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Now having been rebranded as the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse, the Plough Inn, as it was previously known, would have been a regular watering hole to the many factory workers who would have sweated it out in the nearby hosiery and engineering firms for which Nottingham was once famous, prior to the discotheque trend of the 70’s – that’s not to say that everything engineering and hosiery in Nottingham came to a grinding halt and disappeared on the New Year’s Eve of 1970, far from it – some affiliated companies can still be found.

Today, there is a minuscule metal-working industry in Nottingham’s inner city, but the material manufacturing businesses are on the increase, albeit very small.  Admittedly there are not nearly as many as there once were when Nottingham was the leading light as far as the UK’s lace industry was concerned.  Gone are the days when lunchtime and early-doors drinkers sporting a plethora of grimy oil-based overalls from the likes of internationally known bicycle manufacturers Raleigh, or the smartly pressed uniforms of hosiery workers from the various clothing producers in Radford’s factories, propping up the bars in the area.

Dating back to the 1700s, the Plough Inn, St Peter’s Street, Radford, famously chronicled by Alan Silitoe, has seen many changes in its lifetime, not least alterations effectively removing the old “jug n bottle” off sales bar; a common find in many pubs prior to the hippy days of the mid sixties.

It was rebuilt by the original Nottingham Brewery Company in 1865.  Ironically, in more recent times the pub became part of the 21st century Nottingham Brewery Company and rebadged as the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse.  Owned by Directors Philip Darby and Niven Balfour, not only did they buy the pub, but they bought the Nottingham Brewery name as well.

Set amidst the chimney pots of the Radford area of Nottingham, this one-time Whitbread two-roomed locals’ local attracts patrons from near and far, not least because it is the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse, and of course because the welcome from landlady Mel, the staff, and customers alike, is always first class; the fact that the drinks available (particularly the cask conditioned ales) are of outstanding quality and always in top-notch condition is an added bonus to any discerning beer drinker, especially those that are fans of the Nottingham Brewery beers as most of their core range of real ales are usually available at the TapHouse, beer stocks permitting.  Guest ales can sometimes also be found, along with guest ciders.

Today the pub is leased out to the Derbyshire based Pub People Company.

Boasting two real log fires, two bars, and an outside rear garden / outside drinking area which accommodates a skittle ally, the Nottingham Brewery TapHouse also offers an upstairs room where small groups can meet, subject to prior arrangement.

Occasional barbeques and other outdoor events such as skittle tournaments and community charity fundraising events supporting the local scout group or the very worthy Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance are held in this sun-trap of the outside space, or in the car-park...that’s when the sun decides to shine of course!

Inside, traditional pub games are on hand to add to the atmosphere during the dark winter months, and there’s always a range of books, newspapers, and magazines to read.  There’s weekly quiz on a Thursday, and various other events.  See the What’s On pages.