Bramleys Brasserie at The Orchard hotel

3.7
42 reviews
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This 120-seat restaurant , named after the Nottinghamshire Bramley apple, is located perfectly on the ground floor of the De Vere Orchard Hotel on the University of Nottingham's campus. The menu, which changes seasonally, offers modern British cuisine with an emphasis on locally-sourced and inspired dishes. Open to non-residents, Bramleys Brasserie provides relaxed surroundings in which to enjoy superb food, with ample parking, only 2 miles from Nottingham.
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SB
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was shown to my table very quickly and given a choice of seats. I asked for the early bird offer that I had seen on the TV in the room, the gentleman serving said he would come back to me. Some of the team seemed to be searching in the cupboards for the menu, however he came back after 3-4 mins and explained what it was. My drinks order was brought over quickly and I asked to order, this was repeated to me and was cooked quickly. The standard of food was very good, except for the peppercorn sauce which tasted ok but was very runny.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ok food fine but nothing special. Price ok, a little on the pricey side

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TA
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely post graduation meal. Service was excellent - very friendly staff and all congratulated me for graduating. Food was excellent and the 3 course for £25 was great for a celebratory meal. Delicious salmon starter and pannacotta for dessert.

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b
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Fairly limited choice. Tasty food (apart from the rock hard avocado pieces in the salad!) but not that generous portions. Slow cooked lamb with mash, mushrooms & broad beans - delicious but tiny amount of sauce, mushrooms & broad beans. Friendly waitress. Breakfast was excellent!

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S
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good service and great food. Could do with dialling the very bright lights down.

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n
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great location and good hotel. You do not have to be a guest to eat there. Breakfast is reasonable and staff are friendly.

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JF
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. Food was not what expected. Overpriced and service was not the best

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AT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Meal took 2.5 hours overall with it taking 1 hour to receive starter. Asked for tap water 4 times before it arrived. Despite having paid for dinner on dinner, bed and breakfast package with hotel, the restaurant did not have this information and charged us for meal which we then had to speak to them about. Very poor experience.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food good but overpriced

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was our anniversary and were staying at the hotel. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, the food was good, hot and presented well. Nothing too much trouble.

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JS
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food in innovative and delicious. My starter of smoked salmon with an amazing non traditional cole slaw was insane and my main of the cod with samphire was so tasty I'd be happy eating it at least once a week.

The service is top notch, friendly and welcoming we felt looked after the entire meal. I would suggest trying this restaurant if you are in the area not just because you're staying at the lovely Orchard Hotel. Seriously I'd make this my local if I lived in the neighborhood.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The dessert menu is very limited and both desserts were nothing special. Very small portion as well.

Starters of wings both choices not that great.

Main of steak was ok could be better.

Even though we booked for anniversary it was not even noted so didn’t feel special. Other places make a bit of an effort for an anniversary.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We have dined there twice in the last couple of years whilst staying at the hotel for graduation ceremonies.
On both occasions we have been somewhat disappointed with the service in the brasserie, finding it slow and rather disorganised.

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H
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent but service was considerably slow - be prepared to wait - yes, the place was busy, the hotel/restaurant would have known about the busyness due to rooms being booked in advance but they were not prepared and no extra staff had been brought in

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M
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We had an informal business dinner for three in one evening and ordered the main courses. Although the food was served relatively quickly, they have forgotten the food for one of the guests, so we had to wait for him for nearly 10 minutes. While doing so, our food became cold. The waiter did not even notice that the order was not complete when he served the food. The restaurant requires a better customer training to attend tables.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We each had three courses and I have to say, we all commented on how lovely the food was. Compliments to the chef please. I think the Bramleys burger could have been more special, with perhaps a bit of coleslaw or side salad, as it looked very ordinary when it was delivered, but everything else we had that night was outstanding.
Unfortunately the ambience was non-existent as we were there the same time as you were hosting a youth hockey tournament, so the children spoiled the atmosphere with their noise!

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OG
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was visiting with a conference, the restaurant was very busy and seemed unable to handle it. The pizza I ordered had mould all over the base!! I checked the pizza was interest as after I ordered I had seen a pizza being sent back, therefore I was shocked they even served mine, it was totally unedible. There was not enough water jugs so we were left without water for the first hour. The staff didn't seem that surprised or bothered about any of this.
Would not return or recommend.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Choose to stay at the hotel as we had been out all day and had tried to get tables elsewhere but were unable to. It was ok but I would not chose to eat there again. Firstly they were only using part of the restaurant so people were put on closely positioned tables. Then our starters were taken to the wrong table.Hence we had quite a wait. Asked for some water - we’ll actually had to ask twice. Mains were nice but the cheese had been missed off my salad and I had to ask. The sweet we had tasted nice but was not worth the price. Banoffee Pie - a small circle of biscuit base with what appeared to be a blob of tinned toffee sauce, a couple pieces of fresh banana and a squirt of cream. Although the chocolate sorbet was very nice. I expected more quality. The staff were nice and helpful.

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OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Nice food but let down by poor service, didn’t receive our first drink until end of main course, offered water never arrived, no cutlery on table, asked for sauce never arrived, 3 members of staff working only 4 tables dining at the time, overpriced and left dissatisfied , visited Friday 15th December 8pm.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow service and small portions. Very disappointing value for money.

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j
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely environment and the food was great. Unfortunately the restaurant has gained a reputation for slow service especially at busy times. It was fine for us on a quiet lunchtime

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OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

This was a really disappointing meal; fish & chips and a burger meal were greasy; an Indian dish was colourless and bland; a smoked salmon salad had a tasteless dressing and potato salad so cold it was impossible to taste the food properly. Portions were small. The staff were very friendly and efficient but could not make up for the poor quality of the food.

