Aurora Restaurant

Aurora Restaurant

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Aurora Restaurant Nottingham is a key part of the city's vibrant culinary scene. Located on Stoney Street in the trendy Lace Market district in the building that was the former home of Scruffy’s, Aurora is a contemporary venue that’s perfect for a dinner date for two all the way up to parties for 60.

Aurora is the brain child of Craig Thomas, a chef by trade who takes the roles of owner and Head Chef at the restaurant. Craig’s CV is a veritable who’s who of the world’s top chef’s as he has worked alongside the ‘Godfather’ Marco Pierre White, opened a Jean-Cristophe Novelli restaurant and even rejected a job offer from Gordon Ramsay, twice! It’s clear to see that Craig is incredibly talented and Nottingham is immensely lucky that he has chosen it to launch his first restaurant.

Housed within a Victorian textile warehouse, Aurora is a charming, comfortable venue with plenty of character. Exposed brick walls and the original brick floor are complemented by a sky blue and peach colour scheme which incorporates floral wallpaper, painted mirror frames and several pieces of topiary to bring the outside in. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting and provides the perfect backdrop for conversation, drinking and dining. To the rear of the restaurant, behind a luxurious purple curtain is a small dining area that is perfect for smaller groups as it provides an intimate space ideal for special occasions and private parties.

The concept of Aurora is simple; offer a dining experience to rival the cities top restaurants whilst maintaining sensible pricing and providing exciting menus created using produce from local suppliers. Craig aims to bridge the gap between the ‘menu locked chain restaurants and the top end wallet bashers’ with an accessible yet innovative menu that features dishes such as locally-sourced Derbyshire sirloin steak served with home-cut chips, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms with a peppercorn sauce and a watercress salad; duo of smoked and seared duck breast with a fig, lentil and raspberry vinegar dressing; and aubergine croquettes with baked polenta, a vine tomato and basil sauce with lemon scented courgette salad. With a fantastic value express lunch menu available during the day, Aurora should be top of your list if you’re looking for good quality food for reasonable prices.

Food lovers will adore the Aurora restaurant. It is a charming venue run by an extremely talented Chef who prides himself on preparing and cooking every meal to perfection. The layout makes it ideal for everything from first dates to wedding receptions and celebrations to business meetings, so if you’re looking for wow-factor without the hefty price tag, Aurora is the place to be, and be seen.

Review summary

9.1 based on 44 reviews
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Reviews (44)

  • Anne-marie Sharp

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    Really enjoyed our meal and would book Aurora again.

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  • Andrew Smith

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    Excellent Service and Food

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  • Malcolm O Sullivan

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    Very good food at Aurora Restaurant!

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  • Adam Roberts

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    Really good value and very carefully constructed plates of food. Well worth a visit if you've not been to Aurora.

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  • Beth Coyle

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    Nice decor and the restaurant was very quiet when we arrived at 7pm. Portions weren't huge but the food was tasty. Overlapped with a Hen party at 8pm so took a little while to get our bill.

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  • David George

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    We visited The Aurora on Saturday 29 August 2015. The food was great and the service attentive and friendly. We were the only ones in the restaurant and couldn't understand why. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant, it was a definite find in Nottingham!

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  • Jess Lui

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    Food was ok for the price. Portions were small.

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  • Geraldine Vaughan

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    Food fantastic, service great and prices very reasonable. I would definitely recommend Aurora Restaurant.

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  • Sue Carter

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    Review of Aurora in Nottingham: This is the 4th time I've visited Aurora restaurant - it's close to the FM Arena so very handy. We had the "early bird" offer (which runs from 5-7 pm). I booked via Go dine which appears to be an excellent service. It would be nice if the food came a little quicker but other than that it is an acceptable restaurant.

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  • Ruth Brasier

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    Aurora Restaurant was recommended to us by friends and it was just as they described very good food, it was very tasty and well presented, there was only 10 of us all together in the restaurant so the service was very good, please give it a go, the chef came and asked our opinion which was nice, we had 3 courses, which was an average price for Nottingham restaurants.

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  • Michael Bentil

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    So after weeks of talking about it, I finally went to Aurora Nottingham on Valentines Day. The food at Aurora is amazing. The value - a bit steep but it's to be expected for Valentines Day. Ambiance - love it. I could actually have a conversation in there which is a plus. Service - well lets just say it could have been better. Main came out too soon and my desert was late. However this could be them struggle to cope as it was Valentines Day. I plan on paying them another visit just to ensure I am right in adding them to my favourite restaurants list.

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  • Angela Blood

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    Oh dear what can I say, Trades Descriptions would have a field day with this. The food was really good, but a rack of lamb on the specials board with £3 supplement does not comprise 2 small chops which was the offering. Also there was no price on the specials board and we did not know what we were paying for until we asked the waiter. The supplement was deducted off the bill after the waiter had spoken to the chef/owner who was off site. It was apparent that the only staff on duty was the waiter and the sous chef. There were only two other diners in the restaurant whilst we were there. Coming to pay the bill in cash was rather interesting as the waiter then another member of staff were actually looking for change in their wallets. Totally unprofessional and rather embarrassing. Overall a negative review of Aurora Nottingham.

