10 of the best restaurants in Nottingham

Kushi-ya

kushiaki skewers

This Japanese hideaway in a lane in Nottingham city center entered the Michelin Guide in October and was described by Jay Rayner as his “Restaurant of the Year” the same month, so it’s fair to say that the chefs and co-owners Simon Carlin and Tom Clay creates something special. In addition to snacks, small plates, and kushiyaki (skewers), they offer dishes like slow and sticky soy-braised pork shoulder, sautéed wild mushrooms in a nutty butter sauce (covered with a yolk egg confit) and a selection of charcoal-grilled and smoked meats. meat and vegetable skewers. Their new bar Yokocho, a stone’s throw from Hurts Yard, offers expert cocktails with a Japanese twist.
Lunch formula £14evening small plates and skewers from £4.50, 1A Court of cannonskushi-ya.co.uk

Pizzamisu

Pizzamisu's pizza

Serving the only certified authentic Neapolitan pizza in Nottingham, the guys behind Pizzamisú got their start during lockdown selling pizza from their home kitchen, then opened a restaurant in 2021 in the cobblestone neighborhood of Lace Market. A wood-fired pizza oven takes pride of place, but the star of the show is their excellent dough, fermented for up to 48 hours for a light and fluffy texture. Don’t expect to find pineapple on the menu – this is a classic restaurant only, with most ingredients sourced from Italy (apart from fresh vegetables). –Pizza nerds, rejoice.
Pizzas from £7.95, 9 High carriageway, pizzamisu.co.uk

Cleaver and Wake

CLEAVER AND INTERIOR WAKE
Photography: Cleaver and Wake

Opened in October, Cleaver and Wake brings an extra touch of fine dining to the city’s food scene – with oysters, lobster and rib eye. Run by Nottingham-born chef and 2018 MasterChef Pro winner Laurence Henry, the restaurant is part of a new canal-side development called The Island Quarter. It offers modern, refined British cuisine that draws inspiration from around the world, with changing and seasonal evening and lunch menus. Henry also runs the less formal Binks Yard Kitchen, a bar, grill and pizzeria next door.
Mains from £24, 1 The Great Northern Cl, the island districtcleanandwake.com

everyday people

Scottish Mackerel Ramen, Everyday People, Nottingham.
Scottish Mackerel Ramen, Everyday People, Nottingham. Photo: Everyday People, Nottingham.

Launching their bustling ramen bar in August last year (following the success of their Japanese fried chicken street food truck), the local guys behind Everyday People also offer a range of well-designed snacks, small plates, homemade sake and natural wines. On cold nights, this is the place to go for a warming bowl full of umami noodles and truly excellent soup, with fatty pork belly, or smoked tofu and spicy bean sprouts. Entrees are out of the Japanese tradition, including crispy corn dog, made with smoked beef frank and mozzarella topped with Gochujang, Kewpie mayonnaise and honey mustard.
Ramen about £14, 12 Courtyard Alleytheeverydaypeople.co.uk

Iberian Seabass

fish tapas with iberico sea bass

The sister restaurant to the upmarket (and excellent) Iberico World Tapas five minutes down the road, Bar Iberico is a more relaxed and casual tapas experience in bustling Hockley. Expect all the classics plus a few curved balls, like the crispy chicken with spicy sherry sauce – a local favorite. For tables of less than 10 people, it is without an appointment only. Their new business is a Mexican taquería, which will open next year in nearby Heathcoat Street.
Tapas around £4-9.50, 17-19 Carlton Streetbaribericotapas.com

lady’s mantle

Pineapple-rib tomato, lovage, buttermilk.
Pineapple-rib tomato, lovage, buttermilk. Photography: Alchemilla, Nottingham

Alchemilla has been turning heads since its launch in 2017. Quickly earning a Michelin star two years after opening (and keeping it in February), it offers vegetable, vegan, pescatarian and meat tasting menus at five, seven or 10 dishes, with a focus on seasonal and often sought-after ingredients. In the winter, chef and owner Alex Bond brightens up his menu with ferments and pickles – touches of candied chamomile, pickled green strawberries or fermented wild garlic have all been featured. Keep your eyes peeled for his next business opening next door, Mollis – a fried chicken shop, but not as you know it.
Tasting menus from £55dp, 192 Derby Roadalchemillarestaurant.uk

small brickyard

Interior of the small brickyard

There’s a real charm to Little Brickhouse. Run by the very welcoming German-born Katharina Linnenbrink and her Norwegian partner, Joakim Nielson, it grew out of the success of their evening supper clubs. A hearty brunch and lunch with European flavors are served by Katharina during the day, with Joakim taking charge of the cooking in the evening. There’s a regularly changing a la carte menu — perhaps a creamy burrata with baked cherries, slivered almonds, and basil oil — and a rotating selection of handpicked natural wines.
Mains from £10, 110 Derby Roadlittlebrickhouse.co.uk

Cod scallops

Cod and fries
Cod and fries Photo: Cod scallops

For award-winning fish and chips in the heart of the Midlands, look no further. Owner and chef John Molnar spent two years traveling the country and working in famous chip shops before creating Cod’s Scallops. A decade later, it now has six locations across the Midlands, serving a wide variety of fish and shellfish – fried, spiced on the barbecue or baked. All of the paste, curry sauce and gravy recipes were created in-house, while the extras – like pies and peas (developed from her mother’s recipe) – are homemade.
Cod & chips around £12, 311-313 Mansfield Road, Sherwoodcodsscallops.com

No. Twelve

Panko breaded vegetable Brie, fried and served with cranberry jam, fake bacon and onions.  Finished with a fresh celery remoulade.
Panko breaded vegetable Brie, fried and served with cranberry jam, fake bacon and onions. Finished with a fresh celery remoulade. Photography: Ben McConnachie

Entirely plant-based, No.Twelve has evolved from a supper club and is one of the only places in Nottingham offering an all-vegan dining experience, in a Victorian mill a two-minute walk from Old Town Square market. It’s won awards for its seven-course tasting menu, but there are also “classics” including snacks and plates to share. A £32 lunch package includes a snack, a dish to share and two tasting plates.
Evening tasting menu £55dp, 2-3 Bedroom Eldon, Wheeler Gateno12nottingham.co.uk

Mesa

plate of ham, figs and brie

Mesa is one of the newest independent names to open in Hockley, an area teeming with bars and restaurants, and serves a regularly changing selection of small plates that draw inspiration from around the world. Meat and vegetarian dishes are cooked over an open fire – it’s a real passion for chef and co-owner Marcus Lewsley, who quit his job as a helicopter engineer during the pandemic to pursue his culinary dreams.
Small plates from £seven, 24-26 Goose Gatemesahockley.com

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