10 Exceptional Independent Restaurants in Nottingham: A Curated Dining Guide

Delve into our guide featuring 10 of Nottingham’s outstanding independent restaurants. Our experienced editors have explored the city, tasting an assortment of dishes to compile a discerning list of restaurants Nottingham takes pride in. From charming family-owned venues to creative dining spaces, our selection showcases the unique flavours and experiences that define Nottingham’s gastronomic identity. 

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OK, here’s our guide to 10 of Nottingham’s most exciting and characterful independent restaurants…

Mollis: Michelin-Standard Fried Chicken and Ice Cream

198 Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 1NQ

Mollis is a unique dining experience among the restaurants Nottingham has to offer, specialising in fried chicken, soft-serve ice cream, and cocktails. The graffiti-adorned dining room and hip-hop soundtrack create a vibrant atmosphere. The menu features innovative cocktails and mouth-watering dishes, making it a one-of-a-kind destination. Owner Alex Bond and his team have crafted a concept that excites even the most seasoned foodies. Discover Mollis for an energising and inspiring meal in the eclectic Nottingham restaurant scene.
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The Cod’s Scallops: Elevating the Classic Chippy

311-313 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2DA

The Cod’s Scallops in Sherwood takes the concept of your local chippy to new heights. Offering delectable fish and chips fried in beef dripping, this eatery evokes memories of traditional seaside dining. Focusing on sustainably sourced fish and the freshest seafood, The Cod’s Scallops delivers a wide range of options, from classic cod and haddock to crab, lobster, oysters, and more. The relaxed, seaside-inspired atmosphere and friendly staff make it a local favourite.
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Bar Iberico: Award-Winning Spanish Tapas

17-19 Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NL

Bar Iberico is an award-winning, all-day tapas bar located in the heart of Hockley, Nottingham. Offering a diverse Spanish menu and exceptional customer service, the dishes include Crispy Chicken & Spicy Jerez Sauce, Crispy Cauliflower with Ginger, Chilli & Smoked Almonds, and many more. With their flexible approach to dishes, Bar Iberico can accommodate different tastes and preferences.
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Cafe Roya: Fusion Vegetarian Delights

130 Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2PE

Cafe Roya in Beeston, Nottingham, is a bustling evening restaurant offering fresh and flavoursome vegetarian food, standing out among the restaurants Nottingham has to offer. Owner Roya Bishop draws inspiration from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and beyond to create a diverse menu. With organic and bee-friendly choices on the wine and beer list, Cafe Roya caters to a wide range of diners.
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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem: Historic Pub with a Unique Name

Brewhouse Yard, 1 Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA

Visit one of Nottingham’s historic pubs, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, reputed to be the oldest inn in England. With caves, a cursed model ship, haunted rooms, and eerie noises, this pub is steeped in fascinating history. Offering cellar tours and a souvenir shop, Ye Olde Trip is a must-visit destination in Nottingham.
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Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti: Authentic Italian in Hockley

3-5 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ

Experience the charm of Naples in the heart of Hockley at Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti. Chef and owner Edin Gondzic offers a daily-changing handwritten menu featuring delicious Italian dishes made from the freshest ingredients. With a limited number of seats, this cosy and welcoming eatery is perfect for an intimate meal.
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French Living: Gallic Delights in Central Nottingham

27 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AY

French Living is a restaurant, cafe, and deli in Nottingham offering traditional French produce and authentic French cooking. With a wide range of dishes and a well-curated selection of house wines and beers, French Living is the perfect place to enjoy a taste of France in the heart of Nottingham.
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Hart’s Hotel & Kitchen: Food & Wine Excellence

Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6GN

Hart’s Hotel & Kitchen offers an excellent dining experience in Nottingham. With luxurious rooms available for overnight stays, Hart’s is perfect for combining a gourmet meal with a relaxing getaway. The menu, crafted by Michelin-starred chef Aaron Patterson and head chef Martin Sludds, features classic British dishes made with the finest seasonal ingredients. The impressive wine list, curated by owner Tim Hart, complements the exquisite dining experience.
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Essen General Store Cafe, Deli & Wine Bar: Deli Meets Dining

54 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2JP

Essen General Store in Beeston, Nottingham, is a cafe, deli, and wine bar offering a delightful array of quality produce. With a tempting cheese counter and a warm atmosphere, this store is perfect for enjoying a cheeseboard or charcuterie platter with friends. Enjoy a glass of wine while savouring the delicious offerings from Okende Bakery.
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Kushi-ya: Japanese Flair & Flavours

1A Cannon Court, Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 6JE

Kushi-ya, located in Nottingham city centre, is a laid-back Japanese restaurant specialising in kushiyaki – skewered and grilled ingredients. With a simple menu divided into ‘snacks’, ‘small plates’, ‘skewers’, and ‘desserts’, Kushi-ya offers exquisite flavour combinations and authentic Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss their incredible lunch offers and early-bird deals for a great value dining experience.
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