So as I am leaving Nottingham soon, I thought I would put together some of my favourite places to eat and drink coffee. This was not easy (and is in no particular order!) as this amazing city is definitely not short of independent coffee shops, brunch spots and sweet treats.
Starbucks and Costa can step aside (do people seriously still go to these places!?) because there is MUCH better coffee out there and far better cake.
If you live in Nottingham or are visiting the city then these are the places you HAVE to go. It is non-negotiable.
- The Pudding Pantry – located near the Victoria centre this is the place to brunch, enjoy afternoon tea, or share a dessert tasting platter (yes, this is a thing). If you want American pancakes at any time of the day, gorgeous coffee (courtesy of Outpost coffee roasters who also have their own coffee shop in Hockley which is lovely!), and eggs that will keep you full for days (I’m not joking, the scrambled egg portions are insane) then this is the place for you. They are also well known for their Freakshakes (milkshakes topped with brownies and all sorts) and homemade cheesecakes and cakes with a new flavour to choose from every day.
- 200 degrees – with now two locations in Notts (one near the train station and the other just off Market Square), 200 degrees is my FAVOURITE place to get coffee on-the-go or to enjoy a Flat White inside with a slice of cake (they roast their own coffee). I particularly love their Caramel Shortbread, Courgette and Polenta cake (if I’ve remembered the name correctly!), and when they team up with The Nottingham Doughnut Co. (you haven’t lived until you have had a doughnut from here) and offer chocolate & coffee doughnuts. They also do an amazing feta and pepper filled croissant. Died and gone to heaven.
- Delilah Fine Foods – perhaps a little bit pricier but worth the spend, Delilah’s is a beautiful Deli and Cafe – you could spend a couple of hours in here eating, sneaking tasters and shopping. I love the poached eggs with hollandaise and crispy pancetta, or the smoked salmon with poached eggs – the choice of fresh breads are delicious. And you can’t leave without having a slice of their three tiered cakes!
- Aubrey’s Creperie – a new find that I wish I’d found sooner. Tucked away down an alley, this tiny cafe is a hidden gem and serves the best crepes I have ever had in my life. I’ve always loved a savoury crepe (or Galette) and these ones hit the nail on the head, and are made with buckwheat flour so are gluten and dairy free depending on what fillings you choose! And oh my god, the salted caramel crepe. You HAVE to get this. Because when you go, there’s no way you can order just one.
- Cartwheel – another coffee shop who also roast their own coffee, and the exceptionally friendly staff is what makes this small cafe. They do a very good brunch (all the avocado toast) but the real winner here is their carrot cake which is the best carrot cake in the whole world. Yes, this is a bold claim, but one I am willing to stand by and you NEED to try it. I also love that they bring over ‘tap water’ as ice cold glass bottles filled with mint, cucumber and fresh lime – it’s the little things!There are many other lovely places to eat and drink in Nottingham, places like Wired I will always visit time and time again (try their banana bread!), and this is what makes the city so great for me. I will miss coffee dates and hangover brunches, but I will definitely back to find new places, and to revisit old favourites.
Hope you enjoy 🙂