Fox and Grapes

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Address : 21 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL.

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Back in the day, traders from Sneinton Market would pop in here for a pint at eight in the morning, the pub having special dispensation to open up early to serve the workers. And there’s a much more gruesome bit of local history here – in 1963, the landlord was stabbed thirteen times, in what is still Nottingham’s oldest unsolved murder.

All of which provides some nostalgia and context for Castle Rock’s latest offering. On the bar you’ll find up to eight of their own brews and a further selection of guest ales and craft beers – and some extremely knowledgeable staff who’ll offer you tastings and suggestions – a nice touch.

However, unlike many of Castle Rock’s other offerings, there’s little sign of the rich history of this venue – which is a shame. The plain gunmetal walls could do with some colour, other than the existing cheap metal framed promotional posters. This area is now Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – and it could make so much more of that

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Music?  Live music is advertised on the pub’s website – but we’ve yet to see it. There’s an in house sound system providing some non offensive background tunes.

Food? A scaled back version of Castle Rock’s full menu – bar snacks, pizzas and jacket spuds.

People? Real ale enthusiasts mix with mature locals reliving the good old days (minus the murder)

Opinion? Like many, it’s still Peggers as far as we’re concerned. And – as mentioned – more should be made of its history. The comfy upholstered club chairs look like they should be in an airport lounge and actually get in the way. That said, this is a welcome addition to the Sneinton/Hockley scene. Just don’t expect a pint at 8am.

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