OK Diner, An American Diner at Carlton on the Northbound A1

The OK Diner

The A1 Diner

The OK diner chain are a small group of ‘American-style’ Diners serving up their take on the American Diner experience alongside some of our main routes snaking up and down the country. I first spotted one when I was heading North up the A1 on my way to Newcastle. I had just joined the A1 from the A46 and a few miles later the OK diner popped up into my side vision as I passed Carlton on Trent. On that day I had a long way to go so it was too soon to stop, but I made a mental note to come back one weekend to get some breakfast.

Uncle Sam was there to greet us

Uncle Sam at the A1 diner

So the weekend on Saturday we planned a detour here en route to Welbeck via Ollerton, it was a bit of a long way around to take the A1 to get there but we figured it was worth it to try out the American Diner. The first thing we noticed was that the place was rammed, it was packed out and we had to wait with a few other diners to get a table.

This should be a good sign, well I hoped that it was a good sign.

The Yankie Doodle Dandy

The Yankee Doodle Dandy at A1 Diner

I opted for the most classic American sounding breakfast dish on the menu at the OK Diner and that was “The Yankie Doodle Dandy”. This was described as “Two eggs sunnyside up, strips of crispy streaky bacon and hash browns served with pancakes and pancake syrup on the side”. So what did we think? well first thoughts were that it was a bit pricy at £7.35, but lets skip past that for a moment and talk about the food.

The pancakes were pretty reasonable and I enjoyed piling them up in a small stack mixed with the streaky bacon and the syrup. The bacon could have been a lot crispier, it was a bit soggy and not at all like you usually get at a diner in the states, the eggs were pretty good with the yolk still nice and runny. The big disappointment was that the hash browns were those crispy fried one that you get out of a packet, more often than not from the freezer. I would have been happier if they were not on the plate. I was expecting something more akin to the sort of hash browns you get in the states which is basically like a pile of fried potatoes all mixed up with onion or pepper. I suspect that this dish has been tweaked quite a lot to accommodate the English Diner who just wants a greasy spoon breakfast in a diner that looks a bit like an American Diner. 

The All Day

Breakfast at A1 Diner

My companion chose The All Day which was described as being ‘Two eggs sunnyside up, two rashers of bacon, two pork sausages, griddled tomato and fried bread or buttered toast.’. This is basically just your standard English Breakfast. There is nothing ‘American Diner’ about it. The bacon is what would be described as ‘Irish Bacon’ in the states, and they don’t sell those cheap sausage over there either. There was nothing wrong with it, just not diner style, unless you count being cooked on a flat top grill. This also seemed a bit expensive for what it was at £7.35, I suppose though as in with many of these main road and motorway cafes the prices are often higher. The place certainly was getting the trade as there was a constant stream of people stopping by to eat.

The Bill at A1 diner

I quite enjoyed coming to the Ok Diner as it was nice to eat in this American style place, the ladies busied themselves around with their pots of coffee and the two lads on the hot plate cooked mostly everything to order. I wasn’t amazed by the breakfast, perhaps another time I might prefer to stop at one of the truck stop cafes, but it was still a lot of fun.

You can check OK Diners out on their Twitter feed and on their Facebook pages


This particular OK Diner is located at,
A1 Northbound,
NG23 6JF

Danni’s Restaurant on Mansfield Road for some Caribbean food

Danni's Kitchen on Mansfield Road

Danni’s on Mansfield Road has popped up in the last month or so inside the space that was once filled by Deva. It is a small restaurant specialising in Caribbean food cooked by a Jamaican Chef. I popped into town this week to try them out as I really love this style of food and locally is seems that I am so lucky to be hunting down more and more places serving it.


Chalkboard at Danni'sOffers in the Window at Danni's

I first saw it a few weeks back when I walked by on a pub crawl up the road between The Peacock Pub and The Lincolnshire Poacher.  What was it that grabbed my attention? Well apart from a chalkboard outside offering all sorts of tasty sounding dishes, there were little bits of paper in the window ‘Jamaican Chef’, ‘Caribbean Food’, and another one listing scrummy sounding dishes such as ‘Jerk Chicken’, ‘Oxtail’, and ‘Curry Mutton’. I knew that I would have to come back.

