University of Nottingham
"Please check all information before using it."
Edited by Frank E. Ritter
30 September 1995
With actual comments from Bibby, Cheng, Derrington, Marshall, Reed, Reisland, C. Ritter, Shadbolt, Sonders, Underwood, Kathy from TaM; and University of Nottingham Computer Science Dept Communications Research Group
Copyright 1995, Frank E. Ritter.
Nottingham is the chief city of the East Midlands and is considered the Queen of the Midlands. Way back when the City was named after a rapacious lord of the North - Snot, the original appellation being Snottingham - or the town of Snot's people. From this rather inauspicious start things could only get better. All that stuff about the Sheriff and Robin may have just a grain of truth. Certainly the city had one of the finest castles in all of Europe. Unfortunately, it choose unwisely during the English Civil War. Indeed, King Charles raised the standard in Nottingham (on Standard Hill), thus precipitating the confrontation. In short, the Royalists lost, Nottingham was besieged and the castle lost. Things were not improved when the mob (probably sociologists) rioted in the early 1800s and burnt the castle down.
The town overlooks the River Trent with lots of caves downtown, which are often covered by pubs. Nottingham grew rapidly from 1780, and now has a population of approximately 280K. Its main industries, besides a world class university, are bicycles and lace, and drugs (legal, to wit, Boots). No age-old lace history here, it was started in the mid-1800s. Bicycles came in the late 1800s, and John Player has been contributing to pulmonary disease since 1877. Because the canal interests were strong in the 1800's it did not become a rail centre, and Derby was made the nearby rail centre of the midlands.
The city combines the best of old and new. Shoppers have excellent modern shopping centres and traditional markets. Cultural life thrives, with a superb modern concert hall attracting well know names from the classical, pop and rock worlds, and two theatres - including the lovingly restored Theatre Royal. These provide both repertory productions and touring opera, drama and ballet from major national companies - and offer student discounts. Film buffs have varied viewings at multi-screen and arts cinemas, and there is a lively rock scene.
Many fine old buildings remain in the city, including the 15th century church of St Mary on High Pavement, Georgian town houses and several picturesque pubs. Some have medieval origins: The Trip to Jerusalem at the foot of Castle Rock, reputedly the oldest pub in England, the Bell Inn, the Royal Children and the Salutation Inn. A former Unitarian church on the fringe of the city's Lace Market area is now converted into a Lace Hall, illustrating the history of Nottingham's most famous product. Early October brings Goose Fair, the country's largest three-day fair, believed to date back more than 1,000 years. The modern fair, packed with hundreds of amusements, becomes at night a spectacular carpet of lights.
Nottingham and the surrounding county offer the chance to explore literary associations. Contemporary writer Alan Sillitoe grew up in the industrial outskirts of Nottingham, enjoying his frequent roaming of the nearby University Park and lake. D H Lawrence made famous the mining town of Eastwood and the surrounding Nottinghamshire countryside.
Angel Row at the far side of the market place, is Bromley House, built for Sir George Smith in 1752. It is a Georgian house, now used for the Notts subscription library and the headquarters of the Thoroton Society.
23 year old Princess Anne visited on 2 December 1688 for a week. There was no pub by this name before 1799, and in 1688 Princess Anne didn't have any children.
Nottingham Forest FC is the 3rd oldest FC, and Notts County is the oldest.
Based in the outskirts of Nottingham is the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham (it is not Nottingham University, don't believe people who use this name) dates from the University College started as an outreach program from a university in Cambridge (England) in 1881. Sir Jesse Boot donated a bit of pasture west of the city in 1932, and in 1948 it was granted a Royal charter. Ten years later Ian Howarth helped set up the psychology department, and as they say, the rest is history.
In the remainder of this document we outline some of the places and services in Nottingham that people have found helpful. If you have any comments or suggestions, please forward them to the editor.
Mapperly has parts that are not attractive, but these places at least have people that will be quite friendly (for a fee). There are some large houses and some good areas, particularly in Mapperly Plains.
The University Club on campus provides a convenient location, but it will be somewhat pricy for extended temporary accomidation and is difficult to book because it is popular for university guests.
St. Andrews Hotel (bed & breakfast, and evening meal extra) on Queens Rd., Beeston (ph. 254902). Clean typical B&B, [[sterling]]30 per night for a double room. The proprietor and wife are both friendly and helpful, but the similarity to Basil and Sibyl Fawlty is remarkable!
Several places that new people have found useful for finding an apartment are listed in Table 1. If you are associated with the University, some rented apartments are available in the halls of residence. There is no central agency, it is a question of ringing all the halls.
Table 1. Places to look for a house, rental and purchase. Capitals indicates relative amounts available.
Phone Location George Hallam & Sons 502 852 Rent buy St. Peter's Gate Michael Vernon 224 521 rent Buy Beeston High St. Abacus Accommodation Agency 491611 Rent 9 Archer Rd., Stapleford Comp-u-acomm Rent Mansfield Rd. Singleton & Bloor 417 915 rent buy City centre across from Tales of Robin Hood
Christina Price at Edwards Clegg in Beeston offers a standard conveyencing, but Mr. Warner, of MacLaren Warner (ph. 939-5252) in Sandiacre, is known to be meticulous.
