The Best of Nottingham's Lunch Deals
Looking for a delicious lunch in Nottingham at a price that won’t break the bank? Read on – here’s 20+ of the very best lunch deals that Nottingham has to offer.
Yamas is a quaint little Greek restaurant slightly hidden from the crowds on the often forgotten Thurland Street. The food is authentically Mediterranean, very tasty, and great value whatever the time of day (especially if you choose one of the extensive Meze set menus). However visit at lunchtime (which is actually anytime between 12-4 Wednesday to Saturday) and you can get three tapas dishes for £7.95. They also offer a range of generously-sized wraps and salads for less than a fiver.
Without doubt one of – if not the best – places for pizza in Nottingham, Oscar & Rosie’s lunch menu is served 12-4 every day and will set you back just £7. For that you can choose between an 11” “personal” pizza, a gourmet mac “n” cheese or a “3-way” salad.
Part of the Park Plaza hotel, an evening meal at Pan-Asian restaurant Chino Latino leans a little on the high side, but visit at lunchtime (12-6 Monday to Saturday) and you can enjoy a Bento box (that’s a starter, main, dessert, and rice) for just £10.95. Still not cheap enough? Pre-order your food or take it away and you’ll get an extra 20% discount.
The Olde Trip is one of Nottingham’s most popular spots for tourists, in large part because many guided city tours end up here (not forgetting the fact it’s said to be the oldest inn in England). However, the pub doesn’t just ride off the back of visitors that come, go, and are gone forever – it’s a great spot for locals to eat and drink, too (the beer garden in particular is lovely on a sunny day). Dine between 12-5 Monday to Friday and get a sandwich and side for just £6.95.
There’s actually two Edins in Nottingham – “Edin’s Deli Café” on Broad Street, and “Edin’s Kitchen”, around the corner on Carlton Street – the main difference being that the “Kitchen” opens earlier, closes earlier, and serves breakfast, while the “Deli Café” opens a little later, stays open a lot later, and doesn’t serve breakfast.
They both offer great value lunch deals with two courses on offer for either £6.95 (fussy diners beware – the choices are very limited). However it has to be the “Deli Café” that takes the lunch menu trophy, thanks to their £5 “Express Lunch” with a 125ml glass of wine deal.
A bit of a Nottingham institution (the building dates back to 1675 with World Service taking up residence in 2000), an evening meal here fits firmly in the ‘fine dining’ category, with prices to match.
However those that want the five-star experience without the price tag can visit between 12-2 (Monday through Saturday) and take advantage of a two-course lunch menu for £16.95, or three courses for £21.95.
Sister restaurant to the aforementioned World Service, Iberico is the fine-dining equivalent of a rustic hole-in-the-wall tapas bar.
Those with a smaller appetite should find even the full-priced evening menu to be pretty good value, however the best deal is exclusive to mid-day diners, when between 12-2 (Monday through Friday only) you’ll get sour dough or Catalan bread, two tapas dishes, and Spanish pickles, for £9.95. Dining later? The same offer also applies between 5.30 and 6.45 (again, Monday to Friday only).
The latest addition to the World Service/Iberico family is Bar Iberico; you’ll find it right next to Edin’s Natural Kitchen on Carlton Street. The atmosphere is a little more casual than World Tapas and their outside seating is perfect for people watching on a sunny day. The lunch offer is also, unlike World Tapas, available pretty much all day. Dine between 11-6.45 Monday to Friday and 12-5.30 on Saturdays and you can order from the Menu Rapido, which gives you a choice of two tapas dishes served with sourdough bread, oil, and balsamic vinegar, for £9.95.
Browns is a high-end chain with branches across the UK and a seasonally changing menu inspired by hearty British and European cuisine. The Nottingham venue can be found on the edge of the prestigious “Park” district and if you visit between 12-7, Monday to Friday, you can take advantage of their “Lunch and Early Evening” menu. For that you can enjoy two courses for £10.95 and if you’re still hungry, a third for an additional £4.
The lunch menu at Nottingham’s branch of the Latin-themed chain actually runs until 6.30pm (every day), so early-bird diners can take advantage of the excellent deals too.
The prices vary a little, with main courses on offer for between £7.50 and £9.50 (essentially, a few £s of the main menu prices). Starters can be added for £2.95, and best of all, there’s no need to worry about bumping up the bill (too much) with drinks, since it’s 241 on cocktails all day, every day.
This small Thai chain (there’s branches in Nottingham, Leeds and Newcastle) promises “That street food” and while the prices might not be quite on par with the real thing, the atmosphere is isn’t too far off (if you’re lucky, you might even get to dine in a tuk-tuk). Lunch is served Monday to Friday between 11-6, and for £10 you’ll get two courses and a soft drink.
