Pub of The Year 2017
Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has this weekend announced its “Pub of the Year 2017”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.
This year we again decided to select two winners to reflect the mix between the Urban area, including the city centre, and Village pubs, this gives a fairer spread and allows the village pubs not to be forgotten.
Urban/City and Overall winner: Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford.
Former British Legion Club converted in 2011 to become a Castle Rock pub and café. It has a large main bar with a raised area and a family area (children welcome until 9pm) with a café bar, all with a homely, welcoming feel. A large upstairs function room features a folk club and other local events, and the beer garden overlooks a bowling green and tennis courts. 12 handpumps dispense the Castle Rock beers plus guests, often from new breweries. There are usually 2 real ciders and excellent food is served.
Runner up Urban / City: White Lion, Swingate.
Third Place: Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold.
Village winner: The Round Robinn, 54 Main St, East Leake, LE12 6PG. Micropub opened October 2015, serving six local beers on gravity. Seating is a mixture of chairs, cushioned benches and high stools, with the single room accommodating up to 45 patrons. Food is restricted to light bar snacks. Continental bottled beers available.
Runner up Village: Frame Breakers, Ruddington.
Third Place: The Gate Inn, Main St, Awsworth.
Nottingham CAMRA Branch Chairman Steve Westby says “At a time when pubs continue to close at a frightening rate it is pleasing that our volunteer panel of judges found that the quality of our remaining local pubs was, if anything, better than ever. The Poppy and Pint is particularly to be commended, as it is a true example of a thriving community pub. James Halfpenny and his team do a splendid job in creating a successful, popular pub offering an outstanding range of quality beers in a friendly atmosphere. The winner of the Village category, The Round Robinn in East Leake, takes this award for the second consecutive year. It only opened less than two years ago and quickly demonstrated how a small micro-pub can quickly become a thriving asset to the local community.”
Notes to editors
- Presentation evening will be held at Poppy and Pint on Thurs 6th April.
- Presentation evening will be held at Round Robinn on Fri 7th April.
- Pub descriptions taken from What Pub website.
- Urban / City pubs are those in the larger conurbations and Village pubs are those in village and/or rural communities.
Byrons Rest opens
Micro pub Byrons Rest has opened on Baker Street, Hucknall. Featuring 4 handpulls and 6 ciders. The pub is dog friendly too so why not pop in before or after your walk.
Old Rock Real Ale bar
The Old Rock in Stapleford have opened up a Real Ale bar within their premises. Use it or lose it, do go along and sample what they have and support another Real Ale outlet.
Totally Tapped opens in Beeston
The New micro pub and bottle shop from Totally Brewed Micro Brewery of Meadow Lane is opening 19th January. There will be five real ales on hand pull and seven craft beers on tap. Fifty bottled beers will eventually be doubled once up and running.
Ales are likely to include Guardian of the Forest and Papa Jangles Voodoo Stout from microbrewery T
Roots Micro pub opens in Kimberley
The New Kimberley micro pub Roots Emporium is now open. It is at 17 Nottingham Road between the Stag and the centre of Kimberley. Converted from a furniture and gift shop, the pub is small, but reasonably spacious. It is open plan, but has three seperate drinking areas. Walls have interesting memorabilia, including items relating to the former Kimberley Brewery. Beers are generally from micro-breweries with always at least one local.
Sadly the Dunkirk Inn on Montpelier Road ceased trading in December and appears unlikely to reopen. The pub dates back to the late 60s/early 70s replacing The Dunkirk Hotel, which had stood on the site previously. Full story and photos can be found at http://www.nottinghampost.com/battle-of-the-dunkirk-is-over-as-landlord-calls-time/story-30001360-detail/story.html#dr7HsuHC6kUiExYY.99.
Walkabout to be refurbished
Redevelopment of the former Walkabout Bar on Friar Lane is scheduled to start early in 2017. We are promised not one, even two but three distinctly new bars all under one roof. The Bierkeller will have Bavarian-themed nights in a German beer hall, with beer served by staff in traditional dress, food, stein cocktails and a live oompah band. Shooters Sports Bar promises "the UK's biggest TV screen" and 150 different beers while Around the World will specialise in food, cocktails and acoustic music.
