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Several vegetarian or veggie-friendly restaurants in Nottingham (as of March 2007). Nottingham has a good restaurant scene, most of which are reasonably vegetarian friendly, although vegans might be better off asking in advance. Here are a few restaurants/ cafes which do cater specifically for vegetarians/ are very veggie friendly:
1) Alley Café -- 1a Cannon Court, Nottingham, NG1 6JE, UK (in a little alley-like courtyard off the larger Long Row.) A small place, upstairs, with a bar and veggie light meals. Unfortunately as of March 2007 they still allow smoking. Soup and good bread cost £3 - a good light lunch in the midst of the city center. The food is tasty. The restaurant/bar is up a flight of stairs. There is a sign on Long Row to help you find it. They also have live music and DJs and a good cocktail list.
2) Squeek -- A completely vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of the city centre on Heathcote Street. Call 0845 206 0730 to make reservations. The restaurant is cosy, friendly with a regularly changing menu. They offer an intelligent and well thought out menu with many interesting new dishes. Up to date vegetarian food.1) Cafe Nomad, 118 Hucknall Rd, Nottingham, NG5 1AD A new (opened 2006) all vegetarian restaurant north of downtown, walking distance from Elm Bank Lodge (near a number of bus lines). Creative chef, small place, large portions. The Moroccan tagine is excellent. Reservations needed on weekends. Main courses, some with side dishes, are in the £7-9 range. Worth the trip from downtown!
3) tamatanga - a wagamama type Indian restaurant in The Cornerhouse offering amazing and authentic food at brilliant value for money prices. Huge portions and they cater for vegetarians and vegans, too. There are also salads, wraps and grills for people who don't like curry. They recently won "Best Newcomer" and "Outstanding Value" at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards 2009. Definitely worth checking out. Located on the Trinity Square side of The Cornerhouse, between Pizza Hut and Strada. www.tamatanga.com 0115 9584848
4) The Pretty Orchid, on Pepper St, a small street near Broadmarsh shopping center in the city center. Interesting Thai/Malaysian restaurant, lunch menu is also available 5-7 PM (appetizer and main course) as an early evening special with wine/beer for £10. At lunch, the lunch specials without beverage are £5-6. There are also three good quality Thai restaurants in the Hockley area of Nottingham, all of which cater well for vegetarians.
5) Chocolate Utopia --Small shop selling gourmet chocolates and delicious hot chocolate made with melted chocolate. (Not instant). Yes, it is expensive, £1.95, but each cup comes with your choice of a hand-made chocolate to eat. Only a few tables, and they stop serving at 5:00 PM, but worth the stop. If you are going to or from the EMA airport, the bus stop is right in front on Friar Street in the city center of Nottingham. They also serve tea and coffee (not sampled.)
6) Las Iguanas -- This is a Latin American flavored restaurant in the center of town. Early on a March 2007 Friday evening (5:00 PM) and it was virtually empty. You can order a number of items from their lunch menu at lower prices before 6:30 PM. It is not all vegetarian, but there are a number of veggie items clearly marked on the menu. Four people can share some tapas and main courses for a total of £29.50 (no beverages except water). The food is interesting and well presented, and though this is a chain it tasted made to order. It would be easy to spend a good deal more here. Address: 1b Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG1 6JQ, UK
7) Mm Deli -- 610 Mansfield Road. This is a small deli and cafe in the Sherwood area of Nottingham. It offers a wide range of sandwiches with imaginative fillings as well as salads, cakes and soups. It also sells some lovely chutneys!
8) Wagamama - The Cornerhouse - Wagamama is a national chain which offers a range of vegetarian food on their japanese inspired noodle bar menu. If you are looking to grab a quick bite this is a sensible option.
9) Fresh - 15 GooseGate, Nottingham - This small independent cafe and restaurant offers a great range of juices, sandwiches, salads and snacks during the day and a delicious seasonal menu in the evenings. Not 100% vegetarian, but good quality food with a decent range of vegetarian options.
Apparently the following three places listed on some web sites are closed: V1, Vegetarian Pot, and Bhaji (a former Indian place in the Cornerhouse shopping center.)
A useful website when looking for somewhere to eat in Nottingham is www.nottinghamrestaurantawards.co.uk