I’ve got to admit that before I met Tom I would have never visited a Japanese restaurant. The most Asian inspired dish to make it onto the roster of family cooked meals growing up was sweet and sour chicken and although I like vegetarian sushi that was literally the limit of my knowledge.
Nottingham has so many amazing makers, artists and independent businesses and I always look forward to any kind of event in which they all get together, whether it’s a craft fair, market or open studios. But when I spotted a post for A Lammas Gathering on Instagram I knew I had to get in touch because it was going to be something really special.
Before Kushi-Ya, Tom used to work at The Railway in Lowdham. I ‘ve never actually eaten there but I have heard good things and they’ve picked up several awards in the last few years including Best Sunday Lunch Venue at the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards. So when Tom suggested we go to the soft opening of their new pub The Radcliffe in Radcliffe-on-Trent I jumped at the chance.
We’ve had our National Trust cards for a few years now but I have to admit we don’t use them anywhere near as much as we should.
I’ve had a bit of a lucky streak the past few weeks, so when It’s In Nottingham posted a competition to win tickets to a spoon carving workshop, I fancied my chances. I didn’t win.
So after all the promises of doing a better job updating the blog, parenthood got in the way. I’m pretty sure that those of you with kids already were secretly laughing at my naïve optimism. Like sure I’ll do it; when she’s asleep, which is like… oh yeah never, unless, of course, there’s an appointment to keep or I’ve paid for some expensive baby group somewhere.
Margot’s first proper outing was to visit her daddy’s new restaurant Kushi-ya. Here’s what we thought…