Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms
“The front line of contemporary British dining” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Satwant Singh Bains chose a rather unexpected location for his restaurant. Not only is it outside the city centre and a little tricky find some say, 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. For him, it's all about research, development and creativity that goes into his dishes. And, of course, 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. 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 highchairs within the main body of the pastry kitchen while, again, the chefs themselves look after you; the Conservatory, and the main restaurant itself. Wine flights ensure food and drink matches are as perfect as everything else.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 2 weeks in December to January, 1 week in April, 2 weeks in August
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30: 200
- 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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