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  • £21.95 - Fixed Price Dinner Menu

    Enjoy a stunning 2 course meal from World Service for just £21.95 per person! Upgrade to 3 courses for £26.95. Set menu changes monthly. This is a very popular offer so booking in advance is recommended. Available evenings Monday-Friday only. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 1132.

  • £16.95 - Fixed Price Lunch Menu

    Enjoy a stunning 2 course lunch from World Service for just £16.95 per person! Upgrade to 3 courses for £21.95. Set menu changes monthly. This is a very popular offer so booking in advance is recommended. Available daytime Monday-Saturday only. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 1132.

  • £16.95 - 2 Course Sunday Lunch

    Enjoy 2 courses of one of Nottingham's finest Sunday lunches in a stunning setting for £16.95 per person. This offer is also available as a 3 course option for £21.95. Please note there is a £3 supplement charge on roast sirloin of beef. This offer is not valid during December. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 1132.

  • £29.50 - 3 Course Group Party Menu

    Looking to host a special celebration with friends and family? The group party menu on offer at World Service is delicious and show stopping! Two 3 course party menus are available (priced at £29.50 per person and £39.50 per person). These menus are available for groups of 10 or more. Please note for tables of 25+ a pre-order is highly recommended. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 1132.

  • £21.95 - 2 Course Easter Sunday Menu

    Indulge in a delicious meal on Easter Sunday at World Service. Enjoy 2 courses for £21.95 or 3 courses for £26.95. Advanced booking required. This offer is available on Sunday 16th April 2017. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0115 754 1132.

Review Summary

9 based on 134 reviews
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    Service was unhurried bordering on slow. Prices especially drinks were fairly expensive but the food was of good quality and well presented.

    The food great and the service excellent but, despite of being a high standard restaurant, I still found it a bit pricey, specially about drinks.

    Lovely lunch but somehow lacking in atmosphere - wouldn't say don't go but equally wouldn't rush to recommend.

    7 out of 10

    Everything about the evening was perfect. I was expecting the portions to be small, but couldn't manage a pudding as we were so full

    Disappointed. Always been good previously. The Sunday roast was the dinner Ike in this occasion. Burned stuff. Cold stuff etc.

    Slow service despite not being busy.

    Can't review the restaurant without reference to the cost and the ambiance. Although no general issues with the food or service I expected far more. This for me should be top league with a wow factor and didn't deliver. Give it a try and make your own mind up.

    Food is excellent at World Service. Housed in a protected building, it is cosy. Truly fine dining, though food is served quite slow.

    Not been to World Service for a while and had forgotten how wonderful the place is. Food was amazing, lovely setting ( very serene and no rush) and the staff were great. Lovely little extra's like home made houmus and harissa appetiser, lovely warm bread rolls, and festive treats with coffee. Will definitely be back soon

    The food was generally good at World Service (with a very good chicken ballotine), but the setting was very festive and inviting, with lovely service. A very novel take on a Bloody Mary, too!

    Excellent meal! Shame about the service charge. Would prefer to leave a tip.

    Excellent service and ambience made this a memorable birthday dinner. The food from the set menu was very good with minor exceptions. My vegetarian noodle dish was good in parts. The egg was poached to perfection, the ingredients, herbs and spices were pleasing but the noodles were stodgy, unfortunately.

    Nice relaxed atmosphere and the food very nice

    Great deal on the Sunday roast at World Service, tad overpriced on the A La Carte.

    Fantastic meal, great service and really felt like a special occasion, perfect.

    Restaurant is very good, food and service excellent. Will definitely use it again.

    Absolutely 1st class.

    The set menu is fantastic value at World Service, delicious food and friendly service. Can't wait to go back!

    Excellent meal and service was good however no ambiance in the restaurant area that we were put in. I would of preferred to stay in the main bar area where we've always sat on previous visits. Would still go back to World Service again as food is always good and lovely staff.

    Good service, good food and wine - a very pleasant evening.

