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It was a bit of a trek to get to the Plough. But, this is the brewery tap for the Nottingham Brewery. As McRoyal states, it's a traditional local boozer with 2 bars. Everybody was crowded into the single room on my visit. But, it was reasonably quiet. The 4 Nottingham ales on offer were Extra Pale Ale, Legend, Rock Bitter & Rock Mild. There was also a guest - Red House, a ruby porter from Whim. The real cider was Broadoak Moonshine. Nice pub. But, difficult to reach on a crawl.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Apr 2019 18:23
We are now talking classic boozers here - this is a terrific pub regardless what previous reviewers might think!! Two bars in the old style (public and lounge) with central servery and home-brewed ales. The Rock Bitter was excellent so I stayed with it while my mates tried the other brews - all in good nick and with our CAMRA discounts very well priced. The landlady couldn't have been more friendly and even guided us to some of the other pubs in the city (we were aiming to get to some new ones this visit). However, we stopped in The Plough for that extra pint as we all enjoyed the place so much. Pub games and
reference books abound (for crossword lovers etv)and there are some interesting old pictures around the walls.
A number 28 or Y28 bus will take you to the Ilkeston Road and you get off at the old White Horse pub by Nottingham Gate retailpark/student flats - it's a short walk up St.Peters Road from there but do make the effort. If you like traditional boozers with good beer then this one has to be recommnded.
mcroyal - 1 Dec 2013 14:51
Visited this pub on spec on Friday. Tried a couple of pints of Rock Mild, ditto Rock Bitter, ditto Robin Hood bitter - all superb.

Liked it so much we went back on Saturday and had similar.
Prince_of_topers - 18 Nov 2013 13:12
Being attached to the Nottingham Brewery, this pub gets on the map more than it would otherwise do. I was very disappointed by my latest visit (the previous being a number of years ago on an organised pub tour). There's a lack of attention to detail here, a comment that is summed up by the state of the garden area. I fully expected the Nottingham Legend ale to be excellent, but it was at best average. Very disappointing all round. A real ale pub attached to its own brewery that has only 5 customers (all male) in the place between 1.30pm and 2.15pm on a Sunday lunchtime needs to have a serious look at what it has to offer.
oxybrig - 16 Sep 2013 09:36
No blasts of steam or shrill whistles from Trainman today?
Is he chuffing away quietly in a siding somewhere?
Or hurtling along like an express, er, train?
cavalieri - 8 Aug 2013 19:52
Went here to meet friends from all over the country on the 27th. top rate Nottingham brewery ales and a nice chatty landlord who didn't seem phased when ten total strangers pitched up and drank thier way through the entire card. This was probably because we doubled his takings for the night. Can't believe that this pub is so empty with such great beer on offer.
427scr - 29 Dec 2009 14:37
Fine traditional locals pub to the west of the City Centre. This is the home of the Nottingham Brewery, situated behind the pub.

It's a two roomed pub with a central servery. The public bar on the right has a tiled floor with long wooden tables and comfortable seats. In an alcove is a dart board. The saloon bar on the left is carpeted and cosier. There's leaded frosted windows. At the back is a largish garden.

My pint of Nottingham Legend - disappointingly served in a Deuchars IPA branded glass - was in fine form. As well as other Nottingham Brewery beers, Banks and Taylor SOS was on as a guest beer.

There's a collectors card which entitles you to a free drink once you have collected 10 stickers. Oddly enough, this offer is extended to Carling and San Miguel, as well as the Nottingham Brewery beers. Not quite as good as the Castle Rock "one over the 8" promotion, but still not to be sneezed at if you're a regular.

The pub is listed in CAMRA's 2009 GBG and is well worth seeking out.

