Days Out

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Fashion within nature!

      Reg Taylor’s more than just a Garden Centre!   It was a Monday morning and the sun was shining, well at least intermittently with the showers, typical British weather, perhaps not the best day to be visiting a garden centre but this isn’t your usual run of the mill nursery. So in anticipation Simone and I set off to Reg Taylor’s in Normanton for a working lunch, looking forward to a break from the office and to sample some delicious food along with a browse of their... Read More

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Picnic patch!

          Easy Living.   Summer is officially here, it may not feel like it most of the time but with our British climate that we are accustomed to, the days the Sun makes an appearance we must and do make the very most of it…… What better way to celebrate those sunny days than a fabulous picnic with your family and friends. Here in Nottinghamshire and just bordering Lincolnshire there are a host of beautiful places to visit and to take a delicious picnic lunch, time... Read More

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A Right Royal Year!

                      Windsor investiture! What can I say other than that, for me the last couple of weeks have been surreal. Firstly an amazing wedding in Chepstow, then just over a week later a day I will never forget all coinciding with the Queens special 90th birthday celebrations. My very own brothers investiture at Windsor castle into the Grand knights Cross,  only the highest grade in many orders of knighthood. How proud I felt and being only feet away from the... Read More

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Inspiring Easter Apparel!

          Easter parade! Its Easter weekend approaching fast and a time to relax and spend time with friends and family, there is always lots to choose from whether its a quiet time at home with the children or grandchildren, perhaps a trip out for a lunch or even a special night out to the theatre…. Either way its time to splash out on a new outfit because Spring is now officially here and the clocks go forward also on Sunday so lighter evenings, all in all... Read More

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The Gent Visits Ann et Vin for Champagne Tasting

The Gent is back in his anonymous series chronicling his exploits around Newark’s finest wining & dining establishments for a take on what you can do for that special evening out. This time out I visited the Ann et Vin wine bar for an evening of connoisseur Champagne & Sparkling Wine tasting. As always I was accompanied by my trusty sidekicks Henry and Vicki. We even brought along an extra special guest this time in the big boss, Sarah, and it definitely wasn’t only so that she would foot the... Read More


Tea with the Mad Hatter!

An afternoon of desserts!   What a decadent afternoon of delicious mouth watering delights both the edible type and those of beautiful stunning millinery. The Ram a stylish bar and restaurant here in Newark hosted a charity event on Saturday 30th May and myself and colleague Simone were fortunate enough to attend, the dress code was dress for the occasion, so hence we put on our best dresses and away we went. The chosen charity was Mcmillan and what important work they do, the array of hats were phenomenal, designers... Read More


The Gent About Town – The Ram Bar & Brasserie

Shirt Sleeves is starting a new series on our Blog where I, The Gent, will visit various establishments around Newark which we think you will really appreciate and enjoy to provide a review of what you can expect to find. Hopefully they will be places which you will relish visiting and can even wear your newest outfit from Shirt Sleeves out to. So without further much ado here is our first installment in which I visited Newark’s newest Bar & Restaurant – The Ram with a couple of my closest... Read More