All posts tagged: cocktails

Last Minute Mexican

Convent Garden was heaving on a warm Friday evening. We couldn’t get in to our restaurant of choice as events during the week had meant a change in our schedules and we couldn’t get things back on track, so we headed out early to Convent Garden, in the hope we could bag a pre-Theatre meal without a booking. The Daughter was having a teenage thing, didn’t want “Asian” and this seemed to encompass most of the world from India to Japan,  we didn’t want Fish and Chips, or Modern European or indeed French, so as 6.30 approached the chances of a decent place having space became more remote. “How about Mexican?” – I had a moment of inspiration “that’s not Asian” (I was on the ball here you see). Deal done, we started off with a google walking map on the phone to find Cantina Laredo. Not your usual Mexican themed restaurant, aspiring to more of a “fine dining” vibe and an emphasis on Modern Mexican cuisine and the art of the Tequila. We got …

Butcher’s Steakhouse and Bar, Long Eaton, yep, Long Eaton

I’ve got nothing against Long Eaton, let me just say. I even have family there or thereabouts, but I would, I’m afraid, never, never have considered it a foodie destination. Until now. Butcher’s is a pretty upmarket steak house & cocktail bar, located in a fabulously renovated (presumably Victorian?) warehouse on a rather insalubrious back street in Long Eaton opposite a partly demolished former something or other. Although, the bright side of the location is that there is on-road parking and a pay & display a stone’s throw from the venue….and anyway once inside the distressed wood and industrial chic interior you can’t see out of the windows . We arrived at half 12 on a Saturday lunch and we were the only customers there, and remained so for nearly an hour until another table of 3 turned up.  I really, really, hope this was an aberration and not typical for a Saturday lunch (although they were full with 120 covers for the evening and so I guess that helps make up for it). The …

Poke at Black Roe, Mayfair

Well, I won a Twitter competition. I have won a few things on Twitter, a couple of books, some vouchers. This time I won the opportunity to join Black Roe in London’s Mayfair for a tasting evening. So, here’s the thing, I wasn’t able to attend on the evening due to a family illness so I thanked Black Roe and suggested they offer the prize to someone else. They didn’t take me up on that but instead offered us a complementary meal in April. And so it was that we headed to London last week for a bit of shopping, to check out my Daughter’s work placement, mooch around Borough Market and enjoy lunch at Black Roe. A big, big, thankyou to Black Roe for generously extending the prize to include all 3 of us. Black Roe is a Poke restaurant (no, I didn’t know either…. it is pronounced “pokey” btw). Poke is a traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad and Black Roe has its own dedicated Poke bar where the chef prepares the fish from …

Don’t think I’ll be “rubbing my selfie” again in a hurry 😳

Easter this year, for reasons I won’t bore you with, was an unusual one. It was because of this, that we found ourselves eating our Easter Sunday lunch at Rub Smokehouse and Bar – whose eponymous hashtag is   “rubyourselfie” if you were wondering… We had been meaning to go here for ages, the many blogged and twittered pictures of giant juicy burgers and gushing reviews had tempted us and after an excellent experience at Red’s True Barbecue we thought, well, if we can’t do tradition, we can, at least, indulge in a post-Lenten meatfest. Well, what happened? Perhaps Easter Sunday wasn’t the best choice of days, but, hey, if you’re open then you’re still serving your best yes?  The place was reasonably busy, not packed, but a healthy 2/3 full I’d say. It took a while to take our drinks order and a couple of apologies for the tardiness before they arrived and we ordered our food. But then the food arrived in about 4 minutes! I kid you not. How on earth is …

Absinthe and Champagne. Teatime at The Loom

The Lace Market area of Nottingham is thought to be one of the oldest parts of the City. It has a history going back to the early settlers who carved out caves in the soft sandstone rock of the cliff in which to live and it has had a crucial place in every period of the city’s history. It now forms Nottingham’s “Creative Quarter”, with some wonderful architecture, the magnificent St Mary’s Church (where I was wed, incidently ☺️), and lots of bars and restaurants, one of the latests and coolest of which is The Loom. The Loom is located in a beautiful Grade II listed 18th Century building that was formerly the city’s Lace Museum. The entrance is a deceptively discreet Town House portico which opens up into a surprisingly huge space. With the front rooms classily set out as restaurant space, leading to the bar/lounge and stage area at the rear (which operated as a lace warehouse as recently as the 1960s). I love that The Loom reflects Nottingham’s lace-making heritage, everything about …

Faith Restored in Tapas at Revolucion de Cuba’s Cantina

After the rum, salsa and mojito-fuelled opening night of one of Nottingham’s newest venues (and my current fave) we returned to Revolucion for some food. Given how much we had enjoyed the opening night, this place had something to live up to on the food front. To be fair, though, it was a seriously driech January day that we ventured en famille to town for a leisurely lunch and it wouldn’t have taken much for a place that offered food, drink and warmth to beat being outside. I’m always a bit sceptical about Tapas in the UK. I have had too many poor or mediocre offerings and so often the squid is chewy (my pet hate, dear reader as you probably know by now), there is usually some over-dry preserved meat claiming to be a Spanish Sausage, rubbery prawns and that overworked bowl of square chips and spicy ketchup, the much offended against Patatas Bravas (I never order these now, life is too short). Still, we needn’t have worried. Revolucion de Cuba served up the …

Revolucion De Cuba….on Market Street..

Cuba came to Nottingham City Centre this week with the opening of Revolucion De Cuba on Market Street in the amazingly grand Alexandra House. Huge money has clearly been spent on turning this lovely old building into a series of bars, restaurants, snugs, a dance floor and even a cigar terrace (oh and the Ladies loos downstairs are awesome, that huge circular sofa!) doing justice to both the elegant architecture and interior spaces of the building and to the spirit of Havana and Cuba (well, tbh, I have never been to Cuba, but we certainly felt transported to somewhere exotic and captivating… that could have been helped partly by the copious amount of rum and mojita we consumed – but not entirely).          Not only were we greeted with some lovely nibbles (and the squid – which has been a bit of theme for me this last two weeks – see Thaikhun review and Zaap – unlikely as it is for a damp December in Nottingham, was fabulous) live music and Rum cocktails, but …