The Roundhouse

Address : Royal Standard Place, Nottingham, NG1 6FS

There’s a good rule of thumb in Nottingham when it comes to history – “look up and you will see it”. And that couldn’t be truer than in the Roundhouse – whose decorative ceiling was once seen by many a new mum – because this once was the maternity ward of the Nottingham General Hospital.

After a concerning period of closure, the pub has reopened under enthusiastic and friendly new management. There are at least four real ales on offer at any one time, and plenty of craft beers to choose from too.

The unique interior feels grand and cosy at the same time. A few deep leather sofas provide a comforting place for a casual drink, while the curved walls house booths and benches for dining. There’s also a sizeable outdoor seating area overlooking an amptiheatre created for an adjoining apartment block.

Music? Strictly background tunes, adding a pleasant atmosphere.

Food? A good pub menu of classic dishes and burgers, along with smaller plates and snacks.

Customers? By the time people have walked up the hill, they’ve generally lost any cockiness they might have had. A wide age range from young couples to entire families celebrating a special occasion.

Opinion? If the Roundhouse was in the centre of town it’d be rammed seven nights a week. Thankfully, being slightly off the beaten track it maintains a respectable ambience. It’s hardly off the beaten track, but set back far enough to create a challenge in attracting the numbers needed to maintain this huge historic venue.

Getting here : NCT City Loop lines to Maid Marian Way, then a five minute walk.

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