Fine old school cask house. Fortunately the fact it’s up a hill is negated by going downhill on the way back to the city centre.... Decent if not inspiring beer selection, but it’s been doing what it does pretty well for about 30 years.
Visited October 2015 with beery friends. A bit from city center, but worth the walk. Friendly staff and great selection of beers served in good condition. Cosy, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Traditionel pub, spacy but due to the layput not that many seatings. Nice beer garden in the back.
Update: October 2015.
Much improved from last visit. Taking a lead from some other Castle Rock pubs they’ve added a number of "craft kegs" such as Thornbridge & Abbeydale on this occasion, to augment the dozen or so casks. They’ve also greatly improved the patio/garden area to the rear. Restored to "essential stop" status although I’d still rank it slightly below the Canalhouse..
Visited in 2012. Thought I’d put all my reviews from that trip in but obviously I hadn’t 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. It’s 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 wasn’t particularly inspiring. May have just been unlikely.
On a more recent (October 2014) visit to Nottingham we didn’t 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.
Fin (1146) 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 we’d just attended. This pub seems to be situated in the opposite direction (is it north of centre?) to many of the others, still this didn’t 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 isn’t 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.
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 you’re into things and lots of things to look at!
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.
A basic pub where the emphasis is most definitely on the beer.
The Lincolnshire Poacher is a Castle Rock pub run in partnership with Bateman’s. 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 Ratebeer’s most highly scored pub in Nottingham.
The outside is neatly painted but inside it’s rather basic. As others have said, there’s a sparsely furnished bar, a snug area and a conservatory. There’s 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 (I’d 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 wasn’t overly impressed but I’d 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 it’s twinned with the Lincolnshire Poacher, which makes me think I must be missing something here.
(Visited 15 July 2012).
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 Maisel’s 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.