This pub is a beauty! It has enormous character inside and out and was originally the brewery tap for the once great Shipstone’s Brewery just down the road. Five separate rooms, very comfortable and decorated with over half a century of interesting brewery memorabilia.
It’s in an out of the way part of town, so we normally catch the tram there and then walk back to town doing a bit of spice shopping on the way down Radford Road.
If you want food, make sure you check the serving times. They serve lunches Tuesday to Friday, and on Sunday. They have a special themed food nights on first and third Fridays of the month, 6-8pm:
1st Friday fish supper £5.50
3rd Friday pie night £5.95
Apart from the beautiful architecture, the main reason you’ll want to visit the Horse and groom is the splendid beer. Nine cask ales are always available, Deuchars IPA, London Pride are regulars,(an odd choice in my humble opinion), a guest Mild and LocAle, and the remaining five change regularly. We sampled Osset Excelsior and Leeds Pale. Yum!
What can I say? It’s a wonderful, historic, real ale pub serving wonderful, well kept real ale!
We’re planning a revisit in a couple of days time so I’ll skip the star rating until then.