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'It's got a real honesty about it': Sat Bains recommends Nottingham's finest restaurants, pubs and produce

Sat Bains is a chef enamoured with the produce of Nottingham and the surrounding area.


Sat Bains is a chef enamoured with the produce of Nottingham and the surrounding area. It’s not far from where he grew up in Derby, and it’s where you’ll find his eponymous two-Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, which he runs with his wife Amanda.

“We’re very lucky,” he says. “We’re landlocked, so we’ve got loads of cattle and game. There’s pheasant, partridge, hares, pigeon and wigeon, all from the Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire borders. There’s also Starkey’s Farm where the original Bramley’s apple is from, and lots of cheese. Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton is my favourite.”

Here, he shares his other insider recommendations...

John’s House

Tom the Farmer, Greg the Father and John the Chef celebrating our new Michelin Plaque! @michelinguide #michelinstar #farmtotable #leicestershirefood #familyphotos

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“John’s House is about twenty minutes away from our restaurant on the A60. It’s amazing. It’s on an old farm and John [Duffin] himself is the chef. A couple of years ago it got a Michelin-star.

It’s so cosy, it’s got fires, and the food is solid. John previously worked in London with Claude Bosi and is a very talented guy. He uses lots of ingredients from the farm, and he goes shooting himself. It’s got this real honesty about it.

I go there with Amanda and recently I had the Stonehurst Gloucester Old Spot piglet with a pineapple jelly. The desserts are really nice too, with lots of savoury elements.”

139-141 Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AR; call 01509 415569 or visit johnshouse.co.uk

The Cod’s Scallops

The Cod's Scallops is a chippie and a wet fish counter in one

“The fishmonger is part of a brilliant chip shop called The Cod’s Scallops. There are two in Nottingham, one in Sherwood and one in Wollaton, and they’re opening another one in Long Eaton.

"The batter is made in beef dripping, and because there’s a fish counter, you can go in and point at a particular fillet of Dover sole, and have it steamed, baked or battered. It’s properly old school, and he does a homemade tartare sauce, too.”

311-313 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 2DA; call 0115 708 0251 or visit codsscallops.com

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

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"I haven’t got a favourite pub, but I love The Wollaton near us. Amanda and I often walk through Wollaton Park and go for our Sunday roast or just for a beer. It’s great fun.

The other one I’d recommend is iconic - Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is probably the oldest pub in the UK [it's reputed to date from 1189]. It’s built in a cave and they’ve got great guest ales.

It’s got so much history and an incredible feel about it, right at the foot of the castle. We always tell our guests to go there."

1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD; call 0115 947 3171 or visit triptojerusalem.com

JT Beedham and Sons

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“There’s an award-winning local butcher called Beedham’s run by Johnny Pusztai. He home cures his meat and is great for pork. He has Polish heritage and he does amazing sausages, and he has belly pork from from a local farm with this incredible layer of fat on it.

We buy his spicy Kolbasz, a spicy salami-type sausage a bit like chorizo with paprika, smoked and dried, and we serve it with a deep fried artichoke shell with tartare sauce and gel made out of gherkins, and then we dust it with cep powder. It’s lovely and smoky.”

556 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG5 2FS; call 0115 960 5901 or visit johnnypusztai.com

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