Had another great day out visiting a new local tourist attraction the Portland Collection at the Harley Gallery in Nottingham. The pre visit bumph would suggest that the Portland Collection is a world beater and that in one sense is true, there are some incredible works of art on display. However, I did come away feeling slightly underwhelmed which I suspect is more to do with the fact that the collection might have been over sold, or certainly the works on display. There were some great pieces but when it is compared to say the fascinating Compton Verney it falls somewhat short of the mark. This, though, is unfair on the Harley Gallery as they are two very different establishments trying to do very different things.
Having outlined my slight misgivings it is still worth a visit although don’t expect to eat at the small cafe next to the gallery as this would seem to be too small for the crowds that the collection may attract. However, help is at hand as the garden centre next door has a very reasonable cafe.