It can sometimes be difficult for independent businesses to stand out when they're surrounded by massive chains, especially when they're smack bang in the city centre, but Wired has held its own exceptionally well; with their relaxed environment, and modern, wood-heavy decor, a lot of people say it's "the best coffee in town". Although they specialise in coffee, they have a wide range of food and drinks if the jittery stuff doesn’t do it for you. Not as large as some of the other establishments, it's got plenty of seats without being crowded – there are some great window seats if you want to look outside and gaze at the wonderful British weather, or downstairs seating if you want to escape the hustle and bustle. The barista team is small but extremely hardworking and friendly. It can get really busy, but they handle the queue well so you won’t be waiting ten minutes for a cuppa. Plus, they sometimes host poetry nights and supper clubs, so keep an eye out.
These guys, based in both Nottingham and Birmingham, are all about making sure you get a perfect coffee and are proud of it. After getting a good foot in the coffee-house door of Nottingham just off the square, they've recently opened a second cafe, which is conveniently located for commuters on Carrington Street, near the train station. If you want more of what they're offering, you can buy their coffee blends, and, for those who just can't get enough, they hold regular barista classes. The Flying Horse Walk cafe decor fits nicely with the Tudor-esque building and at Carrington Street you'll be hard pushed not to be impressed by the light bulb game. The staff at both venues are passionate about their stuff, which is perfect for when you want to try something new and aren't sure what's for you. Keep an eye out for their A-boards too – they're right funny boggers.
Outpost Coffee Roasters
Fancy a quick coffee? A raw milk? Bit of an unashamed hipster? Step this way. Outpost are one of the newest coffee shops on the scene and a cup of joe from them is pretty ridiculous. And they are fast and friendly, with all their baristas appearing to love what they do. It’s quite a small interior, but if you do fancy a sit down then there are a handful of tables to relax at. If you’re feeling peckish, but on a diet, they also have a fresh, healthy menu to choose from.
The Coffee House of Nottingham
A tiny, cute place with only a couple tables on the ground and first floor, the staff are extremely helpful and will ensure that you make the right decision choosing your poison. The place is pretty old fashioned and has quite a nice range of hot drinks to choose from. They only have one or two working staff on a normal day, and with the intimate size, if it so takes your fancy you can have a good old heart-to-heart with them while they make your coffee. It’s cash only – none of them futuristic Apple Pay shenanigans going off around here. It’s been reviewed by many as the most adorable place in Nottingham, definitely worth popping by. All you have to do is squeeze your way up the Hurts Yard alleyway – you could even make a stop off at Rob's Records or The Barrel Drop micropub while you're at it.
Divine Coffee House
The decor and atmosphere in this place make you instantly feel at home. You can tell how good the coffee is by how busy it is, especially of a morning. A lovely place to sit and chat for a couple hours, if time allows, and there’s plenty of space. Every season, they have special hot drinks so you can mix it up from time to time. The autumnal selection included Sliced Appletino and the Nutella Latte. You can't say fairer than that. The lattes and hot chocolates have been highlighted as being a popular choice among the regulars, and the staff aren't averse to adding fun patterns in your milky froth. Well in.
Delilah Fine Foods
They may specialise in all kinds of rich foods, treats and edible products, and their coffee offerings are no different. Delilah boast a great hot drinks section; shed-loads of tea and some great speciality coffees from all around the globe. Because a lot of the types they sell can be a tad bit confusing for some, they have a rating system on the menu with the intensity of the roast ranging from 1 - 10, and stars to signify the natural strength of the bean. These beans, no matter what the strength, are transported within fourteen days so the coffee tastes the freshest. These come from different corners of the world, so be sure to take a risk from time to time and try something completely different. You can settle yourself at the bar, or one of the tables on the balcony overlooking the shop – either way, you're onto a winner.
These guys are top, not only because they do great coffee, but also because they’re about ten steps away from our office. Hartley’s Coffee & Sandwich bar is dead popular among the Hockley masses quite simply because of the lovely staff, the wide range of sandwiches and their awesome drinks selection – both hot and cold. Their specialist, fair trade coffee is called Doi Chaang, from Northern Thailand and roasted in Nottingham. Delicious. And if that didn't take your fancy, they've got an array of ice cold fruit smoothies to give you a kick up the backside in the morning, or there are the ridiculously indulgent Mable's Mooshakes. Banoffee for the win.