The Malt Shovel

1 Union Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2LU



In recent times The Malt Shovel has had something of a mixed reputation with a succession of different managers running the place with varying success. Now a new chapter has opened, with the pub coming under the joint management of the nearby Commercial Inn.

On the bar you’ll find a good selection of cask ales and handpulls, helpfully listed in the pub app, which is a lot simpler to use than some we’ve experienced. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the products, which also goes a long way when it comes to customer service.

Although the bar consists of a single room, its layout means you can always find a quiet corner. A few benches outside make up the beer “garden” – being off the main road it’s quiet enough for a nice pint while the sun sets.

Music? The Malt Shovel is still getting back into the post-Covid world, so just background tunes for now.

Food? Again, food is planned once the world starts getting back to normal. But there is a good selection of bar snacks.

People? A firm favourite with Beeston locals – generally a bit more mature – but a fair few students during term time too.

Opinion? The Malt Shovel is just about everything you want in a decent pub. There are no trashy gimmicks here, unlike some of its neighbours. A great place to soak up a pint and the atmosphere.

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