A delightful cafe next to a park, boating lake, and theatre
Situated next to Highfields Park adjacent to the University of Nottingham is the Pavilion Cafe, which is part of the Lakeside Arts Centre (a venue containing theatres, performance space, art galleries, and museums). The Pavilion Cafe serves a diverse population of students, academics, theatre-goers, and visitors to the park.
With beautiful views of the lake and a wide selection of treats, the cafe is a nice place to relax after a day of boating or playing in the park with children. The cafe is also open late (until 11pm) when there are performances in order to cater for the theatre crowd.
There are several types of sandwiches and light refreshments on offer at the cafe, including brie and fig on speciality bread, lemon sponge cake, and a selection of muffins and pastries. The cream tea is a popular favourite of the cafe. Visitors can choose from traditional scones with sultanas, vanilla scones, cherry scones, or cheese scones for the savoury inclined. All cream teas are served with clotted cream, jam pots, and choice of coffee or tea.
There is an art gallery next to the cafe, which displays the work of students and local artists. The website provides more information about current exhibitions. Also connected with the cafe is the Weston Gallery, which is an exhibition space for the university's manuscripts and special collections. At the moment, the university's collection of artefacts from the First World War is on display in order to mark the centenary of the war's outbreak. The exhibition runs until 17 August 2014. Admission is free. See the Weston Gallery for more information.