Canalhouse (Castle Rock)

4.4/5.0 17 reviews
48-52 Canal Street
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire England NG1 7EH

0115 955 5060
  thecanalhouse.co.uk
Mon-Wed 11:00-23:00, Thu 11:00-00:00, Fri & Sat 11:00-01:00, Sun 11:00-22.30

Mayor: Travlr (2) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 50+
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Fin  (904) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 10, 2016


We (me and Dad) visited The Canalhouse, Saturday 9th April 2016. So within the space of a 5 minutes stroll we visit our least favourite pub of the day the bland, identikit JDW called Joseph Else to this, The Canalhouse, the total opposite, admittedly it’s an equally large affair but it’s canalside location and amazing interior are unlike any pub I have ever been to, this exudes atmosphere.

I have to say this pub must be totally unique, two canal boats are moored up inside this pub (yes inside) a small metal humpback bridge takes you over and across to the bar side. loads of original features exist with large sturdy iron supports, rivets everywhere, plenty of wood and all within an impressive solid and sturdy brickwork building. A great choice of seating with plenty of comfy sofa options to also choose from. With the canal basin extending inside, this must be a unique pub.

The beer choice was fantastic, a large bank of keg and cask offerings with Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical, Torpedo, Gloucester Chinook, Heavy Industry Belgian Pale, Black Isle Hibernator, Mad Hatter Hare of Darkness and as you would expect from the landlords of this place there is also a good selection of Castle Rock beers on cask. I only noticed after we’d taken our beers back to the table that we could have had 1/3 measures. Btw the bottled beer selection was equally impressive with a bank of chillers behind the bar displaying a huge choice of beers from the likes of Beavertown, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Founders, Wild etc and note many of the choices were not the usual suspects.

I loved it here, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable the prices were very reasonable, actually on that particular point I also noted that you could have any 5 1/3rds of keg offerings for a tenner. You could easily sit in here for a couple of hours, there is also a lot of outside seating so in better weather one could sit quite close to canal basin. Great pub, my favourite in Nottingham.

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rune  (612) Tromsø, Norway | March 7, 2016
A rather large pub on two floors close to the railway station and with a patio by the canal side that should be really nice in the summertime. The festival Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire was on with 51 real ales on gravity so we spent most of the time at the first floor drinking beers from the county. The main room has a long bar displaying about ten cask ales, some interesting craft beers on keg and a wide range of bottled beers. Wood and brick interiors, even with a narrow canal boat inside. Attentive service with recommendations at the beer festival. Brit pop music in the background. If it hadn’t been for our Nottingham pub crawl, we could easily have stay here much longer (visited with Finn 20.02.2016).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Finn  (131) Tromsø, Norway | March 4, 2016
On the canal. Some of it even inside! Old packhouse / industrial building. Many floors. There even was a festival on when we visited. Nice seating outside.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (848) , England | October 27, 2015
Visited on Sunday afternoon in October 2015. Good range of beer but nothing too inspiring on our visit. Stopped for lunch which was OK, prices were decent. Beer quality was OK, sat over the other side of the canal from the bar and there’s quite a weird illusion of the water moving around the moored barge. At least there’s somewhere to tip a poor beer. It’s a decent place and would go back and try it again.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2340) Washington, Washington DC | October 8, 2015
Unique place that straddles a canal, complete with a canalboat inside the pub. But the draw here is the range, both of craft as well as cask, including an extensive bottle list. Covered patio that overlooks the canal. And we met the Nottingham cowboy here. What more can you ask for in a pub?
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
davidtjm  (47) Berlin, Germany | November 29, 2014
Nice pub close to the train and bus station. The interior is tastefully modern and the service was very good. When I was there they had a SIBA festival with 50 kegged British craft beers on upstairs which were quite aggressively priced. Nice place
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
chriso  (522) London, England | November 10, 2014| Updated December 1, 2014
Last visited in October 2014. I’ve always liked the building - a bare board pub in an old canal warehouse with dock, complete with two narrow boats, actually inside the pub. What’s not to like? Roomy terrace out by the canal too. But the beer range was a bit pedestrian - half a dozen or so casks, mainly Castle Rock, with a couple of guests. However, things are really looking up on the beer front. As well as the usual cask selection they have 10 or so "craft" kegs. These included a couple from Freigeist, 6 Degrees North, Firebrand & Weird Beard on this occasion. They do 5 x third pint taster trays of those. A sizeable bank of bag-in-box ciders too, didn’t count the number. Also plenty of decent bottles but we didn’t need to look at those. So there really is something for everyone in the drinks department (unlike BrewDog). Service was fine, atmosphere was lively but relaxed. Haven’t eaten here. Promoted from "worth a look" to "essential visit".
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Brugmansia  (548) Jylland, Denmark | October 19, 2014
Visited October 2014, with beery friends. What a surprise getting into this pub, the first thing I saw was 2 narrowboats in water - in the pub!!! :-). Easy to find, within walking distance from city center, placed just next to the canal. Very cosy place, nice beer selection, both on tap and in bottles. Good range of ciders as well :-).. If you order 5 sampels ( keg ) you can get 1/3 pints. Lots of outdoors seatings. They do tradiitionel food as well, didn´t eat though. Serviceminded staff, for sure worth a visit :-)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (798) Banbury, England | August 17, 2014
Rating Aug ’14. What an improvement in here since my last visit, there is now a superb range of beer, comfortable, interesting and reasonably friendly along with being atmospheric. Now best in Nottingham for me.
Rating Mar ’13 = 64. Large pub right on the canal, the canal in fact takes up part of the building. The bar is very big and a little impersonal, there isn’t a great deal of atmosphere to be had. Probably much better on a sunny afternoon with all the outside seating. Good but not loveable.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jjsint  (400) Cambridge, England | August 3, 2014
One of those ’wow, just wow’ pubs. 6 cask (Castle Rock plus a couple guests), 10 craft keg and 8-10 ciders/perries. Plus over 100 bottles from all over the world. The canal & moored boats running through the pub is a nice touch, but this place is all about the beer.

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