Drenched in history and synonymous with local legend Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant, cultural English city with a fantastic dining scene to boot. Check out our guide to Nottingham’s restaurants to see where local diners flock for delectable fare.
Housed in Nottingham’s beautiful 17th century Newdigate House, World Service is a critically acclaimed fine-dining restaurant and four-time winner of the Nottingham Restaurant Awards’ Restaurant of the Year title. A sophisticated colonial theme is present in the restaurant, complete with a stylish lounge bar serving classic cocktails and a charming walled garden ideal for al fresco summer dining. Modern British cuisine mixed with global touches crafted from seasonal fare dominates World Service’s menu with standout dishes that include starters like chicken and leek terrine with sweetcorn relish and fried corn and mains such as cod loin with braised leeks, celeriac and brown shrimp.
World Service, Newdigate House, Castlegate, Nottingham, UK, +44 0115 847 5587
In a city by no means lacking in Indian restaurants, MemSaab manages to stand out from the crowd with its focus on fine-dining and mix of traditional spiced curries and adventurous, modern interpretations of Indian cuisine. The award-winning restaurant – whose accolades include Nottingham Post’s Indian Restaurant of the Year 2013 and the British Curry Awards’ 2014 Best Curry Restaurant in the Midlands – features an elegant interior with traditional Indian furnishings offset by modern Indian art. This is perfectly matched to a menu of dishes that veer between the familiar, like slow-cooked lamb rogan josh, and the creative, like its locally farmed ostrich tandoori.
MemSaab, 12 – 14 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, UK, +44 0115 957 0009
The Rum House
For a dining experience that’s a tad out-of-the-ordinary, pay a visit to The Rum House. Located down a side street in Nottingham’s vibrant Hockley area, The Rum House is a prohibition era-styled restaurant and bar serving an interesting menu of Caribbean fusion tapas and an extensive list of creative rum-based classic and craft cocktails. Dine on a selection of small plates like its jerk-crusted lamp chops, popcorn shrimp with chipotle sauce and oxtail and butterbean pot and team this with a cocktail or two, like the classic old-fashioned flavoured with Creole bitters, orange peel and muscovado sugar or one of The Rum House’s very own creations.
The Rum House, 9 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham, UK, +44 0115 924 1555
Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie
Nestled in Nottingham’s West End Arcade, Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie is a charming, intimate haunt serving delicious, authentically French sweet crepes and savoury galettes that since opening in 2009, and has become a local diner favourite. A gorgeous interior with white, Victorian-era tiled walls, rustic wooden tables and art nouveau inspired design details conjure the feeling of being in a Parisian side street bistro – and enchanting locale in which to enjoy a hearty galette like the smoked salmon with ginger mascapone, chives, rocket, oil and lemon or a sweet chocolate and banana crepe accompanied by a glass of Aubrey’s French cider or wine.
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