• 10% Discount When Booking Online for 8 or More!

    Group bookings of 8 or more can enjoy 10% off the total food bill when booking online with Go dine! Please note this offer does not include drinks. You cannot use this offer in conjunction with any other promotion or special event, or in December, New Year's Eve or on Valentine's Day. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 0476.

  • £29 for 2 - Wine & Dine!

    Fothergill's pride themselves on their delicious, locally sourced and freshly prepared food and it's easy to see why! Tuck into two main courses from the Evening Menu and a bottle of House Wine for just £29 per couple! Available Monday to Wednesday evenings. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 0476.

  • £11.95 - 2 Course Lunch Menu

    This fantastic value lunch menu offers you 2 courses for £11.95 so you can enjoy a range of delicious choices that won't break the bank. If 2 courses isn't enough, you can enjoy 3 courses for just £14.95! Available Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 0476.

Review Summary

8.8 based on 65 reviews
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  • Mark Davies

    Delicious food, will definitely go again.

  • Laura Tennant

    Went for dinner to Fothergill's in a group of three, its a lovely place in a great setting. Service was OK. Food for me was OK, my steak wasn't the best quality of beef. It was cooked rare though, how I asked so that was a plus. My two guests really enjoyed their food. The wine was reasonably priced and really lovely. The highlight of the meal was the cheeseboard, which was divine. Would go back and try again.

  • Vicki Connell

    We had pre-booked our meals at Fothergills and they came straight away and were delivered by our names which made the service very personal. We had a table to ourselves and the food was very tasty, really enjoyed it!

  • Nina Dawn

    Dined pre show and all food was served on time, lovely dishes and candlelit tables.

  • Sebastian Sutherland

    I booked surprised birthday meal of 30 family and friends, we had upstairs to ourselves which was nice. I was allowed to decorate the settings to my liking. lovely food, great service, no complaints from any of the party. Highly recommend.


    Brilliant food, brilliant service. A lot of effort was made to accomodate 18 of us and it was very well organised. Thank you :)

  • Elizabeth Nunley

    Really liked it here. Staff are friendly and food is good. Well worth the money.

  • David Hughes

    tasty food at reasonable prices in a welcoming environment, but the service was rather hit-and-miss, which is unusual for Fothergills

  • Sara Hurst

    I have been to Fothergills a couple of times and have never been disappointed. The staff are friendly and very attentive, the food was excellent and the portion sizes were quite generous. Plenty of choice on the menu and all set in a very relaxing atmosphere. The view of the castle lit up opposite the restaurant was an added bonus. My only disappointment was the toilet, they were clean ish although a bit smelly. I will definatley return in the near future

  • Matthew Pearce

    This place never disappoints. Service is attentive without being obsequious and the food and general atmosphere is always top class and good value for money. We sat in until nearly 1am on a Thursday night and were never once asked to leave or felt that we had outstayed our welcome. Add to that, that the beers are Castle Rock and you can't go wrong!

  • Angela Blood

    Waiter wanted to remove my dining companion's plate before she had put her knife down on the plate. As soon as the starter plates had been removed the main course arrived within a minute. Lamb shank and mash incredibly hot whereas the red cabbage, green cabbage and carrots were cold. This was brought to the attention of the waiter as I suspected the lamb and mash had been microwaved and he implied not. Whilst completing a review form after paying another waiter was inquiring if everything was alright. We explained our experience and he was concerned about this and presented us with a complimentary bottle of the wine we had enjoyed.

  • Alex Maslen

    Fothergill's restaurant is fantastic, the food is always delicious and the staff always incredibly helpful. Definitely try the Sunday roast!

  • Mike West

    Sunday lunch with friends. A varied menu, great selection of beer and wines and good service.

  • Martine Naylor

    Had a great night at Fothergills! It was the first time I've been but it had been recommended. We booked a table for 10 and asked for a somewhat 'private' space. We had the corner downstairs all to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and efficient, the food and wine were great and reasonably priced. Will definitely go again!

  • Richard Mccarthy

    We booked and got the confirmation of the wine and dine for 2 at £29, but got there and were told that was not available on Sundays, so we had to order from the main menu. My wife ordered the Sunday roast pork which was ok but not too hot but was edible, I had the mussels which were good till I got to the end when I have a spoon of the stock and got a mouth full of broken shells, we didn't say anything as we need to get going, but will think twice before we return.

  • Kyle Richards

    Always a fan of this place. It's especially lovely in the summer when they open up the bi-fold doors to open the whole space up. Set menu is tasty and very reasonable. Service is friendly but not overbearing. A great place to pop for both a working lunch or a nice evening meal.

  • Sharon Wormall

    Very good service and food been before will go back again excellant.

