Dining With A View in Nottinghamshire
In celebration of what would have been the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, 2016 has been named as the Year of the English Garden.
The famous landscape architect changed the face of 18th century England with his picturesque designs and is still widely remembered as England’s greatest gardener.
We can’t think of a better way to channel our green-fingered heritage than by enjoying some alfresco food, so here are a few of our favourite spots.
Jamie’s Italian, Nottingham
The decor in Jamie’s is so beautiful that anyone who has only ever eaten inside the old townhouse building would be forgiven for bypassing it’s outdoor seating area. Nevertheless, the outside is more than a match for the inside; tables are nestled within a lovely summer garden, making it easy to forget the city center location.
Thea Caffea, Nottingham
In need of something sweet on a sunny day? Handily just a few doors down from Jamie’s is home to Thea Caffea tea rooms. Walk through the archway to find picnic benches surrounded by plant pots and garden trellises- the perfect accompaniment to your tea and cake.
Langar Hall, Langar Village
The place to be for a quintessentially English garden setting, on a day when the English weather is at its most typical. Looking out onto a pretty courtyard and large garden, Langar Hall’s bright and airy Garden Room is full of traditional charm, but has that all-essential roof to make that afternoon tea is never dampened by rainy showers.
World Service, Nottingham
A fabulous fine dining menu is just one part of the World Service dining experience. An outdoor terrace offsets the Georgian building with an Oriental inspired walled garden. Leafy plants, sculptures and ambient lighting creates a truly special atmosphere for eating under the stars.
Reg Taylor’s Garden Center Tea Rooms, Southwell
With tea rooms just as popular the garden center itself, Reg Taylor’s proves that gardening doesn’t have to be hard work. Why not take some time out in the rural surroundings of Normanton in Southwell for lunch, afternoon tea or even the ‘Famous Reg Taylor’s Breakfast’.
The Mulberry Tree Cafe, Strelley
Another good option for days when the weather is disappointing, The Mulbery Tree Cafe offers plenty of outdoor scenery to enjoy from the cosy, under-cover converted stables of Strelley Hall. How inviting does a wholesome, homemade lunch sound after a walk around the historic building and grounds?
Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant, Retford
Bringing a touch of glamour to the countryside, the renovated 17th century building has a stylish Mediterranean style bar within its manicured gardens. Expect to hear live music playing and a fun food and drink menu of Pimms, Prosecco, pizza and pasta – a great place to celebrate.
Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms, Southwell
Hidden away in the tiny village of Rolleston in Southwell, Lucy’s secret garden is full of both character and peace and quiet! It’s hard to choose from the jaw-droppingly good selection of homemade cakes and treats and you can also buy Lucy’s homemade jams and locally produced honey to take away with you.
Homemade Pavillion, The Forest Recreation Ground
If you’re no stranger to Nottingham’s eating and drinking scene, you’ve probably eaten a few doorstop sandwiches and slices of cake at the Homemade Cafe on Pelham Street. Did know the same team have opened a second cafe, right on the Forest Recreation Ground? It’s also handily right next to a children’s play area. From breakfast through to tea-time, you’ll find a menu of Homemade favourites served in a lovely green space perfect for enjoying the Spring weather.