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From Hearty Pub Grub to Authentic Japanese - Where to Eat in Nottingham

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Nottingham's compact city centre makes it easy to hop between bars and pubs or take a fortifying tea break while shopping. Cafés and small sandwich shops are rife across Nottingham, and many of the city’s most polished restaurants can be found in the leafy suburbs. Budget establishments indulge a swelling student population, while old-world taverns delight real-ale aficionados.

Typical dishes


Blue-veined Stilton cheese and Bramley cooking apples both originate from Nottinghamshire. The latter has resulted in Nottingham Batter Puddings - whole apples baked in a sweet batter.

City centre


Old Market Square, Maid Marian Way, and their side streets are lined with traditional pubs and lively chain restaurants, offering shoppers plenty of choice for a quick pit stop. Just off the square, a blackboard-lined facade will greet you at Brown Betty’s, a slick sandwich deli. Off Maid Marian Way, the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem inn - carved out of the cliff under the castle - serves classic pub grub. The inn is said to date back to 1189 AD, which would make it the oldest pub in England.


  • Brown Betty's, 17B St James's Street, Nottingham NG1 6FH; Tel: +44 115 941 3464; Website: Brown Betty's

  • Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD; Tel: +44 115 947 3171; Website: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem


The Lace Market


Once the powerhouses of the global lace industry, most of the Lace Market’s Victorian terraced buildings now house some of the city’s trendiest eateries. Annie’s Burger Shack brings a taste of New England to Nottingham with eclectic burger toppings like peanut butter and jelly. Most restaurants in the area retain their building’s industrial heritage - Aurora Restaurant serves contemporary British dishes in a basement dining room complete with bare brick walls.


  • Annie's Burger Shack, 5 Broadway, Nottingham NG1 1PR; Tel: +44 7463 033 255; Website: Annie's Burger Shack

  • Aurora Restaurant, 47 Stoney Street, Nottingham NG1 1LX; Tel: +44 115 941 3816; Website: Aurora Restaurant




Along with neighbouring Lace Market, Hockley is one of Nottingham’s trendiest neighbourhoods. With a younger vibe than its upscale neighbour, Hockley attracts a large student crowd with bars and cafés that manage to pack in a whole lot of style for a limited budget. Tearoom Lee Rosy’s combines a large selection of teas with art and music, while Kayal is an authentic Keralan restaurant serving hearty platters.


  • Lee Rosy's Tea, 17 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AJ; Website: Lee Rosy's Tea

  • Kayal, 8 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL; Tel: +44 115 9414 733; Website: Kayal




Lenton’s proximity to the University of Nottingham’s main campus has made the neighbourhood a hotbed of student activity and cheap eats. On lively Lenton Boulevard, you’ll find Higoi, a cozy Japanese restaurant featuring a kotatsu table for an authentic cross-legged dining experience. colourful Crocus Café is the city’s oldest community café, serving an array of vegetarian dishes in bright and welcoming surroundings.


  • Higoi, 57 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2FQ; Tel: +115 942 3379; Website: Higoi

  • Crocus Café, 2 Church Square, Nottingham NG7 1SL; Tel: +44 115 950 5080; Website: Crocus Café