Can one place really have all your food, entertainment and shopping needs? The Coliseum Leisure Park certainly has a ton of activities on offer and earlier this week, I was invited along to sample some of them! It’s conveniently located just off the M53 in the North West so Louise and I stopped off on our way home from work to hopefully discover some new things. Starting in Chiquitos for cocktails, we were greeted by the incredibly friendly bartender Andy who set about creating cocktails based on our favourite drinks.
Louise tried the summery looking ‘Mex on the Beach’ – peach schnapps, orange and guava juice with a hint of grenadine – while mine was a slight twist on a gin martini. This definitely isn’t one for if you’re driving as it’s pretty damn strong!We also tried out their tasty nachos and one of their new cocktail offerings ‘Frozen Fuego’ which was perfect for the heat outside. The combination of honeycomb ice cream and Patron Incendio Chilli Chocolate Tequila was deliciously creamy with a slight kick that really worked.The service we received was fabulous in Chiquitos and I’ll definitely be back for happy hour! It was time to move on however and we headed across the road to Nandos for our next course. With a recently refurbished interior, the restaurant was beautifully airy thanks to the front windows opening out to an outdoor seating area.
Having only ever eaten a main course in Nandos, I was excited to try the ‘appeteasers’ selection and they didn’t disappoint! It’s a pretty simple selection of food – think olives, nuts, pitta and hummus alongside the famous chicken wing roulette – but all served with the distinctive Nandos spice.
Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the mixed almonds, cashews and macadamias with added spice! Already feeling pretty full, it was time to find adventure at Paradise Island Adventure Golf.Our course took us through a mysterious bazaar spice market, an eastern-style Maharaka’s ruined palace and a desert island beach with sound effects and smoke effects that made us all jump!Feeling peckish again after our expedition, it was time for another food stop! Coal Grill and Bar is somewhere I’ve eaten at once before (and really enjoyed) so I was excited to see what else they had to offer. Louise and I picked a few smaller plates to share including the Trio of Sliders, Panko-Crumb Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries and Cheesy Chilli Chips.
*2018 update* sadly, Coal Grill and Bar is no longer open but it’s been replaced by the stunning Haute Dolci, a dessert restaurant like no other.
We were expecting mini burger buns to turn up with the sliders but instead the BBQ pulled pork, slow braised pulled brisket and pulled spicy chicken was served in soft buns. This makes it a good starter dish but it definitely won’t fill you up! The chicken strips were particularly tasty and the Chilli Fries were absolutely loaded with gooey melted cheese.
Unfortunately, it was time for us to bid goodbye to the group as they went to enjoy dessert from the new menu at Frankie and Benny’s. We had an absolutely fantastic night at the Coliseum Leisure Park and I’m already planning to return for food and another round of adventure golf!