Extensive selection of cask beer and ciders
Travelling from Nottingham by tram is the easiest way to get to The Lion Inn as it has a tram stop just outside. Formerly owned by Batemans, the Lion sits solidy on the corner of Fisher St and Mosley St. It’s a stones throw from the enormous presence of the defunct Shiptons brewery which stands as a reminder of the glory days of brewing in Nottingham.
The Lion is a bit of a star in this down at heel area of Nottingham. It’s range of cask ale is spectacular and it is well liked by locals: that’s not surprising as the proprietor takes a lot of notice of customers’ tastes. Sourcing ales is done on the basis of what has proved popular with clientele. According to their website, the breweries “include many local to Nottingham including Nottingham Brewery, Mallard, Magpie, Milestone, Springhead and Castlerock. Kelham Island, Abbeydale and Ossett from Yorkshire have always proved popular. As have those from further south like Hook Norton, Crouch Vale, Exmoor, and many others.”
Amongst the deepest cellars in the city
The Lion Inn could be described as a permanent beer festival with 11 cask ales and 5 real ciders. That has something to do with its cavernous cellars, “Two floors down and formed from one of Nottingham’s natural caves the cellars here are amongst the deepest in the city.” At this depth, the cellars undoubtedly will provide an ideal environment for keeping cask ales at the perfect temperature.
Varied live events most days of the week
Regular and varied events are another reason for the pub’s popularity. Live music, open mic nights and quizzes mean that there’s something on most days of the week. Especially popular are the Sunday Lunchtime live jazz sessions which have become something of an institution.
Pub grub favorites come in at an afforable 2 for £9.00, and there’s a seasonal menu too, with vegetarian and vegans well catered for.
A visit could be combined with The Horse and Groom which just round the corner.