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The Top 10 Best Restaurants in Nottingham

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Dec 03, 2021
The Top 10 Best Restaurants in Nottingham

Nottingham is home to a diverse food scene, where high-quality ingredients are both locally and nationally sourced, and used to create fine-tasting recipes. From double-stacked patties to a great range of excellent wines, you can rest assured to find what you’re after. Whether you’re living on the outskirts of town, in areas such as Sutton-in-Ashfield or Bingham or right in the heart of town, we’ve selected 10 of the top restaurants in and around Nottingham for a foodie experience like no other.

Sat Bains

Found along the banks of the River Trent, just a 20 minute-drive from Nottingham city centre, this restaurant is a must-try if you are around. With two Michelin stars and a worldwide reputation, this complex of kitchen, lounge, sommelier station and conservatory offers an ever-changing menu. Choose between scallop, veal croquette, Anjou pigeon, complemented by a superb selection of wines and cocktails.


This 19th-century garage for horse-drawn carriages, with vaulted ceilings and exposed bricks is your go-to place if you’re looking for fine dining in the underground of the city centre. Enjoy some of the best seafood in town, along with a fancy selection of unique cocktails and sparkling wines on the Nyetimber rooftop garden.

The Cod’s Scallops

Right next door to the Nottingham Natural History Museum, this award-winning fish and chips spot serves more than simple fish and chips. Scallops are the excellence here, while over 20 species of other fish is cooked daily, battered or baked in garlic. From oysters to old classics like Heinz baked beans – the Cod’s Scallops is all about putting a smile on people’s faces.


Just a stone’s throw from the Lace Market and Nottingham Castle, this part craft bottle shop and part American diner is a great option if burgers are your passion. But don’t worry if burgers are not really up your street. Enjoy some incredible mac and cheese balls to die for and take advantage of a great range of taps.

Sexy Mama Loves Spaghetti

The name should be reason enough. This rustic spot in Nottingham city centre offers some of the best spaghetti across the country, from anchovy and tomato to roast aubergine with fresh ricotta. And why not have a tiramisu at the end of your meal to top up these delicacies? As they say in Italy – Buon appetito!

Hart’s Kitchen

Located a stone’s throw from Nottingham castle, this elegant, modern restaurant has serious culinary lineage. Run by husband and wife, this spot caters for all tastes as it offers an incredibly varied and ever-changing menu. Whether it’s meat you’re after, proper Italian risotto or an afternoon tea, Hart’s Kitchen is hard to beat.


Found opposite to Nottingham Playhouse, MemSaab brings a unique taste to the Indian cuisine by combining traditional curry recipes with original re-interpretations of Indian dishes, such as the usual chicken Tikka Masala or Keema Matar. Expect all the classics prepared in an innovative, almost revolutionary way.

No12 Houndsgate

Rustic and welcoming, found withing Nottingham city centre, this vegetarian and vegan café offers simple menus that focus on the freshness of the ingredients. Danish open sandwiches are the speciality here - make sure you don’t miss out the Tomato Panzanella and the Sauerkraut & Beetroot Bhaji with a steaming coffee on the side.

Annie’s Burger Shack

Fans of burgers, this is for you. Annie’s Burger Shack is the home of ultimate burgers, which even have their own name. Try The Deathray or the Johnny Vegas among others, all available in a vegetarian or vegan option. And if you fancy a drink, head downstairs to the tavern for a cold, crispy pint just the way you like it.

Perkins Bar & Bistro

A little outside of the city centre, about 8 miles north from the heart of the action, this restaurant is located in the old Plumtree train station. Don’t miss out their top-notch Sunday roasts and an irresistible beef Bourguignon.