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Places For Lunch in Nottingham: A Student Guide


Where’s good for lunch in Nottingham? Lots of places!

This is your essential guide to the best places for lunch in Nottingham. Whether you want a full Sunday lunch, a quick bite to eat between lectures, or something a little healthier, we’ve tried to include options for every taste and every budget.

And just like our guide to the best places for breakfast in Nottingham, this is a list of student-friendly places. Some offer special deals and discounts, and none are too far from the main student areas.

The Roundhouse

Ask anyone in Nottingham to list their top five places for Sunday lunch, and it’s likely that most – if not all of them – will list the Roundhouse among their favourites. An old hospital building that’s now a pub. Though some would say that the building still provides restorative services.

Their roasts are truly the stuff of legend, and you can get two sizeable courses for less than £20. Through the week you can get a selection of small plates, while a choice of flatbreads are perfect for those who want a lighter bite or a healthier option.

And did we mention the beer? Because there’s beer. Very good beer. Wine too.

Address: Royal Standard Place, Nottingham, NG1 6FW.

Open 12.00 – 22.00 most days.

The Roundhouse website

Annie’s Burger Shack

Lots of places do good burgers. But Annie’s does the best burgers.

Why are they the best? For a few reasons. First, they don’t use brioche bread for the buns, which means that their burgers don’t fall apart when you pick them up. Second, they’re true artists of the patty, with a simply staggering variety of combinations to choose from. Some of their creations are named after famous burger-lovers, like Lemmy, Johnny Vegas, and Elvis.

But best of all, every single one of these genius creations is also available in vegetarian or vegan form. Plus, you can order beer in a two-pint stein.

Address: 5 Broadway, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1PR.

Open: 12.00 – 21.30 most days. Open for breakfast 8.00 – 10.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Annie’s Burger Shack website.


Pies just work at lunchtime. Don’t ask us why. They just do.

Even better than a lovely pie at lunch? A lovely pie with a side of creamy mash, peas, and gravy!

Pieminster also offer a lot of student-friendly deals, including 2 for 1 cocktails, bottomless brunches, and even escape room experiences!

Plus, if you order any of their plant-based pies of drinks, they’ll donate some of their profits to Forestry England. So what’s good for you is also good for the planet.

Address: 57 Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 6JB.

Opening Times: 12.00 – 22.30 Friday and Saturday; 12.00 – 21.00 Sunday to Thursday.

Pieminster website.

Hungry Pumpkin

Are you a hungry pumpkin? Then we have just the place for you.

This family-owned eatery specialises in creating healthy, vegan and veggie-friendly delights with locally-sourced ingredients. Most dishes cost £5 or less, so it’s a perfect place for cash-strapped students.

One thing to bear in mind though: The deli doesn’t open on Sundays. So if it’s Sunday lunch in Nottingham you’re after, you’re best looking elsewhere.

Address: 38 High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HN.

Opening Times: 8.00 – 16.00 most days; 9.30 – 16.00 Saturdays; closed Sundays.

Hungry Pumpkin website.

Hockley Kitchen

Your friendly neighbourhood café, right in the heart of Hockley.

On weekends they serve breakfast up to 14.30, making this a particularly good spot for brunch. But they also offer a tasty selection of salads, sandwiches, paninis and toasties.

Address: 21 Carlton Street, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1NL.

Opening Times: 10.00 – 16.00 every day.

Hockley Kitchen website.

Need More Advice About Student Life in Nottingham?

We used to be students ourselves. So if you have any questions at all about the student experience in Nottingham – whether it’s the best spot for lunch or the best place to live – we’re here to help. So don’t hesitate to get in touch.

At Uni 2 Rent, we have high quality affordable student accommodation across Nottingham, and we include bills in the rental price. Find your perfect student property today.

Posted 22.06.22
Ed Henderson
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