Changes on the regional food and drink scene in April…

The penny finally dropped at Fletcher Gate on the new opening from the team behind Hockley Arts Club, Das Kino, etc., last month.  The unveiling had all attendees on their toes – especially those of a competitive nature – with arcade games galore…. Push penny, air hockey, table football, shooting ranges, basketball, pinball and so much more.  Although open plan, Penny Lane operates with three different zones; arcade games – towards the rear, drinking in the middle and dining to the front (there are a few tables behind the games too for those looking to draw breath).  The menu is modern British, the drinks are as you’d expect with some extremely tasty and innovative cocktails.  They’ve opted for a traditional décor and the whole venue strikes you as comfortable, clever and an ideal pit-stop between Weekday Cross and Hockley.  I should imagine the after-work crowds or those looking for a venue for works/leaving do’s, are going to love this place.  Looks like they’ve got another hit on their hands. / fb @pennylanenottingham

Most people look to keep the wolf FROM the door but not in Nottingham!  Wolf Italian Street Food is hoping to attract those looking to for a quick bite to eat, either as a ‘grab and go’ or a short stop-over.  This Mediterranean style diner has opened its sixth venue across the UK on Market Street – it seems they beat off stiff competition for the city centre venue.  We wish them well. / @WOLFStreetFood

News of those on the move…

Paul Thacker, one half of the hugely successful Nakama Pop-Up, is moving from newly launched Six at Trent Bridge to take over as Head Chef of the Cat and Wickets Pub Company, overseeing kitchen operations at the dining pub, the Tap and Run in Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray.  We’re pretty sure he won’t be stumped for new dishes!  Sorry! / fb @thecatandwickets

Dan Burridge, formerly of Hart’s Restaurant has joined up with John Molnar and Leroy Allen to lend a hand at the Cod’s Scallops/Top Floor Development private dining operation.  After eleven years and following the downsizing of the fine dining restaurant, Dan was lured by the idea of being able to interact with the diners and having the freedom to be creative and produce the dishes he wants to deliver. / fb @topfloordevelopment

We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on Mansfield Road for Johnny Pusztai’s latest venture, The Snobby Butcher to finally open its doors.. well, meat-lovers will be delighted to hear that it launches on the 14th of this month.  The menu, as you’d expect from Nottingham’s most colourful butcher, has breakfast menus brimming with sausages, home-cured bacon and black pudding, followed by pie or bangers and mash for lunch, and steak, gammon, pork and lamb – all premium cuts, adorning the evening menu.  Mouth-watering roasts for Sunday lunch are promised with roasties cooked in dripping.  The 26-seater dining area within Johnny’s already well-established butcher’s shop has been a long time coming… let’s hope its worth the wait. / twitter: @JohnnyPusztai / fb @JohnnyPusztaiAtJtBeedhamSons


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