INDIES GIVE NOTTINGHAM THE EDGE
or its relatively modest size, the city of Nottingham boasts an unusually high number of great independent stores, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. And it’s this unique phenomenon that gives Nottingham the edge over its rivals, according to the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) – whose remit is to help make the city the number one destination for visitors in the East Midlands region and beyond. As BID director Geoff Williams, owner of the highly successful independent gift shop The Tokenhouse, Bridlesmith Gate, observes, customers get a much more rewarding experience when they avoid the big chains and try the alternative. He explains: “You get a much more individual experience with independents, with local proprietors who know the area and know the people. The difference is clear for customers – they know they’re experiencing something they’re not necessarily familiar with. It’s a much more inventive experience. “We do have a disproportionate amount of independents in Nottingham, many more than most cities this size. It’s so important for us to have this seabed of independent businesses. And of course, some of them will also grow into much bigger concerns. “Paul Smith was just a little independent
PLUS shop when I first knew it, and now look at it. The Independent sector is an important proving ground for new ideas.” Geoff believes the public need to be encouraged to give our independents their support for a more innovative experience. He explains: “Being shown new ideas is very important, otherwise many innovations never see the light of day. It’s all about the shock of the new! “And don’t forget, the money spent with an independent stays locally. For instance, if I need an electrician at my shop, I’ll use someone I know in the city. A big chain will probably have its own contractor that could be from anywhere in the country. With independents, everything stays local – what goes around, comes around.” And, crucially, an independent store or restaurant is much more in tune with its
customer’s needs than a major multiple. “As independents, we’re nearer to the customer,” Geoff says. “It’s much easier for my staff to tell me what customers are saying. The chain of communication is so much shorter, so we can react much more quickly. “We can also buy from much smaller companies and take more risks. If you imagine, someone comes up with a great new product and goes to a big name store to try and sell it, they’re going to find it difficult to convince that store to stock it without having tried it out first. It’s different with independents. “If someone is at an experimental stage of developing a range, we can try it. That’s what makes shopping at an independent more engaging. The public will see so many more new and interesting ideas.”
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There’s a dish to suit every palate, with venues specialising in delicious dishes from India, China, Thailand, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, France, Japan, Brazil and, of course, Britain amongst the highlights.
For a taste of the best, turn to our food and drink listings section now 1
TEN OF THE BEST INDEPENDENTS, AS VOTED BY YOU.
INDEPENDENT If you’ve never sampled an Irish Screwdriver, you’ve clearly never been to Boilermaker, 36B, Carlton Street, Hockley – a brilliant bar which serves a range of superb cocktails, beers, wines and liquors. The recipes are sometimes top secret, but the taste and service at this playful and quirky venue are clear as day for anyone to enjoy.
You could choose to go for a quick drink at virtually any time of day in Nottingham these days, but Sobar, 22 Friar Lane, is the city’s first ever alcoholfree cafe/bar. This totally unique venue offers a refreshing alternative night out with friends and is also a vibrant and creative space during the day. Try it and you might be converted for good.
Geoff Williams, Nottingham BID Director
OUR COMPREHENSIVE LISTINGS SECTION FOR NOTTINGHAM INDEPENDENTS BEGINS.
hether you love shopping for quirky and unusual clothes and home accessories, like to enjoy a range of exciting entertainment venues or prefer wining and dining with friends and family in a stylish eatery, Nottingham has it all.
Grab hold of a fabulous new Helion Criterion brushed buggy for a little over £100 – that’s a radio controlled model car in case you’re wondering, available from leading specialist Gee Dee Models, 21 Heathcote Street. Whether you’re into Hornby, Airfix, Peco or Scalextric, this wonderful shop stocks every kind of train set, aircraft, ship, kit or car you can imagine. Release your inner child.
And it’s thanks to the brilliant range of independent businesses scattered all over the city that Nottingham stands head and shoulders above its neighbours. Geoff Williams explains:
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Independent businesses can react much more quickly to new trends. They can experiment with fresh ideas. It means that you’ll get more interesting innovations every time you visit – it’s a place where new ideas can begin. And it can be the same for a restaurant or a bar.
We all want a super-stylish home but Shells Belle Boutique, 10 Flying Horse Walk, specialises in a highly unusual but nonetheless vital part of this process – fragrance. The stylish store will help you create the perfect ambience at home or in the workplace with perfume lamps, candles made from natural waxes, reed diffusers and room mists – as well as deliciously scented bath and body products. Enjoy the sweet smell of success.
You will often find products that are genuine “one-offs” or get the chance to enjoy a completely unique atmosphere when you visit some of these great businesses.
It’s a sport that has its own language, clothes, accessories and big brand items – and you’ll find everything you could possibly need for skateboarding at the amazing Forty Two, 19 Victoria Street. If you need to know your decks from your completes or you simply want the latest gear and footwear, you won’t find a better specialist retailer in the region.
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Try a scrumptious crepe at Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie, 14-16 West End Arcade – choose from divine combinations such as caramelised apples, cinnamon, crème fraiche and honey or how about flaked almonds with vanilla ice cream, poached pears and chocolate sauce? You won’t get anything as authentic as this outside France. 2
Most people adore jewellery but for sheer class and individuality, nothing beats the gorgeous handmade items available from Excel Jewellery, 5-7 St Peter’s Gate. What could be more perfect on your special day than a one-off wedding or engagement ring designed especially for you? With a dedicated team producing superb pieces for all tastes.
Tantalise your tastebuds with a selection of highly individual handmade treats from the exquisite Chocolate Utopia, 30 Friar Lane. More than a simple sweet shop, this is a veritable chocoholic’s dream complete with a massive choice of scrumptious concoctions made from the finest quality Belgian couvature chocolate and a friendly drinks lounge serving hot chocolate, coffee and a wide selection of teas. Yum.
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fter being named top Independent Business of the Year in Nottingham not once but twice, we talked to Stephen L Holland, partner/manager at comic and graphic novels store, Page 45, about his phenomenal success story.
Stephen L Holland thought winning the Nottingham BID’s independent of the year award during its inaugural year in 2012 was “blinding.” To triumph for a second time in 2013 was, he thought, impossible. And yet, that’s exactly what happened – so how exactly did his colourful and quirky comics and graphic novels store Page 45 manage such an amazing feat? “The honest answer is that you would have to ask the judges,” Stephen says, modestly. “But I believe they singled out our oneon-one customer service, our community building, our product knowledge, professionalism, passion, website and social media activity on Twitter - where our customers are such huge activists - plus our approachability and ambition. I think they liked that we care.” This caring approach to business has seen Stephen take part in numerous talks and
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Stephen L Holland, partner/manager, Page 45 reader, whether they’re interested in politics, travel, autobiography, comedy, fantasy, crime or history.
promotional events all over the country where he shares his passion for the graphic novel form. Says Stephen: “We will seize any and every opportunity which comes our way to widen the comic’s appeal.”
Stephen describes his weekly routine at the shop as “thrilling” with new releases every week. He adds: “For us all it’s like Christmas all over again!
He is confident that the general public know the difference when it comes to using an independent store in terms of the knowledge, care, compassion and personal service they receive.
“Every new day represents a new opportunity. Just the other day a highprofile art couple from California came and declared us the best comic shop that they had ever beheld.
“People love to invest emotionally,” he says. “Readers want to know that where they shop makes a difference. They like to think ‘I have supported this independent retailer.’
“At that point, it’s very difficult not to do a little dance right in front of them.”
“Page 45 wouldn’t even be here without that sort of loyalty, Our people become ambassadors for us. Compared to a chain store, we can offer knowledge, kindness and interactivity. You won’t see a big national store or online retailer helping you out with your student dissertation. I have helped hundreds of students on the shop floor and via email.”