Lincoln Green grows pub estate
Lincoln Green Brewery have added to their pubs with The Lord Clyde in Kimberley and The Station Hotel in Hucknall will be refurbished and join The Robin Hood & Little John and The Sir John Borlase Warren as Lincoln Green pubs. They aim to open The Lord Clyde in December 2016 and The Station Hotel in February 2017.
Keep in touch with their progress via their websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts:
They would love you to let them know what you'd like from the new pubs through a survey which can be accessed via the website pages - they want you to know that they're listening to their customers before they open so that they can bring you a pub that can become the heart of the local community.
New Pub Miners Return
Miners Return has opened in Kimberley. In the former Miners Welfare building a micro pub has opened on Eastwood Road Kimberley. The pub is sandwiched between the chip shop and the convenience shop
New Pub Yard of Ale
Yard of Ale micropub has opened in Radcliffe on Trent with 6 real ales. You can find it at Walkers Yard off Main Road next to Costa, behind Chocolate Box. Opens Thursday to Sunday, hours 12 to 10 but these will vary with experience /customer demand.
New Pub Curious Townhouse
Brown and Brown Industries, the family-run company behind Nottingham restaurants and cafes such as Curious Manor, The Parlour, Cured, and Brown’s Cafe and Bistro, is set to open a new bar and restaurant concept in the city centre. Curious Townhouse, a sister outlet to Curious Manor in Trinity Square, is set to move into the former Loom bar and restaurant in High Pavement in the Lace Market area of the city.
Castle Rock purchases new pub
Castle Rock has purchased The Cricketers Rest on Chapel Street in Kimberley. The pub opened late August and has 6 handpulls offering Real Ale, some Castle Rock and others guest Ales.
Nottingham CAMRA announces "LocAle Pub of the Year 2016"
The Horse & Jockey in Stapleford has been voted the winner for 2016 as the LocAle pub of the year. Nominations and votes were collated from branch members and the final 12 pubs were judges. The eleven runners up are White Lion, Swingate; Gate, Awsworth; The Star Inn, Beeston; Robin Hood AND Little John, Arnold; Abdication, Daybrook; Poppy and Pint, Lady Bay; Trent Bridge Inn; The Lion, Basford; The King William IV; The Plough, Radford and The Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus. Congratulations to all those pubs, and many thanks to all the branch members and judges for participating. the presentation will be on Thursday 18th August at 8pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the celebrations.
Nottingham CAMRA announces "Cider Pub of the Year 2016"
Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its “Cider Pub of the Year 2016”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.
We are pleased to report that the winner is The Robin Hood <&> Little John in Arnold.
Huge congratulations to managers Lorraine & Mark, all the staff at the pub, & of course the owners Lincoln Green Brewing Co.
The judging for the top 3 from all of the entries was very close indeed - all of which means Nottingham continues it's upward path of having great pubs that cater for those who enjoy real ale & real cider in good surroundings.
In second place was The Lincolnshire Poacher in Nottingham, while in third place was The Beer Shack in Hucknall.
Well done to every pub nominated for judging & do continue the good work.
Nottingham CAMRA announces “Pub of the Year 2016”
Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its “Pub of the Year 2016”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.
This year we decided to select two winners to reflect the mix between the Urban area, including the city centre, and Village pubs, this gives a fairer spread and allows the village pubs not to be forgotten.
Urban/City and Overall winner: The White Lion, 74 Swingate, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2PQ. A two-roomed pub in a residential area, with a modern décor. Offers seven cask beers from the main bar on handpump, mainly from local microbreweries. A further selection may also be available from a stillage bar adjoining the large rear garden. This pub is dog friendly and has treats on the bar for visiting 4-legged guests. The pub will sometimes open early for walkers to use facilities then welcome you back for a drink afterwards. No cooked food, but sandwiches available on request.
Runner up Urban / City: The Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford.
Third Place; Horse and Jockey, Nottingham Road, Stapleford
Village winner: The Round Robinn, 54 Main St, East Leake, LE12 6PG. A micropub which opened during October 2015, serving six local beers on gravity. Seating is a mixture of chairs, cushioned benches and high stools, with the single room accommodating up to 45 patrons. Food is restricted to light bar snacks. Continental bottled beers available.