    Friendly environment and pleasant food. We had the Sunday lunch which was reasonably priced. Nothing to shout about. But I hear that in Nottingham it was the place to be seen!

    Absolutely delicious meal at World Service. Great service apart from forgetting to serve our wine. Other than that very happy with whole evening.

    Had a lovely meal to celebrate sons birthday in the dining room which is much nicer than the upstairs bar dining area. Staff are attentive without being intrusive. Brought my son a birthday plate with chocolates and candles on which was a really nice touch. Pre dinner drinks are somewhat pricey which is the only downside.

    Lovely food and a great venue.

    Always brilliant, my favourite restaurant in Nottingham without a shadow of a doubt. The food is interesting and beautiful, and different choices every time. The only place where I would never quibble the automatic service charge on the bill - I don't normally like this approach but the service is so good here that it doesn't bother me at all.

    World service I must say is the best place I've eaten for a long time. The whole experience was just amazing. Food, service and atmosphere!

    Food was incredible, the service was fabulous!

    First time I have been went for lunch with two friends at World Service. It was lovely. The food was beautiful, they catered for allergies really well and with no fuss and the seating in the door area was just like bungee in the continent, loved it. Service excellent and value for money, for a posh place it was a good price. Definitely want to go back in the evening.

    Excellent atmosphere and attentive yet unobtrusive service.
    Wonderful food with amazing presentation. Only given 4 stars for food because there is limited choice for vegetarians - generally only 1 veggie starter and main which means no choice for us!

    We ate from the 'Al la Carte' menu at World Service and loved the choices. We both thought the food was excellent. Service was very attentive, but not over bearing. For a Tuesday night it was relarively busy and there was plenty of atmosphere. Enough space between tables, comfortable and relaxed.

    3 words - yum yum yum
    Yes it's not cheap, but when you're treated so well and the food is to die for - it's well worth it!

    Excellent service, lovely place; the food was really nice too. The only balancing comment I'd make is regarding portion size which could have been more generous. Overall a great place I'd recommend & visit again.

    There is never a fault with my World Service experience. Yesterdays meal was a present for a friends birthday. Amazing food yet again and the 'Sealed with a Kiss' cocktail is the best cocktail I have had!

    Very scrumptious meal and pud cooked to perfection. Waitress very friendly. Did find the toilets a little on the small side, door banging the wall when entering and leaving but overall very nice.

    I have visited World Service on many occasions but I am now residing in Derby. It was well worth the effort to visit and eat your wonderful food with your super welcome and gracious staff. I won't drink and drive so the effort we went to, with the two buses we had to catch to enabled us to imbibe your lovely wines without worry.
    We will visit again and won't hesitate to recommend to any of our friends to do the same!
    Kind regards,
    Richard marriott

    Lovely food as always, great staff service and very polite

    Excellent food and service would recommend

    What a lovely oasis in a very busy world. It was so lovely to sit outside in the sunshine whilst our table was being readied. The menu was quite eclectic and bursting with flavour. Both the wine list and cocktail list were fantastic.

    Lovely 3 courses. Fresh bread and good price. Excellent for my wife's special birthday. Lovely cocktails.

    As always, World Service served up a delicious meal. The wine list too is eclectic and excellent value. The service is second to none: attentive without being obsequious. Altogether, a thoroughly pleasurable experience!

    Very tasty food at World Service, great value for money. Drinks a little on the pricey side!

    Had a fantastic time at World Service. The staff were attentive without being pushy. The food was awesome!! Will definitely be returning soon!

    The service was exceptional, as it was for a special birthday. They treated us really well, food and ambience was superb.

    Very fine food delightful atmosphere attentive staff expensive but worth every penny the perfect end to a long hard week we can't wait to go back.

    Friendly staff, lovely food and ambience.

    Excellent food and service. However the lighting was just a tad too dark - I would have liked to have seen the wonderful creations in better light.
    Could not fault the food otherwise!

    It was my 50th birthday, the staff made it a very special occasion. The food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious..... A night to remember. Thank you

    Really good service and nice food.

