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“Best pub in town!”

The Lion at Basford
Ranked #16 of 140 Nightlife in Nottingham
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Owner description: Located in the shadows of the magnificent Shipstone's Brewery, The Lion Inn at New Basford in Nottingham has an enviable reputation for cask ales and live music. Its' rustic charm and great ale house ambiance has made it very popular with locals and travelling customers. An entrant in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the past ten years, the Lion has a virtual beer festival every week. All day, every day, there are at least 11 cask ales available from different breweries, including local breweries such as Blue Monkey, Castle Rock, Nottingham Brewery and Dancing Duck. Regional breweries include Batemans's, Greene King, Bass and Black Sheep alongside other regional ales from Fullers, Timothy Taylor, Hopback and Oakham. As well as a huge range of cask ales the pub also boasts a Cider Bar. New for 2012 The Lion recognised the massive growth and demand for cider and pledged to stock at least 10 traditional ciders at any given time, as well as a small range of bottled ciders from Weston's, Thatchers and Kopparberg. The beer cellars at the Lion are amazing. Two floors down and formed from one of Nottingham's natural caves the cellars here are amongst the deepest in the city.Live music at the Lion is as legendary as Robin Hood!! The Sunday Lunchtime jazz session is an institution. Local and travelling bands play a variety of sounds on Friday and Saturday nights and you can be kept updated as to who is playing next via the website or their Facebook page. The pub also has a great reputation for food with their brand new Rock 'N' Roll Burger Co. Menu drawing in crowds from afar. We are serving the full selection of 50's inspired burgers Monday to Saturday from 12 noon till 6pm. Described as an 'overnight sensation' the menu lists 25 different burgers including venison, chicken, lamb, fish, pulled pork, bacon and egg, locally sourced beef plus five vegetarian options! Plus the new special dessert menu "Drive-In Sundae" with an impressive selection of 10 ice cream sundaes themed around Hollywood's golden age. With a selection that good and burgers from only £6.50 There is something for everyone.Each burger is made to the highest quality encased in imported brioche buns with your choice of sides all served on a camping tin plate. Summers at The Lion have always been the busy time. There is an excellent beer garden and elevated patio adjacent to the well lit car park. In the winters real fires and log burners make for a warm and friendly atmosphere inside.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best pub in town!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Great range of beers, friendly staff, fantastic burgers and a warm atmosphere. Situated near a tram line, roughly 20m walk from nottingham town centre.

Visited June 2014
Thank Tom B
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fancy a burger and a pub quiz...?”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Last night a group of us went to the Lion to try the new Rock'n'Roll Burger menu. I had the Dolly Parton (chicken, brie and redcurrant jelly), my partner had the Bluegrass (cajun chicken and stilton) and my brother had the King (pulled pork). All of them came with fries, onion rings and coleslaw and the lot came to under £25 - a whole lot cheaper than the nearest rivals to this, Annie's. My burger was delicious, as was my partner's - the salad is particularly generous and the brioche buns are a great touch. My brother's pulled pork wasn't as good - we were expecting shredded pork in BBQ sauce, instead it was more akin to a pork curry in a burger bun! The accompaniments were great too, especially as the onions rings and coleslaw came at no extra charge. The coleslaw was clearly homemade and absolutely delicious! Another huge plus point was the sauce bar, (having visited other burger restaurants we were used to paying extra for sauces but there was no charge for them here), a vast array of delights were on offer from a Budweiser BBQ sauce, Jack Daniels glaze, blue cheese dressing and many more. We all really enjoyed it, despite the strange pulled pork - we will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. I'd have given it a 5 star rating if the pulled pork was better and if there were some desserts on offer - a chocolate fudge sundae or a bit of New York cheesecake would have gone down a treat after our burgers!
Also worth mentioning that the staff were all lovely (even when I ordered a hot chocolate in the middle of a rush between quiz rounds - something which I hated when I was a barmaid!), there is always an excellent selection of well-kept real ale, and the quiz was good fun too (Wednesday nights if you're interested). All in all - if you fancy a burger, definitely get on the tram and get to the Lion.

Visited May 2014
Thank Stanners1984
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“Diamond in the rough”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

The lion at basford is like a diamond in the rough. The exterior and surrounding area don't even begin to do this place justice. Once you step inside you are greeted by a warm, rustic environment thats full of character. The staff are always friendly and ready to assist, the beer is always top notch (and there's is always plenty to choose from), the vast selection can be a bit mind blowing at first (11 real ales, 10 traditional ciders and 7 lagers/craft beers) but with Bass on draught constantly (I haven't seen it anywhere else in far too long) alongside harvest pale, rotating blue monkey and Oakham ales, a real ale drinker is always hard pushed to find something they wouldn't like (I'm usually torn between 3 or 4 beers myself).
The new burger menu is quite interesting as well, I've seen no end of them shoot out of the kitchen and the plate always returns empty.
I happened upon this place around 3 years ago and it has become my biweekly event. With a general knowledge quiz on a Wednesday (that I'm not very good at, admittedly) and live music Thursday - Sunday, there isn't much that this place hasn't got.
If you can't find what you need here, you won't find it anywhere near here. Fact!

Visited May 2014
Thank Christopher S
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“best pub in Nottingham”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

This is such a great pub. I don't drink beer, but my husband loves their selection. But it is nice that the pub offers a nice selection of cider all the time. Now they offer burgers in their menu, we went last weekend and they were absolutely awesome. Love everything about this place

Visited April 2014
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“Expecting too much perhaps?”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Visited early on a Monday evening, so not likely to be at it's liveliest, but was disappointed to find no menu on offer beyond the bags of various behind the counter. A great ambiance I grant you, the sort out of fashion nowadays in city pubs. Maybe I was unfairly expecting more, or maybe its because I was blitzed five years ago in a pop quiz here that I can't award higher.

Visited March 2014
Thank ParliamentOwls
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