‘When you buy from a local business…An actual person does a little happy dance.’
One on my absolute favourite things to do is discover new places, whether that’s restaurants, bars or cute little shops so when I was invited along to an event centred around discovering some of Nottingham’s hidden independent gems I couldn’t think of anything better suited to me! The event was hosted by Snizl, an app that aims to bring the latest deals, promotions, events and competitions from local businesses straight to your door. I love supporting the independent businesses of Nottingham and as the Snizl tagline states, ‘When you buy from a local business…An actual person does a little happy dance.’
The Pudding Pantry
The first stop on the tour was The Pudding Pantry which is somewhere that I’ve visited previously and have some very fond pancake related memories of. As we arrived we were greeted with a salted caramel freakshake complete with whipped cream and topped with a brownie, deliciously indulgent and the best start to the evening you could wish for! As if that wasn’t enough for even the biggest sweet tooth we were then presented with some banana and walnut cake which was amazing and it had some tough competition as I make a pretty mean banana bread myself! The interior of the Pudding Pantry feels super cosy with its rustic wooden tables, fairy lights and cute prints making it the perfect place to meet up with friends and hang out at the weekend. Plus,we found out that it is now starting to open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings too so you can grab a slice of cake and a coffee after work, the dream!
CaBella Makeup Boutique
Feeling pretty high on sugar we made our way over to Bridlesmith Walk and headed to CaBella Makeup Boutique, not somewhere that I’ve spotted before which is a pretty mean considering its covered head to toe in pink sparkly-ness! Inside, the boutique is the perfect destination for a girly afternoon of pampering, they offer makeovers for any occasion as well as beauty treatments such as LVL lashes which I’d definitely be interested in giving a go.
Whilst there we were treated to a Make-up Masterclass in which I picked up a few new tricks, in particular the right kind of brushes to use and also some recommendations for products which I haven’t tried before. I really liked how they used a wide range of products, not simply focusing on high-end but instead incorporating cheaper drugstore items too which made them feel a lot more relatable. I’d definitely be keen to try out a makeover next time I have a special event to head to as I mean just check out their contouring skills!
After a small break in refreshments our next stop was sure to quench our thirst as we headed to Weavers Wines, an independent wine and spirit merchants situated on Castle Gate. A beautiful Georgian town house which takes your breath away when stepping in due to the high ceilings and elegant staircase it really was the perfect location for an evening of wine tasting. Toasting our glasses in front of a roaring fire we learnt more about the history of Weavers, how it is a family business which has now been passed down to the fourth generation and heard some stories about how they personally select their wine.
After tasting some of the wine on offer we ventured down to explore the cellar some of the older bottles in the collection which was an amazing way to round off the experience. If the idea of a sophisticated evening wine tasting in a beautiful setting takes your fancy then I’d definitely look into the events that Weavers Wines hold as they really do feel pretty unique and special.
And the final stop on our whistle stop tour was 400 Rabbits which is a Tequila and Mezcal cocktail bar and can be found hidden down the cobbled-y streets of Hurts Yard. With a seriously jazzy interior crammed full of interesting knick-knacks it’s a pretty cool spot to head to on a night out. Now I’m not the biggest Tequila fan in the world but even I thoroughly enjoyed their fancy cocktails and they did have other spirit son offer such as gin if that’s more your drink of choice. With some cosy seating areas, great music and even a foosball table I’ll definitely be adding 400 Rabbits to the list of venues on my next bar crawl!
A huge thank you to Snizl for inviting me along and introducing me to some of Nottingham’s finest independents, I’m really looking forward to discovering some more hidden gems and trying out some of their amazing offers through the app. I definitely recommend downloading it and giving it a try!