Insider’s guide to 6 of the tastiest restaurants, cafes and pubs opening so far this year in Nottinghamshire

This is still a tough time for hospitality with some bars, restaurants and cafes across the county giving up the fight and calling it a day. Hardly a week goes by without Nottinghamshire Live reporting another shutdown due to soaring energy bills, skyrocketing prices for supplies and dwindling trade as customers often can’t afford to eat and drink.

But it’s not all bleak. For every closing, a new business seems to spring up – or the reopening of a closed pub that was empty for years. Just this week it was revealed that Blackshale Bar & Kitchen will open July 11th in Beeston. And there’s more to come with the takeover of much-loved pubs such as the Hand & Heart and Crafty Crow in Nottingham.

Here we take a look at a few of the new places that have popped up on the food and drink scene in the first six months of 2023. We’ve tried them ourselves – and find out what you think of them.

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Pilgrim Pizza

Pilgrims Pizza on Carlton Street (Photo: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post)

Let’s be clear. Nottingham isn’t short on pizza front, so you might be wondering how another new restaurant will fare. Every time we walked by Pilgrims Pizza on a warm summer day, the front windows open to the street, and the place is packed inside and out.

Located in the heart of Hockley (next door to one of Nottingham’s most popular restaurants Bar Iberico) couldn’t have a better location for the custom attraction. We tried the pizzas for ourselves and they are very good – our top recommendation for meat lovers is the double pepperoni with spicy honey.

With gingham tablecloths and fun and quirky decor, there’s real magic about the place. It makes us want to go back very soon and that’s a good sign.

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