Alto, previously Rocket @ Saltwater opened its doors to the public earlier this month.  The restaurant area towards the rear has been cleared to make space for a dance floor and resident DJ booth.  Two bars occupy the two lower levels with room for customers to sit, chat, drink and eat a selection of carefully chosen tapas dishes.  Alto boasts one of the best views in Nottingham with a superb terrace running the width of the venue, an outdoor bar and comfortable, stylish outdoor furniture on which to relax and unwind.  Ex-champion boxer and Nottingham’s own, Carl Froch, is one of the partners behind the new venture. Check out @altonottingham

Pistachio, a family run, modern Persian restaurant opened its doors on Carlton Road to great acclaim this August.  This contemporary styled eaterie with friendly, knowledgeable staff, offers great value for money and some creative dishes including vegan and vegetarian options.  Check out more details @PISTACHIONOTTINGHAM or their twitter account @FOODATPISTACHIO

Peggy’s Skylight has finally launched.  Located on George Street (the old Coco Lounge) this is a live jazz venue with a Middle Eastern mezze dining experience that has been inspired by Duke Ellington’s trip from New York to Damascus.  They also offer Afternoon Tea with a resident pianist.  For more details and, if you’re looking to book (which is advisable), check out @peggysskylight or

Hops at the Station is a quirky new coffee house and cocktail bar now open on the doorstep of Nottingham Railway Station – on Station Street.

With alfresco seating for up to a hundred customers, Hops is housed on the ground floor of vintage and curiosity shop, Hopkinson, with a breakfast bar, cosy snug and a departures board so customers can enjoy a leisurely drink without missing the last train home, although they can’t guarantee you missing your stop if you fall asleep on the train!!  Check out @hopscoffeehouseandbar

It’s good to report that The Malt Cross has found new backers. The old music hall and bar on St James’s Street has been able to open its doors to the public once again.  Check out @maltcrossnotts for more up-to-date information.

Malt Cross

In the shadow of Nottingham’s Cornerhouse and, more importantly, The Theatre Royal as that’s how its name came about, Lillie Langtry’s, has now called time on the scaffolding.  A truly characterful Nottingham boozer, Langtry’s has long since be noted for its ales if not its facilities!  With the refurb, that should now have been rectified.  @lillielangtrynottingham


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