The humble burger has been a subject of discussion for some in Peterborough for a few years, namely due to a particular burger van in the city’s Cathedral Square. That got me thinking about where I would go for a real gourmet burger – one that isn’t served with a waxy napkin and is more likely to contain a slice of beef tomato than a mound of fried onions.
The demand for burgers in Peterborough is obvious to see – there are eight McDonalds restaurants in and around the city limits, plus numerous other chains and takeaways offering pretty much the same. Other towns and cities have attracted the likes of Gourmet Burger Kitchen or Ultimate Burger, so where can you go in Peterborough to get a better burger?
The all-new Beehive pub in Peterborough opened it’s doors on Monday (my invite must have got lost in the post…) so I popped along for a spot of lunch and a nose around to see what new owners James and Sharon Trevor have done with the place. For those of you that don’t know, they also own Jim’s Yard in Stamford and Jim’s Bistro in Peterborough (one of the best city centre restaurants in my opinion).
I’m going to go out on a limb and call The Beehive a bar – I don’t think it’s either a restaurant or a pub. The impression I got is that it’s aimed more at wine and champagne than beers and lagers. That’s not to say it only sells wine though, there are beers and lagers on tap! As Peterborough already has some top notch cask ale pubs I think it’s wise not to compete with those, but is there demand for a wine bar?
So, on with the review…
The Great Northern hotel in Peterborough – often the first sight visitors disembarking from the train see when they come through the station. Now it seems the owners are struggling to get punters through the doors, suggesting that Peterborough residents should be using the hotel and it’s facilities more.
I’ve commented on an article in today’s Peterborough ET but their website loses all the formatting so I thought I would regurgitate it as a post on here.
People had kept telling me to go to Clipsham, a little village off the A1 just North of Stamford where there’s a Michelin star rated pub winning all sorts of awards including Michelin Pub of the Year. That pub is the Olive Branch and when a family celebration was booked for their private dining room, I was excited to finally get to see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading
Update – Chiquito has now opened in Peterborough! Click here to read my review
Rumour has it that the Chiquitos chain of Mexican restaurants is looking to open a restaurant in Peterborough – in Hampton!
According to the report, Chiquitos along with another “The Restaurant Group” brand Frankie and Benny’s (there’s already one at Boongate and a Little Frankie’s in Westgate) will be moving into buildings on the Pavillion West development (?).
Does anyone know where that’s supposed to be?
I’ll admit that the title of this post is intentionally vague. “Worst road” could mean many things, accidents, nuisance neighbours and crime to traffic or even potholes. But tonight Matthew, I’ll be talking about flytipping.
I’m sure other towns and cities across the UK have problem areas (or grot-spots as some like to call them) where flytipping is rife, but spare a thought for those living at the Paston Ridings traveller’s site where you could be forgiven for mistaking the 1km road leading up to their front doors as a landfill site.
Watch this video on YouTube to witness it for yourself Continue reading
A few weeks ago Peterborough City Council announcement their intention to move all running of public sports, leisure and arts facilities into a new Peterborough Cultural and Leisure Trust and today I found out the name of said Trust – Vivacity!
I hope this means an improvement in services for Peterborough residents, considering we’ve just lost another theatre (the Cresset is closing in a few weeks in case you hadn’t heard!) but why they feel the need to market it with a rebrand is beyond me. Rather than coming up with names, mission statements and logos, just get out there and provide the services!
According to an article from the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management,Vivacity is the culmination of three years’ work. So this has been in the pipeline all this time?
“The launch marks the beginning of a push to encourage more people to use the city’s cultural, leisure and sports facilities.” – I’m not sure how many people will feel encouraged to pay more for Peterborough cultural, leisure and sports facilities but it’s not like we have much say in the matter.
What the move to a trust does mean is that once it has charity status there are additional benefits and the services will be able to dodge exempt from business rates that normally apply to business, so that alone does make financial sense.
News is that the Peterborough version of Come Dine with Me has now been filmed and is due to air later on this Summer!
Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of the series and a bit of a foodie but there’s no way I would put myself forward for the show. Cooking under pressure isn’t any fun, plus over the years CDWM has become a bit of a caricature of itself with the contestants often paired together in the hope of something dramatic on TV.
Then with the endless repeats shown across digital TV it’s hard to keep track of which is the current series, so I’ve found my interest waning… of course I’ll be setting V+ to record the Peterborough episode of the show!
So I wonder what we can expect to see when Peterborough get’s it’s 5 minutes of TV fame. Will we have a mix of the cultures that make up Peterborough? English meets Asian meets Italian meets Eastern European?
Will the aspiring hosts be shopping locally at some of the great meat suppliers we have like Willowbrook Farm and deli’s like The Pasta Shop? Will Peterborough get off lightly when it comes to narrator Dave Lamb’s comments?
If you know someone that took part in this episode of Come Dine With Me, I’d love to hear more about their experience!