Seven real ale pubs, clubs and cafes on Nottingham’s Mansfield Road led by the Poacher and the Forest Tavern are joining forces to re-establish the street’s legendary status as the city’s best beer trail. For four days from Thursday 12 May, the venues from the southernmost Peacock to the last gasp Forest Tavern, with the Lincolnshire Poacher, Fade Café and Golden Fleece among others en route promise customers over 100 real ales and ciders, live music and special menus. The Nag’s Head and Rose of England complete the seven pub line up.
Those who complete the Holy Gr-ale visitor’s card will be given a suitably decorated souvenir bottled beer donated by Castle Rock Brewery. For more information and terms & conditions see here.
Karen Williams at the Lincolnshire Poacher believes it’s about time Mansfield Road regained the crown it held for generations of Nottingham people who like to stroll and sup. “Every city has its favourite ‘run’ and, in this spot of landlord co-operation, we’re all getting together to give our guests something special. There’ll not just be a wider than usual range of beer and cider tastes. We alone are adding 30 real ales and ciders to our normal selection. There’ll be great live music too scheduled throughout the days and evenings. In fact, the food, drink and music tastes will be broad to suit everyone.
“There are seven of us on both sides of the thoroughfare, and so it’s less than a very responsible quart a day to complete the trail and win the souvenir bottle,” says Karen. “And if you seek silence, the music at the Poacher is between 2 and 5pm.”
Late night Holy Gr-alers are welcome until 2am at the Forest Tavern / Maze at the top of the hill. “We’re happy to be both the first or last stop on what is surely one of the best street pub walks in England,” says manager Ben Brettell, “And everyone is sure of a warm welcome.”