The World Service Restaurant in Nottingham, UK, has announced it will close its doors after 24 years, citing the challenges of providing fine dining “at an affordable cost” amidst market changes.

The restaurant, which has been a staple of the Nottingham dining scene, shared the news through an Instagram post, reflecting on its proud legacy and the emotional journey of its closure.

“Keeping at the forefront of the Nottingham restaurant scene for 24 years is no mean feat,” read the restaurant’s statement. “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. It is endless!”

The post continued to convey a mix of pride and sorrow: “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.”

Throughout its tenure, World Service Restaurant has been a hub for culinary innovation, hosting chef collaborations with notable figures such as Great British Menu competitor Louisa Ellis and MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 semi-finalist Michelle Trusselle, reported The Caterer.

The restaurant’s achievements include being awarded two AA rosettes under head chef David Cartwright in the AA Restaurant Guide 2023 and a listing in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland in 2021.

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Occupying the historic 17th-century, Grade II-listed Newdigate House, the restaurant is also recognised for its striking red doorway.

The closure is set for 3 August 2024, with the decision influenced by evolving dining habits and the cost-of-living crisis, according to co-owner Dan Lindsay.

Lindsay elaborated on the challenges and broader economic pressures to the BBC: “Fine dining is not as popular as it used to be. There’s a lot of choice, with a big range of restaurants, but a smaller pool of people looking to go out at the moment.

“The cost of living [crisis] is very real for people. We’re not immune to cost increases, too. It’s not easy for anyone, I think.”