by Fiona Duncan-Steer

Author: Fiona Duncan

The Wine Room, Mapperley

The Wine Room, Mapperley

The Wine Room Mapperley is a welcomed addition to the Nottingham bar scene, aimed at; as its name suggests those who have a passion for wine.  Co-owners Debbie and Peter both share a love of everything related to the vino variety and so welcome to […]

Playa Day Club & Restaurant, Nottingham

Playa Day Club & Restaurant, Nottingham

Playa Day Club is a brand-new concept bought to Nottingham by the Mellor’s Group in the form of a trendy pop up bar, club and restaurant located in the Old Market Square. The feel is that of something you would typically find in Marbella or […]

One The Brayford, Lincoln

One The Brayford, Lincoln

My recent stay at the stunning self-catered apartment, One The Brayford in Lincoln was made all the more special when I discovered just where it was located- adjacent to the waterfront known as Brayford Wharf with a spectacular view overlooking the harbour.
A stroll along the waterfront offered an array of bars and restaurants, many being well known brands all offering a selection of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, with a nice addition of a stationed barge cocktail bar directly opposite our window, which lit up at dusk with its fairy lights that twinkled over the water.
Our one bedroom apartment was cosy and just the right size for two- the perfect getaway for a couple who needed some respite- like us. The decor was modern and clean with a very comfortable bed, mirrored wardrobes and simple but contemporary furniture.
My favourite room- the bathroom was marbled, with a large shower, large sink and lots of glass shelving sat within a wooden framed alcove- very nicely done to a high spec.


The living area and kitchen were open plan with a sofa and table and chairs for two, television with overhead strip lighting and all the amenities you need for a weekend stay. There was even milk in the fridge with tea, coffee and cereal waiting for us on arrival.
Parking was provided securely hidden behind an electric gate – all monitored and managed via a key fob. The reception area was pretty impressive and managed by concierge who efficiently checked us in and sent us on our merry way towards the lifts.


The area of Lincoln is vast with its many shops and restaurants, of course there is the famous Steep Hill within walking distance if you don’t mind a substantial walk or if you are a history buff then the Cathedral and castle are fairly close by too. We drove and enjoyed lunch at The Cheese Society- a new independent deli and café whose focus is on well..cheese (and wine)!
After a spot of shopping we descended to our apartment to relax and after a nap on the super comfy bed, we got ready and headed out for dinner along the Wharf and chose Italian at Prezzo- a top quality dinner and beautiful wine followed by a not so leisurely stroll back due to high winds and rain!
The overall experience of our stay at One The Brayford in Lincoln was fantastic and a weekend to remember- given the top-quality apartment, overall service from start to finish and location, we would not hesitate to visit again.
To find out more or to book your stay go to www.birchoverresidences.com
The Sleepy Vegetarian

The Alchemist Nottingham

The Alchemist Nottingham

The meaning of the word alchemist translates to a person who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process.  This perfectly sums up the entire ethos behind The popular bar/restaurant The Alchemist, where I had the pleasure of visiting recently in Nottingham for a […]

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton Hotel group have always had a great reputation for doing exactly what they say on the tin, consistent, affordable accommodation with all amenities covered and Hilton East Midlands are no exception, with their fantastic location just four miles from East Midlands airport, this is […]

at1.SPACE + The Sensory Kitchen

at1.SPACE + The Sensory Kitchen

We recently witnessed a full moon and to my discovery many celebrate this through various ceremonies, including the act of yoga and meditation.

Nottingham based at1.SPACE did just that, as I was invited to join in on a Full Moon Ceremony during the evening at the tranquil sanctuary At1 Space based on Triumph Road near the Nottingham University campus.

Owner, Yasmin is a qualified yoga teacher and often hosts yoga based events at the venue alongside running her classes and I have kept my eye on them over the past few months with the intention of attending when able,  so I was delighted to be able to go along and see it for myself this time around…

at1.SPACE well-being centre is spacious, friendly and welcoming, offering a ‘time out’ option to all for an alternative work space, healthy lunch or just a catch up with friends over a juice and having visited several times this past year since they opened for lunch and yoga classes, I can’t recommend it enough for an escape from reality. 

The Sensory Kitchen have also recently joined the A1 Space team and moved in with their amazing concept of healthy, colourful food to awaken the senses.  Owner Zenia; who has a background in the food industry, is clearly passionate about her offerings and cannot wait to get started. 

The Sensory Kitchen will offer an array of dishes on their menu, which will be tried and tested over the next few months to see which gain the best feedback, before refining her menu a little further down the line with the most popular dishes.  They will also host events in their dedicated space, to include food and wine pairings as well as consultations and having recently sampled some of their delights; including the most colourful vegetarian platter I have ever seen,  sweet potato, avocado and pomegranate bites and vegan avocado mousse served in miniature buckets with tiny spades (very imaginative!) at their opening launch, I have to say I am very much looking forward to trying out the menu.