Proud of being a store in the heart of Nottingham city centre, Page 45 is due to celebrate its 20th anniversary in October and will be marking the occasion by attending a huge open air comics festival in the Lake District – where they will be playing host to favourite creators and hosting a signing with the great American exponent Scott McCloud.
Page 45 sells to everyone from six-year-olds to octogenarians - men and women, alike. With 7,000 different graphic novels staff can match the right books to the individual
Stephen himself has a degree in English Literature and the History of Art from the University of Nottingham. He has worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer,
The Nottingham BID is running the competition again in 2014. The public get the chance to vote for their favourite independent and then a panel of judges visit the top ten to pick the overall winner. The panel rates businesses on various criteria including staff friendliness and knowledge, customer service, products, individuality, marketing and overall customer experience. The venue with the highest overall score will be named as the winner with the announcement being made on 4th July our ‘Nottingham Independents Day’.
an assistant at Dillons bookstore and in various pubs, clubs and cafes – as well as for a chain of comic shops alongside his original business partner Mark Simpson, who sadly died in 2005. Stephen is now looking forward to a summer of great new titles, and will continue giving customers unrivalled attention and care. He explains: “Just recently, a customer came in with his missus and five-year-old daughter asking for recommendations. So I spent a quarter of an hour taking the young lady and her parents through all sorts of magical, visual adventures. “In the end, she chose some of Jill Thompson’s beautiful books. As they were paying at the counter, the daughter asked her parents, ‘are we in a dream?’ “‘We’re in a comic shop,’ the mother replied. ‘So yes, we are!’ My heart just melted.” @ Page 45, 9 Market Street, Nottingham Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 11am to 4pm Tel: 0115 950 8045 Web: page45.com
furnishings, the smell of exquisite essential oils, flickering candlelight and gorgeous finishing touches.
of the Beauty Temple, 4 Queen Street: Such was the quality of the businesses shortlisted in this year’s competition, the judges also decided to present two special highly-commended awards to two other businesses – of which luxurious spa Beauty Temple was one.
as voted by you in 2013
he second major competition run by the Nottingham BID to find the city’s favourite independent business gave a fascinating insight into modern shopping and leisure habits.
The first stage involved a public vote, with the top ten then visited by a panel of judges which comprised the publisher and editor of the Nottingham Post – Steve Hollingsworth and Mike Sassi; Roger Cutsforth, managing director of Capital FM, Jennifer Spencer, chief executive of Experience Nottinghamshire, Lynn Oxborrow of Nottingham Trent
Now after years of hard work, the dream is a reality. Lucy believes her role is to make customers feel happy, pampered and cared for – with a range of ultra-indulgent treatments for both women and men. Products used include Elemis, Aromatherapy Associates, St Tropez, Jessica and Bare Minerals. Speaking about the honour of winning a highly-commended award, Lucy said: “I was over the moon and also really proud. My husband and I are passionate about what we do and it is lovely for the business to be recognised in this way. We were very touched by our loyal customers who helped us achieve this and delighted too that the judges rated us so highly.”
Owner, Lucy Goodwin had long dreamed of opening her own beauty business complete with luxurious treatments, decadent
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The Cheese Shop, 6 Flying Horse Walk: The second highly-commended award in the independents competition was presented to The Cheese Shop – a unique family run delicatessen founded nearly two decades ago to offer customers the best possible choice of cheeses from around the world.
The panel had to rate each business on staff friendliness, knowledge, customer service, products, individuality, marketing and surroundings. The venue with the highest overall score was named as the winner.
There are now more than 200 British cheeses made from a variety of milks including cow, sheep, goat and buffalo – together with some local favourites like “King of cheeses” Stilton, sourced from nearby Colston Basset Dairy and Cropwell Bishop Creameries. In addition, there’s a great choice of continental favourites, with more than 100 suppliers.
Page 45, 9 Market Street: The winner for the second year running, this graphic novel specialist attracts a passionate and loyal customer base. Geoff Williams, director of the Nottingham BID said: “It’s a great business that Nottingham should be proud of. It has a local, regional, national and international reputation and scored highly in all the categories according to our judges.” See our feature on page three.
The Cheese Shop, which was featured in celebrity chef Rick Stein’s Food Heroes campaign in the early 2000s, also stocks a range of other products, including condiments, pork pies, artisan biscuits and fresh olives.
Cookie Shake, 14 Upper Parliament Street: This fun and unusual cafe specialises in delicious milkshakes, with more than 200 varieties including Kit Kat, Ferrero Rocher, Oreo, After 8, Werthers Original and Extra Strong Mint ice cream shakes.
“We are really pleased that we have been highly-commended by the judges in the competition,” said Webb Freckingham of the Cheese Shop. “It’s fantastic that Nottingham’s independents are being supported and recognised – they are really important to the city. We are so happy that our customers voted for us – our business is all about them – and it’s great that the judges liked what we do too.”
The venue opened in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since, working hard to create a really relaxed environment where customers can indulge themselves with delicious treats in a comfortable setting – complete with soft sofas. There’s also a range of books and board games to help visitors while away their time.
11 Flying Horse Walk. Handmade Silver Collar with 18ct Gold Bead detail, £350.00 cathystephens.co.uk 0115 941 0800
elect & Collect is the Nottingham BID’s own version of Click & Collect and here are just a selection of some of the many great products you can find in Nottingham’s Independent retailers. Don’t miss out, buy them now and collect them next time you’re in the city.
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120-122 Derby Road. Bistro Chair by Fermob, available in 24 colours, £57 worm.co.uk 0115 948 2800
38 Pelham Street. Floral Ditsy Shirt by Native Youth, £35 bornambitious.co.uk 0115 941 1131
R.O.K, 17 Wheeler Gate: With a history dating back 12 years, R.O.K has three stores in Nottinghamshire including one right in the heart of the city centre, which opened its doors in 2010. It specialises in lovely jewellery, watches and accessories with leading brands including Accurist, Aagard, DKNY, Fossil and Storm.
R.O.K carries a large range of Lovelinks sterling silver and Murano glass, compatible with the ever popular Pandora and Troll brands. It also offers a very reliable watch repairs service and stocks a wide range of brilliant gift ideas. There are always fabulous special offers and the store has a great website www.rokaccessories.co.uk. World Service, Newdigate House, Castlegate: This award-winning high-end restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience in truly elegant surroundings. The unique daily menu is based around fresh, seasonal produce blending modern British cuisine with other influences from around the world. There is also an eclectic bar area offering cocktails, vintage spirits and more than 200 quality wines – and guests can relax in the stylish lounge both before and after dining.
Ice Nine, 9-13 Goose Gate: This almost legendary store has been delighting the trendy young things of Nottingham since 1979 – stocking all things Gothic, electro, alternative and post punk.
It is definitely the city’s “destination” venue, with private rooms for hire and a walled garden with lovely sculptures, and a terraced area offering a tranquil al fresco option.
There is an Aladdin’s cave full of brilliant body and fashion jewellery with designs seldom seen on the high street. The diverse range of accessories and clothing follow many of the latest trends but with a quirky, “street” feel. There is also more risque burlesque wear and lingerie with an abundance of unique, ethnicstyle gifts for all occasions. Choose from skulls, wind chimes, mugs, lava lamps, bongo drums and Banksy prints.
Delilah Fine Foods, 12 Victoria Street: This independent fine food and wine merchant moved last year into the old HSBC Bank in Victoria Street after it outgrew its previous premises within just a few short years of opening.
There are also great cards and gift wrap, with friendly and efficient staff who’ll help you out with all your queries.
The traditional delicatessen is now combined with a tapas style food bar and relaxed cafe, with seating for up to 70 people. It’s all run
by a dedicated team of foodies, who are bursting with enthusiasm for the best in exciting meal ideas and flavours. Deli products are sourced from small artisan producers, locally and further afield, reflecting a commitment to provide authentic, flavoursome produce exciting and inspiring the palette.
