Drinks and nibbles at Veeno
Veeno Italian Wine Café is in the heart of Nottingham’s busy city centre. Set inside a listed building it’s a cosy and relaxing getaway. The award winning range of wines and authentic Italian spuntini (nibbles of cured meats & cheeses) make it a perfect place to meet with friends and family.
Last month we decided to visit Veeno and have a few of their famous drinks. Read on to learn what we thought about our recent visit.
Jessie – I can’t think of many occasions where a visit to Veeno could go amiss. Perched on the corner of Weekday Cross, just off Bridlesmith Gate, it’s the perfect pit-stop after some late night shopping or an ideal starting point for after-work drinks.
There was a bit of chill in the air when the EN team arrived, even though we were still enjoying the last of the light evenings before the clocks changed. Happily, Veeno has a rather clever outdoor seating area, completely covered in a gazebo with mock window panes looking out on to the street and the Nottingham Contemporary building. It creates a great ambiance and the heated lamps mean you don’t even have to sacrifice feeling warm for the view.
Veeno’s wines come from their award-winning family vineyard in Sicily and so the menu is pretty foolproof, though our lovely waitress talked us through the drinks and brought us some bread and oil to share while we decided. Red is my drink of choice so I went for a glass of ‘The Elegant’, a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. It was served in suitably large and elegant glass – and there’s a lot to be said for drinking out of a nice vessel! What a way to get a taste of la bella vita without leaving Nottingham.
Alistair – Who knew you could instantly transport yourself to the heart of an Italian taverna, to sip wines al fresco style, simply by stepping through the doors of Veeno? I’d never been before, and it was great to be able to defy the cold weather and enjoy an after work drink in the warm, covered outdoor space.
The wine list could be a little daunting, but the menu helpfully explains what to expect from each choice in simple, unpretentious language -so choosing your perfect glass easy. I wasn’t too adventurous – choosing a huge splash of the delicious house red, served in one of their stylish curved wine glasses.
With friendly staff, an impressive wine list and tasty snacks on offer, we’ll certainly be returning to sample this slice of Sicily again soon!
Lydia – Having never been to Veeno I was really excited to try what looked like a fabulous Processo menu, which included sparkling Rose and wine cocktails! A huge fan of Bellini (and everything Italian!) it was great to see that Veeno serve this in two flavours; strawberry and peach. I went for the classic peach version which had a lovely sweet flavour, made the traditional way. Paired with one of their delicious serving platters of focaccia, Balsamic and Olive Oil, Veeno is a really lovely, relaxing place to try authentic Italian food & wine in the city. Will definitely be going back!
Jayne – I almost don’t want people to know about Veeno as it’s one of my favourite spots to sit and pass the time. However, that would be mean of me so let me blow Veeno’s trumpet! A gem of a place, whether you choose to sit inside the cosy bar or outside in the heated conservatory, watching the world go by and catching the last of the Autumn rays as we did recently. The staff are fab – helpful, fun and friendly – and they make great recommendations. My favourites – the cheese sharing platter and skinny Prosecco – no calories, so they tell me….. 😉
Sarah – Io amo Veeno! It’s my little safe place in the city and the only place I know that do my favourite prosecco cocktail, Lemoncello Spritz. Always a warm welcome, I can’t think of anywhere more perfect for a catch up with the girls over cocktails and the cheese plus bruschetta sharing platters among the hustle and bustle of this authentic Italian wine bar. I hope to visit again very soon to try the blind folded wine tasting, Saluti!
Kinga – Veeno is a truly fantastic place. I love to sit in their conservatory with a glass of wine in my hand watching people walk by. There’s something relaxing about this place which makes me a frequent visitor. If you’re a wine enthusiast then Veeno is the right place for you.