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5.3 /6 Excellent 282 Reviews

The Ruddington Arms

Ruddington Bar £££ +100
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About The Ruddington Arms

A country pub with a city attitude, The Ruddington Arms on the outskirts of Nottingham brings a level of sophistication and glamour to the village of Ruddington. Mark Anderson, their head chef, worked under Michel Roux, Terry Laybourne and Terence Conran in Michelin-starred restaurants, before branching out to found this bar and restaurant on Wilford Road, where he has crafted a menu that brings all of his experience to bear, fusing classically British dishes with international influences.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
The Ruddington Arms, 56 Wilford Road, NG11 6EQ Nottingham

Further Information

The country pub is a national treasure, and The Ruddington Arms is one of the best examples of the genre: a proper, centre-of-the-community institution, with a bar menu that showcases the finest in British cuisine. On Wilford Road in the village of Ruddington on the outskirts of Nottingham, this pub is the brainchild of Mark Anderson, a chef with superlative experiences in some of the finest restaurants in the UK, and his menu is a reflection of the flavours and ingredients that make British food great.

First up in Ruddington is the starters, from which we would recommend the Lincolnshire Poacher and Spinach souffle, or the soup of the day, which is accompanied by fresh-baked bread from the Nottinghamshire-based Welbeck Bakehouse. Mains include British classics like fish and chips and steak and kidney pudding, as well as steaks from the grill. Sunday lunch is a speciality, with roast beef, pork or chicken, served up with all the trimmings. A trip down to The Ruddington Arms on Wilford Road in the Nottingham suburb of Ruddington is always a good idea – and it’s an even better idea to book a table in advance.


282 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 282 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 10:23

Loved it! The Ruddington Arms never disappoints! Food and environment are really good, just wish prices were a little lower, they are worth though 😀

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 10:26

Great service. Lovely staff and delicious food. I would happy to recommend the Ruddington Arms to all my friends and family. Looking forward to going again soon.😊

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 22:03

A very Warm friendly welcome. Great service. The food was lovely. We went for my dads birthday but Will definitely be visiting again soon 😊

4 reviews so far 6
10.06.2017 12:50

Excellent food & service for a very sensitive event. All requests were dealt with professionally & they delivered on everything we asked for. Cannot recommend the RA enough for any occasion. Well done all, especially Ash & Sarah.

5 reviews so far 6
01.02.2016 10:52

The Ruddington Arms is one of our favourite eating places. The atmosphere is always lively and there is energy and warmth in the air. Mark and Sarah, your hosts, are throughly professional providing everything you may need for an enjoyable occasion be it a family gathering or a quiet meal for two. Food quality is superb and Mark as head chef brings a dish to life - look out for the specials as these are always worth a try. The range of wines is broad with something for all tastes and coupled with the Ruddy Ales and selection of gins you all too likely to be lead astray! Staff are responsive and eager to please. For all the above reasons the RA has become a destination and without a doubt it has brought a new dimension to the village of Ruddington. Try it, for a meal or just a drink with friends, you won't be disappointed. Graham and Jill.

2 reviews so far 5
14.01.2016 20:27

A very friendly welcome after a longish drive in wintry weather. Decor clean and modern. (Loved the Belfast sink and quirky taps in the 'Boys Room'!) Good menu, with sufficient choices of meats and fish. Didn't have a starter, but desserts offered plenty of choice. Settled on a two flavoured sorbet. Not you average sorbet, I have to say!! Was it worth the journey? Absolutely! My main of Salt cod was to die for, and looking at the near empty plates of my fellow diners, we were all in agreement. Service was excellent, and although we had to wait a little longer than we would have expected, chef was kind enough to apologise. No great deal breaker this as we all concurred on an excellent meal, nicely served and at a price that wouldn't break the bank. We will certainly return to the Ruddington Arms in the future.

5 reviews so far 6
14.03.2016 10:38

My wife and I come to this restaurant a lot because everything about it is good and it is managed by true professionals at their craft. This Sunday I ordered the Gressingham duck from the 'Specials Board' it was superb. Mark, the chef, excelled himself with the combination of flavours he managed to create on the plate. I followed this with the cheesecake which came with one of the best sorbets I have ever tasted. My wife and I continue to be surprised and delighted with the quality and presentation of the food in this restaurant. Finally, must mention the fantastic staff who work their socks of on busy days, thanks guys and girls. Graham

1 review so far 4
16.04.2016 09:05

Food excellence, BUT service was slow for a week day and only about 5 ? tables being used. Also we arrived and when I asked where the toilets were I was told "Oh through there" so I struggled with my mother who couldn't reach the bizarre sink and non named taps. Towards the end of the meal I said this to a member of staff they said "Oh (big word at the Ruddington Arms) there are disabled toilets in a separate place 25 metres away from the main toilets and not signposted at at. The reason I mention this is because my mother was using a walker and clearly disabled. Not friendly, no extra help and even the door with the ramp outside was locked. I had to walk round to ask them to open it.....I'm disabled as well. Food very good, for village pub I thought it on the pricier side BUT excellent selection even if my favourite was on the "specials" board which we were NOT pointed out to us.

