Made.com Goes North: Supper Club At UNCLE

When Made.com e mailed me to invite me to an event in Manchester, my excitement was off the scale.  If you are a Northern based blogger, you will know that 99.9% of events take place in London which involve a) early mornings, b) late nights and c) cramming in at least 15 events into one day so that you can make the journey down worthwhile.  I immediately messaged Kimberley of Swoonworthy Blog so that we could rejoice together in the fact that someone had recognised that bloggers do live north of Watford.

Even more excitingly, the event was a Supper Club which meant there would also be the opportunity to meet other bloggers over a glass of prosecco.  And all only 77 miles from my home which compared to the usual 215 miles was like popping round the corner for a curry.

Drinks at The Refuge.

Drinks at The Refuge.

Ignore the people spoiling photo in the corner.

Ignore the people spoiling photo in the corner.

When you meet other bloggers it's essential to drink Prosecco.

When you meet other bloggers it's essential to drink Prosecco.

After meeting a friend for lunch, I arranged to pick up Kimberley in the car so that we could meet the other guests for a drink before moving on to the UNCLE building in Central Manchester.  I'd only met Kimberley once before briefly at a meet up in London but we quickly bonded over a love of bad language due to the sat nav proving incapable of finding the venue.  After a quick one at The Refuge - if you haven't been there, you NEED to, if only for the Insta photography opportunities - we joined the Made.com team at the UNCLE venue.

Pre dinner drinks.

Pre dinner drinks.

Lovely Oliva from Made.com and Kimberley of Swoonworthy.

Lovely Oliva from Made.com and Kimberley of Swoonworthy.

Perfect use of space in the apartments with Made.com products.

Perfect use of space in the apartments with Made.com products.

So what is UNCLE?  Well, UNCLE is a brand new concept in home rental.  They provide affordable, central City accommodation with resident managers and all the amenities you could ask for.  They have three in London and one in Manchester, which was the venue for our dinner date.  It's super cool, like a very, very flash halls of residence.  And how does Made.com come into this?  They've teamed up with UNCLE to provide furnishing packages for residents.  Plus the apartments that are already furnished come complete with Made.com furniture - there's a really sleek look to the apartment decor and as a result, the Made.com styling fits in perfectly.

Sleek and contemporary furnishings.

Sleek and contemporary furnishings.

Compact but perfectly formed.

Compact but perfectly formed.

Fully tiled bathrooms and cool sanitaryware.

Fully tiled bathrooms and cool sanitaryware.

After drinks and a chat in the first apartment, we were taken on a tour of the apartment block to see how it all worked.  There's a reception room that looks like it comes straight out of Livingetc, a common room, a gym, art studio (seriously) and a neon signed post room.  They think of everything - the on site reception holds a rescue pack including everything you might need, including a corkscrew in case of wine bottle opening emergency.  

The common room.

The common room.

Fab styling throughout the building.

Fab styling throughout the building.

The communal gym.

The communal gym.

Dinner was held in one of the larger apartments and was catered for by Grape & Grain, a Manchester based catering company that have won awards for their innovative ideas.  Being a room full of bloggers, obviously most of the time was spent taking photographs of the amazing food that we were presented with.  They matched the wine to every course although rather annoyingly I was driving, so couldn't partake.  The food was stunning and I would absolutely recommend them if you are in the North and looking for a caterer for a special occasion.

Original features.

Original features.

Cool neon.

Cool neon.

Communal area.

Communal area.

Modern reception area.

Modern reception area.

The post room.

The post room.

Bloggers getting overexcited.

Bloggers getting overexcited.

It was really lovely to meet the other bloggers who attended and to meet the lovely Claudia and Olivia from Made.com who made us all feel really welcome and spoilt. Well done to Made.com for taking the lead in bringing us all together here in the North!  

Beautifully presented.

Beautifully presented.

Table laid entirely with Made.com tableware.

Table laid entirely with Made.com tableware.

With thanks to all at Made.com, UNCLE and Grape & Grain for making the evening so fab.