Adams is the training restaurant within NCN (New College Nottingham). This means your food is cooked (and served) by students, and even though the prices reflect that, the quality definitely does not.
Lunch is available Wednesday to Friday (12-1.30), with two courses for £9.95, or three for £11.95. They also offer a “light lunch” with one course and a soft drink for £6.
As the Caribbean spin -off of nearby Las Iguanas, you can expect similarly well-priced lunch offers at the Cornerhouse-sited Turtle Bay.
There’s seven choices on the “lunch ‘n’ lighter” menu (all priced at £7, available all day every day) including pulled pork, prawn and mango, and the obligatory Jamaican jerk chicken. Quick word of caution: it’s a popular spot, so make a booking, or prepare for a wait.
French Living’s been serving up traditional French fare to Nottingham residents since 1994. The extensive lunch menu is served 12-2 on Weekdays and until 3 on Saturdays. Choose from a range of baguettes from £4.95 to £6.95, a selection of salads all for under £10, or the “Plats du Jour” (menu of the day) with one course for £9.95, two for £13.95, or three for £15.95.
The Bear and Lace is a stylish bar and restaurant on Maid Marian Way. Their “Light Lunch” menu is served 12-5 Monday to Friday and includes a starter (or “Small plate” as they call it), main course, and either a soft or hot drink for £9.99. Fancy washing your lunch down with bubbles or a cocktail? You’re in luck because there’s offers on those, too – 241 on all cocktails (£9.95 a piece) and bottles of Prosecco for just £15.
Another of Nottingham’s fancier city-centre establishments, The Larder on Goosegate (located, unsurprisingly, on Goosegate) offers a regularly-changing evening menu of British and European inspired dishes which, although not the cheapest offering around, are very good value considering the quality of food served.
However, visit during lunch (Friday and Saturday, 12-2.30) or any evening except Saturday and you can take advantage of their Fixed Price menu at two courses for £15.95, or three for £19.95.
Nottingham is Belgo’s first restaurant outside the capital. The menu is authentically Belgian, featuring a large selection of moules-frites (mussels and fries) alongside a variety of other local specialties and more familiar dishes including steaks and burgers. Whatever you pick you can wash it down with a Belgian beer (of which there are around 50 to choose from).
Lunch is £7.50 for your choice of 5 dishes (including, of course, moules-frites) and is served 12-5 Monday to Friday. Add an authentic Belgian dessert for £2.50 (waffles or crepes).
Soulville has been a staple on the Nottingham restaurant scene for more than 10 years. As you’d expect, their speciality is steak but the menu also features a selection of chicken, pork dishes and burgers (as well as a handful of choices for veggies).
Visit between 12-5, Monday to Friday, and get two courses for £7.95 or three for £9.95.
Located in the same building as the much more pronounced Brew Dog (go in through the same door, then head down the stairs in front of you) Nada Budaya serves up traditional Malaysian cuisine (the only exclusively Malaysian restaurant in Nottingham). On the standard menu, main courses come in at around £11, however on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-3 you can choose from a ‘special lunch menu’ from which you can pick one course for £5.50, or two for £8.
Even if you’ve not noticed Pieminister’s chain of restaurants popping up on high streets across the country you might still be familiar with their pies (most UK supermarkets sell them). The restaurants stock the same pies you’ll see in the shops alongside a few you won’t, all served up with your choice of sides from mash (standard) through to sweet potato fries, macaroni cheese, and pigs in blankets (and not just at Christmas!)
The menu’s cheap as it is (a pie and one side will set you back £7.50) but during lunch (Monday to Friday until 4) a pie and a side is just £6.50.
Unsurprisingly, Marrakesh specialises in Moroccan (and Lebanese) food – think seasoned fish, lamb, and chicken, with couscous on the side and baklava for dessert.
Lunchtime diners (everyday, 12-3) can choose from an extensive menu at a variety of prices including a selection of Moroccan-style sandwiches (all £5), a £12.95 two-course Lebanese menu, and a generous Moroccan mezze for £14.95.
The Hand and Heart is a pub and restaurant serving hearty British fair. Oh, and its dining room’s in a cave. Enough said.
Lunch is served Monday to Saturday between 12-4 and will set you back £7.95 for one course, £10.95 for two or £13.95 for three.
Another Broad Street offering, Dolce serves up simple Italian fare with affordably-priced dishes available throughout the day (around £8 for pasta, £12 for steak), however arrive and order before 7pm and you can get a pasta dish and a glass of wine for £7.95.
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