Hotel du Vin Hotel in York

My homecoming back to Yorkshire after almost a year away (!), couldn’t have been more memorable thanks to the blooming brilliant Bump & Baby Expo and parents who came to my recent book date up North! I got to take my family along for the fun, too!

Honest Mum's children at the Hotel du Vin in York Honest Mum outside the Hotel du Vin in York (Bump & Baby Expo).

I arrived York train station a few weeks ago, having just flown back from my Belfast book date just the night before (shattered was not the word), to thankfully discover dazzling sunshine and blue skies waiting for me, oh, and the family suite of dreams at luxurious boutique Hotel Du Vin in the centre, we called home before I headlined, yes, HEADLINED, a bit like Beyonce (I wish) with a speech at the Bump & Baby Expo, and book singing to boot.

MUMBOSS book signing

For those who don’t know (where have you been?!) The Bump and Baby Expo is Yorkshire’s largest maternity exhibition and is now in its third year. It supports mum and dadbosses hosting stalls-galore by local business owners as well as international brands, and it helps charity to boot, supporting, Action Medical Research for Children where £1 for every entrance ticket sold, is donated.

Action Medical Research for Children funds medical research to beat the diseases that devastate the lives of many children. Originally founded in 1952 to successfully find a cure for polio, Action has continued saving and changing lives through medical research and has raised over £115m to fund some of the most amazing breakthroughs

Founder of the Bump & Baby Expo, Jackie is a mum and professional baby and maternity photographer at Babies By Jackie and she conceived the event to help support local businesses and parents, alike. Partnering with the glorious hostess with the mostess, the fittingly (!) 8 months pregnant, Kate, of Avocado Events , this powerhouse duo ensured the Bump & Baby Expo was one heck of a warm, welcoming and super slick place their 600 guests could enjoy but also learn from with a varied programme of talks and workshops for both expectant and experienced parents and shops and business to meet their every need.

Kate set up Avocado Events on her maternity leave in June 2016, after 15 years in Event Management & Marketing roles. Thrown into the crazy new world of motherhood, she had a vision to create exclusive events that would bring together expectant & new parents with groups, charities, businesses and classes to support their parenthood journey. She has worked with venues such as Hotel du Vin, Waterstones & Everyman Cinema running events across Yorkshire ranging from Weaning Workshops to Parent Blogger events so brought her expertise to the day.

And what a day it was! I left utterly inspired by the gifted women I had the chance to speak to.

These events really are a two-way street with so many wonderful friendships and collaborations taking root and blossoming, thanks to them. Thanks to SEO, blogs bring like-minded women together, and IRL meet-ups cement that fact.

Honest Mum author signs her book MUMBOSS at Bump & Baby Expo

Take awesome business owner and blogger, Sally Bunkham of Mum’s Back who is now a good friends thanks to this unifying online world which brought us together a few years ago.

Sally, cleverly sells gift boxes brimming with all the stuff you weren’t allowed to eat or drink in pregnancy for mums post-birth. At the event, she unflinchingly shared her transformative experience of first-time motherhood and subsequent PND before interviewing me about my own traumatic birth and how I ultimately regained my voice, confidence and a new, accidental business during the recovery process.

Vicki Psarias' book tour date in York at the bump and baby expo

Sally on Mum's Back interviews Vicki of Honest Mum

Sally and I spoke of the juggle which is never easy, with the need for compromise along the way, and how best to consistently commit to your craft while leaning on family and friends to cushion the falls and help you through the inevitable self-doubts and ups and downs of self-employment.

Bump & Baby Expo-Honest Mum

It was a joy to be back on home turf connecting with Yorkshire mumbosses determined to launch or build upon their existing businesses and blogs.

A massive great thanks to Imagination Creation for a backdrop that simply wowed (it was even colour co-ordinated to my bestselling MUMBOSS book) and to all who attended my talk on the day and bought my book from the Waterstones stand. Reading your amazon reviews and feedback on social media and in your blog posts, gives me the strength to keep sharing so thank you!

Lauren Partington with Vicki Psarias

There are hundreds of pics so I’ve picked a few here to share so I don’t break the internet ;). Above with Carly, founder of copy editing business Blue Media Edit.

And, here I am with fellow author, and coach Lauren Partington of must-read book, Extraordinary Ordinary Mum.


…Sally and I having a cuddle below.

Vicki and Sally at the Bump and Baby Expo in York

With Danni of MAMA TRIBE and son, and my boys.

Danni of Mama Tribe and Vicki of Honest Mum with their children

It was wonderful to hang out with old school friend Helen, of pretty, organic PJ brand Lister and Bruce and to meet so many wonderful entrepreneurial mums on the day.