Antalya, 31-32 Forman Street: Enjoy the many delights of Turkish cuisine at this long-established family restaurant, which has been a favourite haunt of Nottingham folk for the best part of 25 years.
Guests start with a selection of hot and cold “mezes” with delicious Turkish bread. A gorgeous range of other courses follow in a ritual that traditionally lasts for many hours. These are followed by desserts and a fresh cup of Turkish coffee.
Also offering a range of lovely Mediterranean dishes, Antalya uses recipes that have been passed from generation to generation over the past couple of centuries – using the finest quality ingredients and flavours.
15 Flying Horse Walk. Tom Dixon Eclectic Scent Candles, £55 each atomicinteriors.co.uk 0115 979 9940
A recent refurbishment has brought the restaurant’s look bang up to date, with authentic Turkish designs and décor.
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2 King Street. Rose and Orchid Arrangement, various sizes, from £39.99 nottinghamflorist.com 0845 291 0443
Brown Dog Interiors, 96-98 Derby Road: This modern interiors store specialises in handmade wooden furniture ideal for dining rooms, bedrooms and living rooms – using timbers sourced locally and tailored to customers’ particular requirements. Each piece is crafted at the team’s North Notts workshop before being brought to the store for sale. You won’t find any of their work in another shop as each item is a genuine one-off creation. Browse amongst the rustic tables, benches and beds or choose something bespoke and made to measure. The friendly team is on hand for all your enquiries.
7 Fletcher Gate. Nioxin System Kit 1 for Normal to Thin Hair, £29 sutherlandbarnett.co.uk 0115 9507341
9 Pelham Street. Union Hand Roasted Coffee, £5.25 for 227g Ground or Beans atlasdeli.co.uk 0115 950 1295
9-13 Goose Gate. Cyclone 2 Bearing Diablo with Full Aluminium Hand Sticks and Free Bag, £35.85 icenine.co.uk 0115 958 0786
W O R L D O F F L AV O U R S independent food & drink Bla Bla Bar The perfect place to meet, kickback, relax & party to your heart’s content. St James’s Street
Dogma Bar & kitchen with a contemporary main bar & basement club. Byard Lane 0115 988 6830
Blue Bell Inn Night-life destination with a large daytime menu of British pub food. Upper Parliament Street 0115 947 0945
Edin’s Natural Kitchen Food & drink with a focus on quality, healthy ingredients & delicious flavours. Carlton Street 0115 950 1172 edinsnottingham.co.uk
Boilermaker Trend-setting cocktail & wine bar set in a stylish venue. Carlton Street 01159 587 528 boilermakerbar.co.uk
Bonzai Japanese restaurant. Carlton Street 0115 952 0188 bonzai-japensesrestaurant.co.uk
here’s no need to travel the world when it comes to enjoying delicious food – Nottingham city centre plays host to almost every type of cuisine and food fad you can imagine.
Shanghai Shanghai, 15 Goose Gate was rated by Sunday Times Food writer Giles Coren as the best Sichuan restaurant outside China, whilst Nada Budaya, 20-22 Broad Street will take you on an exotic journey to Malaysia and its delicious authentic tastes. For the best in Greek dishes, try the wonderful Yamas, 5 Thurland Street or sit down for an authentic Turkish banquet at Antalya, 31-32 Forman Street. If you prefer a little heat, what about the Indian fine dining experience of MemSaab, 12-14 Maid Marian Way or Tamatanga, Trinity Square, offering laid back dining using fresh and wholesome ingredients.
4550 Miles from Delhi Contemporary restaurant serving fine Delhi cuisine with its unique theatre kitchen and stylish décor. Mount Street 0115 947 5111 4550.co.uk/nottingham Antalya Restaurant delivering the finest culinary delights from Turkey. Upper Parliament Street 0115 941 8420 antalya.co.uk Atlas Deli Bespoke sandwiches, paninis & freshlymade salads, together with the finest coffees & speciality teas. Pelham Street 0115 950 1295 atlasdeli.co.uk Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie Serving a wide range of crepes, galettes & drinks. West End Arcade 0115 947 0855 aubreystraditionalcreperie.com
Bar Arriba An exciting club to visit in Nottingham. St James’s Street 0115 947 6695 Bar Eleven Boasts the finest cocktail artists & known for its character & vibe. Goose Gate 0115 958 2611
Calcutta Club Fine & varied Indian cuisine. Maid Marian Way 0115 941 4441 calcutta-club.co.uk Chambers Wide selection of classic pub-grub, real ales & lagers. Maid Marian Way 0115 948 3327 Chocolate Utopia Finest handmade chocolates & coffee shop. Friar Lane 0115 947 0016 chocolate-utopia.co.uk Chucks Wagon Enjoy a selection of hot & cold sandwiches, drinks, cakes & treats. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 958 9036 Chutney Restaurant serving quality Indian cuisine. Friar Lane 0115 9241743 chutneyrestaurant.com Coach & Horses A lively & friendly local serving real ales & food. Upper Parliament Street 0115 941 7107
Cross Keys Cross Keys Traditional pub with a fantastic range of quality beers, wines & food. Byard Lane 0115 941 7898 crosskeysnottingham.co.uk Cucamara Student-friendly cocktail & shots bar. Hurts Yard 07751 154316 cucamara.co.uk Curry Lounge Premier Indian restaurant known for its authentic menu & warm service. Upper Parliament Street 0115 941 8844 currylounge.co.uk Dancing Dragon Chinese restaurant. Derby Road 0115 941 2222 Delilah Traditional delicatessen combined with a tapas style food bar. Victoria Street 0115 948 4461 delilahfinefoods.co.uk Dino’s Café & wine bar offering Mediterranean cuisine in stylish surroundings. Warser Gate 0115 950 4455 dinobar.co.uk Devine Cakes Great-tasting, great-looking cakes for weddings, Eid, mendhi, birthdays, anniversaries & any other special occasion. Market Street 0115 947 2473 devinecakes.net
Flirtz Lap dancing club. Friar Lane 0115 948 4475 flirtzclub.co.uk Foxys Late-night venue with music for all. Upper Parliament Street 0115 924 2354 French Living Family-owned brasserie. King Street 0115 958 5885 frenchliving.co.uk Gingham Kitchen Café serving traditional English breakfasts, dinners & snacks. Lincoln Street 0115 952 0772 Govinda’s Vegetarian Cafe Homemade vegetarian & vegan food. Thurland Street 0115 985 9639 Homemade Café-bar serving truly delicious homemade food as well as beers, wines & ciders. Pelham Street 0115 924 3030 homemadecafe.com Kayal South Indian cuisine restaurant. Broad Street 0115 941 4733 kayalrestaurant.com Langtry’s Traditional pub serving a selection of real ales & home made food. South Sherwood Street 0115 947 2124
Coco Tang Boutique cocktail bar & club offering cocktail creations & late night glamour. Bridlesmith Gate 07825 889 370 cocotang.co.uk
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Cookie Club Well-established nightclub with a friendly & relaxed atmosphere. St James’s Street 0115 950 5892 cookieclub.co.uk Cookie Shake Milkshakes by day, shots by night. Upper Parliament Street 0115 959 9717
Rose of England Historic ale house with a warm & relaxing atmosphere. Mansfield Road 0115 958 2636 Royal Children Traditional with an array of classic British dishes on offer. St Nicholas Street 0115 958 0207 Rum House A venue for a tasty tipple or two & a casual bite to eat. Broad Street 0115 924 1555
