The definitive student guide to all the best Nottingham brunch spots to take your parents

In case you were lying to your mum when you told her yes, of course you’ve been to the city centre in the daytime x

So, your parents are coming to visit you and you want to show off your new home town and eat some good food? Whether you’re a fresher in halls, a Beeston resident, or living it up in the Lenton Triangle, Nottingham has a stunning array of cafes and restaurants to impress your parents. It’s time to rinse the ‘rents and spill all the drama of the first few weeks being back, or being at university! This is a list of some of the best brunch spots that will give your parents the impression that you’ve actually gotten out into the city and gotten to know Nottingham well, even if that’t not technically true.


Iconic yellow interior and iced coffee to die for, Yolk in the heart of Lace Market has an unmatched vibe and menu. With options for everyone, including miso caramel and banana french toast, a classic eggs royale, and vegan alternatives for almost all of the meaty mains, what’s not to love?

PSA: This place also deserves an honourable mention for the best coffee I have ever tried in Nottingham so far, so I may be a little biased.


Lenton people! Avocafé is the perfect place for when the parents have decided to visit the morning after a heavy night. Situated in the heart of the Lenton Triangle, Avocafé has all things avocado and more, including smoothies to cure that hangover. Not to mention the booths are perfect to squeeze in the whole family if need be.

Avocafé is all about health and nutrition, so whether you’re enjoying their protein packed bowl or tofu soba noodles, show your parents that you are in fact eating healthy meals (however true that may be).

Ugly Bread Bakery

This is THE place for cheap and cheerful food; your parents will be so proud that you’re not splashing all of your student loan on extortionate food when places like Ugly Bread Bakery exist.

With new deals everyday, including a free (!!!) drink with any filled foccacia on Wednesdays, you’re basically saving money with every visit. Not to mention, Ugly Bread Bakery does not stinge on size and flavour; these sandwiches will fill you up and change your life (not dramatic).

Fox Café

Located in Old Market Square, Fox Café is a cozy brunch spot with a brilliant range of sandwiches and panini to choose from. If you fancy something sweet, this is the place for you! Amongst other home baked goods, their warm toasted banana bread smothered with peanut butter is to die for. Be warned however, your parents may start coming back to Nottingham to visit Fox Café instead of you…


Looking for a cafe dedicated to coffee, cocktails and jacket potatoes? Look no further, Hipo in Hockley serves up fresh spuds and a wide range of cocktails for a slightly less conventional brunch with the parents. With veggie and vegan options this spot has something for everyone! Where else can you scran a beef chilli and cheese jacket potato and wash it down with a Espressotini? I’ll wait.

Pudding Pantry

For all the Beeston residents, it’s only right that Pudding Pantry makes this list. Their brunch menu has all the classics, with a homemade feel and pancake stacks that will make your tastebuds sing. Their menu boasts tons of delicious creations, such as loaded red velvet cheesecake brownie pancakes – need I say more? You can find this gem on Beeston High Street – no travelling into town (yay!). It’s pretty much criminal to live in Beeston and not visit this staple spot, so save yourself the sentence and get yourself and your parents there right now.

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