Helen of Lister and Bruce and Vicki of Honest Mum

With the wonderful Mands of My Mimo.

Mumboss book signing

Below I’m with Rachael Dennis, NCT Yorkshire & Humber Regional team volunteer.

We were touched by founder Rob of Family Sanctuary Art who made us a hand-drawn Our Family elephant pic on the day to take home with us. Rob is a teacher by day and creative entrepreneur by night.

Family Sanctuary art

Huge thanks too to Charlotte Stein, who blogs at Team Stein Mummy who allowed me to use this photo of her adorable daughter, Florence, ‘reading’ Mumboss! Argh!

child reads MUMBOSS

Style-wise, I wore my fave Zara dress for the book date with gifted Lotus boots, I live in. I was styled as always by the fab Lauren Jobling.

…I also want to take this opportunity to share our spectacular stay at the Grade II-listed mansion house hotel (and former orphanage), Hotel du Vin where we enjoyed two lavish nights and three days in what was one of the most memorable stays of our lives. Truly.

Hotel du vin hotel in York

We were kindly welcomed to our sumptuous suite with champagne, red wine, brownies for the boys, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and if that wasn’t enough, exquisite hampers of thoughtful gifts from Yorkshire based companies were also left for us to discover.

Our hearts were bursting with gratitude.

luxurious suite at the Hotel du Vin in York luxurious suite at the Hotel du Vin in York, brownies and gifts gift hamper




A shout-out to the generous companies who gifted us the above items are mentioned below,

Dining in the newly refurbished hotel restaurant the Bistro du Vin on both evenings (with vegan options for me and a vegan poached pear and dark chocolate dessert I would like every day of my life please) the food, ambience and service couldn’t have been more perfect.

bistro  Hotel du vin restaurant table setting champagne beer

I’ve shared dishes across both nights and breakfast too with leek and potato and vegetable soup, toasted garlic baguette, Halibut, chicken schnitzel, chickpea and beetroot salad and vegan gnocchi for me. My Dad was ecstatic they had his favourite lemon tart on the menu too!

soup leek and potato soup chickpea salad garlic bread vegan gnocci fish chicken and chips greens green beans salad poached pear with chocolate lemon tart

I loved that my folks stayed over on our first night so we were able to spend some much-needed quality time together.


They loved the magnificent breakfast the next day too, as did the kids who can be fussy at times but gobbled all the food on offer throughout!

orange juice in bottles pastries bread selection granola table child child poached eggs on toast sausage and beans

I must return and make use (!) of their opulent wine cellar too (next time)!

wine cellar

But back to the room again for a minute.

Our 10 foot bed (yes, 10 foot) offered us one of the best night’s sleep in history (true story) and the children loved their twinning stand-alone bath tubs they enjoyed while watching TV. There was another TV on the flip side Peter and I could watch from bed too.

How lucky were we!

Every room at the Hotel du Vin, boasts Egyptian cotton linen, powerful drench showers and roll top baths as well as flat screen TVs and unique features that have been carefully restored to reflect the 19th century heritage of this mansion house converted to a hotel which merges modernity, seamlessly with antique furniture and details.

luxurious family suite

bathroom en suite matching sinks in hotel suite  taps


Sincere thanks too to Bistro Manager/ Sommelier Jade Daniells and Receptionist Alice Clarkson who went the extra mile during our stay.

Excitingly, it’s not just us who are lucky ducks with our stay as you can win a night in a superior room (my parents stayed in one) at the Hotel du Vin York (1 night, fits a family of 4) worth £180 with breakfast too.

Simply enter below.

Hotel du Vin in York blossom trees Hotel du Vin & Bistro


Good luck!

Ends 9th June 2019.

The hotel stay, travel, and hampers were gifted. As always, my words are honest.

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P.S This is a review post where we were given a complimentary stay with food at the Hotel du Vin. My boots were a gift by Lotus.

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132 Responses

  1. Karen Nagle

    I’ve booked a trip to York twice and have had to cancel it twice so I still haven’t made it there. I feel like this might be third time lucky!

  2. Melissa Lee

    I would love to win this because it would be a fabulous birthday treat for my partner. Thank you for the chance.

  3. Lindsay Robson

    Would be a lovely treat to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary later this year

  4. Kimberley Clewes

    I would love to win as my son is obsessed with trains, and we could incorporate a trip to York Railway Museum!.

  5. Kimberley Clewes

    I would love to win as my son is obsessed with trains, and we could incorporate a trip to York Railway Museum!

  6. Julie Jones

    We have not visited York for years so this would be a fabulous treat for my 60th this year

  7. Jo Bickley

    Would love to take our toddler son there, my hubby and I went to York on our ‘babymoon’ and haven’t returned since so would be lovely to share it with our son! Plus would be lovely to have a change of scenery and just take a break!

