Hand and Heart – Pub (Sunday Roast) – Nottingham

Continuing my Sunday lunch visits from my initial post and the Ned Ludd recently.

The Hand and Heart certainly has some history, you enter through a Victorian facade to a pub set among Nottingham’s sandstone caves. It’s has a small restaurant area and I was lucky with an early walk in at 1200 to get a table. The cave backdrop provides a real atmosphere and intimacy with the low ceilings and lighting. The Sunday lunch options were a little different to a lot of the competition as they didn’t offer a 2 or 3 course set menu. No starters were apparent, which was a little surprising, although the main course choice was strong with; pork, beef, lamb and chicken roasts. There were also a couple of appealing options for vegetarians which was good to see.

Hand and Heart - Nottingham

Hand and Heart – Nottingham

My choice of beef arrived with a resplendent Yorkshire and a pleasingly rare strip of meat dominating the plate. Sadly the quality didn’t quite measure up to expectations. The beef, whilst well cooked, wasn’t especially tender or flavoursome. The vegetables required a little more seasoning and were cooked on the bullet side of firm. I’m usually a fan of al dente veg but it pushed even my limits. Gravy was a solid effort and plenty more arrived when requested.

Roast beef and trimmings

Roast beef and trimmings

From the dessert menu I chose a maple and pecan tart, the outer crust was of an inedible thickness but it was otherwise good if a little small for a portion costing £5.50. I felt the price was a little high throughout, a recent visit to the Ned Ludd was let down by service but you got 2 courses for £12.95. Here the equivalent 2 courses were £18.50 which when you put it on par with Hart’s 3 courses for £23.00 shows the value just isn’t there.

Maple and Pecan Pie

Maple and Pecan Pie

The Hand and Heart’s unique character though means that it remained an enjoyable experience despite some disappointment. Halfway through eating a chap rocked up to play some tunes on the piano near the entrance, something you won’t get anywhere else. A nice place for another pint and to while away a Sunday afternoon but not the best Sunday lunch in town.



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Restaurant website: http://www.thehandandheart.co.uk/