If you live in or near Nottingham, unless you’ve been living under a rock for these past couple of months, you will have heard about the latest bar to pop up in the city center. We are, of course, talking about The Alchemist, which opened its doors on February 10, and has been all the local media- and our friends- could talk about since.
As we pride ourselves on having the best knowledge of the local area when it comes to food and drink, we decided it was time to check the bar out ourselves to see what all the fuss was about.
First impressions were good, with the modern, stripped-back interior that’s all the range at the moment making a pleasing subject for our camera. I know it’s superficial, but we always like it when a bar or restaurant is photogenic- it really goes create a better atmosphere than sitting in some dingy room that’s badly in need of a refurbishment.
Once we were seated at our table, it was time to check out the food and drink that was on offer. The bar has the craziest, most exciting cocktail menu we’ve ever seen, with choices ranging from a slightly odd “beyond the kale,” containing vodka and yes, kale, to the delicious-sounding “battenberg”, “bounty” and “bubbly gum” (you can take a look at the full menu here). The main reason that most people actually go to the bar is for the drinks, but at 11am on a gloomy Thursday, neither of us was really in the mood for a tipple. Instead we let our stomachs be the decider on a suitable brunch for the morning. (note: we will definitely be back to test out the cocktails in the future, and we’ll be sure to let you know what we think).
As girls who aren’t fans of a cooked breakfast, we were pleased with the range of breakfast and brunch choices available for us to choose from. As well as the typical sausage, egg and beans concoctions, there was also a choice of waffles, steak, the popular avocado on toast, overnight oats and granola. After some pondering, we went for the coconut yogurt and granola, and waffles with syrup and fruit- this wasn’t technically on the menu, but the fabulous waiter worked his magic and let us have it as an option. We were both a little dissapointed that there wasn’t the option to have pancakes, as we both expected that there would be. We felt this was all the breakfast menu was really lacking.
However, the disappointment didn’t last long, as our food arrived within record time- and it was delicious. The granola was the perfect mix of sweet, crunchy, and filling, and the waffles were crispy on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth in the middle. It definitely felt like more of a “high-end” breakfast- you can tell everything was homemade and there had clearly been a lot of thought about the ingredients that went into the dishes.
Overall, we were impressed not only by our food, but also the hospitality and the general atmosphere of The Alchemist. We would encourage everyone to check out the food menu, also- just because the place is known for it’s cocktails, if you’re not a big drinker, definitely don’t rule it out! We are proof that you don’t necessarily need to sample the drinks menu to understand why The Alchemist is such a hit with the locals. That said, as we mentioned above, we will definitely back to try out one of their famous cocktails. Just maybe not “Beyond the Kale”…
Have you tried out drinks at The Alchemist? Do you think we’re missing out? Or is there another local cocktail bar you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!