Address : 2 Stratford Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6BA.
A welcome relief from the strip of middle class nonsense of Central Avenue, the Stratford is yet another example of what Castle Rock does best : pubs for drinkers. The long bar snakes around to a large seating area offering plenty of room for a pint and a chat.
Being close to Trent Bridge and the City Ground, expect big crowds here on match days. But don’t let that put you off : this place was made for a party. On pump you’ll find a mahoosive range of Castle Rock and guest ales, as well as cider and craft beer.
Once the coachloads have left, the Stratford can sometimes feel like a forgotten backwater pub. But that’s no bad thing.
Music? We didn’t hear any. This is a place for conversation (or shouting on match days)
Food? Yes. The website playfully offers “cheese cobs to sharing platter. Good pork scratchings too.
People? Real ale lovers and sports fans mingle with dogs hiding beneath tables and occasional families.
Opinion? The word “haven” is important in this pub’s name, because most of the offerings nearby are mainly full of wine and cocktail swilling wannabes. The Stratford reminds locals that this area isn’t called “Bread and Lard Island” for nothing.