Nottingham Restaurants & Bars 2017

Hi all,

This blog went down really well last year so I’ve decided to round up again. In essence, this year’s seen a huge number of venues opening (and closing) so I thought I’d put the new ones in one place for you to view. If you’re looking for my top rated restaurants or top bars you can click the links – don’t forget to give me your opinion in the comments!


As far as my recollection goes nothing was opened up this month! Similar to last year, it started off slow.



A new restaurant in West Bridgford opens up in the former Monkey Tree venue. Although a chain the venue has been given a good spruce up and an introduction of a new food and drinks menu. Visit the website

Street Food Club

The Vic Centre had a bit of a bashing this year with a lot of closures, however, one good thing to come out of the shopping centre was Street Food Club. Situated on the top floor near the clock tower it has a handful of small booths with a variety of street food items to pick from. Visit their Facebook


Lost Property

Part of the Curious Venues this is a hidden bar that can be found facing Hockley Arts Club behind a door with a question mark sprayed onto it. Service is slow here but cocktails are a plenty and it’s quirky – suitcases, keys dangling from the ceiling and a bar top made from pennies awaits. Visit the website


It’s not just Bierkeller that took over from Walkabout. Around the World and Shooters are all part of the same venue. Bierkeller, a Bavarian bar with Oompah dancing sits in the basement, Around the World is on the ground floor with decent food and the top floor is a new sports bar, Shooters. Read my ATW review.



As spring hit and people started dreaming of summer a new ice cream and gelato bar opened up on Market Square. Directly facing the Council House, Dolcino offers a good spot for people watching and an array of flavours to choose from. Visit their site


We’re always one for quirky venues and the popularity of coffee shops has led to the smallest one opening up. If you haven’t guessed it from the name, Dialling In operates out of a traditional red phone box near Jamie’s Italian and Paperchase. Visit their Facebook


The Old Boston Coffee Shop

Just up the road from DiallingIn, Old Boston Coffee Shop opened up. With yellow accents, a piano, steps covered in US licence plates and a poster wall it’s a shop with caffeine and insta-ready decor . Find them on Facebook


A slow month for Notts! Although as it was my birthday month it gave me more excuses to eat out and indulge!



Although I’ve not been, Mojo has been described as Nottingham’s “dive bar” to me. It promises rum, cocktails  and music until 3AM every day. One for a younger crowd or if you’re out out. Mojo do also offer food so it’s on my list to try out. Visit their site

Roxy Ball Room

Upstairs to Mojo, Roxy Ball Room opened up. Offering the chance to play a variety of ball games (pool, ping pong, beer pong) along with music, beer and cheap eats it’s a venue for those looking for something more than standing around or having a chat. Visit the website

Miller and Carter

Taking over the Seven Mile Inn on Mansfield Road, this steak venue opened its doors, the second one in Nottingham. It’s a venue that promises an array of perfect steak and a good time, I visited and thought it was a little off the mark. Read the review

The Secret Garden

Another hidden venue opened in the city, this one outside on a rooftop in Trinity Square. The bar is themed with plastic plants and grass along with an abundance of fairy lights to try and transport you out of Nottingham. Find them on Facebook

Rakki Rakkas

Joining Sherwood’s hustle and bustle was Rakki Rakkas, a Turkish take away and restaurant. Taking over an old Indian the venue focuses on meats and quality food. I visited earlier in the year read the review


The Clean Cut Kitchen

Arguably a little out of the way, The Clean Cut Kitchen opened on Derby Road and acts as both a restaurant and barbers (separate floors). The idea is “clean” and healthy food without compromise on taste. They’re now also a Panther’s sponsor so appear to be doing well. Head to their website

El Capo

The Rhum House and Bad Juju closed their doors for a final time and in there place arrived El Capo. A Mexican that delivers authentic grub at a low cost. They’re still finding their feet but this is recommended for those who love getting a little messy with their food – read my review.


The next Michelin star restaurant? I’d put money on it. This fancy restaurant opened its doors with cheap set menus so you can try an arrange of food. Prices get expensive when you add on drinks but the food is really good. Don’t miss out whilst the offers are one – see what you can expect


The Arboretum Cafe

Opening in the city’s park it’s a place to chill, grab a quick drink or snack. You’ll find them on Waverley Street on the tram tracks so make sure to pop in on your next visit.


One for gin lovers (me included) that offers a shed load of gins that I’ve never even heard of. They have over 150 to choose from and are all served with tonic unless otherwise stated. Cocktails are lacking but it’s not that kind of venue, you’re supposed to sit and savour. Visit their Facebook.

The Fox and Grapes

This pub was opened as Castle Rock after 10 years’ of closure. The pub on Sneinton market was originally nicknamed “Pretty Winders” due to an unsolved murder that happened at the venue. Putting it’s history behind it the pub’s had a full revamp and the Castle Rock magic touch.  Visit their website.

No12 on Houndsgate

A new veggie and vegan restaurant opened up in the city with the idea of serving great food and coffee to those who walk in the door. It’s a small venue so expect a cosy and most likely busy visit.  Head to their website


Ugly Bread Bakery

The second venue opens in the city facing Theatre Royal after the success of the first venue. Promising freshly baked bread, pastries and sandwiches it’s a great option for lunch or brunch. Visit their site.

The Botanist

Another West Bridgford venue and (unsurprisingly) another chain. The Botanist took over Fire and Ice which closed down a while back. I’ve yet to venture there but know to expect gastro pub food and cocktails. Visit their site.


One of my favourite places to open up this year, I’ve been once a month already. It’s a self-serve wine venue on Trinity Square with a selection of reds, whites and rose. You can purchase nibbles, full bottles or just try a lot of different options. Prices are cheap and the atmosphere is perfect. Visit their site.


An Australian sports bar on Foreman street that’s taken over the student bar Up N Down Under. I’ve not been yet but I’m hoping it’s a vast improvement on its predecessor. The venue has screens dotted around the place to keep the sports theme alive and shows popular games throughout the week. Visit their Facebook.



Inferno closed and Pizzastorm arose. This rebrand saw a large bit of money being pumped into the venue. Personally I didn’t see the need but it’s come out on the other side and people are loving it. Food is brilliant, service good and the price even better. Read my review.

Nottingham Coffee Club

An expansion of the Street Food Club this section in the upper mall (where Joe’s Kitchen was) sees a 6 month trial of local businesses who want to offer some seriously good beverages to their customers. Visit their Facebook.



A  new cocktail bar hit The Cornerhouse this month, upsetting students everywhere. Calluna takes over the student venue Ride with a standard refurb and an introduction of a new menu. Visit their site.

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