About the Nottingham Club
Since its creation in 1920 as the Nottingham and Notts United Services Club, the Club has evolved to meet the changing needs of professional and business people working and living in the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties.
The Club maintains close links with the armed forces and its founders, who are remembered at the annual Armistice Dinner, which is the highlight of the Club’s social year.
The Club arranges an active programme of social events. Members are welcome to join in the activities of the Club or simply to enjoy the excellent facilities on offer. In this we are greatly assisted by our staff and members who aim to make all guests feel “at home” in their Club.
The Club Lounge and Bar are open from 12 noon to 3pm from Tuesday to Friday and are available at other times by arrangement. Meals are available daily at lunch times and evenings in the World Service Restaurant.
Newdigate House, which has been home to the Club for more than 30 years, takes its name from the family who acquired the property in 1718. Built in about 1690, it was then, and remains to this day, an outstanding building and is regarded as the finest surviving example of domestic architecture of its period in the city.
In 1704 it was thought sufficiently grand to house Marshall Tallard, the commander of the defeated French army at the Battle of Blenheim. He lived there on parole, in some considerable style, for over eight years.
He introduced the people of Nottingham to French rolls and, in his garden, cultivated the celery plant, which he apparently found growing in the ditches of the local River Leen. His new garden was, according to a contemporary account, “the admiration of the whole neighbourhood”.
Now a Grade II listed building, Newdigate House was restored in 1966 to something resembling its former glory and became the current home of the Club.
When the Club moved from its earlier premises in Maypole Yard, just off Nottingham’s historic Old Market Square, the panelling from the old club came too and is featured today in the World Service Bar on the ground floor. It symbolises the Club’s desire, in an ever-changing world, to keep the best of the old whilst adopting the best of the new.