• st james Posted on 02 June 2016

    Guest blog from our competition winner, Natasha.

    Back in November and December, we ran a very exciting competition to win one of five breaks here in Nottinghamshire. The winner of the City Penthouse Suite Stay for two scooped an evening meal at the Hart’s Restaurant and, as the name of the prize suggests, a penthouse stay at St James Hotel. Today we’re excited to hear from the winner of this amazing stay – Natasha. Let’s see how she got on.

    I have just returned from a weekend away in Nottingham, thanks to winning Experience Nottinghamshire’s Christmas prize which included a night in the Penthouse Suite at St James’ Hotel and a dinner at Hart’s Restaurant.

    The Penthouse Suite at St James Hotel was amazing, and we felt

  • Hart's - Wild Sea Bass Posted on 27 May 2016

    The best in fine dining and a warm welcome at Hart’s, Nottingham

    Hart’s Restaurant has been well established as the premier fine dining experience in Nottingham for many years. Just the mention of Hart’s evokes reactions among locals like ‘ooh my favourite’, ‘the best restaurant around’ or ‘what’s the special occasion?’  I have to say, for me it is the go to place for a real treat so when my colleague Sarah and I we were invited over to sample the latest lunch menu we were both more than happy to oblige.

    Hart’s entrance

    Hart’s Restaurant is located next door to the luxury boutique Hart’s

  • nottingifs-01 Posted on 26 May 2016

    Celebrating Nottingham’s Most Popular Attractions With Animated GIFs

    A series of ten fun animations, which celebrate some of Nottinghamshire’s best-loved institutions, have been spreading like wildfire across social media. Featuring references to everything from Batman’s home at Wollaton Hall to the selfie-magnet that is the famous Robin Hood statue – they celebrate all that’s great about our county.

    In this special guest post for Experience Nottinghamshire, Lydia from Skeleton – the team behind the GIFs – explains what motivated them to pay their quirky tribute to Notts:

    Wollaton Hall, with its grand Elizabethan front and rolling deer park.

    Market Square, which transforms from sweltering summer fair to glittering winter wonderland and back again.

    The statue of our favourite outlaw Robin Hood, where countless group shots and selfies are

  • Caves in the dark - low res Posted on 23 May 2016

    Discover the Nottinghamshire hidden beneath our feet

    The Royal Geographical Society have chosen Nottingham’s cave network as one of their Great British landscape highlights on their national ‘Discovering Britain’ walking trial.

    Nottinghamshire’s Caves have been a big part of the city and county’s history and heritage for centuries and we have lots of different ways for you to explore them.

    City of Caves

    Explore the Nottingham’s original man-made caves found under the cobbles of some of the city’s most famous streets, including the infamous Drury Hill. Discover how the caves were built into the sandstone rock and how Nottingham dwellers came to call them home.

    Nottingham Castle

    Nottingham Castle contain’s one of the city’s best known historic sites – Mortimer’s Hole. Let Robin

  • 3 Posted on 20 May 2016

    Trying out the great British menu at George’s

    Having eaten George’s delicious takeaway food before, I was told by friends that I needed to get myself booked into the restaurant as I would be overwhelmed by the choice available.

    Our delicious tapas

    I knew that George’s had recently re-branded to highlight their yummy great British menu, and that they’d introduced a British tapas option, so there seemed like no better time to go. Booking is really important – this place is sooo popular, and you’d hate to get to the door and be told that there’s a waiting time.

    Sipping a chilled Kir Royale at the bar, surrounded by stunning high ceilings, glistening chandeliers and seaside beach huts (you can

  • Glee Club Nottingham review Posted on 17 May 2016

    Canalside Chuckles at the Glee Club Nottingham

    After a long week, a trip to the Glee Club Nottingham seemed like the perfect way to start the weekend, promising food, fun and plenty of laughs of a Friday evening.

    Located an easy walk from Nottingham’s railway station, on the banks of the canal, this well respected comedy and music hub is nestled inside the spacious interior of the former British Waterways Building – meaning there’s plenty of room inside to spread out and grab a drink or a bite to eat, before the main entertainment gets going.

    I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the actual comedy. My only previous experience of this type of event was a grubby,

  • IMG_1512 Posted on 13 May 2016

    New Massive Tastes at Revolution Hockley

    Revolution Hockley have launched some new ‘Massive Tastes’ on their summer menu, just in time for the arrival of the (hopefully) sunny weather. Along with their new dishes, the restaurant has introduced a midweek ’15 minute lunch promise’  which means good news for lunch breakers who are tight on time – if your lunch doesn’t arrive within a quarter of an hour, Revolution will waive the bill.  However, in it’s prime location on bohemian Broad Street in the heart of independent Nottingham, Revolution is the perfect place to relax over a long, indulgent lunch – which is exactly what we did.

    Natalie:

    It was only right that I try one of the new dishes

  • eden Posted on 06 May 2016

    A Slice of Heaven at Eden Hall Day Spa

    My Mum and I set out on a sunny spring morning in April en route to the glorious Eden Hall Day Spa. A luxurious day of relaxation and pampering lay ahead of us, the pure notion making me decidedly mellow days before hand!

    We are old hands at Eden Hall, treating ourselves to a couple of trips each year. Time seems to stand still every time you visit this marvelous spa; upon entering you are transported into an oasis of calm and tranquility. The moment that dressing gown and slippers are put on the stresses of everyday life always seem to just melt away!
    Yet this visit

  • newark Posted on 04 May 2016

    Explore Newark and Sherwood this May

    Now that the weather is hopefully going to improve – it’s May after all – our thoughts turn to days out and places to visit, and you don’t have to travel far, as there are lots of exciting events taking place in Newark and the Sherwood Forest area.

    If it’s history that interests you, then look no further than Newark. This year is the 370th anniversary of the fall of Newark during the English Civil War, and on Sunday 8th May (the actual date of the surrender in 1646) Royalist troops will return to the castle. The final acts of a terrible six month siege will be played out as

  • Arsher Ali by Faceiro Posted on 28 April 2016

    Arsher Ali shares his favourite places in Notts

    We can’t wait to watch to the series finale of BBC Two’s gripping drama Line of Duty tonight – not least because of the homegrown talent in the cast! We caught up with Basford native Arsher Ali to talk all things Notts.

    What do you and your family like to get up to in Notts when you’re not busy filming?

    I have an office in town – so I spend as much time as I can with my friend and writing partner, Hugh Dichmont.

    Other than that – my visits to Nottingham are to my Mum’s house or the other most important place in Nottingham… the City Ground.

    Do you have any favourite places to eat

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