Mortgages. Peter Clarke of Roy Pink (old ph. 0923 268 083) is a helpful mortgage consultant, and seems genuine and honest. He spends enough time with you to explain what's going on, and how he can (or cannot) help you.
The best values, as always in this area, is to do it yourself (unless you have a good friend who does it for a living). Beeston Van Hire rent a good selection of vans at reasonable rates, but they can be rather dirty inside.
Budget Rent A Car also do vans at a good rate and they do moving kits that include trolleys, blankets and cardboard boxes. Located at 50 Lower Parliament St. in the City Centre, so you'll have to negotiate the traffic there.
For damp proofing, Preserva comes recommended, and the one person who used Academy was also pleased with them.
For plumbing, Ian Peck (ph. 928-3004) at 21 Trumby Grdns. in Wollaton comes recommended (but is untried).
E. A. Maxwell (ph. 942-2153) at 45 Clifton Blvd. is a general contractor next door to the university, and appears competent.
Ashley Carpet Care (carpet, upholstery & curtain cleaning) has successfully cleaned one oriental rug (Ilkeston, 932-1413). For a small fee (e.g., [[sterling]]5) they will pick up and deliver.
Armani Plastics comes recommended for secondary double glazing. They are open on Saturday and can be reached at 928-1101.
For gas pipe work and installation, British Gas can be well recommended. They say that they do not offer a discount as a provider of the fuel, but they offer written quotations (not estimates), and in the end, this is very good value indeed.
Figure 1. How to come to Nottingham by car.
(b) By rail, you start by taking the underground. This is fairly well signposted, and you should just follow the signs. Buy a ticket either at a machine or at the ticket window. There is only one underground line from Heathrow, the Piccadilly line (coloured dark blue on the maps), so no choice of train is necessary. This leg will cost you about 4 pounds and takes a little less than an hour.
Get off the underground at Kings Cross station (both an underground and British Rail station), and either come up and walk across the street (actually, about a block), or try to find the passage that leads directly to St. Pancras British Rail station. In St. Pancras the ticket windows are to the left of the tracks if you stand at their end. A small pub is on the right, and a small convenience store is in the centre. This ticket will cost around 18 (one way) to 28 (round trip) if bought on the day and not leaving during the morning rush hour. These trains leave every hour or more often, and take about 1.75 hours to get to Nottingham.
The easiest way to get to the university is either to take a cab from the taxi rank outside or a bus that will leave at Broadmarsh Bus Station a few blocks north (turn right as you come out of the main entrance, so do not exit to the car parking area!). The total time this way will range between 3.5 and 4.5 hours depending on how well you make connections.
If you land in Heathrow, and particularly if you have lots of luggage, you may wish to investigating taking a bus to Nottingham or partway, rather than the train. One of the teaching staff as they were moving here almost shut down St. Pancras upon the mistaken advice of British Rail that it would be no problem to shuttle four 70 lb. boxes through the underground station. The Airbus running to Kings Cross/St. Pancras for [[sterling]]6 (one way) would have saved this embarrasment. Otherwise, it is a more expensive and slower way to get into London, but does provide some siteseeing on the way.
(a) If you are comfortable driving and are not suffering from jet lag, renting a car can be a good idea, particularly if you are travelling in a party. The U. of Nottingham has a special relationship with Hertz that can put this option at about [[sterling]]30/day private, [[sterling]]20/day business. This airport is further away from Nottingham, and the drive will take about 3.5 hours.
(b) By rail via London, you start by taking the Gatwick Express. This is fairly well signposted, and you should just follow the signs. Buy a ticket at the ticket window. There are several trains that leave, so you must remember to get on the Gatwick Express. This leg will cost you about 10 pounds, take about 45 minutes, and drop you off at Victoria Station in the south of London. Change there to the underground onto the Victoria line (coloured light
blue on the maps) and make your way to Kings Cross/St. Pancras station, and then follow the rail directions above. This route will take between 4 and 5 hours.
(c) By rail via Luton. There are a limited number of trains and you don't get to see London and its congestion, but upon arrival at Gatwick you should enquire at the British Rail office how to get to Nottingham via Luton or other British Rail stations. This route, when you can get it, is cheaper and faster, taking about 35 pounds (all in) and 3 to 3.5 hours.
Eventually, perhaps, you will find that you are leaving town. This may be on a temporary or permanent basis. There is an on-campus travel agent, Pioneer Travel in the Travel Centre on the Portland hill (internal 72-1114, 1000 to 1600 M-F). They can do an OK job, but they don't look hard for a bargain (at least the business section), unless encouraged. Several people use Orbitas Travel (925-1112) in Beeston. They provide pretty good deals, and their people there are generally helpful. Lunn Poly on the Beeston High Street, in one instance at least, was much cheaper than Orbitas on a very simple air ticket, but we suspect that you may not wish to use them exclusively because they do not do all things.
