British, Modern Restaurants in Nottingham
1. Hart’s Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham Standard Hill, Park Row - NG1
“A very apt restaurant for business meetings” – Tim Hart’s (of Rutland’s Hambleton Hall) “smart and modern” brasserie has long been known for its professional standards, and this has remained the case since 2019, when he moved it from its location of two decades’ standing into his boutique hotel in the city. Its hallmarks are “top-class food and drinks”, “slick and friendly service” and “the added bonus of an outside area in summer”.
2. John's House British, Modern restaurant in Mountsorrel 139-141 Loughborough Road - LE12
John Duffin was born on the farm where he now cooks (as part of the family business incorporating a petting farm and motor museum), and which provides some of the produce for its farm-to-plate ethos. All reports applaud its “superb” cooking and declare a visit “a wonderful experience” that’s “exceptional value for money”.
3. World Service British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham Newdigate House, Castlegate - NG1
Near the castle, this long-serving stalwart occupies “comfortingly clubby surroundings” (seventeenth-century Newdigate House also hosts the Nottingham Club for the city’s business and professional community) and remains “a definite favourite” that “sometimes hits five stars”. Following the trend of over a decade, the kitchen is “wildly variable: some dishes can be wonderful, others poorly conceived and lacking in flavour”.
4. Alchemilla British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham 192 Derby Road - NG7
“Mind-blowing experimental food and interesting wine pairings” continues the acclaim for Alex Bond’s “totally unique” five-year-old, which deserves the comparisons it sometimes attracts with that of his former employer, Sat Bains. It helps that it occupies an attractively converted former Victorian coach house on the Park Estate (just outside the city centre) with very atmospheric, brick-lined vaulted rooms. Tasting menus start at £95 for five courses, and there are also options for seven courses (£130) and 10 courses (£160 pairings). “Very friendly staff, who are very knowledgeable about the offering” complete the rosy picture painted in reports.
5. The Tailors Arms British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham Wilford Lane, Wilford - NG11
2019 Review: Formerly known as the Wilford Green, this May 2018 newcomer has received a major revamp to re-open as a contemporary gastropub, with steaks and burgers topping the menu.
6. Restaurant Sat Bains British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham Lenton Lane - NG7
“Having wanted to visit for a long time, I was not disappointed despite the strange location!". – Amidst motorway flyovers, industrial estates, electricity pylons and the concrete banks of the River Trent, Sat & Amanda Bains’s converted motel remains one of the UK’s more offbeat gastronomic adventures and is entering its twentieth year as a flagship of Nottingham dining. Here, one of the most expensive and ambitious tasting menus is served in a “high-class” if low-key setting: “a stunning 10-course extravaganza” where regulars note “increasing use of subtle spice” and the continual introduction of “many new dishes”. For those who stay, there are “great rooms and a lovely breakfast too”. Having topped our Top 100 UK Restaurants last year, ratings slipped a fraction this year: some regulars noted (as they have at some other top places this year) both pressures on service (“I felt standards had dropped since pre-pandemic days”); and concerns over value (“I have been eating at Restaurant Sat Bains since 2006… prices nowadays are becoming astronomical”).
7. Perkins British, Modern restaurant in Plumtree Old Railway Station - NG12
2019 Review: Opened in 1982, this “lovely”, family-run venture has a quirky location – an old railway station in the countryside. Feedback remains a little mixed however: even those reporting an essentially good experience can find the cooking “unexciting” or “expensive for what it is”.
8. Victoria Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham Dovecote Ln - NG9
2022 Review: A “long-standing favourite”, this “brisk and friendly” red-brick late-Victorian boozer serves a “splendid range of beers” and a solid food menu[e]. One great fan and regular, though, feels “the dining room feels utilitarian and a little underwhelming compared to the bar”.
9. La Rock French restaurant in Sandiacre 4 Bridge Street - NG10
With its untreated oak tables, black granite surfaces and antler candelabras, chef-patron Nick Gillespie’s unusual and “very quiet” venue makes an appropriate showcase for his distinctive modern British cooking, which provided some reporters’ best meal of the year. “Staff cannot do enough for you.”
10. Cleaver & Wake British, Modern restaurant in Nottingham The Island Quarter, City Link - NG2
2022 Review: In Spring 2022, former MasterChef winner Laurence Henry, is to be chef patron at this promising looking venue, which is part of The Island Quarter (a 36 acre, £1bn regeneration project) in the city centre. Spanning three storeys (and 2,000 sq m), Henry has been involved with the restaurant and bar space from the get go. Each level will be different: the ground floor will be a large open plan bar and grill overlooking the canal; the middle floor will be Henry’s ‘signature restaurant’; and there will be an events space at the top. Interiors are by design studio Macaulay Sinclair, the company behind Dishoom, Hawksmoor, and Caravan.
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