When on the hunt for great pubs, who better to ask than a local expert? We recently asked beer-writer Gareth Jones for his opinion on some of the most interesting places to drink in Nottingham…
Lace Market, 46 St Mary’s Gate, NG1 1QA [Map]
For me Kean’s Head (@KeansHead) is simply the best pub in the city centre. Top beers from all over the world, and absolutely top-notch food as well. A regular haunt for the local office worker ‘in the know’ at lunch times and somewhere you can dive into for a proper beer of an evening weekend when town all gets a bit hectic… and the whisky selection is always very tempting.
161-163 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FR [Map]
More whisky than they can fit on the back bar, and more hand-pulled beers than they can fit on one front bar. The Lincolnshire Poacher (@LincPoacher) is a proper boozer through and through, and the best on a very popular run-in to town down the Mansfield Road, a favourite pub crawl for many.
44 Mosley St, NG7 7FQ [Map]
A short tram ride out of the town centre. The Lion’s beer garden’s an Oasis in the urban jungle in the summer (no dogs allowed though) and there’s always a friendly atmosphere, good beer and a cracking line up of local bands. They also featured a Scottish brewery you may have heard of as their Brewery of the month in January. (@TheLionBasford)
21 Alfreton Road, NG7 3JE [Map]
Both an old pub and a new pub for me. The Organ Grinder (@OGrinderNotts) was actually the first pub I worked in when I moved to Nottingham, but since then it has changed both ownership and name and is now owned by the Blue Monkey brewery out on the Notts/Derbyshire border. If you want somewhere a bit less conventional than the usual anonymous, big-screen sports bar to watch some rugby or football then the Organ Grinder is a great venue.
351 Mansfield Road, NG5 2DA [Map]
This is the newest of the pubs on this little list. Doctor’s Orders (@DOmicropub) is a micropub that used to be a neighbourhood Chemist, and the beers are all served straight from the cask, no mucking about with hand-pulls or any of that new-fangled beer-engine nonsense. That and you can see them pour the mainly locally-brewed beer through the old dispensing hatch.