The Coffee House of Nottingham is located half way up (or down) that little alleyway called Hurts Yard running between Long Row and Upper Parliament Street. I was often curious as to what lay behind that lovely red painted façade as I passed up and down that alley, so finally I poked my nose in through the door to take a peek (maybe they have food I was thinking 🙂 )
I saw the chalkboard on the wall and the question ‘Hungry?’ followed by the magic words ‘toasties’ and ‘sandwiches’ well then even though I am not a massive coffee drinker, (a latté is about my limit), anyplace that sells cake and sandwiches is somewhere that I want to check out.
I picked out the Veggie Frittata from the Vegetarian and Vegan section of the menu, not because I wanted a meat free meal, nope purely because I fancied the sound of a Frittata with a bit of salad.
The Veggie Frittata was described as being ‘freshly made with egg, tomato, mushroom, salad leaves and cheese, garnished with garlic houmous toastie and a mini waffle‘
I loved that garlic houmous toastie, it was like garlic bread with a houmous spread, it is actually a little bit of genius and I might steal this to eat at home AND I do not even usually eat Houmous! 🙂
The little round frittata was like a mini muffin, egg baked with salad, tomato, mushroom and cheese topped off with a fresh tomato skewered into the top. It did feel a little ‘bready’ maybe it was supposed to? it didn’t matter though as I quite liked it anyway.
I ate both the toastie and the frittata together which seemed to work out pretty well, it was all very complimentary and I really liked the combination of the gentle fresh flavours in the frittata against the more sweeter garlic hit from the houmous topped toast.
I had decided to save the waffle for last, lets called it the pudding bite, and that was a pretty good decision. The actual waffle had quite a solid bite, it was quite a hard bake and it turned out that was because it was actually gluten free. It was a bit different, but quite decent. I liked that it was not too sweet, it did have a hit of cinnamon and there was some sort of syrup too, but it wasn’t packed out with sugar burst so actual felt quite healthy (who am I really kidding 🙂 )
I did have my default coffee experience opting for a latté as I hinted I probably would have earlier on the page. What I did like was that even though I admitted that I was more of a tea drinker and knew nothing about coffee, the owner still patiently asked me what sort of coffee I would like, and picked one out that he thought I would like.
Admittedly my response had been that I had no idea and preferably one that was not too strong and perhaps didn’t have too much coffee in it? That was perhaps not the best way to ask for a drink in an establishment specialising as a purveyor of fine coffees. I was half surprised not to be shown the door, but there was no danger of that, the owner pretty laid back and just laughed it off with a ‘don’t worry I’ll get you something I think you might like’
Now that I have tried that frittata I have high hopes for their sandwiches too. I quite like the sound of the one filled with Tapas, “Spanish chorizo, slabs of cheddar cheese and picante peppers, finished with sweet chilli chutney”
I quite fancy just having the fillings as Tapas and it does say that you can have this as a salad instead of as a sandwich.
The Coffee House of Nottingham is located at 3 Hurts Yard, NG1 6JD.
On their website they say that “We are a small, independent coffee shop, full of character, where you will be greeted with a smile and a warm, friendly service.”
That was most certainly true as I had a great chat with the owner while he patiently explained all about the coffee and how they were making the vegan options
They also say that “We offer a wide range of coffees and teas from around the world, and nearly all of our coffees are roasted locally here in Nottingham. We stock them as whole-bean here in the shop, ready to be freshly ground from bean-to-cup.”