FREE RIDE SUNDAY: the really good pub guide

get into the habit of making the most of your Sundays

If you want to do something a bit different with your FREE RIDE SUNDAY, but still want to spend it inside, infront of a nice warm fire, may we suggest you use your free ride in order to sample some real ales? Here we have put together a guide to our favourite 10 across trentbarton land. Drink it in!

1.Organ Grinder, Nottingham

Someone say Organ Grinder? It may also be referred to as the ‘Blue Monkey’ by some. This awesome pub has a single room with a lovely wood burning fire to warm you up with these cold frosty nights approaching. They have a brilliant selection of worldwide beers and lagers on draught and even in bottles varying from American IPA’s to Belgian fruit beers. Three traditional ciders on tap, a selection of lovely fine and fruit wines that you can really sip on their suntrap of a roof garden, oooo how fancy ey! Come on, what’s the excuse not to go?! They have fab cosy interior to make you feel like you’re just at home, log burning fire for those cold nights, irresistible pork pies and on top of that they have the most friendly staff!

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2.Burnt Pig, Ilkeston

Not been to Ilkeston before? Well, it has a brilliant pub called ‘Burnt Pig’ which opened back in 2015. It has four rooms offering you a relaxed drink with a lovely atmosphere. It’s a friendly local pub and has been expanded the interior makes you feel just like you at home. It has an excellent choice of real ales and cider with local brewed ales, but sometimes you may even get snacks for free if you’re really lucky!

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3.Roots Micro Pub, Kimberley

Get the rainbow one often? Well, make a stop off on the way at the Micro Pub which only opened last month. It has been converted from a gift/furniture shop but it reasonably spacious inside, with three different drinking areas including outside. This has been beautifully designed and has a modern and warm feeling as you enter.

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4.The Railway Inn, Mansfield

This is a true community pub. Situated near Mansfield railway station. In its very popular and busy environment it will always offer a very warm welcome to all. What can get better than four ever changing ales which are always on offer as are 2 ciders! Home cooked food is served all day also be sure to make an extra trip on music night which can’t be missed!

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5.The Chestnut, Radcliffe

You can’t beat The Chestnut. It has a pleasant and popular vibe to it with a smart 1920's style décor. This pub was originally called the Cliffe Inn before it was refurbished in 2006. They have many tasty real ales including ever changing guest ales usually including a beer from Brewster’s, a Grantham based brewery. That’s not all, it has a very homely feel to it along with an expansive home-made food ranging from stone bakes pizzas through to classic British dishes which will all be served in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Allowing you to forget about everything and enjoy the moment.

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6.The White Hart, Lenton

Can you believe this pub used to be a seventeenth century farmhouse! It first became Lenton coffee house and then expanded into the building we have today called ‘The White Hart’. This white pub is a prominent large, which has ’Meat and Eat’ Greene King branded pub which is spacious inside, with plenty of seating to choose form in the open plan layout, so there’s plenty of room for all the family with a small area set aside for pool. But wait, they have the most delicious Sunday dinner anyone could wish for because let’s face it who want to cook on a Sunday!

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7.Robin Hood and Little John, Arnold


Want to feel luxurious? Robin Hood and Little John Arnold is the one for you! Whether you’re just walking pass through or a regular each week, you are always welcome but also the staff are up for a chat anytime! The lounge is a luxurious area featuring details of the pubs history and that of the local area. The rear courtyard is a sun trap seating with a smoking area for all you grown up however this fantastic place allows small children which is also dog friendly. But these guys are proud to serve their fantastic real ale because that’s what they do! They have Real Ale which has a lot of soul, character and personally which will always be headlines of the drinks alongside there Cider, wines and spirits but also lager. The ‘Real Cider Wall’ behind the bar features 8 taps dispending real ciders from small local producers and further afield but this was also Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the year 2015, and National CAMRA Cider Pub of the year 2015.

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8.Bunny Hop, Langley Mill

Fancy something new? This Micro pub opened in July 2016. It has a warm friendly  1940s/1950s style. They have several pumps serving mainly locally sourced beers with up to 12 ciders. It has an outside area which is all private facing the south with a patio and grassed area with many plants, flowers and borders.

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9.The Crown in Beeston

This alehouse has expanded its ales to 14 and this includes real cider! The crown was crowned its winning East Midlands Pub of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Inside there is a very cosy atmosphere which is created by five distinct drinking areas for you and your friends but this includes a snug and three seat confessional area once used as a hideaway by the local vicar! The beer garden hosts events with snacks available all day. So why not hop on the indigo and treat yourself this winter.

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10.Horse and Jockey, Stapleford

Fancy some different ales this weekend? Well, The Jockey welcome you with 10 different choices including at least one mild or stout/porter, five which are LocAle accredited. But you can’t go wrong with hand pumped dispense real cider and Perry with other choices available. The pub with main bar area featuring sofas and a few high tables by a wood burner warming you up those cold frosty days. The pub is dog friendly, with water and doggy treats being provided. Food comes in the form of bar snacks, including locally sourced pork pies, sausage rolls, stottie rolls.

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