Indoor Hospitality Reopens

This week’s milestone date of Monday 17th May has been pencilled in our diaries for a few months now – the point promised on the ‘roadmap’ for a further easing of Coronavirus restrictions in England – assuming all went to plan. Hospitality venues in Ruddington preparing to reopen indoors had begun wondering in recent days whether clusters of cases of the new ‘Indian’ COVID-19 variant in other parts of the UK might put a spanner in the works – following fresh warnings from some scientists not to proceed with ‘Step 3’…

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Al Fresco Burgers & Beer in Ruddington!

Have you heard about the ‘Pop-Up Beer Garden’ which has sprung into action in the picturesque surroundings of Easthorpe House? It’s here in our village courtesy of Annie’s Burger Shack and is serving food and drink every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the grounds of the historic, Loughborough Road venue until the 23rd of May. With many of us looking forward to get togethers during the easing of COVID-19 lockdown, Annie knew Ruddington was the ideal place for this very special social event: “We chose a location outside of the city centre that provided a…

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Ruddington’s Ready for The Glorious 12th!

Okay. So we’re talking about the 12th of April rather than the 12th of August. Moreover, this month no grouse (grouses? grice? – Ed) will be put in peril. However, Monday is poised to be the glorious day which most residents have been longing for – when Ruddington’s non-essential shops, salons, outdoor hospitality, gyms and certain other establishments can finally reopen after our third ‘lockdown’! After three months of further tight controls to ‘control the Coronavirus’, now the vaccine rollout is well underway across England, the Government ‘roadmap’ has navigated us…

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It’s Census Sunday!

This weekend will see a once-in-a-decade event which gives a snapshot of life right now in Ruddington and beyond. ‘Census 2021’, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), takes place on Sunday 21st Match. By now, every village household should have received the documents above – each with a unique web access code – to enable residents to complete it. The Census, responses to which are required by law, is sent to every residential property across England and Wales. The information people give will decide how services are planned and funded.…

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The Bottle Top’s Getting Bigger

Number 2 High Street has been at the heart of Ruddington since way back. When Glyn Thomas’s Greengrocers closed its doors in 2018, it sent a shockwave through the village and has been very much missed ever since. Having now been in residence there for almost two years, Alex and Anthony Preston, the owners of The Bottle Top, have some exciting news they hope you will love, and which will bring back the ‘essence’ of Number 2. The team at the new business have worked hard to bring something different…

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A Sign of Better Times

Eagle-eyed travellers entering Ruddington this week may already have spotted a subtle new addition to our village gateway signs – indicating that things should be starting to get back to normal. After a further break of three months, during the latest Coronavirus ‘lockdown’, it’s been confirmed that Ruddington Village Market will return to The Green in April. The smart new signs (below), produced in time for what would have been the ‘second birthday’ market in February, have since been sitting in storage until it was considered safe to resume the monthly…

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RuddFest is Postponed Again

It’s been revealed that Ruddington’s much loved annual Beer and Cider Festival – which usually attracts thousands of visitors – will not be taking place this June as planned, due to continuing concerns about COVID-19. The decision was made in the wake of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ announcement on Monday that restrictions on large events and some hospitality will not be lifted until June 21st at the earliest – which is after the originally scheduled RuddFest 2021 dates of June 3rd-6th.  Last year’s event was first postponed and then cancelled altogether because of the Coronavirus…

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The Bottle Top – Specialist Beer & Eco Shop

Yet again this pandemic, villagers are relying on Ruddington’s The Bottle Top to keep them stocked with essential items now that the toughest, national restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 are back in place. Whilst the new wave of Coronavirus and a third ‘lockdown’ have forced some of our village shops to close yet again, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston are continuing to provide us with all their usual supplies. These include plastic-free fruit and veg, dried zero waste goods such as rice, nuts and oats, local pastries…

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Advertise on RUDDINGTON.info

Are you Ruddington based or offer products and/or services within our village? If so, you can promote your business, body of work, event, regular classes and even yourself here on our RUDDINGTON.info website. Advertising campaigns are supported by our high profile village social media on Facebook, Instagram and our original Twitter feed @RUDDINGTON_info where it all began over a decade ago! Prices start at just £8.50 per week – and our average weekly reach during 2020 was 5,380 unique visitors. This is rising year by year and, so far in 2021, we are averaging…

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Ruddington Gastropub Does it Again!

Even though it’s currently unable to open, due to the latest COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ restrictions, owners and staff at a popular Ruddington public house and restaurant have still got something rather special to smile about. The Ruddington Arms on Wilford Road is celebrating another listing in the prestigious Michelin Guide – the 2021 edition of which has been revealed this week. The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that it’s come out four months later than usual – as well as being published in digital format only. Nevertheless, inclusion in the internationally renowned food bible…

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