The Boat Inn, Lenton

Address : Priory Street, Lenton, NG7 2NX


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A proper pub should be at the heart of its community, and the Boat is so much so that it’s been granted Asset of Community Value status, protecting it from demolition or development should it close. But despite being tucked away on a back street, there’s little chance of that anytime soon thanks to a loyal customer base and a dedicated couple running the place.

You’ll find several real ales at the bar at any one time, and a quirky nautical theme throughout the interior. There’s also an impressive selection of sports trophies on display.

A Saturday night karaoke might not be to everyone’s taste, but this isn’t a pub for wide boys or posers; two more good reasons to come here.


Music? Karaoke, monthly oldies disco, quite possibly occasional visiting Morris dancers.

Food? Themed food night and a basic pub menu – and really good value too.

People? This is a local pub for local people. Expect to meet a few characters.

Opinion? From the main road, you’d never know this place existed. But it’s well worth a short diversion from the tram or bus stop. You’ll be rewarded with a warm welcome, even if it all feels a bit Wild West to start with.

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  1. Pubs often bare interesting landlords and charismatic characters. The Boat certainly has the later, and Tony the landlord has an interesting tale to tell.
    On the morning of his wedding day to wife Angela, he was bottling up in his wedding suit prior to leaving the pub for the church situated around the back of the boozer.
    On leaving the pub, he walked around the block to the church one way, and his then-to-be wife went the other.
    The ceremony took place, after which everyone headed back to the pub for the reception.
    Sounds an average sort of day in Lenton apart from the fact that any customers expecting a pint in the pub around midday on that Saturday, couldn’t.
    A small notice on the front door of the pub read, “Back in 20 minutes – Gone to get married!”
    Ask to see Tony’s wedding album. The proof is in the photograph!

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