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Last night we went for a meal at the Waltons Hotel, Bar and Restaurant located in the Park in Nottingham.  The lifts arrived late which meant we got to the hotel dead on the dot, meaning that there wasn’t any time to spend any money in the bar area. Hotels tend to like you to arrive earlier or to keep you waiting so that you buy drinks at the bar first; naturally such extra drinks are more expensive than most other places.

The interior of the hotel was very well done with nice wood panelling and neutrally decorated. The restaurant itself is a proper white table cloth one, dimly lit but not too dark where you cannot see the food. The light can be a problem if you intend to take any photographs with a compact camera as the batteries took forever to charge between shots.

For starters I had a Bacon and Chicken salad, followed by Lamb Shank and finally for desert a very delicious Vanilla crème brulee with raspberry sorbet. The speed that we were served was quick, though we were finding that we weren’t all receiving our food at the same time. There were a dozen of us and I think this may had caused an issue in the kitchens. The food delivery from  the waiters were fault bar a couple of items, which was soon put right.

The quality of the food was superb as was the wine which went perfectly with the meal. The Waltons is not a budget location and so expect big plates and little portions in the middle. Still after 3 courses, you are filling very full. I could had not eaten a single thing. The prices are very reasonable.

The only real negative thing I’d have to say is that I felt a little rushed because their car park closed at 11pm meaning that the drivers were constantly clock watching.  The road-ways around the hotel where you can park were full of cars and you needed a permit to park there from hotel reception.  I would recommended getting a Taxi if you want to have a non-rushed evening.

I would had liked to spent longer in the bar after the meal, but by the time we have finished eating it was 10:40pm and we were heading out of the car park at 10:50pm, just ten minutes before curfew. It would be far better if the hotel if the car parking closure time were more flexible and so I would be able to comment further on the bars.

Over all I highly recommend the Hotel and I will be certainly be returning again.

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Last night we went for a meal to the three ponds in Nottingham. It was the first time we had been there since they have re-fitted the interior. They’ve changed it from a nice pleasant pub to one that looks like it’s been decorated by Stevie wonder. It’s an appalling improvement and as such the three ponds have taken several steps backwards in the process. Now, there’s not enough tables for eating at and what little bit of seclusion there was for dining, that has gone to. Basically, they have removed all the unique features such as the wooden floors and dividers, replacing it with an extremely old-fashioned look. It’s not somewhere that is very nice to eat a meal at no longer.

Things started to go wrong almost instantly upon arrival. For a start we had specifically booked a table the previous night since there was 8 of us and upon arrival the staff on duty had no idea we were even coming. They quickly pushed to put two tables long together right in front of the door. So, every time somebody came in or out we had a sure sharp breath of cold air. Never mind the continual flapping of the rubber seal on the door. As it happens though since we were not sitting in the air conditioned area, we’ve all got very hot indeed as the night progressed and was glad when the door opened to let in some cold air. It wasn’t exactly the most fantastic atmosphere for celebrating my mother’s 70th birthday especially since they have completely forgotten about our booking!

We ordered our starter and main at the bar for all eight of us. As the starters arrived we noticed that the garlic mushroom and Stilton cheese that we ordered had turned into two side dishes of garlic mushrooms, also the chicken wings were badly burned and looked like they have just come from a furnace or had been blow torched by any angry Irishman. It was presented with a small bowl of barbecue sauce had the consistency of cat sick. We complained about having the wrong order of mushrooms and the waitress tried to convince us that as we were ordering eight starters we had somehow got mixed up and ordered 2 side orders instead. This of course was absolute crap! And what has actually happened is that they pressed the wrong button on the till and ordered the wrong thing for us. They offered to take back the order and replace it, but this would have meant a couple of us having to wait a very long time for our starters.

We decided to shut up and eat our mushrooms. These were not the best garlic mushrooms I have ever tasted, bordering on the worst would be closer to the mark. I could hardly taste any garlic and the mushrooms were so small and dry that I think they probably just come from the freezer. What happened to this place, they used to serve fresh mushrooms that were huge and now we get stuff they probably just purchased from Tesco’s. They were absolute rubbish and certainly not worth the money. When you go out for a meal you don’t want food you can prepare better yourself to be presented to you, you are looking to something much nicer than that!

The main courses were not much better. Three of us had beef; my father said that it was burnt at the ends even though in between he was quite tender. I had what they call drunken beef, which was supposed to be beef in a red wine sauce. It turned out to be beef stew with a lump of purified mashed potato that was too cheesy and shrivelled vegetables. The cabbage they put on a plate was brown and extremely dry. As I quoted to my niece next to me, this cabbage has as much life in it as Elvis Presley. It was pretty awful and really embarrassing to be served such dire vegetables. My brother had a Mexican chicken dish which had way too many peppers in it. If he ate that many he would have ended up in hospital! Who was the cook in this place? Did they have a cook? Or was it somebody that they had pulled randomly off the street?

My mother’s lamb shank arrived five to 10 minutes later. As everyone else started their meal, she had to wait and my brother was really upset about the low quality of service that was being provided to us — he was paying the bill today and so had a right to complain. It arrived eventually, though it looked extremely poor in its presentation. The lamb was just piled up on the plate and mash was slapped down pretty much as you would get in a greasy spoon cafe. Afterwards, Mum said it wasn’t very nice at all. Yet another disappointing course! By this time we were quickly wanting to get to the pudding stage.

There wasn’t any puddings I fancied and so I just asked for a mixed selection of ice cream’s. On arrival this turned out to be 4 small scoops of vanilla ice cream presented in a Soup Bowl. My brothers partner thought this was extremely funny and couldn’t understand it at all. I thought he was a bit weird to, but I got to the stage where nothing surprised me about this pub any more.