Runner up Village: The Gate Inn, Main St, Awsworth.
Third Place: The Chestnut, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Nottingham CAMRA Branch Chairman Steve Westby says “At a time when pubs continue to close at a frightening rate it is pleasing that our volunteer panel of judges found that the quality of our remaining local pubs was, if anything, better than ever. The White Lion is particularly to be commended as the present team have turned what was a failing pub under the large pub companies into a successful, thriving community pub offering an outstanding range of quality beers. The winner of the Village category, The Round Robinn in East Leake, only started up a few months ago, but already demonstrates how a small micro-pub can quickly become a thriving asset to the local community.”
Pub People Company & Pentritch Brewing Company Partnership
After being a big supporter, and buyer, of local and national cask ale for more than twenty years, Pub People Co. move into micro brewing.
Pentrich Brewing Co. is a joint venture partnership between Pub People Co. and two young brewers Ryan Cummings and Joe Noble. Until recently Ryan and Joe had been cuckoo brewing at Landlocked Brewery in Ripley, producing low volume but high quality cask ales and craft bottles, attracting the attention of the local pubs including Pub People Co.’s very own Thorn Tree and Steampacket near Ripley
Andy Crawford, Operations Director at Pub People commented:
“Pub People Co. is providing financial investment along side access to their pub estate, administration function, business planning and management expertise.
This support compliments Joe and Ryan's skill, enthusiasm and commitment to high quality brewing. They will be able to focus on producing excellent and consistent beers.
We see the Brewery as a great compliment to our existing pub business, which for many years has been focused on real ales, and supporting local breweries.”
Test brewing took place in February and March and a launch plan is to be announced. Pub People Co. operate 55 pubs in the East Midland including, in Nottingham; The Lion at Basford, Bunkers Hill, The Lord Nelson (Sneinton), The Waggon & Horses (Redhill) and The Hayloft (Giltbrook).
Follow the brewery’s progress by liking Pentrich Brewing Co. on Facebook and following @PentrichBrewing on Twitter.
Scribblers Ales Brewery opens Micro-pub
Scribblers Ales have acquired a derelict shop on Derby Road, Nottingham and transformed it into a Micro-pub. A Room with a Brew opened Friday 5th February. They will be selling locally brewed Real Ales and Craft Beer.
Golden Fleece under new Management
Flipside brewery have taken on the Golden Fleece on Mansfield Road. Pub People have pulled out and Flipside will now be running it. The pub will close for a few days to sort out the cellar and will feature 8 Real Ales and 5 Real Ciders.
We are aware that the Portland Arms, 24 Portland Rd, Nottingham NG7 4GN off Canning Circus, has closed. We have been in touch with the council immediately after the holidays and are looking at an ACV application along with help from CAMRA HQ. We have no factual news of what the intention is for the building's future but rumour is that it will be a change of use. We are monitoring planning applications via our Pubs Group. Soon as we know anything concrete we will pass the information on.
Robin Hood (AND) Little John wins National award
The Robin Hood (and) Little John in Arnold has been judged to be the best Cider house Nationally. They beat off stiff competition and received their award from CAMRA HQ 1st October.
The Robin Hood & Little John in Arnold, Nottingham, has been named the best place in the UK to drink Real Cider by CAMRA. The pub has a long history dating back to 1750, but closed down in 2013 before having new life breathed into it in August 2014 through a partnership between Nottinghamshire's Lincoln Green Brewery and Leicestershire's Everards Brewery, under the management of Anthony Hughes and Lorraine Swain.
Owner of Lincoln Green Brewing Company and Lincoln Green Public House Company, Anthony Hughes says “Firstly may I say how delighted Lorraine, Mark and all of us at
Lincoln Green are to have won this amazing award! I’d personally like to say a huge thank you in particular to Ray Blockley for the support and advice he’s given us over the last twelve months in all things ‘apple’ – I know that much of our success is as a result of the little things we’ve implemented after many discussions with Ray and we’re very grateful to him.”
