With Valentine’s Day less than one week away and Mother’s Day fast approaching, you’ll no doubt be searching for the perfect restaurants and pubs to treat your loved ones to over the next couple of months. If you’re in the Nottinghamshire area, you’re in luck. Boasting some of the country’s best eateries, including award-winning Indian restaurants, intimate Italian restaurants, and charming pubs packed full of character, no matter what atmosphere you’re searching for, the Nottinghamshire region more than delivers.

To help make your search that much easier, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite restaurants, bars, pubs, and hotels in the area we think deserve your consideration this year.

For a more comprehensive collection of the best places to eat out in the region, be sure to pick up your FREE copy of our recently released Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Guide or read a digital copy of the guide here.

MemSaab

12-14 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6HS

The first restaurant in the East Midlands to have been awarded two AA rosettes for its culinary excellence, MemSaab, which has been awarded Runner-Up Best Restaurant in The Observer’s Food Monthly Awards for four years, crowned The British Curry Awards’ Best Indian Restaurant in the Midlands 2014, and was named Best Indian Restaurant by the Nottingham Post for 2016, is considered by many to be one of the finest Indian restaurants in the country.

With an elegant interior that captures the spirit of India with its combination of traditional Indian craftsmanship and modern Indian art and its varied menus full of authentic and beautiful Indian food, a visit to MemSaab is a treat for both the eyes and taste buds. From traditional Indian curries and barbecued meats to lighter options such as the orange and avocado salad and delicately spiced salmon tikka, no matter which of their many delicious dishes you choose, dining out at MemSaab guarantees to be a rich and sensory experience.

The Admiral Rodney

King Street, Southwell, NG25 0EH

Expertly blending the traditional with the modern, The Admiral Rodney, nestled in the charming little town of Southwell, boasts both a characterful, traditional pub along with a separate, recently refurbished restaurant, so no matter what you’re in the mood for, this pub more than delivers.

Beloved for its good old-fashioned hospitality, The Admiral Rodney’s restaurant is both versatile and inviting, making it the ideal location for everything from a celebration with family and friends to a small and intimate dinner. With a menu that showcases a mouth-watering selection of traditional British fare along with some of our favourite international dishes, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the likes of Moroccan tagine, teriyaki duck salad, boeuf Bourguignon, hunter’s chicken, crispy beer-battered fish and chips and a selection of fantastic burgers which guarantee that your first visit to The Admiral Rodney won’t be your last.

Amores

137 Station Road, Beeston, NG9 2AZ

A firm favourite among diners seeking outstanding service combined with true comfort food, Amores of Nottingham boasts a warm welcome, friendly staff, and some of the finest Italian dishes you’ll ever have tasted. The original venue in Beeston was so popular amongst diners in fact that the team decided to open a second site in Carlton.

Featuring a bright and spacious dining area perfect for any occasion along with a kitchen team well known for their flair and passion, dining at Amores is a true delight. Start with the likes of fresh avocado served with succulent Norwegian prawns or the delectable Carpaccio before moving onto mains that are sure to make you merry like the fettuccine in a creamy sauce with salmon and asparagus spears or one of their many risotto or steak dishes.

Chino Latino

Park Plaza Nottingham, 41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GD

Step through the doors to the centrally located Chino Latino and you’ll instantly be met by the many tempting aromas of the freshly cooked pan Asian dishes being prepared for those hungry diners waiting eagerly for their food within the restaurant’s stylish interior. If you’re a fan of sushi and sashimi, you’re well catered for here, with a variety of expertly prepared and artfully presented sushi on the menu that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. Particular highlights of the menu include their surf and turf rolls with shrimp and sirloin and the tiger maki comprising prawns and crabmeat.

Following your sushi starter, we’d recommend the sirloin steak which comes served on a hot rock and continues to cook at your table for an added layer of theatre and anticipation. Cooking slowly, evenly, and exactly to your liking, it’s the ideal meal for those that are very particular with how they like their steaks. Other delicious mains include everything from duck breast and Korean pork belly to black cod and seared salmon.

Mewar Haveli

Radcliffe Road, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LF

Known for its spectacular views, unobtrusive service, stylish décor, and stunningly presented food that simply speaks for itself, Mewar Haveli has really come alive after its recent and extensive transformation. Having worked across various five-star hotels around the world, the team at Mewar Haveli have an outstanding reputation for service and quality that could rival the country’s finest restaurant. Many of those at Mewar Haveli have themselves even travelled across rural and urban India in search of the finest recipes, techniques and flavours, guaranteeing your dining experience at this fine restaurant will be one you’ll never forget and want to return to time and time again.

We recommend starting with Mewar Haveli’s unique take on the onion bhaji, vegetable pakora, or samosa chaat before moving onto mouth-watering mains like the Goan sea bass curry or lamb handi: a delicious dish of spiced lamb that falls straight off the bone. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with a flavoursome choice of mains and sides that would impress even the most ardent meat eaters.  

