The Whistle and Flute

Address : 96 Derby Road, Nottingham, NG1 5FB

They say you can never have too much of a good thing, but how true is that? In the immortal words of Brenda from Bristol, our first reaction to this new pub in Canning Circus was “not another one!”. However, it’s not just “another” pub.

The Whistle and Flute has been almost two years in the making, and the result is a contemporary, clean venue with lots of real wood (so much so you may get a splinter from the tables), a firm emphasis on real ales (up to sic are available) and a good selection of craft beers.

It also manages a “double tardis” effect, with a bar room that seems to go back miles and then has more space at the back, and the clever use of bifold windows, which brings the outdoors indoors without the added effect of traffic fumes. Given that the bar itself if pretty big, all of this demonstrates the enormous footprint of the building.

Music? Live performances are planned from time to time, in a sensible large area at the back of the bar, otherwise pleasant background music is on offer.

Food? Burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and sharing plates are all on offer.

People? A good mix of ages congregate here – with tables nicely spaced out so you shouldn’t be interrupted by your drinking neighbours.

Opinion? Opening any business in early 2022 is a huge risk with rising costs and the challenges of finding enough staff. But the Whistle appears to have enough of a distinctive flavour to ride this out, and separate itself from the plethora of other pubs nearby.

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