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Curious Manor

City Centre European, British ££ +100
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About Curious Manor

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Take a trip to this quirky Nottingham eatery and you’ll easily feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and into wonderland. Spread out over two floors, Curious Manor provides a real of escapism and fantasy, indulge in some cocktails, afternoon tea or dinner surrounded by all sorts of curiosities, from whimsical vintage-style decor to a hanging alligator and life size tree. You’ll find Curious Manor located on Trinity Square in the City Centre – book now for an unforgettable dining experience.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 01:00
Curious Manor, 1 Trinity Square, NG1 4AF Nottingham

Further Information

Alice once said that if she had a world of her own everything would be nonsense, and we can’t help but wonder if she was the interior designer behind this stylish Nottingham City Centre venue. On the ground floor at Curious Manor you’ll find The Scullery, decked out with copper pots and pans and a washing line, while the first floor takes the form of a manor house, split into different rooms. Whether its for some drinks, brunch, lunch or or dinner, Curious Manor provides a special location, drawing in crowds from all over Newcastle and further afield. Cure your hangover with the Hangover Hash (chorizo, pepperonata, hash brown, fried egg and mozzarella), share some small plates with friends, chow down on a juicy burger or steak, or feast on some pizza or a larger dish like the mac n cheese or salmon fillet – there’s something to suit all tastes and occasions at Curious Manor.

Or, for the full Alice in Wonderland experience, head over for a spot of afternoon tea. We recommend the Tipsy Tea (a traditional afternoon tea served with a cocktail of your choice) and chocoholics will love the Chocola-tea (finger sandwiches, chocolate chip scone with nutella and clotted cream, chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce, chocolate cake and a selection of chocolates served with tea or coffee). As one of Nottingham’s most unique venues, Curious Manor on Trinity Square in the City Centre can get busy. Snag the perfect seat by making a reservation in advance!

CHEF'S CHOICE

275 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 275 Reviews
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 22:04

Excellent service, beautiful food and lovely surroundings. Will definitely be back 😁. Very clean and given plenty of choice. Excellent for children giving them the same afternoon tea experience as an adult

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 18:29

Great place, fab/fun decor. Staff were helpful and friendly plus really good afternoon tea! (Finger sandwiches, a savoury pastry, scones with jam and cream, and cakes!)

1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 17:53

Amazing! We had afternoon tea at Curious Manor on a Saturday afternoon and the staff were amazing. The food was great and the ambience was fantastic - definitely somewhere I would return to!

1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 20:09

Curious manor is amaaaazing! The food, drinks and the decor are all adorable. Everything about my first experience was so fun! I'll definitely be going back again soon.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2016 11:08

I love the Curious Manor! Having only been before in the daytime (highly recommended) my friend and I went for dinner. It was FAB. So pretty with all the lights and gives the super interiors another dimension. Food was excellent, staff could not be friendlier or more helpful and the caramel cheesecake was to die for!! Please visit the Curious Manor - you will not regret it!

1 review so far 4
23.02.2017 11:12

The setting of Curios Manor is very quirky and therefore makes for a very unusual but pleasant atmosphere for a meal out. I went with my boyfriend on a Saturday night and my only criticism would be that by the time we were shown to our table at 20:30, the music was very loud and set up more for people coming in just for drinks rather than those dining. The food itself was great: my boyfriend and I shared a few starters tapas style and both had burgers for mains and I couldn't fault the food at all. The only problem was that by the time we were ready to order pudding (~22:00), we were told that we could only have items in the main fridge as the kitchens were no longer serving. While we both enjoyed our puddings, there were only a few options to choose from which is a shame because the pudding selection on the menu did look very good. Overall I couldn't fault the food, drinks or cocktails but if you are looking for a proper dining experience, it would probably be best to go reasonably early in the evening and maybe avoid the weekend as well.

