Monday, 7 May 2012

The Cosy Teapot - Nottingham

- Now closed -

101 Carrington Street

The Cosy Teapot Cafe is about a minutes walk from Nottingham train station.

The menu contains a fairly good breakfast selection.

Place your order at the counter at the rear of the cafe.

There are a good number of places to sit and the service is fantastic.

A good condiment stack awaits.

The coffee here was spot on.

Each breakfast includes toast and butter.

It may have been voted "Britains greatest greasy spoon" back in 2003 but in 2013 I found the food to be average and a bit of a let down. 

Those eggs were perfect but economy sausages are never a welcome sight.

A good job I am a fan of baked beans!

I needed to visit Nottingham as I wanted to buy a drape for our wedding that was now less than 2 months away. We had noticed that Vince Ray & The Boneshakers were playing at Kreepers so decided to stay overnight, this of course also had the added advantage of having breakfast in Nottingham the following morning. I decided to research cafe's before leaving and found this article on The Cosy Teapot, a cafe I had eaten at quite a few years back. After a great night out we headed to the cafe with quite high expectations, it was fry up inspection time again!

Upon entering - The cafe is fairly big with a good number of tables to choose from, each one was spotlessly clean with a neat cluster of sauces, sugar, salt and pepper. There was a large menu above the counter but if you like to spend time looking at the menu you may be best to do as I did and ask for a menu to sit down to look at. The cafe's walls are covered with paintings, decorative plates, pictures that have been coloured in and 2 huge high up shelves displays 100's of different teapots. The atmosphere in the cafe is quite pleasant with the owner pootling around tidying up and making sure things were clean. Place your order at the counter and everything is bought over when it is ready. 7/10

Service - This is the area that this cafe really excelled at, the service was fantastic and nothing seemed too much trouble to the genuinely friendly owner. When I placed my order he made a tray up with cutlery and drinks and an order number, I went to take the tray but he insisted on bringing it to the table for me. Next he asked if I would like a paper to look at which he then bought over to me. He bought the food over when it was ready occasionally making conversation but also giving us space to enjoy the food. 8/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, 2 fried eggs, 1 hash brown, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, beans, toast and butter. 8/10

Presentation - Everything was neatly placed on the plate but the sight of economy sausages immediately left me feeling a tad disappointed, the sight of the vast sea of beans left me quite speechless! 6/10

The food - Cheap economy sausages and standard bacon with the rind removed (the rind is my favourite part of the bacon, gutted!) A very pleasant and nicely cooked hash brown, 2 perfect fried eggs and pretty good mushrooms. The tinned tomatoes where a welcome sight and the huge sea of beans were mopped up with the nice enough toast and butter. 6/10

Value for money - The full breakfast costs £5.80, a fair enough price for what it was, a fairly standard no frills cooked breakfast. 6/10

Veggie option - Yes, 3 veggie set breakfasts were available on the menu (see menu pic above)

Overall - The service here is fantastic and the cafe itself is a nice enough place to sit and eat in, it all goes a bit downhill when the food arrives though. The food is cooked perfectly well but there is nothing on the plate that really stands out as being particularly special. I do like rind on my bacon and don't enjoy economy sausages so it wasn't really for me. I did wonder as I left how it had won Britians greatest greasy spoon award in 2003 but that was 10 years ago now and a lot can change in that time. 7/10


  1. The Cosy Tea is no more now an empty shell. Does anyone know what happened??

  2. Not sure what happened but thanks for informing me.

  3. The Granby Café round the corner on Station Street is spot on. Great breakfasts.