The Hop Merchant

Address : 64 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham.

Things have come a long way since the bad old days of the Turf Tavern, where some of the customers might well have been more at home on a racecourse. Actually jumping the fences. The Hop Merchant, which replaced the infamous city boozer, has a cleaner, friendlier feel to it. And loads of character.

On the bar you’ll find up to three well kept real ales – often headed up by Bass who own the pub. There’s a great selection of craft beers too.

The main downstairs bar room is designed for both sitting and standing – by which we mean it can get quite busy at times. But if you head upstairs you’ll find an often empty snug with comfortable seating, less noise, and good views of the revellers in the street below.

Music? You’ll find background tunes here – though this is also a big place for live sport – so be prepared to have your conversation drowned out during big games,

Food? Simple bar snacks – there are plenty of other nearby venues to fill your face.

People? As befits a city centre pub, you’ll find all human life here – and sometimes their dogs too.

Opinion? The Hop Merchant has now firmly established itself as a place with good beer and great service. Sure it can get a bit busy at times, but that’s the sign of a thriving business.

Getting here : Multiple NCT and Trent Barton routes to Upper Parliament Street, NET Trams to Theatre Square

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