We are getting very excited as the sun starts to shine here in Nottingham, because there are so many new and secret places for us to recommend that you go for a bite to eat or a drink....and some of them haven't even opened yet!
So, yesterday I went to my fabulous stylist Rebecca at Jazz Hair in Hockley - she is, of course, the fount of all Nottingham Knowledge so I have great info, hot from the jungle drums and if any of it doesn't come to pass in the next few months you can book a cut and colour with her and express your disappointment in person!
I really don't know what to tell you first, it's so exciting, no wonder Thompson Reuters are relocating their hub to Nottingham! So here goes, in no particular order at all...
Edin's Kitchen, Hockley
I hear that our lovely Edin, of Edin's Kitchen & Edin's Cafe fame, has acquired a place on Heathcote Street and is developing it into another eatery for us to enjoy - I know nothing more than that, but I have it on good authority, and personally I'd like to bet that if Edin is behind it, and it's in Hockley, it's going to be very cool!
Edin - care to comment? :)
I've written about this place before, it's a big fave of mine. Very stylish in the evening, and equally stylish at lunchtime with a great value Prix Fixe menu. I just can't think of anything it does wrong - lovely staff, great atmosphere, unusual and elegant food alongside a well chosen wine list - what's not to love? They have even been given a "Bib Gourmand" by Michelin and whilst I won't pretend to know what that is - it sounds impressive to me and I'm certain that they deserve it!
They also have World Service Restaurant which is very smart and delightful too (especially on a summer's evening) but I am more excited by Rebecca's inside info that they are taking over the old Nash Interior's site on the corner, just a couple of doors down from Edin's Kitchen - and this is what they are planning to do...drum roll... The Iberico Relaxed Tapas Experience! I told you you'd be excited. It's a large building on many floors, so I can only imagine what that means but I can't think they'll do anything other than fabulous and I wish them good luck (no, I'm not on the payroll, but I'd love an invitation to the Opening Night - Iberico??)
The (Very New) Junkyard, as opposed to new and already established Junkyard
Maybe I'm getting forgetful but didn't the Junkyard only just open? If you have not been partaking, then come on, join in - this is a bustling real ale microbrewery style pub - you know the drill - barrels on the walls, chalk on the chalk boards and many bearded Granola-looking (in a very good way) staff.
SO, just to get your bearings in case you haven't found it yet, it's in the alley down from the Ibis Hotel, Fletchergate just by the bus stop for all the West Bridgford buses and the Tram stop actually, which makes it a small extension of NG2 really - or we like to think so.
Well I hear it on very good Jazz Hair authority that the old Rhinegold Restaurant (which must have shut down before I had children - who are now almost all adults!) is being taken over as a bar / restaurant / extension to The Junkyard - which means that they have cornered that whole little hidden courtyard at the top of the that alley - which I have just Googled and found it is called Bridlesmith Walk - who knew?
So watch this space for exactly what they are doing with it, and @TheJunkYard - if you'd like to comment, please keep us in the loop!
More as it happens from the Nook & Cranny super sleuth and Jazz Hair. Happy Weekend - please share and comment if you have any updates for us.