The following are the latest movers and shakers in Nottinghamshire’s ever-changing food and drink scene this December…

Portello Lounge in West Bridgford, from West Country based restaurant/bar chain, Lounges, have reportedly invested a whopping £750K to transform premises on Central Avenue into a family friendly, eclectically styled diner with oversized sofas, colourful furniture and furnishings.  Besides the all-day menu with dishes from tapas to paninis, they also have games, books and colouring books to keep the little ones entertained plus high chairs and baby changing facilities. Fb @PortelloLounge

Also, out of town, the once much-loved but recently vacated Neville Arms in Kinoulton has been taken on by Trish Conway.  Trish partnered with Des Sweeney to resurrect another of Nottinghamshire’s once ailing but now hugely successful dining pubs, The Cross Keys at Epperstone.

Excellent, tasty pub grub and a comprehensive selection of drinks served with great personal service.  Comfortable and cosy, this country pub has been updated and classically styled with wooden flooring and seating and soft leather sofas to provide a warm yet modern interior.  With superb country views and outbuildings, including one that Trish has her eye on converting into a deli, this pub can once again be the heart of the community and a go-to destination venue for the rest of us!  Fb @NevilleArmsKinoulton


Across the city in Sherwood, the team behind The Crimson Tree are responsible for the newly launched ‘Jenkins’, a sumptuous drinking den serving wines, beers, spirits and cocktails.  Open miday until midnight Tuesday to Saturday and midday to 10.30 on Sunday, this boutique-style bar is the latest addition to a rather trendy and ressurgent Mansfield Road.  Check out their fb page; @barjenkins or their website;

Meanwhile, in the city, Dosa & Chutney, is another new restaurant offering, serving southern Indian cuisine, opening on first floor premises overlooking Wheeler Gate.  A dosa is an amazing looking dish. Made simply form rice flour and water and created on a hot plate, this venue is serving up dosa’s up to four feet long!  Crispy on the outside, soft on the in and great for holding chutneys.

Traditional dishes such as kormas, tikka masalas and madras are complimented by Southern Indian dishes and all freshly made on the premises.  Open lunch and dinner for both diners and take-aways, this family-run, 80-seater restaurant has taken over the space once occupied by Time Out Café.  Fb @dosanchutney

Also in the city, on Broad Street, The Hockley Rebel and Club Tiki, opened on the 23rd November.  A traditional pub serving real ales and ciders, craft beers etc. and hosting live music several times a week, oh, and bring your arrows as they also have, what they believe, is the only dartboard in the city centre!  There’s two rooms upstairs that have been totally refurbished to form Club Tiki, a joyous holiday-themed bar with a large dance floor and a separate chill out room which is available for private hire. The venue was previously El Capo but has been totally transformed into a cosy, welcoming pub and a brightly decorated fun club above.  Fb @TheHockleyRebelNotts

Sadly the Footman’s Rest at Canning Circus has taken it’s last bow.  A former winner of the Food & Drink Awards, this small but beautifully formed afternoon tea and cocktails emporium has closed its doors after three years of trading.  We wish the owners well with their forthcoming projects.


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