• 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 15 May 2017

    Celebrating 1 Year of Belgo in Nottingham!

    Belgo Nottingham, the brand’s first restaurant outside London, was one year old at the end of April. We went along to this unique venue in the Lace Market to celebrate with Belgian biers, rope grown mussels and other delicious treats off their brand new menu.

    Chatting to the friendly team, we were blown away to hear that in the past year the restaurant has served up more than 11,000 kilos of mussels and 15,304 bottles of beer in Nottingham alone. It is fair to say that Nottingham locals and visitors alike have fully embraced the spirit of Belgo (who serve up 52 craft beers – each accompanied by their

  • curious tavern mercure nottingham Posted on 09 May 2017

    Exploring Curious Tavern – Nottingham’s hidden gem

    The Curious Tavern is situated in Nottingham city centre’s oldest hotel, constructed in 1822, and formerly known as “The George” (now Mercure Hotel).

    Serving Starbucks coffee and offering a light, fast daytime menu, there is an addition of  great traditional tavern comfort foods with the evening offer at the Oyster and Champagne Bar serving tasty seafood delicacies.

    The decor reflects opulence of George IV’s renowned style, design of the venue has been inspired both by the historic Georgian architecture of the building combined with 21st century chic.

    Read on to find out what we thought about our recent visit to Curious Tavern.

    Sophie – As has become expected from Nottingham’s other great Curious Venues, step into The

  • North Notts Posted on 27 April 2017

    Enchanting Escapes in Robin Hood Country

    While the city offers its diverse culture of shopping, night life and international cuisine, sometimes what we really want from a weekend away is to escape the hustle and bustle and retreat into a calmer, slower way of life. Nottinghamshire has a great balance between urban cool and country charm, with the north of the county full of rolling hills, legendary forests and great activities.

    R O B I N  H O O D  C O U N T R Y

    We all know the story of Robin Hood and his exploits, but what of the ancient sprawl of mighty oaks that make up Sherwood Forest?

    Before the Ice Age the area

  • Tiffin Collage Posted on 21 April 2017

    A Top Cuppa Tea in Notts

    It’s a classic British tradition, an acceptable addiction, a pick-me-up, calm-me-down moment of tranquillity in the day. A builder’s, a brew, or as we like to say in Nottingham, a good old mash. Being a most integral factor in one’s day, we thought we’d share some of our tip top tea spots throughout the county. But before we go on, we suggest you pour yourself a pot and pair with some digestives before the mad cravings take hold.

    L E E   R O S Y ‘ S   T E A

    A late night café is a dream for anyone wishing to spend

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 20 April 2017

    Tapas at Bar Iberico Nottingham Review

    After a busy bank holiday weekend, my girlfriend and I arrived back in Nottingham and, having taken a brief break from eating chocolate, decided to venture out into the city centre to find some food.

    I’d heard a lot of very good things about Iberico World Service restaurant, which is located at the newly re-opened National Justice Musuem, but I’ve never managed to visit it myself. So I was excited to try out their new bar/restaurant.

    Located on one of the main streets in bustling Hockley, step through the doors and you’re instantly transported into a trendy Spanish tavern.

    Restaurant style tables are spread around the bar, but you can also grab a stool at

  • griddle and shake Posted on 14 April 2017

    An interview with Ed Halls – founder of Griddle & Shake Nottingham

    We sat down with Ed Halls – the founder of Griddle & Shake – to find out what inspired him to establish the restaurant in Nottingham, and to learn about its philosophy, future plans and much more.

    What inspired you to establish Griddle & Shake?

    I was inspired to start Griddle & Shake after deciding to pursue my passion for high-quality burgers. I sought to improve and revolutionise the ‘better burger’ market and its standards, and with my extensive experience from working as a chef, I was confident I had the skills to do this.

    Why did you choose to open the restaurant in Nottingham?

    I chose to open Griddle & Shake in Nottingham because

  • 200 degrees coffee shop nottingham Posted on 13 April 2017

    A great cup of coffee in Nottingham(shire)

    To celebrate UK coffee week we’ve rounded up some of our favourite coffee drinking destinations in Nottingham and the Shire. So, raise your cup and let’s get started.

    —–UK coffee week – 10th – 16th April—–

    HARTLEYS

    At this independent family run business you can treat yourself to a selection of beverages. We recommend you try a skinny cappuccino with a choice of chocolate sprinkled on top for just £2.50. You can sit down at one of the tables (inside or outside) and have your brew or if you’re in a hurry you can take it away. And if you find yourself stray to Hartleys more than once a week we recommend you

  • ye olde trip to jerusalem Posted on 10 April 2017

    10 things I love about Nottingham

    Everyone who lives in Nottinghamshire has got their own favourite places to go and ways of spending time. In today’s blog I would like to share a few of my top picks of places to visit and things I like about Nottingham. Maybe some of them will encourage you to go and enjoy them as well. I’d also like to hear about your favourite spots and things to do in your spare time so I can discover them for myself.

    1. University Park Campus – The University of Nottingham

    The University of Nottingham’s Park Campus is an oasis of peace which can be enjoyed not only by the students but also by tourists and local

  • Derby Road 5 Posted on 05 April 2017

    The Hidden Delights of Derby Road

    To make the most of your exploration of Nottingham’s city centre, a little venture off the beaten track can lead to unique encounters and rewards. We have got a thriving independent community of people cultivating their personal interests into well curated businesses, and this of course means knowledge, passion and dedication are inherent within their services. Derby Road, a sophisticated street that you might not often think to visit, has maintained a culture of local business for decades. Top notch eateries, quirky shops and some of the best beer gardens in the city… if you’ve not had the pleasure yet, we really do recommend a wander!

    B R E A K F A S

  • hggf Posted on 29 March 2017

    Lunch at Bread and Bitter

    Castle Rock Brewery is a Nottinghamshire institution, famed for its award-winning beers and fantastic pubs. With 14 pubs across the county, and many more serving its locally made beers and ales, there are plenty of opportunities to sample their top tipples. We were recently invited to try some of the food at one of their pubs, the Bread and Bitter, where we were pleased to learn that this real ale pub is as much about the food as it is about the beer.

    On a Friday in February we took a table in the conservatory area of the pub, a sun-trap on this cold but bright winters day. Dining with children

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This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

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    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

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As we prepare ourselves for Halloween and the dark months ahead, there is a great variety of events throughout Nottinghamshire that we guarantee will get you in the spirit. Discover the dark side of the city on a spooky tour, explore museums at night, or get stuck into some atmospheric storytelling. However you like to spend your…