Jerk Chicken at Danni's Kitchen Mutton Curry at Danni's Kitchen

By the time I arrived at about 6.30-7pm they were running low on some of the food at the counter. They still had Curry mutton, Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Curry Chicken, and Stewed Chicken, and a couple of other rice dishes left.

I was told that there was more chicken in the kitchen, but really I was sold once I heard that they had Mutton and Oxtail. So I was being cheeky and asking for a combination plate of both of those two dishes.

£6 Meal Menu box

Menu at Dannis

Size wise you could choose from small, medium, and large for £4, £5, or £6 which was one dish with a side of rice, or ‘rice and peas’. If you eat in they will put it on a proper plate for you which I did. If you take it away it comes in a yellow box, and those boxes are on the counter to show you the size and also doubling up as a menu board. Even the small box looks huge, so a Medium £5 was going to be plenty for me.

Mutton Curry, Oxtail, and ‘Rice and Pea’s plate

Danni's Kitchen Mutton Curry and Oxtail

I ordered a little bit of the Oxtail and a little bit of the Mutton Curry, and a side of ‘rice and peas’ which with a can of pop came to £6.20. I ended up with quite a bit of a mixture on my plate, a tasty combination, yet perhaps not one that I should have put together. Both the Mutton Curry and the Oxtail were very good, but they both had quite a mild flavour and a mild spice, and I should probably have had some Jerk Chicken on their instead to spice it up a little.

The Mutton Curry had that lovely mild spicing and distinctive flavours that I love to look forward to when getting some home cooked Caribbean food. The meat was quite fatty in a good way and was falling of the bone. There was not that much of it and other places I have been give bigger portions of the meat, but having said that I did ask for a mixture so maybe you would get more if you just had the Mutton Curry.

The Oxtail was also pretty good, it was a darker richer meaty treat, mixed with a sauce that was filled with peppers and beans. Again there was not a large portion of the meat and I would hope to get more if I had it on its own. There was plenty of the ‘rice and peas’ though to fill you up, and even though that also is quite mild, you can spice it up a little by adding some of the hot sauce from the bottle on the table

Overall I did like both dishes, there was a lot of that ‘rice and peas’, but would have liked a bit more meat on the plate.

Next time I will be trying the Jerk Chicken, and I will be having a massive plate full of it

Where is Danni’s Restaurant?

Located at 19 Mansfield Road in Nottingham just about a couple of minutes past The Peacock Pub

Danni's Resturant Flyer

“All Things Sweet” serving Japanese Street Food at the Oriental Mart in Hockley

Oriental Mart in Hockley

A week or so ago as I was flicking through a copy of the Nottingham Post I saw an article by Lynette Pinchess about a new pop-up street food café in the Oriental Mart on Heathcote Street. This sounded awesome, I have been shopping at the oriental Mart for ages so this means I can get my Chinese groceries and get street food as well?

I was like ‘eyes wide open’ and ‘myfoodhunt radar engaged’ and I knew I had to come and find out some more and try this place out!  Today was that day!

Chalkboard Action at the Oriental Mart

Chalkboard at the Oriental Mart

I totally love a good bit of Chalkboard action especially ones that start with the words “Japanese Style Street Food”. There are actually three chalkboards outside, and even though I could have eaten everything, I knew that I couldn’t, so I made a plan to just pick a couple of things to try in the full contented knowledge that I can come back again to try the other stuff.

I am a massive fan of the Bao so figured that the best thing to try would be some of the combinations that they were offering in the steamed ‘hirata bun’.

They seemed pretty great value at just £2.95 each! I picked two, one with chicken and one with belly pork, and popped outside to wait, contemplate, and to salivate.

