EAT // Baresca, Nottingham

Monday, 17 August 2015



I've just had a really nice weekend visiting a friend from university who, since graduating, has relocated to Nottingham. The sad thing about finishing uni is that all the friends you've made along the way end up moving to different places all over the country. The silver lining? It gives you a great excuse to visit places you might not have considered going to otherwise. Since I live so close to the capital, I've never really had much of a reason to check out other cities further afield - Sad but true! Visiting one of my best friends in Leeds last year made me realise there's certainly more to life than London. I'd heard so many good things about the city of Nottingham, so of course I had to accept this invitation for a weekend break away there.

We went to a few different bars over the weekend, including the (not so) secret speakeasy Boilermaker. Tucked away in the back of a seemingly inconspicuous boiler shop, this quirky cocktail bar is guarded by a grumpy doorman sat behind the counter. He'll let you pass into a tiny back room where you have to find the hidden door. Since we came here on a Friday night, it was pretty busy which kind of ruined the mystery a little bit. However, it had a great buzzing atmosphere inside and really friendly staff too. You can order from the mad concoctions on the drinks menu, or tell a waiter what kind of thing you'd like and they'll surprise you with something to your taste. I also feel like the Pitcher & Piano in Nottingham is worth mentioning, since it's inside an amazing old church. There's definitely something about drinking in a former place of worship which feels a bit naughty (blasphemous even).

On Saturday we decided to go out for dinner somewhere, and managed to find Baresca tucked away on a little street. We were told that this tapas restaurant had only just opened it's doors a couple of months back. It's got a very cool rustic feel to it, with bare brick walls and wooden floors. There's even a bar downstairs in the basement with live music and vinyl DJs at weekends. It's apparent that we're both pretty big on the whole concept of tapas, opting for lots of little sharer dishes the last time we met up for dinner too. Between us we ordered the onion, pepper & thyme shallot purée flatbread, honey & sherry vinegar glazed baby chorizo, Moroccan lamb stew, seared salmon fillet in lime & coriander with harissa mayo, and a creamy mushroom risoni. The last dish on that list was actually recommended to us by our super helpful waitress, and definitely a good shout since we ate every last bit of it. In fact, we ended up clearing all of the dishes since everything we ordered was so delicious! I can't even say what my favourite thing was since it was all equally good. Four tapas dishes and a flatbread was definitely the ideal amount for two people to share. Another thing which is definitely worth pointing out is that it's a relatively friendly place for those with coeliac, with a number of tasty options on the menu ready for all you gluten free folks to choose from (including everything we had besides the flatbread and the risoni)

6 comments:

  1. I love all these photos on the wall, and cocktails!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. I'd definitely recommend Boilermaker if you're ever looking to go for a drink in Nottingham - The cocktails were really fun!

      ♡ Emily x

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  2. Sounds like you had a great time! It's sad that friends move away, but you're right, at least you'll have a reason to go visit!!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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    1. Definitely. It's really good to get away and take a break from things sometimes too. I find moving back home from university can be quite stifling at times.

      ♡ Emily x

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  3. Hey! I have nominated you for a Liebster Award :)
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    I love your blog! XOXO

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    1. Awh, thank you - I've made the post which you can check out here. The questions were good fun to answer.

      ♡ Emily x

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