Six Richmond House: ‘Stunning Nottingham cocktail bar caught me by total surprise’

Six Richmond House on Hurts Yard is one of the top places to enjoy luscious cocktails in fashionable surroundings in Nottingham | Photo Ria GheiSix Richmond House on Hurts Yard is one of the top places to enjoy luscious cocktails in fashionable surroundings in Nottingham | Photo Ria Ghei
Six Richmond House on Hurts Yard is one of the top places to enjoy luscious cocktails in fashionable surroundings in Nottingham | Photo Ria Ghei
The only thing better than a great cocktail is one that you weren’t seeking out or expecting

When does the weekend officially start? Any point from 3pm on a Friday is a good place to begin!

Nottingham is packed with ace bars sitting loud and proud across the city.

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Occasionally we’ll come across a watering hole that is easy to miss.

If you’ve been to Hurts Yard, you’ll be ‘in the know.’

Hurts Yard is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it alley way just off Upper Parliament Street in the heart of the city.

In the daytime it is busy, but it seems to come alive more at night - it’s as if the Yard awakens and is ready to celebrate the weekend with you.

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One Friday night I was in the mood to sink a short pint and then head home.

Nottingham had other plans for me.

Six Richmond House is a cocktail bar in Nottingham serving classy tipples with personality. Rattan chairs directly outside the city bar make for a cute al fresco drinking spot, perfect for celebrating weekends and warm weather | Photo Ria GheiSix Richmond House is a cocktail bar in Nottingham serving classy tipples with personality. Rattan chairs directly outside the city bar make for a cute al fresco drinking spot, perfect for celebrating weekends and warm weather | Photo Ria Ghei
Six Richmond House is a cocktail bar in Nottingham serving classy tipples with personality. Rattan chairs directly outside the city bar make for a cute al fresco drinking spot, perfect for celebrating weekends and warm weather | Photo Ria Ghei

I was walking through the cobbled Hurts Yard when I spotted an elegant sign.

I have taught myself not to get too excited by funky signage, because when they turn out to be banks or hairdressers, the disappointment is crushing.

(There’s nothing wrong with banks or hairdressers, they can’t help me with drinks, that’s all.)

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When I stepped closer to the entrance I realised the elegant signage was for Six Richmond House, a cocktail bar and eatery.

It has been open for around a year, and after silently cursing myself for not discovering it sooner, I decided to venture indoors.

The dark, moody ambiance, a classy interior lit by mini orbs of light and a bustling yet understated elegant vibe makes Six Richmond House a top place to be in the city | Photo Ria GheiThe dark, moody ambiance, a classy interior lit by mini orbs of light and a bustling yet understated elegant vibe makes Six Richmond House a top place to be in the city | Photo Ria Ghei
The dark, moody ambiance, a classy interior lit by mini orbs of light and a bustling yet understated elegant vibe makes Six Richmond House a top place to be in the city | Photo Ria Ghei

Vibes are of an exclusive club, elegant décor, muted lighting, velvet hued teal cushions all exuding a somewhat majestic vibe.

I gauge a bar’s skill by seeing if they can make a good Old Fashioned cocktail which is my go-to cocktail.

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I had Toasted Oat Old Fashioned made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Six Richmond House Nottingham cocktails look the part. Think branded, over-size ice cubes. Old Fashioned (regular, Toasted Oat, left to right) were a joy to sip | Photo Ria GheiSix Richmond House Nottingham cocktails look the part. Think branded, over-size ice cubes. Old Fashioned (regular, Toasted Oat, left to right) were a joy to sip | Photo Ria Ghei
Six Richmond House Nottingham cocktails look the part. Think branded, over-size ice cubes. Old Fashioned (regular, Toasted Oat, left to right) were a joy to sip | Photo Ria Ghei

Smoky, nutty depths, that were already shining thanks to the toasted oats, were highlighted with fat washed burnt butter.

This is a notoriously difficult task to accomplish, having tried fat washing rum at home.

A whisper of toffee notes came through on the swallow, from the addition of golden syrup.

It is one of the best drinks I have tasted this year.

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My drinking partner ordered a regular Whiskey Old Fashioned, so I could compare it to my avant garde, toasted oat version.

The whiskey provided a Tom Thumb kick of fire, tempered by sugar syrup and citrus aftertaste.

This was another well made cocktail which led me to promise myself, that I will be returning to explore more of the menu.

Six Richmond House is a place that I am glad to have discovered.

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It is an elegant, fun space serving creative cocktails that are quite possibly the best in the city.

What we drank at Six Richmond House Nottingham

Toasted Oat Old fashioned £12

Whisky Old fashioned £12

Total £24

Address: Six Richmond House, 6 Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD

For more information about the bar visit their website by clicking here.