The Lace Market area of Nottingham is thought to be one of the oldest parts of the City. It has a history going back to the early settlers who carved out caves in the soft sandstone rock of the cliff in which to live and it has had a crucial place in every period of the city’s history. It now forms Nottingham’s “Creative Quarter”, with some wonderful architecture, the magnificent St Mary’s Church (where I was wed, incidently ☺️), and lots of bars and restaurants, one of the latests and coolest of which is The Loom.
The Loom is located in a beautiful Grade II listed 18th Century building that was formerly the city’s Lace Museum. The entrance is a deceptively discreet Town House portico which opens up into a surprisingly huge space. With the front rooms classily set out as restaurant space, leading to the bar/lounge and stage area at the rear (which operated as a lace warehouse as recently as the 1960s).
I love that The Loom reflects Nottingham’s lace-making heritage, everything about it inside is beautifully and creatively designed, paying homage to lace without taking on a “theme” and downstairs (amongst the work that is still in progress) is a loom. A full-on, full sized 19th Century jacquard loom that, when renovated, will become a key feature. Not only is it all rather lovely, its nod to Nottingham’s industrial history makes it unique. It is also really rather cool.
So, we had cocktails before we planned to move on to Veeno’s for wine, and Ginza for Japanese food.
I started with Mr C’s Custard Cream – a mini cocktail of Portobello Road Gin, Koko Kanu, Disarano, Advocaat, Lemon, Cream and Egg White, with, as you can see, a custard cream on the side. What’s not to like? And the husband had a Pencillin – Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Laphroaig, Lemon, Ginger and Honey.
The cocktail menu is extensive, with lots of classics but also a selection of House specials which are original and unusual. I mean, a Custard Cream cocktail, got to love it.
The daughter asked for a mocktail – with the choice left to the barman, he produced this beauty. I have no idea what was in it, but it tasted like Strawberries and Cream and was consumed in about 3 minutes.
The husband moved on to beer, but as I do like to live on the edge a bit……I went for the The Corpse Riviera – No3 Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, Lemon, Absinthe and Champagne. I loved it, but my choice did seem to elicit a small about of exictment at the bar…something to do with the louchness of drinking absinthe and champagne at 4 in the afternoon I think. But hey, I’m hard. 😂😂
We didn’t eat at The Loom, but we did look at the menu. I don’t know what I expected really, the menu was pretty traditional, classic dishes, salmon, chicken etc. I am sure the food will be perfectly executed, like the rest of the place, but somehow it didn’t immediately grab me, I would eat if I was there, but wouldn’t go there to eat, if you see what I mean.
I would though, go back for the imaginative and stunning cocktails and the achingly cool vibe.