BRITISH: Hart’s Restaurant

After hearing glowing reviews about Hart’s Nottingham, the award winning restaurant was calling my name for our anniversary this year. The lovely surroundings, delicious food and fantastic service meant the night was a great one.

We were greeted by the lovely staff and ordered our drinks in the bar before being shown to our table in the cosy restaurant. I chose to go for a sloe gin and tonic as was overwhelmed by the many cocktails and spirits they had on offer.

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Upon being seated at our table we were offered complimentary bread and butter. I chose to go for the Hambleton Bakery ale bread which was beautifully fresh and flavoured with a subtle hint of ale, which was to die for warm with butter.

The food menu was great and offered a selection of white and red meat as well as game, fish and vegetarian dishes. I decided on my starter straight away and couldn’t resist the smoked haddock, cumin hollandaise, poached egg on a bed of compressed leeks and my boyfriend went for a white onion velouté with smoked bacon.

I believe that the haddock was sous vide as it was lovely and moist with a great smoky flavour. The sweetness of the leeks brought the flavours of the perfectly cooked poached egg, hollandaise sauce and fish together beautifully. I also, obviously, tried some of the velouté, which was also really tasty.

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I decided on the special of the day for my main course which was loin of venison with braised red cabbage, confit celeriac, beetroot and game jus. This dish was balanced perfectly and was so tasty – venison is a meat that I have never tried before, but will definitely be trying again. I chose to have my meat cooked medium which meant it was extremely tender and all of the components on the plate complimented each other really well. The earthiness of the finely sliced beetroot was balanced by the slight sweetness of the celeriac and the dish was all drawn together by the delicious jus.

The other half went for the sirloin of beef which was cooked to perfection and very tasty. We also went for side dishes of triple cooked chips and green beans & shallots which just added a little something to our main courses.

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It’s a known fact, you can’t go to a restaurant of this standard and not try all three courses. The both of us are absolute chocoholics so there was absolutely no question when it came to dessert. “Two chocolate fondant’s with pistachio ice cream please!”

The pudding was a fantastic end to a lovely meal. The fondant was perfectly gooey in the middle, but not too sweet all the same, finished with a rich chocolate sauce on top. The ice cream was lovely and really complimented the chocolate fondant and the pistachio crumb drew the whole dessert together.

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Overall the food was really great and not only that, the service was absolutely faultless. Yes, the price for two is slightly more than your average Nottingham restaurant, but this is to be expected and the quality of the food and service makes the bill completely, 100% justifiable. I will most definitely be returning.

Three words to describe Hart’s Nottingham: Cosy, relaxed & delicious.

Hart’s Nottingham – 9.5/10: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Would you recommend any other tasty game meat for me to try?

                           aimee

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