Hirata bun with Crispy Chicken (Karage

Chicken Karage Bao at oriental mart

The first little delight that came out to my table was the bun filled with Crispy Chicken (Karage), cucumber and Japanese mayo. I really liked this combination, the mayo is rich and creamy, the coating on that karage chicken is light and crispy, the toppings of cucumber and spring onion add a crunch and a lightness to the sandwich. There is a sprinkling of black and white sesame seeds which add a toastiness and a scattering of some sort of spicy dust which brings the whole thing to life.

Hirata bun with Belly Pork (Char Su)

Char Su Pork Belly Bao at Oriental Mart

The next delight to alight on my table was the bun filled with the belly pork (Char su). This was quite a different experience, the honey soy dressing adds a nice rich meaty sweetness and the kimchi adds that crunch and spice. Another scattering of that spicy dust and some generous spoonful of chopped scallions make it even better with crunch and heat.

More Chalkboard Options at the Oriental Mart

More Oriental Mart Chalkboard

I know that I just picked a couple of little snacks on this my first visit to the pop-up café in the Oriental Mart but I have plans to try some more.

One dish on my radar is the Arabiki – which is  ‘japanese smoked sausage with mustard mayo’, that sounds pretty good as does the Curry Udon! Actually if I am honest? It all sounds good!

So who is the man behind this food?

What I learnt from reading Lynette’s article was that the guy serving up this food is Yan Liu, the son of the owners of the old Hanson Supermarket down near the Bus Station at the Broadmarsh station.  I used to shop down there and eat at the restaurant upstairs by the bus station all the time, and then it was my favourite Asian shop in Nottingham. It is still quite sad to see that whole area has not been developed and the Hanson signs are still on the building. It was a really great place to go to and when I returned from working at the Chinese Institute in Wuhan back in the 90’s I always went there to get my food memories.

Now though there are many more memories to be had closer to home and I look forward to sampling a few more from Yan on my next visit to this Street Food pop up.

Chalkboard at Oriental Mart


Check out the Oriental Mart Shop and the Pop-up Street Food on their Facebook Page and on their Twitter Feed

Oscar and Rosies – Continued Pizza Excellence

Oscar and Rosies Sign

Oscar & Rosie’s is the place to go if you are looking for a great slice of pizza in this fair city Nottingham. I have been a long standing champion of their awesome pizza as they have grown from the pop-up in the Picnic Basket on Carrington Street, to the kitchens at Das Kino, and now to their very own restaurant on Thurland Street. I have been in a few times since they have openend and loved every bit of food that I have eaten each time. In the new place it is not just great pizza that they have on the menu, but also a whole lot of comforting pots of quality Macaroni and Cheese.

Here are just a few things that we have been eating, and plan to continue eating whenever we get the chance!

The Meat Sweats

The Meat Sweats Pizza at Oscar and Roises

The Meat Sweats is my personal favourite of all of the pizza that they sell at Oscar and Rosie’s. I fell in love with this combination of toppings the first time I ate a bite back when Olly was just starting to serve up the pizza magic back in the Picnic Basket when he was just there for a couple of nights a week as a pop-up restaurant.

Ever since I have forgone many opportunities to order something else in favour of having a slice of this pizza topped with ‘award winning meats’, pepperoni, smoked streaky bacon, fennel and black pepper pork on Oscar’s tomato sauce. They casually forget to mention that awesome cheese that they use, and the crust so good that you just eat every bit of, even the bits with no topping.

For the record I have eaten many of the other combinations, but if I had just one choice left for the rest of my pizza eating life? well then it will be the Meat Sweats.

