Address : 139 Attenborough Lane, Nottingham, NG9 6AA
Travelling by bus or car it would be easy to miss this pub just off the Chilwell bypass. But that would be a mistake. Because by slowing down – or indeed walking to this venue – will reward you with one of the best selections of real ale anywhere in NottsNight land.
As we’ve said before on here, the term “micro pub” is often wrongly used to describe a small and cramped hostelry. The Bird Hide is quite the opposite; its unassuming exterior disguises a long and spacious bar room with plenty of seating and an emphasis on personal table service – something partly necessitated during Covid, but now part of the great service.
The menu offer an ever changing selection of real ales and ciders, most of which are served straight from the cask, giving a drinking experience more akin to a beer festival. And why not? Having slowed down to stop and observe, you might as well dive into the menu and choose a few different brews.
Music? Pleasant background tunes accompany mostly pleasant conversation. This is a place to meet and chat with friends – or make some new ones.
Food? We do like it when a pub makes an effort with its bar snacks. Pork scratchings here come in several flavours and weighed out on scales. There are also nuts and crisps aplenty.
People? A mix of locals who were in desperate need of a truly independent local, along with those who’ve made a special journey – perhaps before venturing over the border into darkest Derbyshire.
Opinion? Opening a new pub just as lockdown was lifted was definitely a risk. But thankfully it’s one that’s paid off. The Bird Hide has a lovely community atmosphere, great service and makes an imaginative use of its surroundings.
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