Finally, I'll update Trainman's earlier posting - the pub now stays open throughout the afternoon.
JohnBonser - 28 Jul 2009 13:10
nb. I notice the pub closes 14:30-17:00, Mon-Wed.
trainman - 9 Sep 2008 17:11
Adjacent to Nottingham Brewery and, even at 12:00 first knockings on Sun, the beer was in sparkling condition. All from next door - Rock Bitter, EPA (e for extra), Legend, Mild, Bullion, 150 Not Out (ran out, haha), Supreme (listed but n/a – awaiting next brew date). Large high-ceilinged traditional pub which looks original but I read has needed some restoration to remove the abuse incurred when controlled by some larger pub companies, if so, the result is seamlessly good. Enter & turn right to public bar with solid wood tables & chairs surrounded by distressed leather banquettes, a mosaic stone floor, large alcove providing separate area for dartboard, old brewery photos adorn the walls and bottles crowd around the high shelves, plasma in far corner was quietly showing grand prix. Opposite, to the left of the central bar, is the carpeted lounge where chairs & settles are upholstered, to the rear a tarmac beer garden with picnic sets and grass plot beyond. Both rooms have working fireplaces and the nearby dimples in the floor are testament to hobnail-booted workers stamping cold feet in days of yore. Refreshing to see simple signs at the bar proclaiming ‘fresh cobs, made to order’. We have to mention another undoubted asset to the pub; guv’nor Simon is a big, friendly, larger than life character and was a thoroughly good craic, cheers mate. Radford is just 5mins by bus from Nott centre (£1.50) or a taxi here is only £4, a must-visit if in this neck of the woods. You can read more if you add dotcom to nottinghambrewery.
trainman - 9 Sep 2008 17:07
An absolute gem of a pub, right next to the Nottingham Brewery. Fabulous beers - had both the Rock Bitter and the Legend which were perfect. Very friendly landlord. The best in Nottingham along with the Vat & Fiddle and tough to choose a favourite out of the 2. One of a very few pubs I have given a 9 to - the perfect 10 being reserved for a pub like this, but with free beer.
Tigerdrinker - 7 Sep 2008 22:12
Definately the best pub in Nottingham. The Nottingham brewery beers are all excellent, and the food (although choice is rather limited)is cheap and plentiful.
Nottinghamian - 10 Nov 2007 12:52
An absolute gem of a place, great beer brewed on site keeping prices down, staggeringly good value as well.
kenincamden - 3 Aug 2007 12:55
Visited on 09/03/2007. All beers in superb condition, very friendly staff and local drinkers at the bar at approximately 1800 hours. Wide mix of clientele including families using the public bar.

Exceedingly good value for money, with most of the beers around or little over £2 a pint. The home-made hamburger and chips, at £2.50 for a large plate, was excellent.

I was on a daytrip to Nottingham on the 9th, and the taxi fare to this pub was virtually made good completely by the savings!

Remains one of my favourite pubs in the UK, and the 10/10 marking remains well deserved.
lad_newton - 20 Mar 2007 15:56
Outstanding pub with some of the best beer you'll find anywhere - EPA is superb. A very friendly place and worth going a little out of your way to get there. As David's written, "Fantastic"!
Jim_G - 23 Sep 2006 14:26

The best in Nottingham by far.Friendly staff and good ambiance.

Toilet does let it down though.
beerdragun - 13 Apr 2006 16:34
Just been voted Nottingham Pub of the Year by CAMRA. A bit off the beaten track but well worth the walk.

Beer far too drinkable. Very welcoming.
palmwinedrinkard - 2 Jun 2004 11:40
Legend is my new favorite!
Look out for Nottingham university real ale society committee in T-shirts sponsored by the Nottingham Brewery.
Charlie - 1 Jun 2004 03:40
david - 29 May 2004 15:26
In my humble opinion, this gem of a pub ranks amongst the best in Gt Britain! The brewery tap for the Nottingham Brewery. The beers are exquisite - I recommend "Legend", Rock Bitter and EPA, amongst the 7 or so beers available. Guest beers feature in addition.

On Tuesday nights you MUST try the home made curry (complete with nan bread for only £1.50!!)

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and it is worth making a trip to Nottingham just to visit this pub. I came from London with a mate for the day & thoroughly enjoyed my evening visit here - 't was one of the highlights. The Good Beer Guide describes this as a "real pub for real people", I can't find any better words myself - highly recommended, nothing compares! Visit and see for yourselves!
lad_newton - 19 Feb 2004 14:01
Cock and Hoop had a brief spell on tap but then EPA was recovered and Milton Colossus 5.6%ABV is the guest and is ace.
Charlie - 5 Dec 2003 16:38
Chaz's Suggested Routine:
Rock Bitter
Sooty oatmeal stout/supreme
[Chilli with the first pint on Thuresday]
Charlie- T-Room Master- Foster - 16 Nov 2003 16:34
Home of the Nottingham brewary, this pub serves all of their own ales, plus several guests, and serves some good food, including a free bowl of chilli wiht your first pint on a thursday night. Friendly and cosy atmosphere and brewary tours available.
Tom - 10 Nov 2003 17:47

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