalised, complimentary 20 minute skincare consultation will give you the opportunity to be guided through the luxurious ranges and find the product that’s best for you and your skin. L’Occitane’s expert advisors are…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Travel Ilkley

Ali Schofield discovers a unique hotel and restaurant pairing at the Crescent Inn

This month has seen the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage, Janet Street-Porter and Simon Callow appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival. If any of them were to need a place to stay - or if readers fancy making a night of it - I can recommend The Crescent Inn, where my partner and I snuck off to on a recent Friday night for a lazy weekend stay.

We were initially drawn to the hotel’s interesting logistics. Built in 1861 and refurbished earlier this year, the inn hosts 11 boutique rooms, a pub at the front and a…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Shop Profile Flagship Shadestation Opens

The VQ store relocates its collection of designer sunglasses, watches and jewellery

Shadestation, the UK’s largest independent sunglasses and watch retailer opened its flagship new store in the Victoria Quarterlast month. The 1,500 square feet store boasts a flagship Oakley store-in-store with its own Custom Programme kiosk, one of only two in the world, where customers can build their own unique shades with their choice of frame colour and finish, lens and tint.

The store, which used to have a smaller branch further up the arcade, also hosts more than 200 Rayban sunglasses and a collection of jewellery and watches from labels including Bibi, Danone, Coeur de Lion, Guess, Fossil, D&G…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion


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Travel The Three Acres

Despite nearly burning the place down, Sophie Haydock is well looked after at this Calderdale Inn

It’s a good sign that when you accidentally set the menu on fire in a well-to-do establishment, the staff react in a calm and reassuring way. This is what happened at the Three Acres inn and restaurant; while reading the menu at the bar, I absent-mindedly held the highly-flammable document over a low-lying candle – and inevitably, the thing went up in smoke. Luckily for me, I wasn’t forcefully ejected by the management – the woman behind the bar saw the funny side. Instead, we finished our drinks (Leeds Pale and Black Sheep), chosen from a wide selection of…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Shop Profile Illamasqua Opens in the Victoria Quarter

The brand that counts Courtney Love, Beth Ditto and Lady Gaga amongst its fans opens in Leeds

Last month saw the opening of iconic British makeup brand Illamasqua in Leeds’ home of high fashion, the Victoria Quarter. The cosmetic company, which has its beginnings here in Leeds, has been hailed by British Vogue as a cult beauty brand – and we can see why; with its dark and glamorously dissolute image, Illamasqua oozes ethereal mystery and vampiric sex appeal.

Collections like ‘Art of Darkness’, the signature ‘Freak Fragrance’, and a dramatically decadent poster campaign combine to give Illamasqua that sexy, sinister Tim Burton-film feel. And if that’s not enough to set your spine tingling, Illamasqua have…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

News VQ Named Great Place in Awards

The Leeds shopping destination beats off national competition at the Urbanism Awards

Following its recent success at the UK Property Awards, Leeds’ shopping development, Victoria Quarter, scooped another prestigious award on Friday 11th November, when it was voted 2012’s Great   Place by the Academy of Urbanism.

The Urbanism Awards were initiated in 2006 to develop a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism. The Awards process seeks to identify and recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments at various levels of scale and to understand better the processes by which they are nurtured, used and enjoyed.

The annual Call for Entries was launched in…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

News Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa becomes York’s first 5 star hotel

York hotel is the only AA five star rated hotel in Yorkshire

Staff at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa are delighted that the establishment has become York’s first five star hotel, and the only AA five star rated hotel in Yorkshire.

In awarding the five stars, a spokesperson for the AA commented: “The Grand has achieved one of the highest accolades awarded by the AA. 5 black stars are a symbol of excellence achieved through dedication, high levels of investment and a passion to be the best. We are delighted that York has its first 5 star hotel.”

The five stars are an internationally recognised mark of prestige, and the…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Gadget Reviews VW Camper Van Tent

This month, Murphy Simmonds is camping it up

Do you like camping? We like camping. We love nothing more than to strap sheeting and poles to our back, traipse across a few mountains, lovingly assemble our tent, sit inside it shivering, briefly go outside to defecate behind a bush, then finally fall blissfully asleep with a rock jabbing our spine.

From that description, it might sound like we don’t actually like camping. And you’d be quite right, we don’t. It’s rubbish. Sure, it’s a fun feeling to climb inside a temporary cloth house in the middle of a field, but then the fun goes away, and it’s cold…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Dance Central 2, PES 2012, Forza 4, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, NBA 2K12, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Dance Central 2 (5 stars, X360, Microsoft) is the best reason to own Kinect. This updates last year’s Dance Central with new tracks, added polish and simultaneous two-player action. Busting moves to the on-screen dancers’ prompts is honestly as much fun as we have had gaming for ages. A fantastic party game with plenty of single-player draw.

As FIFA 2012wins the critics’ hearts as the best football sim, is there still a place for Pro Evolution Soccer? PES 2012 (4 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Konami) proves there is. A couple of years in the doldrums has…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Try This Lush Spa 'The Spell

Rosie Bryan-Adams experiences a magical massage at the Lish Spa

It’s not often that I go for a massage, but I can say that I’ve never had one just like this. Lush Spa on Commercial Street hides a little gem under the floorboards of the buzzing store, full of Lush enthusiasts bursting to impress you with their wide range of fruity, spicy, and sometimes strangely smelling products.

After a busy week with plenty of miles of walking to and fro taking their toll on my feet, I ventured into Lush for what was to be a very different type of foot rub. After a quick hand massage on the shop…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

News L'Occitane Launches First Skincare Bar

The Leeds VQ store is chosen as first to host private rooms for complimentary consultations

Leeds was the first city outside London to host a Harvey Nichols and now our city has come up trumps even above the capital, with the opening ofL’Occitane‘s first Skincare Bar in its VQ store.

The private Skincare Bar, on the lower groundfloor of the Leeds shop, is run by qualified L’Occitane advisors who can tailor make a skincare routine for each customer. A personalised, complimentary 20 minute skincare consultation will give you the opportunity to be guided through the luxurious ranges and find the product that’s best for you and your skin. L’Occitane’s expert advisors are…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Travel Ilkley

Ali Schofield discovers a unique hotel and restaurant pairing at the Crescent Inn

This month has seen the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage, Janet Street-Porter and Simon Callow appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival. If any of them were to need a place to stay - or if readers fancy making a night of it - I can recommend The Crescent Inn, where my partner and I snuck off to on a recent Friday night for a lazy weekend stay.

We were initially drawn to the hotel’s interesting logistics. Built in 1861 and refurbished earlier this year, the inn hosts 11 boutique rooms, a pub at the front and a…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Shop Profile Flagship Shadestation Opens

The VQ store relocates its collection of designer sunglasses, watches and jewellery

Shadestation, the UK’s largest independent sunglasses and watch retailer opened its flagship new store in the Victoria Quarterlast month. The 1,500 square feet store boasts a flagship Oakley store-in-store with its own Custom Programme kiosk, one of only two in the world, where customers can build their own unique shades with their choice of frame colour and finish, lens and tint.

The store, which used to have a smaller branch further up the arcade, also hosts more than 200 Rayban sunglasses and a collection of jewellery and watches from labels including Bibi, Danone, Coeur de Lion, Guess, Fossil, D&G…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion


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