“ Address: The Corner House / Forman Street / Nottingham / NG1 4DB „
Nottingham did used to have two Slug and Lettuce bars but one closed a couple of years ago leaving just one located in the Cornerhouse building. This is an entertainment complex housing a large multi-screen cinema and various bars and restaurants. Slug and Lettuce is located on the side of the building which has a slight café culture feel with outdoor seating.
The bar itself is quite large with a contemporary feel and has level access so is suitable for wheelchair users. When you first enter the bar there is a variety of high bar style tables and stools, settee's and tables set with comfy chairs. As stated there is also some outdoor seating but this is restricted to about 6 tables so on a nice day they do get taken quickly. As you head to the back of the bar you will reach a more formal dining area set with tables and chairs designed for dining, to sit in this area you will normally have to wait at a point to be seated. Toilets are located upstairs and be warned there are two flights so anyone who has walking difficulties may want to use the disabled toilet facilities which are located at the back of the dining area and can be opened by a member of staff or with a RADAR key. There are also baby changing facilities located within the disabled toilet.
The actual bar runs along the left hand wall and is quite large. You can head straight to the bar to be served drinks or if it is during the daytime staff will be happy to provide table service with you receiving your bill before you leave.
I visit this Slug and Lettuce on a fairly frequent basis as they tend to do quite a few special offers:
- Sunday - Kids eat for a Quid
- Monday - 50% off all food
- Tuesday - 2 for 1 curries
- Wednesday - Wine Down Wednesday, Any bottle of wine for £10.95
Also if you register on the website you will receive other special offers which can consist of money off food promotions, special event menus eg mothers or fathers day and drink promotions.
I have eaten at this Slug and Lettuce many times and usually on a Monday when the 50% off food promotion is running as I find the food to be quite reasonably priced anyway so the offer makes it somewhat of a bargain. The main menu has a good choice and consists of a selection of starters or sharing plates, salads, pasta dishes, classic meals, burgers, curries and sandwiches, wraps and panini's. There is also a variety of vegetarian options and a desserts menu with all desserts being buy one get one free daily. If you are an early bird there is even a breakfast menu where you can indulge in a full English or a bit of toast. I have tried a range of items on the menu and have never had anything to complain about, all of the meals I have eaten have been of good quality, fresh and served piping hot and in a fast time.
As far as drinks are concerned there is an extensive men, with a selection of draft and bottled lagers and cider as well as a large wine and cocktail list. I do find the drinks a little on the expensive side so again it is best to visit when there are promotions running. On Monday to Thursday cocktails are buy one get one free after 5pm and not forgetting the wine promotion on a Wednesday. The cocktails are very nice indeed with all being made fresh to order and staff all seemed to be well trained in cocktail making using all the special equipment. For anyone not partaking in a alcoholic beverage then there is a selection of soft drinks, mocktails and hot beverages.
I have always found the staff to be very attentive and pleasant but without being overbearing. I cannot recall any time when I have had to wait an extensive length of time for drinks or to order more items. There have been a couple of times that it has been very busy with a queue of people waiting to be seated to eat but have found that staff do try and lay tables quickly after someone has left and keep people informed of waiting times. The bar can become very busy at night as it is in a prime location in the city centre so especially on a Friday and Saturday night you may find yourself waiting a little longer for drinks but this is the same for most popular bars.
Overall I have always been very impressed with Slug and Lettuce in Nottingham, it is a modern bar which serves good quality food at reasonable prices I have always experienced very good customer service and feel that although the drinks can be a little on the expensive side it is worth it for a nice experience.
The Slug & Lettuce
The Corner House
My sister moved to Nottingham in September as she is doing a law degree at their Trent University and so one weekend my cousin and I went down to see her and to have a night out with her and her University friends. We decided that as we arrived in Nottingham around 3pm that it would be a good idea to head out for some tea and line our stomachs before a night of drinking and so after wandering round Nottingham for a little while we decided to go to the slug and lettuce at the Corner House as it was somewhere that we had never tried before. This is my review of it.
