Address : 15 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham, NG7 3JE
Pubs around Canning Circus have always had a great reputation, so when The Overdraught announced it was permanently closing, enterprising publicans Adam and James decided to take on the former bank and fancy dress shop (not at the same time, though that might have been fun) and reopen it as a true freehouse.
On the bar you’ll find a wide selection of rotating cask ales, ranging from safe bets like Castle Rock Harvest Pale to the more challenging Cornish Rattler. There are also multiple kegs of craft beer also on rotation, along with a few ciders too.
There’s been a good bit of investment in the decor, with Covid-safe tables laid out across the sprawling bar room, along with booths for small groups around the curving wall – a great place for socialising or just firing up your laptop for work. Outside there’s also a terrace for drinking and smoking.
And if you’re wondering, the pub is named after George Canning, who managed 118 days as British Prime Minister in 1827. The story goes that he visited the area – previously known as Zion Hill – where people were hanged. On seeing the destruction he declared “this place is like a circus.”
Music? Pleasant background tunes accompany your pint. There’s occasional live music one some weekends and holidays
Food? Tasty tapas, cheeseboards and meat platters are on offer, giving this place a continental feel. Basic bar snacks are also available.
People? In recent times Canning Circus has become something of a thriving student population – but you’ll also find working professionals and seasoned beer lovers on tour around here.
Opinion? The renaissance of this district continues – and while some may argue there’s not enough room for everyone to succeed, the Good Fellow George has a little bit of something for everyone, complementing the other outlets around here.
Getting here : Trent Barton Rainbow One, Twos, Indigo or i4 services, NCT Turquoise or Orange Lines, all to Canning Circus. (Note : there are three stops at Canning Circus – look for the big road junction if you can’t see the pub!)
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