The Falcon Inn

Address : 1 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3JE

Pubs come and go, and a few years ago it was far from certain whether The Falcon would survive, with a succession of short term managers. Thankfully, things have changed for the better and this lovely little place is enjoying a well earned revival.

On the bar, you’ll find up to seven real ales, usually impeccably kept. This isn’t a micro pub, but any more than 25 customers and it gets to be a bit of a squeeze. A real fire in the corner and a cosy snug make this an ideal bolt hole on a cold winter’s night.

The current management seem to have judged the highly competitive Canning Circus market well. It’s a no nonsense boozer that doesn’t attempt anything too fancy.

Music? Some Morris Dancers once invaded about ten years ago, but don’t let that put you off

Food? Traditional Sunday roasts are on offer – strangely, on Sundays. For the rest of the week there are cobs and sausage rolls, along with the usual bar snacks.

People? We dislike the term “old man’s pub”, but it’s true to say that The Falcon caters for the more mature end of clientele around here – which is entirely a good thing as some other places have gone all “yoof”.

Opinion? Show us The Falcon in any other location and this really would be a pub that’s near perfection. There’s lots more competition here, but this place manages to retain a traditional feel, with no nonsense and impeccably kept ales.

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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