As a spectator you may not need as much energy as the cyclists in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, but you'll probably want to make a day of it with a delicious lunch or evening meal. North Nottinghamshire offers an array of delightful eateries, whether you are looking for an atmospheric dinner, a coffee break or a sweet treat. If you're visiting the area on Saturday September 8th, browse the pubs, coffee shops and places selling local produce below for inspiration.

To find out what cultural or family attractions there are to see in North Nottinghamshire, along with cycle routes you can try yourself, please see the second part of this blog: OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 7: Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire.

Cafes & Restaurants

Gannets | Visit Nottinghamshire

Gannets | Newark

A quirky, family-run café set in an elegant Georgian building, Gannets offers picturesque views of Newark Castle ruins and grounds. A friendly welcome awaits, along with their signature dishes using locally sourced and organic ingredients and a seasonal menu. Read more here.

Strays Coffee Shop | Newark

Situated in the heart of Newark, this family-owned business offers great coffee seven days a week, along with fantastic homemade lunches, plus deliciously 'naughty' cakes. With a jazz soundtrack and regular live performances, this is the place to while away the hours, especially if you've picked up a book from their in-house bookshop next door! Read more here.

Thaymar Dairy | Visit Nottinghamshire

Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Room | Retford

Thelma Cheetham has been making her wonderful ice cream for nearly 30 years, after diversifying from dairy farming. With over 35 mouth-watering flavours to choose from, a diabetic and low-fat range, plus lots of locally sourced farm shop produce, Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Rooms really do make sure there is something for everyone. Read more here.

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Café | Southwell

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe is another great option for those visiting the picturesque village of Southwell. A warm welcome and homemade produce can be found in this family run parlour and café, which serves up tasty, colourful lunches as well as their delicious farm-fresh ice creams, sorbets, and range of yummy cakes and savouries. Read more here.

Reg Taylor's Tea Rooms | Southwell 

The tea room at Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre is a wonderful fully licensed restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch made from the finest and freshest local produce. If you are looking for a treat mid-afternoon, then be sure to try their afternoon tea of homemade delights served on a tiered cake stand. Afterwards explore the amazing plants on offer, the swan sanctuary and sculpture garden. Read more here.

Reg Taylors Tea Room | Visit Nottinghamshire

The Refectory | Southwell

The Refectory is delightfully placed within the grounds of the majestic Southwell Minster, giving magnificent views from the patio area. An ideal spot to enjoy one of the scrumptious cakes on offer, along with a pot of tea of course. Their ethos is to serve seasonal, good quality, locally sourced food, from light bites to daily specials, with fresh bean to cup coffee and a carefully selected wine menu. Read more here.

Launay’s Restaurant | Edwinstowe

Set within the pretty village of Edwinstowe, overlooking the quaint church, Launay’s is a 16th Century cottage and orangery, with a contemporary décor. Head Chef Alain Launay uses fresh, locally sourced produce to serve a seasonal menu which fuses English and French cuisine. Read more here.


Fox and hounds | Visit Nottinghamshire

If you are looking for a good pub to enjoy a drink after watching the riders whizz past or a base camp whilst you wait their arrival, look at our favourite public houses below. Many serve delicious food as well as offering the charms of a pub garden, perfect to relax in this September.

The Three Legged Stool | Worksop

Following an extensive refurbishment, the Three Legged Stool has been transformed both inside and out with a cosy yet contemporary feel. This country pub offers a range of reasonably priced yet quality meals which are all freshly prepared using fresh ingredients from local suppliers where possible. The Three Legged Stool serves local cask ales as well as a variety of wines and cocktails. Read more here.

Fox and Hounds | Blidworth

Situated in the heart of historic Nottinghamshire, the Fox & Hounds is a modern take on the traditional English country pub. This family owned establishment serves home-cooked British food, real ales and excellent wine. The friendly atmosphere and warm welcome inside make this a popular option with locals and visitors, whilst the huge beer garden and terraces are perfect for summer days. With ample parking and lots of room, all sizes of parties can be catered for. Read more here.

Forest Lodge Pub | Edwinstowe

The Forest Lodge Pub is an 18th Century coaching inn situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest owned and run by the Thompson family. A traditional public house with two intimate, beamed public bar areas with open fires and a contemporary beamed restaurant. Offering a selection of four different cask ales at any one time, alongside a tantalising menu, it is easy to see why they have been accredited to four-star standard with the AA. 

Fox & Hounds | Visit Nottinghamshire

The Organ Grinder | Newark

The third of the Blue Monkey Brewery’s pubs is a traditional public house serving cask ale, with most typrd on offer being from their own brewery, supplemented with an occasional guest beer. Set within the town of Newark, this public house offers real charm with a piano taking pride of place in the pub, a selection of the day's newspapers on offer and interesting books to read. Well behaved dogs are welcome, just watch that they don’t take a liking to your pork pie! Read more here.

Fox and Crown Pub & Bottle Shop | Newark

The Fox and Crown Pub & Bottle Shop is situated within historic Newark, where the Castle Rock pubs have their heritage, having opened their first pub there in the Seventies. The Fox and Crown is a beer fans heaven, offering a range of up to ten cask ales, four lagers, three craft ales and 70+ bottles and cans, with discounts on take-away beers. Read more here.

Dukeries Lodge | Edwinstowe

Located within Edwinstowe, this 18th-century half-timbered coaching inn, is now a traditional country pub offering a range of locally sourced, fresh meals. Refurbished to ensure the decor is in keeping with the traditional character of the building, the history of the building remains right down to the creeky floors! A stone’s throw from Rufford Abbey Country Park and offering a bike park up area, this is a great option for a spot of lunch after a bike ride or leisurely walk. Read more here.


Ollerton Watermill & Teashop
Ollerton Watermill & Teashop

Situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, Ollerton Mill is the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire. The mill has recently been restored and houses a Visitor Centre and Teashop.

Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Room
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Thaymar Ice Cream & Tea Room

Over 35 delicious flavours of ice cream and sorbets are made using fresh milk, double cream and the finest natural ingredients.

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe
Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe

Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe offers customers a warm welcome and quality, homemade produce. In a beautiful, rural part of Nottinghamshire you will be able to indulge in our delicious farm-fresh ice creams and sorbets, together with a ran

The Refectory
The Refectory

The Refectory at Southwell has been an established family business for over 20 years, originally founded in 1989.

Launay's Restaurant and Bar
Launays | Visit Nottinghamshire

A lovely 16th Century cottage with a fabulous Orangery, Launay's restaurant and bar in Edwinstowe offers excellent food, friendly service and a warm atmosphere.

Fox and Hounds
Fox and Hounds | Visit Nottinghamshire

This popular family owned establishment is an up to date version of the traditional English country pub. Well known for its home-cooked British food, real ales and excellent wine there’s always a warm welcome inside and sunny days draw visitors to the huge beer garden and terraces.

The Organ Grinder - Newark
The Organ Grinder - Newark

The Organ Grinder is a very traditional pub, it has won both the CAMRA Pub of the year and CAMRA Cider Pub of the year the last few years after reopening after the COVID restrictions.

Dukeries Lodge
Dukeries Lodge | Visit Nottinghamshire

Rennovated 18th Century Coaching Inn on the Doorstep of Sherwood Forest



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