Good food in the suburbs
Copper, 21-23 Central Avenue, West Bridgford, 0115 981 4254 This stylish, grown-up café is one of those places where you can have the unique experience of eating the morning-after breakfast that helps you get over a night-before that happened at the same place.
The continental bistro-style café and bar does a varied menu that can take care of light bites or full-on meals.
On Sunday nights, the laid-back vibe is heightened by an acoustic music session.
And a stylish and cosy upstairs room works for private parties, business functions or just a little work with the laptop while somebody else worries about fetching your coffee.
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George's Tradition, 95 Melton Road, West Bridgford 0115 981 2998 You'll already be familiar with the concept of fish and chips, so there's really not much to say here.
Except for this: what we have here is not your usual chippy. This is award-winning fare with crisp, chunky restaurant-quality chips and fish that, far from congealing in a puddle of its own tepid grease, tastes like it was probably swimming around not too long ago at all.
The George's folks have other locations around Notts and the Midlands; in Bridgford, they are definitely one to check out when the sea calls.
The Monkey Tree, 70 Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, 0115 981 1419, themonkeytree.co.uk Part old-fashioned pub, part modern bistro, the Monkey Tree ticks lots of boxes without trying to be all things to all people. Live music, good lunch and early meal deals, good wine to go with an ample ale selection, and in the summer a leafy beer garden out front looking onto Bridgford's main drag.
The Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, 0115 981 9995 Tucked down a side-road off another side-road in the middle of the residential Lady Bay, this is far from a high street pub.
But if you're not from around those parts, persistence will be paid off when you make it to a large pub with multiple rooms, a good hot-drink and elevenses-snack range for the early hours and an impressive wine list to go along with the tremendous selection of ales you'd expect from a Castle Rock pub.
A big upstairs function room also hosts regular events including one of the area's best folk nights. If you've got a friend who doesn't think the great British neighbourhood pub can survive, take him here to prove him wrong.
The Trent Bridge Inn, 2 Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford, 0115 977 8940 We'll be honest, there's a time when we wouldn't have been too quick to recommend the TBI. But the last several years has seen a takeover and total refurbishment by pub giant J.D. Wetherspoon, and this place is now a genuine gem. Cricket buffs will know that our international Test ground came into being in the 19th century because the TBI's landlord wanted an enclosed place behind the pub to make money off cricket; today, a good relationship between pub and club means the place is decorated like a cricket museum with on-loan Trent Bridge artefacts. Add to that a great selection of beers and a reasonably priced pub-grub menu, and this is a great place to visit no matter the season.
No 8 Deli, 8 Gordon Road, West Bridgford, 0115 982 0838, no8deli.co.uk It's the big 1-0 this year for the No. 8 – and after a decade in business, this place remains a Bridgford favourite for good reason.
It's a superlative shopping stop, with hard-to-find, bespoke foods sat alongside an excellent wine selection. And its deli lunch selection is among the best in Notts – a touch of New York deli in the heart of NG2.
In summer months, that top breakfast or lunch can also be enjoyed in the deli's tucked-away patio area.
It's the kind of place where the staff are knowledgeable, and a quick stop-in for a takeaway coffee can quickly turn into a full-blown shopping excursion.