Here comes another hotel review for all you keen travellers! This weekend we stayed at the Risley Hall Hotel & Spa as part of a Red Letter Days gift that we received for Christmas and the hotel was so pretty I thought I’d write a little review as it’s a great location for the East Midlands.
If you’re in need of a seriously good scone or slice of amazing home baked cake then Copper is the place to head. They have three locations in Nottingham, one city centre, Mapperley and West Bridgford. I’ve been to all three and they’re all amazing. I’m here to chat all things cream tea today but their brunch, main meals and lunchtime menu are equally awesome. I really recommend heading here if you’re anywhere near and are the slightest bit hungry.
When you tell people you’ve signed up to run a 5.3k race at 5.30am in the morning, most of them look at you like you’re a bit crazy! I felt a bit crazy as I got up at 4.30am on a Friday morning ready to get in my taxi at 5am and run around Nottingham city centre at half 5 in the morning.
Run 5.30 is an annual event where you can discover your city at a totally unknown time to you by running 5.3k at 5.30 in the morning. It’s a completely different feeling to wandering around the town centre at a normal time and it’s was so cool. The event began in Modena to encourage local people to take part in some physical activity and the creators now have 13 events across Italy, 3 in the UK and 2 in the USA. How great that Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are the UK ones? I think it really puts the East Midlands on the map!
What’s better than cosying up with tea and cake on a rainy Saturday afternoon? Pretty much nothing in my opinion. We headed to Browns in Nottingham to sample the Royal Afternoon Tea which comes with all your usual Afternoon Tea goodies but with a bonus British Royale cocktail topped with juicy blackberries.
If you’re looking for a really different place for an extra special occasion then Ginza Teppanyaki is the place to go. Located on the Mansfield Road, in Sherwood, this unassuming Japanese restaurant is surprisingly awesome. If you’re in Nottingham and you like Japanese flavours, freshly cooked food and amazing service, I’d definitely recommend checking this place out.
Say hello to my favourite new trousers. They’re just like forgotten P.E kit tracksuit bottoms and they really are the comfiest things ever! Plus, they go with almost everything because, monochrome. These ASOS babies are also under £30 which is a super-bargain and are really great quality. Styled up here with my (also favourite and super comfortable) Vans Old Skool and trusty white knit.
My Saturdays have been a little crazy recently, we had our mini break to Oxford, we visited my parents back in Bath (hey, Grillstock!) and I spent a Saturday shooting some awesome photos for the blog with Anna from Pear & Bear Photography too. I love being busy but my Saturdays are always the best when they’re lazy. Usually, I head to Crossfit for 8am for an interval session and to catch up with the team there. Then, I head home, grab some breakfast and tidy round the house before we head into town for some lunch or just a coffee.
I’m a big Thai food fan but have only eaten in traditional Thai restaurants until Thaikhun and it’s arch rival Zaap landed in Nottingham. Let’s forget about the chaos of Zaap for now though because this post is all about the chilled out Thai dream that is Thaikhun.
1. The Atmosphere
I’m definitely all about the 80/20 rule when it comes to my diet where I’ll eat pretty great in the week and have a couple of treats on the weekend. This is how we should all be, it’s healthy, easy to do and lets you be in great shape without feeling guilty about having the odd cheat meal.
What better way to spend Bank Holiday Monday than with your favourite people eating some awesome food? That’s exactly how we spent our bonus day off at Jamie’s Italian Nottingham! They have a crazy good value new Super Lunch offer on at the moment which is £10.95 for two courses or a ridiculous £12.95 for three courses. An absolute steal for some seriously tasty food.