ManVsBeer (1735) Hebden Bridge, England | June 14, 2014| Updated November 27, 2014
Underneath the castle in a hard to miss white-washed building against the rocks of the city centre’s most prominent hill, this is a pub full of old world charm. It’s a tourist heavy place given the guide books point to it as the oldest inn in England, and if you’re in any doubt about the various publications claims it’s also written on the side of the building. It gets its fair share of tourists, including myself on my visit in 2012, but there’s no reason not to come here as there’s a decent range of ales and the various creaky and irregular wooden heavy rooms to sit and sup in are very atmospheric, and for those who prefer fresh air there’s a nice enough outdoor patio area right next to the building.
Reputedly the oldest pub in England and, as a result, something of a tourist trap.
The Olde Trip is built into the caves under the castle and has a warren of rooms upstairs and down, including a couple roughly hewn out of the rock. In the ward room (presumably once some sort of prison), there’s a ship hanging from the ceiling, a game involving a horn on a string which can be swung to hit a battered copper plate on the wall (those mediaeval knights certainly knew how to enjoy themselves!) and a nice brick fireplace unfortunately lit not with real coals but fake ones.
It ought to be fabulous but I found it cold, draughty and somehow lacking in atmosphere. Mid Friday evening in July it wasn’t doing much trade apart from a small party of foreign tourists eating their dinner in silence.
There are eight hand pumps, mainly Greene King and Nottingham Brewery, and the service was efficient if perfunctory.
(Last visited 13 July 2012).
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.
Apparently the oldest pub in Britain dating from 1189 IIRC. An absolute must visit as it’s so close to the Castle Grounds and literally right under the Castle Hill, many of the walls being encarved in Stone. Pretty well aerated also for such an old place. Just the setup gives it a very warm, middle-age feel that easily manages to remain authentic. Friendly, enthusiast staff seems to feel privileged from their work environment. obviously, the patrons will often be tourists, but it’s precisely that: an attraction that happens to serve a few well-conditioned real ales inclusing their own Olde trip that I must confess not being a fan of.
This is historical. Looks fabulous outside. And inside ain’t bad either. Comfy and pleasant. A bit touristic. Might be even more in the summer time. Excellent service. 8 casks. Definitely worth visiting.
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 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..
See haddonsman’s rating for the nitty gritty. Food was great. H&H is hard for me to find, so I was quite pleased. Loved the food. Watch out for the locals - they may try to fleece a tourist at the old ring entertainment.
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.
This is no doubt a tourist destination. The offering of beers is nothing special but the main reason to come here is the atmosphere. Stop in after touring the caves and castle for some food and to tick Greene King casks.
The low ceiling rooms feel as if they’ve seen lots of conversations and pints. The lunch specials weren’t terribly priced but did feel as if they could have been about £0.50 cheaper for what you got. Still, duck in here before making your way across town towards Brewdog and the other pubs.