Newdigate House, Castle Gate, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6AF
Renaissance-styled Newdigate House was built in 1675, but what leaves its kitchen since it became home to World Service is distinctly contemporary work. The idiosyncratic interior mines a colonial vein, the warm orange and copper hues of the main dining room offset with oriental artefacts: Buddha heads, Indian statuary and objets d'art in glass cases. It all combines to create a laid-back Zen ambience, but the staff are super-slick, smartly-suited and sharp on the uptake, while bassy background beats add a funky urban edge to proceedings. If the restaurant's name isn't enough of a hint, the cooking has a gentle East-meets-West theme, although western influences hold sway. This is a kitchen that thinks about textures, putting an imaginative spin on to classic ideas, as seen in a starter matching braised ox tongue with gremolata and parmesan - a clever twist on classic carpaccio - followed by accurately-timed sea bass served with Korean sticky rice cakes, spring onion and bok choy. Carnivores might go for rump and shoulder of local lamb with potato terrine, butternut squash pur?e and shallot rings. At the end, banana parfait with banoffee caramel and palm sugar sorbet keeps the good ideas coming.
Tel: 0115 847 5587
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Dates closed: 26 Dec, 1-7 Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun (ex Dec & BH Sun)
Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Valentin Petiteau
Number of seats: 80
Steps for wheelchair: 3
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £14.95
Sunday lunch: £14.95-£19.95
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