The Must-Visit Proper Pubs in Nottingham

Jan 9, 2018

Robin Hood, footballing greats – Nottingham has certainly brought a lot to British culture. Though the days of watching “Forest” dominate Europe at the local boozer have been and gone, there are still an array of great pubs in Nottingham worth popping into.

Here are some of our favourite watering holes in Hood country: 

The Hand and Heart

Sipping a pint in a cave is an experience that everyone should partake in at least once.

Handily, that is exactly what you’ll be able to do at The Hand and Heart. The original Victorian-era shopfront marks this out as a classic boozer, but step inside and you’ll find yourself in a swanky sandstone cavern where you can head underground to enjoy your pint of local brew.

65-67 Derby Rd, Nottingham NG1 5BA (thehandandheart)

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The Golden Fleece

A traditional street-corner pub oozing charm and sporting a roof terrace for catching a few rays on those rare sunny days in Nottinghamshire.

There’s a solid selection of local beers on tap and the occasional live band provides the entertainment.

Simple and unassuming, which usually is the best way to go about things. One of the better pubs in Nottingham.

105 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3FN (nosite)

The Barrel Drop

Nottingham’s original micropub, the cosy Barrel Drop is tucked away at the end of Hurts Yard.

A snug fit, it’s best to swing by on a quieter afternoon to sample some of the beers served straight from the barrel. 

7 Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD (thebarreldrop)

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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip is something of a local legend in these parts. Rubbing shoulders with Nottingham Castle, this ancient watering hole is hewn from the rock on which the castle stands.

Allegedly the oldest boozer in the nation at over 850 years-old, this place sports quite a history.

There’s a Museum Room showcasing the history of Nottingham and the notorious Cursed Galleon – which has supposedly claimed the lives of a number of cleaners.

The beer selection isn’t half bad either, with plenty of choices to keep discerning craft-fans for giving the Galleon a scrub.

1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD (triptojerusalem)

The Kean’s Head

One room, a few beers, friendly locals and no faff; that’s The Kean’s Head.

As traditional a drinking den as they come, Nottingham’s finest gather here for good food and good brews.

You know what you’re getting at Kean’s, and that’s a must for your next Saturday night out.

46 St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham NG1 1QA (keans-head)

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