Review of Jim’s Bistro, Peterborough

Finally the much anticipated visit to Jim’s Bistro has happened and in a word, wow! I urge every restaurateur in the area to try out Jim’s and see where you’re going wrong.

As you enter the cosy (ok, small) restaurant you immediately become aware of the lively ambience this place has.  We were all shown to our table  (we’d booked in advance as there was a large group of us) by Kerry and were all soon ordering drinks and browsing the menu.  My only gripe at this point is that the specials menu is written on a mirror which was immediately behind me, making it difficult to read without standing up and walking a couple of feet away, which I did.  No bother really. Continue reading Review of Jim’s Bistro, Peterborough

Rinaldo puts Broadway Theatre up for sale

Considering tomorrow’s date, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all some April Fool’s practical joke but in reality I don’t think you could make it up.

Today’s Evening Telegraph has reported that Rinaldo Fasulo, the owner of the now closed Broadway Theatre has put the building up for sale to the tune of nearly £4 million. This is the same Rinaldo that has just put his company (03 Leisure Ltd) that was running the Broadway, into administration leaving over half a million pounds in outstanding debts.

an absolute kick in the teeth for every single creditor

Thankfully for Rinaldo though, he had the foresight to ensure that a separate company (Prima Investments) owned the building itself allowing him to sell it on after an arson attack.

This is an absolute kick in the teeth for every single creditor and will surely put a dark cloud over his restaurant Sessions House on Thorpe Road (which I believe is run by another one of his companies, Prima Restaurants Ltd). For me, it’s a shame that Rinaldo hasn’t made any public statement with a view to repaying back some of his customers who support his businesses.

The article in the ET originally allowed comments to be posted but they have since been removed so I can only guess that public outrage got a bit heated.

Jim’s Bistro, Peterborough

A friend gave me a tip off that a new restaurant had opened in Peterborough going by the name of Jim’s Bistro, apparently serving up (as the name would suggest) modern British bistro cuisine.

Situated at 52 Broadway in what used to be Avellinos (just down from the recently closed Broadway Theatre), Jim’s Bistro is the sister restaurant to Stamford’s Jim’s Yard.  I’ve yet to sample either restaurant, but with Jim’s Yard being awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand award I’m hoping for great things from the Peterborough restaurant. Continue reading Jim’s Bistro, Peterborough

Peterborough council are failing cyclists

First impressions of cycling in and around Peterborough would appear to be rosy with an abundant number of cycle routes all interlinked across the city, but scratch the surface and you’ll notice a number of monumental (in my mind) fails.

Peterborough City Council are always the first to shout about their Travelchoice department, which promotes public transport, car sharing, etc along with publishing a respectable map of cycle routes across town. Peterborough is also due to host a round of the Tour Series cycle race, which is odd given the suspected dislike for cyclists.

The problem with Peterborough City Council and cyclists is when it comes to bridges.  Cyclists aren’t provided with a safe means of entering the city centre on at least two major routes in – across the Town Bridge on London Road and across the Crescent Bridge on Thorpe Road.

Why are bridges such an issue for Peterborough?  Considering the town bridge has spent more time with construction works than not over the past few years, I would have thought the provision for cyclists would be there.   Continue reading Peterborough council are failing cyclists

Peterborough to host Tour Series Cycle Race

Peterborough is set to host a round of the national Tour Series cycle race being run this summer which will see riders using the City Centre as part of the circuit.

Taking place on Thursday 4th Jun at 7pm, spectators will hopefully be able to line Bridge Street and Cathedral Square to see the race taking place.

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Vintage and Retro for Sue Ryder’s Peterborough shop

For dedicated followers of fashion… of yesteryear, Sue Ryder have the answer to your prayers with the opening of their new shop in Peterborough dedicated to Vintage and Retro clothing.

Sue Ryder CareDue to open this Saturday (March 14th) and situated in what used to be the old Millets shop at 47  Bridge Street (next to the court, opposite Joy Wah and Rivergate), the purple-fronted shop will be full of donated ‘vintage and retro’ clothing from across the region.

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Broadway Theatre Refunds Unlikely

Rinaldo FasuloWell, looks like the nail is firmly in the coffin for The Broadway Theatre in Peterborough.

In case you haven’t heard, the theatre owned by local businessman Rinaldo Fasulo, suffered from an arson attack which has meant that thousands of customers with tickets for future events look likely to lose their money.

The impact on local Peterborough businesses is expected to be pretty harsh too with many relying on mid-week performances at the Broadway to survive.  Gaston’s restaurant which is also owned by Rinaldo (in addition to Sessions House) has been closed until further notice.

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Google Street View spycars spotted in Peterborough

Looks like Google have finally found their way onto the mean streets of Peterborough and are currently snapping away, gathering information for their forthcoming Google Earth Street View.

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The infamous Google black car was spotted by Graphic Designer Steven Booth (www.stevenboothdesign.co.uk) and posted to Twitter.

Due to launch this Spring, Street View will let you virtually navigate the streets through Google Earth and Google Maps.  Until now, the nearest a Google Street View car has been sighted has been St Ives and Cambridge, but the photo shows that they’re not just covering the main routes but also residential areas.

There have been various campaigners in the US against this apparent invasion of privacy so who knows what will happen when the service actually goes live in the UK.