• madame parboiled nottingham Posted on 20 June 2017

    Madame Parboiled’s Historical Pub Tour

    Nottingham is a city steeped in history and its pubs are a living proof of that, they’re a tangible representation of England’s past, and celebration of life before us. To learn how to grow our appreciation for Nottingham’s historic pubs we ventured into a world of Madame Parboiled – the executioner’s wife who knows Nottingham and its pubs like a back of her hand.  Read on to find out what we thought about our experience at Madame’s Parboiled’s Historical Pub Tour.

    Sophie

    The idea of spending the evening with a medieval executioner’s wife may seem a little daunting to begin with, but Madame Parboiled certainly isn’t as dark as some

  • Canalhouse-013 Posted on 14 June 2017

    Top Beer Gardens in Nottingham

    Discovering a good beer garden can be a saving grace of summer fun, and luckily for us Nottingham has a great selection in it’s midst. Tucked behind our bars and pubs there are yards, rooftops, canal banks and terraces which have been cleverly transformed into lovely spaces, perfect for whiling away summer days, meeting friends, and of course enjoying a pint with the sun on your skin. Have a look at some of our favourites below….

    The Hand & Heart – Derby Road

    While this delightful establishment first appears to be another classic pub, peer behind the bar and you’ll notice a stretch

  • castle_rock_banner_v2 Posted on 25 May 2017

    Raising a Glass to Castle Rock – Nottinghamshire Brewer Turns 40!

    Whether you’ve been for a long walk through Nottinghamshire’s countryside, are catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, nothing’s quite like a sip of refreshing Castle Rock beer. Brewed with local pride and expert knowledge, every pint offers a delicious taste of Nottinghamshire.

    We have a proud brewing heritage here, and at the forefront of this is Castle Rock, who brew award-winning ales, which are distributed across the county and beyond.

    Ahead of their 40th birthday bash, we caught up with Head of Marketing, Lewis Townsend to discuss what makes Castle Rock beers special and to find out more about the plans for their birthday celebrations.

    What makes Castle Rock beers different?

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  • Vegetarian Nottingham-01 Posted on 17 May 2017

    National Vegetarian Week in Nottingham

    Compared to many countries the UK is rather impressive when it comes to understanding different diets and cuisines. Nottingham is no exception, and whether you’re vegetarian, a once in a while carnivore or interested in limiting your meaty meals you’ll find creative choices in cool settings throughout the city.

    With it being National Vegetarian Week we thought we’d give you a run down of some of our favourite places in Hockley and the Lace Market to have a meat free meal. You’ll find everything from quick cafe bites to luxurious classy dining, with creative and colourful dishes that might just turn you!

    Annie’s Burger Shack

    A great place

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 15 May 2017

    Celebrating 1 Year of Belgo in Nottingham!

    Belgo Nottingham, the brand’s first restaurant outside London, was one year old at the end of April. We went along to this unique venue in the Lace Market to celebrate with Belgian biers, rope grown mussels and other delicious treats off their brand new menu.

    Chatting to the friendly team, we were blown away to hear that in the past year the restaurant has served up more than 11,000 kilos of mussels and 15,304 bottles of beer in Nottingham alone. It is fair to say that Nottingham locals and visitors alike have fully embraced the spirit of Belgo (who serve up 52 craft beers – each accompanied by their

  • curious tavern mercure nottingham Posted on 09 May 2017

    Exploring Curious Tavern – Nottingham’s hidden gem

    The Curious Tavern is situated in Nottingham city centre’s oldest hotel, constructed in 1822, and formerly known as “The George” (now Mercure Hotel).

    Serving Starbucks coffee and offering a light, fast daytime menu, there is an addition of  great traditional tavern comfort foods with the evening offer at the Oyster and Champagne Bar serving tasty seafood delicacies.

    The decor reflects opulence of George IV’s renowned style, design of the venue has been inspired both by the historic Georgian architecture of the building combined with 21st century chic.

    Read on to find out what we thought about our recent visit to Curious Tavern.

    Sophie – As has become expected from Nottingham’s other great Curious Venues, step into The

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 28 April 2017

    Q&A – Nottingham: A Tale of Two Cities Tour

    Guided tours offer an unbeatable way to get the most out of a trip to Nottingham, giving you a couple of hours in the company of dedicated guides, who are passionate about sharing their incredible local knowledge and insight into the city’s fascinating history and tales.

    We’re lucky to have a number of amazing tour guides here in Nottingham, and special mention must go to Ezekial Bone’s Robin Hood Town Tour, which you may have spotted in the Guardian this week. You can view information about all of Nottingham’s tour guides here.

    There’s always room for more however, and we’re delighted to welcome a brand new entertaining and informative guided walk, which promises to provide a different way of seeing

  • North Notts Posted on 27 April 2017

    Enchanting Escapes in Robin Hood Country

    While the city offers its diverse culture of shopping, night life and international cuisine, sometimes what we really want from a weekend away is to escape the hustle and bustle and retreat into a calmer, slower way of life. Nottinghamshire has a great balance between urban cool and country charm, with the north of the county full of rolling hills, legendary forests and great activities.

    R O B I N  H O O D  C O U N T R Y

    We all know the story of Robin Hood and his exploits, but what of the ancient sprawl of mighty oaks that make up Sherwood Forest?

    Before the Ice Age the area

  • Tiffin Collage Posted on 21 April 2017

    A Top Cuppa Tea in Notts

    It’s a classic British tradition, an acceptable addiction, a pick-me-up, calm-me-down moment of tranquillity in the day. A builder’s, a brew, or as we like to say in Nottingham a good old mash. To celebrate National Tea Day we are sharing some of our tip top tea spots throughout the county. But before we go on, we suggest you pour yourself a pot and pair with some digestives before the mad cravings take hold.

    L E E   R O S Y ‘ S   T E A

    A late night café is a dream for anyone wishing to spend an evening in the city

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 20 April 2017

    Tapas at Bar Iberico Nottingham Review

    After a busy bank holiday weekend, my girlfriend and I arrived back in Nottingham and, having taken a brief break from eating chocolate, decided to venture out into the city centre to find some food.

    I’d heard a lot of very good things about Iberico World Service restaurant, which is located at the newly re-opened National Justice Musuem, but I’ve never managed to visit it myself. So I was excited to try out their new bar/restaurant.

    Located on one of the main streets in bustling Hockley, step through the doors and you’re instantly transported into a trendy Spanish tavern.

    Restaurant style tables are spread around the bar, but you can also grab a stool at

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