Beer drinker’s paradise
The Vat and Fiddle is a wonderful, proper pub with great atmosphere. We regularly travel right across Nottingham to enjoy the serene ambience of this unique pub. It’s only a short stroll away from the train and bus stations so it’s a good contender for a pub crawl. I think I’d rate it as one of the best pubs in Nottingham.
Prominent among the clientele are staff of the Castle Rock brewery, including the head brewer. There is an impressive array of cask ales, (mostly from Castle Rock) and there’s a good selection of bottled world beers and whiskeys. In my humble opinion, you’d have to be a bit perverse not to drink the CRB as the Vat is the brewery tap, so the beer is always fresh and served at its best.
Recently, an additional room has been added in honour of the late Spyke Golding, good beer advocate, editor of CAMRA’s Nottingham Drinker, and much missed personality. There is an excellent post on Spyke’s life and many accomplishments in This is Nottingham.
Assuming you like cats, if you are lucky, the pub celebrity feline, Kipper (or more properly) Kipr, might put in an appearance. She adopted the VAT when the pub opened and decided to stay. She got her name from the Kelham Island Pale Rider which was on at the time. Kipr is highly respected in the Vat, and everyone knows who’s boss! (She’s in fine form now having recovered from some recent dental work).
The manager, Sarah, buys in top class, fresh cobs from a local bakery and these are available all day.
In common with other Castle Rock pubs, the Vat and Fiddle supports the excellent “one over the eight” token scheme that allows a free pint for each eight tokens on your card.
The regular Jazz and Folk music sessions on Sunday afternoons that’s not intrusive and will generally get you feet tapping.
What can you say about a pub that’s perfect in every way?