• £12 - Afternoon Tea

    From only £12 per person enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea at the Copper Cafe. Tea or coffee served with a lovely selection of sandwiches and a fruit or cheese scone. Additionally you can add a glass of sparkling wine for an extra £3 per person. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 9304 .

  • £18 - Bottomless Sunday Brunch Drinks @ Copper City

    For £18 per person you can enjoy brunch drinks at Copper City with bottomless Prosecco, Bellini, Mimosa, Bloody Mary or Pimms for 90 minutes. Served 9am - 5pm. Booking is essential. Please note food for the Sunday brunch is purchased separately. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 9304 .

  • £15 - 2 Course Set Menu/Pre-Theatre

    For only £15 per person why not try the Copper City Set Menu, available Monday to Saturday between 3pm - 6.30pm. Or choose 3 courses for only £18 per person. Perfect for a pre-theatre meal! Please note this menu changes regularly. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 9304 .

  • £15 - 2 Course Sunday Lunch!

    Get your roast on at Copper City - A delicious roast you'll keep going back for. Only £15 for two courses or £18 for three. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 9304 .

Review Summary

9.1 based on 119 reviews
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    Lovely brunch as always!

    Great brunch!! Good service. Good location. Lovely decor/setting!! Will definitely return!!

    Excellent value pre-theatre meal, and brilliant location for TRCH. Good wine selection as well.

    Excellent would highly recommend. Good service and food was very good considering it was lunchtime. Will be visiting again.

    Great meal. Nice service didn't feel rushed. Food was fantastic and great value for money.

    Good value and accommodating staff

    A very pleasant pre theatre lunch. Prompt service with a smile. We enjoyed our food and drink. Good value for money so we would recommend to friends.

    Pre theatre meal excellent service food high quality.

    Both of us had the cod and chip's excellent meal the portions took us by surprise very well cooked especially the chips would recommend this to anyone

    Excellent friendly staff, good food and great atmosphere

    Had pre-theatre meal. Reasonable choice for all tastes, paid extra for the steak which was worth it.

    Food portions good.
    Enjoyed the ploughman’s sharing platter. Would be better if cheese was added. Bacon came after, steak and chips were lovely

    Outstanding food, the menu was a set meal for the pre show at the theatre, great choice and well worth the cost.
    Great service from the moment we arrived and through out our stay.

    We had a very enjoyable breakfast, staff very friendly only thing not so good was that it wasn't very warm.

    Delicious. Brunch and excellent service!

    The atmosphere was good.

    It was a very busy night and we were told there would be a wait for the food. We had to wait 90 mins for our meal to arrive, but they forgot our starters and just brought our main course, by which time we were very hungry. They did bring us a complimentary bottle of wine to make up for their mistake though. Overall the food was very enjoyable, just a shame about the delay.

    Delicious brunch.

    Excellent pre-theatre dinner menu, very good value.

    Lovely as usual!

    Great place for pre theatre meet and grub. That aside, great place! The staff are very attentive and friendly, without being over the top, food was fab and the atmosphere, especially as time went on and the place got busier, was excellent. Definitely recommended.

    Only slight criticism was that it was a noisy as the bar was busy. But I suppose that’s what you expect on a busy Saturday evening.

    Bistro type food.

    Delicious Food and Great Service. Will definitely be coming back!!!

    Steak was really tough and not very nice. Fish was a bit under cooked...othermine OK.

    A lovely meal and atmosphere as usual.

    Good service and value.

    Great place for a pre theatre meal.

    Fantastic friendly service.


    Varied and interesting food beautifully presented. The pre-theatre menu offered excellent value for money and service was exemplary.

    I went with some friends and we had a selection of the breakfast and omelettes. All the food was really good and hot. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. It is our regular place to go for lunch and never disappointed

    very good food, both my grandson and I really enjoyed it, will certainly go again

    We decided to hook the pre theatre deal on offer. Very reasonable £15 for two courses or £18 for three. Food was served promptly and was of a high quality. Would definitely go afain!!!

    Nice food but limited choice.

