The Next Episode Begins…

Ruddington can once again boast a trendy drinking venue – now a new bar called The Next Episode has opened its doors in our village. But it’s rather MORE than a bar, since it’s been launched by The Ruddy Good Pub Company – alias Mark and Sarah Anderson from The Ruddington Arms. This is now the third outlet in their expanding hospitality empire – after they relaunched The White Lion at Bingham in 2017. After a “soft” launch with some invited guests the previous night, The Next Episode opened to everyone…

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The Bottle Top Opens!

Ruddington is welcoming another unique, local business to the village centre – with the arrival of The Bottle Top this Friday, May 10th. You’ll find it at 2, High Street in the premises previously occupied by the legendary Thomas’s Greengrocers for over sixty years before its sad and sudden closure last year. As we revealed back in February, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston (pictured above with their eldest daughter Iris) are bringing this famous shop back to life with a range of products not previously available in our village.…

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Ruddington’s New Wedding Shop

There’s more good news for our village centre! If you’re a bride-to-be, or likely to be making wedding plans soon, you now need look no further than Ruddington for your dress and accessories. On Thursday (10th January 2019) Shade Bridal Boutique opened for business at its new premises on Easthorpe Street. Originally established in February 2011, on Melton Road in West Bridgford, it was the vision of Jessica Beard & Charlotte Jarvie – who wanted “to create an experience that was as memorable as a bride’s wedding dress.” Emma Castle bought the business…

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Church Street Changes

If you’ve walked along Church Street in Ruddington during the last few days you may have already spotted a couple of brand new traders? Unfortunately we have sad news that one of our existing shops there is shutting – but we can also reveal that another business which will be unique in Ruddington is already lined up to replace it!* {*Please see the update below.} Some GOOD news first … … 9, Church Street is now home to ‘Ruby Rae’ – a Ladies’ Boutique selling clothes and gifts. Actually the…

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A Slice of Jasper’s Carrot Cake?

That’s just one of the delicacies at Ruddington’s newest coffee house on Dutton’s Hill! Jasper’s Café is the idea of Paul Carver and Cathy Hatfield who’ve always dreamed of owning their own coffee shop. This week it became a reality. It now operates during daytime hours in the premises of Bar Six – where Paul has previously served slightly stronger drinks in the evening for around a year. On Wednesday’s opening day (the 29th of March) the new business was already doing a brisk trade! Paul told RUDDINGTON.info: “This particular premises wasn’t used during the day –…

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Our New Village Gift Shop

Following the relocation of Julia’s Kitchen from Church Street into larger premises on High Street it hasn’t taken long for another brand new business to spring up in its place. However it is co-run by two already familiar village faces – one from Summers at Eleven next door and the other from Bar Six on Dutton’s Hill! Yvonne Summers and Amanda Gardener have gone into partnership to provide Ruddington with a much needed general gift shop – after other similar village ventures over the past couple of decades fizzled out.…

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Hello, Hello, Hello!! What’s Going On Here, Then?

All’s been quiet for a while at the former Ruddington Police Station – since Westbrookes Estate Agents closed.  But now the building at the corner of Kirk Lane and High Street has some new tenants. JP Lettings is due to open there in early November – and eagle-eyed villagers will have noticed their signage is already in place.  The JP in question is Jodie Paget – who opened her first branch in Sherwood Rise just over a year ago. “Having worked for various lettings agencies, both independent and corporate, I feel…

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The Black Cat is Coming!

Perhaps so far only Mathew’s Café & Deli regulars have spotted the new face in charge at 24D High Street? But soon the popular Ruddington venue will also have a striking new name and an updated menu. It will then be “Black Cat Café”. The name has been inspired by the accountancy firm Black Cat Accounting which new owner Julie Smith had been running with her husband. In fact, Julie took over the café from Mathew Mountain back on the 20th August but she’s new to the trade so decided to change things…

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Julia’s New Kitchen

After four years on Church Street, a popular Ruddington cake making business has just moved premises – and can now be found on High Street in the former Gracie’s/Village Café. ‘Julia’s Kitchen Cake Boutique’ was the brainchild of entrepreneur Julia Towers who’s done catering since leaving school. But it was the cupcakes and birthday cakes she started making for appreciative friends at home in Clifton that led her to turn it into an online business on Facebook around five years ago. “Then, a year later, with over 4000 friends, orders from all…

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