My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Jeanie Finlay

Rufford Abbey

This week we are sharing Jeanie Finlay’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire. If you would like to share you ‘favourites’ with us, email us at or use the comment section below. You may feature on our blog and our various social media platforms.


Jeanie Finlay is a British artist and filmmaker who is obsessed with music and telling other people’s stories.

Her work includes SOUND IT OUT (75 mins) a documentary portrait of the the very last vinyl record shop in Teesside, documentaries Goth Cruise (IFC, USA) and Teenland (BBC4).

She is currently making two new feature documentaries – The Great Hip Hop Hoax and ORION: The man who would be King.

I moved to Nottingham from Teesside to study at Nottingham Trent University what feels like a long time ago. Here’s a selection of some of my favourite places in my adopted hometown. I’ve included quite a few independent shops – As I discovered while making SOUND IT OUT small shops play a vital role at the heart of a community.

Back row, screen 1, Broadway Cinema
I went to Broadway in my very first week in Nottingham and I started working behind the bar a year later. My company Glimmer Films is now based there and I’m on the board of directors. Broadway really means a lot to me, I didn’t go to film school but I feel that being in and around Broadway has been a film education. From meeting fellow film makers, hearing directors present their work and most important of all curling up on the glorious pink seats of screen 1 seeing a film.

J T Beedham Butchers in Sherwood  
As a reformed vegetarian I’m always interested in trying new food. This Polish butchers is jaw droppingly good. Knowledgable staff, locally sourced meat and delicious sausages. Marmite and black pudding anyone?

Thompson Brothers Green Grocers, Haydn Road.
Best for banter and fresh veg, a proper green grocers run by verbose identical twins.

The Music Exchange
The whole of the West End Arcade is worth perusing and The Music Exchange is a glorious vinyl haven in the city centre, run by homeless charity Framework, supporting local artists.

Bromley House Library
A hidden gem of a private library tucked away on Angel Row.  

Golden Fleece, Mansfield Road
Consistently good for papers and Sunday lunch

Asiana Hypermarket, 
For hard to find Japanese food and ingredients.

Adnan Indian & Sweets, Berridge Road  
The best somosas in Nottingham

Desi Express  
For Friday night takeaway – chicken bahari cooked on an open fire and Desi downtown for when you fancy tandoori paneer.

Sat Bains
For imaginative dining that you’ll remember the taste of years later.

Paul Smith
Tape measure stairs and decor that is imaginative as the clothing.

Vintage feel dresses off the peg or remade for you.

Nothing like a weekend walk –  
Wollaton Hall for the lake, taxidermy hall and glass jellyfish
Beeston Marina in the frost 
Nottingham Castle for a view across the city.
Camera obscura at Rufford Park

Paul Smith Auditorium at Broadway Cinema Wollaton Park by Gerry Molumby

Posted on 13 March 2012
Featured author: melissa.gueneau

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick

Nottingham We Dig The Castle

We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

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…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    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!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

unesco city of literature nottingham

Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another. Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages…