Some of Nottingham’s best culinary hang-outs…
This gorgeous country house may be less than half an hour from the city but, surrounded by beautiful, lush parkland, it feels worlds away. The lovely restaurant, with its classic decor and uniformed tables, sets the scene for a real fine-dining experience, while the Garden Room is great for a more casual afternoon tea.
Cockliffe Country House Hotel
The restaurant at this 17th-Century hotel can not only offer first-class fare, but splendid views of its picture-perfect gardens and woods. The menu is comprised of contemporary dishes with continental fair. Cockliffe’s two AA rosettes have been well-earned in our eyes.
Sherwood Forest may be best known for the legends of Robin Hood, but nowadays it’s the site of nigh-on legendary cuisine, too. Standing adjacent to the church where Robin Hood is said to have wed Maid Marian, Launay’s is a wonderful spot for a glass of wine, sophisticated lunch or an evening meal of mythical standards.
Restaurant Sat Bains
Visit the esteemed Restaurant Sat Bains and you’re guaranteed a culinary treat. This two-Michelin-starred haven is pure paradise for any foodie, offering a whole selection of dining options. The ten-course tasting menu, Chef’s Table, Kitchen Table and Kitchen Bench options all promise extraordinary and totally unique dining experiences, as well as exquisite, refined cuisine.
Over the past 15 years, Hart’s restaurant has really made a name for itself, being on the receiving end of multiple awards and endless glowing reviews. Modern British in style, the food is stylish and imaginative, while the atmosphere is intimate, relaxed and elegant.
What do you get if you combine beautiful Indian cuisine with a fine-dining restaurant? A sea of pricked-up ears, we suspect. Subdued lighting plus neutral colours and smartly dressed tables equals tranquillity and luxury here, setting MemSaab far apart from the curry houses you may have frequented before. The menus embrace Indian tradition while remaining fresh and contemporary. After one MemSaab meal, you may never look at Indian food in the same way again.
This charming venue, having recently undergone an impressive makeover, is a real thing of beauty – both inside and out. With both an à la carte restaurant and a brasserie, Woodborough Hall offers two different dining experiences, and with Des Sweeney casting his culinary spells in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter which you choose – you’re in for a top-notch meal either way.
Kitchen Garden at Kelham House
This luxury family-owned hotel and restaurant is housed within a grand manor house, built in the small village of Kelham. Its restaurant, The Kitchen Garden, constantly changes its menus to combine each season’s best ingredients with the imagination of the passionate chefs. The result is an ever-changing medley of fantastic British and European cuisine.
Red Lion Caythorpe
Picture yourself all cosied up in a comfy armchair next to an open log fire, drink in hand, with beautiful, hearty dishes sitting atop the candlelit table in front of you. Luckily, thanks to The Red Lion, this scenario need not stay confined to your imagination. Here, ingredients are regional and preparation skilled.
Judging by the above, Nottinghamshire hardly seems short of stately houses, country manors and grand halls. Grade II* listed Colwick Hall Hotel is right up there with the most visit-worthy of them all. Georgetown Restaurant, located in the mansion’s front dining room, is certainly one of its key draws. Serving a medley of modern British and Malaysian cuisine, Georgetown offers a feast for the appetite, while its 60 acres of parkland promises a feast for the eyes (and somewhere to walk off the aforementioned fare).
The Bridge and Bayleaf
Housed in the old 19th-Century toll cottage, The Bridge and Bayleaf has a lovely riverside setting. Guests can enjoy drinks out in the open air, overlooking the Trent, or cosy up inside the stylish restaurant. The menu features carefully selected North Indian dishes – both classic favourites and more novel, unusual creations.
The Orange Tree
Not just a culinary hotspot, The Orange Tree is also a great destination for drinks. Comfortable, worn-in sofas, distressed-wood chairs and retro furnishings create a cool, quirky feel, making this a great spot to chill out with a speciality cocktail. You’ll inevitably end up sampling some of the cuisine on your visit too though; the fresh, seasonal, homemade dishes will more than likely prove too much to resist.
This fantastic little bistro has a lot more to offer than just its delicious, freshly prepared European food; its continental beers, frequent music performances and unique, bohemian feel are all further reasons to pop your head round the door.
The Martin’s Arms
You don’t have to take our word for it when we say The Martin’s Arms is a foodie favourite – The Good Pub Guide awarded it Nottinghamshire Dining Pub of the Year for 2012 and 2013. With lovely gardens, an elegantly styled interior, a well-stocked bar and a refreshingly imaginative menu, this 17th-Century, Grade II listed pub is pretty much irresistible.
Multi-award-winning Curry Lounge demonstrates elegance in both its design and cuisine. The sleek decor and soft lighting creates a feeling of sophistication, while the dishes are crafted with clear skill, both in terms of flavour and presentation. Far from a typical curry house, this restaurant promises an Indian dining experience unlike any you’ve have had before.