With Christmas around the corner, and pavement work complete on High Street, the village centre certainly now looks a better place and empty shops are being filled with vibrant new businesses, too!
Taking up residency in the smartly refurbished unit at 17-21 High Street, ‘Thomas James Estate and Letting Agents’ chose Ruddington to open up their second office. Meanwhile at 10 Church Street, the beauty parlour is under new management and is now called “Glowing Beauty”. Ryan Beales has taken over the business which is open Monday to Saturday from 9am – and until 7pm on weekdays. And work is in full swing at the former Grice’s electrical store in readiness for it becoming a Sainsbury’s Local supermarket opening there by mid-February.
Two pieces of sad village news in the last month are the closure of The Bricklayers’ Arms (no news yet of if, or when, it might reopen) and of pharmaceutical firm Vectura in the business park.
In a village already well served by eateries, including recently extended food serving hours at The White Horse and Victoria Tavern, it’s great to see our choice boosted even further by two brand new restaurants. “Salts Bistro” has opened as a dining venue at the rear of the Jolly Farmers’ Inn after a complete refurbishment. The area has been transformed into a comfortable, modern dining room to complement the new menu. If you like something a little hotter you could try “Dine India” – a new restaurant which opened in the plush, vacant dining room behind The Three Crowns. And you can also enjoy their food at home as they offer a cheaper takeaway menu and home delivery service.
(Researched & written by Graham Wright)