For longer trips, National Express (ph. 968-5317) has stations at Victoria Centre and BroadMarsh. From there you can see the world.
There are/are not return fares. Commuters may wish to look into getting a monthly pass.
The train station is located downtown (No phone - you have to phone Derby at 01332 257 000), and includes a taxi stand. The new InterCity ticket number, 0800 450 450, makes this arrangement not as bad as it could be. As you get wiser to the ways of the city and carry less baggage than upon your arrival, you will find walking to BroadMarsh and catching a bus there just as convenient and much cheaper than taking a taxi from the station. Similarly, you will walk to the train station to catch a cab home late at night when your meeting (including drinks and a curry) winds up downtown around midnight.
From E. Midlands, taxis charge about [[sterling]]12 to the city centre, buses are available for [[sterling]]2 to [[sterling]]3. There is a service that serves local villages (Bartons) that has sporadic service, for example, leaving at 18:05 and 19:40 arriving city centre at 19:06 and 20:33 respectively. National Express also runs a sporadic coach that is more direct, leaving at 19:05 arriving Victoria Centre at 19:30.
At Birmingham Airport, there are two types of parking, an open air long-stay car park for [[sterling]]22/week, and a multi-story one for [[sterling]]32/week. Both are directly accessible from the M42 motorway via clear directing signs. They take cash, checks, Visa and American Express.
There is a bus service to Heathrow (National Express?) (but they are good if you have a morning flight - cheaper than staying overnight in London) but coming back with them is ok. It doesn't have terribly convenient trips out but coming back with them is ok. There are several hotels and busses that serve Gatwick, offering a room and a return ride for approximately [[sterling]]50. For more information on these, contact your travel agent or Orbitas.
See also, "How to get here".
Manchester is another close airport. It's easy to get to by train, for it is about 15 min. from Manchester Picadilly, and that's connected to Nottingham.
Good bike shops include Sid Standard (Beeston), Freewheel (Goosegate - bit flash though), and Bunneys (near the train station - friendly, stock availability is uneven at times, bike hire available).
Purchasing a car. We have only heard bad things about Hooley Ford in the city centre, particularly their service; there are stories of wheels falling off and stuff. Their West Bridgeford office appears to be better run. Speeds of Beeston sells Volvos, and also sells used cars. They do OK repairs we're told, but their sales force negotiates too hard for their own good. Deals made by Cowies don't always last ("you might get a fine deal, but it doesn't last 'till you close"), and the salesman at Stuarts are sometimes abusive. The value of a warrantee from a dealer can be valued (you can buy warrantees starting after theirs end), and my guess is that it is about [[sterling]]150 for the first year; you can get more accurate amounts by consulting a dealer about extending their warrantee.
Like in War Games, the only way to win with a used car salesman, is not to play. If you do play, consult a detailed used car price guide, preferably Glass's. Your best deal on a used car is to buy it through a private individual. There are several newspapers that specialise in this in Nottingham and the East Midlands available at most newsagents. Before buying a private car, it is worth having the car inspected by a mechanic. The AA car inspection (ph. 0345 500 610) appears not to be good value, for half the price ([[sterling]]105) you could have a tune-up performed, which would be more thorough, and the car would end up with a tune-up in hand.
Auctions are another way to go if you have the time and the savvy. There is a local auction at Portchester Rd., and another (or larger?) one at Meesham. You should go a few time to see how it works. Then, when you do go, take a friend or have enough knowledge yourself to judge the car, and set a strict maximum price.
Car repairs. Mann-Egerton (Rovers, Jaguars and Bentleys) is said to have good service and reasonable used car salesman, but you cannot get it done dearer. We have heard bad things about their body work. For tyres, Uncle Martin recommends, and at least one person has tried, Treadfast Tyres (ph. 979-0429) near Mann-Egerton at 3 Triumph Rd. In Long Eaton, Just Tyres (451a Tamworth Rd., 972-3744) is recommended by a depatment secretary whose son runs it. For batteries, either Midland Magneto (ph. 950-4 441) on Canal St., auto electrical engineers who will check your charge system and sell you a battery, or Boothby Batteries (ph. 982-2434) who will just sell you a battery.
Car Insurance. Several people use Oddie-Dalton, an insurance agency in West Bridgeford for low cost auto insurance. No news yet about their claim help. AA and the RAC both offer a quotation service based on numerous companies on their computers, when are often the best deal you can find.
Frizzells offer discounts to University Lecturers on car and house insurance, and their claims settlement is embarassingly good. One member of staff had their house burgled 3 weeks after taking out a policy (they had moved it because the AA insurers took 6 months to pay up for a stolen bicycle), andFrizzells settled, new for old, within a fortnight.
Driving lessons. Once you have a car, maybe even before, you will want to know how to use it. Steve Bellaby at Nottingham Driving Academy (ph. 978-4 024) can be recommended for advanced drivers, and we suspect beginners as well.
The Barclay's on Derby Rd. is convenient for those living in Lenton, and who have another reliable financial institution ( such as a rich mother, which Barclay's often recommends you use if you are their customer) to take care of loans, depositing foreign currency, cashing checks, and credit cards. A student has complained of the Barclays in Beeston imposing many charges.
