September is almost here and that means the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is back! Nottinghamshire is proud to host another stage in 2018, with cyclists spanning the length of the county as they whizz across Great Britain over seven days.

After speeding through Nottingham city centre, competitors will glide along the scenic Victoria Embankment on the banks of the River Trent, before heading into the delightful villages of south Nottinghamshire and then up to the historic Dukeries of the north of the county. The atmosphere will be buzzing as fans are expected to line the streets and cheer on the cyclists, so why not head to a spot in Nottinghamshire and make a day of it?

Tour of Britain | Visit Nottinghamshire

In the south of the county the race will be passing through towns including West Bridgford, Ruddington, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, Cropwell Butler, and Radcliffe-on-Trent. You can download the map by clicking here. Below we highlight some of the best places to eat and drink in the neighbouring towns, along with some things to do once the race has passed. 

Please Note: the race is not scheduled to pass all of the following venues and attractions, instead they are suggestions of places to visit before and after the race.

If it’s the north of the county you fancy exploring, check out our two part blog Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire and Places to Eat & Drink in North Nottinghamshire.


West Bridgford


The Botanist | Visit Nottinghamshire
Just south of the city, West Bridgford offers leafy avenues, a fabulous high street, and easy links to many of the city’s sporting attractions. One of its true treasures however is the amount of great places to eat and drink on offer.

Spanish cuisine can be enjoyed at Escabeche, delicious artisan baked goods at Hambleton Bakery, or afternoon tea taken at Tiffin Tea House. The Botanist is also a great choice for an evening meal, bringing regular live music, cocktails and a creative seasonal menu.

If it’s a family friendly pub you’re looking for then head to Poppy & Pint, a popular Castle Rock pub loved by locals for its great atmosphere. For a more continental style bar, Copper Café Bar which holds an extensive wine list, imported beers and traditional ales, along with less potent refreshments from 8am.

For accommodation in West Bridgford, please click here.


Victoria Embankment


Trent Bridge | Visit Nottinghamshire

This beautiful stretch of road spans ten miles along the River Trent, making for a perfect cycling path and spectator point, in the view of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Notts County Football Club and The City Ground.

You’ll find a brilliant beer garden, a large range of real ale and great views over the river at Brewhouse & Kitchen. Alternatively, The Southbank Bar lies just at the opposite end of Trent Bridge and boasts 17 screens, plus bands and DJs every weekend.


Ruddington


Great Central Railway | Visit Nottinghamshire
A quaint rural village five miles south of Nottingham city, Ruddington has some great options for days out. Over at the Framework Knitters Museum you can learn about Nottingham’s rich history in the lace and textile industry, exploring a collection of restored cottages representing how the Victorian community would have lived. See 200 year old machinery, try your hand at knitting, relax with a cup of tea in the café, and if you’re crafty, stop by The Textile Emporium.

Ruddington is also home to the Great Central Railway, which is open every weekend and offers regular steam train rides through 10 miles of rolling countryside. Check out their events programme and head down for a truly nostalgic adventure.


Clipston on the Wolds | Keyworth | Cotgrave | Plumtree | Cotgrave


Harkers Farm Shop | Visit Nottinghamshire
Looking for some delicious snap in the area? Look no further than Harker’s Farm Shop in the village of Clipston-On-The Wolds. This award-winning shop is packed with fresh produce such as locally grown fruit and vegetables, Cropwell Bishop bread, fish and lots of delicious produce including Clipston & Hickling honey, jams, chutneys, free-range eggs, cakes and biscuits. There’s also a play area and lots of cute farm animals to see so you can guarantee little ones will not be bored!

There are also plenty of gorgeous places to stay in this part of the county. From Shepherd’s Huts at the Carriage Hall, to gorgeous farmhouse B&Bs such as Jerico Farm and self-catering cottages such as Primrose House, here you can relax and feel a million miles from the busyness of everyday life deep in the countryside.

You can also find some nice out-of-the-way restaurants locally, such as Lakeview Restaurant which serves up modern British fayre in scenic surroundings, or Perkins Bar & Bistro, which cures its own salmon, mackerel, haddock, ham, mushrooms and cheese in their on-site smokehouse!


Cropwell Bishop | Cropwell Butler | Colston Basset
 

Cropwell Bishop Creamery | Visit Notts
A visit to south Nottinghamshire is not complete without visiting these quintessentially English villages to try some of the famous Shropshire Blue and Stilton cheese made here! Choose between two award-winning dairies; the Cropwell Bishop Creamery which won the Supreme Champion title at the British Cheese awards out of 910 entries in 2016, and Colston Bassett and District Dairy, which for over a century has been handing down recipes to create amazing distinctive fromage.

Nearby in Langar, the Naturescape Wildflower Farm has over 70 acres of meadow and woodland walks to explore and offers approximately 200 different species of native wildflowers, available to buy at the Visitor Centre and Café.


Radcliffe-on-Trent


Thorntons Holt Camping | Visit Nottinghamshire

If you don’t want to stay too far from the city but still want some rural charm, Radcliffe-on-Trent offers some lovely accommodation options. Enjoy spacious, homely surroundings at Hilcrest B&B, which offers a variety of room sizes and homecooked breakfasts which are well-loved by guests.

If you’re a fan of camping and caravanning, head to Thornton’s Holt Camping Park, a quiet family campsite complete with a swimming pool and menagerie of horses, cats and dogs! If you like your creature comforts however, you can also opt for the Annex, a comfortable and modern self-contained holiday cottage within the camping park.


This blog was written by Sophie Gargett, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire

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