There’s plenty of talk this week about pubs closing at a rate of four per week across the Midlands. But fear not, because Nottingham is about to get no fewer than three brand new outlets in the space of just a month.
And two are within a stone’s throw of each other at Nottingham Station. Already established in Grantham and Retford Beer Headz is converting the wonderful old cabbie’s shelter on the corner of Carrington Street and Queen’s Road. It’s certainly a challenging venue for any venture – word has it that up until a few weeks ago it wasn’t connected to the sewers! We understand it’ll be open at the beginning of December, serving up three hand pulled real ales, plus ciders and craft beers.
And just a few doors down – also on Carrington Street – The Beer Consortium is working hard to complete the refurbishment of an old sweet shop to open The Barley Twist on 12th December. It’ll be managed by Castle Rock Brewery – and follows the Consortium’s existing ventures – the Fox and Grapes in Sneinton and the Embankment at Trent Bridge.
The Barley Twist is part of old old Portland Hotel building, which itself is undergoing a transformation, helped by funding from the National Lottery and Nottingham City Council.
Finally, it looks set to be a happy new year – well, end of January anyway – as Totally Brewed opens its second micropub in a former fancy dress shop at Canning Circus. Although this project has been on the cards for some time, it’s only in the past week or so that work has properly started on removing the old signs from the exterior of the building.
As per the NottsNight tradition, none of these new pubs will be featured on our blog without first having been properly tested. In both areas, there’s a lot of competition and some high standards to be met. Keep checking back at NottsNight for new entries.