The Wollaton

Lambourne Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 1GR

Combing all the charm of your favourite local with a dining experience that would rival that of your favourite restaurant, The Wollaton, with its carefully planned menus that showcase the freshest seasonal produce and welcoming, attractive and light interior, more than deserves to become your new favourite haunt this year.

Relax on one of this gastropub’s cosy Chesterfields with a pint or take a seat at a table and peruse the menu full of all your favourite pub classics along with less traditional options. Whether you fancy a juicy steak, pie of the day, or more adventurous options like the pan-fried lamb’s liver with onion mash, kale and a bacon jus, the sweet potato, chickpea and coconut curry with grilled flatbread, or the vegan cottage pie with sweet potato mash, vegan cheese crumb and seasonal greens, you’ll be well catered for at The Wollaton.

The Railway

Station Road, Lowdham, NG14 7DU

Recently transformed into a striking modern venue with a broad appeal, The Railway in Lowdham is full of quirky touches and unique features that will instantly charm you. From the railway memorabilia and leather suitcases that form the backs of benches to the antique cameras that hang from their straps on the walls accompanied by vintage photographs and postcards that all hark back to the area’s past, you’ll feel so at home within The Railway that you’ll never want to leave.

Last year alone, The Railway gained six major accolades, including being crowned a regional winner in The National Pub & Bar Awards and winner in the Best New Pub, Bar, or Gastropub category at The Nottingham Bar & Restaurant Awards. It has even already picked up an award this year, being named Best Sunday Lunch Venue at the Nottingham Bar & Restuarant Awards 2019. Both a must-visit destination for enthusiastic foodies due to its award-winning menu as well as a welcoming gastropub embraced by friendly locals, to simply put it, The Railway is a rare find.

Larwood & Voce

Fox Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6AJ

Situated within the grounds of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, with televisions showing Sky Sports in the bar area, this warm and welcoming venue is especially popular on game days, however, due to its comfy and cosy armchairs and menu full of classic pub favourites done exceptionally well, is a favourite with locals all year around.

Whether you want to relax at the bar with a refreshing pint of craft beer or wish to sit in the vibrant restaurant and feast on the likes of grilled sirloin burger, succulent steak, or beer-battered cod fillet with mushy peas and handmade chips cooked in dripping, you’ll be more than impressed by the modern comforts and excellent food and drink provided by this delightful gastropub. Along with the extensive selection of pub classics, the pub’s menu also boasts less traditional treats like the roast pork belly with cider-braised lentils and pan-fried red mullet with fennel. Their exceptional Sunday roast also should not be missed.

The Soulville

3 Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BL

So much more than just your average steakhouse, The Soulville takes its inspiration from the classic grill houses of the past but boasts a menu that is entirely in touch with modern cuisine. The casual and relaxed atmosphere at The Soulville makes for the perfect spot to work your way through the restaurant’s many cuts of steak and array of sauces. Grab a pint, play your favourite Motown tune on the steakhouse’s fabulous 60s Wurlitzer jukebox which is permanently set to free play, and peruse the fantastic menu that would make any steak aficionado’s taste buds tingle with anticipation.  

Whether you choose rump, sirloin or rib-eye steak accompanied by a selection of sauces or you opt for one of their delicious homemade beefburgers, combo platters, pasta dishes, or vegetarian dishes, you’re guaranteed a memorable and fun dining experience when you make a trip to The Soulville in Nottingham.

La Capanna

596 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2FS

Offering a haven of calm amid the surrounding busyness of Mansfield Road, La Capanna is a charming and welcoming tavern-style restaurant showcasing a menu full of tempting Italian dishes.

Enjoy delicious starters like the sundried tomato and olive bruschetta and artichoke hearts sautéed with tomato and garlic before moving onto hearty mains like the sumptuous dish of steak with red wine and mushroom sauce and the monkfish with prawns, tomatoes and white wine sauce. Both dishes are accompanied by well-seasoned rosemary potatoes and vegetables and are just bursting with flavour. Dessert at this rustic and cosy little Italian hideaway is equally as indulgent, with tempting treats like the deliciously light, melt-on-the-tongue tiramisu.

The Walton

2 North Road, Nottingham, NG7 1AG

The Walton Hotel, situated within Nottingham city centre’s historic Park Estate, offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Housed in an area noted for its gorgeous Victorian architecture and designed as a hunting lodge in the early 19th century, this unique and beautiful building still boasts all the atmosphere, ambience, and character of those years whilst providing visitors with all the cosy conveniences of the 21st century.

Boasting a brilliant onsite restaurant, there’s really no need to journey into Nottingham’s city centre for a world-class dining experience, even if it is just a scenic 10-minute stroll away. Showcasing the best of modern British dining, the food served at The Walton is just as much a treat for the eyes as it is the taste buds, served with an elegance and style that will have you salivating. Start with the likes of naturally smoked haddock kedgeree with softly poached hens egg and curried mayonnaise before moving onto a main like the popular chicken ballotine New York wrapped in smoked cured bacon with a BBQ glaze and stuffed with melted red Leicester and a sweetcorn mousse.

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