La Salute Family run restaurant & pizzeria originating from Naples & bringing the true taste of Italy to Nottingham. Upper Parliament Street 0115 947 3763 www.lasalute.co.uk Long Island A late bar which will soon feature an American diner. Market Street Lord Roberts Friendly pub & restaurant with a great atmosphere. Broad Street 0115 941 4886 Malt Cross Unique Victorian music hall in operation. Offering food, drinks & live music every week. St James’s Street 0115 941 1048 maltcross.com Mandarin Restaurant Chinese restaurant. Belward Street 0115 950 9157 mandarinrest.co.uk Man’s Restaurant Dim Sum & Wine Bar. Mount Street 0115 950 6638 mansrestaurant.com Market Bar The heart & soul of Nottingham’s club scene for over 20 years. Goose Gate 0115 988 1707 Marrakech An exquisite venue offering authentic Moroccan cuisine. Chapel Bar 0115 947 3038 marrakeshnottingham.co.uk Massarellas Family-style restaurant offering something for everyone. Victoria Centre 0115 912 1095 May Sum Enjoy Malaysian, Thai, Japanese & Chinese cuisine, complete with noodle bar, sushi bar & Teppanyaki grill. Upper Parliament Street 0115 912 2000 maysumnottingham.co.uk Mega Munch Delicious & traditional Charcoal Doner. Long Row 0115 924 3311
MemSaab Accessible, affordable & enjoyable Indian fine dining. Maid Marian Way 0115 957 0009 mem-saab.co.uk Moulin Rouge Fish & chips takeaway also serving chicken, pies & kebabs. Trinity Square 0115 947 2845 Nada Budaya Exciting, authentic Malaysian food. Broad Street 0115 958 5566 nadabudaya.co.uk New Foresters Nottingham’s oldest traditional gay pub. St Anns Street 0115 958 0432 newforesters.com
Salutation Inn Traditional inn with a main focus on real ale & cider, also serving food & offering regular rock nights. Maid Marian Way 0115 988 1948 salutationpub.com Shanghai Shanghai Traditional Cantonese style cuisine with over 250 dishes of offer. Goose Gate 0115 958 4688 shanghai-shanghai.co.uk Sinatra’s Delicious food in beautiful surroundings. Café by day, restaurant by night. Chapel Bar 0115 941 1050 Singh’s Fine Indian dining with a modern Punjabi twist. Market Street 0115 941 5455 singhsnottingham.co.uk
Thailand Number 1 Serving a range of classic Thai dishes using the freshest ingredients & exotic vegetables. Carlton Street 0115 958 2222 thailandnumber1.co.uk
The Ned Ludd Serves craft beers, real ale, real ciders & specialist beers as well as traditional homecooked food. Friar Lane 0115 948 4221 thenedludd.com
The Approach An all day & late-night venue incorporating fine, affordable food, quality drinks & diverse entertainment. Friar Lane 0115 950 6149 theapproachnottingham.com
The Newmarket Inn Welcoming pub serving great food as well as drinks. Lower Parliament Street 0115 958 4531
The Bodega Hang out at the bar, party & listen to live music. Pelham Street 0115 950 5078 bodeganottingham.com The Cheese Shop Family-run delicatessen specialising in cheese. Poultry 0115 941 9114 cheeseshop-nottingham.co.uk The Dragon A local pub serving food & drink, now with a scalextric racing room. Long Row 0115 941 7080 the-dragon.co.uk The Food Factory Fast-food takeaway. Lower Parliament Street 0115 840 6070
Rakonto Bar and Grill Rustic, authentic & freshly made food with international flavours. Goose Gate 0115 924 1742 rakontobargrill.co.uk
The Stage Popular pub & late night bar in the city. Wollaton Street 0115 947 3039 thestagenottingham.co.uk The Thurland Historic pub. Pelham Street Thea Caffea Traditional English tea room serving extensive collection of loose-leaf tea alongside a delicious food menu. Low Pavement 0115 941 2110
Wired Cafe Bar Artisan coffee bar serving a great selection of cakes, pastries, lunch, brunch & breakfast options. Pelham Street 0115 958 9020 wiredcafe.co.uk
Pan Asia BBQ Pan Asian cuisine. Upper Parliament Street 0115 910 8888
Peachy Keen’s An array of delicious foods from across the world & friendly atmosphere. Upper Parliament Street 0115 958 3666 peachykeenstakeaway.co.uk
The Soulville Steakhouse Recreate the spirit of the sixties & provide home cooked food. Queen Street 0115 941 2014 thesoulvillesteakhouse.com
Up n Down Under Offers a buoyant & vibrant night out. St James’s Street 0115 947 5857
Nirvana Cocktail lounge, bar & club open 7 days a week. Victoria Street 0115 985 9955 nirvananottingham.co.uk
Pandora’s Box Premier bar & club lounge; a bespoke boutique lounge with a vintage twist. Hounds Gate 0115 971 7641 pandorasbox.uk.com
The Orange Tree Great food, great drinks & a great atmosphere! Shakespeare Street 0115 947 3239 orangetree.co.uk/nottingham
World Service Premier fine dining restaurant & lounge bar. Castle Gate 0115 847 5587 worldservicerestaurant.com
Rum House Sobar Nottingham’s first alcohol-free cafe/bar venue. Friar Lane 0115 824 0364 sobar-nottingham.co.uk
The Food House Serves a variety of ‘fish & chip’ meals as well as kebabs & side orders. St James’s Street 0115 947 3254
Suede Nightclub Buzzing late-night venue. Heathcoat Street 07968 059750
The Forum Nightclub & live-music venue. Burton Street 0115 9474 761 theforumnottingham.co.uk
Rescue Rooms Live venue and bar serving food & hosting gigs & club nights. Goldsmith Street 0115 828 3173 rescuerooms.com
Tamatanga The new way to eat Indian! Fun, funky & buzzing canteen serving amazing value, great tasting food all day long. Burton Street 0115 958 4848 tamatanga.com
The Hand And Heart Traditional historical pub with a fantastic collection of real ales & traditional home-cooked food. Derby Road 0115 958 2456 thehandandheart.co.uk
Ride Bar serving wide selection of drinks & awesome tunes with amazing local DJs. Forman Street 0115 950 4789 ridebar.com
Tarn Thai Exquisite Thai cuisine, prepared to the highest standards with excellent service. George Street 0115 959 9454 tarnthai.co.uk
The Hawksley A comfortable & stylish modern pub with a sports theme, pool table & plasma screens. Derby Road 0115 958 3359
Yamas A Mediterranean oasis offering tapas & meze dining. Thurland Street 0115 950 1000 yamas.co.uk
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f you want to create a cosy and stylish home, you’re spoiled for choice in Nottingham – with some of the best independent interiors stores in the East Midlands right here on our doorstep. Learn how a range of clever lighting solutions can enhance your décor at Nottingham Lighting Centre, 45-51 Maid Marian Way, or choose a luxurious sofa from Perfect Furniture, Upper Parliament Street – stocking furniture that’s designed and made in its factory in Long Eaton. If you want to create a home that’s both stylish and hightech, Castle Sound And Vision, 48-50 Maid Marian Way will design a complete home cinema or bespoke automated system incorporating everything from sound and vision, lighting and telephones to security and access systems. And for unusual furniture, cards, gifts and more, head to Stone The Crows, 15 Hounds Gate, with its great range of candles, wrought iron and recycled pieces.
