Fancy an evening away from the campus? Nottingham has a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants, here are some picks from Jeremy and Mark who both live in Nottingham.
Pubs, Bars and Clubs
Brew Dog has supplied the beer for the Saturday night beer tasting, all brewed in Scotland with a punk twist. It is based in the centre of town on Broad Street, in Hockley (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95437/-1.14414)
The Organ Grinder is a pub serving craft beer, brewed on the Nottinghamshire/Derby brewery. It is based on Alfreton Road, in-between the FOSS4G Conference Centre and the centre of Nottingham (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95437/-1.14414)
Tilt is cocktail bar gem playing live bluegrass and jazz nightly in the centre of town. Expect to pay £7-10 per cocktail however. It is based on Pelham Street, in the city centre (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95370/-1.14696)
The House of Coco Tang is a cocktail bar/speak easy hidden in medieval caves on Bridlesmith Gate in the City Centre. Look for a red Chinese lantern marking the bar, you’ll have to descend to get to drinks. (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95178/-1.14709)
The Round House pub in Royal Standard Place (http://www.theroundhousenottingham.co.uk) is a recently constructed pub on the edge of the city centre towards the campus and near Nottingham Castle. It does a range of well kept ales and bitters as well as the usual lagers and spirits. They do good food, cooked in house, usually with daily specials.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (http://www.triptojerusalem.com) lays claim to be the oldest inn in England and so is a tourist highlight. They do well kept beer and food but the main reason to go is the ambience. The upper and back bars are built into caves under the sandstone outcrop on which Nottingham Castle stands. It can be busy on a Friday or Saturday evening but there are other places nearby such as the Round House to move on to after a drink to soak up the atmosphere.
Le Bristrot Pierre (http://www.lebistrotpierre.co.uk/locations/nottingham), serves contemporary and classic French fare at very reasonable prices. Located in the centre of Nottingham, opposite the Victoria Centre (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95552/-1.14823). Expect to pay £30-50 for a three course meal per person with wine.
Reno’s (http://www.renos-nottingham.co.uk/) is a little gem in Nottingham serving very reasonably priced rustic Italian fare. Based just outside the centre of Nottingham, in-between the FOSS4G Conference Centre and the centre of Nottingham in Canning Circus on Alfreton Road (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95694/-1.16405) Expect to pay £20-30 for a three course meal including drinks.
Habesha (http://www.habesharestaurantuk.co.uk/) serves excellent traditional Ethiopian food. Based just outside the centre of Nottingham, in-between the FOSS4G Conference Centre and the centre of Nottingham in Canning Circus on Alfreton Road (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95694/-1.16405). Expect to pay £20-30 for a three course meal including drinks.
The Curry Lounge (http://www.currylounge.co.uk/) serves contemporary and classic Indian curry and food. Based in the Centre of Nottingham on Upper Parliament Street (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.95476/-1.15378). Expect to pay from £20-40 for a three course meal includirkng drinks.
World Service (http://www.worldservicerestaurant.com) – offers fine dining in Nottingham with haute cuisine dishes in a classy setting, and a price list to match. However well worthwhile for a celebration meal and not too extravagant (e.g. set meals available for ~£30 a head).
The Cumin Restaurant (http://thecumin.com) – a good Indian restaurant close to Nottingham Castle. A good range of dishes, well prepared rather than fancy. They have additional seating space upstairs so don’t worry if apparently full downstairs – however worth booking in advance if you know this is what you’re after.
MemSaab (http://www.mem-saab.co.uk) – an Indian restaurant, also on Maid Marion Way, close to Nottingham Castle. This is a little more up-market compared to Cumin, and does relatively fancy Indian food but at reasonable prices. Also may be worth booking in advance.
Man’s Restaurant (http://www.mansrestaurant.com) - a large Chinese restaurant on the edge of the city centre. Good to book for a group meal and a good range of Chinese dishes. They serve dim sum at lunchtimes (but you’ll be at the conference, won’t you?).
Mr Man’s Restaurant (http://www.mrmansrestaurant.co.uk) – not to be confused with the restaurant above. Mr Man’s serves excellent Chinese food but is located out of town, next to Wollaton Park. A reasonably large restaurant but it does get booked up so given the out-of-the-way location is worth booking ahead. Wollaton Hall (in the park) was the location for Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises.