Any city with two universities is bound to be down with the latest trends. Lots of students bring lots of cool hang outs with great concepts and trendy food, and Nottingham is no different. Which is why it can be difficult to figure out where the heck to go if you’re looking for food here. But fear not, we’ve put together a list of cool restaurants in Nottingham so you don’t need to trawl the streets peering in windows seeking delicious grub. Enjoy.
Working with Sat Bains? Check. Running your own supper club? Check. If the stunning interior of Alchemilla isn’t enough to convince you this is one of the coolest restaurants in Nottingham, the credentials of chef/owner Alex Bond will. This gorgeous space is home to a seasonal menu that changes almost daily, depending on the produce that the chefs can procure. Choose from a five, seven, or ten-course menu with matched wines, or book in for a special “Kitchen Table” experience. Here you will sit in the kitchen, overlooking the chefs preparing your food. If you’re a budding cook, you can even book in to join the team in the kitchen for a morning, honing your refined cooking skills.
You can’t do a list of cool restaurants in Nottingham without including Alex Bond’s mentor, and the area’s most famous chef, Sat Bains. His two Michelin-star restaurant is a pioneer of culinary inventiveness, known for interesting takes on classic dishes and great customer service. There’s no ala carte menu at Sat Bains, just two tasting menus, with a choice of either seven or ten courses, and the menu changes regularly depending on the seasons. If you’re a big fan of chef shows, you should definitely get yourself down here and taste the food of this famous local.
No list of Nottingham restaurants would be complete without Anoki. Picture opulent surroundings, flavoursome food, and the most friendly service you could want, and you’ve got Anoki. You’ll find all the traditional Indian dishes you could want, alongside some surprises like the Lahoori gohst, lamb curry cooked on the bone, the chef’s special recommendation. Even better, you get to eat these stunning dishes in their impressive dining room, with gilded ceilings and stunning chandeliers providing the perfect backdrop. If you pop down on a Friday, they do a 2-4-1 deal on meals, meaning you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
George’s Great British Kitchen
Think classic British food in a spot that includes beach huts, comfy sofas, and a stunning bar and you’ve got George’s Great British Kitchen. The menu is impressive with whole sections dedicated to pies and food in a bun. One of our personal favourites is in the starters section; a mushy pea fritter with creamy horseradish; George’s take on the traditional mushy peas we all know and love. Wash your meal down with their inventive cocktails which include creations topped with candy floss and a whole section dedicated to the “Sweet Shop.” (Try out the Refresher, it really tastes like the 80’s favourite.)
Anywhere with the tagline “Drink, eat, meat, repeat” has got their priorities straight. And if you’re in Nottingham, you should get yours lined up too and head here for a visit. Just outside the city in nearby Long Eaton, and housed in an old Victorian warehouse, The Butchers is as trendy a restuarant as you’ll see. High ceilings, indoor street art, and cool tunes make this popular with the locals, but it’s the food that brings people from afar. Obviously the menu is meat-dominated with well-known cuts like the bavette and the rump sitting alongside more adventurous steaks like Denver, cut from the chuck, and the Onglet, cut from the lower belly. You can pair your meat with an array of sauces and butters, and delicious sides like truffled blue cheese mac, or josper charred slaw. We’re salivating already….