Belgo, one of my favourite restaurants in the entire universe is heading to foodie central Nottingham, and I can barely contain myself (I’d do cartwheels of pure joy if I could).
Famous for deliciously iconic moules, frites and bieres, Belgo is opening in Nottingham’s Lace Market on Wednesday 6th April 2016. I cannot wait for the 13th April, where I’ll be LiveBlogging from Belgo. It is going to be a stunning space; following a £550k refurbishment, the two floor 180 seater restaurant will also create 40 new local jobs.
This is the first restaurant outside of London for this iconic biers, moules and frites brand. I fell in love with Belgo after frequenting the Holborn branch every Thursday evening when I was working in London. That place will always remain special to me, and now, I can start making new memories at the Nottingham branch.
What’s so great about Belgo? They specialise in gorgeously fresh mussels, which are rope grown, grit free and fully sustainable from the Shetland Islands. Traditionally served the Belgian way in mega mussel pots and cooked to order with frites and mayo, there are 13 mussel flavours to choose from.
The rest of the menu spans Belgian classics like carbonade (slow cooked ox cheeks in Belgian beer), wild boar sausage and stoemp mash as well as freshly grilled lobster, rotisserie chicken and home-made slaw plus giant pickled gherkins. All steaks and burgers are premium British beef, freshly chargrilled and the frites are doubled cooked. Desserts are Belgian waffles or crepes, homemade and cooked to order.
Belgo is a paradise for the curious beer drinker with more than 52 bottled craft Belgian beers, served all day every day. Every craft bottled beer has its own particular, uniquely shaped glass or eclectic drinking-vessel.
Situated on Weekday Cross in the Lace Market area, diners can expect quirky feature lighting, big banquette seating, reclaimed wood booths, eclectic artwork and a totally refreshed exterior complete with heaters, and a ‘Belgian market’ theme.
The first floor “Zot Bar” is a bar where revellers can disappear for the day or night and really get stuck into Belgo’s incredible beer selection, including Brugse Zot of course. There is nowhere else in Nottingham you can taste this fantastic beer made at the famous Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges. There is also a great range of cocktails and schnapps including a 32 shot stick for the bold. Now, this I remember when drinking in London. Those yardstick shots are amazing (flavoured vodka is the best)!
Amber Staynings, Belgo Head of Marketing, said: “We’re delighted to be creating a new Belgo home in Nottingham. It’s such a fantastic, cosmopolitan city and we hope our bold, Belgian dining and drinking experience will fit right in. We can’t wait to open our doors on Wednesday 6 April”
9 Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB Phone: 0115 924 1765
11am – 1am Friday and Saturday
11am – midnight Sunday to Thursday