Address : 18 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL
With it’s faux half timbered exterior, and a claim to be the oldest pub in Nottingham, NottsNight has previously shied away from The Bell – but then we realised, there was no good reason for doing this.
While the two front bars (one of which may date back to 1437) are certainly the cosiest, you’ll have to venture into the sprawling back room to see the biggest selection of ales – and very good it is too, with up to nine available at any one time – though around five of those are Greene King which may put some folk off.
The upstairs room – previously a restaurant – has now been rebranded as a gin bar, but also provides a good overspill area if downstairs gets too busy.
Music? Jazz is featured on Sunday lunchtimes and Monday night, while other occasional gigs are as advertised. Be aware, though, that The Bell also majors on live sports.
Food? A full Greene King menu of pub favourites and Sunday lunches are available, plus plenty of light bites.
People? The world and his dog gather here. Being bang in the city centre you can expect after workers, shoppers and lively (and sometimes large) groups on a night out.
Opinion? The Bell has something of a mixed reputation at times, being one of the busiest and most famous pubs in town. But it ticks the right boxes – especially on the ale front – and that counts for a lot.
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