==Where is it?==
The restaurant is situated in the centre of Nottingham and there are various eateries around so it is pretty easy to find. The address is:
The Slug and Lettuce
The Corner House
You can choose to call and make a reservation but this facility is also available on their website which is easily found by doing a quick google search. We didn't call ahead to make a reservation as we were unsure where to eat and we were seated immediately at what I would consider peak time (4.30pm) on a Saturday when the Christmas markets were all on which was a nice surprise really.
There is an outside section to this restaurant which you can choose to utilise but in winter I don't think this is a good idea!
==Inside the restaurant==
From the onset I liked what I saw with the slug and lettuce. Inside the lighting was low and there were lots of dark woods and chrome used which really complimented each other.
The bar was the full length of the lower part of the restaurant and there were some people in there just for a drink. It appeared to be really well stocked though as we were having a meal we just ordered soft drinks with them and so didn't sample the bar ourselves. There were plenty of staff working both in the restaurant and behind the bar but they weren't in your face like they can be in some restaurants and that was nice really as it left us to catch up in relative peace.
We were sat at a table in the lower part of the restaurant initially but almost as soon as we had sat down another member of staff came over and advised us that there had been a mix up and we had been seated on a reserved table and would we mind moving. She was very polite and it wasn't an issue for us to move at all. We were taken up a couple of steps to another table which was clean and free of litter and given menus to browse.
We all decided just to order a main meal as we were eating slightly earlier than we normally would but there are various starters and sharing platters available. Starters such as garlic ciabatta strips were excellent value at just £2.00 but things like breaded mushrooms were £4.25 and the sharing platters seemed to start at around £7.95 and go up to £14.95.
On the main meal there were plenty of things to choose from ranging from sandwiches and wraps, salads, meat dishes, fish, burgers, pasta and curries. The dishes seemed to start at around six pounds depending on what you wanted and went up to around ten pounds which I think is quite a nice price range really. There was also a special mains section on the menu where seven courses cost just £5.95 each and these were things such as chilli con carne, sausage and mash, vegetable curry which I think was excellent value.
I opted for an open chicken pie which came in a cheese and bacon creamy sauce and was topped with puff pastry and accompanied with chips and peas. My cousin ordered a swiss burger which came with bacon and cheese plus chips and coleslaw on the side whilst my sister ordered a smothered chicken dish which came with bacon and BBQ sauce on the chicken, chips and peas.
We didn't wait all that long from ordering our food with the waitress to it appearing on our table and I would say we waited around fifteen minutes tops but when it arrived we were all really impressed with the look of the food. The portions were all really big and everything was steaming hot and looked so appetising. My pie was really nice and there was plenty of chicken in it though it perhaps lacked a little on the bacon front as I didn't find much of that in my sauce. The chips were big, chunky chips and really enjoyable and the peas tasted fresh. Both my sister and cousin really enjoyed their meals too but we had to all leave some on our plates as we were just so full!
We requested the bill after our meals as we were full but there is a dessert menu available where you can find the usual options for around £5 each. The bill was brought to us quickly and we paid with cash though there are facilities to pay with a debit or credit card should you wish to. It is worth noting that there is also a children's menu in this restaurant with meals being around the five pound mark. I think better value could be given here considering some of the main adult meals weren't much more than this and as such we didn't see many families eating here when we went.
On the way out of the restaurant I was too busy looking behind me and talking to my family that I fell off the large step which led us back down the main part of the restaurant and thankfully I didn't fall over but this wouldn't have been an issue with the restaurant had I done so as I was just being clumsy!
==Toilets and facilities==
The toilets in this restaurant were modern and well stocked as well as being clean. It is a real bug bear of mine when I go to a lovely restaurant that looks great for the most part and then find the toilets lacking but these were fine. Toilet roll and soap were available here. There was also a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available.
There is a DJ booth in the restaurant too but there was no music when we visited. I would imagine this starts later when less people are eating and more are there to drink. Children are welcome in the restaurant until 8pm only and I think that is probably when people who want to drink there will arrive.
Thank you for reading my review!