Lily Pad Cocktails & Hanging Plants: Have We Found Nottingham's Most Beautiful Beer Garden?

It’s taken an embarrassing amount of time for summer to reach us over here in the Midlands, but as soon as the sun made a rare appearance? I found myself on the hunt for a gorgeous outdoor bar where I could make the most of it. One place that seemed to tick all of the boxes was The Magic Garden in Nottingham, so of course I had to check it out on this particularly balmy evening.

The Magic Garden: Nottingham Beer Garden | DesignMyNight

Phwoar - can you think of a better place to be on a summer's day?

You'll find this pretty perch located in a Grade II-listed Georgian building (anyone remember the old Jamie’s Italian? RIP) on the cobbled streets of the ever-popular Lace Market. On arrival, you're greeted with an Instagrammable floral archway over the entrance - pop through to discover a vibrant dining room showcasing an oasis of shrubbery and silk flowers hanging in almost every corner. But that's not where it stops; it's also home to an idyllic garden. This luscious landscape comes complete with colourful umbrellas and lanterns overhead, as well as fairy lights and gigantic disco balls – because why not? 

The Magic Garden Nottingham Happy Hour | DesignMyNight

The Magic Garden Nottingham's happy hour offers 2-4-1 cocktails from Sunday to Friday.

Being the most indecisive person ever, it was difficult to choose what to order, but with the help of our friendly waiter, our decision-making was made a little easier. We chose the Lily Pad (£10.95), an intensely green concoction made up of gin, lychee, Lillet Blanc, kiwi, foam and lime, adorned with pink and purple edible flowers (naturally). The Cherry Blossom (£9.95) then arrived tall and well-balanced, mixing Campari, amaretto, cherry, lemon and soda. But we weren’t stopping there – the sun was out, after all - so we got another round in, and this time went for a Rosy Cheeks (£11.95) to satisfy my need for pink drinks. This beautifully presented tipple was certainly my favourite of the evening; marrying tequila, raspberry liqueur, rose water, pineapple, coconut and lemon, it was the ultimate flavour combination. Next up, The Tiki One (£10.95) – a mojito-style drink packed with coconut rum, pineapple, coconut syrup, lime and mint that really packed a punch.

The Magic Garden Nottingham Menu | DesignMyNight

Fronting burgers, small plates, salads and more, there's something for everyone here.

Cocktails glugged, we needed a bite to eat and opted for a roasted aubergine flatbread (£13.75). The hand-stretched sourdough base came topped with harissa, cheese, pickled shallots and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. We also had to try the baked Italian meatballs (£8.95); rich, saucy and so full of flavour, it was the ideal accompaniment to dip my generous portion of skin on fries (£4.95) into.

The DesignMyNight Digest

Whether you're a cocktail lover, looking for a date night spot or a place to chill out with friends, The Magic Garden is for you. Not only is the venue a total stunner, from the interior to the outdoor area, but it also has a fantastic lineup of creative mixes that will keep you on your toes. As for the food - the options are there if you're peckish, but personally I think the drinks completely steal the show. Like me, you'll most likely annoy your pals by refusing to let anyone take a sip 'til you have the perfect picture for the 'Gram.

  💰 The damage: Around £70 for two people.

  📍  The location: Low Pavement in Lace Market.

  👌 Perfect for: Birthdays, girls' nights and casual dates.

 ⭐ Need to know: You can also bag a bottomless brunch in Nottingham for just £39.95.


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