Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a lady of luxury and there’s no better place to do that than Blythswood Square Spa & Hotel in Glasgow.

Many of my friends were surprised that I hadn’t visited the Blythswood already, so I made a point of booking in for a birthday treat. Another year older, another life goal ticked off the list!

The 5 star hotel exudes elegance, with an impressive exterior and grand reception area that puts me in mind of a David Lynch boudoir. In a good way, I promise – if sparkling chandeliers, monochrome flooring and red velvet is your thing, you’ll love it. 

I wasn’t staying overnight in the hotel on this occasion, so I headed downstairs to the spa, eager to treat myself to some much-needed pamper time.

Upon arrival I was asked to fill out a consultation card and offered a glass of prosecco, which was part of my package and went down a treat. 

Afternoon Tea at the Blythswood 

The relaxation area at the spa reception looks glamorous and comfortable, but I’ve decided the chairs are deceptively uncomfortable. The backs of the chairs recline at an angle that’s neither lie-back-and-relax-pre-massage or sit-upright-and-sip-prosecco. So you end up perched in an awkward in-between position, glugging your prosecco so you can move on to comfier surroundings.

This is also an issue when the afternoon tea is served, as I found I was digesting fruit scones and cream cakes at an alarming rate, due to my uncomfortable seat.

On the plus side, unlike many afternoon tea offerings, you do get one of those fancy tiered trays of treats all to yourself. And dietary requirements, or fussy eater requests, are catered for without any issues. 

Blythswood Square Spa Review

Several scones, cakes, meringues and cups of tea later, I was taken through to the chilled out treatment rooms. I only waited a few minutes in the treatment reception area before being taken to a private room by my therapist, who I want to call Natalie so I will. 

Once Natalie had an understanding of my many aches and pains, she got started on the back, neck and shoulder massage I had requested. Her perfect pressure and precision when targeting my pain points left me feeling very relaxed and soothed some of the tension I had arrived with. One of the best massages I’ve had the pleasure of receiving, using gorgeous-smelling Ishga products. 

Post-massage, I took a wander round the thermal suite to see what it had to offer. Not being a massive fan of saunas (the lack of air is suffocating and I have an irrational fear of being locked in), I opted to spend most of my time floating between the hydrotherapy pool, the solarium and the crystal steam room. 

The hydrotherapy pool was probably my favourite, a large jacuzzi situated in the centre of the spa. Plenty of bubbles and high ceilings made this a relaxing experience that I returned to a few times on my visit. 

The crystal steam room is unique and you’ll either love it or hate it. I could only cope with it when the door was slightly ajar (see previous comment on irrational door locking fear), but it was a calming wet room filled with menthol steam that did its best to clear my congested system of toxins and the previous night’s vodka.

The spa itself feels like the crystal maze, with its various rooms and themes, so it’s fitting that this steam room does have a red crystal centrepiece, from which the scented steam emanates. Strangely hypnotic and relaxing at the same time, with the door open of course…

My one gripe is that the main pool, complete with waterfall and jet features, isn’t larger. When I go to a spa I like a swim, but the size of the Blythswood’s pool is only fit for a doggy paddle. There also doesn’t appear to be a need for the strange ‘hidden’ room located towards the back of the pool. Other than the water that shoots out from the corner, it seems like a bit of a waste of space that could be put to better use.

Given the small size of the pool, there are only a few loungers located next to it for relaxing on but the spa wasn’t busy enough when I visited for this to be an issue. 

Overall, I enjoyed my time at the Blythswood and was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to the hype. Not sure I would pay the list price to visit the thermal suite, but worth a visit if you can get a deal on a voucher code site. 

I never thought I’d be posting a recipe on the blog but there’s a first time for everything! Since I posted a photo of this attempt at being a domestic goddess, so many of my lovely friends and fellow bloggers have asked for the recipe. Which is great as I didn’t think the photo actually did the meal any justice!

