Foodies and drinkers in Nottingham have never had it so good.
The number of restaurants and bars opening in Britain – helped by arrivals both in the city centre and across the county – has reached a new peak in the last year according to a new report by the Local Data Company.
Since January more than 40 new food and drink outlets have opened in the city centre and neighbourhoods such as Sherwood, West Bridgford and Beeston.
Of course, there’s been closures (mostly chains such as the Handmade Burger Co. and Ask Italian) but the newcomers far outweigh the losses.
Eating out got even better in August when fine dining restaurant Alchemilla, opened in Derby Road, with its inventive plant-based menu and stunning surroundings.
At the other end of the scale fast-food chicken joint Pepe’s Piri Piri set up shop in Long Row.
The street food trend exploded this year, with the launch of Nottingham Street Food Club, in intu Victoria Centre, and Wolf Down Pop-ups’ street food market near Nottingham Railway Station.
It’s a cliche but there really is something for everyone from street food trader Mocky-D’s vegan burgers to Smiffy’s Smoke Shack’s mighty meaty morsels, found in residence at Last Chance Saloon in the Lace Market.
Who can forget the lengthy queue when Krispy Kreme descended upon intu Victoria Centre with doughnuts galore?
The arrival of Bierkeller Entertainment Complex in Friar Lane meant three different venues under one roof. As well as foot stomping fun in the Bavarian Bierkeller, the venue also boasts Shooters sports bar and Around the World with its international menu.
After the shock closure and sale of Riverbank on Trent Bridge, the venue went on to reopen with a new identity. Brewhouse Bar and Kitchen, opened just in time for Father’s Day in June, complete with its own microbrewery in the centre of the bar.
Tea rooms and coffee shops flourished, with new ones springing up in the city centre and further afield.
Boston Coffee Shop opened up a stone’s throw from quirky Dialing In, a former telephone box, in Middle Pavement – both fueling city folk with caffeine.
Sweet Cottage Tea Rooms in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Rosie Lea’s in Beeston, the Arboretum Cafe at the park entrance, the Sanctuary in Stapleford, and the Little Deli in Hucknall Road, means no shortage of places for a cuppa and cake or a tasty lunch.
Froth Waffle House in Chilwell puts the spotlight on Belgium’s sweet and savoury snacks while the strangest name of the year goes to the Wrinkly Lettuce, a Gedling-based cafe.
The love for dessert cafes shows no sign of waning with Cream’s, Trinity Square, and Dolcino, in Angel Row, both making the city centre sweeter than ever.
It has been boom time West Bridgford with a string of openings. Cuzina started the year off, bringing Greek food to Radcliffe Road, quickly followed by upmarket Gusto and its Italian menu, in the former Monkey Tree pub.
Avenue, an all day venue with food and cocktails took over Cured in Central Avenue, and Chin Chin, in Bridgford Road, became Forty Four Bridgford. Marigold Indian restaurant, in Gordon Road, extended the options for a curry.
Sherwood welcomed new Turkish restaurant Rakki Rakkas to Mansfield Road, and a few miles away the Seven Mile Inn in Arnold, was reinvented as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse.
The Milk Lounge brought something different to Beeston, welcoming families and and breast-feeding mums to the cafe in Chilwell Road.
The clean eating revolution started in Nottingham earlier this month when the Clean Cut Kitchenopened in Derby Road with a menu of healthy breakfasts and lunches, bursting with veggies and protein.
Also boosting the healthy front, new vegetarian and vegan cafe No.12 Hounds Gate opened earlier this month for freshly cooked brunches and lunches and the cakes at new Sherwood cafe For Goodness Bake are given a healthy twist by using ingredients such as coconut sugar and agave syrup for sweetness, and coconut or olive oil instead of butter.
It hasn’t just been a swell of eateries, with a number of exciting new bars promising a great night out.
The fondness for a hidden bar continued with Lost Property sneaking into Hockley and the Secret Garden Bar popping up in Trinity Square.
Lively new bar MOJO is bringing cocktails, music and food for the soul to Hockley as well as giving the empty Corn Exchange building in Thurland Street a new leave of life.
Gin lovers were over the moon when dedicated gin bar Gincident arrived in Friar Lane in August, with more than 130 different gins.
The recently opened Fox and Grapes in Sneinton bucked the trend of pubs closing. The boozer, that used to go by the name Peggers, has been restored to its former glory by Castle Rock.
While traditional pubs continue to disappear the number of micropubs is increasing. The Pit opened in a former sports pavilion in Newstead, an empty sweet shop was transformed into Totally Tapped in Beeston and Lyngary’s in Hucknall became the UK’s first Irish microbar.
Newest kid on the block El Capo landed in Broad Street just last week with a tequila menu, while just over the Notts/Derbyshire border, the Whitehouse restaurant has re-opened as a Spanish tapas and cocktail bar.
And it doesn’t end here, with more openings on the way. Next month The Botanist will open in West Bridgford and Roxy Ball Room will be bringing beer and ball game fun to the city centre.
Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – read the original here
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