The Larder on Goosegate
1st Floor 16-22 Goosegate Hockley Nottingham NG1 1FE
One of Nottingham’s best restaurants, The Larder occupies first–floor premises in a pretty Victorian building, an ornate structure with floor–to–ceiling windows and wooden floors. Curiously enough, this was the place where Jesse Boot, the founder of 'Boots', set up his first chemist’s shop after years selling his wares from a wheelbarrow; needless to say, it was a good business move. Much to its credit – and unusual for Nottingham – The Larder prides itself on selling local, seasonal produce wherever possible and much of the butchery is done in–house with beef exclusively sourced from a grass–fed Aberdeen Angus herd – indeed steak is a bit of speciality, with unusual foreign cuts rarely found in Britain always on the menu. Otherwise what you eat will really depend on when you come, but you can usually reckon on simple dishes like wild sea bass with puy lentils, crispy pork belly and cabbage, grilled sole with jersey royals and brown shrimps. Starters are hearty yet inventive– potted rabbit with carrot jam, or salt cod croquettes with aioli, pickles and capers. Good British food, beautifully presented.