The Crafty Crow

Address : 102 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EB

As of January 2022, the Crafty Crow is permanently closed


The Crafty Crow has now firmly established itself on the pub scene around Nottingham Castle. It was the first outlet of the Magpie Brewery, which has now also added the Barrel Drop and Doctor’s Orders to its estate.

Large blackboards above the bar clearly set out the range of real ales and craft beers on offer, and the knowledgeable staff are always happy to offer tastings to help you decide on your choice.

There’s plenty of seating room, with former wide benches now divided to maintain safe social distancing. The au natural wooden seating looks nice enough, though don’t be surprised if you end up with the occasional splinter.

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Music? In house sound system playing non offensive choons – often a bit tinny.

Food? A seasonally updated menu, which at first looks a bit pricey – but is actually god value in comparison to other bars around here.

Customers? A crossover of people who can be bothered to venture across Maid Marian Way, those en route to a Castle pub crawl and bored wedding guests from the neighbouring hotel.

Opinion? This is a highly competitive part of town and the Crow has managed to stay on top of the game where others have failed. It’s a far cry from the building’s previous incarnation BZR and all the better for it.

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