The Magic Mushroom

The Magic Mushroom Pizza at Oscar and Rosies

Even though I do love that Meat Sweats Pizza, I have found myself championing (or should that be champignon) the Magic Mushroom Pizza which is one of the latest creations at Oscar & Rosie’s. Even though it is a pure vegetarian offering, you lose nothing of the meatiness with the chunky slices of portabella mushrooms that lay on that awesome crispy base sliding in and out of the bubbling cheese. It might sound to be quite simple, but it really is ever so good

The Brooklyn Sausage Party

The Brooklyn Sausage Party Pizza at Oscar and Rosies

So what do you order when you walk in just before 10pm and they have no bacon, or chorizo left, AND even though you tell them that the Mushroom Pizza is a must eat dish, your dining companion refuses to eat mushrooms?

Well it isn’t hard when there is such a great menu list to choose from so on this occasion it was time to order the Brooklyn Sausage Party which is another classic offering on the menu. Ordering this was a no brainer as it was also another one of my favourite pizzas here at Oscar & Rosie’s.

Mac and Cheese

Mac & Cheese at Oscar and Rosies

As I suggested at the top of the post, Mac and Cheese has grown up at the all new Oscar & Rosie’s and has started to fight for its right to be on that menu alongside all those glorious pizza combinations. It is only a problem if like me you want to have it all and eat it all. Heck times are tough but a man has to do what a man has to do

Mac and Cheese Menu at Oscars

Getting my Mac & Cheese on at Oscar and Rosie’s

More Mac and Cheese at Oscar and Rosies

It is too easy to fall into a routine, and lately that seems to be ordering Mac and Cheese as a ‘side dish’ to go with my pizza. It is no side dish, it is an enormous bowl that can feed two hungry people or more sensibly at a push 3-4 less glutonous beasts. On the last couple of visits the combination of choice has been the Mac & Cheese filled with ‘fresh ham hock and smoked mozzarella’

This is very simple but also very very good, the ham hock is bountiful and has a lovely gentle smoky taste, it mixes so well in with the cheese and pasta to make a super comforting bowlful that fills your heart with joy and also seeps into every inch of your belly filling up those cracks that exist purely to be filled with yumminess.

It really is very good indeed and you really do need have an order of it to go with your Mac N Cheese.

Other Mac n Cheese options I have tried and recommend are the Serrano Ham which is mixed with dovedale blue cheese and smoked paprika, and also the Mac N Cheese combination of ‘thyme roasted flat & wild mushrooms, taleggio cheese, and fresh tarragon’. That last one is so good you may not be able to stop eating it after you first bite, so be forewarned make an extra notch on your belt buckle if you order that one!

Oscar and Rosies Chalkboard

As always at Oscar and Rosie’s you can rely on a Fantastic Quality Product made up of some of the best ingredients that you can find, but the one ingredient that abounds cannot be bought and that would be the pizza love of the owners and the chefs in the kitchen, that is why this place is and will continue to be so good and to serve the best Pizza in the city.

Osacr and Rosies Flyer


Check them out on their Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter, but most importantly find some pizza love in your heart by popping along to eat some fantastic food

Jerk Station at the Nottingham Beer Festival

Jerk Station

Jerk Station are at this years Nottingham Beer Festival for the first time. I bumped into them on opening night as I was hunting around the grounds of Nottingham Castle for something different to eat. I had seen them last weekend at Goose Fair but had not managed to sample any of their food in between fairground excitement so was pretty keen to have a taste when I saw them in amongst the vendors on the path up towards the main beer tent.

On this first night of the festival they were just serving up their Jerk Chicken wraps, on the other days they will also be serving up their Mutton Curry with Rice and Peas.

I am looking forward to sampling that when I come back for the weekend, but for now I was being content with trying the Jerk Chicken Wrap.

Making the wrap

Making my Jerk Wrap

As I was waiting I watched them make up my wrap spreading mayo, lettuce, tomato, and their special Jerk Sauce onto a soft tortilla wrap

Jerk Station Chicken Wrap

Then they were grilling up a whole chicken breast to put in the wrap. I mean “Look at all that Chicken”. This was going to be one hearty spicy feast. One that pile of chicken was added onto the wrap, even more jerk sauce was added on top before it was rolled up and passed over ready for me to eat! Yum!

