These tried-and-tested Nottingham coffee shops and tea rooms are the best places to take a break & warm up this winter.
Winter is one of the busiest times for tea rooms and coffee shops; it’s the season of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte and hot chocolates with all the toppings. If you want to avoid the crowds and sample some of Nottingham
’s more unique coffee and tea experiences, take a look at our round-up of the best independent shops in the area. These gems are guaranteed to provide delicious hot drinks, cakes and comforting down-time.
Hartley’s Coffee & Sandwich Bar - Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1NL
A stone’s throw away from Capital FM Arena in Nottingham
city centre, Hartley’s is a very popular destination for tasty, independently made coffee and snacks. Its quirky theme is inspired by traditional cafés, both inside and out, and does ‘cheap and cheerful’ in the best possible way. Everything they sell – including coffee and cake – is made from Fair Trade ingredients and they are well-known for catering to vegetarian, vegan, dairy and gluten-free diets. As for service quality, the staff at Hartley’s are very friendly and efficient, so you can get your coffee fix fast and with a smile!
Reuben’s Coffee House – Nottingham NG16 2FF
This stylish and homely coffee house is attached to Reuben Shaw & Sons Nursery & Plant Centre. It’s situated just north of Eastwood, so you can relax in quieter surroundings away from the bustle of Nottingham
city. Their dedicated coffee house team not only make delicious coffee; they are also known for their home-baked cakes and scones, made using trusted local produce. So you can have a tasty treat fresh from the oven alongside your coffee, whilst enjoying the pretty surroundings.
The Coffee House – Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD
The Coffee House is a very small, two-storey shop tucked away in one of the oldest parts of Nottingham
. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in character and charm. Their range of speciality coffees and teas from around the world are widely acclaimed in Nottingham. They are also Nottingham’s number one supplier of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. When you visit The Coffee House, you will find that the waiters are keen to offer advice on choosing your coffee, and their sandwiches are all freshly made in-house.
Charlie’s Coffee Bar – Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 7AW
Located in the heart of Nottingham
alongside many other bars and pubs, Charlie’s Coffee Bar is a contemporary coffee shop with an excellent reputation for quality coffee and tea on-the-go. It also offers light and healthy snacks at great value for money. At Charlie’s you don’t have to spend a lot to get one of the tastiest hot brews in town, made by welcoming and helpful staff. This coffee shop is especially popular with commuters and lunch-break customers.
200 Degrees Coffee Shop – Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham NG1 2HN
If you’re looking for an independent coffee shop with the vibrant atmosphere of larger high street chains, 200 Degrees Coffee Shop is the destination for you. There’s plenty of seating and the coffees are prepared and presented with care, to be enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Everything they do is driven by quality, with coffee beans selected from around the world to be expertly roasted in their roastery.
Madhatter Tearoom – Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2LP
As you might have guessed by the name, the Madhatter Tearoom offers a classic afternoon tea experience with an Alice in Wonderland twist. Located inside ‘Alice Antiques’ on James Street, the Madhatter’s interior décor fits the surreal theme. Fresh coffee, cake and afternoon tea – including speciality loose leaf tea – is served with vintage-style tea sets. If you’ve got an even sweeter tooth, they also serve indulgent hot chocolates with your favourite toppings.
The Mathatter Tearoom is popular for special occasions such as hen parties, when the guests are usually dressed up in Alice in Wonderland attire! You can even rent out the whole tearoom for larger groups.
White Rabbit Teahouse – Nottingham NG1 7AB
One of the most highly rated tea rooms in Nottingham
, the White Rabbit Teahouse is your quintessential setting for afternoon tea, or a traditional cup of tea and slice of cake. It’s a very small shop with limited seating, however if you do get a seat you won’t be disappointed. The White Rabbit Teahouse transports you back to the Victorian era, with expertly infused teas such as peppermint leaves and white tea with rose and pomegranate – as well as British classics like Earl Grey.
Pay the White Rabbit Teahouse a visit this month to try their amazing Christmas-themed afternoon tea – perfect for the kids!
Ollerton Watermill Tea Rooms – Ollerton, Nottingham NG22 9AA
Ollerton Watermill offers a first-class afternoon tea; they have been awarded the “Best Afternoon Tea” in Nottingham
and won numerous awards from the Tea Council’s Guild of Tea Shops. Based at the edge of Sherwood Forest, Ollerton Watermill is a rural, family-run tea room dating back to 1713! It even boasts a lovely view over the river – perfect to admire while enjoying a warming cuppa.
Tiffin Tea House – West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5NG
At Tiffin you can expect traditional tea house treatment – a selection of teas, delicious homemade cakes and warm, friendly service. The Tiffin Tea House has also recently expanded into the next door building, giving a roomier feel. Although cakes are a big speciality of theirs, Tiffin have some unusual teas to try such as liquorice root, apricot and peach and lemon ginger Ceylon tea. The staff are happy to explain how they blend their teas and how to make the perfect cup of tea at home!