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.

Cock & Hoop

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. Choose from 50+ Craft Beer cans available, or enjoy something off their extensive spirits & wine menu while you tuck into one of their delectable menus.

You can expect high quality favouties from their Brunch & Lunch menu with dishes like a Croque Monsieur and Eggs Florentine. We also highly reccomend their Afternoon Tea and All Day Pizza menus, with some amazing options including a pepperoni, red onion, mozzarella, and honey pizza.

Try and catch their Hoppy Monday offer, where you can take advantage of £2.50 on Cask pints, £3.50 on Craft pints and 25% off craft cans & bottles all day. Or enjoy an offer on drinks when ordering food from their sandwich or pizza menus!

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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.


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

The Kean’s Head is situated in Nottingham’s historical and vibrant Lace Market. It is a charming and cosy single-room pub, nestled opposite the picturesque St. Mary’s Church.

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 opened as a Castle Rock pub in the late 1980s, rising from the shell of the Old Grey Nags Head. The Poacher quickly earned a steadfast reputation for quality and choice of cask beer – a distinction it has never lost.



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