Food Review: The Pelican Club

Words: The Nottingham Food Guide
Wednesday 07 December 2022
reading time: min, words

In their new monthly slot, The Nottingham Food Guide recap their trip to The Pelican Club...


Let me start off by expressing my apologies for never having dined at The Pelican Club until now. I wholeheartedly take accountability for this huge oversight and regret my actions. Okay, now that's out the way, let's talk food, vibes, and info. 

This is a relaxed Italian restaurant located in the heart of the Lace Market offering traditional Italian cuisine and, in my opinion, the city's best cocktails with a largely extensive cocktail menu (seriously, it’s very long!). The food portions are generous, and we got away with not having to order a starter and just ordering some sides – the Patate dei Tre Nonni (thinly-sliced olive oil-roasted potatoes with golden onions) are a must, by the way. 

For pasta (because obviously we ordered pasta), we had Fregnacce al Ragu di Manzo, imported ribbons of pasta served in a traditional Umbrian slow-cooked beef ragu. Simply a 10/10, order it, you won't be sorry. Also Ravioli ai Porcini, a homemade pasta filled with porcini mushrooms, tossed with crumbled Umbrian sausage in a creamy saffron sauce. This was a very good portion for ravioli and was covered in a rich, unctuous sauce. Very salty! 

For dessert we opted for a ‘Rupert Pumkin’ cocktail from the Dessert Cocktails menu, which consists of Kahlua, milk and cream, and ginger liqueur/biscuit/syrup. There is a menu dedicated to dessert martinis and a special section just for cheesecake cocktails  - yes, you read that correctly!

The vibes are jazzy, and just very cool all round. Our server, Harry, was fabulous and very on it, especially since I was panicked about getting our dishes quickly so that I could get pictures while we still had good light outside (food blogger problems). Add The Pelican Club to the top of your list to visit. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and make for a great night out!
55 St Mary's Pl, Nottingham, NG1 1PH

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