The best places to eat and drink in Nottinghamshire, according to our readers

The mega breakfast at Tina's Cafe in Colwick
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)


You can't beat a good trip out for a meal or drink. Whether it's with family, a loved one or with friends - a trip to your favourite pub or restaurant is as good as it gets.

There are plenty of amazing places to visit across Nottinghamshire if you're looking for a night out, but we all have our favourites. Our readers have certainly let us know their favourites over the years, as we've asked you to name the best places under a number of categories - including best pub and the best coffee shop to name just two.

As we head into the warmer months, and with the bank holiday weekend here, plenty of us will be heading out to town to enjoy the extra free time. If you're looking for somewhere new to try, we've put together a full list of our readers favourite places to eat and drink, which you can find below.

Get the latest What's On news straight to your phone by joining us on WhatsApp

The best places to eat and drink in Nottinghamshire, according to our readers

The best pub - The Butcher’s Pencil, Bestwood

The Butcher’s Pencil, Bestwood
The Butcher’s Pencil, Bestwood -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

You voted The Butcher’s Pencil in Bestwood as the best pub across all of Nottinghamshire by our readers, with a whopping 2,676 votes in favour of the popular spot. The Butcher's Pencil doesn't have just one owner - there's a group of 23 who have a stake in it.

Read more about the popular spot here.

Best city centre pub

Landlord Craig Pennington-Hayes pictured with his dog, Robert, at The Lord Roberts pub in Broad Street, Nottingham city centre
Landlord Craig Pennington-Hayes pictured with his dog, Robert, at The Lord Roberts pub in Broad Street, Nottingham city centre -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

You voted the Lord Roberts as the best pub in Nottingham city centre. The Art Deco pub, one of only a couple remaining in the city, has come on leaps and bounds since landlord Craig Pennington-Hayes took it over five years ago.

For a start it looks very inviting. The dreary surroundings, wooden barrels and old-fashioned wooden stools have gone following a makeover. You can read more about it here.

Best dog-friendly pub

The Lion in Basford, Nottingham
The Lion in Basford, Nottingham -Credit:Nottingham Post

Nottinghamshire's best dog-friendly pub, according to the people who live here, is The Lion at Basford. Renowned for its cask ales and live music, the pub in Mosley Street, New Basford, has built up a reputation for attracting dog lovers. Read all about it here.

Best country pub

In our most recent poll, our readers voted the Dovecote Inn in Laxton as the county's best country pub. The Dovecote, or Dovey as it's affectionately known, isn't the kind of pub you'd stumble across by chance, and it is a proud winner of Channel 4's Four in a Bed.

Read the full article here.

Best family-family café/restaurant

The best place family-friendly cafeéin Nottinghamshire, as voted by our readers, is The Dice Cup. A board game café in Nottingham, next to Victoria Coach Station, The Dice Cup describes itself as "Nottingham's first and largest board games café" and an "inclusive community where anyone and everyone can be themselves, united through the common love of tabletop games and café culture."

Best coffee shop

1 Market Place Tea Rooms was voted as Nottinghamshire's best coffee shop and the location has been a roaring success ever since Arnold mum Sara Burton followed her dream to open a tea room.

Arnold born-and-bred, Sara said she was "overwhelmed" after securing the most votes in a Nottinghamshire Live poll to find the county's best cafe. "I can't believe it. It's the community that's helped me, they've supported me.

"They love it, they say it's a little bit different. It's just lovely. We are a small independent family-run business. There's no pressure, I'm reasonably priced. We are always friendly."

Read more here.

Best place for a fry-up

The mega breakfast at Tina's Cafe in Colwick
The mega breakfast at Tina's Cafe in Colwick -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

Tina's Café won our poll to find the best full English breakfast in Nottinghamshire, with hundreds of votes cast across a number of great options. Tina's Café serves a wide range of paninis, jacket potatoes, burgers, cold cobs, pasties, cakes, and breakfast cobs and wraps.

But it's the small, traditional, mega and veggie breakfasts that are the best-sellers, priced from £6. The £12 mega breakfast has the works - three sausages and three bacon from a local butcher, two eggs, two hash browns, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, toast and bread and butter.