A foodie guide to festive Nottingham

Nottingham is a great place to visit throughout the year for a taste of Olde World English life and some good food and drink, but never more so than at Christmas. The city hosts a number of special events for the festive season, and many of the eateries offer special seasonal meals.

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Take a leaf from Friar Tuck’s book and enjoy the best food and drink in Nottingham’s this Christmas.

Get the Festive Spirit

For a warming afternoon of festive fun head to the Nottingham Winter Wonderland in the Old Market Square and Long Row, with a backdrop of beautiful Christmas decorations and hundreds of Christmas trees. A stroll around the wooden walkway will lead you around an Old England style Christmas market of over 50 stalls, home to a selection of unique handmade Christmas gifts. After you’ve bought some Christmas gifts, relax with a warm mulled wine or spiced cider in the bar, and take a spin on the ice rink.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland

© Stephen McKay

Christmas Old Square Market Nottingham

© Stephen McKay

Nottingham Castle is one of the city’s best attractions, and throughout December is a great place to visit for a taste of Christmas past. The castle will be decked with sparkling lights and other decorations, and in December will also be home to Christmas Craft Stalls. Children will enjoy the seasonal craft activities and taking the Christmas trail around the Castle to help Santa find presents. After exploring the festive castle, make sure you enjoy panoramic views of Nottingham in the café while you refresh yourself with mince pies and mulled wine.

Tickle Your Tastebuds

Enjoy warming food and drink in Nottingham after your visit to a festive event by heading to one of Nottingham’s popular restaurants.

If you fancy sharing plates of tasty food, head to Nottinghamshire’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand, Iberico World Tapas located in Nottingham’s Lace Market. Sit back and relax in the trendy restaurant as you enjoy tapas courses like crisp pork belly, black cod, and a great selection of Spanish cheeses, rounded off with a rich, amber sherry.

For a sumptuous evening out, book a meal at La Rock Restaurant in Sandiacre. This stylish restaurant is a perfect place for a Christmas treat. Enjoy La Rock’s new festive menu, with starters like their ‘Almost Christmas Dinner’ of wood pigeon, cranberry jam, sprouts and chestnuts, and a mail meal of venison haunch with chocolate orange juice.

Warm up at England’s oldest inn, Nottingham’s Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. The Trip has a great selection of food on their menu, with plenty of vegetarian options. Prepare yourself for an afternoon browsing a Christmas market with a sharing board of mini burgers, and quaff a pint or two of real English ale.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Nottingham

Where to Stay

Enjoy a warm and casual dinner in the comfortable RBG Bar & Grill when you stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Nottingham. Our cosy Nottingham hotel is conveniently located close to the city center and the city’s main attractions.

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