Catching up with Carriages

Time for another catch up on Girls Around Town next weekend, when Wendy Baird and Suzie Jones join June and Rachel to share some of the highlights of the nine months that have flown by since Carriages Café first opened its doors in Newark last August…

Nominated in the Best New Venue category of the prestigious Nottinghamshire Food & Drinks Awards for 2018 (watch this space for details of when and how to vote later in the year!), Carriages has quickly become a popular spot for meetings, leisurely lunches and afternoon teas, as well as the perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee and snack while waiting for a train.

It’s also been home to wide range of events, with cupcakes on Valentine’s Day, a Christmas Fair and a Syrian-themed evening just a small sample of what’s been on the menu recently. And its Community Café is now a firm favourite with customers who want to meet old friends and make new ones while enjoying a three-course meal for just £3 every Wednesday evening and – if they wish – give others the chance to eat or drink free at Carriages by taking part in the Pay It Forward scheme.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for news too of  what’s in store for the months to come – including Carriages‘ involvement in the Newark Book Festival and in the Newark line-up of this year’s Open Studios Notts, when visitors will be able to see Suzie working in situ on one of her whimsical pieces of artwork…

Food for thought

bread and cheese

With Melton Mowbray’s Artisan Cheese Fair under a fortnight away and Real Bread Week coming up in May,  what else would the Girls Around Town be talking about next weekend but bread and cheese?!

A match made in heaven some would say, especially with British Sandwich Week taking place next month too – and no doubt guests Matthew O’Callaghan and Rhiannon Abbott would agree…

Matthew will be joining June, Tina and Sue in the first hour of the show with news of the Artisan Cheese Fair, which takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April. Up to 80 cheese makers, some of whom produce the UK’s rarest cheeses, are expected to attend, with a packed programme of talks, tastings and demonstrations on offer from 10am to 4pm each day.

He’ll be sharing the results of this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards, together with details of what else visitors can expect to see, try and buy – wine, cakes, beer, chutneys and of course Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pie to name just a few!

In the second hour, Rhiannon will be on the line from The Epsom Bakehouse to talk about how she turned a life-long passion for home baking into a business.

Find out what a Bread Angel is, what makes ‘real’ bread so different from the everyday loaves sold in supermarkets and how you can try making your own using the free, easy recipes shared on her website.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday. And in the meantime, here’s a little food for thought – British consumers munch their way through over 11.5 billion sandwiches a year which, if they were laid end to end, would go around the world about 44 times…

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