Address : 7 Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LG.
As the Old Angel Inn, this bar was the centre of Nottingham’s alternative scene. Rockers, punks and many forms of life would hang out here, oblivious to the outside world as the loudest music emanated from the DJ booth or the gig room.
Now, the Angel Microbrewery has emerged, with floorboards you don’t stick to and toilets that flush correctly. The bar’s a big improvement too, with generally two real ales and two craft beers on tap. Some of the latter are unfiltered beers – cloudy to look at but tasty enough. Although a free house, Black Iris brews seem to dominate.
The old smelly pool room has been transformed into a restaurant with an open kitchen. All in all, you wouldn’t know the place.
Music? Weekend DJ’s pump out old school classics. Bands are also on several nights. If you stay near the front door you can hear yourself think.
Food? Veggies and vegans come first on the menu, meat options also available.
Customers? Still a whiff of “alt” from the past, the Angel has now turned “hipster lite”, so you’ll be let in with or without a beard.
Opinion? Part of me misses the look on my friend’s faces when I introduced them to the “Owd Angel.” But not a big part. The refurbishment has paid off, although it’s still a work in progress .