Barrel Drop in new hands

Arguably the city area’s original micro-pub, The Barrel Drop is passing into the hands of new owners. The founder and current owner Chris posted a message on the pub’s Facebook page: “After what has been a turbulent year, I have made the decision in the best interest of the pub (and my sanity) to hand over the…

The Horn In Hand

Address : Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JT. Despite a name worthy of a Viz comic strip, despite being right in the heart of student land, and despite its own website sporting a picture of a beardy hipster we still like this place. That’s largely down to dim and distant memories of the Horn’s previous existence…

Langtry’s

Address : 4 South Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BY. Back in the deep depths of history – or the 1980s as they’re now known – The Peach Tree changed its name to honour Victorian actress Lille Langtry. But long before then, this place had become a favourite with Evening Post journalists who used to work…

The Barrel Drop

Address : 7 Hurt’s Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD. When it first opened, the term “cask ale” didn’t come much truer than in this place, where the beers were dispensed straight from the barrel. Now in the hand of the Magpie Brewery, the barrels have been dropped and replaced with handpulls, which means a slightly more lively…

The Peacock

Address : 11 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3FB. The Peacock is something of a Nottingham institution among the trade union movement; its upstairs room having been the venue for many a revolutionary council. But downstairs, it’s now branded as a “Victorian Pub and Vegan Kitchen” – claiming to serve Nottingham’s first all-vegan pub menu. The Victorian…

The Golden Fleece

Address : 105 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FN. “Scrubs up nicely” could sum up the Fleece after a much needed refurbishment in 2016. Gone are the dark walls and sticky floors that used to characterise this grungy venue. The pub was taken over by the same folk who run the Bunkers Hill, and in keeping…

The Lincolnshire Poacher

Address : 161-163 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FR When you walk into the Poacher you get the impression it’s been there for ever. But it actually only opened in its present guide in the late 1980s. At times, there’s a whiff of a wild west saloon in here – but don’t let that put you off….

The Hop Merchant

Address : 64 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham. Just as the Old Dog and Partridge down the street doesn’t have many partridges residing in it, the former Turf Tavern was often filled with people that would have been more at home on a racecourse. Actually jumping the fences. However, the past is the past, and in the spirit…