Moxie LOVED our last Mingle at Cheadle Hulme’s own cookery school and event space so much that we’ve been itching for a return fixture… our brunch Mingle, if anything, was even better than the last one! Now approaching their first birthday, At the Kitchen, on Warren Road in Cheadle Hulme, is SO much more than just a cookery school – although, of course, it’s a fabulous cookery school!
Moxie hits the ground running this new year, with TWO mingles in January, the first being a visit to the Village Hotel Club, Cheadle. Conveniently located slap bang between Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme, the village benefits from a green leafy location, plenty of parking and easy access to the travel network.
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when Moxie headed back to one of our favourite haunts, Gusto Restaurant and Bar on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme. Gusto, however, was looking very different following its stylish new refurbishment and reinvented menu…
We were given a warm welcome by Alex and the Gusto team and treated to a drink at the bar. The fizz began to flow, and along with it, the relaxed and chatty conversation for which Moxie is renowned.
On Thursday, Moxie returned to one of our favourite venues to mingle, the Rose Room at the Alderley Edge Botanist. Always a pleasure, it was lovely to be greeted by Josie like old friends and to be welcomed into the delightful rustic interior before heading up to the idyllic first floor Rose Rooms. The space, although always beautiful and roomy, has been opened up somewhat and it’s easy to see how lovely it would be for all manner of functions.
Moxie positively jumped at the chance to mingle at Oddfellows on the Park, the sumptuous new 22-bedroom hotel on Bruntwood Park, which connects Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle. New life has been breathed into the long-unloved Bruntwood Hall – but with total respect to its history and heritage. The result is a masterpiece, bringing the past to life in a very current way.
One of Cheadle Hulme’s newest businesses, At The Kitchen invited us to Mingle with them yesterday. Moxie LOVES local so we jumped at the chance. At the Kitchen is not just NEW – it’s also VERY different.
At The Kitchen is the brainchild of well-known cook and food stylist, Angela Boggiano and husband Craig Robertson, a food photographer of great repute. If you’ve EVER read a cookbook, you’ll have seen his work!
Moxie stayed local this time, with a visit to one of Cheadle Hulme’s coffee shops, SK Eight. Sk Eight, however, is a coffee shop with a difference – it’s a social enterprise, and all profits go straight back into the local community. That doesn’t mean it’s any less excellent than Cheadle Hulme’s other eateries – the ethical Grumpy Mule coffee is superb and the locally-sourced food just as good (let’s just say we weren’t the only ones to stay for lunch…)
An other-worldly and unashamedly Romantic (with a capital R) environment, The Botanist’s Rose Room is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the street below – and the busy day generally. Perfect for meetings – or assignations – there’s an equally stunning ante-room if anyone needs a little more peace and quiet. All the Minglers were feeling the love today and the atmosphere was as friendly and welcoming as ever. Several newbies were suitably impressed – and most agreed that Moxie delivers a very refreshing change from high-pressure, referral-driven and industry limited networking groups.
Moxie first mingled at the Stanneylands almost a year ago – and we were blown away then. The building and interior were stunning and the landscape around it almost idyllic – despite its close proximity to the A34, the airport and civilisation generally. The Stanneylands really does deliver the best of both worlds. We could only imagine what the planned refurb would achieve – and couldn’t wait for our sneak preview and guided tour!
Last Thursday, Moxie Mingled at the fabulous Keller Kitchens showroom at home here in Bramhall – where we were also treated to a champagne tasting mini masterclass thanks to the Cracking Wine. Let’s face it, all the best parties end up in the kitchen. Who says networking’s staid and boring? You’re doing it wrong!
Last week, Moxie visited the incredible new Colony event and business space development, conveniently located on Altrincham Road, just on the outskirts of Wilmslow. The Colony is a sympathetic, yet contemporary, addition to the rolling Cheshire countryside and that setting makes it a perfect location for this unique combination of luxurious offices and professional business space.
On Thursday 28 September – just two weeks after spending a most enjoyable morning networking at the Botanist, Alderley Edge – Moxie were thrilled to be heading over to the newest acquisition to the Botanist family, in Didsbury. Nestled just off the busy Wilmslow Road, on School Lane, the Botanist Didsbury is cool yet welcoming and thus another perfect Moxie venue.
It was back to school for Moxie on 14 September, after a break for the summer while everyone went to Abersoch and beyond. Firstly, a huge thank you must go to Josie and Jessica of The Botanist Alderley Edge for stepping up and saving the day. Our original venue was cancelled at short notice so we really appreciate it! Lovely also to meet Hannah of the Botanist Knutsford. Perhaps Moxie will see you again soon…
Alderley Edge always has a feeling of the mystical and magical about it, so we were incredibly excited to be invited to Mingle at Alderley’s Alchemist. The Alchemist opened last Autumn, completely transforming the Grill on the Edge into a real destination, and marking the Alchemist’s first real venture into the suburbs instead of the city.
On Wednesday, Moxie stayed local in the early evening sunshine and headed to Bramhall’s own Mercato Italiano. Owner Ged has done the most amazing job at Mercato – with the space, the food and his team. It’s welcoming and yet coolly contemporary – and the retractable roof over the outside area is a stroke of genius!
Moxie were delighted to be invited to hold their latest Mingle at Chilli Banana in Wilmslow. Chilli Banana have been providing an authentic Thai culinary experience to their customers for the past 20 years. The restaurant is run by husband and wife team Steve and May. The story of Chilli Banana’s authentic Thai food began with May learning her mother’s cookery skills on their family farm 6,000 miles away. Their aim is to recreate the delicate Thai flavours of May’s homeland for a new generation of Cheshire families.