Address : 7 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HF
The Lace Market can be a challenging place for newcomers. We’ve seen bars open and close here within a matter of weeks. So it’s good to see the Head of Steam – run by Hartlepool brewery Camerons – holdings its own and doing well here.
The two floors have been transformed into comfortable, spacious bars – with the initial stools and benches being replace by sensible cosy seating and good service. On the bar you’ll usually find at least four decent real ales, and a growing selection of craft beers which aren’t ridiculous strong or expensive.
The upstairs bar is now often used as a function room, but it’s also a good overspill if it gets really busy downstairs. When the Head of Steam first opened, a full food menu was also on offer but this has now been withdrawn. That really doesn’t matter too much – there are plenty of other places nearby if you want to fill your face.
Music? A good playlist of background choons for most of the time (though the landlord occasionally lets his metal roots show!) and occasional live music as advertised.
Food? Not any more!
People? The Lace Market always attracts a mixed crowd of wide boys, pretty girls and, yes, the inevitable hipster. But if you’re none of these things you’ll still feel welcome.
Opinion? This is part of a chain – but a good one. Most other HoS outlets are, as you might imagine, at or near railway stations. This is far more than a platform tap bar, and has become an established favourite in the Lace Market.