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Address : 1 Ilkeston Road, Canning Circus, Nottingham, NG7 3GD.
In recent times, the Sir John has gone through a series of different managers with varying success. But now – under the watchful eye of the Lincoln Green brewery – it’s re-established itself as a real destination pub, loved by locals and visitors alike.
The main bar is a sprawling L-shaped room with comfy seats and big tables for groups. There’s a smaller snug room to the back, and outside, one of Nottingham’s best outdoors spaces; a beer garden split on two levels.
You can feast your eyes on up to twelve beers available on tap at any one time. Lincoln Green’s own selections are often complemented by a “tap takeover”, featuring one particular brewer at a time. There’s also a healthy collection of whiskies – and what’s claimed to be the city’s largest selection of gin.
Music? Occasional bands but nothing too rowdy. Special events include an annual Gin and Jazz festival, plus entertainment during the Sir John’s several beer festivals
Food? After a period of uncertainty, food is now served seven days a week. Pub classics, pizzas and a Sunday lunch.
Customers? Wide and varied – the proximity to the Park attracts the well heeled 30-50 somethings while in the summer the garden is a magnet for the after work crowd from the Ropewalk area.
Opinion? The Sir J has made a real effort under its current managers to bring back the glory days of good service and a good atmosphere without being pretentious. Oh, and it looks pretty good at Christmas too.