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Notts County : Club Background
The World's Oldest League Club. Always wondered about that. How can one club be the oldest league club - there couldn't have been a league of one? Did they just play against themselves? Whatever. Notts County are old, very very old. Older than the F.A. And that's old. 1862 is usually the date given for their foundation as Nottingham Football Club, though the Official History goes for 1864 when the name Notts County was adopted. Naturally they were founder members of the Football League, a mere stripling in comparison, in 1888.
Meadow Lane, home of Notts County
Meadow Lane, home of Notts County.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

What really grates with County fans is that for most of their history they have played second fiddle to those newcomers on the block, Nottingham Forest, not formed until 1865. Notts County have been up and down, more down than up in truth, the Divisions. They fell out of Division One for the last time pre-World War II in 1926, and by 1959 had reached the low point of Division Four. The Sixties and early Seventies saw them bouncing around the lower two divisions until two spells under Jimmy Sirrel had them claw their way back up to Division One, where they briefly survived from 1981-84. They then suffered back-to-back relegations.

County have settled into a mostly Division Two (League One) team in the last decade, with a couple of relegations to Division Three (League Two) thrown in. They're certainly not a club for the faint-hearted - as of 2010's rise into League One, they had managed a total of 13 promotion seasons and 15 relegation seasons during their history. Notts County have won the F.A. Cup - in 1894. More recent silverware came through the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1995 and the Division Three Championship 1997-98 and again in 2009-10.

Only older Yeovil fans will recall the trip to Meadow Lane in 1961 (a 4-2 loss), and they'll not recognise the place at all. The stadium was completely rebuilt in the 1990's and comprises four single tier stands. As an established Football League club, you'll find many famous managerial names associated with them - Jimmy Sirrel (whose name you'll find has christened one of the new Meadow Lane stands), Neil Warnock, Howard Kendall, Sam Allardyce, and although not as manager, Sven-Göran Eriksson.
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

At the time Yeovil Town first played Notts County in the Football League, they had reached a real low in their history. Relegated in the summer of 2004, the previous season had seen money problems that were so dire that there was serious concern that the World's Oldest League Club mantle would pass onto new shoulders. New owners kept them afloat financially, just, but they dropped into League Two, where we rubbed shoulders during the 2004-05 season.

Matters continued to get worse - in the 2005-06 season, they avoided relegation from the Football League on the final day of the season, whilst in 2007-08 they were only saved on the penultimate game. It was only in the summer of 2009 that matters began to turn around, albeit through somewhat artificial means, rather than through organic growth.

At this point, a book could probably be written. In fact it would be surprising if a book isn't eventually written. Exactly why a Middle-Eastern Consortium would want to take over a floundering (no offence intended) League Two side isn't particularly obvious. Known as Munto Finance, and backed by Qadbak Investments, the exact identity of the people who took over Notts County has never been truly explained. The national press went to town, claiming that the Qatari royal family were behind it all; something that was later denied. In came former England boss Sven-Göran Eriksson as a Director of Football, Kasper Schmeichel as a high profile goalkeeper paid a million pounds a year, and in came England centre-back Sol Campbell on a five year contract - which lasted one game. Other players like striker Lee Hughes, more used to plying his trade at Championship and League One level contributed to a clearly oversized wage bill.

Did Munto Finance ever sink any money into Meadow Lane? Highly debatable. Just five months after they had bought the club, and only two months after the Football League had concluded a laborious research into the Fit and Proper status of the club's owners and directors, Munto decided to sod off, as did Sven, as did manager Hans Backe, and the circus was finally at an end.
The Family Stand - unusually for most grounds this one is behind the goal
The Family Stand - unusually for most grounds this one is behind the goal.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

New owners came in - Notts County Chief Executive Peter Trembling, who had acted as the public front of Munto Finance, did a management buyout for the sum of £1.00, but with the slight snag that he was to inherit £6 million of debts and a nice load of contractual commitments. Trembling lasted two months before the game of pass-the-parcel continued, with former Lincoln City Chairman Ray Trew took over the club, with the task of dealing with HMRC breathing down their necks, and the need to hold their promotion position whilst under a Football League transfer embargo - the League shutting the stable door after the horse had gone. Steve Cotterill managed a three month spell that guided them to the League Two title, albeit with plenty of derision from their rivals, suggesting that County had 'bought' the title. In fairness, whilst the accusation was probably justified, True and Cotterill were the ones who had inherited someone else's mad spendathon. They returned to League One in the summer of 2010.

