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The Larder On Goosegate is a real hidden gem, up until a year or so ago I didn’t even know it existed.The restaurant can be found in the middle of Hockley, on the first floor of a listed Victorian building. Interestingly it was originally the home of a small herbalist’s, who grew to become the well-known company Boot’s.
I went for a meal as a group as at work we had some clients and wanted to take them out for a nice meal, I had also been previously with Rach, my brother and his partner. I really like the way that it’s decorated inside with nice natural colours, the floor to ceiling windows not only provide lots of light but also allow you to watch the world go by outside.
I love the fact that The Larder On Goosegate is an independant nottingham restaurant, we should try and support independent restaurants as much as possible. I also like the fact that they are keen to support local farmers by providing local british produce. They also provide some drinks from local Nottinghamshire breweries which was nice!
The location is in the heart of Hockley, which is just a few minutes walk from the Market Square. If you are driving in, there is the fletcher gate car park which is just a couple minutes walk from the restaurant.
The tram stops very close to it as well as there being a number of bus stops and taxi ranks nearby.
The Larder on Goosegate is perfect if you are seeing something at the Ice Arena as it is just a few minutes walk away. They open at 5:30 during the week and 12:00 on friday, saturday and sunday so perfect for a pre-show dinner.
If you are looking for somewhere to drink before/after then you are in luck. Along the same street are some great bars, for example the incredible Boilermaker (I would fully recommend it!!). There are also a number of nice bars a couple of minutes walk towards to such as “All Bar One”.
One of the advantages of sourcing ingredients from local farmers is that the menu trends to be seasonal, allowing the owners and chefs to provide ever changing menus. Its nice to be able to go to a restaurant and be able to try something new each time you go.
I love terrine and when it’s done right (like this one), it can really taste excellent! Along wth the pork terrine there was pickled rhubarb which I had not thought of before but actually worked really well. It also came with a mustard sauce which I don’t usually like but went really well with the pork.
I would usually have a steak but wanted to try something different and as soon as I saw the pork shoulder with apple sauce, I was sold. It came with savoy cabbage and some very smooth, tasty mash potato.
I cannot remember the name or the price of the dessert but it did taste incredible. The strawberries with fresh, local and full of flavour with a nice coulis. The main dessert was dark chocolate with a moose in the centre I believe. The whole thing tasted amazing and was very refreshing!
I thought pricing was actually very good value and the food tasted very good. I thought each dish was presented really well and each element worked very well together, you can tell a lot of thought and effort went into creating the dishes.
We went mid-week around 6 so it was actually very quiet, with not too many other people. We arrived in two groups, so were asked if we wanted to be seated or sit on the sofa with a drink until everyone else arrived.
We were then seated and drink orders were taken and then food orders. The Staff were very friendly and continued to check on us to see how the food was and if we wanted any more drinks.
No complaints with the service at all 🙂
Like many people, Larder on Goosegate is a real hidden gem in Nottingham. It’s not obvious as to where it is but it offers such great food and will be a place that I visit often. The location is great, the service is great and again the food is excellent.
To really top it off, I think it’s excellent that they use fresh and local produce for their dishes. I also think we should support them by going due to it being a nice independant restaurant. I like chains but individual places such as this should be appreciated as I feel they offer a little something extra special than chains.
Address: 1st Goosegate, Nottingham NG1 1FF
Phone: 0115 950 0111
I couldn’t recommend The Larder On Goosegate enough, if you do go please let me know what you thought in the comments below
I have enjoyed cooking for some years now, its one of the only things that I can do that makes me relaxed and forget any worries I have. I love trying new foods and visiting restaurants. Other hobbies include writing, game development and work :)