The Full Moon Ceremony was my first and I very much enjoyed the company of the lovely people in attendance.  Yasmin’s one-hour yoga session kicked it off with a salutation to the moon- yoga mats places in a circle facing towards a central point of candles, Buddha’s and prettiness.   We then took a short break with green tea in beautiful cups, before our session with Paulina, learning about the art and benefits of essential oils.  Paulina took us through a blessing whilst we closed out eye’s and relaxed – her voice was just so soothing I almost nodded off!  We were given information about the amazing benefits of oils for health and well-being purposes and were each offered a vegan, dairy free chocolate to awaken the senses.

Finally, we were asked by Paulina to help ourselves to our own gifts from the basket in the centre of the room- each pretty, spotty paper bag had our name on it and contained a handwritten positive affirmation and essential oil blend rollerball which smelt amazing.

Many of us took to rolling the blend onto our pulse points (wrists and behind the ears) to relax us even further as Paulina concluded the session with a poem.

After another short break, we were taken into meditation by the enthusiastic Jodie, who offered to read angel cards to anyone who were interested, with each reading is personal to you and was a nice thing to do within the break. 

Jodie asked us to relax on our backs on our mats, as she took us into a meditation which lasted around twenty minutes and during that time, Yasmin came to us each in turn with hands covered in essential oils to stretch out our necks and shoulders.   Jodie then followed with a short reiki cleanse to conclude the event.

I very much enjoyed my visit to at1.SPACE to experience something new- everyone was lovely, and I felt extremely relaxed and uplifted, ready to climb into bed for a peaceful slumber.

www.at1space.com

The Sleepy Vegetarian

The Hilton Nottingham

The Hilton Nottingham

Nottingham Hilton Hotel (formally the prestigious Victoria Hotel) for those of the generation to remember was my recent ‘home for the night ‘as I visited to experience what facilities they had to offer and I was not disappointed… I decided to take along my mum […]

Saco Nottingham- Beautiful Spacious Self-Catered Apartments

Saco Nottingham- Beautiful Spacious Self-Catered Apartments

Susanna and Peter were very welcoming as the first faces we were greeted with upon arrival at Saco Nottingham, located in the affluent Ropewalk/Park Estate border of Nottingham. It was Peter’s first day in training and he did very well in making us feel welcome […]

Birdhouse Cafe, Nottingham

Birdhouse Cafe, Nottingham

The Birdhouse Café located on the corner of Middle Pavement and Weekday Cross, in Nottingham recently opened its doors with owner Dan Shaw present to offer a warm welcome to those who attended the launch evening.  Dan brings a wealth of experience from his background in retail; in particular for designer brands including Burberry, hence his intention for working with local independents in the retail sector, with the hope of bringing together local businesses to provide a cosy space for work and tea breaks, with free Wifi on offer, as well as USB charging points, they encourage you to want to stay as long as you like.   The café has a contemporary feel with artwork produced by local artists donning the walls and is in a fantastic location for ‘people watching’, with its large glass windows looking out across the popular Lace Market area of Nottingham.  Birdhouse Café’s ethos is really about supporting the local Nottingham business community, housing local produce such as Belvoir sparkling presses and juices, 200 Degrees coffee and delicious homemade cakes all sourced locally and bought to you under one roof.  They also have a no plastic policy and serve their teas and coffees in ceramic mugs in-house and encourage you purchase one of their reusable cups made from bamboo.  The Belvoir juices all come in glass bottles and they even sell’ canned’ water!

Commenting on the VIP event and the café’s launch, Dan Shaw, director of Birdhouse Café, said:

“When it comes to launch events, quite often it’s only the big names that get invited but we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for some of Nottingham’s unsung heroes – the people that go out of their way to give something back to the community. That fantastic spirit is something we are really passionate about at Birdhouse Café, not just for our customers but also down to the suppliers we choose to partner with too.

“We want Birdhouse Café to be a welcoming space for all and we’re really looking forward to working with even more local businesses and local talent to help them get the most out of Birdhouse Café, whether that be providing them with a space to sell their products or showcase their artwork on our walls.”

Birdhouse Café is open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-6pm. 

For more on Birdhouse Café, follow @TheBirdhouseUK on Facebook and Instagram.

Any independent brands interested in exhibiting at Birdhouse Café should email nottingham.cafe@birdhouse.space

SACO Derby Apartments- The Millhouse

SACO Derby Apartments- The Millhouse

Set in a stunning refurbished mill, Saco have converted what was once a mill house into a set of beautiful self-serviced apartments just a short walk from Derby city centre… Located within a private courtyard behind electric gates the security is high and as this […]