1 review so far 5
30.12.2015 00:45

Heard some good things about the RA from people local to it, so decided to travel the 5 miles to dine here. Atmosphere was lively , a bit brighter and more sparse in decor than expected . The food was certainly the highlight . The salt cod main dish was perfectly cooked and beautifully completed by a few roast veg. The goats cheese curd salad was inventive and full of textural flavour. Not as presentable as the other (cheaper) gastro-type pub in Ruddington , but the high standard of food definitely makes the Ruddington Arms worth a visit .

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 14:39

Can not fault this place, food was again first class and fairly priced. The salmon in a red Thai sauce with rice was perfectly spiced, the rib eye was succulent although a little small. Cheese soufflé starter was very tasty and quite filling. Great sticky toffee pudding and creme brûlée to finish the meal off . Staff were friendly and service was good, we left very happy and will be visiting again very shortly.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 09:25

A vety nice and relaxing evening with excellent service and food. A joy and delight from first entering to leaving. I would recomnend The Ruddington Arms for a very good night out for any occasuon.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2016 10:18

Thr Ruddington Arms has a great atmosphere, excellent food and attentive and efficient staff. It can be busy at the weekends. The menu is varied and interesting. I enjoyed crispy fried squid on a base of lettuce and pieces of fettle (cheese) on a sweet chillie sauce, followed by a succulent rack of lamb. The furnishings are an eclectic mix of old style furnishings which works very well

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 22:22

Excellent meal, friendly staff. The Ruddington Arms never disappoints in terms of quality of the food or the helpful and friendly nature of the staff. Always made to feel welcome and never rushed.

1 review so far 4
18.09.2016 18:01

Sunday Lunch - Food & Service was very good. Would of liked more vegatables with Sunday roast share meal, however the beef was cooked perfectly. Gravy was very thin for our taste but this is something personal, tasted lovely. We had to sit in the bar despite booking as we had an extra person on the day & the restuarant was fully booked. This was Ok but not ideal as not alot of room on the table for 5 people, especially with the "share Roast beef" for 4 meal. Staff very poliet & efficient. Would definately recommend :)

1 review so far 5
20.11.2016 17:17

Food was great and service was good, table in a truely awful position by a door which was used fairly often resulting in a cold breeze blowing our direction each time it was opened and having staff and other guests squeezing by made it a less than comfortable dining experience. Almost like they had overbooked and needed to get an extra table out so they stuck it in a random place by a door and in a walkway.

6 reviews so far 6
27.09.2016 08:48

Lovely meal with excellent food and service. We had scallops and chorizo and figs in honey for starters. Both were delicious. The same can be said of the mains. The salted cod looked lovely and we always appreciate good fish on the menu. Belly pork also beautiful. Two of us were too full for puds but the men managed cheese and biscuits which they enjoyed.

2 reviews so far 6
04.02.2016 15:29

I really enjoyed my visit to The Ruddington Arms. Fantastic food, great service, and very friendly staff made it a very enjoyable experience. I will be going back there again very soon.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 18:36

I was most impressed wiht the Ruddington Arms. For me it was a first time visit. I had heard good reports and was keen to try it out. The service was excellent and the staff first class; polite and attentive. The menu was interesting and varied...not just the "pub lunch" offers. The food was excellent. very timely served and great taste and quality.

