• IMG_0874 Posted on 18 November 2014

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross re-opens to give the city more than just a great drinking experience

    Nottingham’s old music hall, the Malt Cross has been closed for the past few months while an exciting refurbishment of the building has taken place. A firm favourite with locals, the Malt Cross isn’t simply a place to purchase a pint, this place has culture and history in abundance. The refurbishment taps into this – and when I went to see it recently I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

    My guide was Matt Buck. Matt runs the Malt Cross and has been close to the work throughout. We started at the entrance to the old music hall and the changes in here are subtle but striking. It’s been given a lick of paint to

  • Behind the Red Door Posted on 07 November 2014

    Step Behind the Red Door in Nottingham

    In a beautiful Victorian building at Weekday Cross, opposite Nottingham Contemporary, you’ll find Behind the Red Door, a veritable treasure trove of gifts and the ideal place for Christmas shopping.

    Today marks the first birthday of this boutique retailer, which was established by owner Karen as an extension of her existing business The Art File, which creates beautifully designed greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap.   

    With a focus on bespoke and handmade products, the shop sources gifts from all over the world, including France, Italy, the US and Australia, as well as stocking products by Nottinghamshire makers such as Baska Designs.

    Karen says Behind the Red Door aims to

  • anna Posted on 31 October 2014

    Turning up the heat at Carluccio’s cookery evening

    Cookery is a real passion of mine, and while I don’t profess to be any kind of masterchef, I do like to experiment and try out new things on my ever-willing family!  And as a particular favourite of mine is Italian food, I was the first to put my name down when Carluccio’s in West Bridgford let us know about their cookery school evenings.

    Normally when I announce I’m turning my hand to a brand new recipe, I’m met with a certain amount of trepidation and cold sweats from my other half, but as he rightly pointed out, Carluccio’s would be holding my hand every step of the way – so

  • 32408 Stonegate Pub Posted on 28 October 2014

    A taste of America hits Nottingham as Missoula opens its doors

    When we found out in the office that The Living Room in Nottingham city centre was to close we wondered just what might replace it? We were told to expect something casual but classy, vibrant and very unique.

    So when Missoula Montana Bar & Grill proudly opened its doors at the end of September we couldn’t wait to give this new bar and restaurant a whirl.

    Our first glimpse of the new Missoula Montana was at the launch party – and we certainly were not disappointed! Fitted out in a ranch style, Missoula Montana most definitely brings a little bit of America to down town Nottingham.

    The party was a great showcase

  • 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

  • BF_2013_FFF_Logo_NegBl_89434086 Posted on 08 October 2014

    Raise a glass to the Festival Fringe Fortnight!

    Nottingham is currently in the midst of one of its largest and most eagerly awaited festivals in the calendar year – The Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival. It’s an event that draws in visitors from all over the UK and Europe, as they drool at the prospect of tasting some of the finest real ales and ciders on the market, accompanied by tasty treats and hearty freshly made delicacies. Not only can visitors enjoy the festival itself, which runs from Wednesday 8th October – Saturday 11th October, but they can also visit the many small festivals, offers and events being held around the city as part of

  • SimSpot Posted on 02 October 2014

    Take to the skies: Your chance to WIN a flight experience with SimSpot

    SimSpot’s 737 Simulator is a fixed based training device based on the 737-800NG. It is located in the centre of Nottingham at The Cornerhouse, just a few miles from Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

    The simulator is a complete replica of the inside of the Boeing 737 cockpit and every dial, button, switch and instrument is fully functional, just like in a real aircraft. The Simulator is controlled from their instructor station where variations can be made to factors such as the weather, position, time of day, fuel loads, re-positioning, recording approaches, and simulating faults such as engine failures at all speeds, avionic and hydraulic failures.

    This competition has now closed.

  • 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

  • southwell Posted on 18 September 2014

    Southwell Minster takes a starring role in TV show Flog it!

    In today’s guest blog, Sarah Payne from the Tourist Information Centre in Southwell writes about the excitement caused when TV crews descended on the town to film a new episode of Flog it! which will be aired on Friday afternoon. 

    Earlier this year BBC’s antique shop Flog It visited Southwell to film for its forthcoming series. The interest and range of items brought to the experts was of such interest and high quality that not one but five programmes were made. The first of these will be shown on BBC1 this Friday (26th September) at 4.30pm.

    Filming took place in Southwell Minster in January when 1,320 people queued with everything from paintings to

  • School holidays fun time Posted on 17 September 2014

    Be a farmer for the day at White Post Farm

    Notts residents Ralph, Jackie and four-year-old Leo Thursfield paid a visit to White Post Farm. Find out what they thought in this guest blog written by Ralph . . . 

    Having received a personal recommendation and with a discerning, demanding four-year-old in our care, we set of for a day at White Post Farm.

    Situated north of the city of Nottingham, just off the A614 at Farnsfield, the journey was easy. There is ample free parking and the sign posting is really good, I wondered why we had never visited here before.

    Go-karting at White Post Farm.

    This truly was a great day out. From an enthusiastic welcome to the kind attitude of

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