1 review so far 3
07.09.2016 08:50

Although the food and general atmosphere was great, my sister and I found our table to 2 to be rather cramped with a large candle, vase of flowers, menus etc taking up a lot of the limited space. We ordered just olives for a starter but were served bread as well. When we told the waitress that we hadn't ordered it, she did apologise and promised it would be removed from the bill - which it wasn't. The most disappointing part of our visit was the lack of good old-fashioned plates. Although our food looked very pretty served on a narrow wooden slab, the novelty of rummage in a mini bucket for our fries, extracting coleslaw from a tiny jar, and trying to negotiate a very tall burger with no room to actually cut up our food or use cutlery soon wore off. These serving methods clearly make things difficult for the waiting staff too. When attempting to clear our table, the waitress dropped a steak knife on my sister as it fell off the tiny wooden slab and also knocked food onto her suede shoes (which now appear to be stained), and sent a jar of coleslaw onto my dress and bag. Quite embarrassing for everyone involved.

2 reviews so far 5
14.11.2016 15:55

Lovely place and they provided us with the table we requested (under the tree) however we had to be moved after 10mins as they forgot to tell us we weren't allowed to eat there. We had to be moved to the restaurant part. The food was lovely, but they brought everything out at once so by time I reached my main, it was a little too cold! Also, every time a plate/glass was empty on our table, a waitress would come over and ask if it was done with. We understand they want to clear up fast as they go, but we just kept being interrupted every 10mins and it started to feel a little awkward.

1 review so far 5
01.10.2016 09:49

Wonderfully quirky interior - you just keep seeing more interesting items everywhere you look! Fascinating and lots of fun! Great selection of Gin & Tonic; good wine list and excellent burger. Could have been slightly more pink for my taste but the flavour was exceptional. Loved the brioche bun also - burgers are often let down by the bun I feel so this was a big plus for me. My friend had the Moules-Frites which were perfectly cooked. Service was good and overall experience great - let down by the bench seat I was seated on being a little long so everyone that walked past bumped into it.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 16:53

My first visit to Curious Manor, taking school friends I hadn't seen for over 40 years! What a great place! We loved the food, the ambiance and the cocktails. Service was polite and discrete. I will be going again & so will my friends!

1 review so far 5
04.12.2016 07:52

Food was great. Just lacked a little with sides for the main dishes. Atmosphere was lovely, staff nice, although waiting time was a little long. Wether this was due to it being busy or we were a table of six. Service due to being a little busy seemed rather rushed it took away a little from quality. When we decided not to tip the additional charge which was added on to the bill as it was simply too high and didn't warrent the service provided, our waitress was very rude and stormed off after we paid. A little unnecessary. May return for the food.

3 reviews so far 6
29.05.2016 15:52

Was concerned about speed of service after reading previous reviews, yet despite it being really busy, service was very fast, friendly and efficient. We had the Chocolate Afternoon tea, which was a real delight! We requested cocktails instead of tea, and that was fine. I had the Lemon Meringue and the Edison cocktail, which came in a lightbulb, both were delicious! Overal, I will be making several more reservations for this quirky, friendly and intriguing venue. It was a delight!

1 review so far 4
23.05.2017 23:14

Booked online and it stated that they were heavily booked. Our daughter had eaten here previously and said what a great atmosphere it had. When we arrived we were the only people in the restaurant and, until attempting to order, they did not advise that after 6pm on a Sunday evening you can only order pizza. We managed to squeeze or order in before 6pm and the main course was nice. The staff were apologetic but then, when attempting to order dessert, again we were advised that the menu was not available and cake was the only choice. The cocktails were great and we would try it again ... just not on a Sunday evening.

1 review so far 4
20.05.2017 20:29

Afternoon tea Really lovely and great venue the only reason I won't give it 6 is I contacted the venue and to say one of us was vegetarian, also no fish in sandwiches and no chocolate flavoured things, then when the afternoon tea came out there was chocolate cake on it and salmon in the sandwiches we didn't say anything as didn't want to make a fuss, luckily my friend offered to have the chocolate cake but just thought as we warned them in advance it could of been possible to not put these on our afternoon tea. Everything was fresh though and tasty.

1 review so far 4
27.03.2016 00:54

The food was great! The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and the restaurant itself was really cool and had a great vibe, the only thing to fault was the inconsistent quality of service. I think this was because we had 4 separate servers waiting on our table and so there was a lot of confusion and forgetting things / bringing the wrong things to the table in the wrong order. It was a bit frustrating, in future I would recommend one server waiting on the table or at least each server following through with what they've just asked / offered.

1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 21:50

Curious Manor is a wonderful quirky venue for a fantastic afternoon tea and drinks for any occasion this is my second visit after attending a hen party thoroughly enjoyed it on both occasions

1 review so far 3
11.04.2016 15:59

I had heard so many good reports about this venue, however I was very disappointed, when we arrived there was quite a lot of old food and bits on the floor under the tables, we ordered a round of drinks and one had to be sent back as there was lipstick round the glass, we ordered a child's pizza which was cold and under cooked, a steak which was ordered medium but came out well done, and another pizza which didn't have much toppings and was quite burnt, we had to wait quite a while for the plates to be taken away and wasn't offered a desert menu, I was very much looking forward to coming here with so many people saying how lovely it was, I wouldn't recommend to a friend

1 review so far 4
04.07.2016 09:45

Food came pretty fast after ordering, was very nice. Cocktails are amazing however service was quite slow as it was fairly busy which is understandable. Only issue is that we had to shout for the waitor/waitress' attention with it being loud in there. Also, we had been seated for an hour and a half only when a gentleman asked if he could move us as they had another reservation for the table in 15 minutes. I think this is pretty poor customer service and planning and definitely affected the mood as we left around 10 minutes later.

2 reviews so far 6
18.03.2017 10:17

I love this place, the staff are friendly, approachsble and helpful. The food is great & reasonably priced. I love the cocktail menu!! We were seated at a fantastic table & it felt very private, bottles of water were provided without being asked for. It felt like a very special evening, which was the actual intention. Thank you al, we had a great time.

1 review so far 5
27.06.2016 17:10

This is my 4th visit to The Curious Manor. It is a good place to have lunch. The menu is varied and presents lots of different styles of 'eating'. The staff are friendly and I love the decor.

2 reviews so far 6
11.04.2016 13:03

Love the place and can't wait to return! Relaxed atmosphere perfect for Sunday lunch, excellent and faster than expected service (despite the poor reviews) and really good afternoon tea. The child's afternoon tea was perfect and good value at £6 and my daughter really did think she was at an Alice in wonderland tea party. Great first experience curious manor see you soon!

1 review so far 2
01.09.2016 07:36

I have to say i was disapointed with our experience. We arrived at 5pm for our booking with only two other people in the restauraunt. It was boiling hot, we asked to move to a cooler table and were put by the kitchen (safe to say that wasnt cooler). We moved to the bar area and were told we would now need to go to the bar to order. I understand that that may be the case in normal circumstances but given that we had to move because of the environment and as the staff had no one to serve it felt like they should have offered to give the service we would have got in the restaurant. There was 8 of us so our bill was fairly big and it didnt feel like we were valued customers. It was 7 out of the 8 of us first time visiting and it just didnt give of the best impression. I should say that the food was lovely. We were just disapointed that the staff couldnt be bothered to go over and abovel, despite having no other customers!

1 review so far 3
19.05.2016 07:29

Food was amazing. Waiting staff not so...we got offered a choice of tables, and then got asked to move to the corner where we were ignored by staff unless we called them over. I had to ask the man at the bar to sort our bill out as we wait 20 minutes for someone to come to the table. several members of staff ignored us even though we were clearly waiting. I am also gluten intolerant and the woman asked me if their fries were ok for me! Like I know the recipe! Also got my order wrong and it had to be returned. So overall poor service, but food could not be faulted, well done to kitchen staff :)

1 review so far 2
12.03.2017 17:41

Not a great experience unfortunately. Went for afternoon tea, had a waiter that didn't understand English and sent back the sandwiches twice as they were stale. The waitress argued with me when I said the teas had been sat out and that's why they were stale. I'd seen them ten minutes before they were brought to us. We'd also asked for no fish sandwiches and all that happened was that they were removed as you could see the gaps where they had been. They weren't substituted with anything else which proved my point that they weren't freshly made. The second lot we're just as stale as the first and quite clearly we're not freshly made despite the waitress telling us they were. Service in general was very very poor and to have staff arguing with the customer is just not good service. My daughters meal was lovely though as were the cakes which is why I haven't scored a one!! Such a shame as it's a lovely venue and the food is normally really good, it was certainly busy enough.

