With the nights growing darker and the weather growing colder, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up in some cosy armchair with a pint of real ale next to a roaring log fire to truly warm your cockles. Whether you’ve just finished a frenzied afternoon of Christmas shopping or you need a bite to eat after a bracing winter walk, there’s something for everyone in our round-up of homely hideaways for you to visit this festive season.

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A roaring fire… The Cock and Hoop

Located in a period building in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market and above the old leather tanning caves and tunnels, the Cock and Hoop’s open fire is the perfect way to warm up your frozen fingers. Sip on one of their local real ales while you tuck into some of the irresistible nibbles from their AA rosette menu, including chorizo cooked in cider, homemade pork pie or hummus-stuffed pimento peppers.

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Pint-sized and intimate… The Kean’s Head

Situated opposite the picturesque St Mary’s church is the multi award-winning Kean’s Head, well-established as one of Nottingham’s finest hidden gems. This cosy and inviting one-room pub is small but perfectly formed; a great place to escape the Christmas market crowds on a frosty evening. Enjoy one of the traditional cask ales, real ciders or draught keg products alongside fresh and flavourful homecooked fayre.

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Watch the world go by… The Cross Keys

Steeped in hundreds of years of history, this charming wood-panelled pub on Nottingham’s Byard Lane has truly stood the test of time, and today it’s a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by on a winter afternoon. Indulge in one of the hearty British classics on their menu – such as homemade pork pies and scotch eggs – washed down with a pint of real ale.


Cosy nooks and crannies… Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Nestled beneath the cliff upon which Nottingham Castle stands, the oldest inn in England has many a spine-chilling story to tell - but thankfully there’s plenty here to warm you up, too. From the roaring log fire to a wealth of cosy nooks and crannies and snug lounges to curl up in, this ancient inn was a cosy pit-stop for many a weary traveller in years gone by and we can see why visitors still follow in their footsteps today.

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Enjo a cosy atmosphere at… The Lincolnshire Poacher

The Lincolnshire Poacher is one of Mansfield Road’s gems and a firm favourite in Nottingham’s real ale drinking scene. Offering up to a dozen cask ales at any time and a menu of delicious fresh food, it’s a great venue in which to while away a cosy evening, especially if there's a spot of live music on! Those who aren’t afraid of a bit of fresh air can even huddle up beneath the heaters in the large, high-walled beer garden at the rear.

This blog was written by Sophie Milne, Communications Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Cock & Hoop Pub
Cock and Hoop Pub | Visit Nottinghamshire
Kean's Head
Kean's Head

Situated opposite the imposing St Mary’s church, in the historic and now, culturally vibrant Lace Market area of Nottingham is the small, but perfectly formed, Kean’s Head.

The Cross Keys
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The Cross Keys

Steeped in hundreds of years of history and renovated to the highest standards The Cross Keys one of Nottingham's finest gems. This late Victorian pub serves a modern British based menu washed down with a high quality range of real ales, ciders and wines.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham

Situated at the foot of Nottingham Castle and nestled in the sandstone cliff rock, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is England's oldest inn and a landmark of Nottingham history.

Lincolnshire Poacher
Lincolnshire Poacher

The Lincolnshire Poacher has been part of Nottingham’s real ale drinking scene for so long that it’s easy to forget that it only opened in the late 1980′s, rising from the shell of the Old Grey Nags Head which had been closed by Shipstones.



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