    Excellent meal and the staff really go over and beyond to make your dining experience perfect.

    A great choice for a Sunday meal with friends and family.

    World Service was first class in every way.

    Flavours are amazing at World Service. Service outstanding with perfect attention to detail!

    Delicious pigeon followed by venison, in a very cosy welcoming environment. World Service is back on form!

    Wonderful meal for my husbands birthday lunch, food excellent and the service was professional and with courtesy, thank you.

    I went with friends for Saturday lunch and had the special lunch menu of two courses for £14.99. The starter and main were absolutely delicious, and the portion sizes generous for fine dining food. There were also some good value wine choices available. I added a dessert for an extra £3.00, and chose the panna cotta. This was a little disappointing as it had too much gelatine - missing the famous 'wobble factor'. My only gripe was that the bar staff couldn't cope with the pre-drinks order when the party ahead of us chose cocktails. We waited over 15 minutes and I ended up cancelling the order. Suggest they either don't offer cocktails or ensure allocate more staff. All in all, it was excellent value for money and I would definitely go back.

    Service was excellent very attentive and well informed. The food was mixed, the fish was a little dry and the curry a little lacking in flavour. Very nice ambience but the food lacked imagination.

    A very good meal at a price worth paying. It is a must of the Nottingham dining scene, if you haven't been I would urge you to go. I've been twice now and have been very impressed on both occasions.

    Splendid food and service.

    Amazing food and top quality service. There was a lovely atmosphere in both the Lounge Bar before the meal and in the restaurant area. We used the 20% January offer, on top of the January set menu so it worked out really good value for money - will definitely return!

    I had high hopes for World Service but I just found the experience OK, not wow. Service was, great food was just OK. The dining room was small. We had the 2 set menu meals for 19.95. Wine and a cocktail.

    Took my partner for lunch for the first time to World Service. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The wine waiter from Slovenia was very nice & the french waitress was very sweet. They seem very well trained in customer service. It was nice to see the restaurant busy mid week at lunchtime & the food was delicious & great value on the set menu.

    Service was excellent and so was the food. We had a fixed price lunch which was very good value. Would definitely go again!

    Superb food with great service at World Service!

    The food was excellent and enjoyed by our whole party. The service was very attentive without being in your face and the ambience of the place was fantastic. I would highly recommend world service for any occasion and is good value for money as well.

    Lovely meal, but was seated in the dining area to the left of the bar, which felt slightly like a cheap buffet restaurant setting, but a lovely meal.

    Service was excellent and attentive, without being overbearing. The food was good but I was a little disappointed with my selections, especially the sea bream (wife faired better and her chicken main looked amazing). Consistently good value for 3 course lunch of this standard.

    Lovely food if on the small portion size at World Service. The Christmas set menu was good but we ended up spending more on the alcohol!

    Brilliant service and fantastic food in a wonderful environment! The staff at World Service are friendly and welcoming and the service throughout was great. I would highly recommend World Service to anyone wanting great food in perfect environment.

    Fantastic food and great value for the set meal. Would highly recommend World Service for a special occasion or a nice treat. The food is of such a high standard and the presentation is brilliant too, if you're a big eater don't expect to be full after as with most high end places the portion sizes are not huge.

    Absolutely wonderful.

    Fantastic meal at World Service with some amazing cocktails, plus a lovely bottle of South African white wine! We had the veal and hake for mains which were both great!

    The food and the quality of service is excellent at World Service, though a little expensive for the evening menu.

    Have not visited World Service in a long time but as always, it seems to deliver. The food was excellent and imaginative - my pigeon wellington was divine, as was the pork with scallops (all worked beautifully). The wine list is always excellent, needs a few more good whisky options though! Really like the ambience, design and attentive yet discreet staff. And the set menu deals are really good if you can't wait until pay day for the a la carte!

    A very enjoyable evening at World Service and the food was delicious. The wait for a drink in the bar was longer than it could have been, but overall very happy.

