The Running Horse

Address : 16 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3NG.


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In the days when Players and Raleigh ruled this district, the Running Horse was the place for live music. Long before Rock City was dreamt of, the Horse would be rammed to the rafters. Sadly, in recent years, it’s been open and closed by successive managers who thought they had the solution to bring back the glory days.

So it’s good to see that the new tenant has decided on a makeover. Gone are the dark, goth-like walls and in their place, a western saloon design. At the bar, three real ales are on offer and even on a busy night service is efficient.

This won’t be everybody’s idea of a great night out, but it’s bringing back to Canning Circus a live music venue that deserves to be recognised. It’s worth noting that the Horse is generally only open at weekends.



Music? Absolutely. The emphasis is on Americana, be it blues or skiffle. Open mic nights are planned too.

Food? Bar snacks only. You don’t come here to be fed.

People? A collection of music lovers, passing students and curious onlookers.

Opinion? We’ve seen owners come and go through the doors here over the past decade or so. However, the makeover might just turn around the fortunes. And now you can see through the windows,met should hopefully pull in the punters too.

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