The Sir John / Dog & Thief

Address : 1 Ilkeston Road, Canning Circus, Nottingham, NG7 3GD.

In the heart of Canning Circus, the Sir John is arguably the big top of pubs. And despite commanding much of the trade around here, its owners haven’t been complacent – consistently upping the offer.

Its sprawling main bar offers up to twelve beers at a time; with a “tap takeover” to the left featuring guest breweries. And out the back you’ll find the Dog and Thief – a pub within the pub – which specialises in craft beers and gins – though these days it only tends to be operational on very busy days or for special events.

And that’s not all – because there’s also a substantial covered terrace to keep out the elements, which then leads to a split level beer garden for when the sun shines. Back indoors you’ll find a cosy snug and “the study” – an area which you can reserve for group dining.

Music? Occasional live performances and special events are advertised, including beer and drinks festivals.

Food? You’ll find a large selection of pub classics, Sunday lunches, plus pizzas and a light bites menu,

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. It’s also increasingly becoming a favourite for students.

Opinion? There was a time when the very future of the Sir John was under question, with a raft of short lived managers sent by the owners. But Lincoln Green have changed all that, and it’s fair to say the Borlase is rightly enjoying a renaissance which reminds us of the glory days back in 2000.

Getting here : Trent Barton Rainbow One, Twos, Indigo or i4 services, NCT Turquoise or Orange Lines, all to Canning Circus. (Note : there are three stops at Canning Circus – look for the big road junction if you can’t see the pub!)

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  1. Louise says:

    The Sir John hosted a buffet for 13, at relatively short notice, and provided a feast at very reasonable prices. Friendly and helpful service. Look forward to visiting again soon.

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