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THE ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES NEW MENUS AND CHARITY INITIATIVE IN TIME FOR SUMMER

The advent of summer can only mean one thing - new menus being launched to augment sunny days and balmy evenings. Premium bar and restaurant The Alchemist has announced the arrival of its much anticipated new food and cocktail menus. Now available in all venues, the new menus will cover breakfast and brunch right through to dinner and after ...

EATERY REVIEW: LAS IGUANAS, DERBY

With temperatures set to soar over the coming week just in time for the nice long bank holiday weekend, you’re probably on the lookout for a good eatery. You know, the sort of place where you can lounge at leisure whilst tucking into an al fresco supper. Look no further than Las Iguanas Derby, whose new ...

BREWERY EXPERIENCE DAY, BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN, NOTTINGHAM

I am partial to a good pint. I've been championing restaurants to do more beer-matching (more on that in a different post) and being the curious soul that I am, always wondered exactly how beer is brewed. Desktop research is one thing (thank you Mr Google and Ms Wikipedia for your knowledgeable input), but I ...

SANDWICHES TO CELEBRATE DURING BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK

What is your favourite food to eat in the entire world? Tough one, isn’t it, when you’re only allowed to choose one? My portable food of choice is the humble sandwich. You can prepare in advance (I always transport sliced cucumber and tomato and insert into the sandwich just before eating to avoid a sorry ...

REVIEW: BRUNCH, GUSTO, WEST BRIDGFORD, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary*  I first became aware of the term 'brunch' around a decade ago. It has in reality been in existence since the late 19th century when a British writer dude called Guy Beringer first alluded to the word 'brunch' in his 1895 essay. A portmanteau of 'lunch' and 'brunch' might ...

NADIYA HUSSAIN, NIGEL SLATER AND JAY RAYNER SCOOP PRIZES AT THE FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS 2018

- Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards Winners Announced - Foodie royalty was out in force for the sixth annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink awards hosted by Claudia Winkleman. The highlight of the food and drink calendar, the prestigious awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, presenters, image-makers and personalities working in the industry ...

CELEBRATION CAKE & WINE: A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

This is a very special feature, in that I’m writing about two of my favourite things; cake and dessert wine. I have a sweet tooth,  I can never say “NO” to cake, and I always prefer the sweetest wine pairing even with my main. I’m unsure why I haven’t written this feature before, I guess I’m ...

REVIEW: AFTERNOON TEA, SWATCH BAR AND LOUNGE, CROWNE PLAZA, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary* What do you do when you fancy a treat? When I’m in the depths of despair (a pronounced feeling of late as I plot my third novel – why aren’t my characters behaving?), I take myself off to afternoon tea. There is something so thoroughly comforting and special about the ...

ARTISAN-FEST MANCHESTER TO ROCK YOUR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

You'd be forgiven for not keeping track of the dates, I mean, we're in May already - MAY! I hadn't realised a more-precious-than-gold-dust bank holiday was soon to be upon us, until a few days ago. If you haven't got anything planned to celebrate this long weekend and the promise of sun (finally) making an appearance, ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: GUSTO, WEST BRIDGFORD, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary* When was the last time you leapt for joy? It could be a physical, or metaphorical uptick in emotion. The last time my heart did a little skippity-do-dah was when I discovered that Gusto was opening a new restaurant in Nottingham. Having dined at all eight of their eateries in ...

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