• review Posted on 10 October 2017

    Just What The Botanist Ordered

    West Bridgford was the latest UK town to welcome artisan bistro The Botanist to their streets this month. Coming from an award winning franchise, which boasts branches in London’s Sloane Square, York, and Manchester, we at Visit Nottinghamshire had been highly anticipating The Botanist’s arrival and certainly weren’t disappointed!

    Located just ten minutes from Nottingham city centre on the town’s main thoroughfare Bridgford Road, The Botanist is a complimentary addition to the existing strip of bars and restaurants, which offer a relaxed and chic night out for those seeking an alternative to the city centre bustle.

    Along with stunning cocktails and delicious food, the sumptuous

  • IMG_9481 with Arrow Posted on 04 October 2017

    Top Tips from a Nottingham Native with Hello Notts Tours

    When visiting a new city it can be easy to feel like you’re barely touching the ground. The history, the quirks, and the best hidden gems can all lurk just out of sight, unless you know the right people that is.

    If you’re spending more than a day in Nottingham, we recommend starting off your stay with a guided tour, and who better than a native who knows the city like the back of his hand.

    For Bryn Tomlin of Hello Notts, what began as a simple passion for Nottingham’s culture and history has now become a vocation. We spoke to him about how his interest developed and to pick up a few little

  • curry in nottingham Posted on 19 September 2017

    Dinner at Cosmo Nottingham

    Everyone has days when they’re not sure what we fancy for dinner and on Wednesday last week that’s exactly how I felt after I left the office. I couldn’t make up my mind whether I felt like cooking and if I did, what I wanted to cook.

    After some deliberations me and my date decided to head to Cosmo knowing that we’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of fresh food under one roof. I’m a huge Japanese food fan and Cosmo is famous for their teppanyaki chefs, as well as a selection of delicious sushi. We were both excited to mix and match our favourite dishes from around the world.

  • BromleyHouseS-01 Posted on 08 September 2017

    Discovering The Secrets of Bromley House Library

    Despite the world becoming increasingly digitalised, our appreciation of good old paper and ink is gradually growing. The forces of technology are not deterring bibliophiles and bookworms from declaring their love for the treasured practice of browsing bookshelves and getting lost in print.

    Literary legends Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe all resided in Nottingham and the city’s spirit was fused into their words and rebellious ideologies. And it seems ink still runs in our veins: the strength of the city’s contemporary literary scene led to Nottingham being named UNESCO City of Literature in 2015.

    So where in Nottingham can you find yourself surrounded by

  • 20170812_160828 Posted on 06 September 2017

    Cake and dinosaurs at Debbie Bryan

    Looking for an afternoon out with the kids which the whole family can genuinely enjoy?

    It’s not often we go somewhere for kids craft which also ticks all the boxes of my ideal afternoon out, but a crafternoon tea for kids at Debbie Bryan was a real treat for all of us.

    Set in the heart of the Lace Market in Nottingham, Debbie Bryan is a shop, studio, tea room and all round creative space, with an amazing array of events and hands-on workshops throughout the year. We visited in the summer to try out a new range of craft activities for children, taking my two boys aged three and one to

  • Sherwood Pines Cycling MED Posted on 30 August 2017

    OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4: Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire

    North Nottinghamshire is a beautiful part of the county with expansive countryside waiting to be explored, an array of interesting and exciting attractions to visit and excellent cycle routes popular with every level of cyclist. For ideas on where to stop off for food and drink, please read part one of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain blog here.

    Cycle Routes

    Clumber Park Cycle Route, Worksop

    Clumber Park is a National Trust Property with an expansive parkland, farmland and woodland covering over 3800 acres. It was once the seat of the Duke of Newcastle, and now offers colourful scenery throughout the year, thanks to the wide variety of types of trees and its

  • SAM_1233 Posted on 29 August 2017

    OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4: Places to Eat & Drink in North Nottinghamshire

    North Nottinghamshire offers an array of delightful eateries, whether you are looking for an atmospheric dinner, a coffee break or even a sweet treat, the county makes sure you won’t go without whilst visiting for this exciting race. For ideas on things to do and places to visit, please read part two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain blog here.

    Cafes & Restaurants

    Ollerton Watermill & Teashop, Newark

    A recently restored watermill that houses a Visitor Centre and Teashop, situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest. Dating back to 1713 and being the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire, this treasure offers the perfect tea and cake stop, combined with a piece of Nottinghamshire heritage. Read

  • hart's nottingham Posted on 18 August 2017

    Celebrate National Photography Day in Nottingham

    Saturday 19th August sees the return of a celebration for all those selfie lovers out there – the National Photography Day – and we couldn’t miss this great opportunity to share some of our favourite snaps taken around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and posted on Instagram using #lovenotts.

    Without further ado, here is our top 5 photos taken by lovely people of Instagram.

    1. Nottingham’s Lace Market is rich not only in history, quirky shops and cafes, but also in urban art. This photo shows a great example of Lace Market’s street art displayed on the building where Nottingham College and a host of new media and PR companies are based. A collective or artists from

  • Naturescape Posted on 10 August 2017

    Explore | Stay | Eat | Play | South Nottinghamshire (Part Two)

    Following on from last week’s blog on where to eat and stay in South Nottinghamshire, we present part two – profiling more of the area’s great independent businesses. This week we bring you the best places to pick up delicious local produce (perfect for picnickers and those in self-catering accommodation) and some great alternative days out.

    S H O P

    Harker’s Farm Shop (Clipston-on-the-Wolds near Keyworth)

    A finalist in the prestigious FARMA Awards (Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association), Harker’s is a gem of local produce in the Nottinghamshire countryside, selling lots of delicious produce including meat, vegetables, delicious sauces, fresh bread, fish, local honey, jams, chutneys, free

  • A Pint of Castle Rock Ale Posted on 04 August 2017

    Ales & Trails: 10 of Nottingham’s Greatest Beer & Ale Attractions

    Nottingham has had a longstanding love affair with ale and beer. When the sandstone caves which lay beneath the city were first dug in the medieval era, they were quickly discovered to be the perfect temperature for brewing and storing ale, and so began a dedicated passion for folk of Nottingham.

    Mash Tun at Castle Rock Brewery

    Known throughout the country for its excellent brews, even in the 17th century word got around. Cecilia Fiennes, a traveller whose expeditions are well noted in her published journals, spoke of visiting the cellars at the Crown Inn (now thought to be one of Nottingham’s oldest pubs The Salutation Inn).

    She wrote,

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