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Restaurants in Nottingham: things to know before you go

For some, Nottingham will always be associated with men in tights – but dig below the history and you’ll find a food and drink scene that’s buzzing. Read on for everything you need to know about restaurants in Nottingham before booking your table.

What are the top-rated restaurants in Nottingham for lunch?

One of the great things about Nottingham’s large student population in a city is that sweet treats and tasty food is aplenty all hours of the day, with new restaurants popping up across the city. It also means that a lot of the best restaurants in Nottingham do a cracking lunch, including:

  • The Parliament Bar and Kitchen. Here you can get a mean cocktail, but if you fancy something a bit different, order the African tapas. The kitchen serves an array of small dishes inspired by African food – great for as big or small a lunch as you fancy.
  • Larder. You’ll find this place on Goosegate, the hub of Nottingham’s fine dining scene, located in a Grade II listed building that once housed Jesse Boot’s first store. Expect interesting dishes like halibut, miso, chestnuts, pickled lemon & ricotta gnudi or fregola, braised mushrooms, parsley pesto and Yorkshire feta. Lunch is only served on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan ahead.
  • Alley Cafe Bar. A delightfully hippie-ish vegetarian and vegan caff, Alley doubles as a community hub for local artists and creatives.

Where can I get Indian food in Nottingham?

Indian restaurants in Nottingham are always jam-packed thanks to the amazing array of dishes on offer. These are three of Groupon users’ favourites:

  • 4550 Miles From Delhi . This Indian restaurant’s selling point is undeniably its open kitchen, through which you can watch chefs cooking up mouth-watering curries and sundries.
  • Singh's Restaurant. One of the most popular restaurants in Nottingham city centre, this place is famous for traditional Indian dishes with a modern Punjabi twist.
  • Agra Cottage. Based a little further out of the city, in Bingham, Agra Cottage is worth a visit for its more gourmet take on Indian cooking. It’s still great at the classics, though.

Where can I can get authentic Italian food in Nottingham?

Italian restaurants in Nottingham run the gamut from big chains to family run pasta houses. Here are two of the best independents:

  • Impasto. Around the corner from Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Impasto serves all the classics in a setting that manages to be rustic while deftly dodging the label chintzy.
  • Bel Paese. Based out in Stapleford, this is a proper mom-and-pop operation with a focus on delicious pasta and Italian desserts.

What types of appetisers are served at restaurants?

Serving appetisers the moment you sit down is good hospitality. It also takes the edge off your hunger while you wait. American restaurants generally go big on appetisers, which place a strong emphasis on customer service. So if you visit an American restaurant in Nottingham, you might be served these appetisers while you decide what you want to order:

  • Breadsticks
  • Chicken wings
  • Onion rings
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Olives