The best Spanish and world tapas restaurant ever! The restaurant is small yet very friendly, and has such a nice atmosphere. The choice is immense, mainly Spanish tapas, with approximately 12 world tapas dishes. If you arrive between 1700-1930 Monday-Thursday, you can eat for the time you arrive (eg arrive at 6.20pm eat for £6.20) however, the menu for this option is limited! Each dish is about, £3-£4 and very generous.
Corner of Broad Street/ Parliament Street in Hockley, Nottingham City Centre, NG1. www.bardenada.co.uk
A brilliant, unpretentious restaurant set in the original Boots shop in the trendy Hockley area of the city centre. Best food in Nottingham, hands down. Awesome meat dishes and vegetarians are exceptionally well catered for as well (starter: wild mushrooms on toast with a two minute poached egg anyone?)
Mains tend to be £10-15, and there is a set menu that offers two courses for £12.95 or 3 for £14.95.
It is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant which will not disappoint a meat eater. Regular changing menus with 4 or 5 choices. Always an interesting variety of cultures and cuisines covered within the choices. Good short wine list of largely organic wines and beers. Friendly and attentive service.
23-25 Heathcote Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3AG
Tel: 0115 9555560
This designer filled street is often referred to as “Nottingham's Bond Street” and it’s easy to see why. Located at the end of Clumber Street and about 100m south of the Lace Market Quarter. Shops here include Diesel, Ted Baker, Flannels, Limeys, Coast, Kurt Geiger, and in the vicinity of Bridlesmith Gate is a flagship Hugo Boss store (St Peters Gate), the original Paul Smith shop (Byard Lane), flagship Paul Smith shop (low pavement) and Reiss (Byard Lane). This is well worth a visit.
100m south of Lace Market and 200m north of Old Market Square. Just use the upstairs exit of Broadmarsh Centre and its dead opposite
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to quite a lot of places around the world, but one of my favourite places is Nottinghamshire. The city is compact, bustling and friendly. There always seems to be some great play, concert, exhibition or festival to keep you entertained. When the bright lights of the city get too much, or the hangover kicks in, it’s easy to escape into the countryside within minutes. You can discover the natural beauty of the county which inspired DH Lawrence and was home to the iconic Robin Hood.
It's really easy to get to as well, train station in the city, Nottingham East Midlands Airport just south of the city and a few minutes from the M1. Trams and buses make it a good city if your using public transport too.
A really good website for visitor information is www.visitnotts.com.
The tourist information number is 08444 77 5678
Nottingham’s a great place to visit. My top tip would be visit the infamous Nottingham Castle which today houses some art exhibitions. You can look over the entire city from the castle gardens. There’s even a chance to explore the secret caves of Mortimer’s hole which tunnel deep into the Castle Rock. After the exploration I recommend you recharge with a good pint at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Britain’s oldest inn which is just underneath the castle. Knights stopped off on their way to the crusades in the pub. It’s packed with atmosphere and history.
Nottingham Castle: Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham;
tel: 0115 915 3700;
Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem: Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham;
tel: 0115 947 3171
It is a well presented Indian restaurant, with a great chef who does really authentic good food. Service is detailed and good, with a very pleasant ambience and relaxing bar - it's a great place to go.
Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, Nottingham
Brilliant 'alternative' bar/venue. Intimate and unique I've seen all sorts of bands there from nationally-known bands like Elbow or The Twang to local bands like Model Morning and it never disappoints.
Happy hour is amazing and the hour lasts ages so drinks are cheap! Hooray for the Bodega Social Club.
23 Pelham Street, Nottingham
The best restaurant in Nottingham. Serving typical dishes from around Europe, the kind of place that makes you feel proud when you find it on holiday. The atmosphere is welcoming and pleasant with an air of sophistication. Prices are very reasonable.
20/22 Broad Street; tel: 0115 950 0009
A word of warning to heterosexual males and homosexual women. You may have heard the rumour that there are six women for every man in Nottingham. Unfortunately this was only true during the second world war, when Nottingham's men were battling the Nazi menace. Today, the city's population is strictly 50/50.
It's an Indian restaurant rather than a curry house, if that makes any sense.
The food is just fantastic - a million miles from the generic curry sauce used on different ingredients that so many places churn out. Fantastic food, good prices, good portions, friendly staff.
It's the best Indian food I've had outside of India, and since moving away from Nottingham I've really missed it. Despite hunting high and low in Bristol, where I am now, I've not yet found anywhere near its equal.
43 Mount Street Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HE
Nottingham East Midlands is about 19km south-east of the city centre. There is a shuttle bus provided between the airport and the city. SkyLink serves the rail station, Friar Lane (Market Square) and Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus. It drops off/picks up outside arrivals and there are two per hour (24/7) at 10 and 40 past the hour. However, it is costly- £4.50 each way.
Rail Station, Friar Lane, NTU (Clifton Campus)
Jury’s Inn (three-star), located on Waterfront Plaza, approx 300m south of Midland Rail Station - the largest hotel in the East Midlands and very good value for money - great for exploring Nottingham’s city centre. Other good hotels for the business district are Thistle, Hilton and Express by Holiday Inn.
200m west of Midland Rail Station and Station St tram stop.
Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3BJ
0115 901 6700
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