Showcase Cinemas in Peterborough

The Showcase Cinema wins the award for being the worst cinema in Peterborough, which isn’t surprising as it’s the only cinema in Peterborough. Based on that I would normally suggest it’s also the best cinema, but it really isn’t. Watching a TV playing through the window of Hughes is a better cinema experience than the Showcase.

I’m pretty sure the seats haven’t been refurbished since the place opened and it shows. I watched Batman at the Showcase in the 80s and I think there may still be some of my dropped popcorn between the seats.

The foyer used to have a wide range of exciting arcade games for a youngster to waste his pocket money on, but the few machines left seem tired or uninteresting. Food and drinks are typically expensive, which is the same across the country but with nothing else to save the Showcase, just adds insult to injury.

The Showcase has played on it being the only cinema in the city for far too long and a lot of people prefer to travel to Huntingdon’s Cineworld (myself included).


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Review of embe restaurant, Peterborough

embe is an Afro Caribbean restaurant on Burghley Road in what used to be known as the Glass Onion. The location of embe is right on the outskirts of the city centre, only 10 minutes walk from the bus station or 4 minutes from the Broadway Theatre.
Renamed as The Rose, the pub now serves up soul food favourites such as curried mutton, jambalaya and my favourite – jerk chicken.

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Mattoni Italian restaurant, Peterborough

Update – check out my review of Mattoni Italian restaurant!

For those of you living in Hampton or following my tweets on twitter you’ll know that Flamas, the South American restaurant in Hampton Vale has closed down.  Well like a phoenix from the flamas flames, a new Italian restaurant called Mattoni will be taking it’s place and opening on the 7th of February.

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Review of Jimmy Spice’s, Peterborough

by guest reviewer Ben


Check out my latest review of Jimmy Spices in Peterborough


As it was my birthday recently, I decided to go into Peterborough city centre for a few games of bowling, followed by food.  As it’s next to the bowling alley, a friend suggested going to the new Jimmy Spices World Buffet restaurant and since they currently have a two-for-one promotion, we decided to give it a go.

Bowling had taken longer than anticipated we get to Jimmy Spice’s at around 9.15pm and the restaurant was half full.  On entering, we were greeted by front of house staff who we informed that we had a table booked. Rather than show us to our table we are abruptly told to pay in full first and then to go to our table. I’m not sure if this is the done thing with buffet restaurants but I don’t ever remember having to pay upfront before.  We pay the money and are then pointed to the table and told if we want drinks to go to the bar.  We all felt Continue reading “Review of Jimmy Spice’s, Peterborough”

Confirmed – Nandos opening in Peterborough!

After breaking the news of rumours that Nandos might be looking at opening a Peterborough restaurant, it’s now been officially confirmed!

The Peterborough ET has spoken to the restaurant chain who have revealed that a 100-seat restaurant is planned for Cathedral Square and due to open by July.

I’m guessing the HMV store would be the ideal location (as HMV are due to close that this year) but the location’s still unconfirmed.

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 “Qype: The Fitzwilliam Arms in Marholm”

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 “Could Peterborough be getting a Nandos?”

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 “Review: Chiquito, Peterborough (Hampton)”