Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham proudly states the claim to be the oldest inn in the world. The painted sign outside clearly states the claim to around 1189 AD. The pub is said to have taken its name from the crusades in the holy land led by Richard the Lion Heart. Richard and the lads supposedly stop here for a quick pint of Nottingham ale on the way. There is no proven written documentation of the pubs origin and the pub over two hundred years ago had a completely different name. Next door stood the old pub The Gate Hangs Well but has since been demolished. However we do know for sure that there would have been some kind of ale producing establishment on the castle rock where the pub stands to this day.
Back to modern times the pub is a Green King pub and since the company took over from the now demised Hardy and Hansonís the pub has never been the same. The ale is definitely not to the same standard of the Hardy and Hansonís boys beer. However donít let this put you off as what the pub lacks in beer quality makes itself up in the drinking surroundings. The pub is said to be haunted and many tales are told of hauntings here. Another great experience is the fact that the pub is cut into the rock face of bunter sandstone. In many of the side rooms you can sit in the man made caves and sup your drink.
Now the sh*tters you ask.
The gents here are located outside in the courtyard, so Iím afraid you have to venture outside to release yourself.
After twenty pints of Olde Trip a visit to these bogs was definitely on the cards. The toilet is quite small here with one cubicle and one long p*ss urinal. Often on a weekend night the bogs become dirty and if your not careful your shoes get covered with bog roll and p*ss. The toilets are very old fashioned here and definitely need modernising.
Rate this one 6/10.
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