All posts tagged: gin

Quite curious, but damn good. Mr P’s.

On a day out in York a few weeks ago, I decided to take up a recommendation from a fellow Great Food Club editor in Yorkshire and try out Mr P’s Curious Tavern (no relationship so far as I can tell to any “Curious” parlours, taverns, townhouses or manors in Nottingham). I am very glad indeed that I did. I’ m getting a bit weary of the parade of tapas, world tapas, cuban tapas, small plates thing there seems to be one popping up every few weeks, so few really do them well and honestly please don’t present me with another bowl of square chips puroporting to be patatas bravas and charging me a fiver for the privelege. No, I am becoming a little jaded with the whole tapas thing. But Mr P (the eponymous Mr Perkins is Andrew Pern, executive chef and chef owner at Michelin starred Star Inn at Harome and The Star Inn the City) is in another league though, offering a range (and I mean a range) of small plates with …

Gin for Breakfast at Maxey’s

Couple of Saturdays ago, it  was World Gin Day apparently. Who thinks of these things? Still, it provided me with a legitimate reason to think that popping to a Gin Tasting at 11 am on Saturday morning was an entirely reasonable thing to do. If you hadn’t noticed, gin is having something of a renaissance, every food fair I attend sees an increasing number of  specialist local gins flavoured with all  manner of botanicals,  herbs and spices, a far cry from your straightforward Gordon’s (of which, admittedly I am still a fan). Gin is no longer the preserve of the middle-aged, younger people are now more likely to drink gin than the over 40s apparently and it is anticipated that gin sales will top £1.3bn in the UK by 2020. My desire for gin for breakfast also meant I discovered a new Farm Shop. Always a good thing. I get a bit lazy having the amazing Gonalston Farm Shop on my doorstep, but here is another find – Maxey’s in Kirklington, no wet fish here …

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 …