The Best Budget Eateries In Nottingham

Whether you fancy a burger the size of your head or a cuppa and a piece of cake, Nottingham has you covered when it comes to unique cafes & restaurants!

Oct 19, 2015

Independent restaurants and coffee shops are somewhat a triumphant current trend in Nottingham. One that is going from strength to strength seeing many once abandoned buildings being transformed into swanky new food & coffee joints to feed the masses. Award-winning burgers, authentic pizzas, homemade cakes and possibly the best doughnuts in the East Midlands, Nottingham is jam-packed with hidden food gems!

From the city’s best kept secrets to brand new hot spots. We have hand-picked the best independent restaurants, cafes and coffee shops where you can scoff a burger or enjoy a nice cuppa!

Oscar & Rosie’s

Oscar & Rosie’s started with humble beginnings a few years back as a weekend pop-up at The Picnic Basket sandwich shop located close to Nottingham Train Station. They then moved to Das Kino in central Nottingham, a bar inspired by German design before recently bagging their own premises.


The restaurant is situated on Thurland Street and sports the original classics as well as the addition of some new soon-to-be favourites! The thin crust, stone-baked pizzas are not only great value for money (10” pizzas are only £7 before 4pm!) but ingredients are locally-sourced, free-range and of course delicious! Fresh and bursting with flavour, these pizzas are quite simply some of the best that the city has to offer, although you may have trouble with which one to choose… We recommend ‘The Frenchman’ for something a little different!

The Nottingham Doughnut Company

The doughnut making duo behind Nottingham’s first doughnut café only began making their tasty treats at the start of this year. Within that time they have travelled the length and breadth of Nottingham’s Food Markets. Distributed their sweet treats throughout the city and have now opened Nottingham’s first independent doughnut shop!


Previously known as The Phat Doughnut Company, they already have a following of fans and rightfully so! Being avid fans at Sandicliffe we visited the new shop, located in the Old Market Square, within the first few days of the grand opening. Underground, decorated with an array of art and quirky design you can enjoy a doughnut and a hot drink for just £3.50! It is difficult to stick to just one but our personal favourite is the salted caramel! Make sure to get there nice and early as they sell out quickly!

Like The Nottingham Doughnut Company on Facebook & follow them on Instagram for news on all of their latest flavours!

200 Degrees

It’s not hard to find a coffee shop in Nottingham but to find decent coffee is somewhat a difficult feat at times! The beans at 200 Degrees are selectively chosen from Rainforest Alliance certified farms from as far as Colombia and South India! They are then hand roasted with care at the Nottingham headquarters before ending up in a mug at the 200 Degrees Café just off the Old Market Square.


With serious depth in all blends of coffee available and a comfortable atmosphere, 200 Degrees is the perfect spot for some down time! Rarely a seat empty and with tempting food on offer too, we promise that this independent café will be your new coffee shop of choice!



Who doesn’t like cocktails? Who doesn’t like wings? Well then you will like Bunk, another underground eatery! You’d think that the city was obsessed with them! Bunk features a relaxed, dimly-lit dining/bar area with wings, mozzarella sticks, sweet potato fries and more on offer! All are also available at incredible prices! £3.50 for wings and chips and you can also get yourself a cocktail for the same price! £7 for wings, chips and a cocktail! Bunk also has great décor serving as the perfect place for an after work drink and some nosh!


George's Tradition 

George’s are a local mini-chain of fish & chip shops that were established in the 80’s in Belper. Since then they have branched out and recently ventured into the city centre to their own swanky restaurant. Furnished with all sorts of British eccentricities, including beach huts and top hats!


The menu also compliments the décor with good & proper fish and chips, reminiscent of the seaside.  As well as local beer and ale, drinks inspired by traditional British childhood favourites and simple classics such as a beef pie! If you fancy some proper fish and chips, George’s have got you covered!

Annie’s Burger Shack


Another independent business that grew from the ground up to find renowned success. Annie’s opened last year after their move from The Navigation pub to Nottingham’s Lace Market. Annie’s serves some of the best US style burgers around and with a very impressive menu too! Big portions (the Sunday roast burger is a challenge!), inventive creations and every mouthful is as good as the last.

The Pudding Pantry

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We all admittedly have a sweet tooth at Sandicliffe and with an ever-changing choice of treats at the Pudding Pantry it’s the perfect choice! No matter what’s on offer you can guarantee that it will be something moreish! Whether you fancy a late morning breakfast/brunch at the weekend or an afternoon brownie and a cuppa, there is always something different to try! Our recommendation; the chai latte and a slice of classic Victoria sponge!

Lee Rosy’s

Tea solves life’s problems, it’s a well-known fact. Lee Rosy’s offers all types of tea from everyday English breakfast to gingerbread orange or even cherry bakewell! It can take quite some time choosing out the right brew and that’s before you even get to the cakes and treats on display.


If you are indecisive we will save you some time, a pot of vanilla, a houmous and mango chutney sandwich (seriously addictive!) and some cheesecake to finish (flavours vary). A chilled haven to do a spot of work or enjoy a catch up over a pot of tea, Lee Rosy’s has become a firm favourite over the years.

Warsaw Diner

It’s not easy choosing a place for breakfast, especially when you want an authentic American – style diner that serves pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. Warsaw Diner may seem like a bit of a walk out of the centre, it can be found in Canning Circus among other charming bars, shops and cafes.


Amazing milkshakes, breakfast smoothies and the best pancakes! Surprisingly cheap, friendly staff and you will leave with a full and satisfied stomach!

White Rabbit Teahouse


Whether you choose Bridlesmith Walk or Hounds Gate both tea rooms are similar to visiting your gran’s house. Traditional teapots, cups and saucers, animal-themed decorations and of course superb afternoon tea! Scones, cakes, sandwiches, paninis! Although both tea rooms are rather small in size this adds to the cosy experience! You may fancy a retreat from shopping or why not treat your gran to a pot of tea and a jam and cream drenched scone?


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