American Express at 2 Victoria St. (ph. 924-1666) may be one of the financial institutions you use if you deal often with Barclay's. They offer relatively good rates on foreign currency and traveller's checks for everyone, and can cash checks on the spot if you have an American Express card (Barclays can take up to 4 weeks to cash a foreign check, 7 days for a UK check, and 3 days to transfer cash to your account!).
Dentists. We've heard good things about Overend and Walton in the Queens Road Dental Centre on (253) Queens Rd. in Beeston (ph. 922-2100).
Emergency dental care. If, for example, you go skateboarding with your face and lose a tooth), then you may be interested in attending the Meadows Health Centre (ph. 986-1835), which is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The Lucieville. Most interviewees end up here. Veronica, the pleasant desk clerk, night concierge, waitress and porter, will take a pleasant interest in getting you to your interviews on time, and will make sure that your butter is suitably stamped with your initials. She also works at a sister hotel to the north-west of the city, the Nuthall Lodge. From [[sterling]]40 per night.
The Westminster. The only drawback to this hotel is its location far (20 min.) from the university on Mansfield Rd., one mile north of the city centre. But its features are many. It has a pleasant staff, offers rather good food (it has a restaurant open to and (tellingly) used by non-residents), and has a comfortable set of rooms for arranging conferences and meetings. (ph. 962-3023).
The Holiday Inn. Part of a chain named after an old Bing Crosby movie, the local site is just up the canal from Sainsburys. It has a discount rate for University staff of about [[sterling]]42 room only. They also have better discounts in holiday periods.
Anglican. Like most English cities the largest number of churches are Church of England churches.
Catholic churches. In Lenton, there is St. Paul's at the corner of Lenton Blvd. and Ilkonston Rd. (ph. 978-6236). There is also a (small) cathedral downtown. It is listed with English Heritage.
Our Little Farm: Lodge Farm, Plungar, Nottingham NG13 OJH. (ph. 01949 860-349).
Sherwood Forest Farm Park, Lamb Pens Farm Edwinstowe. Nr Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 9HL (ph. 01623-823558/822255). This farm has rare breeds. According to one child: It is very pretty but one can "only" look at the animals. One is not allowed to hold them or feed them.
University Park. Boating on the lake: this is a popular with the kids if you have the nerve to let them hold the oars. There is also mini-put golf and several trails around a man-made lake with two islands ana a waterfall.
Nottingham Castle with its Museum where children can learn the blood dripping history of Nottingham and where they can dress up in period costumes.
The Lace Hall where the children, not the adults, get a souvenir from a lacemachine operator and can admire lace dresses. High pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN. (ph. 0115-9484221).
Caves of Nottingham. Drury Walk, Broad Marsh Centre, Nottingham NG1 7LS. (ph. 0115 924-1424). If you or your children like fish, then it is worthwhile to visit the KOI carps which can get very old.... up to 243 years if I remember well.
If you or your children like fish, then it is worthwhile to visit the KOI carps which can get very old.... up to exactly 243 years, if we remember well. They live in the Japanese Water Gardens 251 Toton Lane, Stapleford Notts. (ph. 9397-926). Or in the garden centre beside the Japanese one, Bardills Water Gardens (in the garden centres' section). Here you can also enjoy a good meal. The Japanese tearooms are not to be recommended. When asked what sorts of tea they have, the reply was: "Typhoo, I think".
Towards downtown after Abbey St. turns into Castle Blvd. there is a shopping area called Castle Marina. It contains a Sainsburys (see grocery stores) and a Homebase. You will find most of the necessary DIY items you need at Homebase (ph. 941-3800). They also have a cashback scheme that you can join if you are either very handy and fix a lot, or if you are very unhandy and break a lot. In this complex there are restaurants (see the Baltimore Exchange under dining out rather than actually go there), a McDonalds, and a strip of shopping stores including a Curry's.
If you're really looking for stationary rather than books, there is a good value store in the Trent Building. Coming up the hill, right before you enter the archway going into the courtyard, turn right, enter the brown doors, and inside is the Stationary Office. Department secretaries may have price lists. They have A4 binders for 60p, for example.
The Student's Union Shop, near the main library, sells newspapers at a discount, including the Financial Times for 15p instead of 65p, as people who write for it are quick to point out.
Small newsagents/corner stores are liberally sprinkled around Nottingham. Leen Gate News (on the corner of Leen Gate and Gregory street within sight of the medical school, ph: 784-918) is a typical one used by several members of the department. It also rents movies.
There is a bread supply and organic food store on the street that runs past the council house, over the hill, and on the left, called Hiziki'ss (15 GooseGate). They also sell popping corn, as does the health food store on the Beeston High St.
Cheap meat and fish is available in the market section of the Victoria Centre.
The post office downtown (ph. 9 585 585) can answer most of you questions (but for Postman Pat). There are more local offices in Dunkirk (the nearest, on Lace St. on the other side of University Boulevard near the flyover), in Beeston on the high road, and on Derby Rd. roughly across from the AA shop.
