The Lion, Basford

The Lion has just had an extensive refit of its mahoosive beer garden and plans to be open from 12th April 2021 for outdoor service. Please visit the pub website for the latest updates.

Address : 44 Mosley St, New Basford, Nottingham NG7 7FQ



Some pubs claim they’re all about their local neighbourhood – but many are all mouth and no trousers. The Lion at Basford, though, has jeans, casual slacks, flares, pantaloons and cords bursting out of its wardrobe.

That’s a lot of trousers, and rightly so. Wrapped around the double horseshoe bar you’ll find up to a dozen real ales on offer at any one time, with the Lion’s website containing a full list of current and future casks. There are also plenty of craft beers on tap and in the fridge.

Post Covid, there’s an ample beer garden along with a large covered area, complete with heaters – though the site itself is quite exposed, so make sure you wrap up on chilly nights. At the moment, food is being provided by pop up independent businesses, with drinks available to order via the pub’s own app, which neatly knows which table you’re sitting at.

Music? Yep – several nights a week. Fridays and Saturdays usually feature a lively mix of rock, blues and pop. A Thursday open mic showcases new talent and Sundays are all about jazz. And the Lion is big enough to offer areas away from the music if you fancy a natter instead.

Food? A full menu of pub grub with a special mention for the excellent burgers. We don’t like to bitch, but they’re easily as good as Annie’s in town and significantly cheaper.

People? Although the Lion is loved by locals, it’s also on a tram stop which draws in a large collection of visiting regulars and those who appreciate the rewards of taking a trip out of town.

Opinion? The Lion is owned by the Pub People, who also run the Six Barrel Drafthouse in town. But this is no chain pub. It has a heart and soul – and friendly staff who know their ale.

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