Address : 1 Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA.
You can’t argue with this location, bang opposite the entrance to Nottingham Castle, this pub stands out from the crowd. Or does it? It has an impressive building – but so does Fothergill’s next door (owned by the same company. It serves good beer – but so does the Crafty Crow across the road.
The Castle’s a good enough place, but it’s situated in an area that has at least three other pubs competing for the same audience, and several others vying for your trade. And on each visit, the exact offer seems to have changed slightly. For instance, a perfectly good Fish and Chip Friday has been replaced by pizzas and burgers.
One thing is thankfully constant; up to six real ales which are usually well kept. They’ll let you have a taste before you buy too, as any good pub should do.
Music? Light background tunes. Very occasional gigs for special occasions like New Year.
Food? At the time of writing, pizza and burgers. But that could change at any moment.
People? Friday night sees the place taken over by lawyers and professionals from the nearby Ropewalk business quarter. And when the sun shines, you’ll find it hard to get an outside seat.
Opinion? Although the layout of the Castle has barely changed in 15 years, there seems to be a constantly shifting “offer” – a sign of keeping with the times, but also creating some uncertainty for the occasional visitor. Its rich cousin Fothergill’s always gets the cream, though this is remains a good boozer.