I’m not that much of a cook but recently I’ve been taking inspiration from recipes I’ve found online in an attempt to eat new things rather than have the same meals every week. I don’t like anything that gives me too many dishes to clean up afterwards, but it’s great when you find recipes that aren’t that difficult to make and you can freeze extra portions for later.

When I come in from work most nights I’m too tired to cook and if there’s not something that I can throw in the oven for half an hour (hello Sainsbury’s Just Cook range) I end up either having a bowl of cereal (when my milk’s not out of date) or nothing. I just can’t be bothered cooking for one at 7pm, especially if it means missing Emmerdale! What I need, therefore, are tasty recipes, that are easy and quick to make in order to actually make use of the cooking utensils in my kitchen.

So many ready meals and jars of sauces are packed full of horrible ingredients and chemicals to make them last longer on shelves and it’s amazing how many of them seem to contain onions, which I absolutely hate! There cannot be a need for every jar of sauce to have onions surely?!

Anyway, rant over.

This recipe I found while looking for Chinese foodspiration. I love a takeaway but let’s face it you can’t have one every night and I refuse to buy Chinese ready meals in supermarkets as they don’t actually taste of anything but salt (and onions).

So when I came across this recipe I thought I’d make an attempt – I already had most of the ingredients in my food cupboard anyway so seemed like a plan. I’ve adapted it slightly where I didn’t have things and also added in some noodles to accompany the chicken, but it’s really easy to make and super tasty. If you try it I would love to know what you think!

Honey Chilli Chicken & Soy Noodles
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
314 calories
33 g
166 g
6 g
32 g
2 g
219 g
433 g
19 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
219g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 166mg
55%
Sodium 433mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 19g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
92%
Calcium
4%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Sunflower oil
  2. 2 chicken breasts
  3. 1 egg
  4. Plain flour
  5. Salt and black pepper
  6. Light Soy Sauce
  7. 80ml water
  8. Lemon juice
  9. 2 tablespoons honey
  10. Ground ginger
  11. Crushed or fresh red and green chillies
  12. 2 nests of Sharwoods fine egg noodles
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips, quite thinly, add some rock salt, black pepper and the flour to a bowl.
  2. Dip the chicken strips in the egg and use as much flour as you need to cover the chicken completely.
  3. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or frying pan on a high heat setting. Again use enough oil to make sure all of the chicken is coated with some oil so the flour is sealed on the chicken to make a crispy coating.
  4. Pour two tablespoons of lemon juice into a cup or bowl, add two tablespoons of the crushed chilli flakes, soy sauce, water and flour then stir together.
  5. Fry the chicken for a few minutes in the hot oil until golden brown and remove to drain on some kitchen roll. The kitchen roll soaks up the oil, ensuring your recipe is tasty without being greasy.
  6. Discard all but about a tablespoon of the oil from the wok and gently fry the ginger and a sprinkle of crushed chillies for a minute or so.
  7. Add the honey to the wok and stir whilst it is bubbling away for another minute.
  8. Next add the lemon juice, crushed chillies, soy sauce, water and flour that you mixed in the bowl earlier. Keep stirring and bring to the boil, the sauce will thicken.
  9. Add the chicken back in to the wok to heat through for a few minutes, coating it with the sauce.
  10. Leave the chicken in the wok on a low heat setting and add the noodles to a pan of boiling water.
  11. Simmer for three minutes then drain over the sink, add some of the light soy sauce and toss the noodles until they have a light brown coating.
  12. Serve the noodles on a plate and pour the chicken over them for a tasty homemade Chinese meal!
Notes
  1. This recipe serves two but if you're cooking for one, freeze the leftover chicken and reheat at a later date.
  2. Don't bother freezing the noodles - just boil a new nest to accompany the reheated chicken, as this part only takes three minutes.
  3. If you like a lot of soy sauce you can always add these to the wok after draining and fry for a couple of minutes in soy sauce.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
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calories
314
fat
6g
protein
32g
carbs
33g
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Adapted from BBC Good Food
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