Address : 56 Wilford Road, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6EQ.
The key to operating in a competitive market is to offer something different. The Ruddington Arms does just that, combining all the great elements of a traditional pub with upmarket dining, local coffees and sweet and savoury snacks.
To some, that might sound a bit “posh” – but there’s no skimping when it comes to real ales; three or four are regularly on offer and of great quality. There’s also a roaring fire to warm up the winter months, and a relaxing lounge area at the front, with a formal dining room at the back.
Some may remember this pub as The Jolly Farmers, a true old spit and sawdust venue. It featured a skittles alley out back and – we’re told by one village resident – a boxing ring!
Music? An in house sound system plays occasional muzak, but most of the time you can hear yourself think.
Food? A full A la carte menu, together with a smaller bar menu. There’s everything you could want here, and while prices are a little higher than nearby outlets, the extra is worth it for the quality.
People? A full mix of old and young – annoyingly children are welcome, but you can’t have everything.
Opinion? Designed more for dining than drinking, the Ruddington Arms definitely wants to be as middle class as it can dare to be. That said, the beer is good – and at busy times, the place is well staffed ensuring good service.
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