Address : Gordon Square, West Bridgford, NG2 5LP
It’s worth the trip past the wine bars of Bridgford to find this place tucked away next to a really good chippy. This is a Greene King house, so expect plenty of standard furnishings – but also some pretty impressive artwork and architecture.
The front bar features a sweeping Art Deco staircase, leading to an upstairs bar which used to be reserved for ladies (back in the day, women weren’t allowed downstairs). On the bar itself we counted four handpulls of real ales, along with ciders and craft beers.
The Test Match was once the only real pub within the boundary of Bridgford, which used to be bound by Quaker rules. It’s now competing in a much bigger market but seems to be holding its own.
Music? Some background tunes on our visit, occasional special events. Sports on show.
Food? A full menu of pub grub, albeit with a chain feel. We saw identical offerings at The Bell and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.
People? Families entertaining the parents, birthday parties and Bridgford locals.
Opinion? Since a refit sometime in the 2000’s, the Test Match has smartened up its act. But it does have a feel of trying to be many things to many people. Thankfully part of that offer is good beer and decent service. And it’s quite a walk to find something similar around here.