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The Bell Inn, Nottingham

The Bell Inn
18 Angel Row
  Tel: 0115 947 5241

Added: 12/15/2011
Modified: 4/11/2013 9:36:01 AM

Written By Paul Privy

The Bell Inn is a Grade Listed public house dating approximately around 1437. There is always a great debate to which pub is the oldest in Nottingham with the three contenders being this one, Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem and The Salutation Inn.

The origins of the pub start with the Carmelite Friars who established a Friary here hence the name Friar Lane. The lads needed somewhere to have a pint or two so they established a refectory roughly on the site where the pub stands today. The earliest documentation regarding the boozer is from 1638. The pub has had many landlords over the years and a timeline of all these landlords and landladies can be seen across the main bar room, going back hundreds of years.

Going back to modern times the pub was a former Hardy and Hansonís pub. But now is part of The Greene King empire. Since Greene King took over the pub has not been the same and they have ruined what was once a great pub.

I went on a Thursday afternoon for a quick pint. A pint of Bell Inn Bitter was on the cards brewed by Nottingham Brewery (anything but Greene King). Three pound it cost me for this pint of ale. Be warned the beer is not cheap here, however the pub does do a very good reasonably priced food menu. The pub also often has live music nights, with the Jazz night being a particularly popular event.

Best not have anymore in here, would be broke after a few beers. Quick p*ss before we go. The sh*tters are located downstairs for the gents and on ground level for the ladies.

As you enter the pub the bogs are directly in the centre of the pub down the main corridor. The pub has kept its traditional two side rooms and the main bar is at the back of the pub.

The gents here are quite small with one cubicle, three urinals and two wash basins. On my visit to the bog there was an unusual fishy smell coming from the cubicle. I ventured inside to photograph it. Not a bad bog, not the best around though.


There is currently 1 comment about The Bell Inn, Nottingham

#1: Comment left by Erica of Nottingham

“The ladies loos are downstairs. The new set of loos at the far end of the pub are nice but the older ones in the centre of the pub stink of damp and drains. Nasty. ”

Date: 4/11/2013 8:42:36 AM

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