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  • Oaks 5 Posted on 05 April 2016

    Soaking up the weekend with a Bottomless Brunch at Oaks

    With back to back restaurants, Maid Marian Way is the place to be if you’re hungry in the centre of Nottingham. Sat on the corner of Bromley place, with a modern glass-fronted exterior offering glimpses of the open wood-fired oven inside, Oaks has set itself apart from the crowd.

    One of Nottingham’s newer eating and drinking spots, I still hadn’t been to see – or rather taste – what everyone had been talking about since they opened. Though, after hearing about their new brunch menu, I didn’t need much persuading to go and try it for myself.

    Bloody Marys and Bubbles come free-flowing with an Oaks Bottomless Brunch

    Greeted first by the fantastic

  • dav Posted on 08 March 2016

    Enjoying a ‘Super Lunch’ at Jamie’s Italian

    Good old Jamie. Not content with happily bouncing around the kitchen on our televisions, producing fail-safe Christmas presents in the form of colourful cookery books, and saving our children from the perils of turkey twizzlers – he’s also put together a successful chain of quality Italian restaurants!

    I’d never been to a Jamie’s Italian before and, if I’m honest, I was a little unsure about what the experience was going to be like. I was half expecting the walls to be plastered with photographs of the cheeky chef, and for there to be a little too much focus on the celebrity side of things.

    So it was a great relief to walk inside and discover a subtle, tastefully decorated restaurant – with plenty

  • Lace Market Hotel Head Chef, Ben Chaplin Posted on 23 February 2016

    Meet Ben Chaplin; Head Chef at the Lace Market Hotel

    Nottingham’s iconic hotel, the Lace Market Hotel, reopened its doors after extensive refurbishment in late 2015. Its aspirational restaurant Merchant’s and traditional British pub, the Cock & Hoop, are already proving popular so we caught up with Head Chef Ben Chaplin to find out about his foodie inspiration for the venues.

    You’re originally from Nottingham – what’s it like returning to the city?

    It’s been fantastic. When I came back to Nottingham from Manchester I had big ambitions, focussing on creating something new and exciting with the food offering here. I think we’ve achieved a lot in the short time we have been open and we have lots still up our sleeve.

    What

  • Annie's Burger Shack Posted on 10 February 2016

    Start the day right with an American breakfast at Annie’s Burger Shack

    Ordinarily, there’s only one 9 o’clock on a Saturday for me and that’s strictly of the p.m variety however, the temptation to try an Annie’s breakfast proved too great, so I found myself bleary eyed wandering through the Lace Market very early on a Saturday morning.

    Annie’s innovative and astonishing burgers almost deserve Nottingham legend status already so how might they keep the creativity going with their new breakfast offer I wondered as I was greeted by a delightfully friendly Annie’s team member and handed the menu.

    This new menu, quite frankly, sent my head spinning and my mouth watering as I navigated my way around the United States of America

  • 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

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