What To Do With Boys In Nottingham

Boys!! Keeping any child entertained through the Summer Holidays will always be a challenge but keeping a boy entertained is another level altogether. What is it with their restless souls and their endless desire to be doing something? There are only so many times you can get him to mow the lawn or send him…

The 5 Best Sunday Roasts In Nottingham

The Traditional Sunday Roast To the French we are the ‘Rosbifs’ (Roast Beef) because of our love of a good roast dinner – goodness knows why they take offence when we nick-name them ‘frogs’! And, for centuries it has been the UK’s national dish, since the days when folk would drop their joint of meat…

Nottingham Parks – Which One’s Are Worth Your Picnic?

Nottingham Parks – But Which One’s? Maybe you’re a tourist in Nottingham, wanting to find some green space? Or maybe you’re a local and just don’t venture beyond your immediate town that often? Whatever, it’s Summer and we should all be making the most of these patches of turf that this fine city has to…

Son of Steak, Nottingham

Jamie Oliver told me to go and get some flat iron steak from the butchers. He also said they might call it feather steak too. But, after leaving 3 boucherie’s empty handed I nearly had Joules on the phone to classify┬áher husband as a liar (although she already knew that cos he never cooks naked)….

Top 5 Coffee Spots In Nottingham

There’s the budding actress wielding a takeaway cup with a lip-stained rim and the baristas phone number on the sleeve. Then you have the suitcase-sipper who views every cup of coffee as a mini holiday : there with their morning paper, hogging the chair with the best view that they might as well have put…

Turtle Bay, Nottingham. A Caribbean Nosh-Up!

Turtle Bay – Nottingham With their one allotted suitcase many Caribbean’s left the warm shores of their home islands and followed an advert across the Ocean to Nottingham. It promised work in post-war Britain, hospitals for the women and coal-mining for the men. But whatever the skills they brought with them, none compare to the…

Clumber Park – The Weird & The Wonderful

A tunnel of lofty Lime tree’s greet you as soldiers, and like a Lilliputian under the belly of a centipede we drove beneath the giant green canopy towards Clumber Park. The Clumber estate was once owned by the Dukes of Newcastle (think Civil War not Geordie Shore) and covers a vast 3,800 acres. You’d struggle…

Nottingham’s Five Best Burgers

What can I say – I like Burgers! I won’t lie – I eat a lot of Burgers. On a walk in Derbyshire the other day, the cows gave me a wide berth and whispered, in cow accent , “Doris, that’s her!” It’s a nice hobby to have. One which takes great skill and dedication,…

Nottingham – A Family Mini-Break

Mini – Break Worthy? Parking itself right in the middle of the country, Nottingham definitely gets 10/10 for location – only 2 hours from London or Manchester, a mere 3 from Newcastle or Bristol, what’s your excuse not to make a trip? Recently awarded a UNESCO city of Literature and named by The Times and…

Tea and Tittle-tattle on the Cromford Canal – A Fun Family Day Out.

Cromford Canal Canals span our country like the veins of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Grooves dug by men of bygone days to shift cargo by boat destined for greater proposals. Nowadays the surviving watercourses of Britain have a more leisurely raison d’etre; namely, houseboats, barge holidays (basically a floating pub-crawl) and day trips. The latter…

Revolucion De Cuba Bar & Restaurant – Nottingham

The Past… HB Pencils and Deep Sea Fishing… that’s what I think of every time I walk in this Nottingham joint. My hubby thinks of walking in Derbyshire when he plays Fifa, my friend always wants a churros when anyone mentions B&Q, and I think of Deep Sea Fishing and pencils when the word ‘Cuba’…

Put On Your Gladrags Nottingham

A Night Out In Nottingham Recently my sister and her other half came to cat-sit for us whilst we tootled off to Copenhagen. They’d be here for the weekend and wanted to sample Nottingham night-life. Channelling my inner Rain Man I set to, writing a to-do list that would make the phonebook blush, a challenge…

Inferno Pizza – Nottingham

Inferno Pizza There are dozens of places to go for a quick bite in Nottingham – those times when you’re so hungry even ‘Wimpy’ in the Broadmarsh Centre makes your mouth water! Don’t do it!!! Skip to Inferno instead – on Milton street, opposite the Victoria Centre old train station clock. The claim is their…

The Sky-Trail High Ropes – Holmepierre Pont Country Park

Sky-Trail High Ropes Rule! Having 3 kids can be an expensive affair, even taking them out for coffee and cake can call upon you to sell a lung. So, during the Summer Holidays, I’m forever looking for activities that don’t break the bank. The Sky-Trail High Ropes at Holmepierre Pont Country Park ticks this box….

RUB Smokehouse – Nottingham

Don’t Want To Cook! 5 years ago, in Williamsburg New York, we were treated to an evening at a hip foodie BBQ restaurant, where the tables were long and the meat was ordered by the pound. My mouth waters at the thought of those ribs and that brisket, so we returned home and set about…