Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Hart's Hotel & Restaurant - Nottingham.

Last weekend, me and my mum took a trip over to Nottingham for the night, staying at Hart's Hotel.
Hart's is located along Park Row, not too far from Nottingham Castle. It's a short walk from the city centre so is in an ideal location. We caught the tram, getting off at The Old Market Square. Hart's was relatively easy to find and took us about five to ten minutes to walk up.

This boutique 4* hotel has a really modern, contemporary theme which works really well.
It was built back in 2002 on the former walls of the castle and designed by award winning local architect Julian Marsh.

We arrived around 5pm, were welcomed by our friendly receptionist, a fire roaring to the side of us and checked in with no issues at all. Very impressive, just what you want really.
Our room was on the second floor, so we headed up via the lift.

I was really impressed with the room. It was a little on the small but the space is used very well.
The theme is quite neutral but manages to keep the feeling of warmth. We were provided with twin beds as requested, a fully stocked minibar and selection of refreshments.

The view from the room was amazing.

We had a table reservation in the restaurant at 7:30pm so decided to have a drink in their 'Park Bar' beforehand. 

A really nice area to relax with a nice drink. The contemporary theme continues throughout and I really enjoyed looking through their 'Wall of Fame'. A wall full to the brim of famous guests that the hotel has had stay.

We had a chat with our barman and were very surprised when he told us he had only just started at Hart's that week. He was full of confidence and can make a great drink. I found that very reassuring.
A Virgin Berries Crush for me and a Mojito for mum. Mum pointed out that her Mojito could have done with a little more Lime, but other than that, they were lovely drinks. 

Following drinks, we headed over to the restaurant which is just across the courtyard in it's own building.

I decided to stay with water but mum ordered a bottle of white wine which was very kindly topped up throughout the evening by our waitress.

The menus are changed on a daily basis to suit the produce available. 
To start, I chose to have the 'Beetroot Terrine with Goats Cheese Beignets' and mum had 'Steamed Mussels' in a Creamy White Wine Sauce served alongside a selection of breads from Hambleton Bakery. I particularly liked the White Sourdough. 

Presentation was very nicely done and both of us enjoyed our starters thoroughly.
My Beetroot was lovely and tangy and went great with the crunchy beignets and smooth Goats Cheese centre. My starter was dressed with candied orange zest which I haven't had before but it's an amazing addition to the dish. Those little strips of zest made all the difference!

Mum told me her Mussels were delicious and super fresh. The sauce was nice but missing the cream unfortunately.

A short while later, we were presented with our main courses.

For me (top) - Grilled Halloumi which is one of my favourites so was so happy to see it on the menu, served with Tempura Battered Vegetables and Spiced Lentils on top on a tomato based sauce.
I really enjoyed this dish. It was full of flavour and all of the components worked together very well. My batter was a little on the under-done side but it was still okay. I'd just would have liked it crispier. 

Mum (bottom) opted for Beef Sirloin with Breaded Bone Marrow, Mushrooms, Onions & Watercress.
It comes served pink which she likes and looked delicious from where I was sat and the presentation was immaculate.
It went down a treat and like mine, was delicious. The only thing she wasn't too keen on was the Breaded Bone Marrow which you can see in the top right corner. It was stone cold inside and we both agreed that we didn't think it should be. It wasn't the nicest part.

 Now, we couldn't turn down desserts. That would be rude.

The chocoholic within me was screaming out when I saw Hot Chocolate Fondant on the menu.
The fondant was spongy and had the gooey middle. Perfect. With plenty of sauce to top it off and a quenelle of Raspberry Sorbet, I couldn't be happier. Amazing. Everyone knows chocolate and raspberry are a match made in heaven.

Mum chose to have what would have been my option if fondant wasn't available, a Mango & Passionfruit Soufflé with Vanilla Ice cream.
The smell which came from the Soufflé was immense. So fruity and tropical. It was super fluffy and light. A perfect end to a heavy meal.

All of the staff during the evening service were very friendly and the waiting on staff sure knew their stuff. 
I think it's really important that the front of house staff are able to answer a question about the food straight away. It's very impressive.

 After dinner, we retired to the room. It was getting quite late after all.

The following morning we woke up, got dressed and headed straight back over to the restaurant for breakfast.
Breakfast is served in a help yourself buffet style and you can grab more as and when you like.
Personally, I prefer these types of breakfasts as I can be quite picky with them. This way, I get to chose the parts I like.
Our waitress took us to a table, I had a freshly squeezed Orange Juice and a Tea for mum.
She then bought us over a basket of the Hambleton Bakery bread which is amazing with a big slab of butter on top. Oops.

There's a really good variety to chose from no matter whether you fancy hot or cold.
Cereals, Fruit, Yoghurt...

The hot food included Sausages, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs (other eggs available upon request), Baked Beans, Mushrooms, Tomato. Pretty much all parts of a Full English.
I didn't manage to get a picture of them as I was told off for taking pictures - naughty me!

As you can tell, our presentation isn't that of a Hart's chef.

After a trip back up to the room to gather our things, we had a speedy check out and headed back into the centre. 

Overall, I had a fantastic time at Hart's both in the Hotel & Restaurant.
The food was delicious, the room very comfortable and the staff all super attentive. 
Next time I'm in Nottingham and needing to stay over, I would definitely come back to Hart's. It's the perfect base for a shopping trip, luxurious girls weekend or even if you're seeing a show of some kind and want to make a trip of it. 

So, yes. A big thumbs up from me.
Thanks Hart's!




  1. All the food looks amazing! They also do an afternoon tea that I definitely need to check out!! Great post :)


    1. Thankyou Nishah!
      Oh yes, I saw a sign promoting their afternoon tea, the picture looked yummy!

  2. We live near Hambleton Hall which is owned by the same people as Harts and it is beautiful. Harts is definitely on our 'list'; but with husband working in Nottingham we don't often bother going there for 'pleasure'

    1. Oh wow! Haven't been to Hambleton Hall but heard that's a lovely place too.
      Yes, I'd definitely recommend a trip to Harts next time you visit Nottingham!


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