Lincolnshire Poacher (Castle Rock) | Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
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Lincolnshire Poacher (Castle Rock)
Good based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

161-163 Mansfield Road
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire England NG1 3FR [ print map ]
0115 941 1584 | twitter

Hours: Mon-Wed 11:00-23:00, Thu & Fri 11:00-00:00, Sat 10:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-23:00

Mayor: chriso (1) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 20

Lincolnshire Poacher (Castle Rock)

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Beer Available At Lincolnshire Poacher (Castle Rock) (arranged by most recent)
Cottage Blindside , Ossett Victoria , Wadworth Swordfish (Cask) 43, Totally Brewed The Simcoe Kid
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10 reviews for Lincolnshire Poacher (Castle Rock)
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  67%
 Value  73%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  82%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
chriso  (507) London, England | October 25, 2015
Update: October 2015.
Much improved from last visit. Taking a lead from some other Castle Rock pubs theyíve added a number of "craft kegs" such as Thornbridge & Abbeydale on this occasion, to augment the dozen or so casks. Theyíve also greatly improved the patio/garden area to the rear. Restored to "essential stop" status although Iíd still rank it slightly below the Canalhouse..

Visited in 2012. Thought Iíd put all my reviews from that trip in but obviously I hadnít so apologies for the lateness.
A laid back, well-worn sort of place a bit of a walk up the Mansfield Road from the city centre.
For many years the Lincolnshire Poacher was widely regarded as one of the premier beer venues in Nottingham. Things have moved on somewhat so the options in the city are rather wider these days. Itís a Castle Rock pub so you will invariably find some of their beers but a fair few guests too. On this occasion, however, the choice wasnít particularly inspiring. May have just been unlikely.
On a more recent (October 2014) visit to Nottingham we didnít find time to visit the Lincolnshire Poacher but did notice that some of the Castle Rock pubs around town had adopted a more adventurous approach to thir beer range than used to be the case so the Poacher may be among them. Will need to visit again to find out.

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (799) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 20, 2015
We visited here on Friday 16th January 2015 we being me & Loz. We came here at the end of the evening following the J.Mascis gig weíd just attended. This pub seems to be situated in the opposite direction (is it north of centre?) to many of the others, still this didnít stop it being a popular place, it was fair rammed on our visit, if not quite when we arrived certainly as we left. You enter at the RH side of the pub ahead of you a corridor runs alongside the edge of the bar to a backroom and toilets. The bar is at the front of the pub just to your left and a further room is off to your left, there is certainly more space in that room, though we were lucky and managed to bag a window table right near the bar. Beer choice was good a bank of handpumps and kegs offering a wide choice with local breweries such as Totally Brewed and Thornbridge alongside the owners of this pub Castle Rock. The vibe here was great, lively, a little noisy with lots of chatter, a good mix of ages and very engaging and knowledgable bar staff. This would be a great local, its lived in but clean and tidy, it isnít the sort of place that is sniffy, pretentious or bothered who you are or what your background is. This would be high on my list of revisits when next in Nottingham a classic model of a pub that caters for just about everyone.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
MrBlueSky93  (19) Sutton Coldfield, England | January 7, 2015
Great little pub, went on a saturday night, was very busy but was served quickly. Good prices, friendly staff, and comfortable seating. Plenty of activites like darts if youíre into things and lots of things to look at!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer  (186) London, England | April 26, 2014
Great place with huge selection. Nice pub, quite big.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (705) Banbury, England | March 17, 2013
Laid back drinkers pub north of the city centre, nicely busy on a Saturday afternoon with a bit of a buzz, friendly and helpful staff and customers. There is a decent beer range with a mix of Castle Rock and guest beers. Rather basically fitted out but still comfortable enough. I really quite like this pub.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | October 7, 2012
A basic pub where the emphasis is most definitely on the beer.

The Lincolnshire Poacher is a Castle Rock pub run in partnership with Batemanís. As well as a range of mainly Belgian bottles it has twelve or more hand pumps - ostensibly an impressive list - yet there was nothing new here for Chris apart from the Castle Rock Mink, part of their Wildlife series. I must say I was a little disappointed, given that this is Ratebeerís most highly scored pub in Nottingham.

The outside is neatly painted but inside itís rather basic. As others have said, thereís a sparsely furnished bar, a snug area and a conservatory. Thereís also a rather scruffy yard at the back with benches, the odd barrel and a collection of mops. When we were there two hairy young chaps wearing dirty jeans emerged from the kitchen (Iíd seen one of them earlier serving food) for a quick fag. (For American readers, that means to smoke a cigarette, not anything more). All in all, I wasnít overly impressed but Iíd go back to give it a second chance if I was in town and had time to make the short trek out of the centre.

Incidentally, when we were in Amsterdam recently I noticed that the excellent In De Wildeman was advertising the fact that itís twinned with the Lincolnshire Poacher, which makes me think I must be missing something here.

(Visited 15 July 2012).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
albertane  (18) Nottingham, England | August 25, 2010| Updated August 26, 2010
This excellent Castle Rock pub has won Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year multiple times. They have a reasonably broad selection of real ales, always including a mild and usually a stout or porter in addition to the usual Castle Rock range. Like most Castle Rock pubs, they also have Maiselís Weisse and Veltins. Unusually (for Nottingham, anyway) they have an occasional guest keg beer, which in the past has included BrewDog Punk IPA and La Chouffe. The pub has three distinct areas, an outer room with wooden benches, a more plush snug area, and a conservatory. The service from landlady Karen Williams and her staff is always outstanding, and the food is worth a try. If you are visiting Nottingham, this is one absolutely not to miss.
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 19, 2007
About a mile North. A very authentic place amidst a plethora of Indian restaurants that donít open before 5 or 6p.m., so probably very few customers in the early hours, but the service is still very good, helpful and the casks display a solid selection of 7-10 real ales. Certainly worthy a stop if you want to take some air since all the other pubs are so close from one another.
haddonsman  (56) Derby, England | July 10, 2005
Lovely little pub just up the hill from the main shopping centre, usual Tynemill fayre plus interesting continental draught and bottled (particularly for Notts which doesnít have a great foreign bottled beer scene), early on itís a great place for a quiet pint and to read the papers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
maeib  (12) Wootton, Northampton, England | June 15, 2005
Traditional old style pub which is part of the Tynemill Group of real ale pubs about 20 minute walk from train station. The walk there is hilly but buses do serve Mansfield Road. There are 4 rooms in total, one of which is just stools and the bar whilst a sdecond is non-smoking and a third a conservatory. Staff are attentive. The food is home-cooked and represents good value. Service of food is speedy. Hearty rolls are also available. 8 real ales are served in addition to 3 continental lagers; Leffe Blonde and a guest continental beer (De Prael Andre Lentebok on my visit). There is also a real cider in addition to the keg cider, Guinness and dead lagers. Twenty or so bottled (mostly Belgian) beers available ranging from Fruli fruit beers to Cantillon and Boon lambics and Rodenbach Grand Cru. The pub and the pub toilets are clean and hygenic and smoke can easily be avoided if desired. Overall a very pleasant real ale haven in a progressive city. Also worth spending an hour or two in

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