Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms
“The front line of contemporary British dining” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Satwant Singh Bains, to give the chef-patron his full name, chose rather an unexpected location for his restaurant. Not only is it outside the city centre, it's in a handsomely converted Victorian farmhouse and outbuildings down a narrow lane, with the River Trent flowing behind. Sat's reputation has elevated him to the ranks of this country's super-chefs and if you want to know what makes him tick, pick up – buy, that is, while you're here – a copy of Too Many Chiefs Only One Indian, his autobiographical cookbook featuring the recipes behind his seven- and 10-course tasting menus. He also explains how important is the research, development and creativity that goes into them. And the produce itself – for example, around 40 per cent of the veg and herbs that end up on the tables come from the urban garden outside created by Ken Holland, one of the UK's top growers. There's a small courtyard, ideal for a pre- or post-prandial drink, as well. Dining options are several: Chef's Table, with dishes served by the very chefs you may well have watched preparing them; Kitchen Bench, where you sit on high chairs within the main body of the pastry kitchen while, again, the chefs themselves look after you; the Conservatory, and the main restaurant itself. How the dishes are presented will undoubtedly be one of the table’s talking points. A sample seven-course menu might begin with smoked eel from Louth; and continue with roast veal sweetbread; crispy potato, caviar and samphire velouté; dry-aged beef; turnip dashi; a tomato 'jammy dodger' to take your taste buds from savoury to sweet; and a dish called 'Lenton Lane', apparently inspired by the lane you'll have driven down, although how is not immediately revealed. Wine flights ensure food and drink matches are as perfect as everything else.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 50
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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