304/365 Inspire

304/365 Inspire
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Beeston Library is an amazing space, and has got even better since its recent renovation. We are so lucky to not only maintain a local library, but for it to be improved.

There seems to be a campaign involved called Inspire that is sponsoring some of the activity here, and there is evidence of this in the gallery upstairs. There are photos of musicians and theatrical artists performing, along with original artworks.

I love this sort of thing. Fantastic.

280/365 Star Inn

280/365 Star Inn
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Oh look, pub photos for two days in a row. This is looking like a trend.

We have popped into here as a family for lunch. The Star serves some excellent pie and mash, so we are here primarily for that. They also sell some truly superb beer, some of the best in Beeston.

There’s also a large play area out the back for the little ones. It’s a very good family-friendly pub.

279/365 beer

279/365 beer
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I have been enjoying a lovely beer in my favourite Beeston drinking hole; the Pottle of Blues. It’s a fabulous micro pub that has limited, but excellent, cask ales and the best clientele.

This is one of only a few pubs I’d go into on my own for a drink. I’d have never done this at all during my 20s and 30s, but am finding a new lease of life as an occasional pub loiterer.

The owners are a bit mad, which helps. Drinks are always amusing in here.

95/365 Vintage

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Beeston has a lovely selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs. Over the last few years we’ve enjoyed some great additions to the local eateries, and we are spoiled for choice for places to go and have a cup of tea or a pint.

One such place is Time For Tea, a 1940s vintage tea house. The decor is pretty much as you’d expect from a café styling itself on the 1940s, and the cakes are absolutely divine. I loved this old mantelpiece display, especially the photos.

Highly recommended for anyone visiting Beeston.

92/365 Highfield’s Park

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Beeston is lucky to have so many green spaces nearby. One of my favourites just happens to be Highfield’s Park, a lovely lake with wooded areas, a play park and several arts spaces.

The lake is home to plenty of waterfowl, including a family of Egyptian Geese, as seen here. You can hire boats in the summer so can row among these beautiful birds.

This whole area is getting a much-needed rejuvenation this year, including some dredging of the lake (it’s pretty much solid silt these days), a new adventure golf course and some general improvements to everything.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all looks when they’re done.

79/365 Ease springs

79/365 Ease springs

Jo and I had a rare night out tonight. It’s her birthday, so I treated her to a couple of hours of my company. I also ensured that I had access to cocktails by taking her to The Berliner bar in Beeston.

It’s a recent addition to the Beeston drinking scene. Its name suggests ‘German’, but it’s more ‘Continental’ I’d say. The beers are lacking in variation, but there are plenty of cocktails to choose from and a nice selection of pizza if you’re hungry.

It’s also decorated in a very interesting way. It’s like they’ve exclusively used broken up pallets for the walls (it’s much nicer than I’ve made it sound).

Here I am examining the interesting posters on the wall in the little boys’ room.

34/365 Poetry

34/365 Poetry

I have found a little place of wonder where I can spend an hour enjoying some lovely beer and chat to nice strangers. That place is the Pottle of Blues in Beeston.

It’s a ‘micro-pub’ that has emerged from an old candle shop, and it has just four real ales on at once, plus a few ciders. It’s small but perfectly formed. The owners are a bit mad, which is fitting for such an establishment.

I get to come here for a bit while my daughter is enjoying her theatre group. I can sit and read, or chat with the locals. It’s lovely.



17th February 2015

There is a hotel near where I work called The Rockaway. I’ve often seen it but never thought to go in. It looks like the sort of place frequented by older folks that like tea and those sandwiches that have the crusts cut off.

They have recently started doing takeaway food so I decided to try it out. I had a jacket potato with chilli, and it was delicious. Highly recommended.

They have recently had a refurbishment and the whole place is looking rather nice. Definitely worth a visit.



15th February 2015

The Bee Man in Beeston is a prominent and much-loved statue in the main precinct. Ruby always gives him a cuddle on her way through