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The eight veteran Nottingham restaurants that have stood the test of time (and deserve your visit in 2024)

Posted: May 2024

By Julia Head, The Nottingham Food Guide


It’s no secret that the culinary scene in Nottingham has exploded over the past few years. We’ve been treated to more new pizzerias than we can keep up with, and innovative trendy small plates eateries, including a brand-new independent Mexican restaurant taking Nottingham by storm.

The city boasts an array of enticing eateries and bars. Yet, amid the buzz of new establishments, let's not overlook some of our treasured ‘old faithfuls’ that have graced our streets for decades, many serving as the backdrop to special occasions, cherished memories, and the forging of lasting friendships over the years.

Here are eight veteran venues that have stood the test of time and deserve your visit in 2024:

Laguna Tandoori

This venue deserves a special mention, with Laguna being Nottingham’s first-ever tandoori restaurant to open its doors back in 1976, thus earning it the title of the city’s longest-standing restaurant. With an impressive 48 years of service under their belt, rest assured you will be well looked after when visiting this flavourful curry house.

43 Mount St, Nottingham NG1 6HE

MemSaab [Nottingham Restaurant Week venue]

Take your pick on Nottingham’s ‘Curry Mile’ on Maid Marian Way. With an abundance of Indian restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice – including the evergreen MemSaab, who established itself 16 years ago and in 2020 won the prestigious Asian Food and Restaurant Awards for Taste of the Year.

12-14 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6HS

Fothergills/The Castle Pub [Nottingham Restaurant Week venue]

Fothergills and its sister venue, The Castle Pub can be discovered in a row of historic buildings along the cobbled Castle Road, built in 1883. They are the perfect place to grab some food, sink a pint, and snap a picture of Nottingham’s iconic Castle so if you like a bit of history with some bistro-style food, then this is the spot for you.

5-7 Castle Rd, Nottingham NG1 6AA

Piccolino Nottingham

Gracing our doorstep since 2006, Piccolino Nottingham has secured its place as one of the ten most booked restaurants in Nottinghamshire, as reported by OpenTable. If that's not enough to pique your interest, let its menu of Italian classics with a modern twist do the talking.

7 Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

World Service Restaurant

Boasting two AA Rosettes this fine-dining restaurant has been going strong for many years and will celebrate their 24th birthday this year. You may recognise the iconic red door on Castle Gate, but step inside to really experience this elegant 17th-century house serving modern British cuisine.

Newdigate House, Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 6AF

The Angel Microbrewery [Nottingham Restaurant Week venue]

We’d be remiss not to mention Lace Market legend, The Angel Microbrewery pub. The Grade II listed building has stood in this quirky part of the city since the 1600s with a long and illustrious history. Go for the beer, stay for the newly revamped food menu (and maybe a ghostly tale or two).

7 Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LG

Annie’s Burger Shack [Nottingham Restaurant Week venue]

Paying homage to its Rhode Island, roots, Annie’s offers the juiciest American-style burgers that you can get your hands on in the city. This much-adored burger joint first started in the city centre at The Old Angel Pub in 2009, and then moved on to The Navigation Pub before opening on Broadway.

5 Broadway, Nottingham NG1 1PR

Chino Latino

You don’t have to be a guest at the Park Plaza Hotel to enjoy the culinary delights of Pan-Asian restaurant Chino Latino, which has been going strong for over ten years. Choose from freshly prepared sushi, seared salmon, and Thai curries - whichever you pick, the chefs at Chino Latino are ready to show off their skills.

41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6GD

Sounds exciting? We have more in store for you!

From 3 to 9 June 2024, you can discover some of Nottingham's best cuisines and flavours while enjoying exclusive deals that range from £10 to £25 with Nottingham Restaurant Week.

Whether you're in the mood for a hearty breakfast or brunch, a pizza for lunch, or a romantic dinner, Nottingham's diverse restaurant scene has got you covered. Selected city centre restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, and hotels will offer these deals for seven days only so don't miss this opportunity to explore the city's culinary delights. Explore it all through the free It’s in Nottingham app!

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