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Company behind Copper to open The Refinery in West Bridgford

The company behind the highly successful Copper Café brand are excited to announce they will be launching a new venue in West Bridgford, The Refinery, due to open at the end of May 2019.

Great Northern Inns owners Dave Willans and Les Howard have brought two new partners on board, who have both been behind the launch of the West Bridgford and City centre Copper venues; Antony Wilson who is already a partner in the City centre venue will be joined by Tristan Hanmer who has been a member of the senior management for Copper for 10 years and will be general manager of the new site. Dave Willans comments “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to open another site in West Bridgford and one we’re all looking forward to opening. It’s so rewarding that individuals we have employed for many years now have the opportunity to become partners in our new ventures and hopefully gives our younger generation of bar staff incentive and insight into how the company values our hardworking and long-serving team members”.

Located on Melton Road in West Bridgford (formerly Signature Steakhouse), the venue is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment and is due to open around the bank holiday weekend (date to be confirmed). The work is being carried out by numerous local companies, including Concorde RGW design, Rock Electrical, Image Sounds and Havenwood Signage.

General Manager, Tristan explains: “Through the extensive refurbishment, we are creating a sophisticated, modern interior which looks and feels luxurious yet warm and welcoming, all of which reflect our brand values. Think plush textiles, bold prints and lots of lavish detailing which will make The Refinery the perfect place or lazy weekend brunches, daytime coffees right into evening meals and bespoke cocktails.”

The Refinery’s kitchen offering will include high quality ingredients, sourced from local suppliers
wherever possible (such as The Fruit Basket) to create a freshly prepared menu featuring broad
brunch options, hand-stretched pizzas – stone-baked on site – salads, sandwiches, burgers and grill mains with a tasty children’s menu for younger visitors.

Hot drinks and perfectly prepared coffees (something which the team are true experts in) will be supplied by local supplier Lee & Fletcher (both Free Trade and Rainforest Alliance registered). In addition, a carefully crafted wine list, cask and keg beer from Navigation Brewery, speciality cocktails, plenty of unique and premium spirits and delicious soft drinks will be on offer over the bar.

The Refinery will be open 7 days a week for brunch, lunch and evening menus, welcoming both
diners and drinkers.

Mobile Lab Opens in West Bridgford

On Friday (5th April), Mobile Lab – the electronic device repair specialists – will open its West Bridgford branch, located on Rectory Road.

The company specialises in phone, tablet and computer repairs but their business stretches beyond that. On the repair side, the company lives by the slogan “We Fix Anything Tech”, mainly created to demonstrate that they will attempt to fix portable devices that were otherwise seen as beyond repair, though on the rare occasion they have had to repair televisions, microwaves and even a car ECU!

In addition, the company buys, restores then sells used devices at competitive rates and sells accessories such as phone covers.

Mobile Lab West Bridgford

As part of the opening, Mobile Lab are giving away a free screen protector to anyone who stops by their West Bridgford venue on the opening day.

Speaking about the opening, Majid Sha, Managing Director of the business, said:

“We are extremely excited to open our West Bridgford branch. It marks our first opening of 2019, with at least three more to come. We would love for the local community to pay us a visit on the day so they can get a good idea of what we do, so we are giving away free screen protectors to celebrate!

“Companies like Apple charge astronomical prices for certain repairs, such as back glass replacements on the iPhone X or XS, so we wanted to offer people a quality service, using genuine parts, at reasonable prices – and that’s how Mobile Lab was born.”

Mobile Lab West Bridgford

Mobile Lab offers customers the option to send items by post and visit the labs. Postal repairs take one working day, with the exception of board level repairs which take 2-5 working days.

Lab repairs take as little as 20 minutes, through the Express Repair service, this includes screen replacements and other minor damages.

The opening takes place on Friday 5th April 2019 at Unit 7, 52A Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. NG2 6BL.

