A decent pub-crawl throughout Britain will never be complete without a visit to this one, I guess. The pub claim to be the oldest Inn in England, going back to 1189. It lies under Nottingham Castle and contains a labyrinth of tunnels, caves and rooms on different floors. It is a Greene King pub displaying at least nine ales by hand pumps. Local feel on a Saturday eve, not many tourist, in fact. Polite service. Unique atmosphere. Should not be missed (visited with Finn as our last place on a pub-crawl in Nottingham 20.02.2016).
Visited again in October 2015. Looks like they are definitely putting a bit more effort into their beer range. There were a couple of beers from Pheasantry brewery and a couple from Dukeries brewery alongside the usual Greene King fare.
Certainly a place worth visiting just to take a look but the atmosphere is rather compromisd by the fact that it is invariably full of tourists. And, being a Greene King pub. the beer range isn’t too exciting. However, on this visit (October 2014) we were pleasantly surprised to find a small but very worthwhile - 7 new beers for me - beer festival in progress so perhaps they are getting more interested in the beery side of things. My selection score reflects this, although it may be a false dawn. Unfortunately there wasn’t any room inside the inn so we had to sit outside in the cold. Whatever the beer situation, this is a place you’ll want to visit, if only the once.
Visited in october 2014, another great stop on our beery pubcrawl, and what a pub :-) Very cosy, with lots of small seatingareas in different levels. Half of the rooms seems to be inside the rock.. Ok selection of beers, served in good condition. When we visited there was a small pub festival in the beergarden in the back. Large seating area outside as well. A must visit pub if in Nottinghan, mostly because of the building..
If you like your heritage pubs then this is a must for you, the pub may not even be the oldest in Nottingham, but it hardly matters I suppose, this has the tourists flocking in. This does seem to destroy any ’pub’ atmosphere but it is an interesting place to be anyway, like a pot-holing excursion. The beer range seems to have improved a little since our last visit with a couple of guests.
Visited few years ago but I can see from these reviews that my impressions were right .. The place worth the visit just for the heritage of the interiors where you can imagine knights sipping the last drink before leaving for the crusaders .. I don’t know if it’s the oldest pub in England but anyway it’s for sure one of the older .. I don’t like green king beers so the selection is under average for me ..