Review Summary

8.3 based on 14 reviews
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    Lovely friendly staff, but disappointing food.

    Lovely staff. The food was acceptable and reasonably priced.

    Had a lovely meal b4 seeing a show! I did have 2 send my starter back as it was lukewarm! But it was quickly rectified by the friendly & very busy staff! Overall the meal was very good!

    Well prepared with good service

    Ordered a 2 course dinner before a Friday showing of wonder wall, starters arrived promptly, mains did not, maitre d said we could come back at the interval for them. One was cold, but we were starving and ate left it. Wasn’t charged for food. Will eat elsewhere if going to see a playhouse show.

    Whenever we go to the Playhouse we have a pre show meal and it never disappoints. The menu is always interesting and the quality of the food is 1st class.

    The waiting staff are friendly and efficient and I feel this is down to a very professional 'Maitre D' who actively manages the covers.

    The pre show menu is also excellent value for money.

    An excellent pre-theatre production meal in all respects. "Oh yes it was!!" (We went to the pantomime afterwards) - "Oh yes we did!" We were a fairly large group but this had no adverse effect on the quality of food or the service that we received. The food was excellent - the good sized portions were well presented and very tasty. Service was attentive, efficient and cheerful. Welcoming surroundings ... The "mirror wall" would present quite an experience after a "few glasses" of the very acceptable wines on offer!! Good value and a very good start to a great evening. Many thanks. We'll definitely return.

    Took 50 minutes to receive meal which was lukewarm. Received mange tout not Brussels. Staff never came to explain why there was a delay, just stayed in the kitchen. Absolute waste of money and time. Definitely won’t be going again, will go to Browns round the corner !

    Limited menu at the Playhouse!

    Very tasty but small portions (only 3 pieces of chorizo in a chorizo salad!) Nice staff, not very informed about menu though. Tables very close together.

    Came here on the 2-4-1 prosecco lunch deal. Very good value for money. Food was nice and the waiting staff were lovely.

    Great meal fabulous waiting staff, perfect for pre theatre supper!

    A group of 7 of us attended yesterday. Very nice meal and very accommodating staff!

    Pre Theatre meal - very good on quick service.

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  • Ranked #249 of 505
  • Avg. main course: £11
  • 0.4 miles from City Centre
  • Western European

We say…

Situated just outside of the central hub of Nottingham city centre is Playhouse Bar and Kitchen; a multi-functional venue that provides a bar, restaurant and deli in one convenient package. Being directly adjoined to the Nottingham Playhouse makes this restaurant the place for theatre goers to enjoy a pre or post-show bite to eat whilst being close enough to the city centre to coax business men and women out for lunch, shoppers for a cup of coffee and students to take a break from studying.

The first thing that you will notice about Playhouse Bar and Kitchen is that is boasts an impressively large al fresco area that is filled with plenty of tables and chairs so guests can make the most of the sun when it makes an appearance. It is also home to one of Nottingham’s most famous landmarks; The Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor, a six-meter wide concave dish of polished stainless steel that’s angled up towards the sky and reflects the ever-changing environment. Inside, the restaurant boasts a sophisticated atmosphere that is further enhanced by the contemporary combination of earthy wood tones and industrial metals, brightened up with modern strip lighting and quirky touches such as the array of cacti that line the windows. In addition to the vast dining area, there is also a welcoming bar area with stylish but incredibly comfortable sofas  that are ideal for sinking into after watching an emotionally exhausting play.

The menu features a good variety of classic British and European dishes and is designed to keep everyone happy, from the theatre crowd in a hurry to chaotic family groups during pantomime season. The lunch and bar menu boasts a good selection of small plates available throughout the day. The menu is comprised of many delightful sections for example, the bird, the beast, the fish and veggie and vegan each, featuring three or four deliciously cooked dishes that are packed full of flavour. With its own on-site deli, guests are also able to buy delicious treats to take home such as homemade cakes and pastries, gourmet sandwiches and salads and salad boxes.

Playhouse Bar and Kitchen is a beautiful venue that offers residents and visitors a relaxing place to enjoy a tasty bite to eat, any time of the day. It’s out of the way location lends it to those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for half an hour whilst being close enough to resume the day’s activities as you please. Due to its connections with the Playhouse, pre-booking on theatre nights could not be more highly recommended.

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last updated: 18 Oct 2019
The Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AL
0115 852 3898