Fin (992) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 13, 2016
Ok this was pub number seven on our pub crawl around Nottingham, that me and Dad undertook on Saturday 9th April 2016. This is just around the corner from The Sir John Borlase Warren, in fact it’s very close a minute or two minute away at most.
The Organ Grinder is not too dissimilar to many modern pubs, i.e. simply furnished, light, spacious and airy. I guess some might suggest it might look a tad spartan but to counter this it could also be viewed as being clean, tidy and with an absence of clutter.
The beer choice is predominantly from the Blue Monkey range (there may have been some others I am not sure). The two youngish female staff were friendly and whilst they didn’t seem overly knowledgeable about the beers and styles they were more than happy to offer tasters and had an infectious enthusiasm and like others we joined in their Grand National sweepstake. The two beers that we had were in tip top condition and I have to say amongst the very best that we had today. I really liked this place, it wasn’t my favourite of the day but it was in the top three, it was a very good pub.
A great place to try Blue Monkey beer. While the cellar man is constant and sound, the bar staff changes frequently and therefore the quality of service varies. Little food to speak of. The upstairs is used for TV sport and there’s music regularly. So a decent vibe and a decent pint what more do you want?
Modern but unremarkable pub just off the city centre, counted at least 8 hand pumps when I was there. Sampled the chocolate stout and a copper coloured ale, both reasonable enough. I wouldn’t return though, there are far better pubs in this city.
One of many beer-friendly pubs around Canning Circus in the upper part of town. A main outlet of beers from the Blue Monkey Brewery, in fact eight of them on hand pumps in addition to a few guest beers. A rather large one-room in different levels and sections served by an L-shaped bar. Popular with a community feel on a Saturday eve. Friendly service and enjoyable background music from Small Faces, Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart (visited with Finn, 20.02.2016).
This place looks sort of like a regular neighborhood pub, worn a bit in a homey way. Just one big room downstairs, but then there’s a very nice multi-level terrace outside. But they do serve their own beers, which were pretty solid overall. And, more than just own or two - I think we counted eight, plus a couple of bottles. Sadly, they do not offer flights. Worth the short walk from the city center.
Fantastic Blue Monkey Pub. A bit out of the way but makes for a nice setting in the evening away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but still gets busy. Been many a time now and always a friendly atmosphere, barman could do with talking a bit more, but the range of blue monkey beers and foreign beers also is spectacular!
Visited october 2014 with beery friends. Traditionel, old townpub and it seemed a very local one. Good range of the Blue Monkey beers ( being a Blue Monkey pub ). The beers was served in good condition. Rather spacy pub with traditionel furnitures. Friendly staff. Another great stop on the rainy pubcrawl :-)
Last visited in October 2014. A decent pub with a stripped-down feel. They seem to have cut back on the number of guest beers as all but one (from what I recall) were from Blue Monkey on this visit. That wasn’t a problem as the Blue Monkey beers are generally pretty good and there were a couple that were new to me.
One of the cluster of worthwhile pubs around Canning Circus so well worth a visit. All the more so if you want to try a wide range of Blue Monkey beers.
I love Blue Monkey beers so this pub is great for people like me. They had 5 or 6 Blue Monkey beers on when I visited plus some guests (Sarah Hughes and Bateman’s). Not too far from the centre and it’s an area where there are quite a few good boozers for ale drinkers.