The Victoria


Address : 85 Dovecote Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1JG


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A little off the beaten track as far as Beeston itself is concerned, but the Vic’s reputation goes before it – not least because you can walk into its beer garden directly from the platform of Beeston railway station.

The garden – or rather covered outdoor area – is as vast as the inside of the building itself. And the selection, too. Up to 16 real ales are on tap. You’ll find a choice of seating areas, from the open plan dining room – with tempting smells wafting from the kitchen – to a smaller (though by no means snug) side bar.

The Vic is a genuine freehouse and has been well managed down the years, making it well worth the trek. The only downside is an annoying Camra discount poliy – which doesn’t apply on Fridays and Saturdays.


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Music? Regular Sunday gigs, plus additional acts on other days during the annual VicFest event and bank holidays.

Food? A constantly changing menu of hearty dishes is on offer – big plates, moderate prices.

People? Real ale fans, people making a special trip and (until 8pm) families are welcome.

Opinion? On a wet Tuesday in February the place can seem a bit lost, but when there’s a crowd in you’ll have to make time to queue at the bar. With so many ales to choose from, you could easily spend a whole day here.

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