historic pub trail:nottingham

Of course the home of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Nottinghamshire or “Notts” as it is commonly known is a rich and diverse county in the East Midlands of England. From the splendid city of Nottingham to the historic Sherwood Forest this is a county with lots to explore.



Craft beer

Super old

The Vat & Fiddle

The Vat and Fiddle, Castle Rock’s brewery tap, is a fine example of the Great British pub. Located a short stroll from Nottingham railway station, ‘the Vat’ is a 1930’s art deco-style building beneath the iconic blue tower of Castle Rock.

Canal House

Opening in 2000 on the lower floors of the former Canal museum, the Canalhouse is famous for having a canal that extends into the grade II listed building, complete with resident narrow boats.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

The pub is famous for its caves, carved out of the soft sandstone rock against which the building is set. The larger ground level caverns are now used as the pub’s rear drinking rooms. There is also a network of caves beneath the building, originally used as a brewery. They seem to date from around the time of the construction of the castle (1068 AD). The cursed galleon is a small wooden model of a ship in one the upstairs lounge. It is claimed that people who have cleaned it have all met a mysterious death. Landlords have refused to allow anyone to dust the ship over the years, allowing inches of thick grime to build up on it. The galleon is now encased in glass.

Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Is a public house dating from around 1240 that lays claim to being the oldest in Nottingham history. The current building was constructed as a workshop for a tanner with living accommodation above in 1240 on the site of an old alehouse known as The Archangel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary.

The Round House

Located in Nottingham’s Castle Quarter and steeped in heritage, the Round House is a restaurant and bar serving an eclectic variety of fresh, quality, food. Our extensive wine list has been carefully crafted and is available by the glass. They are known for a range of real ales including their own bespoke brew.

Malt Cross

The site of the Malt Cross was originally a public house built in 1760 which stood on St James's Street which was one of Nottingham's most notorious thoroughfares.  In 1877 the site was bought and redeveloped by builder and entrepreneur Charles Weldon who commissioned architect Edwin Hill to design an impressive glazed arched roof.  This roof was made of laminated timber arching over an ornately styled two -tier performance space. There were two further floors below the music halls which were know as the lounging vaults were further performances could be enjoyed in the underground restaurant which became the Malt Cross Billiards Saloon in the 1890s.


The site also features a sandstone cave which forms part of Nottingham's cave network.  It was originally the ale cellar for the music hall but is now used as a performance and education space. By 1900 the Malt Cross was one of 11 music halls in the city centre area and was described as 'the best adapted for visitors to the city'.

Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is a Grade II listed public house in Nottingham, England. Dating from around 1437, it’s the oldest in the city.  A friendly pub with lots to offer in terms of service, products and ambience. There is something for everyone at The Bell Inn, ranging from live music, to sports and regular events taking place to keep it lively. It is ranked highly by locals and is welcoming to all, it also won the ‘Pub of the year 2013’ award.

Pit & Pendulum

Dark and atmospheric Gothic-themed pub serving cocktails, plus global dishes and classic pub food.

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