Wednesday, 4 October 2017

#NottinghamSecretDinnerClub - September 2017.

A few weeks back, I received one of the strangest emails I've ever had. It was an invitation to Nottingham's first ever Secret Dinner Club; A dining experience at three of Nottingham's top venues. 
I was given a date and time to meet the It's In Nottingham team at the left lion on the Market Square. 
It was great to see lots of other bloggers there too both one's I've met before and some new friendly faces to meet too. 

Once everyone was present, we headed up to Hockley to our first venue of the evening, Boilermaker. 
I have heard so, so much about Boilermaker over the years and get told about how amazing their funky cocktails are. From the outside, you may think that you're entering an abandoned shop, but head through the Boiler Room door and you're transported into their top secret bar.
In here, we enjoyed an Espresso based cocktail (mocktail for me) and some nibbles to keep us going. Although the drink wasn't to my personal taste, the Boilermaker itself is a lovely venue and I certainly want to go back now I've been. 

Our main course was held just a short walk across the road at The Curious Tavern. Again, I had come across The Curious Tavern name before but never knew where it was located. From the name, you'd assume it's all about the drinks here but they infect offer a pretty impressive food menu too. 
When walking into the venue, the interior catches your eye instantly. It's sort of rustic but with a hint of chicness about it. Beautiful. 
Beef, Stout & Caramelised Onion Pie with Creamed Mash & Minted Pea Puree. When I go out to eat, I can't say that a pie is something I'd ever chose to have. But oh my goodness this pie has made me reconsider this decision. The Pastry was flaky, the Beef and Gravy were full of flavour, the mash so smooth and creamy and then that Pea Puree (basically posh mushy peas) - the best mushy peas I've ever had. 
We were able to wash this down with a 'Selfie Cocktail' which comes complete with sunglasses and moustache straw. A great little quirk which was fun to mess around with. 

Our final hosts for the night were Homemade, a gorgeous little cafe where we were able to try an assiette of the delicious looking desserts they have gracing their window display. 
An After Eight Brownie, Lemon Drizzle and a baked Oreo Cheesecake. 
I'm not a fan of anything minty so I tried a smidge of the Brownie but it wasn't for me. The sponge and cheesecake however...consider them inhaled. I have such a sweet tooth so as you can imagine, I was in my element in here. 

Nottingham has so many eateries and bars to offer including tonnes of independent ones which are always super important to support. Next time you're spoilt for choice, why not give the It's in Nottingham Food & Drink Finder a try. You can find it here. For example, just chose what you're looking for such as an evening meal, the type of cuisine you're after etc. and you're given a list of all of the possible venues that match your given criteria. Simple. 

Big thanks to It's in Nottingham for a great evening. I have to say, this is probably up there in the top 3 events I've ever been to. 
As always, thanks for reading.


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