Public library downtown, (ph. 9 412 121) on Angel Row. You must bring proof of address to get a card.
Nottingham Tourist information centre (ph. 947-0661) in the Council house on Market Square is a good place to get further information about Nottingham and to buy trinkets.
Homebase, the Sainsbury's version of a DIY store, is located at Castle Marina near the Grocers. If they don't have it, they think you don't need it, which is not always true. For larger projects that you probably shouldn't tackle yourself, you will appreciate knowing about the (B&Q) Depot (ph. 986-4 818) is a larger store (like a Homebase on steroids), with slightly larger selection on Queens Rd. in Riverside Retail Park, about 5 min. from the Dunkirk flyover. It is oriented towards larger amounts. It also is open later, typically 6PM on Sundays and until 8 PM on other nights.
Often you will want to just get a single screw or a small pot of paint. In Beeston these needs are well met by Wilkinsons (on the square), and Apelbys (near the McDonalds).
Photo repairs Try Abbey Photographic on Mansfield Road (in the City).
Camping equipment. Easily the best camping/backpacking shop in Nott'm is at Castle Camping on Maid Marian Way (may have changed its name ). Another store, which includes a modest selection of backpacks, is the Army and General store across from the train station. The Yeoman's store on the Beeston High Rd. has a smaller selection, but offers a convenient location if you live near it.
Heath's in Evington Road, Leicester is "Totally awesome". It's above a fishmonger of the same name. Fresh fish daily, etc. etc. (ph. 0116 273 6148).
Perkins Bistro, Plumtree, 6 miles south of Nottingham on the Melton Road - book well ahead but worth it - recommend pint of prawns and strawberry shortbread.
Silver Tree, 27 High Rd Beeston. Chinese Take Away. Pretty good; the Sechzwan prawns are really good (ph. 922-1942). Further down the road, the Golden Crown, is very well worth passing by (N=1).
In the city centre (Hockley), the Mandarin Restaurant (23 Hockley, ph. 958-6037) offers very good food indeed (but the service can be slow ).
Mr. Man's (at the north entrance of Wollaton Park, ph. 928-7788) is a posh Chinese restaurant that does not dare unusual or spicy dished, but delivers consistent, well presented, moderately priced dishes as long as you avoid soup and the set menus.
The main claim of the Chinese take-away near the west entrance to the university, the Lucky Star, is its large portions.
If you need a Chinese restaurant near the train station and you have some dosh, Noble House is for you at 31/33 GreyFriar Gate (ph. 9501105). The food is OK but somewhat pricey (hot & sour soup [[sterling]]2.30, kungpao chicken [[sterling]]5.60).
The Blue Nile on Broad Street (in Hockley) is an Egyptian restaurant - the meze is nice but a bit expensive for what you get. Avoid the belly dancer!
Humber Rd. Chippy, the local to your humble editor, we've been told has been going down hill for several years. At this rate, the 80's must have been the golden age of chippies, for even now the fish is good, the chips crisp and not too greasy, and the value for money quite high. It has been rumoured that the Vice-Chancellor at the university sends a driver round occasionally to pick up his lunch.
Harry Ramsden has opened the world's most famous fish and chips shop in Riverside Retail Park near Clifton Bridge (near the B&Q Depot, ph. 986-1304). For [[sterling]]5 you can eat in for fish, chips, bread & butter, and a cuppa. For [[sterling]]3 you can have it take away. While not the absolute best fishnchips, it offers fast and friendly service, a posh atmosphere (Chandeliers!) and beer with your meal. You should avoid the scampi, for in addition to its own problems, professors in the AI group will make fun of you for ordering it.
Also (don't) see: Cod Plaice 31 High Rd., Chilwell Beeston. Awful!
Traditional Fish and Chip Shop 41 Chilwell Rd. Beeston. Reasonable (but No Scampi)
CAMRA (ph. 923-5360, 145 Abbey Rd., West Bridgeford, NG2 5ND) hosts the Nottingham Real Ale Festival at the Victoria Leisure Centre in Sneiton every October.
- In Portland
- the faculty club: perhaps the cheapest at 1.05/pint. They have an organised series of guest beers. Get Kirbyized as well.
- many of the halls of residence have integrated pubs which can be quite nice.
- The Johnson Arms (Dunkirk)
- Three Wheatsheeves (Lenton, Derby Rd.)
- Rose and Crown (Lenton, Derby Rd.)
- The Boat (Dunkirk, around the corner from the Johnson arms)
- The White Hart (Dunkirk/Lenton)
In Lenton, Beeston, and nearby areas
- The Crown (Beeston)
Interesting ones down town
. The trip (Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem)
. The Salutation Inn (Ye Olde Salutation Inn)
. The Running horse
. The Falcon Inn
. Fellows Arms
The Victoria. This is a relatively new pub on the Beeston scene, but a much welcome one. It is run by the former landlord of the Limelight and Lincolshire Poacher. Like them, it features a revolving selection of well kept real ales, a basically friendly atmosphere, and pretty good food. It is behind the Beeston train station on Dovecote Lane.
