The Idea was Simple
When Chris Holmes opened the Old King’s Arms in Newark, it was an act of defiance against an industry dominated by monopolistic brewers. It was niche, believe it or not, to focus on real ale in homely surroundings.
The brewery opened twenty years later and, in 2010, we were catapulted into the spotlight when Harvest Pale was crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. We now have over twenty pubs in the Castle Rock extended family, brew a huge variety of skilfully crafted beers, and work hard to have a positive impact on the world around us.
Running great pubs and brewing great beer is still our humble life’s mission.
Castle Rock beers are brewed in Nottingham on our 65HL brewery, with a 160L pilot brewing kit for trials and experiments.
We source our malts and hops from a selection of trusted, quality suppliers, and many Castle Rock beers are fermented with our meticulously managed in-house wet yeast culture, which gives our beers their distinct edge.
The Castle Rock family is made up of an eclectic mix of venues across the East Midlands, including city-centre craft beer bars, traditional country pubs, and community-led pubs in the leafy suburbs. Each Castle Rock pub is as unique as the next.
We don’t believe in a “one size” approach to our pubs. We tailor everything we do the needs and wants of the community that each pub serves, while always upholding the values that matter most to us.
Romeo and Juliet at the Embankment and beyond this February
Nottingham Shakespeare Company have been busy rehearsing upstairs at the Embankment in the Vat and Fiddle's Old Cold Store for some time now... so, needless to say, we are thrilled to see performance come to life on stage! Read on for more information, including where for art thou can get tickets!
International Women’s Day 2024
Join us in celebrating International Women's Day this year with a beer, a brew day and fundraising for Nottingham Women's Centre
IBD Battle of the Breweries
This year's IBD Young Members Brew Day included two brew days, one hosted here at Castle Rock and the other at Attic Brew Co. The two beers created by young and early career brewers go head-to-head at the IBD Midland Section Dinner on 2nd February. May the best beer win!
Castle Rock’s Yard Party 2024
We have exciting news! Our annual Yard Party returns next year, on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2024. And, for the first time ever, we're offering super discounted weekender tickets, too.
#loveyourlocal – What does it mean to you?
Read on for more information, or use the hashtag #loveyourlocal to join the conversation.