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Beer Available At Keanís Head (Castle Rock) (arranged by most recent)
Siren White Tips 92, Black Iris Bleeding Heart , Newby Wyke Banquo 52, Empire Big Red Torpedo IPA , Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Rhabarber 91, Liverpool Craft West Coast Pale , Castle Rock Bittern , Castle Rock Screech Owl 72, Castle Rock Preservation Fine Ale 43, Castle Rock Harvest Pale (Cask) 79, NÝgne ō Saison 93, NÝgne ō Pale Ale 96
chriso (436) London, England | December 1, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Last visited in October 2014. Seemed to have had a bit of a makeover since I last visited in 2012 to give it a bit more of a "cafe-bar" feel, but my memory may just be playing tricks. Still a comfortable and cosy spot. In the Lace Market area but on one of the quieter streets on the edge of it.
In common with some other Castle Rock pubs I noticed that the beer range had been revamped too. The cask range was more interesting and they had added a few solid "craft kegs" too - including Siren and Black Iris on this visit. Didnít look at the bottle list. Smaller range than Canalhouse but definitely worth a visit.
They seem to be putting some emphasis on decent food, but not such that it is dominant, but we didnít eat.
jjsint (190) Ely, England | August 3, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Very good Castle Rock pub on a quiet street in the Lace Market area. Six casks, 7-10 craft kegs and countless bottles offer everything a beer drinker could want. Castle Rock ales are always decent but itís easy to opt for the keg choices when they include superstars like Siren, To ōl, Beer Here and Partizan. An excellent choice in the self-appointed beer capital.
Mr_Pink_152 (53) Lincoln, England | March 21, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A quiet mind boggling selection of beer. Numerous cask offerings and a fantastic selection of top rate bottled beer. Packed out on my visit. I honk they do food but I was on my way for a meal.
moleha4 (46) , England | December 9, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good selection of cask and other beer in a pub with modern decor but still cosy. Guest cask beers during our visit were from Newby Wyke & Dark Star. Visited 07 Dec
DanielBrown (272) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | December 12, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Castle Rock pub, with a bar-style open plan layout. A nice, 20s/30s crowd of patrons. A few nice ales on, plus a crop of pleasant continental bottles. I had Rodenbach, which went down nice.
Boudicca (732) London, England | September 15, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice Castle Rock pub with a comfortable, local feel.
I liked the Keanís Head. Itís in a quiet street opposite St Maryís church and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Lacemarket. Weíd just come from Brewdog and the contrast couldnít have been starker Ė no bouncers on the door here! Nevertheless, the Keanís Head was quite busy too but it felt comfortable and relaxed. Thereís just one room, with orange tiles and tongue and groove walls. The age range was mixed, with no one trying to be hip.
There are six taps offering, when we were there, three Castle Rock beers and three guests.
(Visited 13 July 2012).
Jimmyseats (18) Sheffield, England | May 8, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little pub. Not an inspiring selection on cask when I visited, but what we tried was well conditioned. Good selection of bottles in the fridge, many Belgian, German and some Flying Dog, Goose Island, Anchor and Brooklyn. Didnít try the food but it looked good honest homecooked pub grub. Well worth a visit if your in the area.
albertane (18) Nottingham, England | August 26, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The small one-roomed Keanís Head has always been one of the best pubs in Nottinghamís Lace Market district, as recognised by a CAMRA Pub of Excellence award. With a recent change in management, it is already improving.
The six cask-conditioned beers (which often feature Castle Rockís monthly wildlife-themed beer and offerings from breweries like Newby Wyke, Crouch Vale, and BrewDog) are always in excellent condition. Possibly more interestingly, the Keanís has one of the best selections of bottled beers in Nottingham, featuring well-known but exceptional Belgian beers, a rotating selection from BrewDog, some of the better German bottled beers, and has recently added a small American selection.
The food, although not as fancy as gastropub fare, is always very tasty indeed and good value, since you can earn loyalty points toward free beer by participating in the One Over the 8 scheme.
The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, although it can become lively at weekends, when it attracts a very mixed crowd of people.
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