What's on the menu?

What's on the menu?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Three Crowns Nottingham Review

A Food and Drink Review of Nottingham's Newest Pub- The Three Crowns

Copywrite Nottingham Food Lovers
The Three Crowns Pub on Upper Parliament Street Nottingham
When I first started heading into Nottingham drinking it was Edwards, then it re-launched as the hideous Flares before a brief change to revival and prior to that it was the Tavern in the Town.  The site at 51 Upper Parliament Street was originally The Three Crowns and now, having been taken over by Sizzling Pubs- it’s been revamped with a nod towards it’s original status as a good old fashion city centre pub.

With the 'Other Half' working in retail in the City we'll often head out for food or a few drinks after she's finished on a Saturday or Sunday so a new pub in Nottingham claiming to be bringing back the spirit of a traditional city centre pub for all it seemed a good opportunity to see what the Three Crowns has to offer.

Having been deeply put off when walking into Flares and later Revival which had a lurid, dark artificial feel in the past it was refreshing to walk into somewhere light and airy just as the old Edwards had felt. The place felt welcoming. There was a buzz about the place with shoppers relaxing after a busy day at the sales, and city centre workers grabbing a relaxing pint on the way home from work.

We love a nice real ale and therefore it was nice to see a selection at the bar from a few breweries I don't believe we've tried before. The friendly staff gave us a small taste of the interesting sounding Sambrook's Brewery Lavender Hill which definitely had a hint of lavender to it's flavours although as someone who likes my ale on the darker side I plumped for a pint of the Woodeforde's Norfolk Hawker and the missus went for a Hogs Back Brewery England's Glory which I'd think the company named in some over-enthusiastic optimism for the Brazil World Cup.

The Norfolk Hawker was a lovely pint. It was a nice ruby ale with elements of spice. Definitely a good ale to have with a steak or burger. Whereas the England's Glory had a slightly citrus taste with overriding malty elements making it a far better drink than the World Cup performance.

Woodeforde's Norfolk Hawker Ale on tap at the Three Crowns
The next question was- "What shall we have to eat?"
Time for Food- with added sizzle! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What Beer Do They Drink In Sardinia?

Having just returned from an awesome week of sun, sea, fantastic food and nice beer in Sardinia a friend inspired this post by asking me. "What beer do they drink in Sardinia?"

Sardinia's people are known to drink the most beer when compared to mainland Italy despite the island producing some very impressive wines which you'll often not find outside Sardinia.

Prior to travelling we'd thought that we may be treated to glasses of Peroni or Birra Moretti but in reality in Sardinia the main beer that everyone seems to be drinking is Ichnusa. Ichnusa is named after the ancient Latin name for Sardinia, Hyknusa. It's brewed in Assemini, near Cagliari.
Savouring an Ichnusa Sardinian Beer Overlooking Lu Bagnu, Castelsardo, Sardinia