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29th November 2015

Personal thoughts from the Festival Director - not necessarily endorsed by the Festival Organisers.

b>Notes for the Month - November, 2015

Hart's Restaurant
I am not really into writing reviews of restaurants for this page but a recent visit to Hart's Restaurant in Nottingham revealed such a positive makeover I felt I ought to share it with you.

Gone is the rather non-descript entrance lobby to be replaced by a welcome desk staffed by the Maitre d'. The space vacated inside the restaurant together with the removal of an under-used toilet has enabled the development of a reasonable size bar area. Stefa Hart has redesigned the decor of the restaurant and replaced the seating. The overall ambiance, always welcoming, has become more so and the newly created bar area is now able to offer bar snacks and sandwiches as well as seating for those booked into the restaurant.

In the restaurant, the same selection of starters mains and desserts are available to the usual high standard. Especially notable was my Norfolk Quail starter, but the smoked haddock and prawn risotto was a triumph with loads of taste. Altogether an excellent experience - as good as any I have tried in the City and a worthy rival to the owners’ superb Hambleton Hall. Although I did not sample it, on offer each day is a different plats du jour. On the week I went, it was Homemade pasta and Bolognese sauce on Monday, Wiener schnitzel with ratte potato salad pn Tuesday, and so on.

As it happens I had a vegetarian friend with me on the day I visited and one of the many impressive things of the day happened when I asked if there was a vegetarian menu. The answer was that there were some vegetarian dishes on the main menu but they were happy to produce one specially for us. Within 5 minute, a specially printed menu appeared with 7 appetising dishes on it.

I understand that the cocktail bar in adjacent Hart's Hotel is to have a makeover later in the year. If it is as inspired as that of the Restaurant, Harts will definitely be a place to visit.