Nottingham pubs and restaurants that celebrities love to visit

From a late-night takeaway in Nottingham to a Michelin-starred restaurant, you never know when you might bump into a famous face. Sports stars, actors and dancers like to paint the town red for a kebab, a few pints or a good meal.

With Nottingham Forest’s rise to the Premier League and the England cricket team’s triumph at Trent Bridge, many sports stars descended on the city to celebrate. But where do these famous faces like to eat, drink and party?

When not working at the England v New Zealand match, former cricketers Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan headed to The Dragon in Nottingham, a much-loved pub in the cricketer fraternity. A firm favorite of commentator legend David “Bumble” Lloyd, he wrote about the Long Row pub in his book Around the World in 80 Pints ​​and once tweeted his approval: “Nottingham’s secret pub.. .The Dragon…great staff, beer and DJ. Different class music and DJ…just right.”

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Turns out cricketers are big fans of The Big Melt, a Test Match cheese toast stand (and a regular at Ruddington Market). The Sports Rush reported on Jonny Bairstow’s diet after the hitter scored his third Test century of the year to seal a record pursuit for his team.

When asked what he had on his tea break, he replied, “Cheese and ham toast and a coffee” and hilariously vowed to repeat it for the rest of his career.

Jonny Bairstow is a big fan of The Big Melt Cheese and Ham Toasts

After their last victory against New Zealand, the England cricket team celebrated in style with a trip to Nottingham to take away Mega Munch at Chapel Bar.

Owner Akmal Hussein posted a video on TikTok of stars waiting for their kebabs. He said: “It was just a very happy moment, the whole team was so happy. It was great to have them, you know, these guys are heroes. They did a great job and it was a very special day!”

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When the Reds triumphed at Wembley last month there was only one place to celebrate the 1-0 victory over Huddersfield which catapulted them into the Premier League. And that was Raglan Road Irish Bar in Derby Road, a regular haunt for footballers.

Brennan Johnson, Brice Samba, Joe Worrall, Joe Lolley, Keinan Davis and Djed Spence were among the players who let themselves go. In addition to posing for photos with fans and singing karaoke, Samba did a stint as a DJ and served drinks behind the bar.

Entertainment director Ged Dowling joked in a social media post ‘the new bartender has been sacked for offering free drinks’ and filmed him saying ‘Raglan Road is the best place in Nottingham’.

Brice Samba was
Brice Samba was ‘fired’ from his job as a bartender at Raglan Road

A stone’s throw from the City Ground, it’s no surprise that Eva’s Grill is popular with fans – and so is it with players and coaches.

Andy Reid, Steven Reid, Julian Larsson, Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall have all passed through the Radcliffe Road Greek Grill, famous for its authentic chicken gyros and chicken shish. Owner Julian Korage said of Joe Worrall: “What a player, provides intelligence, a real team leader, a real gentleman.”

Another famous face you might spot in town is actress Vicky McClure. When she’s not there, Vicky, who still lives in Nottingham, enjoys frequenting some of the best restaurants in town. In March, the Line of Duty and Trigger Point star was joined by her former pal, This is England writer and director Shane Meadows, for a Friday night at Alchemilla.

The duo savored the tasting menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant in Derby Road and posed for a photo with chef patron Alex Bond. He shared the photo on Instagram saying, “It was an absolute honor to cook for these 2 absolute legends Vicky McClure and one of my favorite directors of all time Shane Meadows. I appreciate he’s a super fabulous lad but I don’t give a *******. They were great. Nice to meet you guys.”

Alchemilla's Alex Bond (centre) with Shane Meadows and Vicky McClure
Alchemilla’s Alex Bond (centre) with Shane Meadows and Vicky McClure

The Strictly Come Dancing live tour waltzed into Nottingham for three sparkling shows at the Motorpoint Arena in February and in their down time celebrities and professionals got a taste of the city’s nightlife.

While some of the dancers would have been swimming in cold water at Spring Lakes Water Sports in Long Eaton, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and his South African pro partner Johannes Radebe made a more civilized choice.

Strictly stars Johannes Radebe and John Whaite visiting Lord Roberts pub in Hockley
Strictly stars Johannes Radebe and John Whaite visiting Lord Roberts pub in Hockley

The duo who made history as the series’ first-ever male couple went for a drink at Lord Roberts, Hockley, a pub that’s still the center of Pride celebrations. John and Johannes were greeted by owner Craig Pennington and his staff and posed with them for photos.

Craig, whose dog Robert also got in on the act, said: “The boys were so lovely and came back twice more. They absolutely loved the safety of the space and were so lovely to people who wanted to take pictures. If I remember correctly one was drinking white wine and the other was drinking JD and coke. Craig Revel Horwood also spent a night here but I was not on duty but again he was really nice.

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