Nottingham's Grand Bistro & Bar opens with a diverse menu, sun terrace and a bottle of Champagne for £699

The Grand Bistro & Bar in Chapel Bar, Nottingham
The Grand Bistro & Bar in Chapel Bar, Nottingham -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

Nottingham's new Grand Bistro & Bar has officially opened its doors with a wide-ranging menu, cocktails and a bottle of Champagne with an eye-watering price. After the closure of Fat Cat earlier this year, the restaurant and bar was soon taken over.

The property in Chapel Bar draws the crowds especially on a warm day thanks to the large outdoor terrace - and the recent bank holiday weekend saw it busy.

The menu starts off with halloumi, spicy Turkish garlic sausage sucuk, calamari and chicken wings. The grill section includes chicken mozzarella, lamb kofte, steaks and lamb chops.

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Salads and pasta, such as lasagne and arrabiata feature, along with fish dishes of salmon and seabass served with rice or chunky chips. There's beef and chicken cooked in a wok, pizzas and burgers.

The restaurant, which opens at noon six days a week, also serves an all-day English breakfast (and a veggie version) and paninis. Sides of spring rolls, chicken goujons and onion rings are available.

Chef Nico Simsek
Chef Nico Simsek -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

Chef Nico Simsek, cousin of the owner who also runs an off licence in West Bridgford, brings with him years of experience in the kitchen. He used to have his own Turkish restaurant in Derby and worked in Cumbria for 15 years with his family.

He said: "We were full outside last Saturday and Sunday and had good comments. Customers were happy with the food. We have Italian and Turkish."

Drinkers can order everything from a pint of John Smith's for £4 to a bottle of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades for £699 - one of the most expensive Champagnes in the world; the small production of barely 100,000 bottles guarantees its rarity and its price.

The pavement terrace outside the Grand Bistro & Bar in Chapel Bar, Nottingham
The pavement terrace outside the Grand Bistro & Bar in Chapel Bar, Nottingham -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

Classic cocktails Pisco Sour, French Martini and Old Fashioned are served, or, for something different, house cocktails include No Bears on a Square with gin, camomile and citrus cordial, fresh grapefruit and rose soda, and Basil Shades with vodka, Blue Curacao, peach schnapps, basil and lemon. Every Sunday during May the bar is offering 30 percent off draught beer and two cocktails for £13.90.

In a mini revamp, the walls have been decorated and turquoise tiles have been put in adding a splash of colour around the bar, but the sofas and tables and chairs might look familiar as they were part of the fixtures and fittings left by Fat Cat. The Grand Bistro & Bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday.