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4.0 /6 Very Good 32 Reviews

The Curious Townhouse

The Lace Market European, British £££ +100
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About The Curious Townhouse

The most recent outpost of Nottingham’s funky Curious family, The Curious Townhouse on High Pavement is a unique, do-it-all Lace Market venue that balances aesthetics and artistic decor (not to mention historical grandeur) with cutting-edge cuisine and top-shelf drinks. Blurring lines between cafe, bar and contemporary British eatery, The Curious Townhouse is bound to impress whatever the time of day or night – just bear in mind that their location and reputation makes it hard to catch them at a quiet moment, so booking ahead is often a must!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 08:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 08:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:00
The Curious Townhouse, 3 - 5 High Pavement, NG1 1HF Nottingham

Further Information

Anybody familiar with other Curious Nottingham outlets will be rightfully excited by this gorgeous venue on High Pavement, but The Curious Townhouse is perhaps the most impressive of an already impressive bunch. The exquisite 18th-century venue is charming enough in itself, but the tasteful decor makes it a real class act in keeping with the chic vibe of the Lace Market area (Nottingham Contemporary gallery is just a stone’s throw away, after all). The Curious Townhouse opens early and stays so until late into the night, so whether after a cafe for morning coffee and croissant, an elegant European or modern British lunch, or a refined night out (the bar shakes up some of Nottingham’s very best cocktails, and there is a pool table and DJ space too), you will not be let down by what you find at The Curious Townhouse.

In terms of dining, there are plenty of surprises in store for those who arrive at High Pavement expecting the standard British bar bites or European cafe meals. Think fresh, delicately dressed crab to share over a drink or a range of house-cured breakfast treats, not to mention superb versions of more familiar dishes like chilli chicken wings and probably the best eggs benedict to be found around The Lace Market. Whichever way you slice it, The Curious Townhouse is quirky, funky, fun and delicious – but it’s also popular, so advance bookings are strongly advised at all times.

32 Reviews

4.0 /6 Very Good 32 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Noise: average
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1 review so far 6
26.07.2017 10:20

Good food, and well-priced, especially if you go for one of their deals (detailed on the menu; various days). Quirky decorations, nice beer (a bit pricey, but that's Nottingham centre for you...) Friendly and helpful staff. Recommended and will go again!

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 08:26

Gorgeous afternoon spent celebrating my best friends birthday! Afternoon tea and cocktails were gorgeous!! Staff were friendly and very helpful! Lovely setting !can't wait to go back!

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 11:31

Wonderful food, wonderful drinks and fantastic atmosphere. Absolutely love the decor of the place, and the selection of teas was fab, will be visiting again!

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 20:30

We went on Mother's Day for their "nibbles" deal, was really nice as were the pina coladas. Loved the decor and the staff were friendly

1 review so far 4
01.08.2017 16:01

The venue is quirky and fun and the menu good value. Our food was very tasty, but not as piping hot as we would have expected. Also the service was a bit slow, we were shown to a table, but nobody came to take our order even though it was early evening and quiet. After the waitress brought our food, we had to catch her attention to ask for cutlery, serviettes and sauces. If we were meant to order food at the bar and collect these things from somewhere ourselves, then it wasn't made clear either when we were taken to our table or on the menu for instance. In summary a nice evening meal, let down by not particularly good service.

1 review so far 4
21.11.2016 11:18

The setting is "curious" Alice in Wonderland meets the "real world". Loved it, lots of little details and trinkets that made the visit an experience as well as a delicious late lunch. As much as I appreciate that many people like to be left I was a little disappointed that we had to request drinks service each time instead of being asked even though we were in the dining area. This may have been due to the fact that there was a function up stairs though so staff may have been otherwise engaged, a minor issue that in no way took away from the lovely afternoon. Thank you.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 15:12

Great service, great food and nicely decorated. We really enjoyed our evening eating at The Curious Townhouse. I just wish the evening menu was a little bigger.

1 review so far 5
31.03.2017 11:25

Lovely food in a gorgeous setting. The only slight problem was when we arrived we were having to wait for our friends to join and although we had informed the staff, they still brought the food out instead of waiting for all our guests to arrive first.

1 review so far 3
14.08.2017 07:39

The food was quite nice...nothing special. We booked the afternoon tea. The service was not great. The staff did not offer to top the "bottomless tea" up or make sure there was cutlery on the table. The staff gave the impression that they didn't really want to be there to be honest. Was quite disappointed overall as I had heard really good things about this place. Don't think I will be visiting again.

2 reviews so far 6
18.03.2017 17:26

Great place for afternoon tea. Great quality food with the staff going the extra mile to answer a question about the ingredients of the cakes due to an allergy. Excellent good and value for money.

1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 09:38

It was my first time here and I loved it. The decor is very quirky and wonderfully weird. The staff were really friendly. The only downside was that the food wasn't very hot. However. That won't stop me from going again.

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 07:38

Really enjoyed the tapas menu, thought there would be a bit more choice of more unusual cocktails but the one I chose was nice. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming & loved the decor. Will definitely be returning!

1 review so far 5
30.09.2016 09:43

Love the decor in this place, very quirky and had a great atmosphere. There food menu is small however we ate from the dishes to share menu and the food was absolutely delicious.... will definitely be going back!

1 review so far 6
19.11.2016 08:56

Had a lovely time. Liam was especially helpful. Place is different without being pretentious. Food was interesting and tasty and cocktails unusual and very well presented Really enjoyed ourselves Thank you

2 reviews so far 4
11.10.2016 07:35

Food was very tasty but it definitely felt like somewhere to drink not eat. The menu was pretty small and puddings included a croissant!! Was a little disappointed to be honest but what we did have was tasty and the staff were very attentive.

1 review so far 3
24.01.2017 13:08

Although the service and food was very good we were disappointed because the room we were sitting in was very cold! My friend and I sat the whole evening with our coat and scarves on, and we were still not warm enough. I would go again because the food was good but I would certainly wear thermals!!!

2 reviews so far 4
18.12.2016 07:47

Decent food, though it wasn't really a seat suitable for eating. The chairs were low and the table was comparatively high - meant awkward eating posture. I would certainly recommend it for a few drinks though - great wine and draught lager.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 08:31

Easy to book on this app. Let us sit 1/2 hour early. Lovely venue. Lovely staff and delicious food. Would definitely recommend and will be booking again myself

1 review so far 6
28.10.2016 17:39

The vegetarian food was delicious, cocktails were great, service was prompt and friendly and the place has a great, laid back atmosphere! I would definitely recommend!!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 08:31

Quirky restaurant/bar, nice atmosphere, food was great and drinks are all served with the wow factor, will definitely be going back to the curious townhouse

1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 07:40

Lovely afternoon tea. Relaxing atmosphere. Only downside is disabled toilet up some steps. Plus didn't like the loom in the toilet Would recommend and will go again

1 review so far 4
22.10.2016 09:52

Bar has great feel and atmosphere, food tasted fab, especially the flat breads but not a lot of menu choice and not huge fan of where we were sat by the door.

1 review so far 4
22.01.2017 08:40

It was cold throughout the place. Food was nice and service friendly. Interesting decor but not the most comfortable. We would have been happier sat nearer the back of the place.

1 review so far 1
10.05.2017 10:14

We booked online a week before our visit for a friends birthday. When we arrived we were shown to a table in the front area and not in the actual restaurant. Although this wasn't what we expected the place still looked nice so we sat down. Unfortunately the table was so small that we couldn't comfortably sit four people round. We asked if any other tables were free and they weren't so we chose to leave and try somewhere else.

1 review so far 2
19.07.2017 10:18

Prefer Curious Manner, Trinity Square. Atmosphere, food, layout and overall experience more enjoyable at the Trinity Square branch. Also, the tables are quite segregated because of limited space downstairs

1 review so far 2
11.12.2016 08:07

Service was slow, food was cold. We were put on a table for 2 when there was 3 of us. Just a poor performance all round.

2 reviews so far 2
21.12.2016 19:27

Noisy, poor service - had to get up 5 x to get attention. Food quite variable although the four small plates offer is a good concept.

1 review so far 2
11.12.2016 08:51

Service was very slow, waitress brought us the wrong drinks several times and the steak in the steak baguette was tough. Would not go back.

1 review so far 1
11.12.2016 09:55

Early evening meal three of us on a table for two - -poor service waitress rude at best - looks ok for afternoon tea not an evening meal venue - - - extremely disappointing

1 review so far 1
15.02.2017 13:48

First order came incorrect but Waitress insisted we got it wrong. 2nd order came under cooked. . Couldn't b bothered to mention it again so will not be eating there again