There are a few very old pubs in Nottingham, and the Bell is one of a handful which has a claim to be the oldest in the city. It's quite a charming building, certainly worth exploring, but the beer isn't up to much at all. Abbot and the GK house ale are complemented by a smattering of mostly macro keg (they had Punk but it was off so I opted for Meantime London Pale Ale). It's rare that I find an establishment with no ticks for me, but this was one such occasion. Not an absolute 'no' from me but it really only holds interest for historical purposes.
Archaeological evidence suggests earlier brewing activity here than at the famed Trip to Jerusalem but this is less well preserved. As others note it has potential but it also has a clientele who have been known to kick off and a staff hardened to this eventuality. But for GK, it has decent beer and nooks. Maybe it will reinvent itself
I approached this pub with some trepidation, it being a Greedy King house but my fears were unfounded. Very lively when I was there, my pints of Titanic Plum Porter were tasty enough, and the beer range was generally quite imaginative, prices not too bad either. Food seemed very popular, solid enough pub for a couple of pints.
Not bad for a Greene King pub. Two characterful bars off to the left and the right as you enter. And a third larger more modern addition at the back, where we headed for a gravity cask festival. All dark beers, as it turned out. Nothing too exciting, but a nice change from goldens. Worth a look.
Visited october 2014, with beery friends. Large, old and traditionel town pub, with several bars and lots of seatings. Being a Green King pub, they had a good range of beers from them. The beers was served in good condition, by the friendly staff. They do traditionel pub food, but we didn´t eat, but it looked very nice. Wifi as well :-)
chriso (718) London, England | December 1, 2014| Updated October 20, 2016
Last visited in October 2014. A historic and atmospheric pub just off the main square in Nottingham. There are a number of little rooms off the corridor leading to the larger, main bar at the back which is rather less atmospheric than the rest of the pub. It’s a Greene King pub but there’s a larger range (including their trial and "craft" beers), with more guests, than usual. Also, on this visit there was evidence that they had recently held a beer festival. Unfortunately it had finished and they had just dismantled the stillage. However (as with the Trip To Jerusalem - qv), it does indicate that Greene King may be taking more of an interest in the beery side of things at this pub.
Definitely worth a look.
From the small frontage you would not imagine quite how big this pub really is, it goes a long way back, multiple rooms and corridors. There is a small bar at the front and a much larger one at the back with more beers available. A little more choice than many GK pubs, so really worth a look.