3 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 19:37

Quirky venue, with excellent food and brilliant service. If you are wanting to eat out in Nottingham you need to try Curious Manor - it is unlike anywhere else.

2 reviews so far 6
13.07.2016 09:02

Lovely good, great atmosphere. A little slow to get us seated but the service once we got to our table was excellent. We didn't have a table until 8:30 but won't go that late in future as they turn the lights down about then and we ended up eating in the dark! Other that'll that would highly recommend.

1 review so far 3
12.02.2017 11:37

The atmosphere, food and cocktails were awesome. Food was very reasonabley priced, drinks were a little expensive, but it's to be expected in a place like this. The only downside to the evening was the service. The staff were attentive when they took our first drinks order and food order, but after that, we had to hunt them down in order to get a drink. Throughout our dinner, we didn't have a drink at all. When they cleared the plates, they still did not ask to take a drinks order and we had to ask if we could order some. It was sometimes hard to even find a member of staff to ask. Very poor service.

1 review so far 5
31.05.2017 10:16

We enjoyed our visit, can't fault it really. We had booked in advance and were seated as soon as we arrived. Pizza's were delicious and arrived quickly. Cocktails were good, but the 2-4-1 offer isn't available on Saturdays. Décor is interesting, you really do feel like you have fallen down the hole into wonderland. It was noisy though, and the music quite loud so hard to chat.

3 reviews so far 5
03.07.2016 09:26

Brilliant service, friendly staff, lovely food and just a cool quirky place to sit and chat for a couple of hours and drink some cocktails! My only problem is that if you don't really eat pizza or burgers then your options are steak or salad, which is fine with me but not everyone. Overall though I loved it and can't wait to go again 😍🍸

1 review so far 4
14.08.2016 10:23

Service was a little slow and they served food to one of our party long before the rest meaning they had finished before we got ours. We were waiting to pay for so long we ended up going to the bar instead. It was VERY hot to the point of being uncomfortable. The toilets are up stairs and with two elderly people in our party it wasn't ideal. Staff were nice and friendly, food was good and reasonably priced.

2 reviews so far 5
13.07.2017 09:16

We sat outside and enjoyed the summer sunshine. A great place to eat and drink in Nottingham. Mid afternoon they have a varied range of food from classy meaty burgers and fries, pizzas to tapas style small plates ideal for sharing or going solo. I had a refreshing small plate of salad with smoked salmon and orange segments, very tasty.

1 review so far 4
09.04.2017 15:33

Service and booking was excellent, however as we came to leave (one of our party was using a wheelchair), we asked if the door with a flat access to the ground could be opened and was told No by the doorman. So my friend was forced to wheel out backwards over a significant drop and step, this would've been so easily resolved. Disappointing ending, especially after such a lovely evening, food and service were fab.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2016 22:20

Loved the place and the staff amazing all so helpful.Food was well cooked and the wine of good quality.Wished that you would do a set price lunch in the week say from monday to Friday i suggest 2 courses for about £10.95,I would certainly visit more often with friends

1 review so far 3
29.03.2016 09:24

The afternoon tea was lovely and a very generous portion size, however what let this experience down was the service, we waited 45 mins from arriving before we even got a drink, it seemed like they were a lot of staff wandering around but not actually serving anybody. Several tables close by were having the same issues. We wanted to order more drinks but it wasn't worth the wait and so just asked for the bill. Improve the service (and speed of service) and the review would be much more positive. If visiting leave plenty of time!

1 review so far 6
03.04.2016 10:16

The staff were warm & welcoming. They were very accommodating with regards to my daughters dietary requirements which made the visit so much more special. I have now been here twice both day & night & will definitely recommend it to friends. The service & food were excellent.

