The Johnson Arms

Address : 59 Abbey Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2NZ.

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What’s a Notts Got?

All too often, the words “student pub” are enough to send any real drinker running in search of sanctuary in a better place, that serves better beer and stocks pork scratchings. Fortunately, the Jonno does both of these things perfectly well. And being just across the road from the Queens Medical Centre, the students here are of a more ambitious, professional kind – who can hold a conversation at less than 100 decibels, and book you into A&E should you fall over.

On the bar you’ll find four real ales on rotation and some decent ciders.

The pub’s website headlines a “really big beer garden” – and this one hosts a range of events, including the annual Johnsonbury music festival, featuring loads of local acts and a barbie. Other dates for the diary – and this really isn’t as bad as it sounds – is a Eurovision party.


Music? Monthly acoustic music nights advertised, occasional other events.

Food? A bar menu of pub favourites along with Sunday roasts. And good pork scratchings.

People? A student crowd mixes with older ale lovers.

Opinion? The Jonno has established itself for years as a watering hole for weary medics. But it’s also well worth the trip from town to stampede the convivial atmosphere.

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