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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

Sex, Trent Bridge front

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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Astroworld soft play

Soft play centre to open on Pearl site

Astroworld, a multi-level space-themed soft play centre, is to open on Stratford Road, on the site formally occupied by the Oriental Pearl which closed last week. The centre will be a “multi-levelintergalactic space centre, where babies, toddlers and children up to 11 can become space cadets for the day”.

There will also be a parent and child friendly café – serving a variety of locally sourced breakfast and lunch dishes, plus snacks and treats.

The launch date has been given as June 2017.

This follows on from the announcement that the front of the building, formally occupied by Chin Chin, is set to be a cocktail bar and kitchen called Forty Four.

Forty Four

Forty Four to open on Chin Chin site

Forty Four has announced is is to open on the former Chin Chin site in West Bridgford. The cocktail bar and kitchen promises both indoor and outdoor cooking.

A spokesperson for the company said: “There will be something on offer to satisfy every taste and budget. Where we can, we have used local suppliers and small businesses to help us. Upstairs there will be a function room available to hire out for special occasions such as birthdays, wedding receptions and meetings. Large screen TV’s are also being installed where you will be able to watch all the latest sports fixtures.”

The bar will hold a launch weekend on the 13th and 14th of May with food and drink giveaways and discounted drinks. To register your interest in attending the launch event email

Forty Four Launch