The Embankment was opened to the public on Thursday 12 November in a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Jackie Morris.
The building is owned by Nottingham City Council. The business is owned by The Beer Consortium an EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) company set up in late 2014 under the chairmanship of Geoff Newton.
Geoff says: “This is a fabulous building with an even more fascinating past. For many Nottingham people it was where they relaxed and played after a week’s work at one of the city’s most important employers. For others, commuting across Trent Bridge, it will have been unknown and private. Now though, it is open to all with a young energetic staff looking forward to giving a universal welcome to all.
“I’m confident it will become a place everyone can enjoy, both as a neighbourhood pub but also as a destination for good food, drinks and conversation,” he says.
Boots’ memorabilia has been made available from the company’s extensive archive to help reflect the building’s age and its place in Nottingham’s story over the past 100 years.
The new bar is The Dispensary, an attempt to recreate an old chemist’s shop with a mural at one end and contemporary pictures, friezes and furniture. The Arkwright, Lord Trent and Jesse Boot rooms continue the historical association. In total, the trading areas cover 5015 sq ft (466 sq m) on three floors making the Embankment by far the largest Castle Rock-run pub.
“It’s our intention to preserve the history and character of the building for everyone to enjoy,” says Geoff.
Speaking for the operators, Castle Rock Brewery managing director, Colin Wilde says: “This will be a classic Castle Rock-style pub. It’ll be for our neighbours in the Meadows area of the city; and have wide appeal to the conurbation and visitors to the nearby cricket and football grounds. By retaining all its fascinating features; its oak panelling, stained glass windows and fine décor, we pay homage to its former life as a chemists’ shop and social club.”
Following the opening, small building works will continue particularly in the basement area.