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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

The Botanist logo

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.

Botanist Newcastle

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.

Fire and ice front

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

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.


Riverbank Nottingham

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.

Bridgford House

Southbank Bar part of £22m development scheme

The Southbank Bar will be part of a £22 million development scheme coming to the banks of the Trent in West Bridgford.

On behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Savills jointly with FHP, has sold the freehold of Bridgford House (formerly the Council’s Civic Centre) in West Bridgford Nottingham to Monk Estates and Harpin Limited for £6.95 million.

Set across 1.55 acres (0.6 hectares), the site comprises two restaurant units occupied by The Southbank Bar and Trattoria Antonio Restaurant, which total 6,015 sq ft (558 sq m), a partially tenanted 76,766 sq ft (7,131 sq m) eight storey office building and 10 residential apartments. Together the building generates an annual rental income of £181,098.

Bridgford House

Bridgford House seen from the opposite side of the river

Victor Ktori, head of office at Savills Nottingham, comments: “Situated in a prime waterside location just outside of Nottingham city centre, Bridgford House offered a unique opportunity to acquire a part income producing investment suitable for future refurbishment or redevelopment.”

Councillor Neil Clarke Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, adds: “The Council has been focussed upon ensuring that the best possible future for this landmark building is secured, whilst also securing the best possible value for taxpayers. We are confident that Harpin and Monk Estates will work positively with existing tenants during the process of redevelopment and we look forward to working positively with them to establish an exciting offer for this important area of the sporting quarter of Nottingham.”

Sam Monk of Monk Estates, adds: “We are delighted to be redeveloping such a prominent and important land mark building in West Bridgford. It’s a unique opportunity to create an exceptional high quality mixed use scheme which will boast stunning panoramic views of the river Trent and the surrounding areas. As a Nottingham based family business we are proud to be given this opportunity and we look forward to working closely with Rushcliffe Borough Council and Harpin Limited.”

Riverbank Nottingham

Riverbank closes as venue is sold

The Riverbank has closed with immediate effect as the venue has been sold. A message on the bars website says:

The venue is now closed with immediate effect.
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 7 wonderful years.
We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience caused for people with future bookings but be assured all deposit payments will be paid back in full.
We are working on a smooth transition with the new owners to ensure all of the bookings booked in the Gallery Function Room still go ahead, for further details please contact the Events Team on
If you have any general enquiries please send them through to
Thank you again for your support and we wish the new owners every success.
The Riverbank Team
Insomnia Clinic

Insomnia Clinic are #SBS winners

Sleep may be at the core of their business, but The Insomnia Clinic is wide awake and ready for business after receiving a fantastic business boost from Dragons’ Den’s Theo Paphitis.  The Insomnia Clinic was named as one of last week’s six #SBS (Small Business Sunday) winners on Twitter, which involved having their tweet retweeted by Theo to his half million followers!  They now join an elite club of small, entrepreneurial businesses whose tweets have caught Theo’s eye to win the coveted accolade.

It was their creative ‘Sleep Beautiful Sleep’ acronym which appealed to Theo, simply and cleverly encapsulating what The Insomnia Clinic is all about.  Based on Trent Boulevard in West Bridgford (as well as Bath and Bristol), the team of qualified insomnia specialists work with individuals or corporate groups to improve sleep quality and, consequently, overall health and wellbeing.  The knowledgeable consultants can help with a variety of sleep issues, helping to identify and change behaviours, thoughts or lifestyle factors which may be affecting their clients’ ability to enjoy a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Small Business Sunday (#SBS) was started by successful businessman Theo to help owners of small businesses and like-minded entrepreneurs.  He explains: “I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.”  All winners become part of a friendly ‘club’ where they can network and share ideas, as well as benefiting from an online profile promoting their business on Theo’s website

Owner and founder of The Insomnia Clinic, Kathryn Pinkham explains exactly what the win means to her: “It’s so good to be recognised by someone like Theo Paphitis.  Setting up your own business is hard, especially when you’re looking after all aspects from actually doing the insomnia therapy to the marketing and everything else that’s involved, so this #SBS win is a real boost.  I passionately believe in what I do and my ultimate aim is to get as many people as possible in the UK sleeping well without medication – this level of recognition and promotion will really help towards achieving that!”