Group Co-ordinator Rob Johnson – Please use the Message form below to contact me)
Venue Various local pubs – See list of visits below
Meeting dates Third Thursday of the Month
Meeting time 7pm – 10:30pm (ish)
Additional charges N/A

This group is for those with an interest in beer and cider… drinking it, tasting it, exploring new varieties and visiting agreeable pubs in congenial company. The group meets once a month, on the 3rd Thursday evening, to visit one or two pubs in order to sample the brews on offer. There are many suitable venues between Southwell and Nottingham along the No. 26 bus route.  All pubs selected are within a very short walking distance from stops on the bus route, so Group members can take advantage of this service and leave the car at home if they wish. We catch the bus that arrives at Wheatsheaf Court as soon as possible after 19:00 hrs and return on the bus that leaves as near as possible to 22:00hrs. This gives us about 2 hours to sample the wares, usually at a couple of pubs, and gets us back to BJ at about 22:30hrs.

A list of proposed expeditions for 2024 is shown below:-

Jan 18th           Nott’m (Sneinton) – King William IV, The Fox & Grapes
Feb 15th Carlton – The Brickyard and The Free Man
Mar 21st Southwell – The Admiral Rodney
April 18th Thurgaton – The Red Lion
May 16th Nottingham (Sneinton) – The Bath Inn and The Fox and Grapes 
June 20th Southwell –  The Coach House and The Hearty Goodfellow
July 18th Nottingham – The Barrel Drop and The Hop Merchant 
Aug 15th Southwell – The Final Whistle 
Sep 19th Lowdham – The Old Ship and The Magna Charta 
Oct 17th Nottingham – The Bell and The Roebuck 
Nov 21st Nottingham (Sneinton) – King William IV and The Fox and Grapes
Dec 19th Burton Joyce  – The Nelson and The Wheatsheaf

BJD U3A Beer and Cider Tasting Group – The Bell and The Roebuck –  October 19th 2023

Historic Interest:-
The Bell is a Grade II listed building and has a heritage interior rated by CAMRA as being of Some Regional Importance! Built around 1437, The Bell claims, along with Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Ye Olde Salutation Inn, to be the oldest pub in the city. The pub was re-fronted in c.1820 including ‘Bell Inn’ in relief letters. Most of the remaining historic fittings date from changes made in 1928. The Bell is one of the oldest pubs in the UK and a favourite with Nottingham’s Real Ale crowd. Usually busy and quite vibrant, it felt a bit empty on Thursday night and the little side room where we were was closed off at 9-o-clock, so we pushed off round the corner to the Roebuck…

This Wetherspoons pub is also located in a Grade II listed building; on St James Street, opposite the Malt Cross Music Hall, which, itself, was formerly known as the Roebuck, so lends the name to this pub.

Historic Interest:-
The Roebuck Inn was originally constructed around 1770. It has been, in turn, two houses, warehouses, works and shops. It is cited by Historic England as – “An example of the adaptation of houses to serve as workshops and warehouses, common in the Nottingham lace and textile industries before c1850”. Not everyone likes Wetherspoons venues, which can seem a bit grim sometimes; however, this one is quite agreeable. Well furnished and decorated, with a lively, mixed clientele and the usual wide range of well-kept beers at spectacularly low prices; for example a pint of Ruddles best Bitter was only £1.77. I found that a round in The Roebuck was about half the price of a similar order in The Bell…

As we walked back to the bus stop at 10-o-clock it was noticeable that the Old Market Square area seemed to be inhabited mostly by groups of shrieking students. Nottingham city centre is not really my “cup of tea” these days. Maybe it’s an age thing….

Rob Johnson, Group Coordinator

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