Shopping and Eating in Nottingham, U.K.
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Shopping in Nottingham
Nottingham defined by AbbreviationFinder is considered one of England’s best cities for shopping, after London and Manchester. Here there are around 1300 shops, six department stores and not least two large shopping centers. The largest is the Victoria Shopping Center, with over 120 stores under the same roof, including a Disney Store, House of Fraser and John Lewis. There is also a large indoor market. Victoria is located northeast of Old Market Square.
The second shopping center, which covers an entire quarter just south of Old Market Square, is Westfield Broadmarsh with nearly 120 stores and eateries spread over 45,000 sqm. The main entrance is from Lister Gate, which is one of Nottingham’s premier shopping streets adjacent to Albert Street, High Street and Clumber Street. Here you will find all the well-known chain stores that you apparently find in every main street in all English cities, such as Marks & Spencer, H&M, Boots and Debenhams.
If you are looking for more exclusive and special clothing and goods, you should rather look at the stores in Victoria Street and Bridlesmith Gate. You can also try Derby Road, northwest of the marketplace, where there are many designer and antique shops. If, on the other hand, you are looking for more alternative items, the Hockley area should be trusted.
If you want to come home from Nottingham with something that is typical and characteristic of the city, then you buy lace, the product that really put Nottingham on the world map in the 18th and 19th centuries. The specialist is the Lace Center located in the old historic Severn buildings at the end of Castle Gate, just off the Robin Hood statue, or Victoria Market.
The indoor market at the Victoria Shopping Center is open from Monday to Saturday. You can also visit some of the seven traditional outdoor markets in Nottingham:
- Sneinton market – Mondays and Saturdays
- Ann’s Market – Tuesdays
- Bulwell market – Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
- Hyson Green market – Wednesdays
- Broxtowe market – Wednesdays
- Bilborough market – Thursdays
- Clifton market – Fridays and Saturdays
Opening hours and duty free shopping
The stores are generally open from 10am. 0900 to 1700 or 1800 Monday to Saturday, often with a long day on Thursdays. Most shops in Broadmarsh and Victoria also open 1000 to 1700 on Sundays. And don’t forget that for larger purchases you can get a refund of 17.5% VAT at the airport upon departure. Not all stores have this scheme, so feel free to ask first, or look for the Tax Free Shopping sign at the entrance.
Eating in Nottingham
England is not known for its contribution to international haute cuisine. The most famous English dishes are probably Yorkshire pudding and fish & chips, but today you will find very few restaurants in Nottingham that serve exclusively English fare.
Nottingham primarily has two restaurants that knit the title “Best in town”. Hart’s Restaurant is part of the Hart’s Hotel, located in Standard Hill just north of Nottingham Castle. The menu is described as “Modern British” and a full three course wine for two people will probably cost you close to a thousand dollars.
Hart’s foremost competitor is the World Service, which was named Restaurant of the Year 2007. The owners are even former employees of Hart’s. The restaurant is multicultural, and both menu and interior have touches from all over the world. Here is also an oriental patio garden you can dine in if the weather permits.
Among the more affordable restaurants in Nottingham, Turkish Antalya has become a favorite of the city’s residents. The price level is pleasant, with most of the main courses under the hundred, including several vegetarian dishes. The address is 34 Forman Street, three minutes from Old Market Square.
If you want to stick to the well-known chains, you have both a Hard Rock Cafe at 11 King Street, right on Old Market Square, and a TGI Fridays on South Sherwood Street. If you love Indian food, we highly recommend Kayal at 8 Broad Street, Hockley. The menu is primarily South Indian, which in turn means considerably stronger spicy food than you might be used to from other Indian restaurants, so don’t order the food “Spicy” without knowing what you are doing!
If you want to try something out of the ordinary, maybe the Brazilian restaurant Las Iguanas is an option? There is Latin American music, Brazilian beer and cachaca and a mood that sends you straight to Rio de Janeiro. It is located in Unit B1, Chapel Bar, and the main courses are around 90-130 kroner.
Nottingham’s oldest pubs
Like any university town, Nottingham also has a buzzing nightlife with everything from pubs and rock bars to techno clubs and wine bars. If we are in England, we enjoy the archetypal British pubs best, and you should look at the three oldest ones. Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, which has served its guests since 1189, ie for around 820 years, is to be England’s oldest pub. The name comes from the Crusaders who must have stopped here en route to the Holy Land, Jerusalem. The back rooms of the pub are carved directly into the mountains directly below Nottingham Castle, and there is also a small museum. Food is served until 1800, but the place is still the place for medieval dinners in the evenings. The address is 1 Brewhouse Yard. Also check out The Bell Inn, licensed back to 1276, andYe Olde Salutation Inn, with roots from 1240, in Hounds Gate, Maid Marion Way.