The Limelight. This pub is next door to the Albert Hall (and adjoining the Playhouse Theatre), serving mostly theatregoers in a very pleasant atmosphere, but all are welcome. It has several bars, and seating downstairs. As noted in the table, it has one of the largest selections of draft beers in the city. The seating downstairs is quieter, and has all the ambience of a high school cafeteria, but you get to drink beer there without being told to bus your table.
Sir John Borlose Warren. A slightly posh pub in Canning Circus with a mix of students and locals. A place to warm your feet on the way to or from another pub or event downtown.
The Royal Children. A snug, slightly posh pub in the city centre catering mostly to workers there. It's fairly clear, the pub's name and notes not withstanding, that it is not nearly old enough to have hosted the royal children in question (Princess Anne's children in the 1680's). It is alleged (Etal, E., 1993, personal communication) that upon the birth of a royal child all the regulars are given a glass of champagne. It does have a picture of the fattest man in England in the lounge though (54 s, by the way). Look for a similar picture in the Trip.
Figure 2. Map to the Martin Arms pub. Note: never used to get there.
The Ferry Inn. (ph. 811441) On summer, if you are free that day, a delightful way to spend the evening is on the Trent River in Wilford at the Ferry Inn. They also do food in the evening.
The Crown at Old Dalby (towards Melton Mowbray). Excellent range of beers served straight from the cask. Good (but expensive) food. Boules on the lawn. Les Routiers recommended. Very hard to find. Take one of us and we'll show you.
The Lincolnshire Poacher. A friendly pub located on the left hand side of Mansfield Rd. north approximately three blocks from the Victoria Centre. It serves Bateman's real ales and a variety of other visiting real ales. It has a pleasant conservatory in the rear as well as a patio. It serves a limited menu, but generally the items are of high quality. It appears to have Irish music sessions upon occasion.
The Radcliffe Arms. Bunny. Opposite the Toyota garage. Large old pub, does pub meals and the beer is ok. Nice walks are available in the town, and the church has a plaque commemorating the wrestling baron of Bunny.
The White House. This pub is well situated along the River Soar just south of Kegworth in a location where you would really want a nice country pub. While this pub claims to be listed in Les Routiers (1985/91) and Egon Ronay (1983/91) dining guides, when my dining companion and I recently (6/93) visited it, we found the food to served at a uniform flavour and temperature (i.e., the cold meat and hot casserole were both lukewarm), the service surly, and the beer poorly kept Bass (three strikes for a total of five). Our elbows, hands, and drinks often became quite severely stuck to the top of the unwashed table. My dining partner actually thought that the ash tray was glued down. Sometimes you run across a pub that is pleasure to review, sometimes because it has good food, other times because it is easy and amusing: we can clearly that this is a 0, don't go, try a cafe parked along the M1 first, or any of the pubs in Sutton Bonnington. As this guide evolves we hope to remove this type of review and replace it with a more noteworthy pub in this, the most south-eastern area of Nottinghamshire, for there are reports of a riverside pub at Normanton, a Nottinghamshire village near the border with Leicestershire. The mythical pub has a garden leading down to the River that forms the county boundry, and this is, of course, the River Soar.
Table 1: Listing of pubs for planning your pub crawl.
+ indicates guest beers
N indicates the number of visits so far, a measure of quality and convenience.
F indicates Fires in the winter.
G indicates gardens to sit in.
D indicates dart board available.
B indicates Bowser is allowed in at least one room inside.
X indicates Bowser is not allowed inside at all.
Name Location Beer N Food Accout Other rement s The Three Lenton Shipston 8 L/D DG Wheatsheaves e The Royal Children City Home 2 ? Centre Ye Olde Trip to City Hardy & 3 Oldest Jerusalem Centre Hansons The Bell Inn City Free 2 L/D + Centre House The Grove Lenton Free 3 none none Most crowded House The Salutation City Whitbrea 4 L Oldest too Centre d+ The Ferry Inn W.Bridgefo Premier 1 L/D FG rd The Johnson Arms Dunkirk Shipston 6 Roll FG e s Sir John B. Warren Canning Shipston 4 L/D G e The Limelight Canning Freehous 2 Lots of real e ale The Commercial Beeston Kimberly 10 L XD poor beer selection The Victoria Beeston Free 7 L/D BG House The Star Beeston Shipston 2 no FDB+ e Lincolnshire Vic Cen Batemans 6 L/D G lots of real Poacher + ale
The Portland building. The student cafeterias on the second floor offers very good value, and is often the first place staff consider in their lunching plans. There is also a bar on the ground floor for those who wish to drunk their lunch. On the top floor there is the imaginatively named Top Floor Dining room (formerly the Private Dining room). There are rumours of a staff room where you can sleep after lunch on an upper floor iff you went to Oxbridge.
