The Crafty Crow

Address : 102 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EB

For a while, The Crafty Crow looked like one of those unfortunate characters in a medical drama, where you never quite knew if they would make it or flatline. But thankfully, a fresh pulse was detected, and in the summer of 2023, there’s new life in the old dog. Or bird, to be more precise.

No longer managed by the Magpie Brewery, the Crow now chalks up a good selection of real ales, concentrating on a collection of best sellers from Castle Rock. You’ll also find a range of guest ales on the handpulls, along with a selection of craft beers.

Despite new owners, the interior hasn’t really changed. You may still get the occasional splinter from the long wooden benches, which are flanked by more sensible furnishings; namely chairs that mostly have four legs, and more comfortable options like softly furnished seats on the lower level. There’s also a small area for alfresco drinking, though you’d best beware of the gradient down Castle Road.

Events? A weekly open mic and quiz night have been added to the Facebook page recently; the latter is held depending on numbers.

Food? No regular menu just yet, though occasional Kitchen Takeovers are advertised featuring local producers. Coffee and croissants are also offered if you don’t fancy the booze, along with regular bar snacks.

Customers? The footfall from the recently reopened Nottingham Castle attracts an eclectic mix of tourists and locals – many happy to see the place back open.

Opinion? This bar has a deceptively large footprint, and to keep that viable it’ll need to continue pulling in the numbers. The Craft Crow is sufficiently different from its neighbours, so hopefully has a a promising future.

Getting here : NCT City Loop lines to Maid Marian Way, then a five minute walk.

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