Ray Trew's Chairmanship in the years that passed were solid enough, but with a broad tendency to press the panic button over first team managers. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, they have got through Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart and now Ricardo Moniz. Of that long list, only Curle (51) and Derry (77) have managed to get through 50 games in charge before leaving or another change being made - there are two more caretaker managers to add to that list - ultimately 14 changes in six years once they are factored in. During the 2014-15 season, they committed the same sin that Yeovil Town did - changed a manager, dithered and then changed again. It did neither of us much good, as we both got relegated to League Two.

During the 2015-16 season, County finished a distinctly average looking 17th place in the fourth tier. They were looking as though they were stumbling further, and that was confirmed when Trew said he was putting the club up for sale. A very protracted period followed, with HMRC winding up orders making it increasingly unclear as to whether Trew would have a club to sell. But at the end of 2016, he reached an agreement to sell to local businessman Alan Hardy. He managed to get the Magpies out of a transfer embargo, but had to endure a sticky season that saw them finish in 16th place. Hardy's new ownership though has gradually reaped dividends - they finished at the right end of the table during the 2017-18 season, finishing in 5th, but losing in the play-offs to Coventry City and the odd dodgy looking referee decision. They've spent the summer clearing out some of the old guard that had maybe run out of legs, and will no doubt be attempting to avoid the lottery of the play-offs this time around.
The Derek Pavis Stand - one of the side stands
The Derek Pavis Stand - one of the side stands.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

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Notts County : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Notts County

04/11/1961AwayFAC1L2-4Taylor, Foley
21/08/2004AwayCCL2W2-15024Terry 68, Jevons 81
29/03/2005HomeCCL2L1-37221Jevons 86
12/04/2011HomeNPL1W2-13533Bowditch 32, 57
10/12/2011HomeNPL1W1-03663A Williams 88
09/04/2012AwayNPL1L1-35852Franks 79
01/04/2013AwayNPL1W2-15004Madden 45, Dolan 52
22/11/2014AwayFL1W2-17746Clarke 84, 88
11/04/2015HomeFL1D1-13947Own Goal 10
12/03/2016HomeFL2W1-03588Zoko 50
06/08/2016HomeEFL2W2-03715Dawson 16, Khan 23
21/11/2017HomeEFL2D1-12338Zoko 80
21/04/2018AwayEFL2L1-47359Fisher 90
17/08/2018AwayEFL2W4-07439Fisher 34, 36, 72, Arquin 84
19/01/2019HomeEFL2W2-02716James 8, Dobre 90

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Notts County


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Notts County : Club Statistics


06/04/2019Northampton TownHomeEFL2D2-27129Rose 27, Hemmings 52
13/04/2019Crewe AlexandraAwayEFL2L0-34316
19/04/2019Milton Keynes DonsHomeEFL2L1-27130Barclay 90
22/04/2019Crawley TownAwayEFL2D1-12800Mackail-Smith 8
27/04/2019Grimsby TownHomeEFL2W2-18519Mackail-Smith 48, Clifton 67
04/05/2019Swindon TownAwayEFL2L1-38676Hemmings 52


Kane Hemmings14000014
Jonathan Stead8002010
Enzio Boldewijn500005
Craig Mackail-Smith300003
Kristian Dennis300003
Jim O'Brien200002
Lewis Alessandra200002
Elliott Hewitt200002
Ben Barclay100001
Rob Milsom100001
Nathan Thomas100001
Andy Kellett100001
Tom Pope100001
Daniel Jones100001
Tom Crawford000101
Richard Duffy100001
Mitchell Rose100001
Own Goals100001


Highest League Attendance: 15026, vs Cambridge United, 12/01/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 4119, vs Carlisle United, 27/11/2018
Average League Attendance: 7357


Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 3 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 2
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 8 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: DDLDLW
Away Results Sequence: LWWLDL Overall Results Sequence: DLLDWL

