Why hello! I thought it was time I shared a run-down of a few of my favourite places to visit for lunch in my city – Nottingham! In a few weeks I’ll follow up with my favourite places to eat dinner. If you’re in the city and wondering where to go nearby for some delicious sustenance, take a look at my google map of the best spots for lunch!
If you love good cake, Pudding Pantry is the place to go in Nottingham! There are really creative and interesting flavour combinations in the cakes and puddings – always something new and exciting to try.
They do an extensive breakfast menu too, including American style pancakes with maple syrup (and you can get them ALL day – not just in the morning! Plus there’s always tasty lunch specials and gluten – free cake options too.
The staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful, and I LOVE their turquoise decor and pretty furniture too.
My only reservation is that it is a little pricy for a cafe (a recent slice of pecan pie and one scoop of ice cream came to £4.50) but it’s well worth it as a treat!
A great place for an afternoon cup of tea, find Lee Rosy’s on Broad Street opposite Broadway Cinema – also a great place to spend an afternoon! The menu is small but perfectly formed, including good value and healthy options like smashed avocado on toast and smoothies, plus summer options like ice cream.
The variety of teas on offer is incredible – hundreds and hundreds! Plus there’s film nights and other events.
Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie
If you love cute tiny places get ready to FREAK RIGHT OUT over Aubrey’s! Tucked away in a little arcade off the central square, Aubrey’s specialises in authentic French crepes and galettes (sweet and savoury!). Crepes are £4 – 7 or less for a dessert crepe. Go with a friend then share a dessert crepe – nutella and salted caramel anyone?
Alley Cafe Bar
Alley is a veggie cafe bar, but not JUST for veggies! The food is super tasty, and on the healthy side (though filling and delicious too!). You can get breakfast – the wonders of a full english for veggies – and the lunch and dinner options are yummy and always evolving with daily specials. My favourite is the alley style burrito!
Oh and did I mention there’s cake? All the homemade cakes and ice creams are vegan.
One of my favourite places in Nottingham, The Malt Cross is a restored Victorian Music Hall built in 1877, one of only a few surviving original music halls in the UK. It’s a gorgeous place to hang out and watch the clouds go by through the glass roof, plus there’s tours and other activities happening daily.
Sadly the veggie option menu options are limited and poor (see my review of their beet burger here, but in a word: no) but if you’re a meat eater you should have better luck! Definitely get the rosemary wedges – they’re great! Or just go for tea and cake (that’s lunch, right?!).
Wired has a similar asthetic to The Pudding Pantry and is run by a lovely couple of ladies and their friendly staff. For lunch, there’s sandwiches made using the amazing Hambleton’s Bakery bread, served with a tasty fresh salad, or specials like fritatta’s and soups. My favourite sandwich is the goat’s cheese and roasted veggie, and the service is great – I once had a poor food experience there, and they instantly sorted it and refunded me without my asking.
Coffee is the real speciality – it’s what they’re known for – but the tea is great too!
I LOVE Hungry Pumpkin! This place is the epitome of family run – run, specifically by a lovely Italian family. The food is fresh, delicious and really good value.
The basic offerings are sandwiches, panini’s, pastas, salads, omlettes and jacket potatos, but Hungry Pumpkin is the kind of place where they do NOT get offended if you try to order off-menu, so if you fancy a particular sandwich not on the menu – go for it! My favourite for a busy day is the jacket potato with coleslaw, goat’s cheese and tuna. I may be the only one who orders it, and it’s delicious! If it’s full, grab take-out and sit in the grounds of the beautiful St Mary’s Church opposite.
Ugly Bread Bakery
If you like pizza, nutella and CARBS then you’ll love Ugly Bread Bakery! If you don’t, then we can’t be friends. Sorry. Freshly made pizzas are very reasonably priced, so reasonable in fact that you forget that having a cheese pizza for lunch might not be the wisest of options. They also have delicious looking sandwiches, cannoli’s – which I really need to try – and bread, as well as really good value salads and a small selection of Italian deli items.
Enjoy your lunch! And if you discover any other delicious lunch spots, please let me know!