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You’re spoiled for choice in Nottingham – with some of the best independent interiors stores in the East Midlands right here on our doorstep. Emma, 48, Wollaton
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Aura Designer Furniture Quality dining room furniture, home furniture & pine bedroom furniture. Huntingdon Street 0115 950 1010 Mansfield Road auradesignerfurniture.co.uk Brown Dog Interiors Bespoke furniture showroom where all items are made from reclaimed or locally sourced materials. Derby Road 0115 924 0419 browndoginteriors.co.uk Castle Sound And Vision Sound & vision systems, home cinemas & high quality Hi-Fi equipment as well as lighting, security, telephone & access systems. Maid Marian Way 0115 958 4404 castlesoundvision.com Danish Homestore Vintage Danish furniture store. Derby Road 0115 9484428 danish-homestore.com Framework And Lime Gallery Picture framing service & gallery. Derby Road 0115 9472132 limegallery.co.uk Gasworld Cooking & Heating Providers of fires & fireplaces with over 35 years of industry experience. Lower Parliament Street 0115 959 9833 gasworldfiresandfireplaces.co.uk
Le Chien Et Moi Stone The Crows Home interiors, furniture, cards and giftware. Hounds Gate 0115 947 2408 The Worm That Turned Outdoor furniture, outdoor lighting, clocks, water features, outdoor décor, outdoor games, rare garden books & rare oil-cloth for tables. Derby Road 0844 573 8644 worm.co.uk
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Hopewells Stylish, high-quality furniture. Huntingdon Street 0115 953 6000 hopewells.co.uk Le Chien Et Moi A diverse & considered collection of unusual & beautiful things, old & new, for you & your home. Derby Road 0115 979 9199 lechienetmoi.com
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Nottingham Lighting Centre Premier lighting centre. Maid Marian Way 0115 953 7088 nottinghamlightingcentre.co.uk Perfect Furniture Local sofa specialist supplying custom-built furniture. Upper Parliament Street 0115 924 1269 perfect-furniture.co.uk Shells Belle Boutique Specialist home fragrance store. Poultry 0115 947 2632
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NOTTINGHAM’S GUIDE TO
LOOKING & FEELING GOOD i n d e p e n d e n t h e a lt h , h a i r & b e au t y
ottingham has always been known for its super stylish inhabitants, so it’s little wonder that an array of trendsetting hair, health and beauty businesses have sprung up to keep citizens looking and feeling their best.
7 Fletcher Gate and Icon Hair and Beauty, The Cornerhouse offer so much more than just your run-of-the-mill cut and blow dry with individual care and attention guaranteed.
Premium hair salons such as Tim Foster, 49 Derby Road, Zullo and Holland, 26 Upper Parliament Street, Sutherland and Barnett,
And don’t forget favourite old Notts names such as Peppers, at Trinity Square, Market Street and Houndsgate, or Keith Hall, 15 Castle Gate.
There are lots of innovative beauty treatments to sample, as well as expert advice at leading gyms, pharmacies and opticians. Why not try one of the great waxing treatments on offer at NKD, 6 Bridlesmith Walk for starters?
Icon Hair Beautiful U Hair and Beauty Hair & beauty accessories such as wigs, hair products & jewellery. Market Street 0115 941 3052 Beauty Temple Beauty salon specialising in all types of beauty treatments. Queen Street 0845 402 4003 beautytemple.co.uk Bodycraft Tattoos, body piercing & laser removal. Pelham Street 0115 837 0901 bodycrafttattoo.com Briddocks Gents Barbers Traditional-style barbershop offering a warm welcome, prompt service & smart, modern hairdressing. Upper Parliament Street 0115 941 9955 briddocks.co.uk Canning (Chemist) Ltd Independent chemist. Beastmarket Hill 0115 941 8402 Curtis & York Barbers. Goose Gate
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David Sebastian Salon Contemporary hair styling & styling products. King Street 0115 947 6080 davidsebastiansalons.co.uk
Essence Beauty Salon & nail bar offering a range of beauty treatments to keep you in tip-tip condition. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 958 6169
H2Fitness Gym with a small indoor pool & an extensive schedule of classes. Victoria Centre 0115 950 7077 hoofersvictoria.co.uk
Formula One Health And Fitness Gym at the heart of the community with an extensive range of facilities. Victoria Street 0115 950 5009 formulaonegym.co.uk
Icon Hair Modern, cutting-edge hair design & styling. Burton Street 0115 924 0200 iconhairbeauty.co.uk
Gray And Bull Opticians in Nottingham since 1939. Pelham Street 0115 941 8121 grayandbull.co.uk
Jazz Hairdressing Hair salon with professional independent stylists. Carlton Street 0115 941 4142 jazzhair.co.uk
Gym Combat City Gym offering a full range of facilities & classes. Bottle Lane 0115 941 1309 gymcombat.com Gym4All Top of the range equipment, in a stimulating environment, at a price that’s affordable for all. Huntingdon Street Hair Extension And Design Offers professional hair services & treatments. George Street 0115 941 5117 mhairextensions.co.uk
Missy Hair Hair-extension shop providing top quality & fashionable hair in all shapes & forms. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 941 1200 missyhair.co.uk NKD Waxing Waxing salon. Bridlesmith Walk 0115 924 1454. nkdwaxing.com Optique Specialists in eyes & eyewear. High Street 0115 950 1499 optiquevision.co.uk
The city isn’t too spread out - everything you could want is within close walking distance Jordan, 28, Wollaton
KH Hair Exceptional hairdressing along with outstanding customer service. Castle Gate 0115 947 2332 khhair-nottingham.co.uk
Peppers Nottingham City Centre’s longestestablished hairdressing salon business Market Street 0115 947 3384 peppershairdressing.co.uk
Kings Walk Contact Lenses Experts in the fitting of all contact lense designs including bifocal, varifocal & astigmatic prescriptions. Kings Walk 0115 947 4387 kingswalkcontactlenses.co.uk
Peppers Hairdressing A range of ladies & mens hair services. Forman Street 0115 947 5038 peppershairdressing.co.uk
Las Vegas Nails Acrylic nails & nail art with an extensive array of designs. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 950 8080 Mario’s Barbers Barber’s shop providing a variety of salon services. Greyhound Street 0115 941 7927
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Posh Nails Manicurist. King Street
The Xpression Too Seller of hair & beauty supplies. Lincoln Street 0115 988 8915 Tim Foster Hairdressing Premium hair stylist whose salon provides a creative atmosphere for some of the best hairstyles in the UK. Derby Road 0115 941 2266 timfoster.co.uk Unique Nails And Beauty Nail & beauty salon. Lincoln Street 0115 924 3322 Zullo & Holland Premier hairdressing salon with a reputation for fashion-savvy styling & client care second to none. Upper Parliament Street 0115 950 4635 zulloandholland.co.uk
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Sutherland And Barnett High-quality hairdressing & beauty salon. Fletcher Gate 0115 950 7341 sutherlandbarnett.co.uk The Xpression Hair & beauty salon selling hair & beauty supplies & accessories. Upper Parliament Street 0115 958 6555 the-xpression.co.uk
FASHION AND FUN STUFF IN NOTTINGHAM’S
G R E AT S H O P P I N G M I X independent retailers
Ice Nine Suppliers of simple to unusual clothing & accessories, jewellery & gifts for all ages. Goose Gate 0115 958 0786 icenine.co.uk
ou can literally shop until you drop in Nottingham city centre – with a wonderful array of stores to choose from whatever you’re into.
Jolie Lingerie Lingerie boutique offering designer lingerie, hosiery & nightwear. Poultry 0115 908 2240 jolielingerie.co.uk
If you love fashion, it’s hard to beat the city’s dynamic independents who’ll set the trends and offer pieces you just won’t find in high street chain stores. Look out for vintage specialists such as Baklash, Market Street or alternative clothing kings like Void, Carlton Street.
Miss Hype Women’s clothing. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 958 6854
There are also plenty of other stores to check out, offering a mix of general goods or more unusual items – from Fresh Oriental Supermarket, Friar Lane to Pen Sense, King Street.
Rebel Menswear. Broadmarsh Centre
Head to our great city and see what else you might discover.
