There's always something new just around the corner to keep Nottingham's food and drink scene alive and buzzing. Certain chain restaurants have been having a tough time recently but the number of new independently owned bars, restaurants and cafes is growing. From a fancy tearoom to a jazz bar and healthy fast food (and not so healthy) to a sky-high gin bar, these are the new venues gearing up to open later this year in the city centre and out-of-town. Josephine's Cafe and Tearoom Yummy looking handmade cupcakes will be on the menu at Josephine's Tea Room and Cafe. The new business is taking up residence in an empty premises at a prime location with the 'Blanc Canvas's sign in Nottingham city centre, on the corner of Upper Parliament Street and Market Street. Customers will also be able to indulge in paninis, cream teas and the full afternoon tea experience at the property, which was previously loan shop Speedy Cash. An opening date has yet to be announced. Triple Two Coffee The … [Read more...] about 20 new bars, cafes and restaurants still to open by the end of 2018
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Spain, which this weekend hosts the travelling Formula One circus, overtook the US to become the world's second most popular holiday destination last year. It welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017 - more than ever before and up from 75.3m in 2016. But that doesn't mean you can't still find pockets of seaside tranquility and cities untouched by mass tourism. Let our experts shine a light on some of Spain's best lesser-known gems. 1. Llafranc, Catalonia Sally Davies writes: “The very word ‘Costa’, these days, can be enough to conjure up images of towering apartment blocks and litre tankards of cheap lager, but the Costa Brava is altogether classier. “At its centre is the perfectly proportioned Llafranc, large enough to keep a family entertained on a week’s holiday, small enough to catch some peace and quiet. Outside the chaotic but short-lived high season (July and August), in fact, you’ll hear little more than the … [Read more...] about 20 amazing places in Spain that the British haven’t discovered yet
When Pete Townshend was finessing the lyrics to what would become the most totemic track in The Who's back catalogue, Won't Get Fooled Again, he probably wasn't envisaging the demise of the Castro era in Cuba. After all, this near-nine minute odyssey of a song, which would boom out as the closing number on the Who's Next album, saw the light of day in the summer of 1971 - only 12 years after the final shots had been fired in the armed insurgency which brought about regime change on the biggest island in the Caribbean. At this point, America's notorious Bay of Pigs invasion was 10 years in the past, and the apocalyptic brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis nine years in the rear-view mirror. Both international incidents had left Fidel Castro's position - in a country he had seized control of via six years of unceasing determination and guerrilla warfare - as entrenched as ever. If there was an end in sight for a revolution that America had come to fear - aghast at having a Communist … [Read more...] about What does the end of the Castro era mean for tourists?
Millions of people were inspired by David Attenborough’s call to action in the finale of the last year’s Blue Planet II when haunting scenes of plastic pollution were beamed into our homes. Whether it’s an albatross feeding plastic to its young, or a seahorse grasping a cotton bud stick, shocking images documenting the damage we are doing to our oceans have caused a groundswell of public pressure for action. It’s therefore not that surprising that a recent study found that Brits are more worried about plastic than they are about Brexit. Read more Waitrose pledges to phase out its disposable coffee cups by autumn And we’re right to be worried. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2050 our oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish, and the UK is partly to blame. It’s estimated that we use around 10 billion single-use takeaway cups and lids, for hot and cold drinks, every year. Around 12 per cent – … [Read more...] about To tackle plastic pollution, Philip Hammond needs to wake up and smell the coffee
Their very geographical nature makes islands particularly prone to overcrowding – simply put, there’s not enough room for endless streams of tourists. Here are some of the most worrying examples of islands, many of which were once untouched, falling victim to their own popularity. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand Twenty years ago this little archipelago in the Andaman Sea really was paradise - and practically unknown - making it the perfect filming location for the big screen adaptation of The Beach, Alex Garland’s novel about the search for untouched backpacker heaven. Now as many as 5,000 people arrive each day on boat trips from the bustling mainland resorts of Krabi and Phuket, turning Maya Bay, the sheltered cove where much of the movie takes place, into a selfie-taking free-for-all. The situation has become so bad that Thai authorities recently announced plans to completely close Maya Bay for four months this summer (June 1 until September 30) to give the surrounding … [Read more...] about Paradise lost: Beautiful islands ruined by tourism