347/365 Cannoli

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I have today off work for childcare reasons. Ruby’s school has already broken off for Christmas (!) and apparently it is considered poor parenting to leave your children alone at home while you go to work.

So, here we are enjoying a snack at a new Greek-style bakery in Beeston. It’s called Christine’s Delights and it sells some amazing-looking baked goods, along with the usual teas and coffees (and other treats).

Ruby and I tried these cannoli, which are utterly, bloody delicious. We are certainly coming back here again, especially as Christine has made something called a ‘burger-pie’ – which appears to be one of the most delicious-sounding things I can imagine.

Burger-pie!

Burger-pie

328/365 The Blues (Pottle)

328/365 The Blues (Pottle)
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It is Friday, so I am in my favourite pub in Beeston for my weekly 45 minutes. It is a ‘Blues’ themed pub, hence the poster of the Blues Brothers on the wall.

When the owners decided to create the Pottle of Blues they managed to buy a job lot of broken, unplayable LPs, so the walls are decorated with those too. I’m told they were all damaged, so there’s no music, and they do look the business on the wall.

Tonights ale was a Leatherbritches one – a fine pint.

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.