The Golden Fleece


Address : 105 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FN.


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“Scrubs up nicely” could sum up the Fleece after a much needed refurbishment in 2016. Gone are the dark walls and sticky floors that used to characterise this grungy venue.

But change begat change. And in 2018, the Golden Fleece was taken over yet again – this time by the folk who also run the Angel Microbrewery in Hockley. On the bar, you’ll wide selection of real ales, craft beer and ciders on rotation. Decor is mixed from high benches to cosy armchairs – and the old stage at the top end can still be used for live performances.

They’ve also upped the game with a number of DJ nights which attract a younger, nosier crowd. But it’s good to see the place busy once again after what had been a somewhat slow relaunch.

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Music? Regular gigs of all kinds advertised including live bands, open mic and open deck nights.

Food? Sunday roasts and vegan friendly dishes.

People? A mix of 30 and 40 something drinkers, along with students from the Arboretum area – and visitors from across town for some of the DJ nights.

Opinion? A clean refit has given the Fleece a much improved ambience. It can get a bit too lively from time to time but at least it adds atmosphere.

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