Since its reopening and new management, the pub has won the Nottingham CAMRA Cider Pub and Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015 as well as being named the Nottingham Pub and East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year.
The pub has become famous for its ‘real cider’ which is made from pure fruits with no additives or chemicals and served naturally still, unlike commercially produced cider which is force-carbonated to give it fizz. Real perry is produced in exactly the same way as real cider but with pear juice instead of apple juice.
Sarah Newson, the organiser of the Cider Pub of the Year competition had this to say about The Robin Hood & Little John, “This is an amazing achievement for a pub that not only just re-opened last year, but had never even been in the competition before. A great feature is its 'cider wall' which enables the cider and perry to be served at a consistent cellar temperature, providing the customer with an excellent drinking experience.”
The pub’s cider wall features eight ciders and perries which are always from smaller producers rather than big brands, Anthony Hughes had this to say about winning, “We fully support CAMRA’s definition of real cider and acknowledge the recent amendment to remove the criteria that ‘no added flavourings to be used’ and to allow ‘pure fruits, vegetables, honey, hops, herbs and spices, yet no concentrates cordials or essences’ to be added.”Anthony Hughes added, “We aim to ensure that our customers understand the provenance of our ciders, and what it contains with informative articles in our table top menus.”
Round Robinn in East Leake
A new micro-pub is to open early in October. It is to be named The Round Robinn situated on Main Street in East Leak LE12 6PG. It’s said that the intention of the proprietors is to support local cask ales. The Round Robinn. Pub will soon have its own website where more details will be available.
TAP & GROWLER, HILLTOP, EASTWOOD
This new micro-pub, at 209 Nottingham Road, Eastwood NG16 3GS, has now successfully gained its premises licence and work on the interior is well under way. They opened 26th September. For more details and up-to-date information, check out their Facebook page: “Tap & Growler”.
Ned Ludd changes hands
Great Northern Inns are in the process of handing over the operation of the Ned Ludd on Friar Lane to Nottingham Brewery, so you can expect to see a different selection of beers there in due course, naturally featuring some from Nottingham Brewery itself. This is part of a modest expansion by Nottingham Brewery who have also taken over the operation of the Bricklayers Arms in Ruddington. Following a small refurbishment, the Brickies is to be renamed the "Ned Ludd" in recognition of the nearby Framework Knitters museum on Chapel Street. However Nottingham Brewery's other project, the revamping of the former Coco Lounge on George Street, has been put on hold for now, due to the other ongoing projects.
Following the success of their cafe bars at Mapperley and West Bridgford, Great Northern Inns have opened a third version of Copper. This one is in the city centre, at the top of Market Street and the junction with Upper Parliament Street. The imposing building, designed by one of the city's leading architects Thomas Cecil Howitt, started life as a branch of Martins Bank in 1932 and since then it has had spells as O'Neill's and Cafe Royale before becoming the Reflex bar which closed a couple of years ago. It will feature breakfast, cafe and evening menus, "craft" beer, real ale and wine, and is planning to open in September.
Golden Fleece Re-opens
Golden Fleece on Mansfield Road, Nottingham, officially relaunched on Thursday 16th July with a VIP event.
While most alterations have been subtle, the focus of the refurbishment has been on the bar and in the cellar. The pub now has a permanent selection of 9 real ales (5 of which are CAMRA LocAle) and 8 draught keg craft beers from the likes of Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown Brewery, Meantime Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Founders and locally Totally Brewed, Black Iris and Navigation Brewery.
Licensee Aimee has joined the Pub People Company (who own and operate 50 pubs and restaurants in the East Midlands, including both the Bunkers Hill and The Lion at Basford in the city) from Annie's Burger Shack and is excited about putting the landmark pub back on the map.
“Although we currently aren’t serving food, we are in the process of developing a menu and I am hoping the newly fitted kitchen will be up and running by the end of July” says Aimee. “The concept will be American-inspired bar food such as burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken and Phat Doughnuts for after.
Weekly live entertainmentstaerted on Friday 17th July organised by Armageddon Promotions who put nights on at Bunkers Hill, Red's True Barbecue and The Malt Shovel at Beeston.
