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Vat and Fiddle

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A 1930′s rebuild of a Victorian ‘local’, and known as the Grove for most of its life, a succession of failed re-brandings led to its eventual closing by its owners.Resurrected as a real ale house, The Tom Hoskins, in 1992, and subsequently rechristened as The Vat & Fiddle by new owners Castle Rock in 1997, the pub gained a reputation as a proper drinkers pub. A three minute stroll from the railway station, and popular with football and cricket fans. Adjacent to Castle Rock Brewery and thus dubbed the ‘brewery tap’.
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before starting a six day trip to Nottingham my brother and I had read up about this pub back in our home town of Liverpool and we couldn't wait to visit here as the reviews on both TripAdvisor and Ratebeer were just so good and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 293neilk
Louise C, Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this great review Neil. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to Nottingham and our pub. It's very good to hear that you enjoyed both our guest selection and Castle Rock beers as this really is what we pride ourselves on. We hope...More

Reviewed 17 February 2019

I reviewed this pub earlier in the year as a drinking establishment...today we also had some snap. Our niece had the 14.04 to catch to St Pancras, so this pub was the obvious place to rest our weary limbs being a stone's throw to the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank CallmeSteveStA
Louise C, General Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your visit and the food and beer were enjoyed by all. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Popped into the Vat and Fiddle on a Thursday evening to meet up with a business friend. Popped in around 8:30pm and the pub was practically empty with no atmosphere. However having said that quite a few friends have been and they all rave about...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Sardev2014
Louise C, Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2019

Thanks for your review. It is a quiet time of year for us as it is in many pubs at the moment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the beers and we hope that you will visit us again.

Reviewed 19 January 2019

Whats not to like about this splendid pub, typical English style pub, great staff, excellent choice of ales to appeal to anyone, local to to the canalside for further drinking, well worth a visit. Castle brewery pub if you need to know more go on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TeamWard
Louise C, General Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2019

Thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 16 December 2018

Its a typical English style pub serving the Castle Rock brewery items (just behind), also serves typical lagers and other items, good atmosphere, great staff and well worth a pint or two.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TeamWard
Louise C, General Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review! We pride ourselves on great customer service, great beer and our lovely customers create an amazing atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

I wanted to thank the staff for all there hard work over the last few months and a trip round the brewery is a great idea. It lasts about an hour and Adrian was absolutely brilliant explaining everything. All who went really enjoyed it but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Robbthebdc
Louise C, Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

Hi Rob. Thanks for your great review. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and hopefully we will see some of you here again enjoying the beers!

Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

Stopped off on a business trip and whilst waiting for a train. Pub is a real beacon calling out to those heading for the station. Couple of pints a sticky toffee pudding and custard in an old fashioned pub is just the way to pass...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Louise C, Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

We're glad your enjoyed your stop here and hope that we will see you again next time you have a few spare minutes to waste waiting for your train!

Reviewed 12 November 2018

Choice of meeting place before Forest v Stoke, Castle Rocks brewery tap, beer at its best served in a proper pub. Love it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank radfordred
Louise C, Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again very soon!

Reviewed 24 September 2018

This is a little hidden gem near Nottingham main train station. I think it is the tap house of Nottingham brewery, and as such has a wonderful selection of both local and further afield beers and ales. The food is really good, tasty pub grub...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Louise C, General Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thanks for your lovely review James. We do take a lot of pride in our ales as we are the Brewery Tap for Castle Rock Brewery. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Great pub, excellent beer and friendly staff, the best cheese and onion roll I have ever had, the hot food coming out of the kitchen looked good too!👍👍👍

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Robert T
Louise C, General Manager at Vat and Fiddle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thanks so much for your review Robert, it's always great to hear we're giving our customers what they want! Hopefully next time you'll have enough time to stay for some hot food. See you again!

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Jane B
12 March 2019|
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Response from Louise C | Property representative |
Hi Jane, thank you for your question. We do allow dogs in the pub so please do pay us a visit! Thanks
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Martin F
11 March 2019|
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Response from Louise C | Property representative |
Hi Martin, thank you for your question. The closest car park is the train station across the street. Thanks.
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Alex K
9 September 2017|
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Response from CastleRockBrewery | Property representative |
Yes- there is disabled access and a disable toilet.
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