Castle Rock, upon which stands Nottingham Castle, is riddled with caves and passageways cut into the sandstone. The builders of this unusual pub – one of Britain’s oldest – founded in AD1189 – made the most of this, incorporating some of the caves into the design of the inn. The name recalls that soldiers, clergy and penitents gathered here before embarking on the Crusade to the Holy Land. Beers from the Nottingham Brewery feature strongly, accompanying a reliable menu of old favourites like slow-cooked pork belly and Scottish scampi, to sharing plates, lighter mains and fish such as oven-baked cod, crayfish and spinach fishcakes. Several annual beer festivals are held.
Closed: 25 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 11–11 (Friday to Saturday 11am to midnight)