Independent Nottingham: Dairy Free Spots

August 15, 2017 0

I really need to step up my blogging game!!

The past couple of months have been a bit hectic, after 4 years of living in Nottingham I decided it was time to move home, home being South London. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but I felt that my time in Notts had come to an end!

Nottingham is full of great places to eat, in fact, it has more places to eat and drink per square mile than any other city in the country! Having lived in this city as a student for three years and then deciding to stay for an extra year, it’s fair to say I’ve eaten out a fair few times in Nottingham.

One of the great things about Notts is the amount of amazing independent restaurants and cafes to eat at. Since becoming Dairy Free I’ve definitely been more open to trying new things and new places and this past year I’ve discovered some gorgeous spots that are great for my Dairy Free diet.

So now I’ve left Nottingham for good, I thought I would compile a list of my favourite places –  both delicious and dairy free.

For Coffee and Cake

 1) Homemade Cafe

Banana Dates and Oat Cake with a Soy Latte

Homemade Cafe is a laid-back, cosy cafe that prides itself in being independent – from their artwork to their delicious food and drinks. They have a huge selection of cakes on their menu, and always a vegan option. Being Dairy Free, this is always a great option for me and both times they have been absolutely delicious. It’s a lovely place to sit back and enjoy a Coffee, whether it’s a catch up among friends or a place to bring your laptop and get some work done!


Find them at:

20 Pelham St, City Centre, Nottingham NG1 2EG
Homemade at Pavillion, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham,  NG5 2BU


 2) Cartwheel Cafe

‘But First Coffee’

This is my favourite place for a coffee in Nottingham, recently being voted ‘The best Cafe in Nottingham’ at the 2017 Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards’ – I’m definitely not the only one that thinks that!

I’m a bit obsessed with coconut milk and not many coffee shops sell it, so I absolutely love that these guys have it on their menu (along with Soy and Oat milk) – I can’t get enough of their creamy coconut lattes! I’ve never got to try their Vegan cake option, as it’s either sold out or I’m too full after their delicious brunches (see below) but they are definitely worth a try!


Find them at:

16 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DL


 3) Kiosk (Think in NG) – Cobden Chambers

Dairy Free Polenta Cake and Dairy Free Choc Cake

Situated within the creative quarter Cobden Chambers, is Think in NG – an amazing new pop up working space with regular workshops and exhibitions! It’s not only a great space to work in, but they also host Kiosk, an award winning cafe inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine. With a selection of delicious Dairy Free cakes and some Vegan too, it’s a huge thumbs up from me!

Find them at:

Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Notts NG1 2ED

Note: Kiosk is open Thursday – Sunday

 4) DoughNOTTS

Vegan Raspberry Doughnuts – omg!!

These Doughnuts are so good, that they sell out most days and have to shut early – so get ’em before they’re gone.

The great thing about these doughnuts – aside from being DELICIOUS – is that the actual doughnut doesn’t contain Dairy! Although most are covered in chocolate, there are lots of other options and staff will be able to check if the toppings are milk free. They also have a selection of tasty Vegan doughnuts, the cinnamon scroll is the best!!

Find them at:

26A Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DR

5) 200 Degrees

A great spot to watch the world go by with great coffee  (Carrington Street)

200 degrees has two coffee shops in Nottingham city centre and is one of my favourite places to sit and work/ procrastinate by drinking lots of Dairy Free friendly coffee and staring out the window!

Find them at:

99 Carrington Sreet, Nottingham NG1 7FE    (Close to Nottingham station)

16 Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham NG1 2HN

They also now have coffee shops in Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Leeds

For Brunch

1) Aubreys Traditional Creperie

A hidden gem in Nottingham City Centre

Tucked away in ‘West End Arcade’ just metres away from Market Square is Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie. A tiny little café with few tables and few seats, but incredible crepes (and sooo instagrammable)!

They are renowned for being a great Vegan spot in Nottingham, so I knew that it was going to be great for my Dairy Free diet. The staff were extremely helpful and created a special Dairy Free crepe just for me – Pomegranate purée, lemon sorbet and crushed biscuits!

They have both savoury and sweet crepes on their menu whilst also catering for Vegans and those with a gluten intolerance – they have something for everyone on their menu!

Find them at:

14-16, West End Arcade, Long Row, Nottingham NG1 6JP

Note: With little tables, they do get very busy at weekends.


2) Warsaw Diner

The best place to go after a night out in Notts

Just 10 minutes away from Nottinghams Market Square is Warsaw Diner, an amazing authentic, American/ Polish diner. It’s a firm favourite with students on a late Sunday morning – so get there early to avoid the rush!

Whilst most of their fry up options do not contain dairy, everything is cooked fresh and in front of you so they can cater for intolerances – the lovely chef prepared a dairy free french toast to accompany my fry up on my first visit. 

Lovely staff, fresh home style food and a great ambience – what more could you want?! Oh and they do takeaway too, if you want a fry up on the go!

Find them at: 

93-95 Derby Rd, Nottingham NG1 5BB 


3) Cartwheel Cafe

Pancetta Pan Hash – a great dairy free option on their menu

As previously mentioned, Cartwheel Cafe is one of my favourite independent spots in Nottingham. Not only is their coffee great but their food is also just as delicious and Dairy Free/Vegan-friendly.

Their menus are clearly labelled (DF) which makes it so much easier to order without having to ask for an allergen menu – it’s the little things!

For a girl that LOVES eggs, their eggs and sides option is just great when you know exactly what you’re after. Pick your style of eggs ( scrambled tofu available too), your bread and 2 sides to go with it, yummy!!

Find them at:

16 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DL


For Lunch and Dinner

1) Streetfood Revolution

‘Cod Dog’ @ Streetfood Revolution

Tucked away in an alleyway in Hockley is Streetfood Revolution, yet another hidden gem in Nottingham. They cater for everyone – meaty, veggie or vegan options cooked fresh every day. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, advising me on what I could have on the menu – combining vegan and meaty components on their menu to create a delicious dairy free Cod Dog with chips and aioli!

Find them at: 

5 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AJ

2) Annie’s Burger Shack

      They can make any dish Vegan, Veggie or Meaty!

     Possibly the best Onion Rings I’ve ever had!

Annies burger shack have over a huugge variety of burgers.. in fact, 30 different burgers, YES 30!!

Whether you want a classic beef burger with cheese or a Sunday dinner burger with all the trimmings, it is by far the best place to get a burger in town. What makes this place even better is they can adapt every single burger on the menu (and sauce) to cater your diet, whether it’s dairy free, veggie or vegan!

I chose the North Carolina, a burger topped with 8hr slow cooked pulled pork, Red Leicester and crispy onions. As they can make any burger vegan they simply swapped the Red Leicester cheese for some Vegan cheese, and it was incredible!

A great affordable burger joint to cater all the family!

Find them at:

5 Broadway, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1PR



Just writing this makes me realise how much i’m going to miss the incredible independent food in Nottingham!! But on to the next adventure and finding just as amazing food in London, if anyone has any reccomendations please let me know!!

Hannah x


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