Nottingham Restaurants and Dining

(Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK)

Al fresco dining at a central pubCentral Nottingham is spilling over with restaurants, cafes and bars, together with plenty of fast-food outlets and well-known burger chains. In recent years the quality of the restaurants in Nottingham has changed dramatically and the city has been truly catapulted into the UK's dining scene, being known for its fine food and international cuisine.

Offering the region's best selection of place to eat out, Nottingham now boasts over 300 different eateries, in the heart of the city alone.

Picture of dining at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem public house

Opening Hours

Most of the city's hotels begin serving breakfast from 07:00 onwards and many offer a buffet-style service, with a mixture of sausages, bacon, hash browns and other components of a full English breakfast, as well as toast, cereals, pastries and other more continental offerings. Fast-food restaurants around central Nottingham also open early in the morning and serve a number of breakfast meals, which are always particularly inexpensive, usually staying open until as late as 22:00 or 23:00.

Bakeries and pasty shops are always popular lunchtime options, where you are able to purchase freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, pizza slices, pasties, sausage rolls and more. Many restaurants also open for the lunchtime trade between 12:00 until 14:00 or 15:00, ranging from fast-food options such as Pizza Hut, to more upscale dining and traditional fare, available at local pubs, including Nottingham's ancient Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in the Brewhouse Yard, believed to be one of the most historic inns in the whole of England. Lunch is also available at a number of the city's largest department stores, which often include daily specials and 'two for one' deals.

Picture of cafes and shops in the city centreAs evening approaches, restaurants start opening their doors as early as 17:00 or 18:00, when early bird discounts are particularly popular for families with young children. Many of the largest restaurant chains in Nottingham also offer free activity packs to keep the children entertained as they wait for their food to arrive.

Where to Eat

The best selection of restaurants can be found around Carlton Street, on the eastern side of central Nottingham, which has become the city's epicentre for dining out. A range of cafes and bars here provide plenty of cheap, informal food and drinks. Further eateries are located around the lively Hockley and Lace Market area, in a number of converted warehouses along Castle Wharf, along Foreman Street, and also in the Old Market Square, where pub chains and late-night bars are particularly plentiful.