On this trail you’ll never be too far away from Nottingham Castle itself and the Robin Hood statue. Down the years, this district has been a bit hit and miss for watering holes, but some relatively recent additions and rebrands make this compact area well worth a few hours. Choose a sunny afternoon or a warm evening to make the most of it.
Starting on Maid Marian Way The Salutation (1) is one of three Nottingham pubs claiming – for various reasons – to be the city’s oldest. Enjoy one of several hand pulled ales here and don’t be put off by the biker look of the place. In July 2017, The Sal was named as one of Nottingham’s best independent businesses.
Walk up Maid Marian Way, crossing over at St James’s Street – and up the hill past the Britannia Hotel. Ahead of you is the Roundhouse (2), a real treat for history lovers. The bar is the former maternity wing of Nottingham General Hospital. Along with a healthy selection of ales, a gastro pub menu will fill you up if you need food.
The next three bars are so close together you could easily make them into a mini trail. Turn right down the hill and on the corner is The Crafty Crow (3). Enjoy a pint of Magpie brewery’s large selection or one of the many guest ales. The staff here are extremely knowledegable about the beer so don’t be afraid to ask their advice.
Look across the road on a sunny day and you’ll see the crowds outside The Castle (4) and Fothergills (5). Both are owned by the same company though have a slightly different vibe. You’re more likely to find a larger real ale selection in The Castle, while Fothergill’s is the slightly older, snooty cousin. The outdoor seats make this a perfect people watching area, looking directly across to the Robin Hood Statue.
It’s a short walk down Castle Road to reach Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (6). You’re now back in a world of myth and legend. Find yourself a spot in the main bar, dug deep into the castle rock, or look up at the mystical ship in a bottle on the upper floor. Someone may well retell an ancient story at some point, though if you’ve completed this trail in one session you probably won’t remember a word of it the next day.
Maid Marian Way (for the Salutation) is well served by Nottingham City Transport City Loop routes. If coming from the rail station, take the number 1 or 4 or you’ll end up on a lengthy circuit of the city.
From further afield, many Trent Barton routes terminate on Friar Lane, just a short walk from the Salutation.
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