Best restaurants for succulent steak and meaty feasts in and around Nottingham

By Lynette Pinchess

It's Veganuary, the month when people are encouraged to give up meat and dairy for the good of the animals, the planet and their health.

But not everyone is into veganism - and even those who are willing to cut down on the amount of meat they're consuming still like a juicy steak or meaty feast now and again.

Nottinghamshire Live has been covering all the Veganuary news but here's an article for devoted carnivores, who are dismissive of pea protein burgers, tofu and cauliflower.

In the interests of fairness and balance, we're turning the spotlight on the best meaty morsels in and around Nottingham.

Porterhouse by Barlows

The family-run business has grown from a small cafe into an award-winning restaurant over time.

Based in Annesley, it's become a destination for meat lovers who can see chefs working from an open kitchen.

The restaurant will reopen tomorrow (Thursday January 13) following a short break with some differences however.

Head chef David Marshall said: "We have made the decision to stop doing breakfasts and lunch services. I know breakfast was popular but unfortunately we would like to concentrate on creating and preparing a really high class à la carte menu which takes a lot of preparation and time, so apologies if this isn’t a popular decision but it isn’t one we have taken lightly.

"We are having a extension in our kitchen built which will give us access to new and exciting equipment and allow my team and I to create exciting new dishes and desserts, which I am really looking forward to."

Meat, cooked on a Josper oven, is handpicked from the nearby family-run butcher's shop which has been around for more than 60 years.

Wednesday and Thursday are steak nights with a choice of rump, ribeye, fillet, sirloin, 12oz Jurassic and a 16oz Porterhouse.

The menu switches to à la carte on Friday and Saturdays with a range of meaty starters and mains such slow cooked pork belly.

Sundays, of course, are dedicated to Sunday roasts - a meat eater's paradise with roast leg or slow braised shoulder of lamb, topside or slow braised blade of beef, roast pork loin, half a roast chicken or a trio of meat - all served with veg, roast spuds, mash, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and pigs in blankets.

"Producing good meat is an art but cooking it also requires a particular skill set. We have invested in a Josper oven, with temperatures reaching 400 degrees and running on natural charcoal. This oven cooks beautiful meat, while still retaining all the natural flavours and adding an extra slight kiss of smoke.

"Our chefs are highly skilled and have worked in the best restaurants and kitchens in the industry. We are proud that our dishes are cooked from scratch using only fresh local ingredients," says David.

You say: "In a word 'outstanding', can't fault a single thing. Friendly and great customer service, fantastic atmosphere, the food quality and portion sizes were great, and the value for money would be hard to beat. I cant recommend this restaurant enough and I can't wait to return."

Location: 174 Forest Rd, Annesley Woodhouse, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 9JB

Hickory's Smokehouse

Nottingham's newest meaty joint, opening last September, delivers on flavour, portion size and buzzing atmosphere.

Diners can add spice to their meat -the Blackened Butt Steak comes with a healthy dose of Cajun seasoning to make the taste buds sing.

Prepare to get messy, getting stuck into Memphis-style baby back ribs glazed in sticky BBQ sauce or a rack of smoked Kansas-style pork ribs seasoned with a sprinkle of "magic dust".

For a taste of everything the £48 smokehouse platter is the business, packed with Texas-style beef brisket, Memphis-style baby back ribs, BBQ baby back ribs, smoked pork, jalapeño and cheese sausage, barbecue hand-pulled pork, eight-hour smoked Jacobs Ladder and bourbon-glazed smoked chicken wings.

You say:" Never ate beef rib like it! Perfection! Everything we ate and drank was first class. Lovely surroundings. Customer service was fantastic, plenty of staff walking the floor, very helpful, pleasant and there if you needed anything. So many eateries skimp on staff which does not make for good customer service. Hickory's is NOT one of those places."

Location: Mornington Crescent, Nuthall, Nottingham. NG16 1PT


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill

The celebrity chef admitted to trying veganism himself and to meet growing demand has added a plant-based dish from Redefine Meat to the menu at his stylish Nottingham restaurant.

However, the menu is still dominated by meat dishes and there's never a better time to dine out with 50 percent off steak and main dishes throughout January.

Steak connoisseurs are served the finest quality grass-fed Campbell Brothers' beef with fillet, sirloin and ribeye cuts available, accompanied by a béarnaise or peppercorn sauce.

Other meaty options include burgers, roast chicken à la forestière, Mr Lamb’s shepherd’s pie and escalope of pork à la Milanese.

You say: "Food was really nice, service was quick and really professional and the staff were lovely. We visited for an occasion and they catered to it tremendously which made the experience all the better.

"Will definitely look to visiting again! Only slight criticism I would give is that I felt the fillet steak meal could of had more chips on the side."

Location: 33 Wollaton Street, Nottingham NG1 5FW

Miller & Carter

Steak lovers have two Miller & Carter destinations to choose from in Nottinghamshire - one in Wollaton and another near Arnold.

The chain which refers to itself as 'the Masters of Steak' serves 30-day aged British and Irish beef and makes the bold claim: “At Miller & Carter we know a thing or two about steak. In fact, we could say that we're one of the best steakhouses in Nottingham. But we'd rather leave that to your judgement.”

Chefs are trained at the company's very own "steak school" so they have the skills to prepare and cook each cut to every diner's personal preference.

As well as the usual à la carte offering, restaurants are serving the 'sumptuous January rare treat set menu' with two courses from £17.95 and three from £20.95. Dishes available in the deal include a 50-day aged Black Angus ribeye and a bacon and cheeseburger.

You say: "Quite possibly the best meal I have ever had! Steak that melted in my mouth. The server was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. A fantastic first visit. Yes it's expensive by some standards but not when the quality and choice of the food is a excellent as they have it. (Only concern is that it was so good, in worried if I go again and it isn't up to the first standard it will ruin it)."

Location: (Sherwood Forest) Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 8PJ/(Wollaton) Derby Road, Wollaton Vale, Nottingham NG8 2NR

Bar + Block

You don't need to be a guest at the Premier Inn hotel where the restaurant is located to be able to enjoy a meaty treat.

The company describes itself as being "obsessive" about steak, adding all are hand cut to order by the r expert chefs, so you can enjoy your favourite steak at any size.

If you're unsure what to choose head chef, Munesh Munesh Modhvadia would always recommend a 12oz ribeye steak, grilled medium to well done, with triple cooked chunky chips and a black peppercorn sauce.

As well as classic cuts, there's speciality cuts which are spiral cut and marinated for extra tenderness and flavour. Still undecided? The steak sampler comes with three steaks - all 4oz - fillet, sirloin and rump.

You say: "Wonderful restaurant! The staff are so very friendly and the food was truly excellent. The fillet was beautifully cooked and vegetables were delectable. I will be back."

Location: 7, Chapel Quarter Chapel Bar, Nottingham NG1 6JA

Butcher's Bar and Steakhouse

It's well worth a trip over the border into Derbyshire to sample what this Long Eaton restaurant has to offer.

Steak is the star of the show - and here you will find something different such as the beautifully marbled denver (also known as the underblade steak), a generous 16oz chateaubriand, the flavour-packed onglet and the bavette, cut from the thin flank.

A steak flight, for sharing, comes with three very different cuts - the bavette, onglet and denver.

Other meaty mains include pork cutlet, duck leg, beef brisket and a prime steak burger.

As well as melt-in-the-mouth steaks, Sunday roasts also go down incredibly well.

Choose from Josper-roasted sirloin, roast chicken and pork loin all served with garlic and thyme roasted potatoes, buttered fine green beans, roasted carrots, braised red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets and red wine gravy.

You say: "We went for the first time last night - I don’t know why we haven’t been before. Ordered the steak flight sharing platter and was not disappointed. Three beautiful medium rare cuts, cooked to perfection and rested as it should be.

"Steaks were tender and full of flavour. Desserts were equally as good and the wine very reasonable. Staff were brilliant - cheery, helpful and attentive. Will definitely be returning soon."

Location: West Gate, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 1EF

The Soulville Steakhouse

No boards, just plates as it should be, says the quirky family-run steakhouse, going strong since 2006.

Here the chef combines his love of food and music to deliver a unique experience for diners.

Sizzling steaks are devoured while listening to the soul and Motown classics on the free-to-use vintage jukebox, accompanied by the unmistakable crackle and hiss of black vinyl.

As well as the gamut of steaks, the menu has a 20oz mixed grill with rump steak, chicken, lamb, pork, gammon, sausages and fried egg.

Or the pick 'n' mix gives the choice of rump steak, Cajun chicken or half a rack of ribs - and they boast those ribs, lathered in their own recipe sticky BBQ sauce, are the best in town.

They say: "We like to think the quality (and quantity) of our food speaks for itself. When we say value for money, we really mean it."

You say: "The establishment itself looked unique and it was! We got chicken as a starter and was so tender, so delicious! Fillet steak with all the trimmings was the best though - excellently cooked and the peppercorn sauce accommodated the meal well.

"Highly recommend for the quality you get and amazing Motown 1960's music to create an ideal atmosphere."

Location: The Elite Building, Queen Street, Nottingham. NG1 2BL

Red's True Barbecue

Sweet and meaty - the Donut Burger (Red's True Barbecue)

There's just one steak to choose (fillet) but more meat than you could could shake a stick out awaits those who venture to Red's, from wings and ribs to brisket and burnt ends.

Worshippers flocking to the home of American barbecue will find meaty morsels that have been cooked low 'n' slow.

Kick off with XXXL smoked wings or fries loaded with chilli, pork or brisket and blue before getting down to the main business.

The Pitmaster tray is loaded with 14-hour smoked USDA brisket, chopped pork, cheese and jalapeño sausage, fries, slaw and Korean BBQ sauce, while Beef Long is a Jacob's ladder rib.

Those with a sweet tooth can combine savoury and sweet with the Donut burger, served between two glazed ring donuts.

You say: "I opted for the Beef Long and it fell from the bone. So tender the flavours are incredible. My partner had the donut burger and she was really pleased with her choice."

Location: 11 Queen Street, Nottingham NG1 2BL

Sprinters Premier Steakhouse

Part of the Stadium Leisure group, Sprinters is a traditional 150-seater restaurant in the centre of Arnold.

When it comes to value for money there's few places that serve a lunchtime 8oz rump steak and chips for £6.99.

Come the evening, chefs are rustling up rump, sirloin and gammon steaks, steak feasts, steak and eggs, steak with melted cheese and BBQ hunter's steak.

Steaks can be pimped up with sauces - peppercorn, Diane or Wexford (Stilton and mushrooms).

A cracking Sunday lunch is served every week, with so many options - braising steak, beef, turkey, lamb, and pork.

You say: Definitely best place for family dinner and gathering. Friendly staff, delicious food (the steaks and their gravy amazing), amazing drinks, great service and main part is their prices are also friendly to our pocket. A must visit whenever we visit our in-laws in Nottingham"

Location: 85 High Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7DQ

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