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Medieval gem with history aplenty

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
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Beer festival

Castle Rock, upon which stands Nottingham Castle, is riddled by caves and passageways cut into the sandstone. The builders of this unusual pub made the most of this, incorporating some of the caves into the design of the inn, one of Britain’s oldest – founded in AD1189. The name recalls that soldiers, clergy and penitents gathered here before embarking on the Crusade to the Holy Land – doubtless they drank to their quest at the castle’s beerhouse before their trip to Jerusalem. Centuries of service impart instant appeal, from the magpie collection of furnishings in the warren of rooms to the unique Rock Lounge, and quirks such as the cursed galleon and the fertility chair. Beers from the Nottingham Brewery feature strongly, accompanying a reliable menu of old favourites like slow-cooked pork belly and Scottish scampi, to tapas style dishes, sharing plates, lighter mains and fish such as oven-baked cod, crayfish and spinach fishcakes. Several annual beer festivals are held.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Friday to Saturday 11am to midnight)
  • Lunch: all week 11-10
  • Dinner: all week 11-10

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: IPA, Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip, Nottingham guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, 2 or 3 times a year


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome

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