• castle_rock_banner_v2 Posted on 25 May 2017

    Raising a Glass to Castle Rock – Nottinghamshire Brewer Turns 40!

    Whether you’ve been for a long walk through Nottinghamshire’s countryside, are catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, nothing’s quite like a sip of refreshing Castle Rock beer. Brewed with local pride and expert knowledge, every pint offers a delicious taste of Nottinghamshire.

    We have a proud brewing heritage here, and at the forefront of this is Castle Rock, who brew award-winning ales, which are distributed across the county and beyond.

    Ahead of their 40th birthday bash, we caught up with Head of Marketing, Lewis Townsend to discuss what makes Castle Rock beers special and to find out more about the plans for their birthday celebrations.

    What makes Castle Rock beers different?

    I

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 15 May 2017

    Celebrating 1 Year of Belgo in Nottingham!

    Belgo Nottingham, the brand’s first restaurant outside London, was one year old at the end of April. We went along to this unique venue in the Lace Market to celebrate with Belgian biers, rope grown mussels and other delicious treats off their brand new menu.

    Chatting to the friendly team, we were blown away to hear that in the past year the restaurant has served up more than 11,000 kilos of mussels and 15,304 bottles of beer in Nottingham alone. It is fair to say that Nottingham locals and visitors alike have fully embraced the spirit of Belgo (who serve up 52 craft beers – each accompanied by their

  • dav Posted on 25 October 2016

    Lunch at the Crafty Crow

    On a typical Sunday, the cobbled street that runs alongside the steep rise up to Nottingham Castle is always bustling with visitors posing for snaps with the Robin Hood Statue, or heading into the castle to admire the gardens, delve into the caves, or browse the art exhibitions contained inside.

    There’s a lot to do in this part of town, so it’s useful that there are plenty of spots to stop for a relaxing drink or a bite to eat. On this particular Sunday – which was particularly bustling as it was also a Heritage Open Day – we went along to sample the menu at the Crafty Crow.

    The first impressions are

  • D37MKK Ice skaters at the Christmas outdoor ice skating rink in the Old Market Square  Nottingham city centre England UK GB EU Europe Posted on 09 December 2015

    Christmas Shopping in Nottinghamshire

    It’s the time of year when that creeping sense of dread arrives, and the realisation dawns that it’s less than three weeks until Christmas day.

    Whether you’re sitting back safe in the knowledge that your Christmas shopping has been wrapped up nice and early, or are preparing to enjoy an annual panic as Christmas creeps up on you – there’s no need to fear. You can pick up some unique pressies and gifts from shops and attractions across Nottinghamshire!

    You might not realise it, but the Nottingham’s Tourism Centre is a fantastic place to grab some unique gifts and stocking fillers this Christmas, and is conveniently located in the city centre by Old

  • Bell Inn Posted on 03 July 2015

    A Charming City Pub Steeped in History: The Bell Inn

    We all know Nottingham is home to some of the oldest attractions in the UK, enticing visitors from across the globe. But The Bell Inn, located in the heart of the city, has perhaps one of the most colourful pasts making it an ideal cultural visit (not forgetting the beer!).

    One of 120 Friaries set up by monks in the area; The Bell is one of only 40 which still stand today. In fact the original beams still in place date back to 1420, making the building itself older than Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – The oldest pub in Britain.

    The much-loved pub even survived the Riots on Goose Fair

  • pump Posted on 17 March 2015

    Castle Rock unveils its range of spring brews

    Nottingham’s Castle Rock Brewery is a favourite among ale lovers – not least because of its ever-changing selection of beers which celebrate everything from Nottinghamshire heroes to our beautiful natural landscape. In today’s guest blog Olivia Auckland from Castle Rock tells us about some of the new brews for spring.

    Protecting the wildlife reserves of Nottinghamshire  . . . Back in 2001, Castle Rock began producing a range of beers called the ‘Natural Selection’, with donations from each pint made to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Over 13 years, Castle Rock has brewed monthly beers highlighting flora and fauna under threat, working to raise awareness with various launches and events. For 2015, the brewery

  • Greens1 Posted on 03 January 2015

    Brewing a recipe for success with Green’s Windmill and Navigation Brewery

    One of Nottingham’s best-loved attractions has teamed up with a local brewery to provide a vital ingredient for its latest ale in a partnership with celebrates the region’s rich local produce.

    Green’s Windmill – a 19th century restored windmill based on the edge of the city which counts Nottingham’s two Michelin star chef Sat Bains as one of its customers – has worked with the nearby Navigation Brewery to help produce its latest beer by supplying the malt. At the end of last year, around 50kg of malt by the windmill’s head miller David Bent using a set of traditional but electric-powered mill stones before it was taken away by Dom Flynn,

  • IMG_0874 Posted on 18 November 2014

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross re-opens to give the city more than just a great drinking experience

    Nottingham’s old music hall, the Malt Cross has been closed for the past few months while an exciting refurbishment of the building has taken place. A firm favourite with locals, the Malt Cross isn’t simply a place to purchase a pint, this place has culture and history in abundance. The refurbishment taps into this – and when I went to see it recently I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

    My guide was Matt Buck. Matt runs the Malt Cross and has been close to the work throughout. We started at the entrance to the old music hall and the changes in here are subtle but striking. It’s been given a lick of paint to

  • BF_2013_FFF_Logo_NegBl_89434086 Posted on 08 October 2014

    Raise a glass to the Festival Fringe Fortnight!

    Nottingham is currently in the midst of one of its largest and most eagerly awaited festivals in the calendar year – The Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival. It’s an event that draws in visitors from all over the UK and Europe, as they drool at the prospect of tasting some of the finest real ales and ciders on the market, accompanied by tasty treats and hearty freshly made delicacies. Not only can visitors enjoy the festival itself, which runs from Wednesday 8th October – Saturday 11th October, but they can also visit the many small festivals, offers and events being held around the city as part of

  • IMG_0803 Posted on 24 September 2014

    Exciting new beers on the way at Navigation Brewery

    Perhaps best known for its cask ales, the Navigation Brewery is a fundamental part of many people’s drinking repertoire when it comes to enjoying a fine pint in Nottinghamshire. Located just off Meadow Lane in Nottingham, the brewery is a relatively new business – but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the finest our county has to offer.

    With Sales Director Chris Cocking and Head Brewer Dom Flynn working hard behind the scenes, the Navigation Brewery has experience in abundance and a team that is committed to delivering the next great refreshing taste to beer lovers. The brewery, located to the rear of the Trent Navigation

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