Pubs in Nottingham

From decadent boozers in listed buildings to sleek gastropubs in up-and-coming areas, Nottingham boasts a solid selection of spots to sink back the pints. Like the rockstars we are, we've gone on tour around city and put every one of these wicked watering holes through the paces - sampling dish upon dish and pint upon pint (selfless, we know). We've crunched the numbers and analysed the data, and finally, the results are in. Here is our list of the best pubs in Nottingham... supported by science (sorta)! 

Last updated on 16th May 2022

Housed in a grade II listed building from 1877, The Malt Cross is one of the expansive and iconic pubs in Nottingham. Offering up much more than exceptional food and drink, a trip to the The Malt Cross is an unforgettable experience. Here, you'll have the chance to go on a guided tour around the music halls that used to live here, as well as traverse the sandstone caves here too!

Poppy and Pint

649 user reviews 5

Expect delicious eats from the cafe bar, an extensive range of local and international ales and plenty of space in this homely hangout in Nottingham. Poppy and Pint is a former British legion popular with visitors and locals alike. 


399 user reviews 5

Marrying grand design and its Grade II listed status, the Embankment pub was originally designed by the architect Albert Nelson Bromley, who was also the guy behind some of the most distinctive Boots pharmacy buildings in the early 1900s. Located just off the side of Trent Bridge, head over for their Beer Consortium, tasty food and one of the prettiest pub experiences in Nottingham.

Faradays, Nottingham

65 user reviews 4

One of Nottingham's best pubs, Farradays is serving up craft beers and real ales on tap. The Victoria Street watering hole is also keeping punters fed on British classics and showing all the latest matches on HD screens.

Horn In Hand Nottingham

32 user reviews 5

A quirky pub near Rock City, Horn in The Hand is known for its colourful decor and unbeatable drink deals. Call by pre-gig or head here on the weekend to dig into a menu of tasty bar snacks while catching up on the latest sports fixtures.

The Pit & Pendulum is a quirky pub that's filed with unique, spooky touches. Toting Victorian-inspired interiors, antiquarian charm and vintage trinkets, the venue balances its unique interiors with simple yet effective menus of classic pub grub and signature cocktails.

Looking for a Nottingham pub with a gorgeous beer garden? The Willow Tree certainly fits the bill. From an outdoor space fronting greenery and a pergola, to a choice of pool tables or dartboards inside, it's a great place to head to.

The Cross Keys

22 user reviews 4

The Cross Keys is the David Beckham of the pub game - it's loved by all and gets more and more gorgeous as the years fly by. This charming gastropub in Nottingham dates back over 200 years, yet still, it remains to please punters with its boundless character, smashing selection of real ales, and its awesome offering of gastro grub. All of this is tied together by a wonderfully warming atmosphere. 

This canal-side boozer is one of the most unique pubs in Nottingham. Constructed around the areas original architecture, Canalhouse actually hosts an internal canal basin running inside the venue! But more than just a quirky hangout, this Notts restaurant bar boasts one of the largest selections of continental beer in the county. To soak it all up, you'll find a menu full of classic British dishes. 

Looking for unpretentious gastropub in Nottingham? The Larwood & Voce is a truly delightful spot that offers up a menu of gourmet dishes, yet still boasts a unassuming, homely atmosphere. Head down and spend the afternoon in this warming venue, eating and drinking the day away. Expect great food and drinks, as well as an awesome outdoor space for those late summer evenings!