  • Jane Hawes

    I have rarely given so many stars but we had an excellent meal looking out at the walls and trees of Nottingham Castle and served by extremely helpful staff. We used the special dining offer for dinner but it was great that it could be used flexibly, e.g. We substituted the house wine for another and just had to pay the difference. Food was interesting without being outrageous for the sake of it and well cooked, especially the duck and the chips! We will definitely return!

  • Jennifer Dumbleton

    Excellent value menu (2 mains and a bottle of wine for 2 for £29), and delicious food. We particularly enjoyed the lamb rump special. Great atmosphere, and lovely place to take visitors to Nottingham, as it's well placed overlooking the castle.

  • Peter Salt

    Excellent from start to finish. Great value for money. Friendly staff. Would recommend, and hope to return ourselves soon.

  • Leanne Diacopoulos

    The food was amazing. There was a good choice, it tasted really good and the portions were generous. The atmosphere was nice and the total cost was very reasonable for the quality of the food that we had. We will be going back.

  • Julie Murray

    Excellent value at Fothergill's. We had the Sunday lunch. Portion sizes were large but very tasty.

  • Cathy Milne

    Wonderful starter but less impressed with main course. Will definitely go back to Fothergill's.

  • Sharron Mckenna

    Wonderful lunch time menu. Good value.

  • Liz Driscoll

    We booked a table for 7 easily online. Both the food and service at Fothergill's were excellent. I would go again.

  • Sharron Mckenna

    Would offer higher rating if possible! First visit and so looking forward to next vistit in 3 weeks. Excellent all round at Fothergill's.

  • Jennifer Dumbleton

    Excellent choice of food on the menu, even for a vegetarian member of the group. Delicious belly pork. Would recommend Fothergills in Nottingham.

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  • Ruth Brasier

    We had a really good meal at Fothergill's. This is the second time we have visited and enjoyed it as much as the first time. We'll definitely come again soon. I can recommend the belly pork its melt in the mouth and very flavoursome.

  • Richard Short

    Good food at a good price at Fothergills. Will be back.

  • Shelley Bowyer

    Fothergills continues to impress me. I have used them for work related lunches as well as social. We waited for the evening menu as my other half fancied the steak (very good). I had the mussels which were a bit disappointing (not at their usual standard) so I put it down to an off day. Otherwise lovely as usual. I like the al fresco element of dining but you can be sheltered inside too.

  • Dave Hartley

    Fothergill's offers excellent location, really fresh and tasty food with great service.

  • John Fitzpatrick

    Had the pleasure of dining at Fothergill's on the the 15th of July 2013 and as its says by our score, the whole experience was awesome. Stunning food!

  • John Bancroft

    Excellent value, attentive staff and great setting.

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  • Gordon Coulthard

    We went on Valentine's night and we found the service and the food to be of a good standard. My husband was pleased because they do a nice range in real ales. We would go again.

  • Steve Clayton

    Excellent all round as always.

  • Matthew Staniforth

    Great restaurant and again the roast was huge and very tasty! Always good atmosphere and service quick and efficient.

  • Jodie Burnett-horne

  • Matthew Staniforth

    Fantastic meal with the family. Food was as good as ever.

  • Sharon Wormall

  • Sharon Wormall

    Really enjoyed the service and the meal.

  • Lisa Wolstenholme

    I'm a Fothergills fan & have recommended it to so many people. However this was my second visit in the space of a month where the food let it down. The staff do take feedback good or bad very well & I'll still return even though the Yorkie puds were probably the worst I've ever had.

  • Sharon Wormall

    Lovely meal with nice surroundings

  • Roderick Roe

    Food was good, excellent service, nice surrounding. But get your toilets sorted. Will go back and overall really good.

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  • Matthew Staniforth

    Great day with great food and drinks!
    Went for the two course meal and thoroughly enjoyed a starter and roast dinner main!
    Will be going back soon!

  • Steve Clayton

    Nice food in nice surroundings. There were a good number of dishes to choose from on the set menu, though belly pork did seem to crop up as an ingredient a little to often.

    The staff are friendly and a good range of real ales is on tap - replete with samples in little jars on the bar so you can gauge the colour of your drink.

    We'll defiantly go back.

  • James Stock

    Great food, service and venue. Will recommend

  • Leanda Falade

    Enjoyed our meal, food was great and service was polite and efficient.

  • Vince Lowe

    Really good night. Lamb was a little fatty and cheese platter did not have cheddar but apart from that, meal was quality

  • R Parker

    The food was really good and we had an enjoyable evening. One fault - they need to correct the description of 'key lime pie' this was a cake, nothing like what was expected, and the reaction from staff reduced the score on service.

  • Natalie Bagnall

    Lovely restaurant- you arrive in the bar first which can be really busy but once you go upstairs its lovely!
    Reasonable price meal- wish there was more mozzarella on salad though. Staff very attentive and friendly. Highly recommended.

