Nothing hits the spot like a good lunch. So, when a few lucky members of the Nottingham Castle team were invited for a tasting session at the newly refurbished Terrace Café, we couldn’t say no!
Located inside the historic Ducal Palace atop Castle Rock, the Terrace Café is managed by family-owned catering company Meadow Brown. There’s a fantastic selection of seasonal meals on offer, from mouth-watering pasta salads to good old bangers and mash for little ones. Here are some of the things you’ll want to try for yourself!
1. Mediterranean salad (V) (VGO) (GFO)
If, like us, you often daydream about stepping off the plane into the glorious heat of a holiday abroad, you’ll love this tasty salad. Made up of slow roasted peppers, rocket, ciabatta croutons, sun ripened tomatoes and grilled halloumi cheese, this meal reminded us of simpler times. It was also the dish that we all sat in silence to eat – which is no mean feat for the girls in marketing!
2. Homemade Sandwiches
One of the trickier elements of eating out can be finding a place with tasty vegan options. However, the Terrace Café boasts an impressive selection of sandwiches, including a vegan offering. Packed with smashed avocado, baby gem lettuce, chickpeas, and toasted pine nuts, this is a tasty alternative to the meatier options on the menu. All are served with chef’s salad and root vegetable crisps.
3. Sausage, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (GF)
If you’re bringing little rebels with you on your visit to the Castle, the kids menu has lots to choose from, such as homemade cheese and tomato pizza and classics like bangers and mash. We opted for the latter and were thoroughly impressed with how flavoursome the dish was. Cooked in a beef reduction, this meal is fit for a king – or an outlaw, depending on whose side you’re on!
4. Smoked Salmon Benedict (VO)
Put simply, this was one of our favourite things on the menu. The distinctive smokiness of the salmon paired with lashings of Hollandaise sauce? Unbeatable. The poached eggs, which were cooked to perfection, sat atop a freshly toasted muffin – it’s making us hungry just thinking about it…
5. Garden Pasta Salad (VG)
If you’re looking for something light but filling, this is the option for you. A thoroughly tasty meal that leaves you feeling nourished and ready to explore the Castle grounds. Lovely!
6. Castle Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is as British as fish and chips. Whether you’re having brunch with the girls or a catch up with family, nothing brings us together like a nice cuppa and a good scone. The Terrace Café’s afternoon tea comes with freshly baked scones, strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream, not to mention a mini patisserie selection and freshly prepared finger sandwiches. Presented on a rustic cake stand with beautifully matched crockery, this is a crowd pleaser that everyone will love.
7. Tea from the Manor
We could write a whole blog about Tea from the Manor (and we surely will soon!) The company was founded by James Green, a military man who started his career in the Royal Horse Artillery before spending many years in active service abroad. When James came home, he set up the family-owned business, first selling loose leaf teas at farmers markets. James and his family have come a long way since then, and we’re proud to support them in the Café. We especially liked the passionfruit, guava, and mango tea, which was lovely and refreshing on a hot summers’ day!
8. Delicious coffee
Is there anything more Instagram-able than an iced coffee? Probably not! As we visited the Café on a seasonably warm day, we opted to try the iced Cafe Latte with caramel syrup. The coffee itself was delicious and made for a great photo against the backdrop of the city. We’d thoroughly recommend it, if not for the picture alone!
By the end of the tasting session, we were suitably stuffed. Ritesh, the Café’s Director, waved us off as we balanced plates of leftovers back to the staffroom. It only took half an hour for most of the food to disappear, which is testament to its quality.
Our final word? With panoramic views of the city and great grub, the Terrace Café is certainly not one to miss.
The Terrace Café is open every day from 10am – 6pm. No booking necessary. You must purchase a general admission ticket to access this Café due to its location within the Ducal Palace. However, the Coffee Shop, which offers quick bites and a selection of hot and cold drinks, is free and accessible via the Castle’s Visitor Centre.