The Herbert Kilpin

Address : 10 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HB


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Herbert Kilpin. An unassuming name, perhaps. But this son of a butcher from Mansfield Road left Nottingham and went on to found AC Milan. And we rather like that.

As for the pub, the Kilpin sits alongside its hipster cousin, The Junkyard, where each 2/3 of a pint comes complete with beard shavings and a mortgage demand. Thankfully, its owners have realised there’s a market for… well… normal people too

On tap are around five beers veering towards the craft ale definition. The house cask ale is tasty enough and the interior offers a clean, modern look. However, the service can be sometimes brusque, and drinking up time is quickly enforced, pushing customers into the more expensive (and crowded) Junkyard.

Read more about Kilpin in Robert Neiri’s book.


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Music? Nope.

Food? Sandwiches by day, gastro pub menu by night – you can find cheaper places nearby but for this level of the market, it’s competitively priced.

People? Couples, sensible groups, hipsters who’ve walked through the wrong door.

Opinion? A big contrast to the Junkyard, and all the better for it. The Kilpin doesn’t excel in real ale like some other places, but the atmosphere and service makes up for it. There’s also a nice courtyard when the weather permits.

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