1 review so far 2
31.01.2016 20:05

We visit different restaurants monthly, calling ourselves the Nuthall critics, and we have a scoring system? We were extremely disappointed. We arrived at 7.30 for our 7.45 booking and were told our table would be ready on time, but it was 8.00 before were seated. This wasn't a problem in itself but as the evening panned out the poor communication and service continued. On ordering the meal, the course was served approximately 40 minutes later, also not a problem but no one told us! We then had further waits to see the dessert menu, and receive the order, in fact if we hadn't beckoned the waitress over we wouldn't have got served. As for the food, it was only 'average'. Two of the party ordered the Salmon, which was good but the sides with it apart from the potatoes were inedible. One other ordered the burger which was good, and I ordered the slow cooked ham knuckle. This was reasonable but the meat did not fall off the bone like when I have eaten it before at other restaurants. Would we go back? No

2 reviews so far 5
29.03.2017 16:55

Lovely lunch today with elderly mother, my very good friend and 2 year old granddaughter. Food was excellent, the children's pasta was delicious but far too big a portion. Half would have been enough but very good nevertheless. The only criticism I have is that you seemed to be very understaffed and therefore we waited a long time and it was difficult to get the staffs attention. Minor criticism only. We will return

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 08:26

The Ruddington Arms is always busy. They have plenty of staff so the service is always good. I mostly have a fish dish which is always cooked and presented well

1 review so far 4
13.10.2016 07:21

The pub is a lovely place although the chairs we sat in were a bit uncomfortable but not a massive deal. We ordered two burgers and two Sunday roast. The burgers were delicious as well as the chips. Unfortunately the beef roast was not very nice. The beef it's self was very fatty and we hardly ate any of it. We were disappointed the cut wasn't a bit nicer. Everything else on the plate was lovely. Overall the experience was mixed, some great points and some low points.

8 reviews so far 6
01.10.2016 09:58

As usual The Ruddington Arms was sensational and I'll continue to go and send my customers from The Lodge at Ruddington. Keep it up and best wishes from Peter

5 reviews so far 6
12.06.2016 19:01

Excellent food, service and surroundings. Great attention to detail and presentation. Great for family's we will definitely visit again! Meat and cheese sharing starter platter was excellent and as was the sharing rib of beef, we had different deserts and all excellent. Great choice of real ales and craft ciders. The pimms was a great choice by me

1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 18:58

Went for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Not cheap but the food was top notch, surprisingly busy for a Tuesday lunch. Pick of the meals we chose were mussels for starters, rib eye steak for main and sticky toffee pudding dessert. The scallop starter was a little undersized for the price. I advised them when booking that it was a birthday but they didnt didn't make any extra effort.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 07:29

The staff were lovely, the restaurant Was clean and beautifully laid out. We sat outside in the court yard which was lovely . The menu was Varied. Food came out hot and delicious. Only nit picking but the ice cream Served looked lost in the glasses, perhaps a tad bigger scoops. On the whole a brilliant experience.

5 reviews so far 6
09.05.2016 10:29

Another excellent Sunday lunch this time in the garden enjoying the spring heatwave! Tom the duty manager as professional as ever and the new fine wine list is a great addition to the wide selection of wines already available, try Chocolate Block a wine to be savoured at length with good food and in good company.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 17:53

Quality, consistent food, good beers and high standard of service too. Slightly expensive but given the consistency, I'm ok with that! Also, caters for kids well with kids meals being in line with main menu and not just rubbish kids menu most other places serve. Definitely recommend the Ruddington arms, especially if it's a special occasion and you want better quality than typical chain pubs.

3 reviews so far 6
20.05.2017 14:32

This is a lovely restaurant. They have a fairly limited menu - which to me is a good thing because it everything they do is done well. It has a very friendly atmosphere. It can be a little noisy at busy times, but this is to be expected when the place is so popular.

10 reviews so far 6
25.10.2016 16:08

Wonderful! I ate here on my own as I got home late from work and hubby was working away so came here for a lovely quiet meal for one. I got excellent service and a wonderful meal and thoroughly enjoyed it all, tomato salad and chicken breast with mashed potato to boot - yum!

1 review so far 6
22.07.2016 16:36

Lovely place to eat...3 of us had dinner at 6.30 this week. It was during the exceptionally hot spell so some customers were in the garden but we stayed indoors. The staff were knowledgable and attentive. Best of all...the food was terrific. If we're ever in this area again, we'll definitely eat here.

2 reviews so far 6
18.08.2016 19:45

The staff are amazing, the atmosphere even though not too busy was lovely, music fantastic. The food? Well it was simply awesome! Only one downside in that the all day menu probably finishes a hour too early but the a la Carte menu is really nice. We had a great time thank you.

2 reviews so far 4
17.10.2016 10:11

This was our second visit- so that must tell you something! We found the food extremely good, with a good menu and daily specials. Prices were not out of the way either. The only downside was the fact that apart from our party of 3, after a few minutes, we were the only customers left, on this some what chilly Tuesday. We found the service polite and friendly, but unfortunately, somewhat slow. Wouldn't stop us from visiting again though.

