The Victoria

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


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.

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.

Getting here : The Victoria is a 15-20 minute walk from Beeston Interchange. Alternatively use East Midlands Railway or Cross Country services from Nottingham or Derby stations

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