• 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

  • Ccn8eysW4AArlby Posted on 04 March 2016

    Disabled Access Day Comes to Nottingham

    Many of us take it for granted that we can enter the places we want to, visit the attractions we enjoy, and generally not have to worry about our trips out and about exploring everything that’s there to see and do in our leisure time.

    For people with access needs, however, it can be a real struggle to find the information that is desperately needed to enjoy a problem free day out and holiday.

    Here in Nottinghamshire, we work closely with the national tourism body, VisitEngland, as well as local venues, attractions and accommodation providers, to ensure that we are able to provide as much detailed information for those with access needs as

  • 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

  • Rev de Cuba blog image Posted on 05 February 2016

    ‘Havana great time’ with Revolución de Cuba!

     

    When I think of Cuba I get that warm feeling of holidays past, beautiful Havana, rum and of course the famous Cuban cigar; a few of the iconic symbols that sum it up perfectly to me!

    If you think that Cuba is a little too far to visit though think again, as Cuba has officially landed right in the heart of Nottingham city centre! Revolución de Cuba opened its doors in December 2015 and has already firmly established itself as Nottingham’s salsa loving, cocktail making, South American gem of a bar and cantina! With an extensive range of traditional white and dark rums amongst other quality spirits and a

  • Kelham House blog image Posted on 02 February 2016

    A Winter Warmer at Kelham House Hotel

    There’s nothing quite like that quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea is there? The notion to me always conjures up bone china cups and saucers, speciality teas and of course perfectly cut sandwiches and delicious sweet delights, an absolute treat and a little escapism from the real world, if only for an afternoon.

    So when the gorgeous boutique hotel Kelham House invited us to give their Winter Afternoon Tea a whirl I was excited to indulge in a little foodie heaven in the Nottinghamshire countryside myself!

    Crunching over the gravel driveway as we arrived on a cold misty afternoon, Kelham House looked so inviting and on entering was even more

  • The Textile Emporium at the Framework Knitters Museum Posted on 28 January 2016

    Find the perfect Valentine’s gift in an unusual place

    Looking for a unique and unusual gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? The Textile Emporium at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington specialises in handmade gift items, many of which are produced by local makers.

    Everything for sale is textile-themed and includes a wide range of items such as original jewellery, distinctive purses, quirky cards and extraordinary stationery.  Popular local makers featured include Rachel Ainley Designs, Modflowers, Knitted Swimsuit, Molly’s Mum, Hattie Startin Cards and Love Lottie Knits.

    Paul Baker, Museum Manager, said “We’re proud to offer something very different, and of such high quality, in our Textile Emporium. It’s a hidden gem for shoppers looking for the perfect gift

  • 2016 highlights Posted on 15 January 2016

    2016 Nottinghamshire highlights

    We thought 2015 was a year to remember, but 2016 is set to eclipse it with the plethora of great events and activities happening across Nottinghamshire. Whether you fancy staying the night in Byron’s back yard, watching international cricket or celebrating 200 years of Nottingham’s hidden gem, you’re bound to discover something exciting to do this year.

    In early 2016 you will be able to check-in to the Gardener’s Cottage, situated in the stunning grounds of Newstead Abbey. Byron once called Newstead home and now you will too. Re-kindle the romance and explore the county from this period house, crammed with original period features.

    The Nottingham night sky will illuminate this February

  • 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

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