Anderson’s Of Nottingham Florist & flower delivery service. King Street 0115 941 4392 nottinghamflorist.com
M&C M&C specialises in mobile & computer repair & unlocking. Victoria Centre 0115 988 1314
Playtime Video Games Great deals on new & pre-owned video games, consoles & pre-order games. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 950 4712
Atomic Gift Shop Gift shop featuring a large selection of designs in jewellery, cards, Orla Kiely & items for the home. Poultry 0115 979 9940 atomicinteriors.co.uk
Mobile Solutions Electronics repair centre. Upper Parliament Street
Raithby Raithby’s sell newspapers & magazines, as well as a selection of sweets, snacks, soft drinks & tobacco products. Long Row 0115 947 6984
Forty Two Home of skateboarding in Nottingham offering an excellent selection of the best skate products & brands. Victoria Street 0115 950 4852 fortytwoshop.co.uk Fresh Oriental Supermarket Exotic range of eastern food & drink. Friar Lane 0115 947 6397 Gauntleys Fine wine & whiskey. High Street 0115 911 0555 gauntleys.com Gee Dee Models Model shop for the casual shopper, collector or dedicated model maker. High Cross Street 0115 941 2211 geedee-modelshop.com
Oriental Mart Specialising in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Philippine, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese & Singaporean cuisine. Heathcoat Street 0115 950 6615 orientalmart.co.uk
Shawes Premier art, craft & stationery centre. Mansfield Road 0115 941 8646 shawes.co.uk
Page 45 Comic & graphic novel shop. Market Street 0115 950 8045 page45.com
Swop n Save Store that lets you trade your pre-owned games, consoles, gadgets, devices & phones for great savings on new ones. Broadmarsh Centre swopnsave.co.uk
Pen Sense Writing instrument specialists. King Street 0115 947 2724 pensense.co.uk
The Bag Company High-quality leather goods & luggage. Wheeler Gate 0115 950 3572 bagcompany.co.uk
Phone Hut Mobile phone suppliers. Lister Gate 07824 075555
The Bead Shop Beads, findings, tools & Swarovski Elements as well as workshops in basic jewellery making, silver art clay, glass fusing & more. Market Street 0115 9588899 mailorder-beads.co.uk The Tokenhouse Gift shop offering a range of cards & gifts for almost anyone. Bridlesmith Gate 0115 950 2121 thetokenhouse.co.uk
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Weavers of Nottingham Suppliers of a comprehensive & creative range of wines, spirits & liqueurs. Castle Gate 0115 958 0922 weaverswines.com
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Revolve Discount clothing store for women. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 958 7715 Shout Discount clothing store for women. Victoria Centre 0115 950 1155 Stick & Ribbon Womenswear & menswear store offering style consultations & advice. Poultry 0115 941 4555 stickandribbon.com
FASHION Baklash Vintage clothing store. Market Street 0115 924 1455 Born Ambitious Sells men’s clothes from a large range of brands. Pelham Street 0115 941 1131 bornambitious.co.uk Braderie Vintage & new clothing based in the heart of Nottingham. Pelham Street 0115 924 2353 braderie.co.uk Diva Collection Affordable occasionwear & casualwear for women. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 950 3835
Tutu Brings the best of the best from some of the most coveted boutique labels & brand leaders. The Exchange 0115 947 0189 Void Clothing Suppliers of alternative, gothic, punk, metal, rock & cyber clothing, footwear & accessories. Designers & manufacturers of their own label with items made to measure. Carlton Street 0115 952 0039 voidclothing.net Wild Clothing Casual wear & accessories for men & women, selling a mix of street style & vintage finds. Broad Street 0115 941 3928
Fearless Fight Wear The Midland’s major retail outlet of MMA clothing, equipment, supplements & fightwear for fighters & fans alike. Thurland Street 0115 837 2708 fearless-fightwear.com Graham Hill Menswear Well-established, family-run business offering a wide range of quality menswear for hire or purchase. Market Street 0115 947 2686 grahamhillmenswear.co.uk
Fashion fans in Nottingham are luckier than most thanks to our great range of independent shops – with much more in store than the run-of-the-mill seasonal fare available in bigger chains.
Here’s our guide to three distinct styles you’ll find in the city’s independent sector...
HIGH END STYLE For a special occasion or if you’re simply the sort of person who demands quality every day, try one of the very special high end independent stores in the city centre:
VINTAGE It’s all about taking the best styles, colours and looks from days gone by and giving them a new lease of life for today. Nottingham’s unbeatable choice of vintage and retro stockists include:
Stick and Ribbon, 3 Flying Horse Walk – exclusive designs for modern women, with brands including Almost Famous, Ingenue and Swedish Hasbeens. Staff are all trained stylists who can offer advice and consultations and there are also regular fashion shows and other events in the bright and welcoming store.
For that indefinable style or a piece that doesn’t follow any particular trend, try one of Nottingham’s wonderfully quirky stores, which almost defy categorisation: Void Clothing, 38-40 Carlton Street – this legendary store has been selling alternative clothing, jewellery, accessories, make-up, footwear and band merchandise since 1982, and is a haven for some of the country’s most glamorous Goths. With a real sense of fun and some brilliant gift ideas, you’ll be inspired and entertained in equal measures.
Tutu Urban Boutique, 1 The Exchange – featuring a comprehensive range of brands for smart women, including Georgio Armani, Grundahl, Transit, Humanoid and Vintage by Fe, this upmarket boutique is a haven for fashionistas with a confident and assured sense of style. Wild Clothing Wild Clothing, 4-6 Broad Street – a hit particularly with the city’s enormous student population, you never know what you will find inside this appealing and well thought out store. Look out for upcycled items and rare pieces from as far back as the 1940s – all sold alongside street clothing and accessories for men and women.
Ice Nine, 9-13 Goose Gate – when you really want to stand out from the crowd, try this beloved Nottingham shop with its brilliant choice of alternative clothing and eye-catching body and fashion jewellery. If you’re into burlesque, this is also the place to go for one-off designs and inspiration. No wonder it’s been a successful business since the 1970s.
Jolie Lingerie, 14 Flying Horse Walk – the place to go for luxurious lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, you’ll find a range of top brands here including Marie Jo, Transparenze and Freya, with beautiful camisoles, maternity options as well as clever shapewear. Staff are on hand for expert advice on fitting or any other questions you might have.
Braderie, 19-21 Pelham Street – it’s the store that’s always looking for new ways to work with old materials, such as its recent focus on how to bring Levi’s denim up to date. Great for men’s cardigans, jackets and scarves – or how about a great pair of women’s dungarees for the summer?
Born Ambitious, 38 Pelham Street – offering a real alternative for men who want to ditch boring jumpers, shirts and jeans, this top store has inspirational ideas from some of the world’s leading designer brands. How about reclaiming flowers from its feminine focus and embracing the new Hawaiian look in the store this spring summer? Alo-ha Nottingham!
Baklash, Market Street – a major name in vintage and second hand clothing since 1982 and now happily spread over two floors in what used to be known as Selectadisc, this is the place to go for all types of authentic gear. Whether you’d like an elegant coat or evening dress or a fun fifties jacket or psychedelic suit, you’ll find it in this large and appealing venue. Tutu Urban Boutique 11
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THE JEWEL (AND SO MUCH MORE)
IN NOTTINGHAM’S CROWN independent specialists
Hallams Jewellers Fine jewellery with brands including Faberge, Picchiotti, Chimento, Recarlo, Rolex, Zenith, Breitling, Audemars Piguet & Corum. Upper Parliament Street 0115 941 1276 hallamfinejewellery.com
igger brands may dominate the market in some cities, but in Nottingham we have a whole host of independent shops and services offering something a little different from the norm.
Browse gorgeous jewellery designs by Cathy Stephens, 11 Flying Horse Walk, Cope, 41-43 Upper Parliament Street, Excel, 5-7 St Peter’s Gate, and Hallam Fine Jewellery, 30 Upper Parliament Street. R.O.K, 21-23 Wheeler Gate, Stuart Thexton, 19-21 The Exchange and Temprell, 14 Pelham Street also offer some exquisite pieces.
