taste of tradition

The Nottinghamshire restaurant scene has had an injection of life over the past few years and it really shows. Across the city and beyond, establishments have continued to pop up in abundance, making use of the county’s attractive buildings and disused urban spaces. While we have seen a nod towards modern foodie trends, many venues have chosen to stick to a more traditional take on service. Offering a twist on the best of British cuisine, the following venues are some of Nott’s finest appreciating our time-honoured tastes.

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Langar Hall

Langar Hall is an iconic country hotel that plays host to guests from across the world. A 19th century building set in the gorgeous Vale of Belvoir, it benefits from a history of wealthy owners whose upkeep has allowed it to retain much of its period features. The 12 bedrooms are traditionally furnished, many complete with decorative wallpaper, regal furniture pieces and four-poster beds. The venue’s highly regarded reputation for an exemplary service is only strengthened the restaurant’s efficient and sophisticated staff. A gorgeous set menu and à la carte, full of seasonal dishes that vary with each day, is served every night. An extensive list of top-quality wines is offered to complement each course, attesting to the restaurant’s inheritance of customary practices.

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No. 4 Wood Street

This unassuming venue in Mansfield brings fine dining with flair to an urban market town.  No.4 Wood Street offers an ideal combination of peaceful ambience and a composed service in a classic, 200-year old former malting house. Established by dedicated chef David Robbins, the menu showcases varied and innovative ingredient combinations that remain true to the best of British tastes. Sundays see an intricate take on the classic Sunday roast, served in a range of options from pan-friend hake to tender medallion of pork. Alongside a list of fine wines, an impressive offering of 13 gin varieties are available, all served with Fever Tree tonic.

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The Forest Lodge

To sample true British tradition, where better to dine than the historic Sherwood Forest. This gorgeous stretch of landscape is celebrated for its folklore and tales of Robin Hood, and houses an award-winning inn popular with woodland walkers. The Forest Lodge offers an authentic taste of the royal hunting ground, its menu featuring a range of game caught fresh from within the forest depths. Dining is a relaxed affair, and the service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Guests are equally welcome to prop up at the bar with a pint of ale from a bar of options sourced from across the country and regularly rotated.

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The Victoria Hotel

This stately red brick building is a true testament to tradition both inside and out, a historic venue that has served the local community since the mid-19th century. Having changed ownership in 1994, the Victoria Hotel was renovated and restored to its original glory, and is now as popular as ever. The bar is lined with hundreds of aged beer bottles, proudly celebrating the venue’s history at all times. Indeed, the inside space is the perfect picture of British tradition. Despite this, the menu avoids stooping to standard pub fare and showcases a range of intriguing takes on favourite recipes. Alongside an abundance of classic hearty mains, meat-free pies and continental dishes ensure vegetarians are well catered for.

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Old Bakery Tea Rooms

Established as a bakery for more than 100 years, this charming venue is sure to transport you back in time. The building boasts a grand Tudor façade and a quaintly decorated interior, complete with embroidered furnishings and tables adorned with flowers. The inviting and familiar smell of freshly baked goods is sure to get your appetite going as you step through the heavy wooden door.  The counter is crammed full of locally sourced, homemade goodies, including gorgeous Victoria sponge cakes oozing with cream and light crumbly scones complete with a selection of spreads. Savoury sandwiches are made using freshly baked bread, whilst the meringue nests prove popular with sweet-toothed visitors.

Alex Everill

Alex Everill

Whenever he goes anywhere new, Alex remembers what he ate above all else. Days are always planned around food with life stuff slotted in between, where possible. He loves a good bowl of ramen or phở, a good cup of coffee, anything Medieval and graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.

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