Store opening hours will be:
Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:30
Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00

The website is

The Little Tent Company

West Bridgford mums launch sleepover party business

The Little Tent Company was established this year by West Bridgford mums Karen Moseley and Holly Ashworth.

They met at their children’s swimming sessions at Rushcliffe Arena when their babies were just months old and have been friends ever since.

Whilst still working in professional jobs and caring for their own children, with a little motivation and creative inspiration, the two mums have taken party planning dilemmas away from parents with the creation of their unique sleepover experience for children.

The Little Tent Company

The Little Tent Company offers a high quality service that provides comfortable and stylish tents which can be tailored to each party.

They are based in West Bridgford and offer a local service which includes delivery, tent setup, breakdown and collection, which makes it a no-hassle option for parents.

It’s a great party concept for 5-12 year olds, whether it be for a whole night sleepover experience or a daytime slumber party with treats.

The Little Tent Company

There are a number of different packages available and Karen and Holly are always happy to discuss requests.

Any bookings made before the end of February will have a 20% discount applied. Why not book a ‘Best Friends Sleepover’ for a special little someone and their best friend this half term?

Take a look at their Facebook page @TheLittleTentCompanyNotts and Instagram @thelittletentcompany to see some great pictures and inspiration for your child’s next party.

Karen and Holly are very much looking forward to hearing from you, so contact them today, at

The Little Tent Company

Six, Trent Bridge

Tom Sellers to support new restaurant Six at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have announced a wide-ranging partnership with Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers ahead of the opening of Six, a contemporary British restaurant and bar at Trent Bridge.

The Club commissioned the sixth-floor restaurant premises with panoramic views over Nottingham and West Bridgford as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment of the media centre in the Radcliffe Road Stand. They will look to source talent and suppliers with strong ties to Nottingham ahead of the opening later this year.

Six, Trent Bridge

“We have spent months talking to chefs and restauranteurs to support this project, but Tom’s desire to make a contribution in his hometown off the back of his success elsewhere stood him apart,” said Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse.

“It’s our name above the door, but we’re delighted to have him advising in the background where his influence has already been invaluable.

“This is about more than food for Tom. We share a desire to give young people a chance and to make a real contribution to Nottingham.

“That encompasses opening a restaurant unlike anything else in the city and weaving in opportunities for young talent to contribute in the kitchen and front of house.”

Sellers, 31, grew up in East Leake before honing his skills in the world-renowned kitchens of Tom Aikens, Thomas Keller and René Redzepi.

His pursuit of a Michelin Star was realised within five months of opening Restaurant Story in London and his second property, The Lickfold Inn, continues to enjoy critical acclaim.

Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers

Sellers homecoming

This marks as a homecoming of sorts for Nottingham-born Sellers, who will advise on menu development in partnership with a locally appointed chef, support a number of community initiatives and be in attendance to cook at six events throughout the year.

Sellers’ nod to Nottingham is apparent in his recent work. His Merry Men pop-up, celebrating the legend of Robin Hood, which transformed a Victorian warehouse into a medieval banquet, sold out a four-week run within hours of launching.

“I’ve always had an ambition to do something in Nottingham and this feels like the right time and the right fit,” said Tom.

“With a focus on developing young talent from the Nottingham area, I hope opportunities will be provided to young chefs to follow their dreams and carve out a career in the industry like I have

“It’s unusual for me to come along at a stage where big elements of the concept have already been developed, and Six is a Trent Bridge restaurant with me advising in the background rather than the other way around.

“We hope people enjoy Six for what it is. There is room in every city for independent restaurants that combine the right food, service and setting. Put simply, that’s what we’re working on together to achieve.”

Six, Trent Bridge’s new contemporary British restaurant and bar, is set to open in March with early access for those who register their interest at

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All images courtesy of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Portello Lounge

Loungers to open Portello Lounge in West Bridgford

Loungers, the West Country based restaurant/café/bar group is opening a brand-new site in West Bridgford on Wednesday 19th December 2018. Portello Lounge will open on Central Avenue, creating 25 jobs for local people.

