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Finding the Hidden gems of Nottingham

How much effort do you make to search out interesting new places to hang out these days?  It can be really hard to keep your finger on the pulse as a busy parent – I know when we take the kids into the city, go out as a couple, or meet friends, it’s all too easy to stick to the same tried and tested places.

Snizl launched in Nottingham recently, an app that connects local people with events, offers and discounts at local businesses in the area, the app is coming to Leicester and Manchester too. Snizl took me on a gloriously varied, fun and decadent night out – from puddings to wine merchants, to make up master classes and tequila, it reminded me just how much local businesses have to offer, and how rejuvenating going out somewhere new can be.

I like that Snizl quickly puts a bit of local knowledge in your pocket. Here are four you might like to try!

The Pudding Pantry

Banana cake at The Pudding Pantry, Nottingham

The Pudding Pantry was our first stop and is likely to be popular with my cake loving family, but equally it would make a great place to take Mr A on a date or to treat a friend. Perfect when you need a really good cake hit, you have a birthday to celebrate or when you find yourself in a restaurant that has great mains but disappointing bought in desserts. Who says you can’t have mains in one place and pud in another!

The Pudding Pantry is opening in the evenings now too, Thurs-Sat, It is close to the Cornerhouse – perfect for pre or post cinema or meeting up with friends. Everything is handmade too, a rare treat when it comes to pud these days. The banana cake was so moist and delicious, it looked perfect but still had that homemade taste – absolutely my kind of cake with a lovely pot of tea. The Salted Caramel Freak Shake with a brownie on top wouldn’t normally be my thing, but I admit, it was absolutely blooming delicious!

Ca Bella

CaBella offer make up and make up lessons and also sell accessories, brushes and make up. The staff know their stuff, while making you feel very relaxed in the shop which is gorgeously girly and glittery. I was struck by their honesty, wise words about where to spend and not spend money and self deprecating humour. It made a refreshing change from department store make up counters.

If you have a special occasion or are planning a big night on the town, or just want to learn how to do a smokey eye or demystify contouring – do check Ca Bella out. This would be a fun night out with the girls and classes start from just £14.

Weaver’s Wine Merchants

Weavers Independent Spirit and Wine Merchants specialise in bringing unusual wines to their customers and have been trading in Nottingham since 1844. Our wine tasting took place in their beautifully preserved Georgian townhouse, which was a treat in itself and like stepping back in time. The wines we tasted were all really impressive, each had something a little different – something Weavers strive for as an independent wine merchant. I was particularly taken with Cremant du Jura, the Jura region of France is known for its individual wines and this is a famous one, a sparkling wine with the addition of Vin Jaune, ‘aged in barrels under the influence of flor yeast for seven years’.

How brilliant to have a team with so much wine knowledge locally, great for parties and events as well as the day to day – the selections are perfect for parents like me, who don’t get out nearly enough, but want to indulge in something a little different and really enjoy their wine at home.  Weavers offer events and wine tastings too, I would highly recommend them as the welcome is warm and the wine and location is fabulous – gin, wine, champagne tastings are on offer, plus Weavers also team up with The Cheese Shop to offer food and wine pairings. Do accept the invitation to view the wine cellar, don’t be fooled, it’s not just a cellar, it’s a sprawling cave, complete with ghost stories and bones.

400 Rabbits Tequila Bar

400 Rabbits is a fab place to take people if you want to impress them with something a little different on a night out. I didn’t think I liked tequila – everyone seems to have a story, mine was bad margarita making to ‘pass out’ my teacher training year – but I saw tequila in a whole new light during our cocktail masterclass. It’s unmixed flavour was much more delicate than I remembered – plus there are so many tequilas to choose from – and mixed with mint, coriander and jalapeños it tasted absolutely incredible.

The 400 Rabbits staff are very warm in their welcome, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about tequila and Mezcal.  There are loads of delicious ways to experience Tequila, and Mezcal, which I also need to try as I seem to recollect our hosts compared Mezcal to gin, although the evening was becoming a little hazy at this point. The setting is colourful and cosy, you can sense you are going to have a good night, there’s an intimate, magical atmosphere that makes you feel you’ve left Nottingham far behind.

Happy Hour daily 5-8pm, and all evening on Wednesday.

Thanks to Snizl for a great night out and a reminder to shop local in the city. If you are a Nottingham local do check out the Snizl app, and watch out for Snizl in Leicester and Manchester soon.



  1. 22/02/2017 / 1:14 pm

    What a great tip, going to get the app, never know where to go out in town anymore. Love that make up bar too, what a great idea!

  2. 22/02/2017 / 3:14 pm

    ooh Nottignham you never cease to amaze me

  3. 22/02/2017 / 3:41 pm

    Love this, Penny. Nottingham has so much to it these days! There are places popping up all over so I’ve just installed my Snizl app so I don’t miss out. I want a Freak shake…And banana cake…And wine…I’ll pass on the bones, though 😉

  4. 22/02/2017 / 4:12 pm

    This app sounds great – I totally agree it is hard to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in Nottingham and there are always new things coming along to try. We need a night out to try that tequila bar! Xx

  5. 23/02/2017 / 12:57 pm

    Wow – what a hip and happening place your home town is! I do love a good Cremant. We had some fantastic stuff in the Loire.

  6. 24/02/2017 / 12:59 pm

    I love this idea and I always spend ages researching new places. We went to Nottingham last year and loved the city. This app would have been a great help, and fab that they are rolling it out to other cities too. Looking forward to seeing what the Manchester one is like as we live about 30 minutes away from the city x

  7. 11/05/2017 / 2:57 pm

    Great sounding app, Penny. Will definitely be getting this as I’m always last to hear about the fab little places to visit! No more missing out for me!

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