September 2018 Openings

Here are the ebbs and flows of the region’s food and drink scene over the last few weeks…

The much-anticipated 31K on Goose Gate, Hockley opened its doors.. fittingly, on the 31st of August! This trendy New York-style bar and restaurant serves everything from coffee to cocktails, and a range of ‘design your own’ meals centred around meatballs.  But here’s the USP.. you get to choose which meatballs you want from beef to pork, arancini to pakora, then add your own choice of carbs, sauce and greens.. and all for just £7!

The vision for this venue is the combination of bartenders with over 35 years’ experience and who felt there was an opening in the market in Nottingham for just such a place… but you can make your own mind up.  It’s open 7 days a week from midday.  See or visit @bar31k for more info.


Following the huge success of Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti and the relaunch of Edin’s Kitchen to Sexy Mamma Love Cicchetti offering Italian style tapas, the Hockley entrepreneur has relaunched his Broad Street eaterie as Botti Di Mamma.  This Italian ‘osteria’ has mini wooden barrels (hence the name) filled with wines, cognac, grappa and a gin cocktail, Nigroni, adorning the bar, hanging hams and a wood-fired oven for roasting whole suckling pig and other daily changing, dishes.  Minimalist and rustic, the soundtrack for this restaurant will no doubt be provided by the customers relaxing over day-time coffees and Italian pastries through to evening diners looking for somewhere cosy and comfortable. The menu includes some Italian greats from ravioli ossobuco to linguini, pork belly to seabass and flatbreads.  


Chemistry replaced Filthy at Weekday Cross, opening on the 22nd of last month.  White walls, white-washed floors, white seating and mirrors with neon lighting is the new décor (not a million miles away from Alto in the Cornerhouse, another venue from the same owners). The bar/club is to screen sports events with the upstairs for clubbers and the downstairs for drinkers.  Open 7 days a week from midday until 2 am.  Check out @chemistrynottingham for more information.


The former Methodist Church on Trent Boulevard in West Bridgford has been given a new lease of life… as a family-friendly pizza restaurant, Holy Calzone.  The venue is the latest in the line from the Nigel Garlick stable – also owns The Boilermaker, The Junkyard and The Herbert Kilpin in the city centre.  Set over two floors, they’ve managed to retain some of the original features such as the large arch windows; the upper floor is a mezzanine, making the restaurant light and airy; curved yellow booths, bright blue bar seating make for a colourful setting on the ground floor.  This casual restaurant offers boards and bread, pizzas, calzones (of course!), ragus and much more.  Check out @holycalzone for more details.

While the opening of Holy Calzone is good news for West Bridgford, there was also some sad news… after just 15 months, A-Venue bar and restaurant has had to close, citing ‘trading difficulties’ and Ego, the Mediterranean themed restaurant at The Dorset Arms has also shut down after a relatively short time of trading (just 2 years).

But let’s end on a positive note.

The Picture Café in Bingham has been taken over and renamed The Café at Number 16. Located on the Market Square, this easy and comfortable hang out is set to be the heart of all things creative and tasty in Bingham!  Look out for their monthly events that encourage people to come together.  Check out their FB for more info @Cafeat16


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