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Falcon Inn, Nottingham

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It wasn't very far to walk from the Sir John Borlase Warren. But we still managed to get the wrong entrance and stumbled into what looked like a cocktail bar. The barman seemed quite relieved we didn't stay. The Falcon is a small pub with a good ale range - Oakham Citra, Titanic Plum Porter, Welbeck Abbey Jess Canadian Summer & Red Feather, Abbeydale Bootlegger & Oldershaw Heavenly Blonde. Ciders were Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze & Lilley's Mango. Has much character.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Jul 2018 22:44
English Heritage do a fine job in placing Blue Plaques upon the former homes of the nation's notables, but as far as I know, none have been assigned to pubs where the same might have passed just as much time, and, moreover, rubbed along with the ordinary men and women of the day.

Cinephiles might be acquainted with the film Withnail And I by Bruce Robinson, about some of his days as a young man with his friend, the now late lamented Vivian MacKerrell.

Viv was a Nottingham man, and in the 1980s the Falcon was one of his preferred venues, in which to Quaff The Finest Ales Of Merrie England. Well, Shipstone's at any rate. His fellow drinkers probably recall his eloquent imperatives, as to the choice of music on the jukebox, and I spent many a ten pence piece on repeated discharges of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay", the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and the rest.

I'm pleased and touched that the Shipstone's mirror is still there, but I don't hold out much hope for the jukebox, nor for a Blue Plaque.
Hulots_hat - 19 Feb 2018 19:08
Cracking former Shipstones pub, now run by Lincoln Green as said below. Had 2 well kept pints of Hood bitter back in March here, friend who is a lager drinker also had the Hood bitter and enjoyed it. Traditional friendly pub which also has the old Shipstones sign hanging in the little room to your right. Don't try the Torkard Tipple tho, barman gave us a sample - it tastes of coffee unless that's your thing
soco1982 - 7 Aug 2014 09:08
This pub has ben completed refurnished both inside and out and is now a super little bar with a small snug off to one side. There is also a room upstairs which I think will be for functions. It is the new outlet for Lincoln Green Brewery from nearby Hucknall but does offer 3 other guest beers. We enjoyed the Marion Pale Ale and the Hood Best Bitter as well as trying the Aviation from the new Doncaster Brewery. Very friendly and chatty barman (who I think is part of the owning company) and told us about the beers and their association with the Fellows Morton and Clayton pub (by the canal and station). No food as yet but they did offer home-made scotch eggs and pickle. We had a good couple of beers each in The Falcon and it adds to the delights of the beer drinking around Canning Circus. A good additional to Nottingham's very impressive real ale scene.
mcroyal - 1 Dec 2013 14:12
A one-room tavern situated on the corner of a busy road.

Mediocre, traditional pub with a mediocre beer selection. That's all that can really be said. Nothing spectacular about this place whatsoever.
siddo - 20 Aug 2010 19:46
8pm sat night 28/6/08 nice pub nice outdoor terrace watching the cars from both sides Adnams bitter superb pity that it took over 20 Min's to get served it was not that busy two on the bar young girl possibly training ? the other lady helping her out food smelt nice even before i crossed the road posher crowd in there.
anonymous - 1 Jul 2008 21:36
Under new ownership and now almost back to it's former glory. Unfortunately some of the refurbishment means that the traditional feel of the place has gone forever, but the new owners have worked hard to make major improvements.

The place would have to be described as cosy. It's a small corner pub in the middle of Canning Circus. 4 ales on. 3 regulars and one guest. Adnams bitter, Deuchars IPA, Black Sheep Bitter, and Abbot were on when I went. The Adnams is top notch, and tastes exactly as it should.

There was a real fire which was very welcoming on the cold and wet night I last visited. The manager or landlord was very friendly. A good mix of clientele (male and female, young and old), which is always a good sign.

The new restaurant upstairs has had rave reviews. I've not visited yet, but intend to.
Compare this with my last review from September 07. The previous owners didn't last long, and no wonder.
Slake - 12 Feb 2008 20:11
Used to be a great pub until it changed hands a few months ago. Tastlessly and pointlessly redecorated. The curry I had upstairs was one of the worst I've ever had, with melted cheddar cheese in it instead of the paneer I'd ordered.
Slake - 14 Sep 2007 00:21
Pub is good; well kept beer; not impressed with the restaurant though
anonymous - 4 Jan 2007 18:54
Now an Indian resturant with beer, Yuk. I'll not go back. It used to serve good food :-(
Tony_S - 1 Jun 2006 11:11
I thought the restaurant food somewhat overpriced. My chief criticism, however, would be of the exceptionally haughty waiter who made us feel uncomfortable throughout the meal.
anonymous - 18 Jul 2005 10:53
Good unpretentious pub. Small bar area. Good beer. The restaurant upstairs is supposed to be fantastic but why go upstairs when there is a bar on the ground floor.
palmwinedrinkard - 11 Jun 2004 13:43
Nice pub, nice clientele.

They usually have Adnams Broadside and a couple of other real ales on.
Cobbo - 4 Jun 2004 22:54

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