This visit was highly anticipated, as we had kept an eye on The Loom for a while after they recently opened their doors on High Pavement in the heart of Nottingham’s prestigious Lace Market. A great location for any new bar/restaurant and The Loom certainly has that twist, boasting live music most nights, a cosy front of house restaurant and a large jazz bar to the rear, which really is a hidden gem and a delightful discovery once inside… Our waiter showed us to what seemed to be the best seat in the house, at the front of the mezzanine, overlooking the lower floor of the restaurant, which was low lit, decorated in twinkle lights and had the soft tunes of jazz coming through from the singer in the bar area. Bottled water was bought to our table and our drinks order taken- a glass of Zinfandel Rose as always and a lemonade for my driving dinner guest. After scanning the menu we noticed that there wasn’t a vast amount of choice, but what was on there were key signature dishes that looked and sounded pretty amazing.
I opted for the spicy butternut squash soup to start served with warm bread- I did ask for some butter as bread with soup should always involve butter. My dining partner went for the ham hock brioche, with Piccalilli and quail egg – an extremely tasty dish, served with a generous amount of bread.
For main it had to be the blade of beef served with creamed mash, celeriac puree, fine beans and maple roasted carrots and shallots. The owner of the restaurant Christian explained in detail how the beef was cooked in a bag to keep in all of the juices and flavour over a long period of time, which was why it was so tender compared to most beef that my dining partner had tried – it literally broke off into pieces on his fork, needless to say I didn’t hear much from him throughout that course, as he enjoyed every mouthful! When I asked what he would give it out of ten he replied nine, which is the highest score yet of any restaurant we have dined in together, not just in this country but around the world- no exaggeration!
My vegetarian main choice was the Courgette Spaghetti with roast pepper and tomato, rocket, parmesan and basil oil. This had a real kick to it which I enjoyed and the courgette was cleverly in place of pasta, which really was unusual, but delicious, hence to say I will be trying that at home, once I can get my hands on a device that turns courgette into spaghetti! Dessert wasn’t really necessary after two more than satisfying dishes, however we had to try the Lemon Tart & Italian Meringue, which was one of the most sweet but delicious lemon tarts I have had the pleasure of tasting, along with a very generous amount of gooey meringue, it was difficult to finish but certainly a nice note to end on. The service was very tentative and friendly, the vibe was just what Nottingham needed, with a good quality range of jazz music to accompany the already cosy, relaxed atmosphere, I’d say this is a place for all ages and tastes, who just want to wind down with a drink after work, dine out and enjoys some good food with a partner, friends or family and be amongst a creative crowd of musicians, who could well be the next up and coming talent. Thank you to The Loom for a great experience, we will be back! Fiona Duncan, RSViP