The Barley Twist

Address : 91 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7FE.

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When Castle Rock announced their fourth new pub within a stone’s throw of three of its others, we wondered if they’d gone mad. However, the Barley Twist – housed in a former sweet shop – has a twist of its own, concentrating on craft beer and wines.

Real Ale fans are compensated with a solitary hand pull, but that’s not to say there’s no choice. At least eight craft beers are on sale at any one time, with shelves and fridges full of bottles and cans.

This isn’t your traditional NottsNight venue – and you’ll pay a premium price for some of the products. Yet the tastefully done interior, with original brick walls and surprisingly large cellar lounge provide a welcoming, grown up atmosphere.

Music? Nothing to speak of – which means you can actually have a decent conversation with your mates. You remember that, right?

Food? Fill yourselves up first at Carrington’s chippy next door. Your head will forgive you the next day.

People? The pub’s proximity to the station means you’ll find a real mix of after workers, incoming groups who can’t work out where the city centre is and, if course, craft beer lovers.

Opinion? When it first opened, the Barley Twist provided something genuinely different in terms of craft beers. More recently, newcomers have sprung up along Carrington Street meaning more competition – but this place seems to be faring well in the face of it all.

Getting Here : Trent Barton Mainline, Villager, Keyworth ands Cotgrave to Carrington Street, NCT City Loop Lines to Broadmarsh (Canal Street), or Nottingham Station (East Midlands, Cross Country, Northern)

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