Watson Fothergills

No eatery could be better located for a visit to Nottingham Castle than Watson Fothergills. Right outside the imposing castle walls, opposite the statue of Robin Hood, this characterful pub and bistro offers great food and drink in a stunning setting, so head to the Queen of the Midlands this summer for a day of cuisine and culture.

Start by exploring the castle grounds and art museum (open from 10am), and book a tour of the castle’s manmade caves and secret passageways (every hour from noon to 3pm), where you might glimpse the ghost of Sir Roger Mortimer, sentenced to death for murdering his lover’s husband, King Edward II.

Then revive your own spirits with a late lunch at Watson Fothergills. Their traditional Sunday roast is a real institution, and their lunch menu on other days offers something for everyone, from spiced aubergine and halloumi salad to ale-battered haddock and chips.

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Alternatively, dine at Fothergills in the early evening then head to one of the castle’s outdoor theatre performances (at 7pm on various dates in July and August). The evening menu is as varied as at lunchtime, with options ranging from slow-roasted pork belly with celeriac remoulade to Asian-style cod with sweet chilli lentils. Visit on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to take advantage of the special offer that allows two to wine and dine for £29 from 6pm to 9pm. If the weather’s fine, the outdoor seating area is ideal for sharing a jug of Pimm’s and admiring the views of the castle, and in summer it has the sun until 8pm.

Not only is Watson Fothergills ideal for refreshment before or after a visit to the castle, it is a piece of local heritage in its own right. The pub is named after the famous Nottingham architect who designed it in 1883 and it reflects his iconic style of Gothic Revival turrets, red and blue brick, intricate chimneys and timber eaves. Watson Fothergill designed over 100 buildings in Nottingham’s town centre and you can visit some of the best thanks to a self-guided walking tour app or a good old-fashioned map.

So whether you’re a foodie, a culture vulture, a keen walker or a ghost hunter, Nottingham makes a great destination for a day trip this summer.

Read the latest review of Watson Fothergills, request a free copy of the Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Guide, or view the guide below:

Lucy Palmer

Lucy Palmer

Lucy is an ex-TEFL-teacher and keen foodie with a particular fondness for Sicilian seafood. She fancies herself as a bit of a linguist and enjoys delighting/boring her colleagues with language-related trivia. She is an obsessive reader, cyclist and collector of pebbles. Her most memorable experiences include climbing a Mayan pyramid at dawn, working with baby orangutans, and accidentally smashing all the company champagne glasses.

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