Situated in the trendy, vibrant and restored Victorian Lace Market area, this is a luxury hotel in the Nottingham city centre. Lace Market Hotel is the area’s first truly boutique property with an emphasis on contemporary design, personal service and beautifully crafted interiors.
Formerly a Georgian townhouse, the building has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and has 42 beautiful bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, a cocktail bar, a quintessentially British gastro pub and excellent meeting rooms.
Bedrooms are contemporary in style yet are in keeping with the historic character of the building. Each one is individually designed, some with unique features such as free standing baths, local artwork or oversized Georgian windows. Some rooms have picturesque views of St. Mary's Church, the Lace Market and Nottingham's Galleries of Justice.
Dining is a pleasure there, from the famous Merchants Restaurant to other options, all are worth a try. There is the quintessential British pub - Cock and Hoop and the lively cocktail bar, Saint.
Merchants regards itself as a modern British restaurant, with no-nonsense wholesome cooking using only the finest ingredients and drawing its inspiration from the bustling, unpretentious eating houses so frequently found in large cities. Executive Head Chef David Crews, a star of the future without doubt, creates exciting menus that offer a unique take on modern British dining.
The décor is not without credit either. Lush in a compelling manner, its reflective ceilings gain inspiration from the chainmail light features; add in the red leather seating and you come up with a comfortable feeling of decadence that colours the company with elegance and wit. Merchants is the sort of place that attracts men who lunch, as well as the ladies - a refined and graceful setting where it is possible to think clearly and creatively and look to the future.
Seared Isle of Skye scallops are served with celeriac, Serrano ham, smoked potato and apple dressing or some braised Ashover farm pork belly, carrots, pickled shimejii and sweetbread ravioli. Unusual variations on traditional ingredients yields butter poached Derbyshire fillet, ox cheek and beef 'ham' faggots, with cumin scented carrots, Scottish chanterelles and thyme sauce.
The rise and rise of afternoon tea has not escaped Merchants either, and the champagne version is such good value, particularly when compared with city prices that one can well see why it is so popular with those for whom a little something around 4pm helps the rest of the day assume a more pleasing texture than it might otherwise have done.
Tasting menus are always such fun - the coming and going of flavours and textures, the blending and the contrasts. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for an amazingly modest sum an amuse bouche, 5 courses and five wines are served, with a chef and grape gurus to talk guests through the entire proceedings.
The wine list is more a tutorial than a list. Each wine and its district is carefully described and it's clear that not only is it well able to be supportive of the menu, but must afford persons unknown - and fortunate - a great deal of pleasure in its compilation. Enough wines are available by the glass to make keeping within the law as at present perfectly possible.
As befits their high level of style Merchants has a Website which is a joy to visit, particularly if you happen to be a wine buff. They are of course eminently suitable for weddings and special occasions, corporate events and as a base when in Nottingham on business or pleasure. The surrounding countryside is rich in places of interest to visit.
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*Galleries Of Justice
*Tales Of Robin Hood
Check in time is 1400. Check out time is 1130.