From Michelin-star restaurants, artisanal street eats and back-street cafés to quality pub grub, there’s a wide range of places to eat in Nottingham. And we’ve picked our favourite restaurants and cafés for you to check out.
Places to eat in Nottingham
Renowned for its Indian restaurants, fine dining outlets boasting two Michelin stars and some cracking British, Polish and Mediterranean eateries, Nottingham is full of quality restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Head to our dedicated guide to restaurants in Nottingham to find out more.
Nottingham takes its caffeine very seriously indeed, with an impressive array of coffee shops, roasteries and quirky cafés.
Starting with the quirky, The Kitty Café – yes, you read that correctly – does exactly what it promises. Cats and coffee and cake. It’s the purrfect combination! Booked up weeks in advance, you’ll need to reserve ahead for a weekend spot of kitty cuddling and take advantage of their food deal (a drink, any food item and cake for less than a tenner). And our City Centre (Chapel Bar) hotel is handily placed just around the corner.
Another novel approach to café life is The Dice Cup board game café in Mansfield Road. An entirely vegan café, they do a mean coffee and – with hundreds of board games, new and old – it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours in the city. Alternatively, head to Ludorati Café in Maid Marian Way, another café/board game bonanza. But with over 750 games piled across their bulging shelves, you could be there for a while
If you prefer your coffee and cake without a feline friend or a roll of the dice, head to the 200 Degrees Coffee Shop. So named as they roast their coffee beans at 200 degrees, a lower temperature than many, giving a smoother flavour, 200 Degrees is now a six-strong coffee chain, with the Nottingham shop being the original. Self-confessed coffee geeks, they serve up home-roasted Brazilian coffee in a range of styles and also sell coffee kits, roasted beans and run coffee brewing and barista training courses.
Slightly less artisan but no less special is The Coffee House of Nottingham. A cute, homely café on Hurts Yard just off the Old Market Square, they opened in 2012 and stock an impressive range of tea and coffee from across the world including the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. While you’re there, you can sit down and munch on a wide selection of sandwiches and gluten-free vegan-friendly cakes.
If you know your Ethiopian beans from your Costa Rican blends, then the Speciality Coffee Shop is tailor-made for you. Serving up lattes and flat whites since 2015, they have an innovative food menu that changes daily including Fish Fridays and Taco Thursdays. With plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, they also run popular Masterclass sessions every Monday meaning you too can learn to make the perfect macchiato.
Open every Monday and Saturday, Sneinton Farmer’s Market is the best place to get farm-fresh fruit and vegetables (and pretty much anything else you can haggle over). An institution in the city since the 1500s, the market has now embraced modern trends and runs a monthly vegan market on the first Saturday of every month from 11am to 3pm, alongside regular Jamaican-themed markets, street festivals, art displays and more. With dozens of stalls selling a head-turning array of goods, the market is a five-minute walk from the city centre.