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Published on October 28th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker


Tales from the North ND118

Andrew Ludlow reports from the fringes

In the last edition of ND mention was made of the re-opening of the Old Green Dragon, Oxton. The pub had been shut for a while and its chances of remaining a pub seemed small until Dave Brett, a former Nottingham businessman, now based in Switzerland, heard about its plight. Having parted with a figure in the region of £500,000 the pub’s new owner oversaw the redevelopment of the pub, restoring it to how it had been before it had been ‘modernised’.

Remarkably the pub is again a true village community pub with effectively a number of separate drinking areas – one of which has been designated as the snug. A central bar provides the real ale drinker with a choice of three cask ales and a cider. It is expected that at least one of the beers will be a local brew particularly as the ‘house beer’ (Old Green Dragon Ale – 4.7% ABV) is brewed by Castle Rock brewery. The pub is light and airy with a solid oak bar as a central feature. Outside is a fine walled patio area with a large umbrella designed to cope with the best and worst of English summer times. A separate restaurant is being planned and should be open before Christmas.

The pub, which is open Mon-Fri 5.00-11.00 and 12.00-12.00 on Saturday and Sunday, is on Blind Lane – right in the heart of the village.

Surprisingly these days the village boasts a second pub – Ye Olde Bridge Inn, which is another pub well worth a visit. Beers are normally from the Everards range and food is served throughout the pub and in its own restaurant. A garden, with children’s play area is also available.

The Beer Shack in Hucknall has now opened and is proving very popular; it has also been granted LocAle accreditation. Opening night saw the five handpulls dispensing a range of microbrewery beers, with ciders also available. The Beer Shack is located at 1, Derbyshire Lane, just off Watnall Road in between the Green Dragon and The Pilgrim Oak. Opening hours are Tue-Thur 12.00-2.30 & 5.00-10.00; Fri & Sat 12.00-2.00 & 4.00-10.00. Sun 12.00-5.00 (closed Monday).

So if you fancy a drink, no distracting TV, music, fruit machines or food – then the Beer Shack may be the place to head for. The micro-pub is certainly a welcome development for Hucknall and adds to the variety of real ale that is now available in the town – last count eight pubs and two clubs! Where else in Nottinghamshire are there a micro-pub; a micro-brewery and a cider producer? – perhaps Hucknall is truly the centre of the drinking world – well for Nottinghamshire anyway.

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