The other day I happened to have business in West Bridgford and come the luncheon hour I suddenly noticed the absence of the bizarrely-named Mud Crab Pacifico. So what’s the story there? In its place we have Portello Lounge, which must be inspired by either the sickly fizzy drink of that name, or the Italian word for ship’s hatch. Not the ex-politician who travels by train on BBC2, sporting a range of horror-show blazers. He is Portillo, with an i. I peered through Portello Lounge’s front windows and saw an alarming number of baby buggies. Another “family friendly” restaurant for NG2? The heart sinks at the thought of all those young mothers allowing their shrieky little Georges and Freyas to kick off on grown-ups’ licensed premises, but such is life in the daily sprog parade of Bread and Lard Island. Entering the cacophonous ground floor bar and dining room I was beaten to the last available table by a young mother with offspring. They did me a … [Read more...] about ‘Like a paediatrics department… with a lot more yowling’
Drinks like a fish
Suzanne Harrington Statistically, one of my children could become an alcoholic but their relationship with alcohol is their own, writes Suzanne Harrington I have never drank in front of my kids. This is because I used to drink like a fish with a drink problem, and so I always waited until they were elsewhere, being looked after by other people, before I got stuck in. They have no memory of me being drunk, and for different reasons, neither do I. I stopped drinking completely when they were still very little, not because I was worried about how being drunk around my kids would affect them, but because of how being hungover around my kids was affecting me. Imagine it. Small kids bouncing on your head at 6am when your entire skull is made of paper thin poisoned membrane and you are five seconds from death. Something had to go, and as I couldn’t realistically get rid of the kids, I had to get rid of the hangovers instead. It really was that simple. Active addiction is just too awful … [Read more...] about Debate: Should you drink in front of your children?
There are the specials of a high-end bistro, the mouth-watering cakes of a vintage tea room and the kind of coffee you'd drink at an artisan coffee shop - all out of one tiny kitchen at an award-winning village restaurant. But it isn't simply a restaurant - customers can also buy compost, a house plant or weed killer as this is Timmermans Garden Centre, in Woodborough, which also happens to have some of the best-tasting and best-looking food for miles around coupled with personable customer service. And although a simple scone and jacket potato are still very much a part of the everyday menu, the standards of food are now at an all-time high. The family-run venture, like all garden centres, has evolved over the last few years to put a strong emphasis on the great British pleasure that is eating and drinking. But that's where Belle & Joe's Kitchen's comparison with its rivals ends. For a start, there's table service so diners don't have to queue and everything is cooked fresh to … [Read more...] about The Nottingham garden centre where the food is like a top-notch restaurant
McDonald’s have launched their much anticipated UberEATS service in Manchester. The fast food chain’s new partnership with Uber - McDelivery - allows you to order through the UberEats app and get it delivered directly to your door. It sounds like the ultimate hangover/life solution - but is it? The app promises that McDonald’s food delivered by UberEATS will arrive ‘within half an hour’. But punctuality was one of several issues I encountered. The delivery When I place my order it says I will get my food within 30 minutes but the estimated delivery time goes up and up and up. The actual time between placing my order and my food arriving in my front room was 47 minutes. At the front door the delivery driver tells me that McDonald’s haven’t supplied her with a cup holder so the drink has spilt but ‘there’s still a bit of it left’ and to contact them if there’s an issue. She doesn’t specify if “them” are … [Read more...] about The story of a spilt drink and a damp chip bag
January 24, 2019 04:35 PM It's 1 p.m. on a recent Saturday afternoon when Stephan Weil receives an urgent plea for help. The governor of the German state of Lower Saxony, one of the last remaining strongholds of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), is standing on the second floor of the Stadthalle congress center in the city of Braunschweig. The party's local chapter is hosting an event here and some 300 party members -- "comrades" in SPD parlance -- have shown up. There are meatballs and flutes of champagne on offer for the New Year's reception. Weil laughs. Party crisis? Not here. A woman in her 50s approaches Weil. "Mr. Governor, may I bother you for a second. I'm also a comrade." Weil stops short. The request is flattering, but also dangerous. A reporter is standing next to him and he needs to say something innocuous, and fast. "Oh," he says. "Well, Lower Saxony is a nice place to be too." He's trying to change the subject, but the woman is tenacious. "You have … [Read more...] about A Fateful Year: Can Germany’s SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?