Address : 27 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA.
After going through something of an identity crisis, with changes in ownership and some uncertainty about exactly what it wanted to be, the Ned Ludd is now firmly in the hands of The Nottingham Brewery – its first city centre location.
And the conversion seems to have given the owners a chance to concentrate on the good stuff; the beer. You’ll normally find at least three Nottingham handpulls and guest ales to. The main bar can get rammed at the weekends, but if you get the chance, pop upstairs and you’ll be rewarded with a much more relaxed atmosphere.
At one point, the pub offered bookings and table service, but we’re not sure if this is still the case. There’s a good menu of pub grub staples and tapas dishes for sharing.
Music? Possibly, though it was so busy on our last visit that we couldn’t hear it above the crowd (not always a bad thing).
Food? A menu of pub favourites, with a couple of special offers (eg : pie and a pint, burger night) midweek.
People? A city centre crowd ranging from the fairly respectable to those who’d be better off in Yate’s (and have probably already been there all day).
Opinion? There are better bars within easy walking distance of this place, so they need to stay ahead of the game. Sadly the Ned Ludd no longer offere a Camra discount and there’s no sign of any replacement loyalty card scheme.