Nottingham restaurant offering ‘unbelievable’ 3-course meal for £6.99


The cost of eating out has rocketed as restaurants pass on the rising price of supplies and energy bills to customers. It’s certainly making people think twice about dining out and numbers of bookings have dropped off at some venues. Value for money is more important than ever.

One award-winning restaurant, with an excellent reputation, had just 10 bookings at what should be its busiest time of the week on Saturday night. However, if you do your homework, it’s possible to suss out the best deals.

We heard of one which at first seemed too good to be true – £6.99 for three-courses. £6.99? No way, I thought. It’s going to be (a) stingy portions (b) poor quality, or (c) both. To put it into context, the main course at a brewery run pub these days costs anything from £10.99 to £14.99.

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The proof of the pudding – and the starter and main course in this instance – is in the eating, so I jumped in the car and headed to Basford to put this impossibly cheap offer to the test.

After negotiating three-way traffic controls at the roadworks in Nottingham Road and driving up and down to find somewhere to park (not easy), I finally find a spot and head to Stadium Leisure’s Premier Steak House. The grey and magnolia exterior looks like something out of the 1970s, with a handful of picnic benches outside but inside is as attractive and stylish as any city centre restaurant with colourful upholstery, booth seating, changing colour neon lighting, orchids and greenery.

The caveat is the £6.99 menu is only available on Tuesdays between 12noon and 2pm. 24/7 really would be too good to be true and would probably bankrupt the place. There’s a choice of three starters, five mains and four desserts, which varies each week.

My dining companions go for the mini Indian platter and onion ring stack to start but I think my broccoli and stilton soup with a couple of croutons and a soft bread roll is the winner. The tang of the blue cheese really shines through.

It’s a really decent-sized bowl full, the amount you’d expect if you were paying £5.99 for your starter. The scene is set. There’s certainly no scrimping on portion sizes. It seems to be good quality, home-cooked food and tasty.

I’m a sucker for scampi and chips but there are not many restaurants where you can get a roast dinner in the week, so I order the turkey and stuffing and ask the waitress if I can have a Yorkshire pudding, too. A large plateful arrives with a massive Yorkie, two generous slices of turkey, and a huge stuffing ball, so big that I give half to my companion for his roast beef.

The broccoli and stilton soup was delicious
The broccoli and stilton soup was delicious

It’s the works. Roast potatoes, mash, broccoli, carrots and cabbage with plenty of gravy. Even the condiments come in copious amounts. When I ask for cranberry sauce, it’s not a tiny pot, it’s a jug.

Eating my way through I keep saying “this is unbelievable”. The main course alone would cost more than £6.99 elsewhere.

I don’t normally eat three-course lunches so I have to deploy all my reserves. I should have stopped after two courses but the deal includes dessert and as part of my thorough research I really needed to check it out. Chocolate fudge cake would have been a step too far so I go for the malted milk torte.

The buttery biscuit base is topped with creamy chocolate. The crowning glory is a shiny chocolate ganache any Great British Bake Off contestant would be proud of, decorated with Maltesers and tiny chocolate pearls.

Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant

I’m stuffed to the brim and into tomorrow as well. It’s very impressive. You simply couldn’t cook this at home for the price. If it was any cheaper the restaurant would be giving it away. The food is so reasonably priced it makes the orange juice seem expensive at £2.99 but the entire bill still comes in under a tenner, so you can’t complain.

Most restaurants are desperate to claw back the money they lost during the pandemic but general manager Darren Watt said three-course lunch is offered to customers at cost price. The loss leader is designed to draw people there at other times.

“It gets bums on seats and hopefully we’ll get them in on a Saturday night and get the proper money. It keeps the staff in jobs and it’s good for us. It showcases what we do,” he said.

The menu served the rest of the time isn’t extortionate either, with steaks from £8.50 to £15.99 for a 12oz rump with chips, onion rings, mushrooms and two fried eggs. Diners say the quality is just as good as steak they’ve had for twice the price.

Malted milk torte
Malted milk torte

I have two tips for visitors. Firstly, park in the car park of the Willow pub opposite, which is under the same ownership. And secondly, go equipped with a Tupperware tub to take your pudding home unless you’ve got a bottomless pit for a stomach.

Food-loving bloggers Guys Who Dine are amongst those to leave a rave review. They said: “Is this the cheapest three-course meal in Nottingham and maybe the UK? We’ve been coming to Stadium Leisure for a number of years because they serve good honest home-cooked food at very affordable prices. The restaurant has had a lovely makeover and is looking very smart. The staff are lovely and very hard working.”





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