The Land of Robin Hood. Nottinghamshire has a long history. First settled sometime around the 5th century, this English county lying along the Roman Fosse Way has seen its fare share of changes. Soon after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Nottinghamshire became a centre for malting and the production of wool. Later, Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest became associated with the legend of Robin Hood, whose claim to fame was stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Nowadays, the city of Nottingham is the county’s culinary capital, but there are also an array of restaurants in Nottinghamshire’s smaller villages that offer food from all over the globe.