On the up side, I found the staff to be very pleasant and they tried to make the best of a bad situation. The weakest link by far was the cook closely followed by bar staff and of course the manager that hired all of them. The three ponds has been changed from a decent place to eat and hang out with your friends to an old-fashioned smokers pub, but without the smoking! We won’t be going to eat here again, as you can imagine the three ponds is now firmly on our shit list of places to visit. Certainly I would recommend it for a pub crawl but if you fancy something to eat just go down the chippy instead!

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to look for some private physiotherapy in my local area. I actually emailed a few clinics in Nottingham with mixed results. Rachel Burr of The Heath Coat Street Clinic was very helpful by email and even gave me some interesting things to think about. You don’t often get that prior to shelling out money to a consultant and I think that’s really nice. I think kindness like that is worth a mention.

I’m becoming increasingly interested in Trigger point therapy, though not in a weird way. I don’t believe trigger point can cure everything. I do believe it can help with short term pain relief and save me from taking drugs. Rachel did come up with an interesting point that I need to treat the underlying condition that is making the trigger points so sensitive. She is right of course, but the problem is I don’t really know the cause at the moment.

I hope to make an appointment to see her in the not too distant future and learn something new perhaps. Of course I’ll share as always.

Rachel doesn’t know I write here. I don’t tend to discuss I maintain a blog with any one involved in my treatment, though I wonder if they already know since I always pump them hard for information which I add to my knowledge and it comes out in a later posts once its been thoroughly processed in my brain case.

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The Hemlock Stone public house is situated on Bramcote Lane in the suburb of Wollaton in Nottingham (NG8 2QQ). We initially called them a couple of days before hand on 0115 9284463 to book a table as apparently its always better to book when there’s bigger parties like ourselves.

The Hemlock stone is actually located close to a roundabout on Bramcote Lane and there more than ample parking outside; even for coaches. We picked a random spot, next to a nicer car than our own. I always do this, always park next to a nicer car so that any thieves will target the other car rather than mine. I have no idea if this strategy works, I suspect not.

On entering the venue, we were greeted with an modern bar, which wasn’t that nice to be honest. I thought the layout of the bar area was just too narrow, even though they have obviously spent allot money on the décor. The restaurant part was on the other side of the bar, so you had to walk through the bar area or rather squeeze past as there wasn’t much room in the place.

We were sat just on the other side of the bar, right next to the kitchen. It was about the noisy place in the whole pub as not only did we have the shouting from the bar, but also from the kitchens and even more noise from the other dinners. If you are going for a quite night out then forget about the Hemlock Stone, but on the other hand if you like noise and not hearing yourself think, its the place for you.

I didn’t think the food was very good at all and pricey for what you got. This pub was trying hard to be a restaurant in a pub at restaurant prices of course. What was surprising is that all vegetables were counted as extra. You got a good portion of meat and potatoes, but if you wanted veg then it cost extra. You don’t really expect this in an suburban pub and it wasn’t made clear on the menu at all. It made the outing a very expensive do. I personally like wholesome feel good pub food, rather than a pub that is trying to cook posh that is miserably failing.

For the starter I have a carrot soup, which to be honest was disgusting and later on it gave me a seriously upset stomach. Its not something that I’d recommend for anyone, including my dog. The main of Pork I ordered was absolutely fantastic; the second best Pork meat I have ever tasted. The best being at another pub a mere 10 or so miles away, the three ponds just 2 miles from the M1 Motorway. For pudding I simply had ice-cream and that was pretty good, but nothing specular. The service was pretty good though and I have no complaint there. The seemed to be staffed by young adults or school children and this may be why the food was so bad.

The place was just too noisy to even hold a decent conversation and I cannot understand why I was recommended to go here. There was nothing to make me return. I would had preferred a bag of fish and chips at the local fast food joint than have another meal at the Hemlock Stone.

After returning home, later on in the evening I was suffering allot of stomach cramps and ended up sitting on the toilet for an hour. Some celebration!

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It seems like the initial reports from America were inaccurate as in the UK the quake was measured to be an 5.4 – The strongest tremor for 25 years. The Nottingham Evening Post said it was the strongest quake for 250 years. I think the type setter slipped there and put in the zero by accident, as its not the strongest earthquake ever in the UK.

There was some light to moderate damage. Cracks in brickwork isn’t light damage really and is actually very dangerous over the longer period as it has weakened the structure of a building; this could mean its more likely to collapse than a non-cracked structure. I didn’t see any damage around where I live.

I need to apologise to those that posted comments, it appears that blogger has screwed up and has some how lost them all. The Moderate Comments section appears to be faulty.

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Just before 0:55 this morning I was just in the bathroom when I felt a significant tremor shaking the house. It shook the bed, windows, furniture and was powerful enough to make me lean against the wall.

I’ve felt tremors before, but this one seemed quite violent for this country. Early reports are showing that the tremor has been felt as far south of North London and north up to Leeds. People I know in Manchester also felt it and they actually were the first to confirm that it was a tremor of an earth quake variety rather than from a large bomb.

The BBC have received early reports of quake activity from Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Manchester, Berkshire and the west Midlands too. They are reporting that the quake was felt around 1am in Birmingham, but I can assure you I felt it here before at 0:55 as I was asking for confirmation at 0:57, I’ve just been informed.

The US Geographical Survey’s website reported a quake of the magnitude of 4.7 and said the epicentre was 30 miles (50km) south of . For more information on this Quake, .
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The earth did truly move tonight for some tonight, especially for those in Kingston-upon-Hull, Lincolnshire.

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On Saturday we went for a walk into Misk Hills. We always parked up next to a church just the other side of Watnall and walked across the road heading towards the hills. It’s quite a steady climb, which is popular with dog walkers and so you do need to take care in where you tread. [Read More]

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