Tag: drink

The Berliner brings Oktoberfest to Beeston

The Berliner is gearing up to bring a slice of Bavaria to our doorstep. Aaron Simmonds donned his liedwehosen and sent to find out more…


The German-inspired bar and restaurant will be bringing a slice of Munich to Beeston later this month in what may be the town’s first Oktoberfest celebration. Patrons will drink from traditional steins, served by staff in full lederhosen, and the garden will be occupied by a beer-truck. Not a beer-car or beer-van, but a truck! The truck and bar will be stocked with authentic Deutsches and Bavarian biers, such as ABK Hell and other cult favourites, some from breweries over 700 years old – though, I imagine the beer is slightly fresher.

Other frivolities will include live music from bands, including the self-proclaimed funkatronic luchadors, Revenge of Calculon, and Spanish guitarist and singer, Kay Corominas. Bratwurst and beer deals will be instated to ensure pilgrims are well fed and well drunk. There was also talk of a sausage eating contest and a stein carrying challenge…could a Beestonian beat the previous record of 29 steins held at once? We’ll have to wait and see.

Artist, Louis Johnston, is involved to furnish the bar for the event. He has made tables and a two-tiered bench by upcycling old wooden pallets. He has also added vibrant colour to the bar’s interior with street art inspired by Berlin wall graffiti.

When we asked Berliner co-owner, James, what he expected from the event, he simply said, ‘Chaos. It’ll be great.’ Und mein Gott, I hope it is!

Celebrations will take place from Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1, and entry is free.


Beeston Beats: Of Greek Food and Gin

A few months ago a friend and I decided that some Mediterranean inspired food was in order to brush off those post-holiday blues, and with empty tummies we trundled off into Beeston looking for something tasty to fill our bellies.


I’ll never forget that Monday evening, we passed so many closed eateries. It was looking hopeless, and just before we resigned to settling for a takeaway, we made it to Wollaton Road. Thankfully ‘Yiannis’ Greek restaurant was open. Little did we know that we were stumbling upon a future development and another exciting new venue.

The food served within was fantastic. It was no surprise that the restaurant seemed full to capacity within an hour of us being seated. At the end of service Yiannis came across to speak to us. He told us about the conversion that was due to take place in the ‘then’ back room of his restaurant. In a few months’ time, this was to become the new gin bar. I was invited back with co-beats writer Lulu to review the venue once open. Naturally we also took the opportunity to speak to Yiannis about how the bar came to fruition.

The concept for the Gin bar was adopted after Yiannis visited London on a social venture. Gin bars, just like brioche buns and cereal cafes, were the order of the day. Wanting to bring a bit of that back to Beeston, initially the idea was to convert the restaurant in its entirety into the Gin bar, but after some customer feedback a 50:50 combo of restaurant and gin bar was settled.

The gin bar can only be described as a Narnia like gem. You traverse the bright and cheery Mediterranean restaurant front, to an opening leading into the venue located within the building’s posterior. Art deco and shabby chic surrounds are the order of the day.

There are approximately 30 different gins on offer, some from distilleries as local as Loughborough.

On one side, we have the wall of ‘eras’ which will have a corresponding cocktail menu (comprising 5 choices for each) to represent each period in time. Along this wall we can travel through time in aesthetic and alcohol from the 1920’s Prohibition era right up to the present day.

The music was pleasant and sat perfectly in the background allowing space for conversation. The staff members were excellent at engaging with people and encouraging interactions. We sat for a while taking in the atmosphere. This is the kind of place to go to when you want a nice drink, in nice surrounds to enjoy the artistry of the beverage in front of you. Definitely a quality and not quantity venue.

From speaking to Yiannis it was clear he had spent a lot of time not only doing his research, but also engaging with and supporting nearby businesses. Many of the products in stock were locally sourced and of good quality, strictly no draft on tap.


There are approximately 30 different gins on offer, some from distilleries as local as Loughborough. Feeling spoilt for choice I decided to take the plunge and ask for a surprise. I was presented with a gin Mare embellished with botanicals. All the accompaniments were fresh and complemented the drink perfectly.

Although the venue is in its infancy Yiannis isn’t short of plans to keep the venue interesting and dynamic, ranging from; mixing up new cocktails and gin combinations, to altering the bar aesthetics until the most socially favourable arrangement is found.

At present the bar is open from 5.30pm Monday through to Saturday with last orders served at 11pm. Lunchtime opening is in the pipeline with intent to use the space as a strawberries and prosecco bar. In the meantime though, the gin bar is off to a good start, and if anybody is as passionate about cocktails as Yiannis, a mixologist position is open for a reliable and passionate individual.


Not just coffee shops

Just over a year ago this fine magazine published a list of all the shops, pubs, restaurants etc in Beeston. This was an attempt to counter the local doom-mongers and naysayers running down Beeston on social media, in the pub, at the bus stop, or waiting outside the GU clinic.

Some amongst us feel the need to spread misery and negativity, with remarks such as the everyday whine ‘why would anyone want to come to Beeston?’ to the classic mantra ‘there’s nothing here but charity shops and coffee shops’.