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Notts County : Club Information
Helpful sign in case you end up at the 'other' Nottingham ground
Helpful sign in case you end up at the 'other' Nottingham ground.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

Address : Meadow Lane Stadium
Meadow Lane
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0115 9529000
Fax : 0115 9553994
Chairman : Alan Hardy
Press Officer : Ralph Shepherd
Fixtures Secretary : Tony Cuthbert
Manager : Kevin Nolan

Capacity : 20,300
Seated : all seater stadium
Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 47,310 v York City, F.A. Cup Sixth Round, 12th March 1955

Nickname : The Magpies
Colours : shirts - black and white stripes; shorts - black; socks - black

Ticket Prices :
When first started going to Meadow Lane we were able to sit in the rather nice new Kop End. More recently we've been shoved into a corner of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, with a far poorer view. Away supporters are housed in the Z Block area. This is a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces but County make this flexible if they think there's more of you turning up.

Advance Tickets for the 2018-19 trip are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices are as follows:

Adults and Over-65s: £10.00; Under-18s: £5.00; Under-12s: £1.00; Under-7s: FREE.

The offers for the Under-12 and Under-7 rates are on the condition that you're also buying an Adult or Senior rate ticket at the same time.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, all of the above rates increase by £2.00 with the exception of the Under-12s and Under-7s offers (although bear in mind that still means you're buying a full rate Adult/Senior ticket at the increased price). Note that there are no cash turnstiles available on the day. Hence Notts County strongly recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day - either that or allow plenty of time. Tickets on the day are available from a booth located near the away turnstiles, with cash only accepted on the day.

Disabled Info :
Disabled supporters are admitted at the above prices. You're entitled to take an assistant in free of charge if you are on the medium (or above) rate of disabled living allowance. Disabled car parking spaces can be booked by phoning 0115-9557-204 in advance of the match. This is also the number to use in case of any other special arrangements needed for the game.
There are ten wheelchair disabled places in the Jimmy Sirrel stand, with some of them provided in the Z Block (away) area - if that's fully booked they tend to use the Haydn Green Family Stand.
Only six parking spaces are reserved on site, shared between both home and away fans. Wheelchair users get priority. Toilets adapted for the disabled are located in the Derek Pavis Stand, Jimmy Sirrel Stand and Family Stand. Catering outlets are found in the concourses. The counters are not dedicated - steward assistance on request.

Disabled supporters are requested by Notts County to contact the club in advance to make arrangements on 0115 9557 204 or via e-mail at

The Kop End - away fans used to have this, but now it's for home fans only
The Kop End - away fans used to have this, but now it's for home fans only.
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Notts County : Directions To The Ground

You'll most likely be on the M1 as you near Nottingham.

By Road

For those coming from the South exit at Junction 24 of the M1:

follow the signs for Nottingham on the A453. Continue through Clifton, passing the Trent University on your left hand side. At the next set of traffic lights continue straight over and follow the signs for West Bridgeford (B679). Continue for two miles and at the junction turn left onto the A60. Continue over Trent Bridge and take the first right at the lights into Cattle Market Road. Meadow Lane is on your right hand side.

For those coming from the North exit at Junction 26 of the M1:

take the A610 to Nottingham. If you know where you are going there is a shorter route but it's probably simpler to join the Ring Road once reached and follow the signs for 'Football Traffic'. You'll eventually pass the City Ground on your left. Cross over Lady Bay Bridge and turn left at the bottom onto Meadow Lane. Carry straight on and the ground is in front of you.


There is plenty of parking around the area. The Old Cattle Market is the most convenient for away fans and is slightly cheaper than the club car park off Meadow Lane. Prices are £3.00 in the Old Cattle Market. There is also parking on the Victoria Embankment, which is the road that circles around the river on its north bank, south-west of the two grounds - check the signage as although it's street parking, at certain times of the day they expect you to pay, but it looks like it's still free at weekends. The mean cost conscious can track down other off-street parking by going south of the river, but will probably have to walk that bit further.
Outside the main stand at Meadow Lane
Outside the main stand at Meadow Lane.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2018-19 season League Two fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.30p.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at - remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

By Rail

Nottingham is served by three train companies : Midland Mainline, Central Trains and Virgin Trains. London trains for Nottingham leave from St. Pancras. There are a couple of direct trains an hour, with a journey time of about an hour and three-quarters. Alternatively there are services with a change at Leicester. Journey time from Birmingham New Street is about one hour fifteen minutes.
Meadow Lane is around a ten minute walk from Nottingham station. Come out of the station entrance, turn left and left again. Follow the road down to the dual carriageway and then turn right, cross the road and keep walking until you see County's ground on your left, over the canal bridge.

