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.
Christmas is coming! Here’s all you need to know
The festive season is just round the corner. We're getting involved across as many of our sites as possible. Find all the information you need here!
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.
Students, we’ve got you covered!
If you're a student and you're looking for a great deal in our pubs, look no further!
It’s Pilot Project Week!
Check out our Pilot Project showcase at the Barley Twist throughout the week of the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival! Read on to learn more...
It’s collab season! Here’s what’s in the pipeline.
Recently it feels like we've been collaborating with some really amazing breweries so we'd like to share a little bit more about what's coming up. These will all be launching at the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival this year, so be sure to come along to our stand and give them a try.