Jerk Station Chicken Wrap

I walked off into the dark clutching my Jerk Chicken wrap and to find a seat to pause for a moment to wolf it down before my next sample of beer. It was a really good sized wrap, I was initially a little hesitant when I saw the price of £6 for a wrap , but for all the chicken that you get it was actually good value.

It was also pretty goddam tasty! I loved their special spicy sauce, it was tangy and had enough heat to make it worth the name of Jerk sauce, but not so hot that you lose the flavour. I am thinking that there might be some roasted cumin in there somewhere? Maybe I will try and find out what is in it when I go back for my mutton curry!

The only downside is that there is so much awesome flavour, you might need to waste a third of a pint of beer washing the spice away before you get back to some serious beer festival sampling.

So If you fancy something a little different while you are at this weeks Beer Festival then I recommend that you try out the Jerk Station.

And if you are not at the Festival and see them somewhere else in Nottingham, well don’t walk past, stop and try them out!

Stop by and say hi to ‘Uncle Wayne’  @jerkstationuk

Nottingham Beer Festival 2014 – A great day of beer and food


We are really looking forward to the Nottingham Beer Festival which starts this Wednesday evening at the Castle. So much so we looked back to what we found last year. I can’t wait!

Originally posted on The Nottingham Food Blog:

Beer Festival Brochure

Nottingham Beer Festival or to give the correct name “The 2014 Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival” is one of the highlights of the Nottingham year in our calendars. It features much of which we love in this city Good Beer and some tasty Food. This year we took the day off on Friday and headed over on an early bird ticket (entry before 1pm) to sample as many of the beers that we could manage while attempting to also remain responsible members of sobriety erm I mean society. Located in the grounds of Nottingham Castle this was apparently the seventh Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival held there and the 39th Nottingham beer festival held in the City. I can remember attending the festival when it was held over at the leisure centre near Sneinton Market, it was much smaller then than now, but was just as good an experience…

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Lady Bay Fish and Chips Shop – Now we are talking about Fish and Chips Friday!

Lady Bay Fish and Chips

Lady Bay Fish and Chips on Trent Boulevard is a little bit of a hidden gem. Over the past weekend they came up in a conversation about Fish and Chips south of the river

We were talking about the line outside Georges on Melton Road almost every night, and discussing what the newly reopened …. was like,

Then someone said

“Have you tried the one in Lady Bay?”

“They cook everything to order”

“The chips don’t stick together”

Well I hadn’t, but after listening to their tales, well I was kind of intrigued.

So I mentally added it to the list for #FishandChipsFriday


I popped over for a little bit of a “Fish and Chips on Friday” myfoodhunt to find out if all of the hype was true. The first story was true, as I walked through the door one of the Chinese couple running the counter asked what Fish I wanted, and my small haddock was slipped into the fryer as I pondered what else I wanted with it.

I stuck to my usual

“a small Haddock, small Chips, and a small pot of Mushy Peas please”

 which was to set me back just under a fiver, £4.70 to be exact (£2.80 + £1.20 + 70p).


Then it was just a case of waiting 10 minutes or so for my small bit of Haddock to cook

Small Haddock Chips and Peas

I am impressed! I have spent quite a few weeks trying out different places for local Fish and Chips and when I drove into Lady Bay to try them out, I did not expect to find somewhere this good.

Not sure why I was so sceptical Everyone I had spoken to had told me that they were ‘better than Georges’ but I was not going to take that on face value until I had tried them out for myself.

In the end though, it was all good, all elements of my Fish and Chips plate were very good and worked in harmony.

The freshly cooked haddock fillet was presented inside a super crunchy and crispy light batter. The fish inside was moist and flaky and just tasted of nice fresh white haddock meat. The taste of the fryer was not a feature at all. It was interesting that the skin had been taken off so this was essentially a Yorkshire Style piece of chip shop fish which is kind of how I like it as I find that  a skinless haddock fillet cooked in light batter sticks to the fish and cooks all the way through the fish fillet, whereas the skin on fillet can make for a soggy inside to the batter as it tends to ‘steam’ inside as it cooks. Yeh this is good fish!

