The Salutation Inn

Address : 75 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 7AA.   One of three pubs laying claim to be Nottingham’s oldest. the Sal boasts the date 1240 above the door. Or maybe that’s the opening time. Whatever it is, the Salutation offers plenty of history. And rock music. Lots of rock music. Although bands usually play upstairs, it’s…

Castle Trail

On this trail you’ll never be too far away from Nottingham Castle itself and the Robin Hood statue. Down the years, this district has been a bit hit and miss for watering holes, but some relatively recent additions and rebrands make this compact area well worth a few hours. Choose a sunny afternoon or a…

The Malt Cross

Address : 16 St James’ Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FG. Summer 2018 saw dark days for the Malt Cross, which suddenly ceased trading. But thankfully, the venue has been saved – curiously, by the YMCA, which has now reopened the only surviving music hall of its kind outside London. On the bar you’ll find four real ale…

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem

  Address : Brewhouse Yard, Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1, 6AD.   “The Oldest inn in England” boasts the permanently whitewashed exterior of the Trip. And in the past, we’ve regrettably had pints here that taste like they’re from the 12th Century. But those days seem to be gone, and you’ll usually find a healthy rotation of…

The Ned Ludd

  Address : 27 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA. The area around Old Market Square has a large collection of pubs – sadly many of them don’t make the NottsNight grade. So it’s good to see sanctuary in the form of the Ned Ludd. Since the beginning of 2018, the new managers have made a real…

Fothergill’s

  Address : 5-7 Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA A sunkissed terrace directly opposite the Robin Hood Statue. You could hardly get more “Nottingham” if you dressed in green tights and changed your name to Marian. Fothergill’s (or Watson Fothergill’s to be proper and polite) is the rich cousin of The Castle next door. And herein lies the…

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 Crafty Crow

  Address : 102 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EB The Crafty Crow has now firmly established itself on the pub scene around Nottingham Castle. It was the first outlet of the Magpie Brewery, which has now also added the Barrel Drop and Doctor’s Orders to its estate. Large blackboards above the bar clearly set out the…

The Castle

  Address : 1 Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA. You can’t argue with this location, bang opposite the entrance to Nottingham Castle, this pub stands out from the crowd. Or does it? It has an impressive building – but so does Fothergill’s  next door (owned by the same company. It serves good beer – but so does…