By Air

If anyone fancies flying East Midland Airport is fourteen miles from Meadow Lane.

By Bus

Routes 6, 10 and 11 from the city centre go past Meadow Lane. Services are every ten minutes. Not quite the great days I recall when travel in Nottingham was a flat rate 10p for the day, but the bus service is still excellent and cheap. Adult single fares are £1.70 (Child/Student £1.00) but a day ticket is probably best value, allowing all day travel for £3.40. If you're buying your rail ticket at an outlet that recognises the 'PlusBus' scheme, you can pay for this at the same time as your rail ticket. Nottingham also has a tram line but it doesn't run by the stadium.

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Notts County : Web Resources
Web Sites

Notts County Mad
Part of the Mad franchise, this one appeared to have its own County fan(s) editing the site up until the start of the 2010-11 season, but since the season has started it's just gone back to the franchised updates. Someone on holiday, or a more permanent suspension of business? We'll hopefully find out soon.

Notts County Official Site
Official site, under the PTV banner, suffering the franchise's usual strengths and weaknesses.

Web Message Boards

Views From The Kop
The message board for the Notts County MAD site. Ridiculously busy board.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Notts County Mailing List
Running since February 2001, this message board still had 320 members as of August 2010 and was running at anything between 600 and 1,200 messages a month. For a mailing list that's impressive.

Local Press

Nottingham Post
Dedicated section for Notts County news from the Nottingham Evening Post.

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Notts County : Food & Drink
General :

Nottingham is, in our opinion, a great city. Loads to do and see; plenty of good pubs and nightlife; a sporting Mecca, with two League clubs, a Test cricket ground, a racecourse, a major rugby club, Nottingham Panthers ice hockey........

There are a host of fast food outlets all along the Radcliffe Road in the vicinity of the football and cricket grounds. The Southbank Bar situated on Trent Bridge offers pre-match food at a discounted rate on production of a valid match ticket.

For those wanting to stay the weekend that King of Nightlife Will Ranner suggests: the bars down by the canal (near the station) are the best for a night out; or the bars and clubs around the new(ish) cinema complex in town.

Club Bar :

The Supporters' Club does not admit away fans. Inside the Kop Stand there were alcohol outlets on the concourses but given that Notts County do not suggest there is any alcohol available for away supporters at the ground we'd assume that the Jimmy Sirrel Stand has nothing in the away section - although there is in the home section. You may need to look elsewhere, which for a city like Nottingham is no great hardship - there's plenty of choice here.
The Meadow Lane social club - no away fans allowed in
The Meadow Lane social club - no away fans allowed in.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

Local Pubs :

Canal House: Castle Rock beers. A listed three storey pub that used to be a canal warehouse. The canal actually runs through the inside of the pub, making this one of the more unusual pubs in the city and worth it just to see the location. You'll find some of the narrow boats moored up inside the pub. Situated just north of the station, walking away from the grounds. Food served daily. Large covered beer garden.
Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7EH. Tel: 0115 9555060. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Lots of waitresses with their assets up front
Lots of waitresses with their assets up front
© Hugh Gleave
Hooters: Just off the A60 between the station and the grounds. A bar/restaurant with er, special attractions in the waitress service......... the clue is in the name. Of course the product may not be exactly as portrayed on the label the day you visit, but life's a bitch. Don't expect a family atmosphere though. Food and drink is in the American style. Five minutes or so walk from the Meadow Lane, ten or so from the City Ground. Opening was 12.00 - 12.00 Mondays - Thursdays, and 11.30 a.m. - 2.00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays - no idea if that still holds as their website concentrates on other er, points rather than possibly useful bits of info like opening times. Moved to the new building shown - just across the road from the previous site if you went pre-2006.
Hooters, Hicking Building, Great Northern Close, London Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 3AS. Tel: 0115 9588111. Fax: 0115 9418560. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Lloyds No. 1 Bar: In the heart of the city, converted from a bank of the same name. Opening is 11.00 a.m - midnight. The beer is cheap, with an ever changing selection, and food is served all day. Up to 9.00 p.m. families with children are welcome; thereafter the music is turned up and it gets packed with the younger (or as Mr Ranner less politely puts it chavscum townies) drinking element.
Lloyds No. 1 Bar, 1, Carlton Street, Hockley, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1NL. Tel: 0115 9881660. Map: Click Here.