The new arts center: Cafe Lautrec. In October 1993 Cafe Lautrec (ph. 951-5791) was out of favour. In 1995 it is now favoured. It's not run by the university's in house catering unit, which explains why it tends to serve very nice food, in a pleasant atmosphere. Its portions have come into relation to their price, making it a relatively good value, if you like your food to taste good, which not everyone here seems to care about. They do have good coffee, and it is worth at least a visit to decide if you need that much value, and it a pleasant place to take guests. It is also a good place to edit manuscripts.
The University Club. The slightly cheaper beer ([[sterling]]1.05) than normal is a loss leader to get you in. The food is slightly upmarket, but good value. Kirby, the waiter, takes good care of you.
The medical school cafateria. The ambiance could hardly be worse, buried in the bowels of a hospital with doctors and sick people wandering around along with people crying in the corners. But, the prices are very good indeed (two plates of salad, veg and chips for a pound, chicken Grand Marnier for two), and the food is not too bad. It's on level D (3), in the E/W block.
The Lenton Friary. Your standard or slightly below standard fish and chips shop on Abbey Road. Fish is good, chips are OK, everything else tried so far (N=6) disappoints.
There is an Indian restaurant just next to the Johnson Arms. In addition to take-away it offers a sit down area, but it is not as recommended for take-away, as the one next to it is much, much better (A taste of India, ph: 978-4957), and is very good indeed.
The Mogal-e-Azam (ph 473 820, 7/9 Goldsmith St across from the Theatre Royal), also known as "The Mogal". Eammon sez the best Indian restaurant in town. Are going to believe the professors and the rest of the department who added their suggestions to this or are you going to try this place out on the off chance that Eammon is right?
Le Grenouille (ph. 411088, 32 Lenton Blvd.). Eammon's recommended wining and dining restaurant with an ironic name. A bit pricy. Run by real French people. It's just like being in a foreign country! Their fixed price menu is good value, and you get a lot of food. Their wine list is pleasant and fairly priced as well.
Mayfields, Wheeler Gate. Food until 8 PM. Wine happy-hour 6-7 PM.
(the 2.80 place downtown!) Deep pan pizza (or is it Deep dish Pizza?) across from the Theatre Royal.
Palace Pizza in Beeston is OK but not worth writing home about.
Sunny's in the city centre. A bit pricy (entrees for [[sterling]]10-15), but it is good.
The White Lady at Newstead Abbey in a posh location with ok food.
The Broadway, downtown on Broad St. near the Vic. Centre (ph. 952-6611), shows art and foreign films. Students [[sterling]]2.50 and normal people at [[sterling]]3.50. The best way to know what's on is to ask them to send you their schedule every month.
There are other more run-of-the-mill cinemas. The Savoy on Derby Road is nice -- old-fashioned (still has double seats for loving couples, and a small bar). It does current films and some classics. The Odeon and the MGM cinemas downtown are pretty standard. The Showcase cinema (ph. 986-6766) is a 10-screen place, just out of town on the ring road, but within walking distance of the University.
The Theatre Royal - has touring companies (usually for only a week at a time so you have to be careful you don't blink and miss them) such as the RSC, Opera North, sometimes 'West End' style musicals.
The Royal Concert Hall - next to the Theatre Royal. Major orchestras (Halle, CBSO, etc).
The pantos at the Nottingham Playhouse are better than those at the Theatre Royal if you are not going with children and want more wit (but if you do, why are you going to a panto?)
There is a general ticket office at the Victoria Centre (ph. 941-9741). They sell tickets for a variety of venues and times.
Cafe Metz, opposite Oddbins at the top of the Broadmarsh Centre, has a Latin jazz band on Saturday Nights.
There are a wide variety of these!
The Irish - this place reminds you of a village hall or a school disco. It is cheap and packed with students. It has to be seen at least once -- a real Nottingham institution.
Rock City - as well as hosting rock concerts this is a nightclub. Shabby place. The music is mostly heavy metal.
Madisons, Ritzy's - two nightclubs downtown.
The Cookie Club - very small (exclusive?) place opposite Bankrupt Clothing on the way up to Hockley. You wouldn't notice it during the day. Not usually very busy but ok if you are with a group of friends. No dress restrictions.
The Market Bar - in Hockley, beneath Trent Bridge Travel. Very trendy place - lots of imported bottled beer.
Hippos, the BeatRoot - two clubs near the Market Bar.
The Black Orchid - large (and easy to get lost in) club out of town near the Showcase cinema. Has a student night (Monday?) otherwise dress restrictions are tough.
Miros - large old house near the station. Currently (early 1994) trendy.
AM band (kHz) FM band (MHz) Format Radio 1: 1053, 1089 kHz 97.6 - 99.8 Radio 2: 88.90.2 Radio 3: 90.2 - 92.4 Radio 4: 198 kHz 92.4 - 94.6 Radio 5: 693 kHz Classic FM: 100-102 Trent FM: 96.2 GEM-AM: 999/945 (MW) Radio Nottingham: 1521 103.8, 95.5 Radio Derby: 1116 kHz 104.5, 94.5, 95.3 Radio Leicester 837 95.1, 104.9 Radio Lincs: 1368 94.9
[This table taken from the Nottingham Post, and is known to include errors.]
