The Barley Twist, Carrington Street
It doesn’t look like much now, but wait till you see what we have in store for this place! For generations, the much-loved shop offered travellers and locals a multitude of choices of sweets in jars. Now we’ll be offering an impressive selection of keg and craft beers, real ale, bottled British beers and an extensive wine list. We will also be stocking a full range of merchandise items, including some brand new items. The Barley Twist has been leased by The Beer Consortium, an EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) company under the chairmanship of Geoff Newton. Other pubs in this group include The Embankment and The Fox & Grapes in the city’s Sneinton Market.
The pub’s development progressed following allocation of a grant as part of the city council’s Carrington Street Area Townscape Heritage Scheme to repair and restore the building’s Edwardian and historic features and shop front. Improvements include an internal staircase down to the extensively stocked wine cellar bar and a new frontage paying homage to the building’s legacy. Geoff Newton says despite the changes, original features have been reinstated or improved. “This includes the original and rediscovered floors and ceilings, we aim to give The Barley Twist the air of a graceful bygone age but well able to serve the busy traveller on the way to Nottingham Station, local residents and guests at the nearby hotels,” he says.
The Barley Twist at 91 Carrington Street is part of the Portland Hotel, currently undergoing improvement works as well. “And interestingly, though the hotel was a temperance house, it was built by the Hicking family who were wine merchants by trade. There’ll be no place for temperance now; instead we intend to create a city centre micropub that welcomes everyone.”
City councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, says: “We’re really proud of Nottingham’s heritage and pleased to help Castle Rock Brewery restore and preserve this unit sympathetically. This is part of the on-going transformation of Carrington Street back to the impressive gateway it once was. It’s the entry point to the city for millions of visitors every year, and so improving the look and feel of the street, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, is an important part of the wider plans to regenerate the southern side of the city centre and build a better Nottingham.”
The Barley Twist will be managed by Yvette Marshall who has spent the last 11 years in charge at the nearby Canalhouse. We are also pleased to welcome Sue and Alan Fielding, who will become our first customers on 12th December. The Arnold Market traders and former proprietors of the Barley Twist sweet shop will be there on opening day.