It’s not uncommon for businesses to cash in on events like Valentines day. You know the kind of thing, florists reminding absent minded men to order a dozen roses or restaurants offering special menus for couples, but when I had an email from Bannatyne’s Health Club gym in Peterborough I was a bit unsure as to the message they were trying to get across…
I’ve just spotted a story on the Evening Telegraph’s website on the Fox and Hounds closing following it’s recent change in ownership.
Last I heard was that it had improved recently too so it’s a shame that they’ve had to close the doors. Hopefully it’s just a temporary setback and nothing to do with my last post on the Fox and Hounds Longthorpe pub…
This year, why not add the personal touch to cards and gifts by making them yoursel?
Peterborough-based craft warehouse Pondskipper Crafts have everything you need to put together some great looking gifts. Ok, they don’t have everything – you need some degree of creativity in your blood but apart from that Pondskipper have it all!
If someone you know has a new addition to their family, why not make them a great scrapbook or photo album? For the entrepreneurs amongst you, why not make several cards and approach local shops to stock them?
Now is the time to stock up on all your craft supplies though as Pondskipper are currently running a 15% off discount throughout December, and what use are Christmas cards in January anyway?
Tuesdays are bin days down our street. That means dragging a wheelie bin out onto the pavement for a team of crack refuse commandos to speedily empty and return it back in front of the house for us to wheel away for another fortnight (no weekly bin collections for us – well, we alternate between general waste and recycled waste) at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.
That evening we got home from work only to discover we were a bin down. Panic! It’s dark and maybe our bin has been accidentally wheeled into a neighbour’s front garden in our absense but come a quick recce the following morning there’s no green bin in sight. We’ve been the victim of wheelie bin THEFT!
No doubt the bin has been binnapped by a hardcore gang of refuse receptacle traffickers and will soon be found pimped out on the streets of Bulgaria.
Good points: Great food, good portions, great drinks, modern decor, friendly staff
Bad points: Average menu, cheap cola on tap
KFC’s a funny one. It’s always been in the shadow of the golden arches and on the High Street at least, is also overshadowed by Burger King but it’s on the retail parks that KFC earns it’s chicken wings.
Peterborough’s always lacked a serious KFC restaurant. Ok so it’s had the London Road restaurant for as long as I can remember and it’s starting to show it’s age with a horrendous car park and poor location for most of Peterborough.
More recently we had the KFC built on the outskirts of a land refil site, so on a good day you get a lovely ripe smell of decomposing whatever filling your nostrils. And that’s just from the restaurant kitchen… sorry, I had to get a joke in there somewhere – I actually don’t mind KFC restaurants and have even partaken in the odd mystery shopper experience there.
Oh, there’s also the Xtra services restaurant on the A1/A605 which has the misfortune of being on the site of one of the most depressing motorway service stations I’ve ever been too.
Only an absolute fool would attempt to drive into Peterborough for Christmas shopping in the weeks running up to the big day (less than 9 weeks to go by the way…), which is why it’s great that for another year Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice have announced that from November 1st to December 27th a free Park and Ride service will be in operation.
Now you can leave your car in a secure car park on the outskirts of the city and sit back whilst someone else does the driving for you! As the roadworks around Peterborough are horrendous yet again, using the Park and Ride bus service makes more sense than ever!
Saturday services will be run from the Diligenta (what used to be Pearl) car park, in Lynch Wood, and from outside Perkins car park, in Oxney Road (near Sainsburys), to Queensgate Shopping Centre. The Oxney Road service also stops at Midgate.
Also, from November 30th until December 21st, an additional Sunday service will be in operation.
For further details about this year’s park and ride, call 01733 747474 or visit www.travelchoice.org.uk
The Fox and Hounds is a popular, lively pub in the area of Longthorpe in Peterborough, one of the old “townships” in the City and serves a fairly decent food menu along with usual drinks.
When I was recently sent a link to the Fox and Hounds website, I imagined the site to be a fairly traditional effort, giving the contact and location details of the pub, maybe a few sample menus and photos of the building or interior. After all it’s a busy place so you’d expect them to have at least a basic site in place…
…how wrong I was!