We decided fairly last minute that we wanted to eat out somewhere Saturday night, after passing WildWood in Nottingham a few weeks before we thought we would give it ago and booked a table. It was surprising how easy it was to get a table to be honest on a Saturday, although it is a new restaurant in the area and it was fairly early (6pm).
The restaurant itself is large and open which I think is very nice, the tables are a nice distance apart so you feel like you can have a conversation and feel like you’re not sat with the table next to you.
I also like the fact that you can see the open kitchen and clay pizza oven at the back of the room. The menu reminds me a lot of Prezzo as it does have similar food such as Pastas and Pizzas. The menu is much bigger and has a wide range of options, which I don’t always think it’s a good thing but it does give people plenty of choice.
What’s WildWood Location Like?
The location itself its excellent and is right in the centre of town on Kings Street, which is just up from the Nottingham Square (slab square). There are a couple of pubs down around the square, with some nice bars such as Fat Cats just 5 minutes walk. Revolution Cuba is just along the next street which is a nice place for cocktails as well as the recently opened Coppers.
If you are having a night out with family and want to catch a film then the CornerHouse is just a couple minutes walk, here you can find CineWorld, Indoor Golf and an arcade.
In terms of getting to and from the restaurant there is plenty of transport options. The tram stops just on the square, there are a variety of bus stops nearby from all around the city and the taxi rank is just a couple of minutes walk.
It is pretty much in the centre of town so is ideal.
What Did I have To eat At WildWood?
As I said before there’s a lot of choice, ranging from fresh pizzas made to order in the clay oven, grills and pastas. The pricing is actually pretty decent and wouldn’t say it is too expensive for adult portions, they are around £11-£12 on average per dish.
Starter – Bread and Olives (£5.55 & £3.25)
We didnt really have much of a starter but did have some garlic bread and olives to nibble on whilst waiting for our main. The garlic bread was nicely cooked and you could tell it was done in the clay oven, the olives also tasted fresh and was a nice mixture of green and black.
Main – Smoked Haddock & Cheddar Risotto (£11.20)
I don’t usually order Risotto, I do like them but never seem to give them a go. I have recently been wanting to make my own, therefore wanted to try one and see how the flavourings worked to give me some ideas.
This risotto came with pieces of smoked haddock, peas, spinach, lime juice and was topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg. It was cooked really well and had some excellent flavours, it was very filling so if you do have a decent starter you might struggle but as it was so tasty I couldn’t leave any!
Dessert – Chocolate Honeycomb Fudge Cake (£5.75)
I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the dessert and would say they are little pricey for what you get. I did wonder if the desserts were made fresh or if they like many other restaurant chains actually order desserts in from a catering company.
The issue I had was with the honeycomb fudge cake…
I love honeycomb, as soon as I saw it on the menu I ordered it, the problem was I could hardly find or taste any honeycomb. It was in essence a chocolate fudge cake with a few chocolate honeycomb covered balls sprinkled on top. If I was going to call its a honeycomb fudge cake you would expect more actual honeycomb taste.
It tasted okay, and I wouldn’t be put off going again as like I said the main was very tasty.
What Was The Service Like?
The service was good, we were seen to quickly when we entered the restaurant. Our drink orders were taken quickly as well and we didn’t have to wait too long for them to come back and take our main food order.
The food came at a decent pace as well, it was not so quick that you questioned the freshness and it was to slow that you felt like you were waiting too long. The waitress was always smiling when delivering the food and seemed to enjoy her job.
Final Food Thought On WildWood Nottingham
The WildWood restaurants is a chain of restaurants that I had not seen or tried before, so it was really nice to try something new. It is a great place to go to for a family lunch, dinner or if there is a group of you. It’s a place you could eat as a couple if you fancied just eating out and perhaps going to the cinema, I wouldn’t say its a romantic restaurant.
Overall I would recommend WildWood Nottingham, the garlic bread was nice and so was the Risotto. I think a couple of improvements on the dessert and it could be even better, but I could just be picky 🙂
It is a new restaurant in Nottingham so would suggest giving it a try for yourselves, if you do go let me know what you thought in the comments below!
Where To Find WildWood Nottingham
Address: 18 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AS
Phone: 0115 896 0555