News Bites: 3 February 2015

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It’s the return of News Bites! Tasty snippets about all the latest food happenings across the East Midlands. Whether it’s restaurant openings, new menus or awards success, we’ll be featuring it here. Email if you’d like to be featured.

  • First up it’s Nottingham barbecue restaurant Rub, which has launched a new cocktail menu. The owners have expanded their bar offering and are now open for drinks until 1am every night. Their vision is for a “top-tier cocktail bar” which can compete with the likes of Boilermaker and Tilt, and the new menu certainly looks promising.It contains 22 American-inspired drinks, with an emphasis on “making bourbon palatable to non-bourbon drinkers”, and with creations like the doughnut-based Homer’s Julep that shouldn’t be too hard. It contains ‘doughnut-washed’ Buffalo Trace bourbon, raspberry jam, mint, angostura bittes, and is served with mini-donuts. Count me in! Other creations include the pun-tastic Papa Don’t Peach, Root 66 and the pancake-inspired Born on the 4th July.
Rub's pancake-inspired Born on the Fourth of July cocktail

Rub’s pancake-inspired Born on the Fourth of July cocktail

  • The steak sold at Derbyshire farm shop Croots has scooped a silver award in England’s Best Sirloin Steak 2015 competition. Store owner Steve Croot, who is the current Derbyshire Food Hero, said: “This is fantastic news for Croots. We do get a lot of compliments for our steaks, and they are very popular with our customers, but it’s really great to hear that the judges in these awards felt the same.”The awards were organised by EBLEX, the trade organisation for the English beef and sheep industry.Beef sold at Croots is reared by farmers Richard and Margaret Heath at Hazelwood Hall Farm, Hazelwood, near Belper in Derbyshire, and prepared by the shop’s team of butchers.
  • Work is progressing on the latest addition to West Bridgford’s restaurant scene. Signs have gone up to announce that Cote Bar and Brasserie will open in April. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
  • Nottingham’s latest barbecue restaurant Red’s True BBQ opened in Queen Street on Friday and is already causing a stir. We popped in on Sunday and it was full to the rafters. Review coming soon.


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