Nottingham’s World Service goes off air

Nottingham dining institution World Service has announced its closure after almost a quarter of a century. It will shut its distinctive red door for the last time on Saturday 3 August – the 24th anniversary of its opening.

Set in 17th-century Newdigate House, which it shares with the Nottingham Club, World Service has been on top form in recent times, and the 2024 Harden’s guide described it as “always a real treat to visit” with food that is “consistently good” and sometimes “fabulous”.

The restaurant announced its closure this week via an emotional instagram post, explaining that “Along with other famous chef patrons who’ve had to close their restaurants, we, who have been welcoming guests for nearly a quarter of a century, have also experienced similar changes in the market. It is no longer easy to provide fine dining at an affordable cost.

“Keeping at the forefront of the Nottingham restaurant scene for 24 years is no mean feat. We feel incredibly proud and honoured to be seen as a restaurant that helped change the landscape of modern fine dining and considered an institution.

So we have almost two months left! We would like nothing more than to welcome you through our iconic red doorway one last time. Help us celebrate the wonderful times & bring back memories of the special occasions you’ve shared with us over the years. Thank you all for the wonderful journey – It’s been a hell of a ride.

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