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  • Writer's pictureTanya Louise

Review: The Playwright - Nottingham

Nottingham's Orange Tree bar recently underwent a massive revamp, reopening with a brand new name, The Playwright. Located on the corner Shakespeare Street, overlooking the beautiful Arkwright University Building and Gardens, the name is a nod to the great writer and its location. Even the toilets are named Romeo and Juliet! The keen eyed drinker will also be able to spot that some of the original features from the Orange Tree remain such as the bar and a grand large mirror. above the fireplace.

I was lucky enough to be invited along the other week to check out the brand new menu which boasts bubbling pots of comfort food, fabulous Sunday lunches, tasty fresh salads and freshly made artisan pizzas. As part of the makeover an open pizza kitchen with a gorgeous wood-fired oven has been installed by the bar and cooks all the pizzas and pots from fresh at a scorching 290, there are gluten-free options available, and all are topped with their own in-house tomato base.  

I take along my Mum, we sit in a cosy little booth which has shelving decked with plants, an old fashioned radio and a selection of books which can be borrowed and exchanged. The wall is adorned with trendy pieces of art which can be purchased.

The colours decorating the venue are rich sumptuous blues along with on-trend green leaf adorned wall-paper. Green foliage also hangs from the ceiling alongside mustard yellow lamp shades.

From the menu, my Mum, unsurprisingly opts for the traditional Sunday lunch. As I'm desperately trying to be good I plump for a salad.

Both are freshly prepared and delicious.  The salad thankfully is far from boring and uses ingredients of different tastes and textures to your normal salad, such as artichoke.  I say I'm being good, but I decide to have the sorbet.  It's a decision I don't regret as the refreshing flavour is a great way to end the meal.

Of course the bar serves many different lagers and beers, including the Bedfordshire-brewed beer on tap and cocktails still remain a big attraction with delicious selection on offer.

I hadn't bought the dog with me as I didn't know he was allowed but there's no need for our four-legged friends to miss out as they are welcome to join you in the bar area too. 

Keep an eye out for regular events held at the bar, including vocalists and quizzes.

A massive thank you to the management and staff who went out of their way to make us welcome. I'll definitely be back!

Love T x *Our meals were gifted but my views are my own



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