Igloo Recommends - The Secrect Kitchen Cafe

Anyone heard of The Secret Kitchen Cafe yet?! Well you should, because it is far too great to be kept a 'secret'.

We LOVE the concept and will be going down for a social meal next Tuesday (June 19th, 2013). Join us if you can......we are hoping our Japanese resident busker will also be down to provide nice sounds for everyone's ears :)

For those who have never heard of it before, here is a quick description: 

Looking forward to spending some time there, eating tasty food and meeting some cool people! (click here for directions on how to get there from the Igloo)

Igloo Recommends - A Tour Of Nottingham With Robin Hood

Why We Recommend It?

Well first of all… it is great. If you're at all interested in the history of Nottingham and the story behind the most famous man to ever put on a pair of green tights, then this tour is a must. And to sweeten the pot, people staying at The Igloo get a special discount off the regular price (come see reception about this).

How many chances to you get to walk around with a legend from your child hood (and even share a pint with him at the oldest pub in England)? Not that often we thinks.

Getting There From The Igloo (15 minute walk)

The Robin Hood Town Tour starts at The Cross Keys Pub (click on the map to open on Google Maps).

The Robin Hood Town Tour starts at The Cross Keys Pub (click on the map to open on Google Maps).

Even More Info…

Meet Robin Hood and discover the truth of the ‘Hooded Man’! Follow the trail of historical facts and learn how simple ballads over 700 years old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told.

This thorough and fun exploration of the evolution of the legend is told against the back drop of the city. As you visit places associated with Robin Hood, you will also see the town's key sites of interest and learn about its history and culture.

Enter ancient caves beneath the streets. Understand why Nottingham Castle isn’t a castle. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Lace Market, once lace capital of the world. Shudder in the shadow of the Old County Gaol and find tranquillity in St Mary’s Churchyard.

Landmarks like the Council House, Old Market Square, the Theatre Royal and other, quirky, hidden surprises all await you on this adventure around town. The tour ends at Ye olde Trip to Jerusalem.

Igloo Recommends - Ye Olde Trip To Jeruselum

Why We Recommend It?

Well first of all, it's the oldest pub in England! (ok, there may be some dispute about that… but you'll have to go on the Robin Hood tour for the full details on that controversy)

Whether or not it is 'legitimately' the oldest pub in England, it definitely 'feels' like it could be. Built into the backside of the castle, it has a part old pub + part old pub in a cave feel to it. They have a great selection of beers, tasty food (with a great lunch special), and it always feels like your sitting in the same seat that a bad ass knight once sat in. And on a sunny day, hanging outside the pub is one of the best ways to kill an afternoon.

Getting There From The Igloo (15 minute walk)

To open this walking from Igloo Hostel to Ye Olde Trip To Jeruselum map on Google Maps, just click the photo.

To open this walking from Igloo Hostel to Ye Olde Trip To Jeruselum map on Google Maps, just click the photo.

Some More Info…

Travellers to the city of Nottingham invariably find their way to this quaint old Inn which is carved into the rock and connected with the labyrinth of sandstone caves at the foot of Nottingham Castle. As its sign says, it truly is “Well known throughout the World”, but the very first question every visitor asks inevitably relates to how it came to have such an unusual name.

The answer to this lies in the date painted on the exterior walls of the Inn, that of 1189AD. This was the year of ascension to the throne of King Richard the First, known as Richard the Lionheart, and one of his first acts as King was to crusade against the Saracens who at that time occupied the Holy Land of Christian Religion. Nottingham Castle was a stronghold favoured by the King and legend has it that the brave Knights and men at arms who rallied to his call to fight in this Third Crusade, gathered at the Castle to rest before journeying to Jerusalem.

Legend also has it that these Crusaders stopped off at the Inn at the foot of the Castle for welcome refreshments – or perhaps more accurately, for ‘one for the road’. Given that in the Middle Ages, a ‘Trip’ was not a journey as such but rather a resting place where such a journey could be broken, it is understandable how the Inn came to be called ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’.