Merchants Restaurant, Nottingham


We visited Merchants Restaurant in the Lace Market Hotel on the Saturday before Valentines Day as an early Valentines dinner. Therefore like my previous post this is quite late so I apologise for any differences.

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Sinatra Bar & Restaurant, Nottingham


Yesterday evening we went to Sinatra’s as a second celebration of Keith’s birthday with his mum, stepdad and brother. We’d not been to Sinatra’s for years since the first time we’d been to celebrate our anniversary in October 2013. That makes it at least 3 years since!

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Return to ZAAP Thai Street Food, Nottingham


Its been about 8 months since our last visit to ZAAP! We decided to visit on Keith’s birthday as an impromptu visit. Upon entry it still looks as busy as ever even though it was a weekday evening. We were seated quite promptly in one of the rickshaw tables.

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The Trent Lock by Vintage Inns, Long Eaton


In the interests of trying out more places close to where we live we thought we’d try The Trent Lock today. Its a pub thats located at Trent Lock, a major waterway junction where canals and rivers meet. Its run by Vintage Inns who run many pubs across the UK.

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The Bear & Lace, Nottingham


The Bear and Lace was opened in 2015 in the site of the previous Chambers Pub on Maid Marian Way. It was touted as a high end Champagne bar. I’d not personally heard about it until last year when a colleague said she was holding her engagement party there. I then booked it for the department office Christmas party on Friday the 16th of December 2016. I’ve also had my leaving do there yesterday evening (Friday the 6th of January 2017). As I have 2 separate events there I shall write this in 2 sections.

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Rye Cafe Bar, Beeston Nottingham


We visited Rye with some friends for breakfast on the Sunday the 4th of December 2016. Its a cafe I’d heard a lot about on Facebook courtesy of some Beeston groups I follow. As our friends live in Beeston we thought we’d try it!

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Griddle and Shake, Nottingham


On Saturday the 26th of November 2016 I went to one of the newer restaurants the Lace Market has to offer, Griddle and Shake which opened early in November. The restaurant is owned by Michelin trained chef, Ed Halls. On this occasion my husband and I went with our friend who was back in Nottingham for a quick visit. I’d been recommended this restaurant by a work colleague who really enjoyed her experience. Our experience wasn’t the best but its been over a month since we’d been so hopefully its improved since then.

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The Marina Cafe by Mason and Mason, Long Eaton


As we’d only moved to Long Eaton in September we’re still struggling to wean ourselves off dining in the Nottingham city centre. However, as my husband knows quite a few people in Long Eaton we’re not short of recommendations! The Marina Cafe was recommended to us by my husband’s boss. Its situated at the Sawley Marina in Long Eaton.

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The Hockley Arts Club, Nottingham


The Hockley Arts Club is a relatively new place having just opened at the end of 2015. We’d heard a lot about it but never had the chance to visit. Especially since we don’t really drink. My husband booked it for Sunday lunch one weekend as we wanted to give it a shot.

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Patisserie Valerie, Nottingham


In the middle of June I was struck by the need to go have afternoon tea. As we were walking about in the city centre I spotted the board outside Patisserie Valerie advertising their Afternoon Tea for 2. This little cafe is situated in the council house building.

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