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Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Cafe.Bar Terrace

Cafe.Bar Terrace



Café.Bar.Contemporary – the most elegant, artist designed café-bar in the city. If the sun comes out we’ll be opening our glass doors onto our terrace where you can soak up the sun.

Closed on Monday except Bank Holidays. We are open:

Tue - Fri 10am to 6pm
Sat 10am to Late
Sun 11am to 6pm

Food and Drink

Grab a table on our terrace this summer! We're Nottingham's only artist-designed cafe bar, and our menu changes with the season, from daily specials to old school favourites. Bring friends and family, and pull up a stool at the bar to enjoy beers, cocktails, smoothies plus delicious loose-leaf teas and coffees.


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Our Café Bar is easy to find. Look out for S Mark Gubb’s neon sign above our Sun Terrace and walk down the new steps from Middle Hill. You can easily reach the Café Bar from our Main Entrance, too. Just follow the signs that lead down the stairs or take the lift to Level 1.

Matthew Brannon

New York artist Matthew Brannon has given us possibly the most stylish art café in the country. He has designed murals, a screen and curtains that suggest a 50s American advertising aesthetic – sharp, sleek and sexy - and the lifestyles it invoked. Coffee cups, typewriters, flight and train tickets are the props for a fictionally glamorous lifestyle. Brannon’s work turns the Café Bar customers into the protagonists of chic yet cynical short stories. Blank notepads suggest that they are about to be written by us all.