    The staff at World Service were efficient, discreet and friendly. The set menu lunch was plentiful and delicious and the same can be said of the wine list. The garden area was particularly lovely on the sunny day that we visited. Overall, I would definitely come again for lunch.

    World Service is a lovely restaurant summer or winter. Food excellent, not cheap but absolutely worth the money.

    Second visit to World Service and we cannot fault the meal it was fab! The service was very good we did not have to wait, food was very tasty and was good value for a good quality meal. We will visit again soon.

    Thoroughly recommend World Service, exceptional service, good quality food.

    Food was excellent. Catered for our every need, including creating a cocktail to suit our tastes. Will definitely be returning to World Service.

    Great food, great service, great value. Excellent meal all round at World Service.

    we went for sunday lunch service was excellent nothing was to much trouble and the food was very good ,will be going again

    Excellent as always.

    The finesse of the cooking at World Service has deteriorated significantly over the past few years. Dishes often lack flavour (pork textures), don't come together as a whole dishes (venison wellington), or simply do not taste pleasant (halibut with a very thick fishy cream sauce). I have not been here for 18 months due to the drop in quality, but thought I would give it another try this week, only to find the standard has dropped even further. What a shame. No wonder it is no longer listed in the Good Food Guide.

    Truly an exceptional restaurant that lives up to the reputation around it.

    World Service always delivers! There is normally a petit something that niggles us we when visit here, but not this time! Despite our usual petit niggle, the food is always fabulous. You get what you pay for! Treat yourself!!

    Been to World Service several times and have always found it lives up to our expectations. Staff is professional but relaxed, food is of good quality and well presented, and the establishment itself is welcoming and stylish. Particularly nice for lunch during the weekend, after a good shopping experience!

    This was a very nice restaurant for a celebration lunch.

    The 6 of us agreed that World Service generally lived up to its reputation as a reliable provider of good food in Nottingham. Most of us chose the set evening menu (available Mon-Fri) of 3 courses for just shy of £25. We agreed that this provides good value with a choice of 3 dishes for each course, including a veggie option for both starters and mains. My warm starter of smoked haddock with a white cabbage and apple salad was tasty enough and the 3 of us who chose the main course of a Barnsley chop accompanied by olive mash and some type of tomato concasse also enjoyed it, though there was quite a variation in the size of the chops. Perhaps chef needs a word with his meat supplier? A dessert of pineapple with ice cream whose flavour I can't remember was unremarkable. There is an extensive wine list, with some interesting, good-value choices to be had at the cheaper end for those who are prepared to be adventurous. Service was friendly enough, though a little lacking in polish. For example, we had to wait quite a time for our orders to be taken, but then the staff seemed to want to hurry us later on in the evening.

    Very good as always!

    As always, you cannot fault the service. We had one of the separate rooms which was great and was perfect for the occasion at World Service. Food was lovely.

    Great service and good food at World Service.

    Excellent as always, simply cannot fault World Service Restaurant. The food is beautiful and the staff are so accommodating and friendly yet utterly professional. My favourite restaurant by a clear mile.

    One minor flaw was the lighting which we would have preferred to have been a little brighter (we were not in the main room but in one of the other lovely rooms) as found it difficult to check the wine and actually distinguish the food components on the plate. However, as always food was delicious, service superb, staff friendly and helpful describing the menu. Great restaurant and one of my favourites.

    Went for a birthday meal at World Service and the staff were very good at making the night special for us. The food was high quality and well-presented and the atmosphere was extremely classy. A good dinner all round!

    I have now been here several times, both lunch and evening. The food and wine are always good, if not outstanding, but perhaps most importantly, the staff are always more than polite and pleasant. They always make us feel welcome, even when they are extremely busy - which given this restaurant's reputation, is often! The only drawback is you really need to book in advance at World Service, sometimes even 3 days before!

    There is one very small issue. A hot evening meant the doors onto the terrace/patio were open and this allowed the smell of cigarette smoke to drift in to the restaurant.

    We booked quite late but they accommodated us in a private room which was great. The food was exceptional for some courses but it wasn't consistently at that very high standard. Still really tasty and good value. Baby changing facilities weren't the best though they did let me use a private room not currently in use for it so I had privacy.

