Micropubs

During the last few years, a new style of public house has appeared in the Nottingham Branch Area: the Micropub.

Often making use of old style "High Street Retail" properties or similar, these are invariably found in secondary or tertiary locations in close proximity to established mainstream public houses.    

As Micropubs represent a genre of interest in themselves, the Nottingham Branch of CAMRA has pulled together the following Micropub-related information.
 

What is a Micropub?

In a world where the public house may take on a range of possible guises, from the vast sports bar, to kitchen diner, to boutique bar and on to back street boozer, what is a Micropub?

The Micropub and Microbrewery Association define a Micropub as "‘A Micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’.

This seems as good a definition as any as a start point and although not all our listed Micropubs below might necessarily have all of those features all of the time, they do represent a fairly consistent theme.

We might also add most in our Branch Area tend to occupy small premises which were formerly independent retail businesses. Membership of the Micropub and Microbrewery Association is not necessarily a requirement of Micropub status.
 

What is not a Micropub?

This is a question which has sparked some debate amongst Branch Members and inevitably there is a broad range of opinion. 

Rather than being overly proscriptive, here is a series of questions raised by some of our Branch Members.

Can a Micropub:
 
  • be in large premises?
  • sell largely craft, bottled or canned beers?
  • only sell beer from racks of barrels?
  • sell mostly wines or spirits?
  • host piped or live music?
  • be owned by a brewery or be tied in any way?
  • be a base for other businesses?
  • be a Micropub simply because it claims to be one?
and does any of this really matter if an establishment serves the social wellbeing of those who use it?

What do you think? 
 

List of Local Micropubs

Below is a list of the Nottingham Branch Area Micropubs with a link to each pub's entry on CAMRA's pub-finder website, "Whatpub".
 

Abdication

Barrel Drop

Beerheadz

Beer Shack

Bike Lounge

Boatswain

Bull's Well

Byron's Rest

Caught & Bowled

Doctor's Orders

Dog & Parrot

Gamekeeper's

Kraft Werks

Lyngary's

Mellor's Mews

Miner's Return

Pottle of Blues

Room with a Brew

Roots Emporium

Round RobInn

Tap & Growler

Totally Tapped

Yard of Ale

Micropubs By Local Area

The micropubs established in the Nottingham Branch Area have tended to be located in a number of old established community high streets. These are generally outside Nottingham City centre. Perhaps even more interestingly, the majority lie in an arc between North and West of the City:
 

Arnold / Daybrook: 

Abdication, 89 Mansfield Road, Daybrook
 

Beeston:

Pottle of Blues, 1 Stoney Street, Beeston

Totally Tapped, 23 Chilwell Road, Beeston
 

Bulwell:

Bull's Well, 11 Main Street, Bulwell
 

Carrington:

Doctor's Orders, 351 Mansfield Road, Carrington
 

East Leake:

Round RobInn, 54 Main Street, Kimberley 
 

Eastwood / Giltbrook:

Caught & Bowled, 493 Nottingham Road, Giltbrook

Dog & Parrot , 13 Nottingham Road Eastwood

Gamekeeper's, 136 Nottingham Road, Eastwood

Mellor's Mews, 68a Nottingham Road, Eastwood

Tap & Growler, 209 Nottingham Road, Hill Top, Eastwood
 

Hucknall:

Beer Shack, 1 Derbyshire Lane, Hucknall

Bike Lounge, 136 Watnall Road, Hucknall

Boatswain, 2 Watnall Road, Hucknall

Byron's Rest, 8 Baker Street, Hucknall

Lyngary's, 30a Annesley Road, Hucknall
 

Kimberley:

Miner's Return, 125B Eastwood Road, Kimberley

Roots Emporium, 17 Nottingham Road, Kimberley
 

Nottingham:

Barrel Drop, 7 Hurts Yard, Nottingham

Beerheadz, 1a Queen's Road, Nottingham

Room with a Brew, 78 Derby Road, Nottingham
 

Radcliffe on Trent:

Yard of Ale, 1 Walkers Yard, Radcliffe on Trent
 

Sherwood:

Kraft Werks, 513 Mansfield Road, Sherwood









 

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