Loungers have spent £750k transforming the site into a family-friendly retro-inspired cosy retreat, where eclectic artwork and quirky curios sit next to oversized vintage sofas and old school benches, strikingly painted table tops and statement lighting, in Loungers’ eclectic style.

Particular attention has been paid to families – there is a fine selection of games, books, colouring pencils and pads, a full menu just for little Loungers and high chairs and baby-change facilities.

Phil Kinsella, operations manager, Loungers, said “We can’t wait to get in and get going at Portello Lounge and become involved in the community who we hope will love lounging as much as we do.”

A community notice board is available for those wanting to publicise events and a book swap area is kept well stocked. The team will also be holding regular fund-raising events as part of their commitment to making a difference in the community. With this in mind the team has chosen to support a local charitable cause, The Friary, who work locally to end homelessness; their mission is “We empower homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical services, advice and emotional support.” The cause strikes a chord with the Portello Lounge team, who will raise funds by donating 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold during the first month of trading.

Portello Lounge will cater for all tastes throughout the day. Whether you’re looking for the best coffee in town, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch, Portello Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The all-day menu features everything from an array of tapas and the famous Hero burger to Tin Pan Louie’s beef chilli, packed paninis and the best mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted… or there’s the ever-changing specials menu. Little Loungers, vegans and those favouring a gluten-free diet are well catered for with their very own menus.

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A-venue closes down

A-venue, located on Central Avenue, has closed down 15 months after opening.

The restaurant and bar, located on the former Cured and Belle and Jerome site, was opened in July 2017 by husband and wife Jason and Karen Churchill. A statement on the bar’s Facebook page reads:

It is with deep sadness that we have now closed A-venue bar. We Have enjoyed every minute and we thank each and everyone of the fabulous guys who worked for us…you are all amazing! Thank you also to all our lovely customers who have supported us over the last year or so. Anyone who has a booking in the upstairs bar will be contacted shortly.

Signature Steakhouse closes after repossession

‘Signature Steakhouse’, once rated for it’s ‘fabulous’ food has suddenly closed. A notice was posted on the restaurant in Melton Road, West Bridgford outlining the repossession of the property.

Landlords Melton Road Properties LTD have repossessed the property after forfeiture of the lease by peaceable re-entry. The notice states that the locks have been changed and any attempt to enter the property is prohibited.

Signature clothing boutique was attached to the restaurant and sold women’s clothing and accessories. Meanwhile, the restaurant was most popular for it’s steaks and champagne afternoon teas, with the restaurant stating that “we serve only the best steaks available and prepare and cook them to perfection.”

Mud Crab Pacifico closes

Mud Crab Pacifico has permanently closed. Mud Crab, which was re-branded as Wild Vine in November (although retained the Mud Crab lettering) shut on Sunday. Head office are refusing to comment on the reason for the closure or give any more details at this stage.

Mud Crab previously went under the brand of Felicini which at the time was one of the most popular venues in West Bridgford.

Mud Crab

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The Botanist coming to West Bridgford

The Botanist is set to open in West Bridgford, replacing Fire and ice which is closing in June. The Bridgford Road venue will become the 14th instalment of the horticultural-themed bars, which has other venues in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

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The Botanist in Newcastle

This is the second offering by Living Ventures after they opened Gusto on the former Monkey Tree site last year.

Fire and Ice to close after 11 years

Fire and Ice will close its doors in June after 11 years of trading on Bridgford Road. Opened in 2006 it has been at the heart of the upsurge of the food and drink scene in West Bridgford.

We are personally really sad to see this venue close – fantastic pizza and some fantastic nights there. We wish the owners all the best in the future.

This is the latest in a spate of recent closures of independents which has seen both the Riverbank and Chin Chin close this year.

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