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  • Hart's food Posted on 16 October 2014

    Top places for food and drink lovers in Nottingham

    Following a recent visit to Nottingham, in search of delicious food and drinks, Isobel King from ilovemygrub.com reviews what Nottingham has to offer for foodie fanatics. Here are her top highlights and places of interest…

    Hart’s Restaurant
    Modern, stylish and with a stellar menu, Hart’s is Nottingham’s no. 1 restaurant. Peppery tuna carpaccio, pickled carrot and lime crème fraîche tastes as good as it looks, followed by freshly-caught exquisite brill served with saffron hollandaise and a Jenga-style stack of chips. There’s a wide selection of old and new world wines, with some vintage options if you want something really special, and the most delectable desserts – try the hot chocolate

  • IMG_0803 Posted on 24 September 2014

    Exciting new beers on the way at Navigation Brewery

    Perhaps best known for its cask ales, the Navigation Brewery is a fundamental part of many people’s drinking repertoire when it comes to enjoying a fine pint in Nottinghamshire. Located just off Meadow Lane in Nottingham, the brewery is a relatively new business – but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the finest our county has to offer.

    With Sales Director Chris Cocking and Head Brewer Dom Flynn working hard behind the scenes, the Navigation Brewery has experience in abundance and a team that is committed to delivering the next great refreshing taste to beer lovers. The brewery, located to the rear of the Trent Navigation

  • piglet Posted on 02 September 2014

    A feast of delights on offer at the Taste of the Great Notts Show

    Food fans will be in for a treat this week when the Taste of the Great Notts Show comes to Nottingham. In today’s guest blog, Lizzy Freeman from All About Tourism, which organises the event, writes about what you can expect. 

    Exciting news for all your foodies out there – this year’s first installment of Taste of the Great Notts Show will be taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Nottingham’s Smithy Row. There will also be a second event at the end of the month so don’t worry if you don’t get to try everything the first time round.

    These events are a ‘taste’ of the Great Notts Show which

  • rupert Posted on 10 July 2014

    Prince Rupert in Newark is a haven for ale fans

    With its exposed timber and over-hanging windows, The Prince Rupert pub is one of the most distinctive in Newark. Dating back to medieval times, the building was first licensed as a public house in 1580 when it was known as The Woolpack. Its current name makes reference to Prince Rupert who came to Newark during the English Civil War to lead the Royalist troops to victory against the Parliamentarians.

    Today, the beautifully-restored pub is full of cosy snugs, wooden beams and period furniture – including impressive church pews and a traditional wooden bar. Despite its age, the building is incredibly light and has been tastefully decorated with muted colours and

  • bistrot Posted on 07 July 2014

    Bon Anniversaire to Nottingham’s Bistrot Pierre

    Bistrot Pierre, one of Nottingham’s best-loved restaurants, will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary on 27th July so I thought it was an appropriate time to shout about my recent visit to sample their mouth-watering summer menu and superb new-look premises which opened following a major refurbishment earlier this year.

    The grand looking former bank, set in the hustle and bustle of Milton Street, first opened its doors in 1994 and was proudly the first bistro of this now popular portfolio of 11 – soon to be 12 – restaurants. I visited on a buzzing Friday evening in the city, settling into a table for two on the first floor, and I

  • Fond memories of Vickeh Market's Hot Pea Man Stall Posted on 05 July 2014

    It just wasn’t to ‘pea’ in the Vicceh Market…

    Anybody from Nottingham will know of the Victoria Centre Market, most affectionately known locally as ‘Vicceh Market’.  As a small child it was a place I frequented often with my Mum, then later as a teenager when my friends and I would go to spend our pocket money on the record stall.   A sneaky lipstick or nail varnish would be a treat from the make-up stall if we had any spare change between us.

    The highlight of the Market for me though was always The ‘Hot Pea’ Man for a tub of peeled prawns or cockles, a bowl of mushy peas followed by a mug of tea.  Looking back, this probably wasn’t,

  • pippin Posted on 03 July 2014

    Get set for a scrumptious summer at Nottingham’s Park Bar

    Summer in the city of Nottingham is going to be a classy affair judging by the newly-released menu, cocktails and list of events happening at The Park Bar at Hart’s Hotel. I went over to meet the team including bar manager, Brenton to find out more.

    As I glanced through the menu, which was launched just a fortnight ago, my eye was drawn to delcious-sounding dishes such as chicken skewers served with fries and coleslaw for just £10.95 and a variety of Hart’s homemade pasta dishes at £9. And if my experience of Hart’s food is anything to go by, they’ll be scrumptious quality and locally-sourced ingredients wherever they can including

  • crow Posted on 14 June 2014

    Discovering a new type of beer at Nottingham’s Crafty Crow

    Having been a committed real ale fan for several years, I have seen its popularity explode. Beer festivals in Nottinghamshire seem to be getting bigger, better and more frequent each year while pubs are offering an increasingly diverse selection of ales, many of which are produced by small-scale brewers using traditional techniques.

    But now there’s a new kid in town – craft beer. Just like cask ales, craft beer is normally produced in small quantities by artisan brewers and there is an emphasis on distinctive flavours. Unlike cask, however, these beers are conditioned in the brewery and are both cold and carbonated.

    Until recently my experience of craft had been limited to Belgian

  • ed Posted on 15 May 2014

    Experience an evening of fine dining at The Clockhouse Café and Tearoom

    Tucked away in the grounds of the British Horological Society in Upton near Southwell, the aptly-named Clockhouse Café and Tearoom is a real gem of a place. By day it is a laid-back café which has built its enviable reputation around serving mouth-watering patisserie and light meals made using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

    But each month The Clockhouse transforms into a fine dining restaurant where food lovers can indulge in a range of dishes created and cooked by owner and chef Edward Halls.

    Fizz and canapes to start the meal.

    A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were given the chance to experience one of the fine dining evenings. We walked into

  • lucys2 Posted on 13 May 2014

    It’s time for tea at Lucy’s Vicarage Tearooms

    I am the first to admit that I love nothing more than a cup of tea, whether it’s a light floral infusion or a strong, comforting mug of Yorkshire.

    Someone who clearly shares my passion for a good cuppa is Lucy Jezewska who has been running Lucy’s Vicarage Tearooms since 2011. The quintessentially English tearoom is located in the sleepy village of Rolleston, close to Southwell, and offers an array of delicious blends such as orange blossom Earl Grey, refreshing peppermint and eucalyptus and of course traditional breakfast tea, all served in delicate china cups. There is also plenty to tempt non-tea drinkers including artisan coffee from local roasters Stewarts of Trent Bridge, as

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