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Via Fossa (Nottingham)
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Via Fossa (Nottingham)
Date: 11/06/02, updated on 11/06/02 (988 review reads)
Advantages: Large outdoor area, Unique building, Good Location (city centre)
Disadvantages: Food not great, A bit pricey
Via Fossa is located on Canal Street, Nottingham. this is a fairly central location, about a five minute walk from both the main bus and railway stations in the city.
Via Fossa is part of a recent development of bars down by Nottingham canal. The other bars include The Canalhouse, Fellows Merton & Claton, The Waterfornt, Bar Risa, Jongleurs Comedy Club and a newly opened Weatherspoons called The Company Inn. The location is especially good on a sunny day as all these bars, including Via Fossa, have fairly large seating areas outside by the canal. On a very hot day it is not uncommon to see naked men jumping into the canal from the patio outside Via Fossa!
Via Fossa also has an outdoor balcony which overlooks the patio, but this is not always open & often reserved for private parties only.
Inside the building there are 6 bars. Firstly, there is the'Castle View' bar at the front of the building. This bar is always open and comprises of a variety of comfy seats. It is the least busy of the two main bars.
The next bar on the ground floor is 'Picture Bar'. this bar is only really open on busy nights and serves bottles only.
The main bar on the ground floor is 'Vaults' which is located at the back of the building, adjoining the patio. This bar area contains wooden benches, tall wooden stools and is where the DJ is located on DJ nights. Vaults is the busiest bar in Via Fossa.
Upstairs is 'Balcony' bar, 'Crow's Nest' bar and 'Daisy' bar which incorporates the famous cow seats. These bars are all quite small and are often closed or reserved for private functions.
There is also a resturant which is quite small, but you don't have to go to the resturant to eat as you can eat anywhere in Via Fossa.
Via Fossa has two menus, a restaurant menu and a bar menu. The restaurant menu comprises of main mealssuch as wild boar
sausages. The bar menu offers snacks such as filled potato skins, red pepper lasagne, hot panninis, fish and chips, burgers etc. The food is of very average quality and I feel it is overpriced. The panninis, for example are about £4.25 and are rather small. A bowl of chips is £1.75 and the potion is tiny. The food also takes an incredibly long time to arrive.
Also, if you try to order food at the bar you will be told to sit back down and someone will take your order from you table. The problem is this doesn't always seem to happen! I would not really recommend Via Fossa as a place to eat.
Via Fossa serves Fosters, Kronenberg, Becks, Guiness, strongbow & John Smith's on tap. They also have pumps for Directors and a couple of other real ales but they always seem to have run out. They serve a wide range of bottled drinks such as bottled beers, bacardi breezers, WKD, Smirnoff Ice. Bottled drinks are rather pricey though at £2.70. For a pint expect to pay around £2.50. Also, they never have any offers or promotions on drinks. If you want cheap drinks the Weatherspoons is much cheaper and Bar Risa have a frequent 2 4 1 offer on.
Used to be cheesy chart music, but more recently Via Fossa seems to have gone for a more funky Drum 'n' Bass feel with live DJs, although it hasn't paid off because the place is much quieter than it used to be.
The staff are friendly, generally young, probably students. They are trendy and lively. There are always plently of staff around so normally you don't have to wait too long at the bar.
The customers are generally quite young, although it's not uncommon to see older people there. In the daytime it is more suitable for older people who want a civilised drink than at weekends when it is packed and noisy. You get a lot of large groups of drunk people and stag and hen nights. It has been known for the bar to have to clos
e for short periods due to rowdyness.
*Good place to go on a sunny day to sit outside with friends and watch the world go by.
*Good location for town centre and other bars, bus and railway stations.
*unique design building, funky decor and tendy furniture.
*Useful if you want to hire out a bar for a party as there are a few bars available to hire, each of different sizes depending on the size of your party.
*A bit pricey, (but then again most city centre bars are) but never has offers/promotions.
*Food is overpriced, very average quality and small portions.