Cathy Stephens Handmade jewellery designed by Cathy Stephens. Poultry 0115 941 0800 cathystephens.co.uk
J Herbert Jewellers Gold, silver & platinum jewellery, watches & clocks. Wheeler Gate 0115 941 7879 watchesnottingham.co.uk J W Rose Discount Jewellers Fully qualified & highly experienced on-site goldsmith. Maypole Yard 0115 969 9911 johnrosejewellers.com
And when it comes to things to do, the city has some brilliant venues, with Broadway Cinema, Broad Street and the City of Caves, Broadmarsh Centre right on our doorstep.
Cope Jewellers Traditional & contemporary jewellery, prestigious Swiss watches & speciality clocks from the leading brands. Upper Parliament Street 0115 947 2692 copejewellers.co.uk
R.O.K. Accessories High-quality, stylish jewellery & watches. Wheeler Gate 0115 922 1199 rokaccessories.co.uk
Not forgetting the wealth of services provided by our fantastic local businesses, working hard to bring people into the city.
Excel Jewellery Handmade jewellery. St Peters Gate 0115 950 9666 exceljewellery.co.uk
Smiths Jewellers Jewellery & watches. Poultry 0115 950 0176 dsmithjeweller.co.uk
NCT Travel Centre
At the travel centre you can top up or get your first Easyrider Citycard, pick up a bus timetable & collect lost property. South Parade 0115 950 60 70 nctx.co.uk
Visit for all your tailoring & dry-cleaning needs. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 941 7161 tailors-nottingham.co.uk
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SERVICES DC Anderson Property Management Independent, family-run firm specialising in managing & letting unfurnished residential properties. Bridlesmith Gate 0115 950 2326
A dynamic & driven team of property agents & consultants. Weekday Cross 0115 841 1155 fhpliving.co.uk
The number one property auction house in the Midlands. Wheeler Gate 0115 958 8702 grahampennyauctions.com
Dedicated staff are able to inform you about local events, accommodation & attractions together with the best way to get around the city & county. Smithy Row 0844 477 5678 visitnottsshop.com
THINGS TO DO Albert Hall
Once Nottingham’s largest concert hall, now a high-quality facility for the conference & events industry. North Circus Street 0115 950 0411 alberthallnottingham.co.uk
Two 18 hole indoor adventure golf courses plus birthday parties & corporate events. Burton Street 0115 985 9455 lostcityadventuregolf.com
Independent cinema where you can not only watch movies but eat, drink & learn about film, too. Broad Street 0115 952 6611 broadway.org.uk
Free visitor attraction running family activities, with a café playing free live music every Saturday & an independent gift shop. Weekday Cross 0115 948 9750 nottinghamcontemporary.org
Caves Of Nottingham
Subterranean family attraction that is part of a complex of over 500 caves dating back to the Dark Ages. Broadmarsh Centre 0115 988 1955 cityofcaves.com
Richard Watkinson & Partners
Chartered surveyors & estate agency offering residential & commercial sales & lettings search, landlord advice, & management services. Market Street 0115 948 0041 richardwatkinson.co.uk
Full range of professional services including property sales, management services, residential & commercial valuations, rent reviews & lease renewals. Pelham Street 0115 958 6586 tanners-properties.co.uk
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Theatre which puts on a wide variety of drama, music, dance, comedy & pantomime. East Circus Street 0115 947 4361 nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
Stuart Thexton Jewellery Jewellery retailer supplying carefully selected pieces from designers such as Coleman Douglas Pearls, Ziio, Marco Bicego & Christopher Wharton. The Exchange 0115 988 1821 stuart-thexton.com Temprells Jewellery designer & manufacturer supplying pieces to the highest standards of design, craftsmanship & sourcing. Pelham Street 0115 947 3472 temprell.com Trinity Goldsmiths Provide exquisite jewellery with traditional value for money & honest, efficient customer service. Forman Street 0115 947 5052 trinitygoldsmiths.com
The Midlands’ best live music venue. Talbot Street 0115 950 6547 rock-city.co.uk
Boeing 737 Flight Simulator ideal for a gift experience, fun for groups & individuals or part of a night out. Burton Street 0844 693 1182 simspot.co.uk
The Royal Centre
Leading venue for arts & entertainment in the East Midlands. Theatre Square 0115 989 5555 trch.co.uk
‘Oldies’ are part of what makes Nottingham great
f you think independent stores simply don’t have the staying power of bigger, national chains, you only have to look at some of the longestestablished names in Nottingham’s retail sector to see how wrong you are. Andersons of Nottingham
These great, truly unique Nottingham brands are part of what makes the city so appealing, and their continued success even through some of the most difficult economic conditions of recent times is testament to the hard work and dedication of dedicated retailers who know local people and understand what makes them tick. Leading florists Andersons of Nottingham, 10 King Street, have been perfecting their winning way with flowers since 1972 and continue to be a trusted name for old and new customers alike. Whether it’s wedding bouquets or gifts for Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s, there is a wide choice of blooms – and the business has moved with the times with its great website and delivery service. You can also choose from a range of other gift ideas, such as balloons and wines and spirits.
Meanwhile, The Tokenhouse, 39-41 Bridlesmith Gate, has been welcoming customers through its doors for more than 35 years, bringing brilliant giftware, children’s toys, stationery, homewares and baby goods to discerning customers from across the region.
British-themed Rule Britannia collection of books and Tea and Cake homeware items. If you love quality wines, you’ll be familiar with Weavers, 1 Castle Gate, originally established in 1844 and now run by the fifth generation of the famous Trease family. Its quirky interior hosts an unbeatable range of rare wines, spirits and liqueurs from around the world – with the best sparkling wines and champagnes as well as beers and bottled mineral water.
Their continued success even through some of the most difficult economic conditions of recent times is testament to the hard work and dedication of retailers who know local people
You’ll find expert advice if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a special occasion, and there is a great choice of cellar accessories such as decanters, cork screws and wine glasses. Also a familiar name in Nottingham since 1880, Gauntleys, 4 High Street, started out life in Long Row and moved to its current position inside the lovely surroundings of Exchange Arcade in 1962. It is recognised as one of the UK’s leading wine importers and agency houses, specialising in wines from the Rhone Valley, Alsace and Champagne.
While many big-name additions have entered the marketplace in recent times, this is a gift store that in many ways set the trend for quirky and interesting ranges – and it prides itself on trying new brands and collections long before they’re seen in other shops. Trends this year include the
There is also an excellent choice of quality spirits, including rare Japanese whisky, Armagnac and rum – and the shop runs a popular website with a blog by Chris Goodrum called “The Good Dram Show.”
About the Nottingham BID
he Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) officially came into operation as a result of the merger of the previously separate Nottingham Retail and Leisure BIDs, recognising that people come to the city for the whole experience. It aims to provide a more cohesive approach to promoting the best of what the city centre has to offer.
Traditional values and good service are what set these businesses apart Ken, 46, Mapperley
www.nottinghambid.com With around 770 members comprised mainly of retail businesses and licensed premises and a combined income of over £850k, the Nottingham BID is one of the largest in the country. It delivers a series of initiatives that make a difference to its members in terms of attracting shoppers and visitors to the city, with a focus on marketing, events, environmental, safety and access issues, and licensing matters.
In the past two years, initiatives such as 48 Hours of Fashion and its Food and Drink initiative have become very popular. The Nottingham BID’s vision is to help make Nottingham the shopping and leisure destination of choice in the East Midlands, to maximise the city’s full trading potential and to enhance its national reputation. To contact a member of the BID team email email@example.com or ring 0115 988 1441.