    Very good food reasonably priced and excellent attentive staff.

    We went as a party of 12 for my dads 80th Birthday. The staff were very attentive to us. They also dressed the table with balloons and banners for us. Everyone enjoyed their food, I think all the plates were empty except for my mums who couldn't manage it all so that speaks for itself.

    Food is simple but well cooked and presented.

    I love this restaurant. I had my 50th birthday there and on this occasion my wedding meal. I came in the day before and asked if I could bring a cake and balloons etc. The staff that dealt with me were very friendly, polite and helpful. Food was lovely as always. Thank you.

    Great food, service and ambience. Thank you!

    Lovely Xmas set menu for our group of 8. £25 for 3 courses, service not bad considering how busy it was.

    First meal at Copper, food fantastic, piping hot, staff friendly & attentive, will be back & wouldn't hesitate to recommend, thank you!

    Food was fresh and nicely presented, tasty and satisfying. Thank you!

    Delicious meal with friends, great service. Highly recommended!

    Lovely meal and excellent value on the pre-theatre menu.

    We eat here several times a year when we visit Nottingham. Lovely place, staff are lovely and the food is excellent. I would also like to thank both staff and customers who came running to our rescue yesterday when my mum had a little tumble. Luckily she only hurt her pride.

    A very cool place, food was fine, and the service was excellent. Worth another visit.

    Delicious breakfast menu, with a really good choice (and served until later than a lot of other places in Nottingham). Good bloody marys too!

    Brunch was delicious and very good value- I'll definitely be back!

    Really good choice of food on the menu. We had the two course theatre special. It was excellent and really good value for money.

    Lovely meal prior to a great evening at the theatre.
    Will go again!!

    Excellent all round.

    I have waited for my food 1 hour. However, the service was very great.

    Attractive venue, tasty food, polite helpful staff. Very busy when we were there at 7pm. Obviously a very popular place.

    Absolutely loved this place...little gem! Best steak I've had for a while and staff very friendly.

    Very good service at Copper and food was lovely. Bonus cocktails with 2 for price of 1. :-) very good!

    Friendly and helpful staff, not a massive menu, but what they do they seem to do well. Will go back!

    Wonderful food and excellent service at Copper. Going that extra mile!

    Huge salad lots of ingredients. Great meal at Copper

    Stylish interior decor, extensive menu and excellent service in a great location.

    Lovely meal.

    Dined at Copper in Nottingham Wednesday lunch with a friend, it was recommended to me by one of my sons who is also g.free like myself. Had the best g.f. lunch for a very long time, we both had a veggie club sandwich which was packed full of roasted vegetables, melted cheese, avocado and much more, served with veggie crisps and a salad. The place is very smart, clean and cool, as it was a hot day and staff friendly and welcoming. Will definitely be going again. Angela

    Was recommended. Could not fault the service or staff and the food was yummy too. Portions were very large.

    Really delicious food and wine, and the atmosphere is great too. The live guitarist on Thursdays is brilliant!

    Nice meal, service was a bit poor though, had to wait a long time for the meal.

    Fabulous atmosphere and food at Copper! Highly recommend!

    Very enjoyable evening at Copper with friends.

    Fab as always.

    The food was very tasty, and the value was great as I used my Go dine points. Overall the experience was good, it was my second visit so I was not disappointed.

    Food was beautiful.
    Lovely section for the food area tucked away from the huddle and bustle, was nice to have someone on hand at all time for more drinks etc . Very clean and the team was so friendly

    Slick service, attentive, non rushed & friendly atmosphere.
    Lovely food, this is my 2nd visit in a matter of weeks, and now a firm favourite.


    Lovely food. Great atmosphere.


    Great place, friendly staff, amazing food.....I'll definitely return and spread the word

    Lovely breakfast!! Great staff

    Brilliant pre-theatre menu at Copper, with a particularly delicious sea bass main. The house red wine is excellent too!

    We really enjoyed our evening and the atmosphere was lovely, very good value too!