    Fantastic experience as always. It's been a while since I have been but service excellent and great food.

    Had a great time, would definitely recommend and would go back. Excellent food!

    We went the day after our wedding for a celebratory Sunday lunch. As always the food and service were excellent and we were treated like royalty. My favourite restaurant in Nottingham by far. I look forward to going again very soon.

    Top marks all around, as always. Don't be put off by an image of high prices, it's really reasonable, and the service is spot on.

    A superb evening, from the welcoming cocktails through the excellent food and the calm ambience of the Blenheim room. A wonderful evening.

    I took my sister here for a birthday meal and by no means were we dissapointed. Our meals were exceptional and the service was second to none. I would definitely recommend World Service to anyone, the fine dining experience here is out of this world!

    Never dissapointed at World Service... Great food... Fab service ... Lovely everything! x

    Overall a good meal, as I would expect having dined here before. Only a couple of things which if addressed would have brought the score up.
    The poached egg on the starter was underdone for my taste. I like a runny yolk but some of the white was still uncooked - clear & slimy. There was also a typo on the menu - starter said 'tiger prawn' which put one of our party off ordering as she was hungrier than 1 prawn! However, when it came out, there were 4 prawns and she was then disappointed she hadn't had it.
    The seabass and coconut chicken dishes were both excellent.
    The chocolate tart was also lovely but very rich. The portions could have done with being smaller - none of us finished it and actually could have easily shared 1 between 2 or even 3 so was a shame to pay for what we coudn't eat.
    It was the lunch special so good value at £20 for 3 courses.
    It a nutshell, it was good, but not fantastic.

    I'd heard so many people over the years praise World Service that I thought it would be the ideal place to treat my friend to a 50th birthday meal. The restaurant is in a lovely old building. The decor, however, is modern and understated, with comfortable sofas in the reception lounge and well-spaced tables in the dining area. The menu offers a good range of choice. Every dish we had was beautifully presented and cooked. The wine list is extensive. Waiting staff were helpful and friendly. The ambience was unhurried and relaxed. Prices are to the higher end of most people's budget, but justified by the overall experience.

    superb as always

    My Husbands 60th we had the best time ever .... Wonderful place ...service fantastic ..couldnt fault a thing ...What a fun memory.

    The food was divine. A fairly quiet Saturday, staff as attentive as ever. Excellent value.

    Amazing light lunch. Both food and service were great!

    Superb food and a very high level of service. It is expensive (£105 for a meal for 2 with 2 glasses of wine and 2 bottles of beer) but it is worth it. For a special occasion in Nottingham it cant be beat.

    Excellent as always.

    Fabulous set lunch. Extremely good value for such quality, relaxed yet quality ambience and friendly attentive staff on hand without feeling watched.
    I will be back soon, of that there is no doubt!

    EXCELLENT SERVICE. VERY GOOD FOOD, BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED. A LOVELY EXPERIENCE.

    Very nice meal, we really enjoyed our meal there, some background music would have been nice.

    Excellent venue and food will visit again.

    Excellent food & service. Cocktails are amazing!

    Excellent food and excellent service from extremely friendly and helpful staff. The Sunday set lunch is great value. Highly recommended.

    Brilliant service, great cocktails and the food was fabulous! Made my friends day as it was a surprise!!!

    The set-menu Sunday lunch is excellant value for money. All three courses were delicious.

    Review from 2 Vegetarians here...A bit disappointed with the Food, dont get me wrong, it was well cooked and presented but lacked originality and we would have liked more taste and flavour for our money. It was nice, but could have been better. Why is Veggie food often bland, even at this level? Give it some SPICE!!! Saying this, the wine was EXCELLENT, one of the best Riojas I have tasted. The staff were very nice and attentive but not over the top. Nice outdoor area and dining room, a stylish oasis in the City. I would go back again, but I would hope for more choice, rather than just the one option on the menu! (To be fair, they did offer to do an alternative, but I'm not sure what that would have been...)
    We both had the Goats cheese, followed by the Mushrooms in pastry, a few sides, 2 Drinks and a bottle of Wine. £100. Not Bad...