1 review so far 4
16.07.2017 15:53

Lovely surroundings and the food when we got it was good . Service very slow though , nobody brought us a menu my friend had to get up and get them off the side , girl came to take our drinks order then never came back so we had to again shout up to be served. Shame about the service as it's a lovely place and the food was very good 😊

1 review so far 5
28.05.2016 08:24

Service was wonderful, food was freshly prepared with an interesting menu. Plenty for vegetarians too! Only thing I might do is turn the music down a touch as my girlfriends and I were struggling to hear each other at times at lunch over the music. Thanks for a great time though. We will be back!

2 reviews so far 4
05.07.2016 17:10

We had the chocolate afternoon tea. The staff were excellent again, helpful and friendly. Although the afternoon tea looked amazing and was generous it was not as nice as the cocktail afternoon tea I've had previously. The scones were extremely dry, the chocolate cake was also dry. A little disappointing this visit compared to others which was a shame as I was bringing friends for a birthday treat.

1 review so far 4
22.05.2016 10:20

Food and drinks were okay, if a bit pricey for what you get. Atmosphere is nice. Staff had a tendency to be either hard to find or we would end up with three people asking if we were ready to order within two minutes of being given a menu. However it was a very enjoyable evening. I will be going back, but perhaps not on a Friday night.

6 reviews so far 5
31.07.2016 17:36

Afternoon tea was a great price and presented beautifully. We had the Lemon and Raspberry cake and it was to die for. The only thing I'd say is that the scones were a bit strange; they were traditional scones, they had an odd glaze on them and tasted a bit bitter! Service was lovely

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 19:41

Fab time! Mum and daughter day and we ordered the cream tea. Excellent value for money as we couldn't finish it and took our gateau home! Great quirky surroundings. Good music. Loved the loos!! Booked for Mothers Day whilst we were there too! Highly recommend.

1 review so far 4
14.07.2017 07:20

Food was great but service was a little lacking. It was not busy when we arrived yet we were not acknowledged by staff for at least 5 minutes. They could see we were there but continued with the tasks they were doing without so much as a "I'll be with you in a second" once we were acknowledged and showed to our table the food was great.

1 review so far 5
31.08.2016 07:44

Quirky setting, lovely afternoon tea, would go again. Only two things I would improve are, tea/coffee usually unlimited with an afternoon tea. It was a warm day and it felt like sitting in a greenhouse, even with the fans on, need better air con. Otherwise deffo worth a visit for the fabulous cakes.

1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 09:35

We really enjoyed the afternoon tea here. We will definitely be returning, but I will ask not to be seated in the dark room as it felt really segregated from the rest of the restaurant. Food was lovely and there was plenty of it! 3 generations all happy with our Mother's Day treat!

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 08:42

First time visiting here came with my daughter for sparkling afternoon tea for her birthday. "Wot a interesting place"Had a lovely relaxed experience' great service staff very polite & friendly ,food was yummie too! Will definitely return again .a big thumbs up from us👍😊

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 07:38

Experience was great lovely atmosphere in place. Fantastic decor. Excellent service. Would recommends to people for sure. If there was one complaint it was that scones were bit flat and crumbly but that's a minor complaint as we had a great time

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 16:09

If you're looking for a place to escape to, somewhere that's a bit out of the ordinary? Then this place is for you!! Excellent food, fantastic drinks, and a wacky ambience makes you feel right at home. Can't wait to go back!

1 review so far 6
01.04.2016 18:39

Fabulous food and excellent service!! Very impressed we will definitely return. Great decor~ felt like we were having our afternoon tea with Alice in Wonderland. Scrumptious cakes, and they even packaged the ones we couldn't eat, to bring home!!

1 review so far 4
03.07.2016 15:22

Main meal was good, but really greasy. Pudding (Eton Mess) was poor, it tasted like squirty cream with broken pieces of meringue and a tiny amount of fruit sauce. I wouldn't eat it again. We make it by mixing the cream with vanilla ice cream, and some raspberry yoghurt, and serve with a mint sprig, just an idea.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:33

Gorgeous burgers, excellent fries and quirky decor. Also has a good children's menu - the sausage and chunky chips were delicious! Really good service too. What more can I say... Definitely will be coming back again and again.