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  • baresca_10 Posted on 14 January 2016

    A taste of Southern Spain in the heart of Nottingham

    With more than 20 new openings in the last 12 months alone, Nottingham’s food scene is booming, and in particular we’re very lucky to have many fantastic independent bars, cafes and restaurants, which bring a range of flavours and styles to the city. In June 2015, Nottingham welcomed baresca on Byard Lane in the heart of the city, a sister restaurant to the already popular escabeche in West Bridgford.

    Inspired by the flavours of Barcelona, baresca is already proving popular, set over three floors it offers a mix of deli, bar and eatery, open for breakfast through to evening meals, and also offering live music on weekends for a relaxed and

  • Capture Posted on 04 December 2015

    Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

    The shops are buzzing with people at this time of year, as Christmas looms on the horizon. It’s an especially important time of year for small, independent businesses, which are the backbone of the highstreet, and offer something a little different to the big name chains.

    They’re run by passionate local people, who love to make a difference to the community, and add their own unique flavour to the county.

    Whether it’s hand crafted trinkets, freshly roasted coffee, or tasty treats – we love our small businesses here in Nottinghamshire, and we’ll be joining in with the rest of the nation this Saturday (5th), when we celebrate Small Business Saturday.

    Even better, parking will be

  • LambShoulder&Redcurrants - LP.38 (2).mar2014 Posted on 17 November 2015

    Eat, drink and be merry at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant

    Just a few minutes from the A1 in north Nottinghamshire, you’ll find award-winning hotel Ye Olde Bell, which has recently also been awarded an AA Rosette in recognition of its fantastic dining offer.

    With a restaurant, bistro and bars onsite, complete with open fires which are ideal for this time of year, Ye Olde Bell offers all day dining, afternoon teas and fine meals perfect for special occasions.

    Richard Allen is the Restaurant & Bistro Head Chef, and it is his passion for fresh local produce and memorable dining experiences which has enabled the hotel to secure its new Rosette award, although Richard is quick to stress this doesn’t mean the

  • Colston Bassett blog Posted on 13 November 2015

    Celebrate Christmas with a local delicacy

    Christmas is just around the corner. Very soon Nottinghamshire’s town centres will be all hustle and bustle with Christmas shoppers. As well as gift buying, more excitingly it is the time of year when we stock the cupboards with all our favourite foods!

    Throughout the festive party season, you can’t go wrong with offering your guests a traditional cheeseboard. And the ‘King’ cheese, as we all know, is Stilton. This traditional British blue is inextricably linked to the county. Due to its PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status, Stilton cheese can only be produced according to a strict code in the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. In fact, there

  • NottinghamRestaurant8 Posted on 21 October 2015

    Meet David Sneddon; Head Chef at The Larder on Goosegate

    Following the news that one of Nottingham’s best loved restaurant’s, The Larder on Goosegate, launched a new Sunday lunch menu, we took a trip out to ask Head Chef, David Sneddon a few questions about the new dishes.

    David Sneddon at The Larder on Goosegate

    How long have you been head chef at the Larder on Goose Gate?

    Just over two years.

    How would you describe the new Sunday lunch menu?

    Simplicity, great ingredients & good cooking.  Like our other menus it will also change regularly to reflect seasonality. I like the flexibility of being able to pick up the phone to a supplier and say ‘what’s good?’ rather than set a

  • Citrus and Raspberry Coolers at Las Iguanas Posted on 14 October 2015

    Sunshine for lunch?

    Looking for somewhere warm and welcoming for lunch on a grey autumnal day?  We can highly recommend meeting your friends at the Left Lion, turn away from them and keep walking up Beastmarket Hill towards the oasis that is Las Iguanas Nottingham.   We joined Matt the Manager and his team to review the new lunch menu and sample some of the South American specials they’re known and loved for.

    Even though the restaurant was really busy, we were quickly welcomed and seated in a spacious private booth looking out across the restaurant.  We were attentively asked if we had any dietary requirements and talked through the drinks menu, with a large

  • Marco outside restaurant - Alea signage Posted on 02 October 2015

    A night out at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse in Nottingham

    Our guest blogger Elisia Denton recently dined at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Nottingham’s Alea Casino…

    The end of summer had arrived rather prematurely for my liking and my friend and I were looking for an evening to cheer us both up. We wanted to treat ourselves to good food, good wine and a bit of something different to finish the evening off. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Nottingham and Alea Casino certainly delivered on all parts, under one roof and at the right price.

    Upon arrival we were seated at a comfortably sized table for two and my eyes were immediately drawn to

  • Exterior Posted on 01 October 2015

    Afternoon delights at Thea Caffea

    Tucked away down a narrow alley in the heart of the city, you’ll find a secret courtyard home to a very special cafe: Thea Caffea.

    With its chessboard tiling, lemon yellow walls, chandelier and fresh flowers, it offers a stylish sanctuary away from the busy shopping streets which surround it, making it ideal for a relaxed lunch or a traditional afternoon tea.

    My friend and I visited Thea Caffea for lunch on a Thursday recently, as we were due for a catch-up and we love any excuse to spend time at this quintessentially English tearoom. Our visit coincided with their Spanish ‘Englishman Abroad’ week, so we also had the opportunity to sample some

  • Lee Rosy's - High Res Posted on 17 September 2015

    Time for tea

    Whether the sun is shining or the skies are grey, whether you’re taking things slow or rushing through the day, there is always time for tea.

    In Nottingham, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a cuppa, especially thanks to Lee Rosy’s on Broad Street in Hockley, which offers more than 100 varieties of tea – from black and green tea blends to flavoured rooibos, herb and fruit teas.

    So it is that I found myself visiting Lee Rosy’s twice in one week for long overdue catch-ups with two different friends. The first day was gloriously sunny and we chose an outside table to enjoy the warm weather, I had a delicious

  • NAE Blog image Posted on 12 September 2015

    Cultural foodie experience at New Art Exchange

    If you love to sample the variations in culture and learn more about nations through the medium of art, then the New Art Exchange must be towards the top of your to-do list. The gallery, located opposite the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard, is home to exhibitions and events that celebrate culture in its broadest aspects.

    While visiting the New Art Exchange might primarily be with the aim of seeing the
    exhibits, I would also thoroughly recommend its food and drink offering in the cafe bar. I recently paid the team at the gallery a visit to give the food a whirl at lunchtime to satisfy my Friday hunger.

    The

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