OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4: Places to Eat & Drink in North Nottinghamshire


North Nottinghamshire offers an array of delightful eateries, whether you are looking for an atmospheric dinner, a coffee break or even a sweet treat, the county makes sure you won’t go without whilst visiting for this exciting race. For ideas on things to do and places to visit, please read part two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain blog here.

Cafes & Restaurants

Ollerton Watermill & Teashop, Newark

A recently restored watermill that houses a Visitor Centre and Teashop, situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest. Dating back to 1713 and being the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire, this treasure offers the perfect tea and cake stop, combined with a piece of Nottinghamshire heritage. Read more here.

Gannets, Newark

A quirky, family- run café in an elegant Georgian building situated opposite the castle ruins and grounds. A friendly welcome awaits, along with their signature dishes using locally sourced and organic ingredients and a seasonal menu. Read more here.

Strays Coffee Shop, Newark

Situated in the heart of Newark, this family-owned and run business offers great coffee seven days a week, accompanied by a jazz soundtrack all day. Visit them for a homemade breakfast before the excitement begins or try one of their ‘naughty’ cakes with a coffee pick me up. Read more here.

Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Room, Retford

Thelma Cheetham has been making her wonderful ice cream for nearly 30 years, after diversifying from dairy farming. With over 35 mouth-watering flavours to choose from, plus a diabetic and low-fat range, Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Rooms really do make sure there is something for everyone. Read more here.

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Café, Southwell

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe is another great option for those visiting the picturesque village of Southwell. A warm welcome and homemade produce can be found in this family run parlour and café. You won’t be disappointed when you indulge in one of their delicious farm-fresh ice creams and sorbets, or range of yummy cakes and savouries. Read more here.

Reg Taylor’s Tea Rooms, Southwell

The Tea Room at Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre is a wonderful fully licensed restaurant, where you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch made from the finest and freshest local produce. If you are looking for a treat mid-afternoon, then be sure to try their afternoon tea of homemade delights served on a tiered cake stand. Read more here.

The Refectory, Southwell

The Refectory is delightfully placed within the grounds of the majestic Southwell Minster, giving magnificent views from the patio area. An ideal spot to enjoy one of our scrumptious cakes and a pot of tea. Our ethos is to serve seasonal, good quality, locally sourced food where possible. From light bites to daily specials, fresh bean to cup coffee to our carefully selected wine menu. Read more here.


Launay’s Restaurant, Edwinstowe

Set within the pretty village of Edwinstowe, overlooking the quaint church, Launay’s is a 16th Century cottage and orangery, with a contemporary décor. Head Chef Alain Launay uses fresh, locally sourced produce to serve a seasonal menu which fuses English and French cuisine. Read more here.

Kelham House Bar Brasserie, Kelham

Kelham House Bar Brasserie offers an informal and relaxed setting to enjoy freshly cooked meals throughout the day. Known for their top-notch Sunday roast, they also offer the perfect setting to enjoy your choice of a Traditional Cream Tea, Kelham House Spring Afternoon Tea or Joseph Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea throughout the week. Read more here.



If you are looking for a good pub to enjoy a drink after watching the riders whizz past or a base camp whilst you wait their arrival, look at our favourite public houses below. Many serve delicious food as well as offering the charms of a pub garden, perfect to relax in this September.

The Three Legged Stool, Worksop

Following an extensive refurbishment, the Three Legged Stool has been transformed both inside and out with a cosy yet contemporary feel.  This country pub offers a range of reasonably priced yet quality meals which are all freshly prepared using fresh ingredients from local suppliers where possible. Serving local cask ales as well as a variety of wines and cocktails. Read more here.

Forest Lodge Pub, Edwinstowe

The Forest Lodge Pub is an 18th Century coaching inn situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest owned and run by the Thompson family. A traditional public house with two intimate, beamed public bar areas with open fires and a contemporary beamed restaurant. Offering a selection of four different cask ales at any one time, alongside a tantalising menu, it is easy to see why they have been accredited to four-star standard with the AA. Read more here.

Fox and Hounds, Blidworth

Situated in the heart of historic Nottinghamshire the Fox & Hounds is a modern take on the traditional English country pub, this family owned establishment serves home-cooked British food, real ales and excellent wine. The friendly atmosphere and warm welcome inside make this a popular option with locals and visitors, whilst summer days make great use of huge beer garden and terraces. Read more here.

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The Organ Grinder, Newark

The third of the Blue Monkey Brewery’s pubs is a traditional public house serving cask ale, with most on offer being from their own brewery, supplemented with an occasional guest beer. Set within the town of Newark, this public house offers real charm with a piano taking pride of place in the pub, a selection of the day’s newspapers on offer and interesting books to read. Well behaved dogs are welcome, just watch that they don’t take a liking to your pork pie! Read more here.

Fox and Crown Pub & Bottle Shop, Newark

The Fox and Crown Pub & Bottle Shop is situated within historic Newark, where the Castle Rock pubs have their heritage, having opened their first pub there in the Seventies. The Fox and Crown is a beer fans heaven, offering a range of up to ten cask ales, four lagers, three craft ales and 70+ bottles and cans, with discounts on take-away beers. Read more here.

The Castle Barge, Newark

Another great spot in Newark to enjoy a drink is The Castle Barge. It is definitely not your average pub being an old Spillers grain barge which was converted in 1980 to a public house. This unusual setting, with its warm welcome, offers the chance to enjoy your drinks below deck in the atmospheric bar, or eat on the upper deck or large outside seating area to make the most of the riverside views. Read more here.

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Dukeries Lodge, Edwinstowe

Located within Edwinstowe, this 18th-century half-timbered coaching inn, is now a traditional country pub offering a range of locally sourced, fresh meals. Refurbished to ensure the decor is in keeping with the traditional character of the building, the history of the building remains right down to the creeky floors! A stone’s throw from Rufford Abbey Country Park and offering a bike park up area, this is a great option for a spot of lunch after a bike ride or leisurely walk. Read more here.

Posted on 29 August 2017
Featured author: Genevieve

A city resident in love with all things Nottingham. A foodie, craft beer drinking, dog walking, creative with a passion for yoga and music.

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