4 reviews so far 6
03.08.2016 21:41

Fantastic food & service. Beware not to fill yourself up on the wonderful bread they do first!! Sticky Toffee Pud - divine!! They were happy also to make me a cocktail on arrival, even though they do not have a list & it was great too. Can't wait to return. Thanks RA

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 09:21

I am happy to take my visitors to the Ruddington Arms because I can be assured of a meal of excellent quality, served by a knowledgable staff. At my most recent visit my friend could not resist having the same food as his previous visit. The experience had stayed with him.

2 reviews so far 5
27.11.2016 16:33

Fantastic food and fairly personable service. Bit slow on the uptake to take either a drinks or food order;having said we needed to vacate the table in 2 hours, it took 35 minutes to get around to taking our order and the food service does take a bit of time, as usual. No time for pudding then :-( Overall, very good.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 11:59

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Ruddington Arms and would (and have) recommended it to others. The food was excellent. The service was also excellent, although the restaurant was not busy when we went, so we don't know what the service is like when the restaurant is busy.

1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 07:49

We took our daughter and her best friend out for Brunch. They are at Nottingham University, so it was a nice treat to get out of the city. Both the food and the service were wonderful. We will definitely be coming to this hidden gem next time we visit!

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 12:05

This was our first visit to the Ruddington Arms. The food was beautiful, cooked to perfection and was simply delicious. The staff were very attentive and the interior was modern with a rustic twist. I thoroughly recommend the Ruddington Arms, and am certain you will not be disappointed.

4 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 22:37

The RA is a great place, one of my favourite places to eat in Nottingham. The food is always amazing, staff very attentive, and great value, considering the quality of what you're getting. Can't fault it - except there should be more of them and one nearer me!!

1 review so far 6
17.09.2016 22:33

What a lovely restaurant! We visited today from Stockport with our family who live in Notts. Celebrating my mother in law's birthday. Wow, great food, great service. Staff lovely. Everything was just perfect. Will definitely visit again when we are in the area. Thank you Ruddington Arms!

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 11:14

My friend and I booked a table for 2 for a Saturday evening. The booking process was easy and confirmation came quickly. The menu and specials board offers plenty of choice, the food was excellent and the service friendly without being intrusive. Good value. Will return.

1 review so far 5
23.02.2016 08:47

Food here is is consistently good, with attentive service and some interesting and carefully chosen wines you can buy by the glass, carafe and bottle. Choose the calves liver (as I did) and it is perfectly cooked to your liking, unusual in many gastropubs, and beautifully presented. RA is a firm favourite in our household.

1 review so far 5
03.12.2015 08:35

Very flavoursome food, well cooked and presented. We were a party of four had four starters, four mains, two puddings, four coffees , a bottle of wine and two beers. The bill was just under £30 a head which was great value for money. The service was efficient, friendly, and unobtrusive. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 08:59

Excellent food and great staff that were very helpful and attentive. We arrived early so sat in the bar and had some nice drinks. Times between courses were just right and nothing was rushed or too slow. Most enjoyable evening. We will definitely be returning.

5 reviews so far 6
16.09.2016 12:03

Excellent food and ambiance as always in this gem of a restaurant. Took my sister and her husband who were visiting from the West Country and they were knocked out as they didn't think we had it so good up here in the far North!

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 13:01

Really good food excellent friendly service. We had a lovely relaxing meal and will certainly be going again. There is also a good wine list from which to choose. We were offered a lovely table away from a family group which was very considerate.

1 review so far 3
01.12.2016 18:19

Food complaint was not handled correctly. I appreciate they were busy, but you have to deal with the problem ! Waitress was pleasant, the toilets were not maintained there was no means to dry hands we advised no tissues but no one was interested ! And never replaced. We had traveled a long way to meet friend for a nice relaxed lunch, it was overall a poor experience ! We had to ask for the puddings three times and waited 40 mins! Shame as a nice place

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 09:58

Bright, crisp interior and friendly staff to greet us. All the dishes beautifully presented and cooked. Our vegetarian had two starters and three of us shared the forerib of beef, some of which was wrapped in foil for us to take away. Some interesting wines on the list. A wonderful Sunday lunch!

2 reviews so far 6
25.01.2016 09:43

Staff was great, friendly and welcoming. That afternoon was cold outside so the staff moved our booking to a table closer to radiator to help us warm up. food was great as always and we have booked to return in Feb, thank you