Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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The Springfield Inn, Nottingham.

Old Epperstone Rd, Lowdham, Nottingham NG14 7BZ, UK

Around winter time I am on the lookout for places to dine in that provide the perfect comfort food and cosy atmosphere that winter requires. Now by comfort food I mean that traditional meal that makes you feel all fab and cosy inside when you've eaten it. Country English pubs are usually the best places for comfort food and The Springfield Inn located in Nottingham is definitely the king of comfort food, woohoo!

The Springfield Inn definitely oozes the element of charm and rustic character you require of a country pub. Nestled in the village of Lowdham, between Nottingham and Southwell the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect atmosphere for providing hearty, seasonal pub-food on their menu, all at a high standard accompanied with a great selection of cask ales, gins, fine wines and so much more on their bar.

If your looking for a menu that offers a lot of British classics with a hint of surprise that their menu is right up your street. For the starters I opted for one of my festive favourites, Box-baked Camembert served with rustic bread whilst Jordan opted for the King Prawn, Lobster and Avocado Cocktail. Both tasted so good and were a good portion size that didn't leave either of us worrying if we could make it to the end of our meal without rolling out of the door. I wasn't too keen on the raisins situated on top of the Camembert and would have definitely preferred cranberries, it's nearly Christmas after all.

For our main meals both me and Jordan opted to have something we wouldn't usually have from a menu, it was definitely refreshing to try something different and both go for a meal which we would individually consider as comfort food. Jordan opted for the Lamb Duo, which consisted of a pan-fried lamp rump and a cheddar shepherd's pie with seasonal vegetables and gravy. I'm not a fan of lamb but the dish smelt absolutely delicious! I decided on the Chicken Pie which was a complete classic and didn't let me down. The pie itself was huge and contained great chunks of chicken and flavour with spring onion mash potato which perfectly complimented the pie. I definitely could have done with some gravy to smoother all over my pie and vegetables, there's just something about adding gravy that stops it from becoming dry.

We managed to save some room for pudding, woohoo! I decided after a long decision making I went for the Belgian Chocolate Brownie which came with a scoop of Baileys ice cream, delicious and felt so good for this time of year whilst Jordan decided to have the Eton Mess which looked as good as mine but I think I had the better choice.

The Springfield Inn has an option for a fixed price menu available within their restaurants, starting at £13.95 for two courses Monday-Friday 5-8pm so definitely check it out. I will definitely be heading to my local Vintage Inn chain pub in the upcoming weeks for another cosy meal before Christmas.

*Restaurant Review. Many thanks to Vintage Inns for inviting me to sample The Springfield Inn menu. All photos and opinions are my own. 


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