    We chose Copper City for our meal with old friends as we knew it would have a lively atmosphere with fab service - it delivered!
    We look forward to visiting again soon

    Excellent food and great place to eat and drink! Service was really good too, they looked after us really well!!

    Excellent value and well served food .

    Copper is the best cafe in Nottingham.

    Pre-theatre menu was fab value at Copper, 4 choices for each course with good variety, great setting, went on a Thursday so enjoyed live music which wasn't too loud or intrusive. Overall very happy and will definitely return.

    Always an excellent meal at Copper served by helpful staff. Great atmosphere no matter what time of day!

    Excellent starter of Crispy Pig's Head Terrine, very tasty and filling. Rib-eye steak requested rare but was medium. No time to request a change, being pre-theatre but it was a nice piece of meat and huge serving of chunky chips. Love the atmosphere and decor here on the mezzanine floor. Nice house red - a Tempranillo. So handy for the Royal Centre. One of our pre-theatre favourites.

    Went with a party of 11, we all really enjoyed the meal. Highly recommend, service was brilliant, will definitely be returning to Copper!

    Fabulous night! Had pre-theatre set menu which was great value. Food delicious and great service. Would definitively recommend Copper!

    Amazing restaurant, staff really friendly and food was amazing! Will be going back very soon!

    From the moment we got into the place, everything worked extremely well to make our pre theatre dining experience the perfect start to the evening. Will definitely do this again!

    Lovely venue and the food I ordered was fab, the ploughmans plank. All three of the planks sound lovely one that has a mixture of all of them would be amazing (fish, crispy veg, hummous bread and some ham/cheese) Everyone enjoyed their food. We were never offered a second drink and I had told copper that we were on our lunch break (time is tight) so if we had of been asked for another drink/coffee/dessert pretty quickly I'm sure everyone would of said yes. Our bill also had another tables order on which is always awkward when you're on a team lunch and the boss is paying and has to ask the waitor to correct it. There was also christmas decoartions still up where we were sat.

    Nice relaxed atmosphere at Copper, nothing too much trouble. I had mackerel pate' for starters & Seabass for my main course. I really enjoyed both, and lovely presentation.

    A very good meal.

    We were visiting Nottingham to go to the Xmas markets so wanted a nice place for lunch, we couldn't of asked for more. The food was lovely, the staff were very friendly and the prices were spot on. I also booked another party from our coach trip in to Copper Cafe and they were really pleased, they loved it also. We will definitely come again A*****

    Visited Copper in town on Sat 19th Nov for Early Bird Meal. I had mackerel pate which was fantastic, big chunks of mackerel, not a traditional paste, very tasty, for mains I had steak (£4 supplement), again fabulous, succulent, tender, tasty, Hubby had tomato Carpaccio which was tasty, with Sea bass for main, which was fabulous. Worth every penny, great service, ambiance, central location, you can't go wrong!

    The food was very good with good service, although seemed to be a wait between courses. The table we sat at was by a window and we had to move tables because of a draught and it wasn't much better then.

    Excellent value pre-theatre meal. I'd highly recommend the scotch egg starter! It was quite a squeeze to fit in all 3 courses before needing to head to a show, as the restaurant was very busy. But delicious food and very good value.

    Had a pre theatre meal at Copper which was lovely. Good quality and served quickly. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.

    Our meal was lovely as usual at Copper. Have been here on many occasion. Great atmosphere, friendly professional staff. Food is always good!

    Delicious full English breakfast at Copper, would highly recommend! And good bloody marys too. They did get part of the order wrong, though, and this couldn't be corrected as breakfast serving time had ended.

    Afternoon tea was delicious and amazing value for money! We had a pram with us and they were happy to let us keep it by the table as my friends baby was asleep. Service great and friendly at Copper.

    Whole evening was very enjoyable from having cocktails to eating the meal.
    Atmosphere was great at Copper, busy and buzzing as expected on a Friday evening but the waiting time for drinks & food was very short which was good.

    My friends & I had the pre-theatre 3 course meal at Copper and it was excellent. My friend who had the gnocchi found it a bit dry but everything else was delicious. The staff were friendly & helpful & we made the theatre in plenty of time.

