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F l a g s h i p Diffus ion Opens in W o lv e r h a m pt o n !

Diffusion say they love your style and after they recently opened a new flagship store on Wolverhampton’s Lichfield Street, we certainly love theirs back. Good god it’s gorgeous! Set in a beautiful heritage building just next door to the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the pillars and wooden beams mix in with the minimal, modern décor, creating a great atmosphere in which to shop for your designer threads. They stock the best up and coming brands as well as top established names like G-Star Raw, Diesel and Lyle & Scott, so get yourselves down and say hi! Diffusion Wolverhampton is @ 9 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1EA. Tel. 01902 716762

Murder! Epic stained glass windows, lofty ceilings and walls of stone; the deconsecrated Unitarian Church in the Lace Market, that Pitcher & Piano Nottingham calls home, grabs your attention and blows you away. Perennially popular with the post 5pm crowd thanks to their extensive drinks offerings, Pitcher & Piano Nottingham have also just launched a brand spanking new food menu, that we can hand on heart (and stomach) say is well worth a nibble! If the soggy sandwiches you had elsewhere at lunch just didn’t cut it, this freshly prepared grub certainly will. If you’re feeling slightly peckish, their flatbreads and sharers are perfect, just grab a mate and tuck in! My dining partner and I opted for the Chorizo and Roasted Vegetable Flatbread to start, excellently priced at £8.25 with the smoky meat complemented by Italian hard cheese shavings, roasted courgette, aubergine, rocket and a zingy paprika mayo. A certified favourite from the first bite. We were in the market for something more substantial mains-wise and the new menu certainly didn’t disappoint! I decided to tackle one of their monumentally awesome burgers, the New Yorker, which is made up of a homemade 7oz burger, chargrilled chicken breast, two rashers of bacon, cheddar and chilli! So big it needs skewering to keep it together, this meat monster is served with chips, weighs in at £13.50 and could feed a small family for a day. My partner opted for the 10oz Rump Steak that came with grilled flat mushroom, grilled tomato, rocket and fat chips all for £12.95. The meat was beautifully flavoursome, succulent and tender and the staff really went the extra mile, offering to serve both the Béarnaise and blue cheese sauce in little pots on the side when she couldn’t decide between them! Although we could barely move after such a feast, we thought it would be rude not to test-drive the pudding menu and plumbed for the Sticky Toffee Pudding and Homemade Chocolate Brownie, both offering a dose of pure luxury for under a fiver, topping off the meal nicely. As much as we would have liked to sample everything alas we could not, meaning that the salads and Jerk Chicken Breast, both of which came higher than highly recommended by our servers, will have to wait until next time. Offering all this in addition to a selection of smaller grazing dishes, soups and sandwiches, Pitcher & Piano Nottingham will hit the right note every time! MB WIN! We’ve teamed up with Pitcher & Piano Nottingham to offer one lucky reader and three pals a top notch meal and a round of cocktails! For your chance to win, head to www.69-degrees.co.uk Pitcher & Piano Nottingham is @ The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN. Tel. 0115 958 6081

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Team SIXTYNINE had never done a murder mystery before, but when Birmingham’s Ramada Encore invited us along for a night of high drama and intrigue we thought why the hell not. When we discovered the theme was ‘Tease’ however, our borderline apprehension developed into full-blown concern; was this really for us? Nevertheless we donned our deerstalkers and had our fears allayed when we learned that ‘Tease’ was in actual fact one of many plots that Murder Incorporated, the company responsible for the night’s performance, travel around the country performing. Fears of Fifty Shade-esque deviant activities behind us (ooh-er Mrs), we were swept upstairs into the rather stylish hotel bar and, drink in hand (of course), we became fully immersed in the evening’s entertainment. From the word go, actors mingled and interacted with our fellow sleuths as we found we were all playing the extras in a fun piece of theatre. Shown to our tables, each of which had an actor on, a scream cued the announcement that someone had been found dead in a room upstairs. Shock horror! From this point on actors constantly circulated throughout the 90-strong crowd, dropping clues and clangers a plenty. Think you know who dunnit? Interrogate them and make them sweat. Alternatively, listen to others and draw your own conclusions; there’s no pressure to get involved if you don’t want to. A great three-course meal was served as the drama unfolded and the cast had us on tenterhooks leaving us itching to uncover the killer’s identity by the end. Were we right? Let’s just say it turns out we’re not the super-sleuths we thought we were! With a crowd much younger than we expected (the average age was in the mid-to-late 20s), we had a great evening; and for £50 a head, which includes a three-course meal, glass of wine, entertainment, overnight accommodation and breakfast the next morning, murder mysteries at the Ramada Encore beat Cluedo any day! To book a place, visit www.encorebirmingham.co.uk or www.murderexperts.com Ramada Encore will also be running Christmas murder mystery parties!

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