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Top Choice Pub in Nottingham

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Carved into the cliff below the castle, this atmospheric alehouse claims to be England's oldest pub. Founded in 1189, it supposedly slaked the thirst of departing crusaders, and its warren of rooms and cobbled court…
Top Choice Pub in Nottingham

Crafty Crow

Rotating brews at this beer specialist include several from its own Nottingham-based Magpie Brewery, made from British hops and malts, plus hand-pulls from local microbreweries and craft beers and ciders on tap. Tim…
Top Choice Deli in Nottingham

Delilah Fine Foods

Impeccably selected cheeses (more than 150 varieties), pâtés, meats and more from artisan producers are available to take away or eat on-site at this foodie's fantasy land, housed in a grand former bank with mezzani…
Top Choice Church in Southwell

Southwell Minster

Rising from the village centre, the awe-inspiring Southwell Minster, built over Saxon and Roman foundations, blends 12th- and 13th-century features, including zigzag door frames and curved arches. Its chapterhouse f…
Castle in Nottingham

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham's castle crowns a sandstone outcrop worm-holed with caves and tunnels. Founded by William the Conqueror, the original castle was held by a succession of English kings before falling in the English Civil W…
Historic Building in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall

Built in 1588 for coal mogul Sir Francis Willoughby by avant-garde architect Robert Smythson, Wollaton Hall sits within 200 hectares of grounds roamed by fallow and red deer. There's a natural-history museum; 45-min…
Books in Nottingham

Five Leaves Bookshop

Opened as an extension of its own publishing imprint in 2013, this splendid independent bookshop is hidden down a passageway off Low Row. In addition to its own titles, it stocks fiction, poetry and non-fiction work…
British in Nottingham

Larder on Goosegate

Floor-to-ceiling windows fill this 1st-floor restaurant with light and provide bird's-eye views of busy Goosegate below. Blue goats cheese and beetroot cheesecake, Shetland Queen scallops with wild garlic butter and…
European in Nottingham

Merchants

A stunning, coffered-ceilinged dining room sets the stage for some of Nottingham's finest dining. Knock-out combinations on its changing menu might include Texel lamb with pistachio and courgette; Irish sea trout wi…
Pub in Nottingham

Dragon

The Dragon has a fabulous atmosphere at any time, thanks to homemade food, a good beer garden and funky music on weekends. But it peaks from 7.30pm on Tuesdays when it hosts the Racing Room (race entry £5) – an awes…