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Best Pubs in…Nottingham [GUEST POST]

Views | 18 Aug 2014
Keans Head

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…

Kean’s Head

Lace Market, 46 St Mary’s Gate, NG1 1QA [Map]

Keans HeadFor 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.

The Lincolnshire Poacher

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.

The Lion Inn

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)

The Organ Grinder

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.

Doctor’s Orders

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.

Gareth Jones

WSET Wine and Spirits Diploma graduate, former pub manager and current Whisky Shop manager. General booze geek, hence my general booze blog!

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  • Paul said 3 years ago

    No mention of Canal House, despite the best range of craft and world beers in Nottingham, if not the region? Maybe you should broaden your horizons…!

  • David said 3 years ago

    @Paul. Broaden horizons by naming one of the most popular pubs in Nottingham? It’s not that he had already mentioned 2 Castle Rock pubs already he has to mention a third? Don’t get me wrong, Canal House is great, but he can only mention 5 and he’s picked 5 fantastic pubs that aren’t always in the spotlight of Nottingham.

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