5 Pelham Street
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Purveyors of Luxury Eyewear since 1806
Gray & Bull is the oldest independent dispensing and ophthalmic opticians in Nottingham. It was established in 1806 and until 1939 went by the name of Gray & Selby. Based on Pelham Street - just off Clumber Street where it meets High Street and at the start of the fashionable Hockley / Lace Market area within the Creative Quarter of Nottingham City Centre. The practice is located just a few feet before and on the opposite side of The Loxley on Pelham Street, which is a few minutes walk from intu Victoria Centre, intu Broadmarsh, Kings Walk, Friar Lane and around the corner from Bridlesmith Gate, Wheeler Gate, the Flying Horse and the Exchange Arcade. On street parking is available on George Street and Heathcote Street - just off Carlton Street in Hockley. Closest car parks are the Lace Market and Trinity Square NCP car parks.
Focus is always on providing a truly comprehensive and personal eyecare and eyewear service that offers patients and clients the reassurance that their vision and spectacles are being looked after by Dispensing Opticians, Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) and Optometry support staff (Optical Assistants).
We make finding the perfect pair of spectacles easy with our one to one Styling Consultations.
For over two centuries, Gray & Bull has served people from all around the world providing expert service and incredible eyewear from all over the world.
The team at Gray & Bull are always committed to providing advice on quality, value and service. Expert, professional guidance is provided on eyecare, glasses and contact lenses. Emphasis is always placed on a personal service, correctly fitted frames and accurately dispensed ophthalmic lenses.
Gray & Bull offers both Private and NHS eye examinations (eye / sight tests) and also provides a comprehensive contact lens fitting service including after-care (checks) and supply.
Gray & Bull is genuinely passionate about providing the best possible product for the needs of the client. The largest range of quality niche eyewear such as Anne et Valentin, Barton Perreira, CAZAL, Dita, Francis Klein, Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO), Jacques Marie Mage, MOSCOT, Mr. Leight, Mykita, SALT., Savile Row, Theo and Vinylize, and sunglasses such as Ray-Ban, and Maui Jim are stocked. Gray & Bull remains committed to dispensing some of the best ophthalmic lenses by manufacturers like Essilor (Varilux), Hoya, Nikon Lenswear, Transitions Lenses and Zeiss lens into some of the finest hand-made frames and glasses (spectacles / eyeglasses) from around the world.
Testimonials are curated by Gray & Bull Optician and are not independently reviewed or verified.
""I chose Gray & Bull as I have found previously that they do a better range of glasses than other stores in Nottingham. After waiting over an hour to gain someones attention in a rival opticians my husband advised me to go to Gray & Bull. As soon as I walked into the shop Amy was amazing. She helped pick my glasses ans was fantastic. I found the service from everyone at Gray & Bull fantastic. Amy was professional, friendly and very helpful and Jon talked me through the lenses. I felt the service was tailored to me. I will never go anywhere else to get my glasses.""
N. Barrard on 1 June 2017
""I saw the lovely range of frames in the window. I found the overall experience with Gray & Bull to be excellent. Great eye test, very personal service and the ladies in the front of house were very helpful and friendly.""
R. Hunt on 21 June 2017
""You get a personal service. They do not rush you through in about an hour (unlike some multiples). I was asked by a friend why I was still wearing my sunglasses inside - they were so comfy I forgot I had them on. I feel with Gray & Bull you are properly looked after by professionals all the way from testing to fitting. Gray & Bull only have the highest quality products.""
J. Manly on 18 June 2017
"I have used Gray & Bull for 5 years. Very personal service, an excellent opticians. I have recommended Gray & Bull to my friends."
M Hooley on 16 October 2017
"I was recommended by C. Pink to come to Gray & Bull. The experience was excellent with a very professional service. I will not go anywhere else."
D. Pink on 16 October 2017
"I love coming to Gray & Bull, they are so good. I have great fun trying on different glasses."
L Phillips on 16 October 2017
"Gray & Bull give a personal one to one service. Everything is explained and they allow plenty of time to do this. The staff are much more informative and helpful and they are not trying to sell extras which are not needed. Brilliant staff, very friendly."
C Pink on 13 October 2017
"I have been coming to Gray & Bull for years. They are local, have plenty of choice and offer good clinical care with careful explanations."
J Friedman on 13 October 2017
"I chose Gray & Bull because it looked like an interesting shop. The staff were very knowledgeable and are a great team!"
J Gatto on 12 October 2017
"After being in denial I finally bought myself a pair of reading glasses! The staff were really friendly and attentive. They stock a wide range of really cool frames and it was fun trying the different styles and getting a second opinion from the lovely girls that work there. A much more personal service than the high street chains. Would definitely recommend!"
J KIdd on 15 September 2017
"I have been to Gray & Bull before and have been pleased with my glasses. Excellent experience. Amy and the team were brilliant and made me feel confident and able to choose a frame today. Thank you!"
C Newton on 7 October 2017
"I chose Gray & Bull because of their choice of frames. Good customer service. Thank You."
R Briggs on 6 October 2017
"I am a repeat customer of Gray & Bull and have always found my experience to be very good."
A. Smith on 30 September 2017
"Gray & Bull were the only opticians who could source a frame for me. They were very helpful."
C Parker on 27 September 2017
"I chose Gray & Bull because of the selection of glasses and the shop front. The staff were very friendly and professional. Brilliant service."
R Roberts on 5 October 2017
"I randomly popped in to Gray & Bull. I had noticed the shop before and like the established look. My experience was fab with great styling tips - thanks :-)"
A Harvey on 2 October 2017
"I went in thinking I suited one particular shape of glasses, but with some really helpful consultation (which was also a lot of fun) I came out with a pair that I'd never have thought I'd suit. The two ladies that helped me were really knowledgable but also knew what glasses were 'cool' and would suit me. I'd previously been in three shops in Nottingham that day and one thing I noticed immediately was the much wider variety of qwerkier glasses at Gray and Bull. Thanks to the whole team!"
B Dowse on 13 September 2017
"I initially wanted a certain type of frames but after talking with the (very friendly and professional) staff I settled on a pair that looked much better than what I had in mind! The range of glasses is exceptional and service is top quality"
D Adams on 23 September 2017
"I found Gray & Bull on the internet and liked the information on the site. Brilliant service and customer care. Thank you."
S. Gibson on 1 April 2018
"The whole team are an absolute credit to Gray & Bull, everyone, Darrell, Carly, Amy, Anne and Mark went above and beyond to make sure that I was satisfied with my choice before leaving and the same applied when I went to collect them. I did have a small issue with my glasses which was nothing to do with Gray & Bull just the tolerance of my eye but it was rectified straight away after speaking to Mark. Another lens ordered and the matter resolved, no questions, no problem. The fact that you are made to feel like an individual, that you are their main priority and they want you to be happy is almost certainly the reason I keep returning. Thank you."
Z. Rodgers on 1 February 2018
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