November was a relatively quiet month with regards new opening across the region’s food and drink scene, however here’s a couple of venues that have bucked the trend..

Juni launched its own take on a gin bar and restaurant, boasting, as their USP, the first gin laboratory in Nottingham.  Here you can pay £100 a head for a 2.5 hour masterclass in how to make your own gin. Wooden benches, glass jars reminiscent of your school chemistry lessons, funnels and mini copper stills, alongside a full range of botanicals and expert advice make for a unique and fun experience for up to 12 people at a time.  It’s their intention to run distilling classes, wine tastings and mixology courses too.

If you’d rather just relax and drink your tipple of choice, you’ll find twenty different gins on sale, including Nottingham’s own, Redsmith Gin, served at the launch of the Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards back in September.

The food is Serbian inspired so you can expect to find flatbreads, salads, meat-filled filo pastry parcels and small sharing platters of pork belly, sausage and sauerkraut, and more.

Juni is open daily from 11am, except Mondays, and located on Low Pavement in the former Prezzo site.  Fb @JuniNottingham

Also in the city, the Cornerhouse’s Lost City Golf Adventure has upgraded its small bar to a Polynesian Tiki Bar serving cocktails – the hope is that this will have a broader appeal and become a destination venue in its own right.  The new bar, located on the mezzanine floor above the golf experience, has space for 80 customers and is decked out with exotic plants and wicker furniture. You can expect to pay around £7 or £8 for a cocktail.  They also serve a selection of beers, ciders, wine, spirits, liquors and non-alcoholic drinks such as mocktails.

Take a trip outside of the city and you’ll discover the newly opened Dog House at Kirkby in Ashfield.  The building has been sympathetically renovated and while the décor is definitely on-trend, the pared back look of exposed brick wall and grey paintwork lends a comfortable feel as do the barrel stools, leather seating, wooden topped spool style tables and a central log burner.  The friendly staff ensure a relaxed atmosphere and there’s a great selection of drinks including traditional draught beers, a choice of real ciders available here. Fb @thedoghouseatkirkby

… and finally, in Stapleford, a new miro pub serving real ales, bottled lagers, gin, wine, prosecco and bar snacks has just opened.  The Millipede was a former computer shop so space is at a premium… there’s enough room for just 25 customers at any one time.  Simple but creatively decorated and furnished, the pub is open just four days a week; Thursday to Sunday from midday until 10pm. 



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