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  • Martin Burnett

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    The lunchtime menu offered great value for money and the service and food were very good. The only negative with my review of Aurora was the ambient temperature, the restaurant could do with a bit more heat.

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  • Hayley Marsden

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    My second visit to Aurora. The mackerel starter was very tasty and the 2 types of salmon in a lobster sauce for my main was delicious. My partner had the special, pork belly, and found it a bit on the dry side but still enjoyable. For dessert, I had the White & Black Forest Gateau and whilst the mousse bit was nice I found the alcohol soaked cherries and sponge (kirsch I assume) completely overpowering, tasting mostly of alcohol vapour. I had high expectations as the nutella panacotta I had last time was the best thing I've ever eaten so I was a little disappointed this time around. I'll still be back though and overall it was lovely food and pleasant service at Aurora.

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  • Jamie Huskisson

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    Fantastic food, great venue, would definitely recommend Aurora.

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  • Mark Patmore

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    Just over a year since my last visit and I thought this was a better experience - good service with knowledgeable friendly staff. 3 people in the 'party' and, for all, the 3 different meals were very acceptable. Wine too was good. Will certainly visit Aurora again before another year passes.

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  • Jennifer Dumbleton

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    Absolutely excellent food and service, with a very reasonably priced set menu. We were able to try some dishes from their forthcoming new menu, including a delicious scallop starter. The only downside was that the restaurant was very empty, and so the ambience could be better, but even then, the waiting staff didn't make us feel in the way or overheard. An really enjoyable evening at Aurora.

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  • Antony Mazzei

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    Yet again, superb. I still can't fault this restaurant. Will be returning to Aurora again and again. I look forward to the menu changes as they happen going forward. Excellent!

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  • Antony Mazzei

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    Superb! What a hidden treasure within an area with many under-performing restaurants! The £20 menu is exceptional value for food that I would happily pay premium prices for. Very well looked after too as accommodated in a private booth. Fantastic.

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  • Jo Stafford

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    Fantastic restaurant, the food was absolutely delicious and the setting was beautiful. Loved this restaurant, by far one of the best in Nottingham. I've actually booked to go back to Aurora next week.

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  • Richard Short

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    Superb value for money and excellent food.

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  • Mark Patmore

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    Solid scores for a meal at Aurora Nottingham.

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  • Kathryn Coulthard

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    Fantastic food again and excellent service at Aurora.

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  • Kathryn Coulthard

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    Perfect scores for the meal at Aurora Nottingham.

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  • Richard Short

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    Perfect scores for our meal at Aurora restaurant in Nottingham.

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  • Mel Doyle

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    Great food, excellent service with friendly attentive staff. Would highly recommended Aurora!

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  • Richard Short

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    First class meal last night. Fantastic value for money, lovely food, great service and will certainly be going back again.

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  • Sue Jolly

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    Lovely well presented food and excellent value for money let down by service that was a little hit and miss and the fact that a more expensive bottle of white wine appeared on our bill and a bottle of red that we didn't even order.

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  • Kathryn Coulthard

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    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were extremely helpful, even the chefs came out to speak to the customers to ask their opinions. I would definitely return to Aurora restaurant.

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  • Matthew Staniforth

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    Brilliant for a Birthday! Great service and the food was top notch! Will always book in the future!

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  • Sue Payne

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    This was our Xmas meal and we had a great meal. The restaurant was busy with 3 large parties, but our meal and service did not suffer at all. The staff were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent value for money for the food and wine. We will be back to Aurora soon!

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  • Steven Barratt

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    Perfect scores for Aurora.

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  • Sue Payne

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    Fantastic night with excellent value. Will definitely recommend.

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  • Garry Tuck

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    Excellent night - thank you so much. Enjoyed everything even down to the complimentary Moams!

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  • Graham Bough

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    Excellent evening. Food is first rate and excellent value for money at Aurora Nottingham.

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  • Graham Bough

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    This restaurant is improving all the time food is excellent value for money well presented and cooked. Well done to the chef and his team at Aurora.

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  • Nikki Andrzejewski

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    Lovely food. We did dine early - 6pm and so were the only people in the restaurant. However when we walked past later restaurant was full. Good value for money.

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  • Matthew Staniforth

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    Loved it! Superb! Great value for money considering the outstanding quality of the food! Have been back since and already booked in again for a bigger party of people!

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  • Fiona Rudge

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    Great food, freshly cooked. Went on a Tuesday so not too busy. Definitely worth a visit to Aurora.

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  • Lesley Mills

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    Delightful restaurant without the pretentious décor, very relaxed. Well considered menu with good variety of dishes. The tuna sushimi is sublime and the duck with fig & violet sauce was a treat. Tried my partner's hand cut chips which were lovely too. Nice busy atmosphere even for a Tuesday night! Will be telling all my friends about this hidden gem.

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  • Pauline Pemberton

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    Very much enjoyed our first trip to Aurora Nottingham. Interesting food and very good value for money.

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  • Richard Short

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    First visit to Aurora since it used to be Scruffy's, and really impressed.

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  • Ben Chapman

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    Good scores for our meal at Aurora Nottingham.

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  • Lauren

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    Visited with my partner and loved every second! The place is so cute and the food is just superb. Craig is such a lovely guy and I really recommend a visit if you love food!

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