  • Kyle Richards

    Came here during lunch hour to go for the set lunch menu. A very tasty sounding selection on the menu with some chalkboard specials which you could have in place of a set menu course. Food came out in great time, was really tasty and well presented. Great service. The price is brilliant as well for a quick lunchtime meal or a catch up with friends. Recommend it for sure.

  • Izabella Jagiello-marks

    Nice location and very good staff-polite friendly and chatty. We went for Mother's Day and they didn't have a special menu-it was just their normal Sunday set menu and didn't really make my mum feel special at all. Three courses for £11 or so is cheap so you can't really complain and be too pernickety as you do get alot for your money but I wasn't amazed. For example for starters I had mushrooms and bri on ciabatta bread. It came out on french stick bread, with a tiny mushroom and hardly any brie so very dry, main course I has mussels and they were the smallest things ever (did not fill me up at all). It is a good place to go if you don't want to spend too much and yet still have a three course meal.

  • Ben Chapman

    Really nice and chilled environment. Food was good and the three course offer was good value for money. Only complaint was that it wasn't very warm where we were sat.

  • Sarah Parkinson

  • AR

    I took my girlfriend for a Valentine's meal and was blown away by the quality. The food is very reasonable - Fothergill's run set menus that are very well priced for what you get. I had the most incredible mussels starter (leek and cider sauce I think), then I had a really dice duck confit dish. All in all I will be going soon and have already recommended Fothergill's to friends who've booked. The restaurant is nearby the castle too which for me is one of the nicest areas of town. Keep up the amazing work! If you've not been yet you really need to give it a go - and definitely try the mussels :)

  • Liz Robey

    Food and drinks were reasonably priced. We stayed for 2 hours and at no time were we hurried or made to feel we should vacate our table. It was a very relaxed lunch that we thoroughly enjoyed.We would go again.

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  • Will Wakefield

    Quite simply rates as one of the best value for money dining experiences I have enjoyed in a long while. There were three of us dining and every single one of our three courses we could not fault. I cannot wait to get back. Well done Fothergills!

  • Stephen Fletcher

    A very good restaurant the food was of a very good quality and the staff where very good and took care of all our needs .

  • Anthony Broderick

    I had never heard of Fothergills until I did some research and I have to say the place is great. The service was amazing and even the view added to the overall experience. Although my desert was not good, I have rated the food 9/10 as everyone elses courses were perfect. A great night (and great background music!)

  • Jodi Rippon

    This is right opposite the statue of Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle so is a lovely setting, the food was really nice and slightly different choices on the menu compared to a lot of british menu's. The live band that was on in the downstairs bar were really good and made it a nice place to chill out and have a relaxing drink. I would recommend this for couple's wanting a nice evening out.

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  • Avg. main course: £11
  • 0.39 miles from Nottingham
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We say…

Under new management, Watson Fothergills has reopened and returned to its roots, serving locally sourced, seasonal food that is prepared fresh on site eavery day . Located at the foot of Nottingham Castle, on the stylish and historic stretch of Castle Road, opposite the Robin Hood statue, it is the perfect place to relax after a day’s sight-seeing, or as a base from which to explore.

The restaurant is named after the quirky Victorian architect Watson Fothergill, who designed the building that Fothergill's resides within as well as many of the buildings that are dotted around Nottingham to this date. The newly reopened restaurant features a more stripped-back décor than before, allowing more of the original features to shine through. To the front of the restaurant is an al fresco dining area that overlooks the Robin Hood statue with an informal style eatery on the ground floor overlooked by the open kitchen. Inside, the dining room is contemporary with a traditional twist; green chairs, exposed bricks and soft lighting create a welcoming and intimate dining experience. As well as a stunning dining area there is also a space available for functions of up to 100 people. Whether you are looking to host a formal sit-down meal or a champagne reception, Fothergill's are able to create the perfect backdrop for your event whilst offering privacy, fantastic service and sumptuous food.

Offering a fantastically priced set menu every lunchtime and evening that is packed full of delicious seasonal dishes and is available as a one course, two course or three course option you will always leave feeling satisfied and well looked after. You can expect to tuck into locally sourced tender beef stew, slow cooked with caramelised onions real ale and served with thyme buttered mash and fresh herb dumplings; mussels in cider with leeks, bacon, cream, sweet potato fries and crusty bread, and spinach and stilton puff pastry tart with sweet potatoes, Colston Bassett stilton, toasted walnuts, mixed leaves and sautéed potatoes.

A well stocked bar rounds the Fothergills experience off nicely, with four cask ales and a traditional scrumpy cider available at all times, as well as a fantastic selections of US craft beers, Belgian beers, spirits, a healthy wine list and soft drinks available. 

Fothergills  restaurant is a fantastic addition to Nottingham’s restaurant scene. It’s location, cuisine, history, decor and brand new menu make it a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.

5-7 Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA
0115 754 0476