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!