Lord Nelson: One mile from the railway station, and one mile from the ground. Two 500 year old cottages knocked into a pub, this outlet looks like a rural inn dropped into the city. There are four rooms. Greene King have taken over this pub and are sadly putting their beer and influence into the place, although they are still doing guests from Blue Monkey. There is a nice garden, which is pleasant on fine days early or late in the season. A covered shelter serves the smokers in more inclement weather. Food is served at lunchtimes. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. weekdays, and 11.00 a.m. - midnight on Saturdays, with 11.00a.m. - 11.00 p.m. on Sundays.
Lord Nelson, 11, Thurgarton Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 4AJ. Tel: 0115 9110069. Map: Click Here.

News House: Situated in the same road as the Canal House, a little further east. A two roomed pub that includes pub games such as darts and bar billiards. Only does food on Tues-Fri lunchtimes though. Although owned by Castle Rock it now also operates as the host Tap for Totally Brewed Brewery, who only started up in 2014, but already have built up a good reputation.
News House, 123 Canal Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7HB. Tel: 0115 950 2419. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Old Salutation Inn: You may find this pub variously known as the Salutation Inn, Old Salutation Inn and also Ye Olde Salutation Inn. It's owned by Enterprise Inns. Situated north of the railway station and therefore moving away from the two grounds, but a little different to some of the other pubs. A pub for the discerning rocker, you can even get Heavy Metal Karaoke if you're staying there on a Friday night. Late night licence as well. Regular real ale: Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Robinsons Trooper, Sharp's Atlantic, Sharp's Doom Bar, Wychwood Hobgoblin. Cider: Weston’s Old Rosie. It’s owned by Enterprise Inns. Food served all day. If you're there on the Saturday night, the pub is also the starting point for the Nottingham Ghost Walk, which leaves at 6.55p.m. - the pub is situated above Nottingham's labyrinth of caves, which forms the end part of the walk. Opening hours: Sunday/Monday 12.00 noon till 11.00p.m. Tuesday to Thursday 12.00 noone till Midnight, Friday & Saturday 12.00 till 3.00a.m. Food is served from noon until 6.00p.m. except for Mondays.
Old Salutation Inn, Houndsgate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7AA. Tel: 0115 988 1948. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Southbank Bar: Less than half a mile from Meadow Lane, but across the river. Good venue if you want to take in an inspection of the other football stadium and the cricket ground, as it's right outside Trent Bridge. Sister pub to the Globe (above). Four real ales are on offer, including one from the Mallard microbrewery in Nottingham and some Navigation Brewery beers. Their website keeps a running list of what they've got on at any given time. The outlet does good food and has plenty of sports coverage on numerous televisions. For some reason whilst a review guide for Notts County recommends it as fine for away supporters, one in the same publication for Notts Forest says away fans should avoid it. We've used it for beer and food - it's good. Opening hours 11.00a.m. until midnight, with Friday and Saturday given an extension until 2.00a.m. whilst on Thursdays its until 1.00a.m.
Southbank Bar, 1, Bridgford House, Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6AN. Tel: 0115 9455541. Fax: 0115 9144209. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Trent Bridge Inn: A shortish - five or so minute - walk along the A60 across the other side of the river from Meadow Lane. It's had a few revamps over the years and has now become a Wetherspoon outlet. Opening hours from 8.00a.m. until midnight, with the first few hours for breakfasts and coffee.
Trent Bridge Inn, 2, Radcliffe Road West, Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6AA. Tel: 0115 9822786. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Home end pub
Home end pub
© Hugh Gleave
Trent Navigation Inn: Back in 2004, this pub was rough and tatty looking and was up for sale, and its only redeeming feature was that it was very close to the ground. It got a major refurbishment in 2009, and we're now talking five real ales, three real ciders and a perry. This is the Tap Room for Navigation Ales Brewery, which started up in 2012. Four big screen TVs show Sky Sports. The only snag is that with it being in Meadow Lane itself, we're talking a pub full to the rafters with home fans on match days. Opening Hours are Mon-Thurs noon to 11; Fri noon-late; Sat 11 am – late; Sun noon – 10.30. Food: Sun-Tues noon – 8; Wed – Fri noon – 9; Sat 11am – 8.
Trent Navigation Inn, 17, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 3HS. Tel: 0115 9868122. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

