Address : 8 Sneinton Road, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4PA
Many city drinkers won’t bother to cross Sneinton Market – the pubs beyond are simply a bar too far. Which means that the lovely New Castle retains an air of a venue unspoilt by anything approaching trendy.
The two room bar offers up to four rotating ales along with two ciders. The main front room offers a comfy lounge, while at the back there’s a pool room and a sizeable conservatory to add extra seating and bring in some natural light.
There’s also an additional treat – a cave at least two floors below the basement – which the owners have spent a couple of years clearing out. There’s evidence here of a brewery which pre-dates the existing 1923 building. At present, you’ll have to ask nicely at the bar for access, though there are plans to open it up to the public.
Music? No live music here – make conversation and meet some new friends.
Food? A full menu is on offer, including Sunday roasts, at good value prices.
People? Mostly a local, more mature crowd here. But a few stragglers and the more adventurous who’ve made it all the way across Sneinton Market and beyond.
Opinion? Barely ten minutes away from bustling Hockley, the New Castle is a world away from party central. On some days it can seem dead, but this is a great back street pub at the heart of its community.
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