First Look Around The £1m Gusto Restaurant In West Brigdford
Locals won't recognise the former Monkey Tree in West Bridgford when it re-opens on February 9, following a £1m transformation into the upmarket restaurant Gusto.
The radical makeover has turned it from a pub into a modern stylish restaurant with indoor olive trees decked out with twinkly lights, which extend to the trunk of the prominent monkey puzzle tree on the patio.
And the addition of a conservatory, with doors that can be pulled back when the weather picks up, is the ideal all-weather spot for eating and drinking in relaxed surroundings.The venue, in Bridgford Road, can now seat 194, indoors and out. Despite the February drizzle, we can already picture cocktails on the terrace on a warm summer's evening.
The Italian-inspired menu begins with Mediterranean nibbles and bread before launching into starters ranging from smoked salmon and chicken liver pate to mussels and hand-rolled meatballs.
Pasta, risotto and pizza classics rub shoulders with dishes with a twist such as spaghetti pesto, spicy pork gnocchi, lobster and prawn spaghetti and mouthwatering lamb cacciatore, a plateful of slow-cooked lamb with red wine, pancetta and tomato which has comfort food written all over it
Steak and seafood dishes complete the mains which can be accompanied by some rather tasty sides such as truffled fries with grana padano cheese.
Prices on the a la carte menu range from £4.75 for a soup starter to £27.95 for a 10z fillet steak with garlic butter and fries.
But, eat on a week day lunchtime, and you can take advantage of a set menu offering two courses for £12.95 and three for £14.95.
Better still, customers who book online will receive 25% off their food bill in an opening offer.
Families are welcome and kids are sure to have fun making up their own pizzas.
An extensive wine list includes prosecco and champagne by the bottle and glass or there are 50 different cocktails to choose from, garnished with edible flowers.
Promising to be a "real guilty pleasure" (according to the menu), the Strawberry Cheesecake is a fruity combination of strawberries, mascarpone and vanilla vodka which sounds more like a dessert that a drink, while the Cucumber and Elderflower Martini is refreshment in a glass.
John Macaulay, from Nottingham-based Macaulay Sinclair, said: "I felt it would be the perfect fit. Gusto design is very soft, feminine and warm. It feels very current but we deliberately stayed away from design trends."
The overhaul included ripping the toilets at the rear out to create a new dining area, with roof lights providing natural light.
Gusto spokeswoman Vicky Duckworth said: "The interest has been incredible. We are nearly full the first weekend."
Frequent diners will be rewarded with free membership to the Dining Club which offers exclusive events such as wine tasting and a George Michael tribute night, as well as 20% off.
Gusto will open at 5pm on February 9.
GUSTO ~ Restaurant and Bar: Italian for taste and enjoyment
Inspired by the elegant charm of a classic Italian ristorante with a contemporary buzz and a modern, stylish interior, GUSTO brings the true "taste and enjoyment" of Italy to our guests.
GUSTO - it's all a matter of taste!