The chips were also great, even though I had taken my meal away all wrapped up in paper, they were still crisp and crunchy. They had not stuck together and there was no sign of any nasty fryer grease. These were so good that I would actually come here just to buy a portion of chips, they are some of the best I had had for quite a while.

The mushy peas were pretty good too, nice and green and creamy, almost sauce like and well cooked. I do like a portion of ‘good’ mushy peas with my chips, and these were a pretty good addition to my plate.

Yes all in all very good indeed and I most certainly recommend this place. You have to try them!


The Lady Bay Fish and Chip Shop is Located at

108 Trent Blvd, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire County NG2 5BL


Inside my Fillet

Haddock Flakes at Lady Bay Fish and Chips

I just included this close up picture of the Haddock so that you could see that ‘glistening’ firm white flesh of the fillet.



Goose Fair in Nottingham – Sampling a few fairground and street food snacks


Is it really a year since the last goose fair? Looking forward to going again this weekend, so was looking back at what we found last year and makes me even more keen and excited

Originally posted on The Nottingham Food Blog:

Goose Fair Profile

Food at Goose Fair Martin at Goose Fair

From a distance Goose Fair assaults your senses with a blanket of noise and a sea of light, once inside, walking along the paths between the food stalls and the rides, your senses are assaulted by the smells and sights of the food. As you duck to avoid bags of pink candyfloss or other sugary sweet snacks hanging from the eaves of the stalls, you can see the hotdogs and burgers grilling, the onions are frying, and kebabs are turning on the coals. Pots of mushy peas bubble away and hot steaming sugary donuts are pulled from the fryers. It is difficult to know where to start the eating and also where to stop.

Mushy peas Sign Mushy Peas Signs

So you may have guessed this blog post is  about some down and dirty trek looking for Fairground Food and other assorted Carnival Snacks. It could be an entire post about Mushy peas of which the…

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Mr Tea Too – Breakfast Butty on Queens Industrial Estate

Mr Teas Van

Mr Teas Too Van is located over on the Queens Drive Industrial Estate just off  Longwall Avenue.

You may have seen a white board on the junction of Queens Drive, Crossgate Drive, and Robin Hoods way pointing down Crossgate Drive towards this van?

No? well I did and I needed a cup of tea and a bacon butty so I pulled off and parked up to see what they had.

Bacon and Egg Cob from Mt Teas

The Egg and Bacon from Mr Teas Too Van

It is your most typical van serving all manner of cobs filled with the usual suspects such as this Bacon and Egg effort. Not too bad at all, not trying to be gourmet, just trying to be tasty

Sausage Bap from Mr Teas Too Van

They also do a big sausage sandwich filled with three herby cheap sausages, that are pretty much what you expect from a van.

It’s not big and it is not that clever, but they do a decent breakfast and a tea for a few quid.

Smoked Kitchen at the Malt Cross – Sampling the New Menu

Malt Cross Chalkboard

This week the Smoked Kitchen at The Malt Cross on St James’ Street is launching it’s new menu, taking locally sourced meats, smoked on the premises, combined with locally sourced produce.

They very kindly invited us along to have a taste of some of the new menu items, meet the chef, and some of their suppliers; the excellent Owen Taylor & Sons Butchers, and The Fruit Basket

A selection of dishes from the Menu

The Official Menu Picture at the Malt Cross

This rather beautiful picture was the official press release photograph of the food on the new menu. I am not sure of all the official menu names but basically what you see here from top right to bottom left was as follows.

Top Right is the ‘Smoked Double-Dipped Pulled Brisket Sandwich’ and Top Left is the ‘Smoked Pulled Pork Hotdog’.

