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Summer in Nottingham is always the best when the Aussies come to Trent Bridge. Castle Rock pubs are, as always, ready to welcome you...

There’s always a buzz in the air during the Ashes; a sense of comradery between the thousands of sunburned, short sporting cricket fans who flock to the city.

With our lovely hubs of pubs near the ground in West Bridgford and the city centre, Castle Rock has got pretty much everything you need to make your visit an excellent one.


Into West Bridgford just a few minutes stroll from Trent Bridge, you’ll find real ale oasis the Stratford Haven. The Strat will be open from 8am serving up special Ashes breakfasts including breakfast cobs and the full works for hungry hunters. From midday until 9pm, enjoy lighter lunches like freshly baked baguettes or a hearty main meal. The Strat is a great watering hole for real ale enthusiasts, so be sure to book a table if you’re wanting breakfast, lunch or dinner. Ring the pub on 0115 982 5981 or email stratfordhaven@castlerockbrewery.co.uk


Nestled in Lady Bay, the Poppy and Pint is open from 9am. In this welcoming community pub you’ll find the café bar serving cakes and coffee, locally roasted by Stewarts of Trent Bridge, and an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The Poppy is renowned for flavourful, homemade dishes and an excellent standard of service. Booking is highly recommended if you wish to escape the bustle for a slap up meal in this unique and friendly pub. Call 0115 981 9995 or email poppyandpint@castlerockbrewery.co.uk


Just a short walk over Trent Bridge towards Nottingham city centre, the latest addition to the Castle Rock family will be opening its doors at 8am. The Embankment is an iconic landmark, as a former Boots social club for the employees of Jesse Boot. The kitchen is open for breakfast 8am-11am, and in the large outside area you’ll find a Castle Rock outside bar serving up multi-award winning beers brewed just around the corner. Post-match on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, pop into for street food and live music. If you’re driving in for the Ashes, car parking is also available at only £15 per space, per day. Book your breakfast, lunch, dinner or parking spot by calling 0115 986 4502 or emailing embankment@castlerockbrewery.co.uk


If you’re travelling to Nottingham by train, or staying in the city centre, a visit to the Vat and Fiddle is a must. The Vat will be open from 9am during the Ashes for breakfast, and at 6pm opening the Harvest Pale bar and firing up the BBQ. On the bar you’ll find the full range of Castle Rock beers plus guest brews for local and regional breweries. If you fancy a break from the stands, why not book in a brewery tour? Prices start from just £12. Contact the Vat and Fiddle on 0115 985 0611 or email vatandfiddle@castlerockbrewery.co.uk

And more and more…

If you’re up for exploring beyond the crowd of cricketers, there’s a whole lot more to feast your taste buds on.


Located just a few minutes’ walk from Nottingham train station, the Canalhouse is a leading world and craft beer venue. It also boasts one of the largest outdoor beer gardens, made even better by its location on the canal-side. The canal even extends into the building, complete with two resident canal boats.


The perfect pit stop for visits into town, the Newshouse has a strong reputation in Nottingham for its real ale. Everything on the bar is stored and poured to perfection, so definitely deserves a visit if you’re a beer enthusiast.


Escape required? Nottingham city centre can get pretty busy on the weekends. If you need to escape the crowds, the heat, or a hangover, the Kean’s Head is the perfect hideout. Tucked away in the historic Lace Market, the Kean’s is renowned for its exceptional food, made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients, with a focus on classic and continental dishes.


Well. Look no further. Situated on Mansfield Road on the edge of the city centre, the Poacher has one of the longest standing reputations in Nottingham’s pub scene. It’s also the favourite of David Bumble Lloyd, so take a walk up and you may catch the legend that is. If not, you can chill out in the ‘Bumble Hut’ in the Poacher’s newly refurbished beer garden.