The Organ Grinder


Address : 21 Alfreton Road, NG7 3JE.


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If you’re old enough, you may recall the rough and ready, sticky-carpeted Red Lion in Alfreton Road. Thankfully, the Blue Monkey Brewery saved it from closure – and has refreshed the venue with a Spring 2019 makeover.

You’ll still find a wide selection of primate-punned real ales, stouts and craft beers from Blue Monkey itself, and a couple of guest beers, together with a good selection of ciders on the bar.

The management have removed some of the old, large tables from the main bar – creating more space for smaller groups to drink – while the excellent rooftop terrace provides a great sun trap – though beware, it can get very busy.


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Music? Live music some weekends, especially on Bank Holidays.

Food? Sausage rolls and pork pies (try the excellent Stilton-topped one)

Customers? A real mix of locals – as befits this part of town – students, professionals with nowhere better to go to, and old men who still think they’re in the Red Lion.

Opinion? This place has become a favourite on the Canning Circus scene for those who like no nonsense tradition. As a tap bar, it’s entitled to stock its own brews, but a bit more choice – in terms of brewery – would add value. Handy for a cheeky kebab or dirty fried chicken on the way home.

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