Gemma Brown will be familiar to many Beestonians, having been bar manager at The Star, The Commercial, and more recently Beeston Social. Now she is part of the team behind Glass Orchid, a new establishment that has sprung up under the cinema, in what used to be Ottimo.

With a focus on quality food and drink, Glass Orchid promises to be another important part of Beeston’s attraction as a destination for diners and drinkers. The menu features an exciting mix of world tapas, to be accompanied by a wide range of world wines, and a list of 100 cocktails.

It is different in a number of ways – firstly it is table service only, for drinks as well as food. Part of the venue is reserved for dining, and the rest is for seating drinking – no groups of people standing around and crowding the place out.

Lots of the drink offering is unique in the area, with a wide choice of premium beers. Whilst there aren’t any real ales, a well stocked craft beer fridge keeps those who like to try something different happy. Many of the cans in it are from local breweries.

Gemma says that supporting local business is important to the team, which is which they were particular about which tradesmen they got to carry out the refurbishment. The plush seating upholstery came from no further than Long Eaton (otherwise known as West Beeston).

The striking decor was painted by Anna Wheelhouse, whose street artwork you will already have seen around Beeston. Overall it is a fine addition to Beeston, and well worth a visit.