Food for all pockets
There are a variety of restaurants in Nottingham, and I'll create some tips about my favourites in due course. However - here's a quick list of the range of places to eat in the City Centre:
Budget / fast food - Plenty of Macdonalds, Burger Kings, Starbucks (OK, so not budget..) and similar coffee houses, Subway sandwiches and street vendors selling jacket potatos outside the Council House.
Good value - Wetherspoons pub in old Market Square (there are 2 of them), Yates also in Market Square, "All you can eat" buffets in the Cornerhouse and on George Street, Thurland Street (all Chinese), also on Goosegate in Hockley (mixture of Chinese, Italian and Indian)
Chains - Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia, Pizza Hut, La Tasca Tapas
Slightly posher but cosy - Punchinello (Forman Street), Scruffys (off Stoney Street), Welbeck Hotel (top floor restaurant with nice views), The Living Room
Posher - Harts, World Service*, Saltwater, Chino Latino
Good Indian restaurants - 4550 miles from Delhi, Laguna*, Chutney Jacks*
* = I haven't been there myself, but have heard good things!
fab places out of the City Centre - Georgetown malaysian restaurant (part of Colwick Hall Hotel), The Full Moon pub at Morton (Good luck finding it!), The Caunton Beck ...
You can read more about most of these with a simple Google, but I'll endeavour to write some detailed reviews.
A visit to Trent Bridge cricket ground for the first time in over twenty years, yup it's much improved now.
A twenty20 "slogfest" to watch between Notts and Yorkshire and thoroughly enjoyable it was, all action from the word go and certainly nothing like the cricket I used to play!
Notable as one of Michael Vaughn's (former England captain) last games before retirement.
Definately be watching more twenty20 - perhaps at Northants next time though!!
Oldest pub in Nottingham?
Ye Olde Salutation Inn is a public house dating from around 1240 that lays claim (along with Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn and The Bell Inn) to being the oldest in Nottingham.
It was built on the site of an earlier 13th century ale house known as the "Archangel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary", although I have read elsewhere that the first building on the site may have belonged to a tanner (a person who cures leather).
During the 1st Civil War (1642-46), part of the house was used as Recruiting Rooms for both factions. The original, still existing, cave system was probably part of a Saxon Farm, later used for servants, accommodation and brewing.
It's a nice cosy place to have a pint or three!
~ Dont Miss Out On Jack Daniels Chicken Wings ~
TGI Fridays is a large American chain of restaurants with predictably huge portions of American food, energetic waiting staff and a 'bar and grill' interior - great fun for kids. This branch is popular with students.
Tgi's is a fantastic restaurant in the heart of Nottingham. It is great for to go for the start of a good night out, why not enjoy a gorgeous meal here then finish of the night either going out to a few bars, going to the cinema or even clubbing if your up for it.
The atmosphere at Tgi's is great too, they have cheerful waiters and waitresses aswell as lots of happy customers all around. The restaurant is very clean and well kept.
There is a great choice of food on the menu... from steaks, to pizza to chicken wings and potato skins then finish off with cookies and ice cream! My favourite is the Jack Daniels Chicken wings.... grilled chicken smoothered in Jack Daniels and comes with a barbecue and garlic mayonaise dip. Yummy!
Nottingham Castle - Robin Hood statue
The Robin Hood statue stands in the remains of the castle's moat.
The statue celebrates Nottingham's most famous export.
It was given to Nottingham by EF Clay Esquire on 28th June 1949.