May 2019


The popular Nottingham Big Lunch is returning to the city and will be taking place this year from Monday 20 May to Friday 24 May 2019.

The aim of the initiative, which is being organised by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), is to encourage people who work in the city centre to leave their desks at lunchtime to enjoy the fantastic lunch offerings that are available in the city’s cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and bars.

After last year’s success, when 1,300 free lunches were enjoyed at such venues as Jamie’s Italian, Cock & Hoop, Belgo, The Cheese Shop, The Castle and The Herbert Kilpin, this year the Nottingham BID will be funding 2,000 free lunches which will be available to people that work for businesses in the office sector that are members of Nottingham BID.

There will also be the opportunity for members of the general public to win a free lunch as Nottingham BID have partnered up with intu Victoria Centre to give away over 100 free lunches.  To be in with a chance of winning, people need to look out for the Big Lunch posters around the city and social media posts from It’s in Nottingham (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) which will direct people to the It’s in Nottingham website where they will need to register their interest.

“The Nottingham Big Lunch was a great success last year and we had some excellent feedback from people who enjoyed a complimentary lunch and from the businesses who took part in the week-long campaign. We are all guilty of eating a sandwich at our desk and not taking a break. For our wellbeing it is important to get out of the office, get some fresh air and use the opportunity to socialise with our colleagues,” said Richard Johal a director of Nottingham BID. 

“We think that it’s a great way of discovering and trying Nottingham’s venues and another nice opportunity for our staff to get together socially,” said Colin Tompkins, director of Maber.

“This is a great initiative that we are pleased to be part of,” said Ethan Goetzee, assistant manager at Alto.  ”We very much hope that the weather will be good so that people can enjoy lunch outside on our roof top terrace.”

“We are delighted to be involved in Nottingham’s Big Lunch again this year,” said
Adam Worthington, general manager, Hart’s Nottingham.  “This activity reminds us all to step away from the desk for a change of environment and try something new.  A good lunch also breeds good ideas.”

“We’re really pleased to be part of such a great initiative in the city. It’s a great opportunity for us to introduce our food and business to local office workers who have perhaps not tried our dishes before – and also to remind those who have, just how quick, easy and tasty a lunch at Barburrito is.  We’re grateful to Nottingham BID for pulling the local businesses together in such a fun way and can’t wait to welcome all those involved to our restaurant,” said Alex Colbeck, operations manager at Barburrito.

“I think the Big Lunch campaign is great for independents in Nottingham,” said Naomi Wright manager of The Kitchen on Pelham Street.  “It’s so easy to fall into a routine of buying a meal deal from a supermarket but with the help from Nottingham BID, hopefully this can be changed.  Showing people local cafes and what we have to offer, helps us independents, helps the local suppliers we use and hopefully helps office workers have a little more choice for their lunch break, so I think it is a positive for everyone!”