The Route to Real Ale Guide, produced in partnership by Nottingham City Transport, trentbarton, NET and CAMRA has a list of 46 different pubs in and around Nottingham that it suggests to visit

On their website they comment

“If you’re a Nottingham resident seeking out a new watering hole or a first time visitor to our city exploring the many delights it has to offer, the Route to Real Ale Guide is the essential companion when searching for the perfect pint!”

While hunting for food across this fair city and county, I am also taking the chance to check out as many of this pubs as I can.

I am treating the list in the same way as one of those old Panini Sticker albums, ticking them off below with corresponding posts as I visit them

1. Admiral Rodney (Wollaton)

2. The Approach (City Centre)

3. Blacks Head (Carlton)

4. Bread & Bitter (Mapperley)

5. Bunkers Hill (City Centre)

Bunkers Hill St George Bitter

“This pub is down the hill near to the Sneinton Market at the bottom of Hockley. It has a really dominant quite impressive frontage. I haven’t eaten here yet, but I understand that they do good pizzas on weekdays”

“My Food Hunt” – the bits that they should have edited out

6. Canalhouse (City Centre)

Canal House

“This is a great watering hole in a refurbished canal house. Inside there are even two canal boats moored. It has a decent menu plus bar snacks like scotch eggs and pies. Good selection of Beers including many Castle Rock favourites”

The Canal House Bar and Resturant – “Nice homemade Venison Burger”

Hunting Harvest Pale on the “Route to Real Ale”

7. Cross Keys (City Centre)

Cross Keys DSC06373

“This pub is pretty close to the Lace Market Tram stop right over the road from the Lace Market area. Good beer, and does food and is always busy with diners and drinkers. Not eaten here yet but sampled several guest real ales.”

“My Food Hunt” – the bits that they should have edited out

8. Crown Inn (Beeston)

Crown Inn Beeston Everards Sunchaser

“One of the Beeston Route to Real Ale pubs. Lots of little rooms and snugs inside to hide away and drink your pint. I had a good pint of Everards Sunchaser here. Food seems to be just pies, crisps, nuts, and sausage rolls. Nice Pub”

“My Food Hunt” – ‘Discovering the Route to Real Ale’ in Beeston

9. Hotel Deux (Carrington)

10. Flying Horse (Arnold)

11. Fox & Crown (Basford)

12. Gladstone (Carrington)

13. Hand & Heart (City Centre)

Hand and Heart

“This is a great pub to bring visitors from out of town to as it is carved into the sandstone rock of the city. The restaurant is at the back in a big deep cavernous cave. Good Beers and Good Food as well”

Hand & Heart public house – ‘A nice plate of Slow Cooked Belly Pork’

14. Hop Pole (Beeston)

The Hop Pole Harvest Pale

“This pub in Beeston was convienient for the Bus Stop back to town. It is right on the new tram line extension (currently being built). Had some nice pints of Harvest Pale in here.”

“My Food Hunt” – ‘Discovering the Route to Real Ale’ in Beeston

15. Horse & Groom (Basford)

16. Johnson Arms (Lenton)

17. Keans Head (City Centre)

DSC07098 Harvest Pale at Keans Head

Great Pub in the Lace Market next to the church with a lot of good guest real ales and many from Castle Rock as well. It does good food and sometimes nice bars snacks like sausage rolls. It also had a Pie and a Pint special some nights”

“My Food Hunt” – the bits that they should have edited out

18. King William IV (Sneinton)

19. Langtry’s (City Centre)

Langtrys Pub in Nottigham

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Langtrys

“Good pub for beer, can get busy but usually somewhere to sit most of the time. Has 8 rotating guest bitters, sometimes has Deuchars. “

20. Lincolnshire Poacher (City Centre)

Lincolnshire Poacher

One of my favourite pubs in Nottingham. It is just up near the top of Mansfield Road, has a great beer selection, decent honest selection of food, and is just, well just a classic.

“The Lincolnshire Poacher on Mansfield Road is such a mainstay in the real pub scene of Nottingham that it is hard to remember that it has only been open for around 25 years. In former times it was known as the Old Grey Nags Head, a former Shipstones pub, that was closed in the late 1980’s, which was just about the same time that I took my first stroll up and maybe down Mansfield Road on that almost classic Nottinghamshire City Pub Crawl”

Read more here

Lincolnshire Poacher – Great Beer, Good Food and Today a little ‘Meatball Mania’

21. The Lion Inn (Basford)

Lion at Basford

“The Lion at Basford is one of the pubs along the Nottingham Tram Line that should be on your list of pubs to visit. It has a lot going for it; a fantastic selection of beers and real ales, a lot of regular good music, and for a writer of a food blog and self confessed glutton, some pretty good food.”

The primary reason for our visit here today is to sample the offerings from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Burger Company, but we are also here for the beer too. They offer around 10 different beers on tap at any one time including a lot of local beers including those from the Blue Monkey, Castle Rock, Oakham, Navigation, Shipstones, and the Nottingham Brewery. You should also look out for the offerings from the closest brewery, The Black Iris Brewery which is no more than 100 yards from the back door! I am loving the beer local scene right now!

It is so easy to get here from the city, you just have to jump onto the tram and ride it up to the Shipstone Street Tram Stop. Once there just look to your right and you can see the back door to the place just 1 minute away up the rise.”

