Back to a “New” Normal at The Bottle Top

When Ruddington’s The Bottle Top celebrated its first year of trading on 10th May 2020 it was during unprecedented times – in the middle of a nationwide ‘lockdown’ caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As an ‘essential’ business, permitted to remain open by the Government, owners Anthony and Alex Preston decided they would do so. Throughout the restrictions they continued to serve residents with essential supplies at a time when our village supermarkets were struggling to keep up with demand. As before, the shop kept Ruddingtonians stocked with products such as plastic-free fresh fruit…

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Autumn RuddFest Plans

The old willow tree on The Green isn’t the only big thing that’s missing from our village this weekend. Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May were also set to be the dates of RuddFest 2020 – Ruddington’s now legendary beer and cider festival. Like all village events – other than ‘virtual’ ones – it was cancelled a couple of months’ ago due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. However, a gradual easing of restrictions is creating hope that the annual festival might still take place this year. Organiser John Noble tells…

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The Bottle Top – Eco Shop!

During the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Ruddington’s The Bottle Top, at 2, High Street, is continuing to serve our village with essential supplies. At a time when our village supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand, it’s offering villagers products such as plastic-free fresh fruit and veg, pantry staples such as pasta to weigh into your own containers, hand wash and other refills – even toilet rolls! Of course, vital stay-at-home beer, cider and spirit supplies are plentiful, too! Given the unprecedented situation, owners Alex and Anthony…

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Bottle Top Christmas Tap Takeovers

There’s a special treat for beer lovers over this festive season – as Ruddington’s craft beer and eco-shop becomes a specialist ale ‘bar’ at weekends throughout December. Since opening in May this year, The Bottle Top – run by husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston – has been making quite an impression in the former Thomas’s Greengrocers shop at 2, High Street. Anthony is a huge beer fan whilst Alex has been busy introducing a raft of products and initiatives for Ruddington’s more environmentally conscious customers – including the return of plastic-free fruit and veg. You…

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Ready For Ruddfest?

Ruddington’s annual Beer & Cider Festival makes a welcome return this week. “Ruddfest 2019” begins at midday on Thursday 30th May and runs from noon each day until Sunday 2nd June, with a full programme of events and activities taking place on The Green, at The White Horse Inn and at The Frame Breakers. The Victoria Tavern on Wilford Road will also be taking part by offering a wider selection of beers and ciders than usual – though there won’t be an outdoor bar this year. Even Ruddington’s new off-licence The Bottle Top will…

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Plans For Former Thomas’s Revealed!

Eagle-eyed shoppers on High Street may have spotted a notice that’s appeared in the window at Ruddington’s historic greengrocers’ premises – the sudden and unexpected closure of which caused such shock and dismay in our village almost a year ago. The blue sign at Glyn Thomas‘s old shop – bought and refurbished last year by the Patel family of Ruddington Post Office next door – reveals an application to Rushcliffe Borough Council “for the Grant of a new Premises Licence to include the provision of sale of alcohol for consumption…

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Fancy a Coffee Crawl?

Thousands of revellers are descending on Ruddington this weekend to take full advantage of the hundreds of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and entertainment which make up RuddFest 2018. All being well our pubs will be full – along with people thronging around the dedicated marquee and stalls on The Green. But for those less keen on the alcohol, or needing a break from the stronger stuff, Ruddington has plenty of other village centre venues you can stroll to for a nice, refreshing cup of tea or coffee. This now includes Jasper’s…

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RuddFest Returns!

Ruddington’s now famous annual real ale and cider festival is happening again from Thursday to Sunday this week. The four day “RuddFest” offers over 150 beers and ciders, alongside wines, Prosecco and spirits throughout the village PLUS live entertainment, a big variety of food and fun activities for the kids. The idea of regular beer festivals in Ruddington began at The White Horse in 2006 when the then tenants Tony Beecroft and Jez Curtis decided to make good use of their generous beer garden for a few extra barrels of real ale and cider from…

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