    I took my wife for her birthday,and to say the whole experience was outstanding would not do this justice. I would recommend a visit to any serious diner without hesitation.

    Great food and relaxed but efficient service. Good all round.

    Every bit as good as I remembered it being. The food was first class, the choice of wine was exceptional and the attentive service was possibly the best I've come across. It's also nice to finally go to a restaurant with a genuine atmosphere!

    Had a wonderful meal on Easter Sunday with family. The roast dinners (beef) were excellent and a large plateful - unusual for World Service! As usual World Service lived up to its reputation as one of the best places to eat in Nottingham.

    I find it impossible to find anything negative about this restaurant. We enjoyed an excellent sunday lunch (£18 for 3 courses), great wine, friendly and efficient service; overall the best restaurant in Nottingham!

    I took a client for the light lunch menu and was blown away by the quality of the food at such a reasonable price. World Service is a fine dining restaurant so the food can reflect that, but for those who perhaps want to enjoy fine dining but like a bargain, the light lunch menu is an absolute winner!

    Had a fabulous meal with my girlfriend and the atmosphere was great with the restaurant being nearly full, not bad for a Tuesday night!

    We had a really lovely evening here. The delicious Champagne cocktails on a winter night in front of the roaring fire definitely helped.

    The meal was great, with pretty decent sized portions, which I like because I'm greedy! The starters were especially good: Yummy Scallops!

    The waiting staff were really (genuinely) friendly and as mentioned the cocktails are great.

    It all had a really nice, relaxed feel about it.

    We have always been fans of world service for the 'service' and the feeling of luxury that it provides. however, we were not quite so impressed this time, we had to wait a long time for our drinks to arrive and our champagne was slightly corked. but still, overall another pleasant meal, perhaps not as good as we have grown to expect from one of our favourite restaurants.

    The pork dish was excellent and the wine at World Service is great.

Mon:
12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Tue:
12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Wed:
12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Thu:
12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Fri:
12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm
Sat:
12pm-2pm and 6:30pm-10pm
Sun:
12pm-3:30pm
  • Ranked #2 of 314
  • Avg. main course: £18
  • 0.36 miles from Nottingham
  • British

We say…

Set on Castle Gate - just off Maid Marian Way - is the critically acclaimed fine dining restaurant, World Service. Situated close to tourist attractions such as the The Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Centre, it's perfectly located for diners who are looking to enjoy a meal before exploring the city or as an escape from the busy shopping stretch.

World Service has been peppered with accolades since opening its doors, including winner of ‘Best Drinks/Wine List 2009’ and ‘Best Overall Restaurant’ at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards four years running. It's easy to see why the venue receives such high praise; the building is stunning and the standard of food is incredibly high.

World Service is housed within the sublime listed building of Newdigate House. The 50 cover dining room and lounge bar blends the building's heritage with classic British décor and a hint of Oriental design, adopting a grand ambience with bespoke furniture and quirky artefacts from around the globe. Everything combines to create a unique dining experience that you will only find at World Service.

The gourmet menu features international cuisines that are both innovative in their creation and exceptional in their production. The menu changes daily and showcases fresh market produce. Every dish on the menu sounds appetising from the roast quail with pickled mushrooms and a scotch quails egg starter to roast salmon with leek and cider smoked mussels with bacon and baked leeks for mains and chocolate truffle cake with kaffir lime sorbet to finish. The kitchen staff are incredibly dedicated and infuse their food with passion, finesse and originality: qualities that are present in every dish that leaves the pass.

World Service is also worth visiting for its award-winning and extensive drinks menu. With over 180 exquisite wines to choose from as well as classic cocktails made to perfection by expert bar staff, you might find it hard to leave! If you're looking for a restaurant with ‘wow’ factor, look no further than World Service.





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Newdigate House, Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 6AF
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