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  • nicholsons1 Posted on 04 April 2014

    Popping Up is coming to Nicholson’s in Nottingham

    Nicholson’s Bar, which is at Nottingham’s Hilton Hotel, is set to play host to an event later this month organised by Popping Up, a group of students from New College Nottingham. In this guest blog, group member Ellie Sanders writes about why you should go along to this FREE event.

    Thursday 24th April is the day to keep free in your diaries. This is the day that Popping Up will be taking over Nicholson’s Bar and Diner at the Hilton Hotel. For one night only you will be able to experience our simple but far from plain menu and cocktails.

    Popping Up is a small group of Foundation Degree students from New

  • orinetalpearl1 Posted on 24 March 2014

    WIN a meal for two with prosecco at The Oriental Pearl

    With its elegant décor and fine Chinese cuisine The Oriental Pearl has been a top choice for food lovers for more than 25 years.

    Located in the bustling town of West Bridgford, just outside the city, diners can sit back in the opulent surroundings while tucking into dishes such as chilli soft shell crab, dim sum as well as the restaurant’s famous aromatic crispy duck.

    For a relaxed drink with a touch of sophistication The Pearl Bar is the perfect place to spend an evening. As well as regular live music and DJ nights you can also enjoy classic cocktails with a tempting twist such as the Spiced Apple Mojito as well

  • AdeAfternoonTea Posted on 18 March 2014

    My afternoon tea with Robin Hood

    I had been looking forward to my date with Robin Hood for some time but the question was, where can you go with our most famous outlaw in Nottingham’s city centre when you fancy a quintessentially English ‘Afternoon Tea’? A fine, traditional Notts pub of course!

    I was met at The Ned Ludd in Friar Lane by Ade Andrews of the Robin Hood Town Tour. Ade was looking – and acting - every bit like his alter ego, Robin Hood. It is a part which Ade plays so well that it was hard to remember that it was not the real Robin I was having tea with but a finalist in

  • LincolnGreenAle2.jph Posted on 14 March 2014

    Lincoln Green Brewing Company captures the spirit of Nottinghamshire

    It might be a relative newcomer to Nottinghamshire’s real ale scene but the Lincoln Green Brewing Company already has an army of loyal fans who have been enjoying its Robin Hood-inspired brews at pubs and beer festivals across the county.

    The microbrewery, based in Hucknall, was set up just under two years ago by Anthony Hughes and his wife, Lynette and it takes its name from the colour worn by our legendary outlaw. Its beers, which have names such as Hood, Marian and Scarlett, pay also homage to the great story.

    Anthony began home brewing at a young age because it was something he’d watched his father do – but it was only

  • Malt Cross, Nottingham Posted on 21 January 2014

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross secures Lottery grant to renovate building

    The Malt Cross is one of Nottingham’s most historic pubs and it was recently successful in securing a grant to carry out vital restoration work on the building. Today our guest blogger Jo Cox-Brown writes about the exciting project.

    You may well have heard the exciting news that the Malt Cross has been awarded over £1.3m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund!

    Jo Cox-Brown & Experience Nottinghamshire’s Linda Parker chat to James Roberson from BBC East Midlands Today.

    The Malt Cross is a wonderful old Victorian music hall that is considered to be one of Nottingham’s greatest hidden historical gems. The money will be used to renovate and restore the

  • AnnieBurgerShackOpening Posted on 09 January 2014

    Annie’s new Burger Shack is flippin’ marvellous!

    Belly-busting burgers with tempting toppings have made Annie’s Burger Shack one of the most popular places to eat in Nottingham.

    American-born Annie Spaziano has been running her pop-up burger bar at two of the city’s pubs for several years but now she is going it alone with a brand new restaurant in the Lace Market – and we were lucky enough to visit just ahead of the grand opening tomorrow (Friday).

    The restaurant, which is housed in the former Bluu bar, has been fully-refurbished and with its exposed brick-work and carefully-chosen pieces of Americana, it is more sophisticated than your average diner. There is also a well-stocked central bar serving real

  • Merchantspic Posted on 02 January 2014

    Head chef Richard brings the flavours of the world to Merchants

    Merchants, the fine dining restaurant at Nottingham’s Lace Market Hotel, is well-known among gastronomes for serving high quality food in stylish surroundings. But now diners can look forward to even more new and innovative dishes made using local produce thanks to recently-appointed head chef Richard Donohue and his team.

    Taking inspiration from the time he spent travelling and working in countries such as Finland, New Zealand and the US, Richard combines classic European cookery with styles and flavours from around the world. The result of this has been the creation of a brand new menu at Merchants which includes dishes such as braised long horn of beef with cep (mushroom)

  • stilton0148 Posted on 14 December 2013

    Colston Bassett is the big cheese at World Cheese Awards

    This year has been quite a year for one of Nottinghamshire’s finest producers. Steeped in tradition, Colston Bassett Dairy, based in the rural heart of the Vale of Belvoir, has been marking its centenary this year and is known around the county, the UK and indeed the world as one of just a handful of suppliers of Stilton and Shropshire Blue cheese.

    The dairy has been the focal point of many celebratory events across the course of 2013, including a thanksgiving church service in April, the Colston Bassett Village Day in June, as well as a fireworks event in early November. The entire community of Colston Bassett has come together throughout

  • Posted on 03 December 2013

    A vegetarian feast awaits you at Govinda’s in Nottingham

    Govinda’s vegetarian restaurant sits on Thurland Street in Nottingham’s city centre and is indeed a gem waiting to be discovered. Firstly the greeting that I received from the staff in the restaurant was lovely. Sarva (one of the chefs) personally greeted me and explained all of the dishes on the menu that lunchtime. The chefs here use traditional recipes taken from their time in India, mainly working for charitable causes, so every dish is authentic and a must to try.

    Some of the delicious food we sampled.

    Huge dishes full of gloriously hot spiced potato and aubergine curry, yellow mung dahl, popadomms and lemon pilau rice called to me immediately

  • Harkers Posted on 02 December 2013

    Stock up on local produce from Harkers Farm Shop this Christmas

    Christmas starts early at Harkers Farm Shop as preparations begin to make sure the shelves remain fully stocked with the beef, lamb, turkey, goose and chicken which is reared on the farm.

    Added to the 600 turkeys and the geese which are reared specifically for the Christmas market, this means that the rush in the run up to Christmas is relentless. Harkers is one of the very few remaining turkey farmers in the area and are proud to sell their home-reared products at the farm shop.  It is unique because it holds a licence to slaughter poultry on the farm ensuring the whole process from hatching to rearing creates absolutely no food

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