Belgo opened up in Nottingham about a year ago, and is the only chain’s restaurant outside of London (you could say it’s Nottingham’s claim to fame!)
The Belgian themed restaurant is famed for its focus on moules frites and craft beer – neither of which, I’ll admit, I’m a fan of. That’d be why it’s taken me so long to pay a visit! However, the addition of some extra options on the menu meant that I finally had some meal options; so Belgo became our restaurant of choice to celebrate some family birthdays.
Belgo can be found where La Tasca used to be on Weekday Cross, in the Lace Market (the more upscale area of Nottingham city centre).
As soon as I got there, I ordered a Belgian Garden: Watermelon schnapps, gin, lime wedges and grapefruit juice. Simple but refreshing!
Belgo claims to offer over 60 Belgian beers, and whilst I don’t actually like beer myself; the world’s most hard-to-please person (aka my dad) came along. This was genuinely the first time I didn’t hear him complain about the lack of choice in beers in any bar or restaurant; so that’s a huge compliment for Belgo!
In terms of food, there wasn’t a huge amount of choice on the menu for me, so I stuck to strictly vegetarian. What I did have though, was lovely – and would definitely order it again! I opted for cheesy croquettes as a starter, followed by the Vol au Vent for main: asparagus, pak choi and leek encased in a crispy pastry; with a side order of double cooked fries. Unfortunately for me, I was a bit too full to sample the dessert menu – and I love both waffles and crepes!
The décor was relaxed and pared back with its wooden walls and floors. It felt very cosy, and a nice place to spend the night.
I probably wouldn’t go back for a while, just because there wasn’t that big a food offer for me – but it’s somewhere I’d definitely recommend; or might start the night off for pre-drinks.
Belgo: 9 Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB