A few days ago I went to a fundraising dinner at the Adams Restaurant and Brasserie. The event was to raise money for the Stroke Association.
Set in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market area; the restaurant is within The Adams Building, a former lace showroom and warehouse. It must be the finest example in the country and is Grade II listed.
Despite being 160 years old, it is the building’s recent history that makes it really special.
Go back 20 years and the building was in a serious state of decline due to rising repair costs. Many floors were structurally unsound.
In 1996, the building was acquired, restored and converted by New College Nottingham. Costing £16.5 million, the project was assisted by the Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund. With its future secured, even Prince Charles attended the official opening in 1999.
The college offers a variety of post 16 courses, with the Adams Restaurant providing a visible showcase for the students in the catering and hospitality sector.
The best way to access Adams Restaurant is a 1 minute walk from the Lace Market Tram-stop. Walking though the new buildings at the end of Warser Gate, a paved square opens up and the entrance to Adams is though the archway straight ahead. Go through a cobbled courtyard and into the building itself.
We were greeted by the students and our coats taken to the cloakroom. Having purchased a drink from the licensed bar, we were made very welcome with a selection of canapes. Individual fried quails egg on crostini providing something different.
The dining area is spacious, light and airy. We had pre ordered from the menu and the meal was served to a good restaurant standard. Our fellow diners seemed to have ordered everything from the menu, which had the following highlights:
Starter: Crispy pork belly, honey and soy dressing, oriental vegetables and toasted sesame seed.
Main: Grilled hake, tomato, fennel, chick pea and tomato stew with an olive gremolata.
Dessert: Passion fruit and vanilla panna cotta.
All in all; a great meal in a great location, and raising money for a great cause.
Adams Restaurant is open to the public at lunch-time during the week and also a couple of evenings. Such is the success of the catering courses that many of the students will go on to a career in the industry. Apparently top chefs Sat Bains and Marco Pierre White keep an eye on the place!