The fact is that for a town of its size, Beeston does really well in terms of the number and variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and other attractions. Compared to other similar-sized towns on the doorsteps of major cities, we have a wealth of independent retailers to complement the usual high street chains. There follows a list of places in which to spend your hard-earned, be it on food, drink, clothes, furniture, musical instruments, jewellery, beauty treatments, pet food, wool, bicycles, fresh flowers, screwdrivers, candles, mobile phones etc.

A line had to be drawn somewhere, so whilst the businesses on Queen’s Road are listed, I haven’t included any of the great ones at the Chilwell Creative Corner. Also not listed are a lot of service providers like doctors, dentists, architects, estate agents, solicitors, podiatrists, opticians, banks, building societies, betting shops, pharmacies, funeral parlours, launderettes etc. Whilst there are a lot of great convenience stores and off licences to go round, they aren’t included either.

Since last year a few places have closed, but they almost all were replaced by something else fairly quickly. An interesting point to note is that throughout the UK pubs are closing for good at an alarming rate. In Beeston none have closed, in fact they are thriving. The Commercial has been refurbished and now does excellent curries, the Crown has had a makeover, two micropubs (Pottle of Blues and Totally Tapped) have opened their doors, and a very welcome addition is cocktail bar The Berliner.

If there’s any on here you’ve never heard of before, pay them a visit. Broadgate and the High Road in particular have some hidden gems which don’t benefit from as much passing trade.

The Victoria
The Greyhound
The Malt Shovel
The Commercial
The Queens
The Cricketers
The White Lion
The Crown
The Hop Pole
The Last Post
The Chequers
The Bar
Victory Club
Pottle of Blues
Totally Tapped
Mecca Bingo
Admiral Casino Slots Experience

Out Of This World
Fresh Asia
Home Made Bakery
Pick n Mix
Upper Crust Bakery
Meat 4U
Barnsdales Butchers
Jerry and Phil’s Healthy Bakery

House and home/furniture
Blacklock Carpets
Kings Carpets
Fireplace and Stove Shop
Linen Box
Cameron House
Bargain Carpets
Eddy’s Bargain Beds and Furniture
Furniture Discount Store
Classique Interiors
Heidi’s Home Furnishings
Beeston Beds
Lifestyle Kitchens and Bathrooms
Auntie Gwen’s Attic
The Fabric Place/Curtain & Fabrics
Hicklings DIY
Memory Lane
Handybloke (Shed)

Snuggles and Kisses
New Look
Bon Marche
Little Shoe Company

The Frustrated Chef
Local Not Global
Flying Goose Cafe
Milano Pizza
Gills Fish and Chips
Tastie Bites
Oriental Inn
King Cod
Cottage Balti
Cafe Roya
Ghurkha Express
Sukho Thai
The Food Bar
Cafe 94
Milk Lounge
Magic Taste House
Tasty Corner
Lobster Pot
Humber Road Chippy
Table 8
Hing Kee
Forno Pizza
Poppa Pizza
Pizza Palace
Pizza Zone
Papa Johns
Better Than Home
Pizza Hut
Korea House
Beeston Break
Big Fish
Hong Kong Takeaway
Ko Sing Takeaway
Shadab Balti

Coffee/Tea Shops
Time For Tea Vintage Tearoom
Caffe Nero
The Coffee Shop

Specialist retailers
The Guitar Spot
Ryman Stationers
Singer-Pfaff Sewing and Knitting
John Kirk Hi-Fi
The Flower Shop
Holland and Barrett
Opus Frames
Electronic Cigarettes
Cheque and Buy Back Centre
Grainger Games
Money Shop
Cash Converters
Beeston Cobbler
Entertainment Exchange
Happy Daze
Refan Parfumerie
Tornari Sports
Pro-Teq Mobility
Chinese Medicine Centre
Parkgate Mobility
Max Spielman
Total Fitness
PH Ultra Sport
Cycle Inn (Sid Standard)
Knit Bits
Pets Corner
Smarty Paws
Appliance Services
Beeston Plumbing Supplies
Rocky Riders
Pot n Kettle
Clock Emporium
Charlie Fogg’s

Andrew McCulloch
Onyx Goldsmiths
Diane’s Cabin
Two Little Magpies
House of Ashley Peake
ROK Jewellery
Card Factory

Hair and Beauty
Mirror Mirror
Beauty by Vickie
Cutting Edge
KH Hair
Mint Hair Boutique
Brigitte Beauty Salon
Hair by Pam
Charleys Salon
Keith Benniston
PL Hair Design
Hair Company
Stephen Harrold
Square 17
Broadgate Barbers
Michael Stark
Beast On Ink
Infinity Nails
Cutting It
ET Salon
Aurora Laser Clinic
Five Star Nails
Hair by Neil
Peter Brady Hair
Euphoria Beauty

Charity shops
Sue Ryder
Cancer Research UK
Oxfam Books and Music
Salvation Army
British Heart Foundation
Treetops Hospice

Bubble IT
Carphone Warehouse
Mobiles Plus
Dr Mobile

Large Chain retailers
WH Smiths/Post Office

Cooperative Travel

B and M Bargains
Home Bargains

Warrior Martial Arts
Team Elite Kickboxing