And The Winner Of Nottingham's Best Independent Business 2018 Is...

What a wonderful month we’ve had in Nottingham. To celebrate the city’s lively culture of independent business, we had tremendous fun on Saturday at the Independents Festival, which saw live music, entertainment and street parties take over the city centre. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as us and a huge thank you to everyone who took part or came along!

Throughout June we asked you to tell us who you thought should be crowned Nottingham’s Best Independent Business 2018, and you showed a deluge of support for your local traders. The votes were counted, our mystery shoppers took a nosey around each finalist business, and the winner was announced on Wednesday. So let us give a huge congratulations to Bar Iberico for taking the title this year!

So what can you expect from the Nottingham’s favourite indie business? Well, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Bar Iberico brings the rich flavour and rustic flair of Spain to the heart of Hockley, with tantalizing tapas and an alluring atmosphere.

Nottingham was first introduced to the Iberico name with Iberico World Tapas, which opened in 2007. Set in a grade II listed building under the National Justice Museum, it soon received Michelin's famous Bib Gourmand accolade for excellent food at great value. It wasn’t until 2016 that the team opened the more easy-going sister restaurant, Bar Iberico, which in two short years has become a regular award winner, with rave reviews from critics and customers alike.

Embracing the Spanish culture of relaxed dining, you’ll find an atmosphere buzzing with energy. As with the tapas tradition of sharing small courses, the dishes pile out one by one, spurring a flow of lively conversation and drinks. The menu features unique delicacies as Basque pork pinchos with quince glaze and morcilla and apple croquetas with carrot marmalade, along with flatbreads, charcuterie and cheese, and some excellent Spanish wines.

It’s not only for the varied menu that a few visits to Bar Iberico are needed however, but also for what each dining area has to offer. Intimate evening meals can be had downstairs in cosy booths, or light lunches enjoyed alfresco as the bustle of Hockley passes by.

Hearty breakfasts take a Spanish twist, with chorizo, churros and lots of other choices, while the brilliant value Menu Rapido of two tapas and sourdough is perfect for a indulgent lunchtime treat. As the evening approaches diners share light tapas and drinks in laid back seating at the bar, while the tables are laden with sizzling, aromatic dishes. Whether the occasion is casual or special, Bar Iberico is a memorable dining experience and you’ll probably wish you’d ordered just one more dish.

But Bar Iberico are not the only winner in this very varied competition! The Special Achievement Award was handed to Weavers Of Nottingham Independent Wine & Spirits Merchant, a family business who have been supplying Nottingham and beyond with fine wines and superb spirits for over 170 years! Visit them to find an awesome range of tipples, including Castle Gate gin - infused with acorns from Sherwood Forest itself - all backed up with expert knowledge.

We also have winners in each of the seven categories, find out who they were here.

A fine end to a wonderful month, let’s keep supporting the businesses that keep Nottingham unique.