Radio 4 is amazingly brilliant, particularly compared to the local radio Nottingham.
Nottingham has two football clubs (FA), Notts. County FC (ph. 986-1155), and Nottingham Forest (ph. 982-1122). One is in the Premier division, and the other is sometimes in the Premier division.
The university has a fairly well equipped sports centre. It has several halls for badminton, indoor football, squash, and even snooker and rock climbing. They also let you hire equipment for these sports, including whistles. There are however, no swimming pools because the administration believes that the cities pools that are over a mile away are close enough. For a nominal [[sterling]]10 (staff, [[sterling]]8 student) and a passport photo, you are issued a booklet noting that you are a member. To reserve a room, ring x5516.
For tennis, there are three outdoor courts at the sports centre, and the halls in the sports centre can be made into indoor courts (but we've never seen it happen). Across the road from the university is the "largest tennis centre of its kind in the country", the City of Nottingham Tennis Centre. It has 8 indoor and over 20 outdoor courts, changing rooms, and a small refreshments stand. Fees for peak (6 to 11 PM) indoor time in the winter is steep, [[sterling]]11/hour, but even at that price it can be hard to book. Bookings can be made at 922-0313.
People into wind surfing should make the effort to get down to Rutland Water -- 34 miles south of Nottingham you pass through the lovely county town of Oakham (good food and beer). At Rutland Water you can surf, sail, bicycle and get very drunk at the White Horse, Empimgham.
Wollaton Hall and park just north of the university is a park and museum that used to be a mansion. It was given to the city in the 1930's to avoid the tax man, and has since been turned into a deer park, private golf course, several meadows, a fishing lake, a natural science museum and an Industrial Museum. The Natural Science museum has lots of stuffed birds, lots of moths and other exhibits in traditional and rather run down presentations. It's worth a visit sometime. The Industrial museum has a large collection of lace making machines, cars and a working beam (steam) engine; definitely worth a visit for anyone remotely interested in industrial archaeology. Watch out for the various annual and other occasional events in Wollaton Park, such as the Steam Fair and Hot air balloon launches.
The Tales of Robin Hood: A Picture Book Journey through the Robin Hood legend. 30-38 Maid Marian Way. Nottingham NG1 6GF. (ph. 0115 9483284). We believe that this is probably just a tourist rip-off downtown on Maid Marion Way, but we look forward to going and buying crappy presents for our friends. "The sights, the sounds, the people (and the smells) of medieval England are recreated in the retelling of the Tales of Robin Hood."
Attenborough Nature Reserve. If you go out along the Beeston canal past Beeston, you will run across the a nature reserve. On weekends it can be crowded with people watching wildlife, but it makes a pleasant day trip in any case.
Sherwood Forest. 25 miles north off the A614.
Newsted Abbey. 9 miles north west on the A60 to Mansfield, founded 1170, Lord Byron's family seat, beautiful grounds. Can go by bus from the Victoria Centre Bus Station (means walking a mile or so from the bus stop when you get there).
Museums in Nottingham
Venue Opening Hours Fee phone Covers times The Castle daily 1000-1645 free* 948-3504 Art and stuff Museum Brewhouse Yard daily 1000-1700 free 948-3504 ext 3600 Green's Mill Wed-Sunda 1000-1700 free 950-3635 y Industrial Thurs 1000-1630 & free* 928-4 602 Industrial Sat 1330-1630 stuff Canal Wed/Thur 1000-1700 free 959-8835 Canal and Sat 1300-1700 water stuff Costume & daily 1000-1700 free 948-3504 ext Costumes and Textiles 3540 stuff Natural M-Sat Sun 1000-1630 free* 928-1333 Bones and History 1330-1630 stuff University M-F Sat 1000-1900 free 951-3192 Art stuff Art Gallery 1100-1700
* indicates that there is a 'small charge' on Sundays and bank holidays.
The Friends of Nottingham Museums offer guided tours of the Drury Hill Broadmarsh Caves every Wednesday at 1930, for [[sterling]]1 for adults and 50p for concessions. You must book in advance at 948-3504 ext 3600.
The Bull's Head near Ashford
The Peacock in Hassip
The Scotsman's Pack Inn (School Lane, Hathersage (A625) S30 1BZ (0433) 650 253 650 712) comes recommended as a base to take hikes from, to stay, and to eat and drink.
Barnes, F. (1993). Priory Demesne to University Campus. Nottingham: U. of Nottingham.
Nottingham University, Physical recreation department handbook, 1992-93. Contains much more information on the athletic facilities at the University.
Nottinghamshire County Council (undated) Discover Nottinghamshire Pubs. Available from the Nottinghamshire County Council, ph. 774215, -4 Smithy Row, Nottingham, NG1 2BY.
Nottingham Area Council for Overseas Student Affairs, 1992. Information for overseas students in Nottingham. Their address is 61b Mansfield Rd. Ph: 474 793.
Trease, G. (1978?) Nottingham, a biography. Oatly, West Yorks: The Amethyst Press. Available from the library downtown.