The Sir John / Dog & Thief

The Sir John will be reopening for outdoor service on 12th April 2021. Bookings are bieing taken via the pub Facebook page


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 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? Pre Covid saw a number of live music evenings and beer festivals with a musical theme.

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.


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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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