9 Angel Row, Nottingham
In recent months I have been revisiting sports that I either haven’t given a chance or not attended in a long time. It all began with a trip to the O2 to attend my first live boxing event at Gennady Golovin against Kell Brook for the WBA, WBC, IBO and IBF middleweight titles – an incredible ‘rocky’ style fight and an all round great event. Tonight saw the return of ice hockey to my life as we headed to Nottingham to watch the Panthers take on Guildford.
Before any event though you just have to grab some food so we went off in search of some alternative lesser-known spots around Nottingham. With it’s large student population there’s no shortage of fast food outlets, chain restaurants, independent places and trendy bars to pick from. For some reason Mexican food was on our minds so we looked through all the usual places until we ended up at Taco Bell.
Unless you live in the north of England you’re unlikely to have come across Taco Bell. In fact we had never heard of it outside of America. Now it seems as though this Mexican chain restaurant is making it’s mark on the U.K although you would never have guessed it when we walked in….
For a saturday evening the place was very quiet with a younger crowd in attendance occupying about 20% of the seats. The menu though is very tempting with an open kitchen behind the counter allowing you to watch your food freshly prepared. Depending how hungry you are or how many of you are dining there are single options for burrito’s, taco’s and quesadillas or, like us, you can go for a combination deal. We chose the £10.99 ($14.57) meal for two which consisted of two beef taco’s, a pulled pork quesadilla, nachos, fries and drinks, which are unlimited refills.
We decided to have a couple of beers instead of soft drinks which bumped the bill up by a couple of pounds. Enjoying a cold beer whilst waiting the short time for our food was an ideal way to pass the time. Portion sizes are decent and perfect for two to share. The beef taco’s are everything you want from a taco, flavoursome, fresh and crunchy. The quesadilla was good in terms of taste but i’d love them to toast the tortilla for added crunch.
It’s an ideal way to spend a saturday night pre-match, we were completely stuffed by the end struggling through a mountain of nachos, guacamole and salsa. Overall we would return to Taco Bell, it’s nothing special but more than adequate for a Mexican fix. Highlight of the meal was definitely the taco, one really wasn’t enough. For a cost-friendly experience Taco Bell ticks the box and has the added benefit of only being a 10 minute walk from the ice stadium. We spent the rest of the evening cheering on the Panthers to a dramatic 3-2 win in overtime over a plucky Guildford side who made the home team work for it. A great way to spend a saturday evening.
Opening times: Sunday-Thursday 1100-2300
Nearest railway station: Nottingham