The Malt Shovel

1 Union Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2LU In recent years, Beeston has seen a lot of emerging competition. So it’s good to see the Malt Shovel setting – and keeping – the bar high. Tucked away just off the pedestrianised high street, there are half a dozen handpulls on offer, with a knowledgeable staff. There…

Fellows, Morton and Clayton

Address : 54 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH. Opened in 1895, Fellows has been a mainstay of waterside drinking for far longer than its upstart neighbour, the Canal House. But its suffered in recent years, closing down twice – which is never a good sign. Now, the Bermondsey Pub Company – the trading name for Enterprise Inns –…

The Trent Navigation

Address : 17 Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HS. On your first visit, the Trent Navigation may well test your own navigation skills. Nestled between Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground and a sea of industrial units, it’d be all too easy to think you’re taken a very bad wrong turn. If you’re coming from London Road,…

The Bread and Bitter, Mapperley

Address : 153-155 Woodthorpe Drive, Mapperley Top, Nottingham. NG3 5JL You might think that a district that has three pubs and two bistro bars would mean a clamour for your custom. But when it comes to Mapperley Top, the rest have a fair bit of work to do to match the quality of the Bread…

The Vat and Fiddle

Address : 12 Queensbridge Road, Nottingham, NG2 1NB. Every beer lover love a p**s up in a brewery, and here you can do just that all year round. The home of Castle Rock brewery, the Vat and Fiddle takes its playful name from the nearby huge Revenue and Customs offices. On the bar you’ll find a…

The King Billy

Address : Eyre Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4RG. Show a stranger Sneinton Market from the main road by the Bunkers Hill, and ask if they’d stride across it for a decent pint. I can guarantee that many wouldn’t dare, pointing and hiding their mobile phones and wallets. But to be honest, the King Billy’s all the…

Brewhouse and Kitchen

  Address :  Trent Bridge, Nottingham, NG2 2GS “We’re a bit different from your traditional pub” enthuses the website. And after its previous incarnations of the Riverbank, Casa and (if you’re old enough) The Aviary, NottsNight approached this latest project with some healthy scepticism. But the Brewhouse does what it says on its ample mash tins…

The Victoria

Address : 85 Dovecote Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1JG A little off the beaten track as far as Beeston itself is concerned, but the Vic’s reputation goes before it – not least because you can walk into its beer garden directly from the platform of Beeston railway station. The garden – or rather covered outdoor…

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…

Lace Market Trail

On this trail, you’ll weave your way around some of the oldest parts of medieval Nottingham. In terms of drinks, buildings and atmosphere, there’s a great mix and great choice – sampling both ales and craft beers. Continue reading or download a PDF to your device. Starting at Carlton Street at the top of Hockley is…

The Herbert Kilpin

Address : 10 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HB Herbert Kilpin. An unassuming name, perhaps. But this son of a butcher from Mansfield Road left Nottingham and went on to found AC Milan. And we rather like that. As for the pub, the Kilpin sits alongside its hipster cousin, The Junkyard, where each 2/3 of a pint…

The Johnson Arms, Lenton

Address : 59 Abbey Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2NZ. All too often, the words “student pub” are enough to send any real drinker running in search of sanctuary in a better place, that serves better beer and stocks pork scratchings. Fortunately, the Jonno does both of these things perfectly well. On the bar you’ll find…

The Star Inn

Address : 22 Middle Street, Beeston, NG9 1FX. If a beer festival lasted forever, it’d look a bit like the Star. 17 hand pulls line the two ample main bars, and if they ever have fewer than eight working, you’ll get an apologetic look from the staff. The website has a whole page detailing the…

The Crown

Address : 20 Church Street, Beeston, NG9 1FY Whenever you see a big pub chain name outside a building, it can fill you with fear. However, Everards has pretty much left The Crown to its own devices – and it’s not difficult to see why. Around a dozen handpulls on the bar are full of…

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…

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 Canal House

Address : 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH     On a sunny day by the Nottingham Canal you can mix with the pond life at lesser bars as they get tanked up on alcopops and throw themselves shirtless into the water. Or, you could avoid certain other venues and come here. The Canal House…