As the restaurant was almost empty on what should have been a packed graduation day lunch, maybe other people knew more about this restaurant than we did. Good location but needs to improve the restaurant offer.

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good for a business hotel which this clearly is. Great location for visiting Nottingham Uni.
Not what I would call fine dining so it depends on what you're looking for.
For our overnight stay to look around the uni the food was ample but I wouldn't go for an evening out.

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OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we have come from Birmingham to enjoy our experience
at this Restaurant. We have never failed to enjoy and congratulate the staff on their discreet but friendly attention. We were celebrating the 90th birthday of one of our group but we didn't publicise it!!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I've eaten here previously and it has been fine, but on this occasion, after booking the table for a Wednesday lunchtime 10 days previously, I was told the day before that they couldn't now fit us in and that the booking was cancelled.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had dinners there. Last year we came and enjoyed the signature foods. However, this year the menus are almost the same every day. It was unexpected that the signature notts food was no longer provided, for example, Nottingham batter pudding. :( thats really disappointing... Hope next year they can offer some signature foods.

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J
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were upset that no vegetables or potatoes were included in the meat dishes...if you order pork/pork belly....it will be delicious but that's all you will get. To get potatoes it will be an extra £3 and to get a portion of a vegetable, another £3.now that may be the norm for some people but it is not for us. It was novel that the wine menu comes on a tablet. Service was good. There were quite a few people in when we were there on a Friday night. Our bill for 4 people was £130 ( with no extra potatoes or veg as we didn't realise you had to order separate) which included 1bottle of wine and 3pints of beer. No starter but delicious pudding.

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V
Worcestershire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2014
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I went there for dinner with my dad.
Service: poor - no one saw us to a table for a good few minutes on arrival. We were then shown to a table behind a large screen, even though there were only 2 couples in the restaurant. We were then left for about 10 minutes and were unable to attract any staff's attention to even order drinks! We waited 35 mins for mains as the kitchen was not informed we had finished our starter by the waiter who collected the dishes.

Food/drinks: average - as starter I had seared scallops, which was nice but there were only 2. My dad had celeriac soup which was tasteless. I had beef cheek which tasted like it had been soaked in red wine overnight. Salmon was cooked just right. The rest of the mains was unremarkable.

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A
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We went to Bramleys for lunch and were the only people there! Food was served well, of good quality and excellent value.

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F
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2013
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was Shockley slow, they seemed to be loads of staff crowed round the till and trying to get eye contact with anyone was impossible. It took 15mins to be asked for drinks order but we had been shown to our table without a wine list! It then took too long to come back to ask for our order, so we tried to get the attention of the waiter at the till, whom then instead if walking to the table insisted we make sign lanuage to communicate very embassaring, when we complaint about the slow service the excuse was that there was a private party next door, that why the food was slow, it's wasn't the food it was the service we recieved on arrival. They had no note of my booking which then lead us to be stood at the till waiting to b seated

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H
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2013
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great location and surroundings
Light weight meal 1 sprout also meat over cooked slightly burnt
limited choice
slow service/forgetful
nice bottle of wine though quite expensive
Have eaten here before and meal was better

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c
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a lovely evening with friends eating and enjoying a lovely white wine,Stephen the waiter was attentive and personable and there was a mixture of clientele in the dining room which added to the relaxed ambiance.
we especially liked the ipad wine list

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OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good choice of food for all 3 courses. Enjoyed the Moroccan lamb/couscous so much that we both chose it again the second night we ate there ! Good desserts to share. Friendly and efficient service. Restaurant was full enough to have a buzzy atmosphee, but not so full as to overstretch the staff serving. Felt prices were reasonable. Would definitely eat there again.

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RJ
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived for our table at 8pm & that is were it went downhill!

Took a while for our order to be taken and the staff didnt know what beers were available and we werent even asked how we wanted out steaks.

It then took half an hour or so for the drinks to arrive, another half hour after that for the starters & then an hour after that for the main course.

It was laughable really, and we could see we were not the only table being affected.

Nobody came across to tell us there was a problem or to apologise or even to see if we wanted more drinks.

There was a conference on at the same time but the EMCC is run by the same DeVere group so they should have been fully aware that they might be slightly busier than a normal Wednesday evening.

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V
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2013
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

When we arrived the staff had no record of our booking via toptable which was embarrassing as I had brought a group of external speakers for dinner after an event. Despite this the staff were charming. The choice for vegetarians could be improved.

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RD
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was nice enough, but the service was very slow. As I had pre-booked an express me for me and my colleagues, I expected that we would be able to eat it within our 1 hour lunch break, yet it took nearly twice that time for us to complete our 3 course meal. There were only two other tables in the restaurant, yet the waiting time between each course was around 20 minutes. I was also annoyed that my coffee did not arrive with my dessert, which I ordered at the same time, causing me to wait longer after I had finished my dessert.

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DN
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wife & I really enjoyed our meal at Bramleys Brasserie at The Orchard hotel. Mid-week evening, but restaurant was busy. Staff pleasant. Wine menu on ipad. Good Rioja, We both had the burger. Sounds basic but it was well done and well presented. Really tasty. Nice evening.

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F
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed our first visit but very few other Sunday diners. The menu was limited with only one main veggie choice but the 3 courses we chose were tasty and well presented. Very good value.

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IS
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The Express lunch is good value and it was excellent high-quality food.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Only one grouch. The menu I saw on the top table app wasn't that nights menu.

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