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Hart's Kitchen, Nottingham

Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham NG1 6GN, United Kingdom
AD – This meal was gifted in return for this review.

Hart's Kitchen is in the heart of Nottingham's city centre. The restaurant resides in the contemporary hotel, Hart's. The hotel is a privately owned luxury boutique hotel with its own garden overlooking a breathtaking panoramic view of Nottingham. The hotel is situated near to the Nottingham Castle as well as the city's most popular theatres; Nottingham Playhouse and Royal Theatre & Concert Hall. It's a fantastic spot if you are on the lookout for a pre-theatre dining experience.

They do provide a pre-theatre dining offer Sunday to Thursday between 5.30-6pm where you can choose any courses specifically highlighted by (pt) on their A La Carte menu for £22. 

The award-winning restaurant has recently downsized and relocated from a separate building to within the hotel. It has become a more intimate dining experience with only up to 10 tables to dine at. Hart's Kitchen has maintained professional service and modern British cooking surrounded by a stylish and comfortable interior too. All of the ingredients used in the dishes are sourced locally by Head Chef Martin Sludd and his team do a fantastic job in looking after you.

The last time I visited the Hart Hotel was back in July 2017 for a hotel review feature. I was delighted to check out the food here and see if it was as good as my hotel stay a couple of years ago!

We were itching to get stuck into our starters and it wasn't long before they were presented to us. I went for the soup of the day dish which was a Mushroom Soup accompanied by Hambleton Barkery bread. Oh boy, it was delicious - a really comforting dish with real flavour and warmth. I could have licked my bowl clean! Jordan's Smoked Salmon with Creme Fraiche dish was described as a good piece of fish that was prepared well and had a really delightful smokey flavour.

On the restaurant's Sunday menu there are 4 dishes to choose from; including a vegetarian option. I'm quite a fussy eater so decided to sample the Slow-cooked pork belly dish as it was the closest to my personal preferences. It came with potato gratin, hispi cabbage & red wine sauce. The meat was incredibly well cooked and tender. The chefs knew exactly how to capture the flavours of the pork belly with this dish and I was impressed! Jordan opted for the Slow-cooked shank of Launde Farm lamb with nicoise. He did add a side of minted new potatoes to increase his meal a little. The lamb was itself delicious and the sauce accompanied the flavours from the meat perfectly. 

Of course, the visit wasn't complete without a dessert and Hart's Kitchen didn't disappoint here either. There were 5 options available on the desserts on our visit and it was a tough choice! I couldn't resist trying out the Hambleton Bakery Tart of the day served with vanilla ice cream. The tart was coconut and raspberry flavoured and it was delicious. The warmth of the tart really complimented the summery flavours of coconut and raspberry perfectly - it was almost refreshing and quite light in comparison to the pork belly main dish. Jordan went for the Elderflower panna cotta with English strawberries & shortbread. It must have been good because it didn't last long!

I would highly recommend a visit to Hart's Kitchen in Nottingham. I was really impressed with the highly assertive staff members and the fantastic food provided to us. The menu prices range from £6.50 in the starters to £20 in the main courses. It's the price range I would expect from this type of restaurant, especially with the more intimate and private feel the restaurant is offering it's customers. If you haven't headed on up there whilst in Nottingham then make sure you go up there!
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DISCLAIMER: All drinks and food were complimentary courtesy of Hart's Kitchen in return for a review of our experience. This visit was on a general day to day basis and the views are genuine. 


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