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Nottingham fine dining restaurant to close for good after 24 years

World Service Restaurant has been based at the 17th Century Newdigate House in Nottingham city centre for 24 years.

The owners say that changes in the market for fine dining make it difficult to continue with high standards and affordable prices.


The owners said in an update:

‘With great sadness, World Service will be closing on the 3 August 2024.
– on our 24th Birthday

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‘Along with other famous chef patrons who’ve had to close their restaurants, we, who have been welcoming guests for nearly a quarter of a century, have also experienced similar changes in the market. It is no longer easy to provide fine dining at an affordable cost.

‘We want to thank all of our amazing customers from the bottom of our hearts. So many of you have supported us from the very start and allowed us to continue this amazing journey. Many of you arrived as guests and have left as friends. Sincerely, thank you.

‘Huge gratitude goes to the wonderful staff that have passed through our doors. The loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm you’ve all shown have been phenomenal.

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‘One of the most touching moments has been meeting so many old faces and hearing how much working at World Service left its mark on you, with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. We can assure you that you all have left an indelible mark on World Service as well. On many occasions, it’s been referred to as a family. Never a truer word has been said.

‘Keeping at the forefront of the Nottingham restaurant scene for 24 years is no mean feat.

‘We feel incredibly proud and honoured to be seen as a restaurant that helped change the landscape of modern fine dining and considered an institution.

‘There are so many happy moments to remember. Our successes at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards. Entries in all acclaimed eating-out guides; The Michelin Guide & the AA Guide to name a few. NYE parties that will live long in the memory. The marriage of many beautiful couples. It is endless!

‘Writing this provokes such a spectrum of emotions – from joyful memories to sadness that it’s all over.
But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

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‘So we have almost 2 months left!

‘We would like nothing more than to welcome you through our iconic red doorway one last time. Help us celebrate the wonderful times & bring back memories of the special occasions you’ve shared with us over the years.’

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