  8. Simone Kilshaw

    I went to York once when I was a child and have fond memories. I would love to go back there again.

  9. Anneka Davies

    I’d love to win this as my fiance and I are on desperate need of a little romantic getaway plus I’ve never been to York but always wanted to go 💕💕

  10. Sheri Darby

    I want to win because we have been to York once and just loved it, especially the Railway museum

  11. Kyra Rodriguez

    Would love to celebrate my birthday there too with my loved ones 🙂 I hope you guys had fun!
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  12. jo louise ogden

    York is a fantastic place and as its my hubbys 50th birthday in august would be a nice treat

  13. Susan Hoggett

    My daughter and fiance got engaged in York, they love it there and I can’t think of a better wedding present than a stay in this beautiful hotel. xx

  14. Ruth Wollerton

    I love York and I would love to take my boys to all the great sights in York

  15. Laura-Jane Baker

    I’d love to win this as I’ve always wanted to visit York and it’d be lovely to have a nice break away with my partner

  16. Kathrine Krogulec

    York is my favourite city and is where we chose to spend our first ever weekend away together 40 years ago so of course we returned there to celebrate our engagement! I am 60 at the end of this month and it would be lovely to revisit and rekindle those treasured memories 🙂

  17. Kim Neville

    Would be lovely to go for my OH’s 50th birthday and explore York 🙂

  18. Katrina Adams

    I would love to win because hubby and I don’t have a lot planned for the rest of the year. We’re having to have a frugal one so this would be a great treat.

  19. Kerry H

    My husband and I visited the Christmas market years ago and we’d love to go return to bring our toddler to the Transport Museum.

  20. jemima bradshaw

    It looks amazing, I love York and really want to visit Evil eye, and just because I really need a little break x

  21. Claire Nelson

    We visited York at the beginning of May and loved it but need to go back as we didn’t get to the Railway Museum!

  22. Tracy Gladman

    I would love a nice time away with the family. We don’t spend much time together having a teenager so it would be nice to celebrate the end of exams.

  23. Caroline Tinsley

    I haven’t been to York in years so this would be a great opportunity to revisit.

  24. lyn west

    York is our favourite UK city for a break and we havent been for a few years now

  25. Jade Mccabe

    Love York!! This is a fantastic blog.. and the hotel looks amazing! Would be a beautiful treat for my little family after concentrating on our home Reno for the last year.

  26. Diane Wood

    My daughter is soon going to be looking at universities so I’ll be taking her for the open days, I’m hoping a trip to York is on the cards as I’ve fancied it since my best friend went there for a birthday treat

  27. sj straw

    I’d love to win this as we can’t afford a big hoiliday this year (i’m returning to study). My kids deserve a treat away. It looks lovely there!

  28. kaye willan

    York Looks Amazing. Your Pics are Stunning and as its my Birthday in June , Id be thrilled to win
    Thanks for a Great Blog too!

  29. Margaret Clarkson

    York is such a beautiful city and the Hotel Du Vin looks lovely.

  30. Kate Knight

    I love Hotel Du Vin hotels and have never been to York so this would be great!

  31. Tessa Robinson

    I love York. My now husband and I went for a mini break not long after we started seeing each other 11 years ago. It’d be great to go back with our daughter.

  32. Nadia Josephine

    We are saving money at the moment so haven’t been away for a while and so this would be wonderful. I would love to take my other half for a treat

  33. Charlotte Stein

    We would love to stay here and have a sumptuous full nights sleep without our bed invaders! Your stay and food looked wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to connect with us all and l loved your honesty xx
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  34. Janet Richardson

    I’d love to win a night in York to celebrate my wedding anniversary. Such a magical place to be.

  35. Cara Towers

    I’d love to take my son to the Jorvik centre as he loves history
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    • tiff jordan

      I love York with its beautiful city centre and I’d love to potter round with my hubby and kids

  36. Jemma Dwyer

    love to win for my and my partner and have a lovely night away 😀

  37. Nicki Simpson

    Honestly i would love to win to treat myself, my hub and my little girl to a night away, without going into too much detail this was the week that our family unit should have been expanding, so abit of a rough time. Mainly though, we have a hilarious time as a 3 and would make sure we love every minute of being away, you wouldnt find more appreciative winners for this comp!

  38. Claire Willmer

    Would love to spend some time away with my family and we just love York such a beautiful place to visit!

  39. stephen holman

    it looks a beautiful classic hotel and york is always a great day out

  40. Kelly Mobbs

    I would love to win because York is such a magical place. The little cobbled streets with lots of bars and restaurants and quirky shops are amazing. And to top it off with a drink by the river in the evening is just fab!


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