Category Archives: peterborough

Qype: The Fitzwilliam Arms in Marholm

The Fitzwilliam Arms had a refurbishment towards the end of 2010 and the result is a lovely cosy pub. The menu’s are typical Vintage Inns (although it’s worth noting the slight price differences between the Fitzwilliam Arms and the Cuckoo – another Vintage Inns pub in Peterborough).

We visited one lunchtime just before Christmas and the pub was pretty full. We found a table in one of the snugs to the side of the bar and read through the menus. Bar staff and waitresses were all great, no complaints there however when it came to the food, my wife and I were disappointed. Continue reading

Could Peterborough be getting a Nandos?

Rumour has it that Peterborough might be getting it’s own Nando’s restaurant!

You might have seen their spicy Piri-Piri hot-sauce and BBQ marinades in local supermarkets but outside of Peterborough Nando’s are known worldwide for their Portugese-themed chicken restaurants.  Nando’s is one of the first restaurant chains people think of that are missing from the Peterborough restaurant line-up so they would definitely be a welcome addition – and something new to the local dining scene. Continue reading

Review: Chiquito, Peterborough (Hampton)

Note – this review took place during a staff training session with complimentary meals, only drinks were paid for.

I first heard Chiquito were planning on opening a restaurant in Peterborough back in May, so when they invited me to one of their pre-opening staff training sessions for their new Mexican restaurant near Hampton in Peterborough, I of course  jumped at the chance to review the restaurant and headed over to see what they had to offer. Continue reading

Peterborough Pcard discount card

Peterborough City Council launched their “Pcard” discount card earlier this month, offering discounts at retailers, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions across the city.

Each card costs £5 a year but with more than 50 participating outlets at the time of writing, you’ll recoup that in no time.  For more information or to get your Pcard, visit the Bridge Street Destination Centre, telephone 01733 452336 or go to www.visitpeterborough.com

The following is a list of businesses supporting the Pcard. Various terms and conditions apply to qualify for the offers, so please contact the businesses first or contact the Destination Centre. Continue reading

A Brazilian steakhouse for Peterborough?

Local Peterborough newspaper, the Evening Telegraph broke a meaty news story today, announcing that a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant could be due to open in Peterborough City Centre.  Oddly named “Venture In” the restaurant will be found along Cowgate on the corner of King Street.

I’ve long thought that Peterborough has lacked a focused Steakhouse, but a Brazilian churrascaria would be something else.

My one hope for the new restaurant is that if they want to be known as a steakhouse then the primary ingredient (the steak) must be of a high standard.  I don’t expect London prices (and if they charge them then I feel they’ll be laughed out of Peterborough) but £20-30 for a good steak that’s been well-aged is acceptable.

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RIP Max Power 1994-2010

The rumour-mill is grinding away and word on the street is that Bauer magazine Max Power is no more, closing it’s (lambo) doors for good.

It’s not much of a surprise to those into the modified car scene but it’s a shame nonetheless.  Over the years the title has been out of favour with it’s target audience after shifting focus onto scantily-clad women rather than modified cars but even an editorial change in 2007 wasn’t enough to save it.  Under Emap, Max Power was at one time the most popular magazine for car enthusiasts and hosted a number of live events.

As the Peterborough-based title employs a number of people locally hopefully they’re being moved to other titles but the outlook is bleak.

Do you work for Bauer?  Can you offer any more insight into rumoured closure of Max Power?  Leave a comment below

Only 8 weeks until Chiquito Peterborough opens

I know I’ve berated chain restaurants in the past and I would still prefer to see new independents than chains but I have to admit that they are a big draw for a lot of people.

Chain restaurants are often more clued up when it comes to embracing marketing and promotions and may invest more in staff training.  Many independents would struggle to keep their dining experience as consistent as the chains do.

So now I’ve made my opinion clear, you might be surprised to read I’m actually looking forward to the opening of a Chiquito mexican restaurant just opposite Serpentine Green in Peterborough!  I’ve been told that the opening is expected in eight weeks so approximately December 10th – just in time for your Christmas Parties!

Having spent time in Mexico on honeymoon I know nothing will compare to the food I ate out there but I’ve visited other Chiquito restaurants and found them really pleasant places to eat and especially good with a group of friends or family.

If anyone has any more info on the Peterborough restaurant, I’d love to hear it.