First look inside as gourmet restaurant Cleaver & Wake opens in Nottingham


Cleaver & Wake, Nottingham’s highly anticipated new fine dining restaurant at 1 The Island Quarter, has now opened its doors to customers.

Marking the second venue to open on the Island Quarter site, the new restaurant has been designed with breathtaking interiors by renowned interior architecture and design studio, Macaulay Sinclair.

Named after two Victorian lace garment makers, who worked at the original site, Cleaver & Wake interiors have been designed to reflect the rich heritage of the site.

The fully accessible open kitchen marks the heart of the restaurant, with diners able to watch the drama of each dish being prepared by Chef Patron Laurence Henry, Executive Chef Hira Thakur and their team of chefs.

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Offering diners a multi-sensory dining experience, the restaurant has been designed to allow diners to have an unobstructed view of the kitchen wherever they are seated.

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Laurence Henry, Chef Patron of Cleaver & Wake, said: “We have worked very hard to create a restaurant that celebrates high-end cuisine served in beautiful yet relaxed surroundings.

“You won’t find your traditional white tablecloths or silver waiters really formal. Instead, we want Cleaver & Wake to be a place where people don’t just come for special occasions, but rather to relax and taste some of the best seasonal produce from the British Isles.

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“Our open kitchen is also something we are really proud of, as it allows us to break down boundaries and take diners with us while allowing them to engage with our chefs and in return the food they eat.

“From raw to finished dish, they will be able to see each dish come to life as they dine, creating a truly special dining experience.”

The Cleaver & Wake Bar, which guests will enter upon arrival, seats 40 and features stunning art deco-inspired interiors and large windows, providing the perfect space for pre- and post-dinner drinks.

Behind the bar, guests will find a wide variety of beverages, including premium spirits, aperitifs, wines, champagne, and premium rums and whiskeys.

Laurence Henry added: “This restaurant has been a dream of mine for many years now, so seeing this dream come true is incredibly exciting. There really is nothing quite like Cleaver & Wake in the city and I look forward to welcoming our first customers through our doors.

The space features an abundance of natural foliage throughout, as well as at its reception which doubles as the florist, Gigil & Bloom, allowing people to purchase beautiful handcrafted flowers, indoor plants, candles, vases and trinkets.

Care has also been taken with the restaurant’s artwork, which features a number of subtle nods to Nottingham, including abstract lace prints and images of parts of the canal.

With 75 seats, meals at Cleaver & Wake are available by reservation only. The restaurant is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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