During our week in Nottingham we were lucky enough to eat at some of Nottingham’s best family friendly restaurants and although I was familiar with many of them, I had never come across Belgo before. With six restaurants throughout the UK, Belgo specialises in Belgian cooking and Belgian beer, and we couldn’t wait to try it!
The restaurant itself was lovely and although it was undoubtedly stylish, it felt very informal, laid back, and I was instantly put at ease despite dining solo with three young, and often noisy, children.
Belgo are evidently proud of their Belgium beer selection and have a feature wall dedicated to just that. I couldn’t help but think how jealous Gaz would be when we told him about it, especially given his love of an ice cold stein.
As we sat at the table I was relieved when the waiter brought over three children activity sheets and crayons – a real must when dining out with young children. I love that we have finally reached an age where the children can sit and colour and the only real issue is the fact they each decide they need the toilet at ten minute intervals throughout the meal. Lucky for us the toilets were situated just to the right of our table which saved a lot of hassle over the next couple of hours!
The menu looked great, with so many amazing sounding slow cooked meats, meats from the grill, moules, vegan dishes and curries. After a lot of back and forth I decided on the Lamb Shank & Stoemp Mash which was braised with Kriek & Morello cherry sauce and sounded like my idea of the perfect meal! When it arrived I knew I had made the right choice, it smelled amazing and the lamb just fell from the bone and was, undoubtedly, the tastiest lamb dish I have ever eaten!
The children all went for roast chicken, chips and sweetcorn (as close to chicken nuggets as they could get!) and I was amazed by just how big the portions were when they arrived. For £5.95, including a crudite starter, drink and dessert, I thought this was such good value for money and would still be suitable for much older children too.
Our main course really were delicious and as amazing as the dessert menu looked, I just couldn’t eat another mouthful, but of course the children will never turn down a dessert! Eva and Harry both went for chocolate ice cream where as Megan chose the Mini Donuts with chocolate sauce.
The donuts looked delicious – freshly fried, filled with a caramel sauce, and dunked in chocolate sauce – and it was torture watching Megan eat them knowing I couldn’t have one with being gluten free. There aren’t many things I miss food-wise but warm donuts are definitely my weakness!
We were so impressed with the food, the service, and our surroundings, and although there are no Belgo restaurants close to home, we would definitely return next time we are in Nottingham or London. If you haven’t been to Belgo then I really do recommend it!!
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** We were invited to Belgo for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own **