H E A D O F F T H E B E AT E N T R A C K TO DISCOVER THE REAL GEMS OF NOTTINGHAM N
ottingham city centre is lucky enough to have several very distinct retail and entertainment areas, all of which offer something totally unique for visitors who have come to shop or enjoy a bite to eat. And the key factor that makes these diverse “zones” such must-do destinations is an emphasis on independents – with scores of lovely shops, cafés and other businesses you simply won’t find in any other city. So why not step away from the big shopping centres and high street chains and discover something a little different from the run-of-the mill brands you might be used to? You never know what secret gems you’ll come across if you head off the beaten track:
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Famously known as Nottingham’s “curry mile” because of its superb collection of high end Indian restaurants, this bustling thoroughfare also plays host to a number of independent stores – including several well-established interiors specialists. There are also various lively bars and evening venues, so make sure you take a stroll along the iconic street if you’re out for the evening with friends.
This historic thoroughfare, off Upper Parliament Street, has recently undergone major regeneration and is a delight if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. With its gorgeous traditional buildings and great mix of brightly coloured cafés and unusual shops, you’ll enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era.
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Derby Road The stretch of road from Canning Circus running down towards Upper Parliament Street and Maid Marian Way has come to have a very special place in the hearts of local shopping enthusiasts. Nowhere in Nottingham has a better choice of independent interiors shops - with great pubs and bars thrown into the mix for good measure. Tim Foster, vice chairman of Derby Road Steering Group added: “We’re working as a community to raise the profile of what shops offer and this year, we’ll be holding Derby Road fête on July 5, celebrating these shops and businesses. It will be an event for the whole city to enjoy with entertainment for everyone.”
Take a stroll up this famous walkway, running from the Old Market Square to Maid Marian Way, for an array of brilliant pubs, bars, cafés and entertainment venues – all set inside some wonderful original Georgian buildings.
King’s Walk and
Trinity Walk Situated close to the popular Corner House and the bars and restaurants around Forman Street and Trinity Square, these pedestrianised cut-throughs play host to some much-loved specialist shops and businesses. Look out for the eyecatching “King’s Walk” sign off Upper Parliament Street.
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Hockley Ever since the 1970s, those in the know have sought out Hockley for a walk on the “alternative” side of retail. And the area continues to attract a constantly engaging mix of fashion boutiques, vintage stores and chilled out cafés – the natural haven for the city’s creative community. The business are well known for their “all in this together” attitude, and this spirit of togetherness is best illustrated by events like the popular Hockley Hustle, back this year on October 19 with lively music and creative talent celebrating the unique style and character of the area. Log onto www.hockleyhustle.co.uk for more details.
West End Arcade Experience something a little different from the norm with a visit to this definitive destination for Nottingham folk - a traditional-style shopping arcade accessed via Upper Parliament Street or Chapel Bar. There’s an array of interesting stores inside offering everything from music and gifts to delicious food. 14
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Pelham Street Try this historic street, which leads from Smithy Row in the city to the Hockley area, for a mix of friendly cafes, pubs and eateries, with brilliant independent boutiques and one of the city’s oldest established opticians just a few of the highlights en route.
Enjoy a walk from the Old Market Square towards the Theatre Royal, taking in some of the city’s best shops – with vintage fashion and rare comics amongst the potential delights on offer.
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Famously home to world renowned fashion designer Paul Smith’s first shop, this historic lane is one of the oldest in the city – running from Bridlesmith Gate to Fletcher Gate. It still manages to continue the independent tradition, with a range of shops, salons, bars and pubs to choose from.
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No visit to Nottingham would be complete without taking in the famous high-end shops of Bridlesmith Gate – but look out for this ornate and unusual shopping arcade, with its glass canopy offering welcome shelter from the elements. Popular shops inside include beauty businesses and vibrant cafés.
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Cobden Chambers One of the first initiatives of the recently established Creative Quarter in Nottingham, Cobden Chambers, based just off Pelham Street has already attracted a huge amount of interest. It houses a number of exciting, creative businesses making and selling everything from jewellery and knitwear to fashion and homewares. Cobden Chambers boasts a large sun trap of a courtyard, which plays host to pop-up street food vendors, markets and street art, drawing visitors into the Chambers and creating a dynamic, vibrant atmosphere. 15
A day in the City S
pend a day in Nottingham enjoying the superb service and brilliant products available at the great independent venues in our buzzing city...
Breakfast at Edin’s Natural Kitchen, 15 Carlton Street, Hockley Take a flight with SimSpot, The Cornerhouse
Start the day with a hearty but healthy breakfast at the newest addition to the famous Edin’s brand in Nottingham, which complements the popular Deli Café. Try the famous Continental breakfast featuring handmade artisan croissant, succulent smoked salmon, farm ham, creamy brie and fresh berries with yoghurt.
Play a round of golf at The Lost City, The Cornerhouse
Homemade’s award-winning menu showcases the best local produce and there are plenty of delicious treats, including an extensive breakfast menu, gourmet sandwiches, big salads, the homemade burger, bistro lunch specials and Homemade’s signature Foxy’s Fish Finger Sandwich. Don’t forget to save room for a freshly brewed coffee and a slice of Homemade’s renowned cake, including the legendary chocolate brownie.
Enjoy a fascinating tour of The City of Caves, Broadmarsh Centre
Head underground and discover a totally hidden world beneath your feet at this popular city centre attraction. Explore the sandstone caves during a fun, actor-led tour. You’ll be taken on an archaeological expedition including the cobbles of Narrow Marsh and Drury Hill, once Nottingham’s main thoroughfare.
Pamper yourself at Zullo & Holland, Upper Parliament Street
Lunch at Homemade, 20 Pelham Street
This unique adventure golf experience features two 18-hole courses, all indoors – so there’s no need to worry about bad weather. Choose from the Sacred Skull Pass or the Temple Trail. You’ll face the challenge of playing during a thunder and lightning storm, climbing over crumbling walls or battling on despite the appearance of venomous snakes. Great fun for all the family, with birthday party bookings proving particularly popular.
Wake yourself up with this totally unique flight simulator experience inside a replica of the inside of a Boeing 737. With room for two pilots inside the cockpit, every dial, button, switch and instrument is fully functional. The simulator includes all standard 737 features such as overhead panel, throttle quadrant, communications and navigation equipment. Choose from experiences lasting from 30 to 90 minutes.
Tea at Thea Caffea, Enfield Chambers, Low Pavement Revive yourself in this traditional family owned English tearoom, where you’ll enjoy full waitress service, a range of wines and spirits and even a resident piano player. There is also a secluded courtyard if the weather is fine. Enjoy loose leaf teas as well as delicious cakes of all descriptions.
After all that exertion, you’ll need to unwind with a scalp massage and hair cut to leave you feeling fully recharged for a big night out ahead.
Enjoy a movie at the Broadway Cinema, Broad Street, Hockley It’s one of Nottingham’s most beloved nightspots and there’s always a quirky or interesting film to enjoy that you might not have caught at a regular cinema – with handy early evening screenings and a chance to have a meal or snack at the popular cafe bar.
8.30pm Head to the Malt Cross, St James’ Street, for great music
For a lively atmosphere, you can’t beat this beloved former music hall which is now a Christian charity, pub and cafe bar – with a great line-up of arts and music events every week showcasing some of the finest local talent around.
Sip cocktails at Dino’s Wine Bar and Restaurant, 9 Warser Gate, The Lace Market Finish off the perfect day at one of Nottingham’s most stylish late night venues, situated in the historic Lace Market. As well as serving great Mediterranean food, the venue offers a highly creative cocktail menu, with a buzzing atmosphere plus live music on selected evenings.
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY IN NOTTINGHAM VISIT WWW.ITSINNOTTINGHAM.COM FOR LOTS MORE. 16