Jayne (left) and Tracey (right) working at Hockley Deli Credit: Lauren Brown

Independent businesses have taken the biggest hit this year but with walks still on the cards here are some of Nottingham’s best independent coffee shops to take your pit stop.

While walking the streets of Nottingham the darkened shops did not sit well on the cobbled roads of the midlands city and a worrying amount of independent coffee shops were not their to bring light to these dark days.

Though some privately owned shops were there to supply the Nottingham walkers with their beverages to keep them fueled for their winter walks.

An outside view of the bright colours of Blend coffee shop Credit: Lauren Brown
  1. Blend Coffee Shop– Located in Sneinton Market, Blend is the best place to grab a coffee and the sweet treats that everyone needs while taking their stroll through the winter elements. All take away packaging is completely compostable and refill cups are encouraged making a great place to get your coffee without adding to your carbon footprint. Visit https://www.blendnottingham.co.uk/ for opening times.
200 degrees coffee located on the Flying Horse Walk  Credit: Lauren Brown

2) 200 degrees coffee– While these shops have branched out of Nottingham they still deserve a place on the list as this midlands city is its place of origin. A reputation that proceeds itself and a shop at all ends of the city you will always be able to find a 200 degrees coffee when strolling past the sights. Visit https://200degs.com/ for locations and opening times.

The Hockley Deli serving a customer one of their many sandwich options  Credit: Lauren Brown

3) The Hockley Deli– If a snack is what you are after then the Hockley Deli is the place to go. A topping for every craving and your own choice of combinations means that no-one is left without an option. Located in the heart of Hockley, it is the perfect place to fill your stomach before tackling the miles in the name of socialising.

The Ugly Bread Bakery on Carlton Street  Credit: Lauren Brown

4) The Ugly Bread Bakery– Located on one of Lace Market’s most famous streets, Carton Street, this cafe is filled with fresh bakery bites and a choice of hot drinks. Just minutes from Market Square and offering takeaway meal deals, The Ugly Bread Bakery is here for a simple snack or a lunch time break that won’t be costing a fortune. Visit https://www.uglybreadbakery.co.uk/ for opening times and information on their new delivery service.

It is sad to see so many independent coffee shops keeping their doors closed through this harsh lockdown but supporting those that remain will keep Nottingham thriving for when the masses open their doors once again.