Read the whole story here


22. Malt Cross (City Centre)

The Malt Cross Pub Harvest Pale

“This pub used to be an old Music Hall and still has all the old features. It is good if you can get a seat up on the balcony. Usually get a pint of Harvest Pale in here and it also serves food. Well worth a visit”

Hunting Harvest Pale on the “Route to Real Ale”

Homemade Burgers at the Malt Cross

23. The Malt Shovel (Beeston)

24. Meadow Covert (Edwalton)

25. Monkey Tree (West Bridgford)

26. The Newshouse (City Centre)

Newshouse Public House Harvest Pale

“This is a small but nice pub. Decent beer and landlord. A bit quiet and old fashioned but good for your standard real ale drinker”

Hunting Harvest Pale on the “Route to Real Ale”

27. Olde Trip to Jerusalem (City Centre)

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

“Famed for being the oldest pub in England. Has a lot of good real ales, food, and best of all lots of rooms built into the caves. In the summer you can sit out in the courtyard at the front and get a great view of Castle Rock. I come here often”

Trip to Jerusalem – Testing the burgers with an out of town American

“All Hail the Ale!” The Ye Olde Trip Real Ale Festival

28. Organ Grinder (Canning Circus)

The Organ Grinder

Super Pub run by the Blue Monkey Brewery and serving a wide selection of beer from that brewery and also numerous other local brews.

The Canning Circus Circuit – Three Great Pubs for a mini pub crawl

29. Oscars (West Bridgford)


Great little bar inside the Beeches Hotel on Wilford Lane.

They serve decent beer including the excellent Castle Rock ales and also some decent food as well.

Oscars Restaurant at the Beeches Hotel – A decent little bit of Bar Food

30. Plough Inn (Radford)

31. Poppy & Pint (LadyBay)

The Poppy and Pint

“Castle Rock pub in an old British Legion in Lady Bay. Has nice food, and those lovely Castle Rock beers plus some guest beers. A real community pub it even has a coffee bar and a bowling green at the back”

The Poppy and Pint – Community and Beer

32. Portland Arms (Canning Circus)

33. Riverside Farm (West Bridgford)

34. The Salutation Inn (City Centre)

The Salutation Inn

“Another one of Nottingham’s Oldest Pubs. Caves underneath and rockers up top. Has decent beer and does food as well. Lots of bands play here upstairs if that is your thing”

The Salutation Inn – ‘a quick stop along the Route to Real Ale’

35. Samuel Hall (Sherwood)

36. Sir John Borlase Warren (Canning Circus)

The Sir Jon Borlase Warren

Nice pub with decent beer up at Canning Circus

The Canning Circus Circuit – Three Great Pubs for a mini pub crawl

37. Stratford Haven (West Bridgford)

38. Test Match (West Bridgford)

Test Match Hotel

The Test Match Pub on Gordon Square at the end of the High Street, run by the Greene King Pub Company, is a true classic in West Bridgford.  They describe themselves as ‘a beautiful Art Deco building situated at the end of the High Street in West Brigford. Great food, a large range of local ales and a relaxed courtyard area make this a place to visit for brunch, lunch or anytime of the day whatever the weather’ 

Read more here “The Test Match Pub, an Art Deco Classic, for Fish and Chips Friday”

39. Three Crowns (Ruddington)

40. Trent Bridge Inn (West Bridgford)

Trent Bridge Inn

The Trent Bridge Inn (The T.B.I) is a timeless classic located next to the Trent Bridge Cricket ground, home of Nottinghamshire Cricket and occasional home of England. Sadly it is now a Wetherspoons pub, but despite that it is still a great pub to visit and they do have one or two decent beers to sup upon.

Try ‘Something from the Grill section of the menu’ (we did)

41. Trent Navigation Inn (Meadows)

Trent Navigation Inn

“Just alongside the Canal near to Notts County at Meadow Lane. Nice Beers from the attached local brewery. The do food here as well, I especially like their Coronation Chicken sandwich and the Pale ale is good as well. Seats out back for the summer”

Trent Navigation – Decent Beer and Food by the Canal

42. Vat and Fiddle (City Centre)

Vat and Fiddle pub

“One of my favourite pubs in the city, it is a little of the beaten track about 5 mins away from the Railway Station. It is home to the Castle Rock Brewery” 

Hunting Harvest Pale on the “Route to Real Ale”

43. The Victoria Hotel (Beeston)

Victoria Inn Beeston

“Really good real ale pub next to Beeston Railway Station, great beer and really very good food. Highly recommend”

“My Food Hunt” – ‘Discovering the Route to Real Ale’ in Beeston

44. Waggon & Horses (Redhill)

45. White Horse (Ruddington)

The White Horse

The White Horse in Ruddington has recently been refurbished and re-launched as The White Horse Inn and Kitchen,  a ‘family gastro pub’ . I had not been into the old White Horse that much in the past, but when I had frequented it I would have described it as ‘comfortably scruffy’ and ‘somewhere to get a decent pint’. In past years, it had been known for having been pivotal in organising the annual Ruddington Beer and Cider Festival.

White Horse Pub and Kitchen in Ruddington

46. William Peverel (Bulwell)

The William Peverel

“This pub is easy to find in Bulwell. It is a Wetherspoons Pub so has their usual menu and beer list if you like that kind of thing”

The William Peverel – Bulwell

2 responses »

  1. Dan says:

    Im offended that you have left out The Golden Fleece on this… Cask Marque accreditted too

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