The long running Big Fleecy Quiz will continue to be hosted by non other than Al Needham himself every Wednesday at 9pm.
Regular DJ's on a Saturday night, Brewery Tap Takeovers as well as one-off Movie Quizzes will make up the rest of the diary of entertainment.
NOTTINGHAM BREWERY STRETCHES SOUTH OF THE RIVER
Nottm Brewery has acquired a majority shareholding in Harvey & Coombes Pub Co Ltd, the company that owns the Bricklayers Arms, Ruddington. The Bricklayers has been serving beer since 1865.
Philip Darby, Managing Director of the Nottingham Brewery said; “This is the first food and drink outlet that the 14-year old Nottingham Brewery have invested in south of the River Trent, and makes for the first of several significant changes within our expanding pub portfolio.”
Nottingham Brewery already owns the Nottingham Brewery Taphouse (aka Plough Inn, St Peters’ Street, Radford) situated next door to the bespoke cask and craft ale brewery operation.
The Bricklayers will be offering up to 5 cask ales with a range of Nottingham Brewery core beers and regular guest beers from interesting micro breweries around country, plus, Nottingham Brewery Regal, the breweries only craft beer, and one of the first local lager-style beers to be produced in Nottinghamshire.
Philip Darby adds; “We look forward to serving the people of Ruddington and hope they will enjoy all that the pub has to offer”.
Andy Heath, Nottingham Brewery Operations Director said “We welcome the staff at the Bricklayers Arms into the Nottingham Brewery team and there are no immediate plans to alter the running of the pub. Customers will start to see changes to the branding and operation across the summer.”
Currently there are seven pubs, a wine bar, two members clubs, a hotel with public bar, and golf club with bar in the idyllic village of Ruddington located 5-miles south of Nottingham. It’s easily reached by public transport. Ruddington had a population of 7,216 in 2011 (Office of National Statistics).
Wetherspoons Discount update
There has been a bit of confusion around the membership vouchers you receive on renewal and their use in Wetherspoons pubs. We have confirmed the following for you now and hope that this assists with any questions. This communication has been sent out to all the pubs by Wetherspoons commercial team, but as you can appreciate - with over 30,000 employees this might take a while to filter through to all. If you do receive a refusal, then please ask politely for the duty manager to clarify things.
Vouchers will be accepted on Monday club ales from this Monday 19th May
Vouchers can be redeemed against 2 x halves and 3 x thirds
Vouchers can be redeemed against the upcoming cider festival
Pubs Group (Conservation)Visit the Nottingham Pubs Group page here
Over the past few years we have become increasingly concerned at the continuing loss of so many of our pubs and we felt it was time more should be done about it.
We were referred to the Bristol & District CAMRA Pubs Campaigning Group, which promotes the use of community pubs, campaigns against the closure of pubs that are or could be viable and campaigns against unsympathetic alterations of pubs and suggested that a similar group should be considered for Nottingham. In their first 18 months the Bristol group has been very successful in saving a number of pubs, insisting on the restoration of the a pub’s historic interior following partial destruction, successfully opposing a change of use, influencing a large pub company to drop a restrictive covenant on the sale of one of their pubs and challenging the use of restrictive covenants elsewhere. They have also been making significant representation of pub interests on many planning applications in their area, as well as with local Councils, Lobbying MPs regarding related issues and raising the issue of the plight of pubs in the media including newspapers, radio and TV.
There seems to be support for such a group in Nottingham and so to move things forward we planned a meeting on 23rd January, at the Cross Keys on Fletcher Gate. This was the first opportunity to see if there was sufficient interest in helping to establish such a group and was the opportunity for anyone to learn more about what may be possible to achieve. Such a group was intended for anyone who was interested, it will certainly not be restricted to CAMRA members, indeed we don’t envisage this as a purely CAMRA venture, but anticipate other like minded groups wishing to be involved alongside us. Knowledge or expertise in the area of planning would be useful, but more important is a passion to see something done about the destruction of our city’s pubs.
If you are interested in this project but were unable to attend the meeting please email email@example.com so that we can email you some background information as to what can be done and more detail on how the Bristol group works. We will report on developments in the next edition of the Drinker and in our monthly email newsletter to branch members.