The Horn In Hand

Address : Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JT.


Nobody quite knows where The Horn in Hand got its name, but legend has it that the council previously turned down a licence for a Captain Pugwash themed bar, complete with toilets labelled Roger The Cabin Boy and Seaman Staines.

Ok. We might have made that bit up. But in the centre of Studentville – on the edge of the Nottingham Trent University Campus – this place has a lot to offer, and at good prices. On the bar you’ll find up to three well kept real ales, along with a wide range of craft beer.

The pub often serves as a warm up for gigs at the Rescue Rooms next door and Rock City around the corner, so before and after gigs it can get busy. Otherwise park yourself at one of the many tables in the sizeable main bar and try to remember when you were in your twenties. (Or if you are in your twenties, try not to laugh at the old people)

Music? There used to be occasional gigs here, but those have now largely been replaced by live sport on TV. For bigger games, make sure you book a table in advance.

Food? There’s a large selection pf pub grub classics and lighter bites, with a number of special offers advertised on the pub’s socials.

People? By default, there’s a sizeable student clientele here. But don’t let that put you off. A great place for a pint before a gig or heading to the theatre.

Opinion? Gone are the days when a river if urine would flow down the big central staircase. The Horn in Hand is a functional, good value venue with friendly staff – and often quiet on weekdays – a good place to escape the crowds.

Getting here : NCT Orange and Pink lines to Talbot Street (5 minute walk). NET Trams to Theatre Square (5 minute walk)

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