23rd April 2021


Lockdown has eased and we are finally allowed to go and have a refreshing pint or cocktail at a pub outside with friends. We have really missed catching up with pals in our favourite spots in the city, so we’ve put together the following list of our favourite places to eat, drink and have a laugh with your mates, wherever you are in Nottingham.


West Bridgford:


Brewhouse & Kitchen, Trent Bridge

Popular brewery and restaurant Brewhouse & Kitchen stands on the iconic Trent Bridge and overlooks the River Trent.

Grab five friends to share the Craft Beer Cheese Dipping Board with and book here to get a spot in its spacious beer garden. There are heaps of tables to choose from, so it’s the perfect spot to catch some Spring sunshine or relax on a cooler evening – just remember to wrap up warm!


Stratford Haven

With fourteen hand pulls featuring beers from Nottingham’s Castle Rock brewery, the Stratford Haven is great if you want a traditional pub with hearty food (who doesn’t?). The courtyard beer garden is at the back of the pub and it’s sheltered, perfect for when it starts chucking it down!

It’s so popular it’s usually fully booked, but you can put yourself on the waiting list here. If you’re feeling lucky, why not head down and try to grab a walk-in table?!


Waterside Bar + Kitchen

Although open until late, this is the place to go for a good hangover breakfast, feeling the fresh air whilst overlooking the river. You can even add a glass of prosecco to your breakfast for only £3.50 if the hair of the dog is what you need.

If you end up staying all day, try the delicious 2-4-1 pizzas and resident DJ Sanj Beri provides the soundtrack every Saturday evening. Book your table here.




The Crown Inn

With a well-stocked outside bar and ample seating, The Crown Inn is a popular favourite for students when the sun comes out. With a small but carefully chosen selection of wines, real ales, ciders and craft beers and you can also keep it local and wash it down with some proper Nottingham snacks – cobs and pork pies, what more do you need?

Tables are currently allocated on a first come, first served basis, so be prepared to wait in the line if you’re in a larger group!


The Star Inn

One of the largest beer gardens in Nottingham, you can really enjoy feeling the rays whilst sipping on your favourite beverage.

With table service and delicious pizzas available you can put on your sunglasses, kick back and start to enjoy being allowed back into the real world and having a laugh with your mates – we’ve all missed it. Call up to book, but walk-ins are also welcome! Head here for more details.


The Berliner

This German-inspired cocktail bar hasn’t let restrictions stand in the way of serving you some of the best drinks in south Notts. The team at The Berliner has transformed the outside to provide covered an uncovered seating – so remember your sunscreen if you plan on soaking up the rays. Book your spot here.


City centre:



Close to the train station, this popular pub offers an ample choice of beer, particularly its Castle Rock ales, and has always been a favourite with students waiting for the train home. The pub is known for having a canal and bridge inside it is now open for bookings, with a heated and covered seating area, it’s perfect for colder days.

Tables have to be booked with three-hour slots available throughout the day, but there are usually a couple of tables set aside for walk-ins. Book, or get on the waiting list right here.


Golden Fleece

For those looking to top up their tan this Summer, the Golden Fleece with its newly renovated rooftop beer garden is the place to be. Located just a couple of minutes walk from the NTU City Campus, you can now make bookings up to four people.

Get in touch via its Facebook page to secure your spot to catch up with friends in this cosy beer garden.


Pitcher and Piano

If you’re looking to treat yourself, Pitcher & Piano’s terrace is a real sun trap and has great views of Nottingham stretching for miles around. You can’t miss it, as the venue is housed in a huge former unitarian church.

Whether you’re after bottomless brunch with friends, or an al fresco lunch with visiting family members, this is the place to be! To avoid disappointment at this hotspot, we suggest you book early.



One of the most eagerly anticipated reopening’s this Spring, this student favourite has newly expanded its ‘Secret Garden’ in Cobden Chambers to provide quirky heated booths to enjoy your famous Bodega Lager in.

Keep your eyes peeled on Bodega’s Instagram for news of who the street food pop ups are at the moment and rally the troops to get booked in – you’ll need to be quick as tables fill up fast and unfortunately no walk-ins are allowed.


Rock City

Whilst we can’t quite head to Tuned on a Thursday just yet, the team at Rock City has transformed its car park into a beer garden like no other. The Yard Bar is covered from the elements, has heaters and socially distanced tables for up to six people, this is the place to be if you fancy a longer day or night making up for lost time with your mates.

Book your timeslot here.