This place struck me as weird - a historical pub that is also a metal pub - but I kind of took to it. The music is far too loud for my old ears but the people are friendly and it feels more like a local than a tourist trap. The beer selection is pretty boring - about eight nationals on cask and nowt interesting in keg or packaged- although I did notice on my way out that they sell mead. Worth popping by, if only for the amazing caves under the pub (I think this is special arrangement only though) or to say hi to one of the purported 64 ghosts.
Well it certainly has ambience, but whether it meets your particular version of that is up for debate. Rough and ready rocker bar, OK choice of ales.
chriso (718) London, England | November 11, 2014| Updated October 25, 2015
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 curious amalgam of history and heavy metal and, not being a heavy metal fan, it doesn’t work very well for me. Still, it’s not as kitschy as the Trip To Jerusalem down the road. Note the late weekend opening hours, which you might find useful. The beer range is solid but not always the most exciting. Worth a visit but you might want to stick to quieter times of day if you’re not there for the music.
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).
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.
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.
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.