    First time at Copper at lunchtime. Excellent food and the staff were very attentive and professional. Will definitely be returning- maybe try an evening.

    Had a lovely meal recently at Copper. Had steak and chips, delicious. Cocktails weren't bad either.

    The food was fantastic. Perfect portion sizes and reasonably price. Strawberry daiquiri was also really nice. Will certainly coming back!

    Meals were fantastic and service excellent

    Pleasantly surprised by the good quality and taste and it across the road from the theatre so ideal for the pre theatre meal we had.

    This was my first visit to Copper and I was impressed. It's very convenient for a pre-theatre meal, situated just across the road from the Theatre Royal. The three courses from the set menu were all tasty, balanced and beautifully presented. The food was great value for money and served promptly, with a cheerful smile. I will definitely go back.

    Great meal, great place, great staff!

    Had the pre theatre 2 course meal at Copper. Great food and quick service. Ideal for theatre Royal and concert hall as it's located directly across the road. Highly recommend!

    The food was good but we went for the set menu which didn't have much choice. The food came very quickly and our waiter was very nice. We were seated upstairs which has some lovely furniture and lighting but it could've been nicer if more natural light could come in. Thought it could've been slightly better value for money, but still a good nice place to go.

    I had the fish stew at Copper which was lovely. I ordered extra potatoes which was a mistake as the stew was enough on its own.

    Excellent pre-theatre 2 course meal. Would have had 3 courses if service had been just a little slicker. Potted beef, bacon & Yorkshire Pudding starter was superb.

    The venue is very good, even early in the evening in a week day and the service was excellent. The only critisism of the meal is that there was too much lettuce and not enough 'super food' in the main course - the gravalax salmon, however, was plentiful and tasty. An enjoyable meal experience.

    The meal was ok and the surroundings were lovely. Pre booked our table for 10 and was in a lovely spot out the way. Would return.

    Great food at Copper!

    Excellent Sea Bass and smoked beetroot Gravlax at Copper!

    Lovely place, friendly staff, good time had by all!

    High Tea was lovely at Copper, lots of nice sandwiches, really good value for money! Service was good too. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

    We visited Copper for brunch and were pleased to see some interesting options on the menu. The building itself is great though the food was a little overdone and took a while to arrive.

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We say…

Based in the heart of Nottingham’s city centre, just at the top of Market Street, the warm and comfortable Copper Café and Bar sits within a large and classically-styled building. Only a matter of minutes from the central Market Square and across the road from the Theatre Royal building, Copper is perfectly located for those wishing to visit the city for the day. Serving a range of breakfast and brunch dishes, Copper can provide the perfect setting for any daytime occasion. During the evenings, the café turns into an exciting bar and lounge with an excellent range of cocktails. On weekends Copper also hosts a range of live DJ’s and performers on a regular basis, making Copper an excellent nightlife venue as well as daytime café.


With an inviting interior perfect for that morning cup of coffee with a scone or two, Copper can make an excellent venue for a lazy morning or afternoon tea with friends. After any long day exploring the city, Copper can provide an excellent environment for some recuperation and respite.


When it comes to the food, we particularly recommend the dishes offered on the Sunday Brunch menu: the rump steak, sautéed potatoes, fried eggs and toast is a real weekend treat, as is the royal benny dish of poached eggs and smoked salmon in a toasted muffin. From the main menu, start with the smoked haddock and bacon chowder or the pan-fried courgette fritters with tomato chilli jam and halloumi. Favourite mains include the chicken stuffed with chorizo and coriander served with delicious chipotle patatas bravas, as well as the pan-fried sea bass served with sautéed new potatoes, chorizo, samphire and red onion. 


Copper Café may be relatively new to Nottingham’s thriving city centre, but it has already managed to carve out a great name for itself with similar venues in West Bridgford and Mapperley. Whether you prefer afternoon tea with friends after shopping or the buzz of house DJs and cocktails by night, Copper is a great addition to Nottingham’s restaurant scene. 

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27-33 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HX
0115 754 9304