On the outskirts of Nottingham you will find the laid back suburb of Beeston. Home to the University, it has a leisurely vibe with quality boutiques and shops alongside interesting pubs and independent restaurants. Billed as a cafe and wine bar, Belle and Jerome looks sleek and inviting with its classic exterior. A black awning features clean typography that is echoed on the large full front windows that afford a welcoming view of the softly lit interior and relaxed clientele within. Seen from the outside on a typically unpredictable blustery British day it will fill you with relief and usher you thankfully inside.
Inside, it is bright and cheerful, with wooden furniture and exposed brick walls. Colourful accents of browns and reds feel friendly and inviting, whilst modern florals add a gentle touch. Open all day, Belle and Jerome effortlessly manoeuvres an all day trade with a succession of menus that cleverly dictate the changing mood of the hours. Often busy, it is well known throughout Nottingham and has a sister establishment in nearby West Bridgford. With plenty of attention paid to the wine list, it is open for just drinks, as well as food, and table service is available regardless.
The day begins at 8am with the breakfast menu. Offering a range of standard breakfast dishes from porridge to a full fry up there is something to please every palate. Breakfast at Belle and Jerome ends at around midday, depending on the day of the week, and the lunchtime menu heralds in a livelier crowd. Available up until late afternoon, the lunch menu features a wide selection of familiar dishes including pasta, burgers, salads and baked potatoes. However, this is quality food where the burgers are steak, chips are hand-cut and the relish is homemade. A range of filled baguettes is available with a wide choice of deli-style fillings.
The early bird menu is a set menu with a different selection of equally familiar choices, all well executed and made with quality ingredients. The evening a la carte again changes the mood and brings with it a calmer air of romantic dinners and relaxed catch-ups between friends. In keeping with the general theme it offers retro continental cafe style food with offerings such as chicken liver pate or garlic mushrooms to start with. The main course section is packed with choice, a selection that includes pan fried pork fillet in apple cider jus, or venison sausage with sweet potato mash. Chicken breast comes wrapped in bacon, stuffed with stilton and mustard and served with creamy spinach. Fish of the day is a welcome sight, not often seen on menus these days.
If you feel more like an evening of drinking rather than eating then there are a variety of sharing platters to choose from that include charcuterie, cheeses, Greek mezze, or a whole baked camembert, that you can pick at leisurely. If even that sounds like too much hard work then there are nuts and olives available to nibble at.
Belle and Jerome really does have something to offer everybody, and at any time of day. Like many of our great restaurants in Nottingham, there are a number of special offers to take advantage of, or why not book through Go dine to reserve a table on a Wednesday night when you can enjoy a live band. On Thursday evenings the sharing platter and a bottle of wine is just £25.00 and the early bird menu is available throughout the week, at £14.95 for a three course meal.
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