When it comes to history, sightseeing, and shopping, Nottinghamshire ticks every box. What prospective visitors to the region might not know, however, is that there’s also a thriving food scene waiting to be discovered here, with some of the finest eateries and produce suppliers in the midlands.

It’s a region where diners prepared to wander off the beaten track will find nationally acclaimed fine dining establishments, boutique independent eateries, and bold traditional and modern cuisine. All of this is found within striking distance of world-class shopping, must-see historic attractions, and boutique hotels. What’re you waiting for?

MemSaab

MemSaab has been established now for 14 years and has gathered an impressive amount of press attention, being the first restaurant in the East Midlands to have been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary experience. While the elegant decor, varied menus and rave reviews suggest an accomplished fine dining experience, what the wonderful team at MemSaab delivers is much, much more. Authentic, beautiful Indian food is served with genuine passion and style in a delightfully unique, relaxed setting.

Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms firmly places the East Midlands on the gastronomic map. Located just a few miles from the centre of Nottingham on a tranquil stretch of the River Trent, the Victorian farm conversion has received international acclaim for its innovative and modern approach to cuisine. This multi-award-winning destination restaurant boasts two Michelin stars, scored nine out of ten in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and holds the ultimate five AA rosettes. The seven- and ten-course tasting menus have been created to maximise the flavour of each individual ingredient, so that each dish progresses naturally to the next, using the three key components of taste, texture and temperature.

Purecraft Bar & Kitchen

Speak to any of Nottingham’s craft beer aficionados and you’re sure to be told that they’ve visited Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. Easy going, relaxed and convivial, the sister site to Purecraft Bar & Kitchen in Birmingham makes regulars of all who visit. Menus at Purecraft take classic bar fare and thrust it into the 21st century. Namesake brewery Purity’s libations make appearances in cleverly conceived dishes such as Purecrafted Scotch egg with homemade Purity beer ketchup, and burrata, broad bean and pea salad. Look out for Purecraft’s beer tasting sessions, hosted in their vaulted tasting room. Some of these are open to individuals while others are booked by private appointment for parties of up to 20.

The Blacksmiths

When, in 2012 proprietor Will Frankland set about opening modern British establishment The Blacksmiths, he did so with the ethos of quality fare and impeccable, welcoming service kept firmly at the forefront of his thoughts. Now, some four years later and with two AA rosettes under its belt, the restaurant’s success speaks for itself. Visitors can’t help but feel at ease thanks to the blend of homely, comfortable textures and colours with stylish, contemporary furnishings. Produce used in the preparation of The Blacksmith’s award-winning fare is sourced from suppliers that the team knows and trusts, and when the season allows, the team forages wild ingredients.

The Separatist Inn

Located in the small Bassetlaw village of Torworth, which lies on the Great North Road between Bawtry and Retford, The Separatist Inn offers stylish gastropub dining with a refreshingly diverse menu. The decor references the Mayflower Pilgrims (also known as Separatists), who set sail to the New World in 1620. Each of the six luxury rooms is themed and named after a famous descendant of the Pilgrims. While the setting offers a taste of history, the menu is contemporary and creative. You’ll find that the pub classics menu offers a selection of crowd-pleasing mains, while the chef’s specials, deliver bold, seasonal dishes that keep diners returning time and again. With a great selection of local beer, lager, wine and cocktails, there’s truly something for everyone.

Bistrot Pierre

Bistrot Pierre, located in the heart of Nottingham city centre, first flung open its doors in 1994 and has been well-known for its great-value French cooking and accessible, seasonally inspired menus ever since. Housed within a former bank, the restaurant’s interior has been brought up-to-date with a trendy blend of exposed brick walls, leather banquets and ornate mirrors – all enhanced by the natural light that floods through the windows and the twinkling chandeliers in the evening. Offering French bistro classics and regional favourites, Bistrot Pierre has a compelling culinary line-up that appeals to the masses.

Homemade

Walk along Pelham Street on route to Nottingham’s Hockley district and you’ll find shiny pavement seating welcoming you into an inviting Café bar called Homemade. This is a cosy, friendly, independent Café serving truly delicious food – and you can enjoy your favourite tipple with your meal too, because they’re licensed. The emphasis here is on providing tasty, honest, home cooking, whilst supporting local producers. The Café is child friendly, with booster seats and crayons at hand. Get your hands on a wide selection of breakfast and lunch time fare, or enjoy the evening bistro menu. Share a bottle of wine, enjoy a romantic evening or celebrate a special occasion here, and you’ll leave with a smile

The Plumtree Fish & Chip House

Winners of the Rushcliffe Food & Drink Establishment Award 2016, Plumtree Fish & Chips takeaway, and its adjoining restaurant, The Plumtree Fish & Chip House isn’t your average fish and chip shop. Dubbed ‘the Ritz of chippies’ by the Nottingham Post, The Plumtree is renowned for outstanding fresh food, friendly, efficient service and elegant surroundings. Proprietors Peter and Anna and managers Tim and Liz, along with their wonderful team, have been delighting customers with this slice of Great British heritage for 20 years. Grab fish and chip shop classics like fresh haddock fillet and cod loin encased in crisp golden batter, or strike for something less run-of-the-mill like king prawns in garlic butter, calamari and fresh, seasonal Cromer crab.

For more dining inspiration, pick up a copy of the Berkshire Food & Drink Guide 2017 from your local Waitrose or tourist information centre, order a copy online, or read the digital edition on Issuu:

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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