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Boudicca (576) London, England | September 15, 2012
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A “rock and ale” pub in a mediaeval building.
The Salutation vies with the Bell (claiming to be the oldest pub in Nottingham) and the Olde Trip to Jerusalem (claiming to be the oldest in England). The date on the wall outside says it dates from 1240, which gives it the edge over the Bell in terms of age at least, if not in ambience.
From the outside it looks olde worlde, a rare mediaeval survivor (and still a pub) when Maid Marian Way, the ring road, was brutally driven through the area in the 1960s. It’s quite olde worlde inside too except that it aims for a niche market, branding itself as “a rock and ale” pub. This is evident – loud music, tattoos and long hair abound. It’s a bit scruffy and not really my kind of place, but it does have about eight hand pumps of mainly local cask ale.
(Visited 13 July 2012).
beansoup (22) , | April 22, 2011
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If you ask nicely they’ll show you the caves under the pub. And if you give them money they’ll fill a glass with beer.
rosenbergh (412) Helsinki, Finland | January 5, 2011
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Quiet at 2 pm Tuesday.
Old and new put together. I’m not convinced if it works when they try to be old historic pub from 13th century and rock club at the same time. 8 casks. The food wasn’t that good either. Sorry.
Bosskie (4) , Netherlands | May 16, 2009
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I like places which feel authentic, feel like they have history, and ye olde salutation definitely goes a long way. Robin-hood like interior, ghost stories, a systems of caves underneath and a barman (at least when I was there) like a mix between Axl Rose and Alice Cooper, with old hard rock on the speakers. Fantastic place! This is the way Rock Cafe started off, I guess.
The beer selection is hopeless, but great for English standards :-) I think there were 6 or 7 rare ales on tap. Tried a couple which tasted better than they should because of the setting. :-)
Upstairs a small podium run by independent producer Zero. Got the impression this is a great place to see new stuff.
albertane (18) Nottingham, England | January 6, 2009
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Although they can’t prove their claim to be from 1240, there is a touch of the old world in the Sal, now touting itself as Nottingham’s "Rock ’n’ Ale" pub. With new management, its ale selection recently increased, with local selections from the Nottingham Brewery and Castle Rock regularly available. It also often has beers from farther afield, including Aberdeenshire’s BrewDog. It is also undoubtedly the best pub for cider and perry in Nottingham; they have several traditional ciders as well as bottled and keg varieties. Occasional beer festivals are held, particularly at Hallowe’en.
At the weekends, the rock music in the main room can be loud enough to inhibit conversation, but one can generally find a seat in a snug where it’s quieter.
The Sal also has one of the latest licences among Nottingham’s real ale pubs: they open until 2:00 a.m. at the weekends.
bhensonb (442) Woodland, California | July 10, 2007
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Interesting structure. Close to the "castle". Really enjoyed the food, and the ale selection was non-standard. All in all it is a great place.
Nekronos (132) Xalapa, Mexico | July 2, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very nice too. Some poeple say it is the second oldest Pub in the World, about the 13th Century. The selection of real ales is interesting. They have rock music and it is awesome.
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