Building a Castle

Episode 21 – Castle Rock Great things happen for a reason. And a decision by a judge and three magistrates at Nottingham Crown Court in 1977 paved the way for what has become one of the most consistently successful breweries and pub companies in the city. Chris Holmes and his business partner Ron Picking had…

The Bath Inn

Address : 1 Handel Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG3 1GF Standby – our NottsNight review is coming soon!

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…

The Good Beer Guide 2022

Here’s a list of all of the Nottinghamshire pubs appearing in Camra’s Good Beer Guide for 2022 Arnold – The Abidcation; The Robin Hood and Little John Beeston – Crown Inn; Star Inn; Victoria Hotel Bingham – Horse and Plough; Wheatsheaf Blidworth – Black Bull Blyth – Red Heart Car Colston – Royal Oak Carlton…

Is FOGO the new normal?

Episode 17 – Matthew Curtis on returning to the pub During the darkest days of lockdown you probably had that Zoom chat with your mates – what you wouldn’t give just to be able to walk back into a pub and have a pint. In NottsNight land, the winter lockdown started at the end of…

Liquid Light

Address : Unit 9, Robin Hood Industrial Estate, Alfred Street South, Nottingham NG3 1GE We have to admit that when we founded NottsNight, the thought of sitting in a craft beer brewery drinking two thirds of a pint would have led to an outbreak of real ale snobbery, declaring these young upstarts as nothing but…

Partizan Tavern

Address : 15 Manvers Street, Nottingham, NG2 4PB With a name like this, you could be mistaken that this is a pub all about the best of Eastern European beers. But the Partizan Tavern was named after the famous Belgrade football team simply because the owner supported them and would occasionally travel to Serbia to…

Hello Helles

Episode 16 – Hockley Helles When we founded NottsNight, we had a certain image of drinker in our minds. It was the kind of grown up who had shunned bars serving drinks in jam jars, who preferred a bag of pork scratchings to a side of unicorn shavings and definitely not the type of person…

Bowled over by beer

Episode 15 – The Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival Some people still yearn for the days when the Nottingham Beer Festival was set inside the old Victoria Baths in Sneinton, where your half pint was accompanied by the smell of chlorine and sweaty Speedos . Thankfully, nostalgia is a thing of the past –…

Craft and creativity

Episode 14 – The Art of Beer We’re a bunch of creative buggers in Nottingham. Where else would could you find the utter brilliance of someone designing the Raleigh Chopper, while just down the road someone else was inventing Ibuprofen to numb the pain when you smashed your nuts on the gear stick? And there…

Life’s a circus

Episode 10 – Canning Circus We don’t care what anyone says; for NottsNight, Canning Circus is just about the most perfectly formed of all Nottingham neighbourhoods when it comes to pubs. There is genuine choice, and friendly but firm competition around here, and the summer of 2021 saw another addition in the shape of the…

A proud city

Episode 12 – Nottingham Pride It’s mid September and the sun is still shining. Around four thousand people are marching through the streets for Nottinghamshire Pride, cancelled last year and delayed this year because of Covid. At the front of the parade, colourful costumed dancers, a fire engine – and behind them, hundreds of rainbow…

A holy place

Episode 13 – The West of Ireland When mentioning men of the cloth and the remote West of Ireland, you might immediately think of your favourite scene from Father Ted. But the story of three hapless priests trying to just bungle along in the middle of nowhere is nothing compared to the tale of the…

The Good Fellow George

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…

A guide to Notts Trumps

Each of our reviews contains a Notts Trumps card, detailing some of the facilities and features of our NottsNight pubs. During 2021 we will be updating these to the new style cards shown here. Each symbol relates to a different feature. It’s worth noting that the Camra discount, where mentioned, was correct when the review…

The Dog and Parrot

Address : 13 Nottingham Road, Eastwood, NG16 3AP A traditional, independently owned real ale house in what has become the heart of Micropub country in Eastwood and the surrounding area, the Dog and Parrot is run by David and Kathryn Boam. You’ll find up to seven real ales on tap, many of them sourced locally….

Emerging from lockdown

We are slowly updating our nottsNight reviews as Covid regulations are gradually eased. But we need you help! Whether you’re a landlord, manager or a punter, we’d love to hear from you about the opening hours of your favourite establishment, along with links for bookings. Please email nottsnight@gmail.com putting the name of your pub in…