One of our favourite pubs on the Football League - great beer
One of our favourite pubs on the Football League - great beer
© Hugh Gleave
Vat & Fiddle: A couple of hundred yards from the railway station, and 0.8 of a mile from Meadow Lane, and something over the mile to the City Ground. Next door to Tynemill's Castle Rock Brewery, it serves their ales, and guests, and German and Belgian beers - anything up to ten different ones in total at a time. A cider or two also usually available. There are seventy malt whiskies stocked. They've also upped their food options recently - before it was a bit minimal as to what was available, but we've now got a fairly simple but traditional pub menu. Pub opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (and midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Food is served from 11.00a.m. until 8.00p.m. or until 5.00p.m. on Sundays. The beer has always been absolutely top notch - kept and served perfectly. Seems to quietly allow children, certainly at lunchtime, though there's nothing to make this policy explicit. Has TV. The brewery's Harvest Pale is the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2010. Completely unpretentious and not much to look at outside or in, but if you like good beer this is the pub in Nottingham to head for.
Vat & Fiddle, 12-14, Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 1NB. Tel: 0115 9850611. Fax: 985 1615. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Oldest pub in England - it claims
Oldest pub in England - it claims
© Hugh Gleave
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem: Although a good walk from the stadiums - just under and just over the mile and a half - this has to get a mention. It is claimed as the oldest continuously used site for an inn in England, dating from 1189. The pub is a warren of small rooms, with the oldest parts cut into the rock beneath the castle. The current building itself dates from 1660. Greene King took over local brewers (and previous owners) Hardys and Hansons during the mid-2000s, and have gradually scrapped all but a couple of the beers they originally brewed – and these are no longer brewed at Kimberley, but in Greene King’s mega-plant at Bury St Edmunds. Regular beers: Greene King IPA, Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip (Greene King), Nottingham Extra Pale Ale. There are six changing beers, but these are mainly from various branches of Greene King’s multifarious collection of brewery names… so now taste like every other Greene King beer. The menu is fairly extensive, but rather what one expects of pubs of this ilk these days - Nachos, Cajun, Lasagne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Gammon, Steak, BBQ Chicken, various Burgers etc. - i.e. plenty of choice, but all rather unadventurous pub cuisine. There are children's options, and they are welcome up to early evening (6.00 p.m.) whilst food is still being served. Opening is 10.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Thursday - Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Sunday. Only around five minutes walk from Nottingham Railway Station for those arriving by train. Attractive courtyard to sit in in good weather. Very touristy, as one would expect.
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, 1, Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AD. Tel: 0115 9473171. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Pretty cosmopolitan place, Nottingham, providing you stick to the city. Venture into Sherwood at your peril though.

Top-Tip :

Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
Riding through the glen,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
With his band of men,
Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Robin Hood! Robin Hood! Robin Hood!

He called the greatest archers
To a tavern on the green,
They vowed to help the people of the king,
They handled all the trouble
On the English country scene,
And still found plenty of time to sing.

Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
Riding through the glen,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood,
With his band of men,
Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Robin Hood! Robin Hood! Robin Hood!

Go on, sing it at the pub. You know you want to!

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Notts County : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

There's a 'castle' (though not the original), a City of Caves (accessed bizarrely from one of the shopping centres), the Lace Market district, the County Ground, Trent Bridge, and many bridges over the Trent if you're into bridges. Some one must be.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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