Vat and Fiddle

The Vat and Fiddle is Castle Rock Brewery’s beloved brewery tap.

Thirteen cask beers greet you on entering the Vat, showcasing the largest available range of Castle Rock beers. They are joined by guest beers from local and national breweries, and an award-winning assortment of ciders. You’ll also find a great selection of beers in keg, bottle and can, alongside a full menu of wines, spirits and soft drinks.

This 1930s art deco-style building sits beneath the iconic blue tower of Castle Rock Brewery. It is comprised of multiple cosy areas with the adjoining Golding’s Room and Visitors’ Centre.

To the rear of the pub, a large beer garden spills into the brewery yard. It’s the perfect spot to catch some afternoon rays and enjoy the freshest possible pint.

Between the Vat and the brewery is the Old Cold Store, an industrial event space with a private bar.

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Please note: there is no on-site parking at this pub however it has excellent links to public transport (and is only a short walk from the Nottingham Train Station).

Opening times

Monday: 11:30am-10pm | Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am-11pm | Friday and Saturday: Midday-Midnight | Sunday: 11:30am-9:30pm

*Open until midnight on bank holidays


Monday – Thursday: 11:30am-6pm | Friday + Saturday: 11:30am-8pm |  Sunday: 11:30am-5pm

On the bar

  • 13 x cask beer lines
  • 6 x craft keg lines, plus lager and cider in keg
  • A full menu of wine, spirits, real cider and soft drinks

Regular Events


Planet Earth: A Night of 80’s Bangers

Calling all 80’s music lovers! Get ready to travel back in time and relive the electrifying era of big hair, neon lights and unforgettable tunes!

Put on your leg warmers, crimp your hair and get ready to immerse yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere of the 80’s ‘New Romantic’ movement filled with the biggest hits from this iconic decade where fashion and music collided in the most fabulous way possible!

Plus, the beer garden will be open with 80’s tunes from 6pm!

Saturday 1st June 2024. From 8pm.


Takeout discount

30% off all bottles and cans for takeaway.

All day, every day. 

Match Day Burger and a Pint Deal

Show us your match day ticket and get a burger and a pint for £10!*

*Available for either the classic cheeseburger or the Moving Mountains burger (ve*). Drink option can be any Castle Rock beer, draught soft drink or small glass of wine. 

Mid-week Lunch Club

25% discount on any item from our food menu.

Monday to Thursday, 11:30am-3pm.


Monday Cask Club

10% off any pint of guest cask ale.

Every Monday, all day. Exclusively for Castle Rock app users.

Drink in for Takeout Discount

30% off anything from our craft beer fridge to drink in.

Monday and Sunday, all day.


Drink in for Takeout Discount

30% off anything from our craft beer fridge to drink in.

Monday and Sunday, all day.


Dog friendly

Family friendly

Outdoor seating

Food Served

Vegan dining

Event space for hire