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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.

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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

Chin Chin

Chin Chin announces closure

Chin Chin, along with the Oriental Pearl restaurant that sits behind it, has announced it has closed. A message on the bar’s Facebook page simply read: “From today onwards Chin Chin is CLOSED. It is an end of an era for the Oriental pearl and Chin Chin, we would like to thank everyone that has visited us over the years.”

Chin Chin opened in May 2016 after a extensive refurbishment which saw the Oriental Pearl restaurant seperated out from the bar at the front of the building.


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New owners for the Riverbank announced

The new owners of the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen have been confirmed as microbrewery, pub and restaurant brand Brewhouse & Kitchen. The popular chain adds this site to their existing portfolio of 16 across the country.

Located next to Trent Bridge, the venue contains a bar, restaurant and banqueting suite with a large riverside seating terrace. As it holds a wedding licence, it will now be the first brewery in the UK able to hold marriage ceremonies. The site also previously catered for regular music events, conferences and other functions before closing in late January.

Gavin Webb, Business Agent in Christie & Co’s Nottingham office who handled the sale comments, “The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen established itself as a landmark venue in Nottingham following its opening in April 2010. While sad to see it go, I’m sure Nottingham residents will welcome Brewhouse & Kitchen into the city with their exciting new plans for the premises. We wish both them and our clients all the success in the future.”

The previous owners, brothers Adam and Robin Perkins, also own Tom Browns Brasserie in Gunthorpe. Adam comments, “We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff and customers old and new for making it such a special place.

“We’ve had seven wonderful years at the Riverbank, but it’s time for us to move on. We will look forward to focusing on Tom Browns and spending time with our families.

“It’s really exciting that Brewhouse & Kitchen have chosen our site for their next venture and we wish them all the success!”

The off-market deal was agreed for an undisclosed sum.