Best restaurants in Nottingham

The top restaurants and foodie finds in Nottingham

The Good Food Guide takes you on a tour of little-known foodie hotspot, Nottingham. Here's a pick of some of the best restaurants, the best cheap eats and the best foodie retailers. And if you know of any other great places to eat, don't forget to let us know using our restaurant feedback form.

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Where to dine? A pick of the best restaurants in Nottingham

The Larder on Goosegate
16-22 Goosegate, Hockley

With bare table tops and floorboards offset by vintage chandeliers, the Larder mixes stripped-back chic with a certain period glamour. The menu zones in on lesser known meat cuts and unusual ingredients: try a Picanha steak for size, or a duck heart and chorizo ragù. It’s a popular spot for afternoon tea, served on dainty mismatched china, and the set lunch is spectacularly good value, at £15.95 for three courses.

Restaurant Sat Bains - NottinghamRestaurant Sat Bains
Lenton Lane

Committed foodies will be unable to pass through Nottingham without seeking out culinary mecca Restaurant Sat Bains (right). Dinner comes in the form of two tasting menus of seven or ten courses, both a procession of pure gastronomic brilliance, balance and artistry. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, sample the seven-course lunch at the chef’s table and soak up the atmosphere of a serious kitchen from the front row.

Ibérico World Tapas
Shire Hall, High Pavement

'Really clever and inventive tapas' bring the crowds to this vaulted basement beneath Nottingham’s old courthouse. Moorish tiles and ethnic artefacts evoke the ‘world’ of the name, and the menu follows suit – so expect miso salmon and truffled steak with shimeji mushrooms alongside traditional Spanish charcuterie, patatas bravas and plates of char-grilled baby chorizo. Desserts mix things up, from sweet yuzu yoghurt with rhubarb compote to churros with hot chocolate.

 

The best Nottingham cheap eats

On a budget? A selection of the best-value eateries, recommended by our army of food fans.

Goosegate Coffee Bar & Deli – Quirky décor and a fine line in sandwiches makes this deli the perfect place to grab a stool and watch the world go by. The pear and stilton sandwich is a must.

Delilah Fine Foods – A cheery deli with a constant buzz. Apparently there is such a thing as a fried Roquefort sandwich, and it’s on the takeaway menu at Delilah: irresistible.

Jamcafé – Retro furniture, local artwork, live bands in the evening and solid dishes leaving change from a tenner: try the provançale tart with a mackerel fillet for £6.95.

 

Top Nottingham ‘Foodie Finds’

Our reader picks of the best food establishments.

The Cheese Shop – A family-run delicatessen specialising in cheese, with a good range of pork pies, condiments and chocolate to boot.

Chocolate Utopia – Delicate handmade treats and some ‘sensational’ hot chocolate in their cosy lounge.

The Screaming Carrot – Our readers rate the ‘imaginative and tasty’ vegan cakes on offer at this brightly painted bakery.

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