Beer blogger Julia Gray is putting her money where her mouth is – by opening a shop selling bottled beers from the independent UK microbreweries that she loves.
Julia and partner Will Linford (pictured) fulfilled a long-held ambition when they opened Hop Hideout on Saturday at Vintedge in Abbeydale Road. And they will be on hand from now on to share their expertise with customers.
“I’ve been passionate about ale all my adult life,” says Julia, who is planning a programme of special events. Hop Hideout opens initially 10am-6pm Fri-Sat and 11am-4pm Sun.
Community food project Blend is turning back the clock to the 1970s for its latest supper club on Saturday. The night will begin with snowball cocktails, followed by prawn cocktail, steak and chips and Black Forest gateau. Tickets for the event, which takes place at Fulwood Old Chapel, Whiteley Lane, are £20; bring your own drink. All profits will go towards supporting the project.
Spice of life
Gleadless restaurant Cutlers Spice has been shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year 2013 in the British Curry Awards. The restaurant was created in the former Cutlers Arms pub by chef Allam Shah Ullah and his family. Allam was one of just seven chefs chosen to represent the UK in the recent Taste of Britain curry festival in Slovenia. Curry Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Monday.
Corner the market
Rowsley’s Peak Shopping Village was transformed into an outdoor market place last weekend as the venue hosted the first in a series of regular Sunday Christmas markets. Stalls selling local food and produce lined up alongside arts, crafts and seasonal goods in the former Rowsley station yard, with its distinctive Italianate building by Sir Joseph Paxton. Entry is £1, under-12s free.