Never ones not to rush to the cinema the minute a new chick flick is released, it is safe to say we love them all. Rom coms, slushy romance, The Notebook to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – we’ve seen them all. Yes they may be predictable and the guy and girl always get together in the end and live happily ever after (apart from the guys who wrote The Break Up must have missed that memo – sorry, we still haven’t gotten over the ending, sob!) – they are undeniably feel good films.
The only thing better than sitting in your cinema seat with popcorn, pick n mix and a giant hotdog is rewatching one of your favourites in a swanky hotel, complete with champagne and a 3 course dinner. Such a simple but fantastic concept! We cannot believe that ‘Chick Flick Thursdays’ at the Sir Thomas Hotel have slipped under our radar even though they have been running for 4 years. Watch everything from Dirty Dancing to the Twilight saga all for the fantastic value for money price of £14.95.
So for our first (but certainly not our last) visit to the Sir Thomas for ‘Chick Flick Thursday’, we glammed up, slicked on our lip-gloss, stepped into our heels and teetered in to watch one of our all-time favourites – Bridesmaids! Anyone who has seen Bridesmaids before knows that each and every time you watch it, it just gets funnier and funnier – Megan’s side splitting one liners (“I’m glad he’s single cos I’m gonna climb that like a tree!”), Annie’s blossoming relationship with the cop and the hilarious rivalry between Helen and Annie (who can forget the speeches at the engagement party!).
The Sir Thomas is centrally located right in the heart of the city centre and is a boutique hotel. Walking through the door, we were immediately handed a glass of bubbly and shown to our seats. The evening was full with 88 ladies booked in to see the film but it didn’t feel crowded at all as the tables were set out in such a way that there was a lively atmosphere but it wasn’t cramped. There were two large projector screens at both ends of the room so everyone had a decent view.
Once seated we were given a menu with both a meat and a veggie option and our order was taken. There was also a price list for additional sweets, popcorn and chocolate that were available to buy once the film had started. Now we didn’t have very high hopes for the food as often at functions like this the food is usually sub-standard fare that has often been sitting under heat lamps and then served. And although the food wasn’t gourmet it was really tasty and well cooked – we were very pleased!
The starter was Pea and Ham Soup served with a warm bread roll. Although pleasant, the soup could have done with a tad more seasoning as it was a little bland. However, there were nice chunky strips of ham throughout the soup which gave a nice texture.
The main course was Cajun Chicken Breast, served with Potato Wedges, Coleslaw and a Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise. The chicken was perfectly chargrilled and coated in Cajun spices – very well cooked indeed. The wedges were hot and crispy and the coleslaw was the lovely creamy variety. The part we most enjoyed was the sweet chilli mayonnaise which was tangy, creamy and offset the kick of the Cajun spices beautifully.
Dessert time! The only complaint we have about the dessert is that it wasn’t big enough! But that’s just us being greedy and for £14.95 for all we had received so far was really excellent value. White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake was light, fresh and studded with white chocolate chunks. The chocolate provided a chunky bite against the smoothness of the raspberry filling.
Once our plates had been cleared, the lights were dimmed and there was an opportunity to buy sweets, chocolate or popcorn. Of course we bought both a bag of Minstrels and a bag of Haribo (but this was obviously in the spirit of making us feel like we were in the cinema you understand ?)
Once the film started everyone tucked into their goodies and laughed along at the hilarious antics of the bridesmaids. There was a really happy, fun atmosphere and we all sang along to the Wilson Philip’s song played at the end of the film! The only thing we will say, is that because the film is screened in the bar area, noise from the bar carries through and there was quite a loud group of guys at the bar who we could hear over the film.
Other than this, which can’t be helped as it’s a public bar and for guests staying at the hotel, we wholeheartedly recommend ‘Chick Flick Thursdays’ at the Sir Thomas Hotel. Check out the Events section of their website for upcoming films, gather your friends together and head out for a fun, unique, very enjoyable night out.