10 nostalgic foods that remind people of their childhood in Nottingham

The sights and smells of childhood teatimes will never be forgotten - so we asked readers what reminds them of their childhood in Nottingham
Several readers said mushy peas reminded them of their childhood in Nottingham Several readers said mushy peas reminded them of their childhood in Nottingham
Several readers said mushy peas reminded them of their childhood in Nottingham

It’s usually the case that the older we get, the more we look back on our childhood with fondness. 

In a time before the internet (yes, it did exist), children were often left to amuse themselves by playing outdoors and getting up to harmless mischief. 

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When we think back to our childhood, it’s funny how bizarre little things stick in our heads. 

Often these memories stem from experiences: sights, sounds, and smells that momentarily take us back several decades. 

Before the days of ready meals and fast food chains, many of us were brought up on home-cooked or locally-sourced foods. 

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In the days before supermarket chains stocked all the same items, households were usually inspired by local recipes, passed down from generation to generation. 

We asked our readers for some of the classic foods they associate with growing up in Nottingham. 

Here are the top 10 most popular suggestions that are guaranteed to evoke memories of growing up in and around the city. 

  • “Hot peas and brandy snaps at Goose Fair” - Anne Wakeling

  • “Pork Farms pork pie” - Paul Stevenson

  • “Dish of cockles in the Victoria Centre fish market” - Tracy Francis 

  • “Heinz Haunted House spaghetti shapes” - George James

  • “Birds sausage rolls and cakes. Not forgetting mushy peas” - Lynda Harwood

  • “Colwick cream cheese” - Karin Williams

  • “Federici brothers of Old Basford ice cream” - Andy Easom

  • “Potato fritters and mushy peas” - Georgina Norris 

  • “Spaghetti in Heinz chicken soup with grated cheese” - Lee Haywood 

  • “Candy floss at Goose Fair” - Maureen Brown

    What foods remind you of your childhood? Let us know by emailing [email protected]