Address : Royal Standard Place, Nottingham, NG1 6FS
If you look up to the ceiling whilst drinking your pint here, you’ll see amazing painted features, just one of the attractions in this, the former Nottingham General Hospital site. The bar – situated on the first floor – was actually once the maternity ward, while the toilets were the morgue.
But there’s nothing morbid about this place these days. Owned by the same people as the Hand and Heart, you can spot the similarities; around six real ales on tap at any one time and a full service menu.
A section is reserved for comfy chairs and sofas, making you crave for a cravat and a cigar even if you’ve never smoked. And it’s open reasonably late too, providing an ideal end to a pub crawl up Castle Hill.
Music? strictly background, though on Hogmanay you may catch some live sword dancing.
Food? You’ll smell the kitchen as you walk up the sweeping staircase. Book ahead, especially at the weekend.
Customers? By the time people have walked up the hill, they’ve generally lost any cockiness they might have had. A wide age range though, due to its closeness to town proper.
Opinion? If the Roundhouse was in the centre of town it’d be rammed seven nights a week. Thankfully, being slightly off the beaten track (you really have to look for it) it maintains a respectable ambiance. All of the great service of the Hand and Heart is present here; there’s not much to dislike.