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Plainsman, Mapperley

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Three pubs in a row here, this one Wetherspoons and behind that the Bread & Bitter so plenty of choice. I would come here to watch the footy.
Nice big area with plenty of seating. 2 large flat TV's
8 hand pulls, 2 for Greene King IPA, 2 for Abbott 2 for Old Speckeled Hen
1 was unused and the other had OLd Trip wich I tried and found to be very nice for 2.75 a pint.
bjbrummiejohn - 19 Sep 2012 07:42
Was invited to the Plainsman by a great offer and decided to check out Mapperley Top as a fresh venue for pubs & dining. Nine of us arrived and we parked two cars at the Plainsman to dine there. Not being familar with the local nightscene we decided to look at what the area had to offer. Within three minutes of leaving the cars, they were both ticketed and fined a total of 150. The staff said it was nothing to do with them. Luckily we visited the cars before spending any money in the pub because we realised then that we could no longer afford to dine there. We will never tread foot on Mapperley Top again if this is the welcome we can expect. So be sure that if you visit the pub, do not step off the premises, you must drive off the premises.
penniless - 28 Feb 2011 20:57
There's been a change at The Plainsman and it's definatly for the better! After not visiting the pub since around June 2010 after recieving poor service we decided to give it another go on a Sunday evening for a meal early doors which I must say the food, standards and service were absolutely spot on! We stayed on for a few extra drinks as the staff made us feel so welcome and ended up staying to enjoy the Northern Soul Night which was absolutely FANTSTIC!! We will definatly be returning much sooner rather than later this time.
coby - 21 Feb 2011 23:17
One star is one too many for this place ! Last year we had a wonderfull christmas day dinner here the staff were welcoming,friendly and very efficient our every need was catered for. The tables were dressed beautifully, festively with crackers and candles ,there was a small gift for each child and a bottle of wine for the family. Subtle christmas music played in the back ground ,the food was beautiful, well presented and served promptly, with a smile ! As we had, had such a wonderful time we decided to book again for this year and take all the family. WHAT A BIG MISTAKE !!!! Our sitting time was 2 o clock we arrived only to find our table not ready. When we asked how long until we could be seated we were assured that it would only be a few minutes. 15 minutes later we were still standing around amongst seated diners feeling very awkward. 2:30 we had been seated at an unset table surrounded by agitated,rude staff still waiting to be served our starters. when we approached the (so called) manager to complain we were given very little confidence that the situation would improve. Things got WORSE when we dared to ask for our christmas crackers and butter for our starters the waitress returned and slammed them down on the table. THEN AN INTOXICATED SUPERVISOR (off duty) proceeded to verbally abuse us !!!!! HAPPY BLOODY CHRISTMAS !!! BRING BACK THE PREVIOUS MANAGER AND STAFF PLEASSSSE !!!!!
hallam72 - 26 Dec 2010 00:55
Since being vastly renovated few years ago,& since the demise of the Local Mapperley,ne Porchester,this pub has changed from locals local,& now attracts the weekend crowd.Can be extremely busy Friday & Sat nights-20mins wait at the bar is not unknown & not worth it.Bouncers on the door weekends,keeps the trouble down.Beer not memorable,live music when I last visited,with Sky sports playing above bands heads! Within a few metres of Bread & Bitter (great beer) & Wetherspoons,so you can always escape.Much quieter in the week,always attract the older folk.
chris65 - 14 Mar 2010 20:08
I went to this pub with a few friends for something to eat near Christmas time. Never been here before but found it very pleasant and bar staff were friendly. Food was pretty good to say how cheap our meal was as well!

The other people in the pub seemed to be mostly family groups or older groups. Didn't notice any 'thugs' or 'drug users' unless they were in disguise as pensioners! There were a couple of builder men at the bar who looked like they were in for a pint or two after work (are builders now categorised as thugs?).

All in all I would definately go back here again.
soundslikeit - 11 Jan 2010 16:06
I don't agree with the previous review by "Ken Barlow5571" posted on October 24 2009.

The Plainsman usually has a different drinking clientel to the other 2 neighbours and I do go in all three of the local pubs.

I go in The Bread and Bitter for a drink, the JDW for cheap beer, to meet mates and spend CAMRA vouchers and the Plainsman when I take my wife out.

Enough said.
8100bob - 1 Dec 2009 17:37
This pub used to be pretty decent around a year ago.
Now it seems to attract a lot of 'thugs' and drug users. My last visit I witnessed two youths taking what appeared to be cocaine in the toilets. The manager even walked in and completely ignored the issue. This was my last and final visit.

At least the other pub next door has a zero tollereance on this kind of behaviour.

I would not advise on visiting the plainsman. What could be a decent establishment, has been ruined by the current management team, and the rejects that now drink in there.

A truely dissapointing pub.

kenbarlow5571 - 24 Oct 2009 19:10
Much better than the Woodthorpe Top (but so is every pub in Nottingham).

Not as nice a place to spend an evening as before the re-furb, but certainly a great place for a few drinks before heading out somewhere else
uccvg - 16 Mar 2009 15:02
A truly astonishing makeover. The place is totally unrecognisable from it's previous days. I have been going in here since about 1972, though not as a regular, but more often since I moved nearby 2 years ago.

It used to be a mainly pensioners pub , but with a public bar for the younger element. It is now much larger,well furnished and attracts a wider range of punters. They have also taken the wise step of having both Sky Sport on as well as live bands. The two pubs next door ( Woodthorpe Top and Bread and Bitter) are both ' silent' .

It was very busy at 3 in the afternoon whereas previously I doubt whether you would get two people in there at that time.

We now have three excellent pubs all within a two minute walk from me.Just a year ago we only had this one which was then a pretty boring place.

Mapperley is now attracting hundreds of new visitors, just to go on a pub crawl .
davidchar - 9 Dec 2008 10:18
The Plainsman is now owned by Greene King and has re-opened after a couple of months during which it has been enlarged and had a complete refurb in quite a dark style.

The staff were friendly and efficient when I visited on a Wednesday evening with a friend. The pub was very busy and the beer was OK I tried Greene King IPA which was average, and Speckled Hen which was good. Neither are my favourites.

This pub competes with a Wetherspoons next door and the Bread and Bitter next door but one and looks like it will attract the older customers who like the quieter traditional suburbs pub. There were certainly plenty of pensioners in amongst the patrons of various ages drinking and eating. I didn't try the food.

All in all a good suburbs pub typical of Greene King but I'll be in the Bread and Bitter unless I'm meeting older friends.
8100bob - 4 Dec 2008 09:31
An average local. It will have to improve if it wants to survive with the new Tynemill pub being build next door.
Nottinghamian - 10 Nov 2007 12:55
A traditional locals' local selling a range of Hardy & Hansons beers
Cobbo - 15 Jun 2004 21:04

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