A few weeks ago, on a (partly-sunny) Sunday, Luke & I popped down to Hardwick Hall, just outside of Nottingham and checked out the Great British Food Festival. This is where Oasis’ crazy little shop-on-wheels Bessie The Bus was based for a stop of her giant tour of Great Britain! She’s been on the road since the 17th of May and is hitting up 250 stops on her tour, so see if you can catch her – it’s a whole load of cuteness.
This weekend I was invited down to Revolution Hockley to give their new street-food inspired ‘Revolution Kitchen’ menu a try. We all know ‘Vodka Revs’ as the place of 1000 different types of vodka and your average high-end pub food with 50% off Mondays. These guys are breaking out of the mould and actually giving their menu some extra thought. This new menu is based on the ‘foodie scenes of New York and San Francisco’ and we all know street-food is seriously on trend right now. I was excited to give it a go, and *spoiler alert* – I was really impressed!
It’s easy for Sundays to become just a day of errands, sorting boring jobs out and prepping for the week but this week we decided to actually do something with our day! We headed off to The Depot Climbing Centre and had a little rock climbing sesh then onto the Ugly Bread Bakery in Hockley for some lunch. We hadn’t been there before but their Instagram snaps always look so tasty we headed down to check it out today.
On Wednesday morning an email popped into my inbox inviting me to the opening press night of Red’s True Barbecue in Nottingham on Thursday evening. To say I was excited would be an understatement. We’ve been hot on this place’s heels for months now, ever since we saw the signs going up for a new barbecue establishment in the centre of town! I hadn’t heard of Red’s before but Luke had assured me that it’s awesome as they already have places in Leeds and Manchester and we started social media stalking them like nothing else!
This little lady had been on my radar for a while since I discovered her awesome Instagram account – Lady Bee’s Nails is ran by a gal called Brittany and she is definitely Nottingham’s answer to WAH nails! She’s at Code Hair & Beauty Salon on Trinity Walk in Nottingham on Friday & Saturdays. At the weekend I’d had enough of chipped nasty nails that are ruined after you just trying and get something out of your handbag! Even the toughest top coat won’t keep my nails looking nice so I decided that I’d treat myself to having my nails done again with a little Christmas money that had been burning a hole in my pocket. I popped along on Saturday and indulged in these amazing mermaid nails, what do you think? Check out Britt’s Instagram for some serious nails-spo. I can’t wait to go back and get a new design, what shall I get next time?
200 Degrees is the newest coffee house to hit Nottingham and it’s the reason I’ll never be going to Starbucks or Costa ever again! You just have to walk past it to realise that it’s not your average coffee shop or cafe, it’s a totally new entity full of amazing homemade food, the best coffee in town and truly friendly staff. They also have a Barista School, they roast their own coffee and have been supplying other coffee shops in Nottingham for a while before they started their own coffee shop. Check them out on Instagram too for some serious caffeine-induced eye candy. Also, definitely try the ham, leek & chilli jam panini, it’s insanely good. Leeks in a sandwich? Trust me.
I’m sure you’ve all read my scathing review of the new Low n Slow Smokehouse in Nottingham – Jim’s Smokehouse. If not, you can read it here! Anyway, it was completely truthful and I meant every word because it was truly awful and I didn’t have a nice time. But, I appreciated that it was a very busy night for them and they were probably overwhelmed by the whole ordeal BUT that is no excuse for poor quality meat and bad cooking.
When we saw an ad on Facebook for a ‘Free BBQ Opening Night’ at Jim’s Smokehouse, a new southern American BBQ restaurant it looked like a good destination for a cheeky after work dinner! I mean, who doesn’t love a) a free dinner and b) Texas BBQ food. We’re talking beef brisket, burgers, ribs and chicken. Jim’s Smokehouse has recently opened in the Lace Market area of Nottingham and is described as a Texas Smokehouse in which everything is cooked Low ‘n’ Slow.
Annie’s Burger Shack is one of those mysterious places that you hear about along the grapevine, the town is always full of rumours about how incredible the food is and how much you need to go there to experience the cool atmosphere. Annie’s has recently moved to bigger premises (they’ve been open since 2009!) and is now in the heart of the Lace Market in Nottingham, a short walk from the town centre. Luke and I ventured there the other night on an impromptu whim after a cheeky pint because our tummies were talking and we needed a proper burger! Because we didn’t book we had to sit outside and were not given table service, we just had to order at the bar. This was absolutely zero problem because the weather was really warm and we’ve got no problems going up to order our food!
Today I’m reviewing a little place that I’ve wanted to go for a while now as I’ve always loved the way that it looked and the branding and the general feel of the place looked great so at the weekend I ventured along with the intention of doing a little review to see if it was up to scratch to recommend on next week’s Grazia regional blogger feature – #WhatToDoThisWeek, where I give people the heads up about somewhere fab to go in Nottingham for the coming week.