On the bottom right you have the ‘Malt Cross Pulled Pork Hash with a Fried Hens Egg’, Bottom Centre was the House Salad with local stilton, walnuts, sun dried tomato and mixed leaves, and Bottom Right was the ‘Nottinghamshire Pulled Pork with Bramley apple’

Everything on the boards, plates, and bowl looked great visually but I expect that you want to know how it all tasted?

‘Smoked Double-Dipped Pulled Brisket Sandwich’  and the ‘Nottinghamshire Pulled Pork with Bramley apple’

Menu options at the Malt Cross

The ‘Smoked Double-Dipped Pulled Brisket Sandwich’  is described as their ‘take on the classic American French’. They take their ‘signature pulled beef brisket’ and pile it high onto a brioche bun with sliced gherkins and onions. It is ‘drenched in its own cooking juices’. This is served with skin on fries and a dressed side salad. That beef brisket was packed with a nice well balanced smoke. This was a pretty big sized portion and that bun was huge, you might need to approach this with a decent appetite in hand.

The ‘Nottinghamshire Pulled Pork with Bramley apple’ was a very simple dish with the Pulled Pork served on a nice bit of crunchy toast. It was served with a nice salad of mixed leaves and a really nice tart and tangy Bramley apple sauce. That apple sauce was really good, but the pulled pork has quite a subtle and light smoke so it might over power. I say might that could just be my take on the dish

Malt Cross Pulled Pork Hash with a Fried Hens Egg 

Hash Brown with Duck egg

The ‘Malt Cross Pulled Pork Hash with a Fried Hens Egg’ was described as a ‘Hand-shaped smoked pork has cake pan roasted to a crisp golden brown and topped with a fried egg’. Visually this was one of the most striking dishes on the table.

I am a bit of a slut for a fried egg on anything. I think I would even enjoy a fried egg on top of another fried egg. It is something about the way that a soft runny egg yolk makes such a great natural sauce when it oozes over whatever it sits upon. This dish is no exception.

I liked the soft hash cake, and the smokiness from the pulled pork was subtle and slightly understated. This would be a pretty good brunch dish when you are caught in the moment when you are too late for the all-day-breakfast but still need something in that family to comfort you.

‘Smoked Pulled Pork Hotdog’

Pulled pork on sausage sampler

Malt cross food

The ‘Smoked Pulled Pork Hotdog’ was actually not a bad Hot Dog at all. I am quite fussy when places try to pass off a regular sausage as a Hot Dog. This one was actually pretty close to the sort of ‘dogs’ I was used to eating in the States. They described the dish as  ‘In-house smoked hotdog topped with our pulled pork, served with skin on fries, pickles, and homemade coleslaw’.

You basically got the ‘snap’ you expect from this sort of encased meat in a tube combined with a good smoky taste, the sausage is topped with more of that pulled pork. Not sure if you need both, but I suppose that its kind of a 2-4-1 deal if you cannot decide what you want. All I have to say is please don’t put ketchup on this hot dog, as that would be a crime.

Malt Cross Classics

Now I know that we do not always want to have pulled pork or the such like when we go out to eat at the pub. So it was good to see that they will also be serving some of your pub classics, like ‘Fish and Chips’, and ‘Sausage and Mash’.

The menu also has Chicken and Chips and one of your classic build your own burger options too.

If you can get out of bed and into town before 12 you will be happy to know (well I was) that they will also be serving up a good traditional breakfast in the mornings.

I quite liked the flavours of the Smoked Kitchen and will be in to try them out for real, but also very keen to try some of their pub classics as well.

I am often in the Malt Cross on a Friday night drinking their beer and I always bring friends from out of town here as well to drink the beer.

Perhaps next time I will suggest that we have something to eat.

The Malt Cross is located at 16 St James’s St, Nottingham NG1 6FG, just a short walk from the Old Market Square and also down from Maid Marian Way

Check the Malt Cross out on Twitter and Facebook

Check the Smoked Kitchen out on Twitter  and Facebook

Just for the record this sampling of the menu was complimentary

but I bought my own beer.