• photo (7) Posted on 19 November 2013

    Lose yourself in the romantic surroundings of Byron’s Brasserie

    Last week I paid a visit to the newly opened Byron’s Brasserie, located at the picturesque Colwick Hall Hotel. When I received the invitation to give Nottinghamshire’s latest restaurant a try, I understandably jumped at the opportunity, given that Lord Byron is one of the county’s most iconic figures whose poetry has delighted people around the world for more than 200 years.

    As soon as you step foot in the door of Byron’s Brasserie, you are swept into a setting of period features, crossed with modern furniture and vintage décor. The mixture is clever and perfect for a restaurant seeking to capture the atmosphere and mood of 17th century England. Comfy seating in the

  • UrbanOutfitters4 Posted on 16 November 2013

    The wait is over . . . excitement as Urban Outfitters opens in Nottingham!

    Urban Outfitters, which opened its 40th shop in the city’s Victoria Centre yesterday, has legions of fans and is known for its retro-inspired clothing and quirky accessories.

    And if you go to Nottingham’s new Urban Outfitters this weekend make sure you look out for two pieces of vintage furniture which form part of the store’s distinctive décor.

    Inside the new store.

    The shop features two unique sofas from none other than Nottingham’s Danish Homestore. The firm, which is on Derby Road, specialises in classic Danish design and it has supplied the fashion store with a 1958 sofa designed by Erik Severin Hansen for Slagelse as well as a stunning Børge Mogensen-designed

  • Debbie Bryan's shop on St Mary's Gate Posted on 15 November 2013

    New York visit proves inspirational for designer Debbie Bryan

    If you have ever visited Debbie Bryan’s Studio and Shop in the Lace Market you will know that it is full of hand-crafted jewellery and beautiful items of homeware and ceramics, not to mention luxurious scarves made from lambswool, cotton and mohair.

    Designer Debbie Bryan.

    Debbie, who set up her studio practice in 2006 followed by her shop in 2009, draws many of her ideas from heritage craft techniques, particularly Nottingham’s lace-making tradition, and she was recently given the chance to showcase her work during a trip to New York.

    Not only that but she also came back brimming with new ideas for her St Mary’s Gate shop.

    Debbie travelled to New

  • imageedit_3_7749327443 Posted on 13 November 2013

    The Cumin restaurant scoops the Best in Midlands Award

    Yesterday (12th November) was a special day for the Cumin restaurant as they were awarded with the Best in Midlands Award of Excellence from Pat Chapman’s Cobra Good Curry Guide. The celebration became even more spectacular after we found out that of the 9,000 Indian restaurants in the UK, only 16 in England, two in Scotland and two in Wales have achieved the high standard of excellence the Cobra Good Curry Guide requires to enter ‘The Best’ category in their exclusive guide.

    The doors of the Cumin restaurant opened for the guests at 7pm welcoming everyone with a lovely raspberry cocktail prepared specially for the evening by

  • Coffee1 Posted on 12 November 2013

    We go behind the scenes at artisan coffee roasters Stewarts of Trent Bridge

    Inside an unassuming building near Trent Bridge, a huge metal drum which looks a bit like an industrial washing machine is whirring. Green coffee beans from Brazil, Colombia and other far-flung places are going through the 15-minute roasting process before they emerge as the dark, aromatic ones we all enjoy in our morning brew.

    I had gone to visit the team at Stewarts of Trent Bridge, an artisan coffee roaster committed to producing fresh, hand-roasted beans. Although the founder Stewart Falconer has been roasting coffee in Nottingham for the past 30 years, the company has recently undergone a re-brand and is continuing to expand into new venues in the East

  • New Leaf Spa, pool Posted on 11 November 2013

    A day of rest and relaxation at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa

    My mother’s birthday was dawning and I needed to treat her as it was a celebratory number – the big six-zero. The evening before, I revealed to her that I would be taking her to the New Leaf Spa at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa near Worksop in the north of the county for a relaxing day, chilling out round the pool, lounging in the sauna and will also receive an exquisite Kamatan Hot Poultice treatment. Needless to say, she was over the moon.

    On our arrival, we were welcomed by attentive staff who talked us through our day. We were shown around the spa and chose our lunch before being left

  • Nottm BID Independent comp winners - FINAL (3) Posted on 08 November 2013

    Celebrating Nottingham’s top independent businesses

    Nottingham is well-known for its independent businesses and every year the team at the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) runs an awards scheme to celebrate the best in the city. Here Geoff Williams, director of the Nottingham BID and owner of The Tokenhouse on Bridlesmith Gate, writes about this year’s winners.

    Hockley shop Page 45, which specialises in graphic novels, has been named Nottingham’s favourite independent business for the second year running in a competition run by the Nottingham BID.

    The first stage of the competition was a public vote, after which the top ten were visited by a panel of judges, including Jennifer Spencer, who is Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire. The judges visited

  • New Art Exchange Posted on 06 November 2013

    Your vote could help New Art Exchange create an Art Solar Garden

    New Art Exchange (NAE), a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Nottingham’s Hyson Green, is in the running for a grant which will allow it to create an innovative Art Solar Garden – and it needs your help to make it happen!

    The gallery, which is the largest space in the UK outside of London dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts, has been shortlisted in the People’s Millions, a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with ITV.

    The project will go head-to-head with a Royal British Legion project in Mickelover, Derby on 25th November and if it is successful in getting the most votes,

  • In Notts We Love To Put Our Feet Up Posted on 29 October 2013

    Put your feet up at Maluwa Holistic Therapies

    When I heard Maluwa Holistic Therapies had not only opened a salon (in addition to their events business) but also had reflexology on the menu, I was over to see them in a flash. In fact my feet were so excited they couldn’t get there fast enough themselves.

    Now what better way to relax after exploring the sights of Nottinghamshire or exploring the shops of Nottingham city centre than a luxurious spa treatment? Even better, how about one that soothes every inch of your feet, ankles and more? I can’t recommend reflexology enough. Having only had it previously overseas whilst on holiday, with a non-English speaking therapist, I knew I loved

  • PlayhousePanto Posted on 25 October 2013

    WIN tickets to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Nottingham Playhouse

    The pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse is one of the highlights of the festive season and if you’re a fan then make sure you enter our competition to WIN a family ticket to the show.

    This year’s glittering production is Jack and the Beanstalk and it stars the fabulous and well-loved Kenneth Alan Taylor as Dame Daisy. Kenneth has been involved in the Playhouse pantomime for the past 30 years, often writing it, directing it and performing in it. But make sure you get your tickets early because this will be your last chance to see him as dame after he announced his retirement earlier this year.

    Kenneth will be joined by panto favourites John

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