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Posted on June 7, 2013

New Specials Menu at Frankie & Benny’s Review

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A couple of weeks ago I was sent a £30 voucher to go and try out the new specials menu at Frankie & Bennys; last time I reviewed them I actually said I wouldn’t go back and I probably wouldn’t have if I had to pay but I thought I’d give them another chance to impress me. As always I called upon my trusty sidekick Lero (My 16 yr old son) and we set off for Frankie & Benny’s Lenton Restaurant in Nottingham. It’s always super busy here as there is a big Showcase cinemas so I booked a table for 7.30pm on a Thursday evening.

When we arrived it was really busy and we had to wait for a table to be cleared before we could be seated. This was only five minutes or so and we were a little earlier so we can let them off for that 😉 We were seated at a nice little table for two and our drinks order was taken immediately! The staff were very friendly although they insulted Lero by asking ‘What can I get you ladies?’ I don’t think Lero will set foot in there again; poor lad was so embarrassed!

There is quite a good range on the special menu, five starters, 12 mains and four desserts. You can have two courses for £10.95 or three for an additional £2.25. So a three course meal for £13.20 isn’t too bad really! The Specials Menu is available all day Sunday to Friday.

I have to say all the food was brought to us quickly and the waitresses were very friendly. I did feel a bit like we were being rushed with the speed of things being brought to our tables and I shouldn’t complain about that really but I think there should be a nice pause between courses personally.

Lero ordered BBQ Chilli Wings and I had BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins. Lero really enjoyed his wings, mine were nice but could have been warmer. Portion sizes were good, we were still ready for more once we had finished these.

bbq chilli wings

BBQ Chilli Wings

BBQ pulled pork

BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins

We both opted for burgers at this point. I went with the Ranch Burger and Lero BBQ Burger. There were no other mains that really took our fancy. We did enjoy our burgers, they were tasty and filling, the fries were really nice too.

Ranch Burger

Ranch Burger

Lero's BBQ Burger

Lero’s BBQ Burger – not sure why it was all on one side of the plate like that!

Lero was super excited to see Salt Caramel Cheesecake on the menu, unfortunately this had sold out! He was gutted and opted for Banoffee Brownie instead while I went for Apple & Raspberry Crumble with Custard.  Lero’s was disappointing, he got three small squares of dry brownie, a mountain of cream and a couple of pieces of banana. My crumble was nice, I didn’t like the pastry but the rest was lovely although it needed more custard!

Banoffee Brownie

Banoffee Brownie.


Apple & Raspberry Crumble with Custard

We both had a glass of coke too so our bill came to £32.50 in total and we paid just £2.50. Honestly the food wasn’t that bad but it’s still not for me. The only chain you will see me at on a regular basis is Pizza Express 😉

Posted on May 24, 2013

Grandpa in my Pocket at Nottingham Playhouse

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Last night we were invited along to watch Grandpa in my Pocket ‘Teamwork!’ at the Nottingham Playhouse for the first show in their tour. Boo has loved Grandpa in my Pocket for a good few years now and has a few of the DVDs which she often watches. So we were very excited to go along!

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Boo excited for the show to start.

Boo loved the show from start to finish, she was totally engaged the whole time. Two hours is quite a long time for a 6 year old to sit still but she didn’t moan once! The characters were brilliant and totally beliveable as their different roles!

There are only six actors in the whole show who play eleven different characters between them; they do this seamlessly and really get into each character. Boo couldn’t believe how Great Aunt Loretta sounded just like the ‘real one’ on TV (she really was very good!) and Robin Simpson who played Grandpa and Mr Whoops was brilliant but especially brilliant as Grandpa!

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The Set (Beginning)

The set is really fantastic too, Boo loved the way the beach huts change into different things throughout the show… especially when one became My Whoop’s toy shop!

I personally found the whole show fascinating, a brilliant cast, pretty set, wonderful use of puppets, funny and engaging!

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Boo as Mr Whoops!

I did take Bugs along with us; Bugs isn’t 3 until August – the first 10 minutes he was absolutely mystified and didn’t move from his seat, after that although he loved to watch the show he would not sit still and kept talking rather loudly; luckily I had a big bag of sweet to keep him occupied. On reflection I think he was too young, the show is recommended from 4-11 years so you may want to consider this if you’re thinking of taking under 4’s. It’s a long time to ask them to sit still and not that fair on other members of the audience who have paid a lot of money to go.

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Boo as Mr Mentor!

So if you have kids who love Grandpa in my Pocket then this is really worth going to see!

Sunnysands Pirate, Horatio Heave Ho takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it’s time for Grandpa to put on his Shrinking Cap and save the day. It’s Teamwork!

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The Set (End)

If you are going to the show please don’t expect to see a real little Grandpa running around on stage. The ‘small’ Grandpa is in total twelve different puppets!

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Boo was very pleased to meet Javan Hughes who plays Jason Mason

Grandpa in my Pocket is showing at Nottingham Playhouse until the 31st May; if you are local it is very much worth seeing… after that it will be visiting Swindon Wyvern, Crewe Lyceum, Wolverhampton Grand, Croydon Ashcroft Theatre, Cardiff New Theatre, Hall for Cornwall, White Rock Theatre Hastings, Bradford Alhambra, Dartford Orchard Theatre, Exeter Northcott, New Street Oxford, Wycombe Swan, Pavilion Theatre Rhyl, Richmond Theatre and finally the Theatre Royal in Brighton. For dates and other information visit

Posted on April 27, 2012

Frankie & Benny’s Review

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When Lero was here a couple of weeks ago I took him to Frankie & Benny’s for a special Mum/Son meal! I let him choose what ever he wanted off the menu (a teenage boy’s dream!) We arrived about 6.30pm to the Lenton restaurant in Nottingham. It wasn’t very busy, there were a few families in so I wasn’t concerned about how the service would be. I thought we’d be done in time to catch a movie! We were showed to our table straight away and given the menu and asked if we would like drinks while we decide. Read more

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