New gin bar is perfect tonic for city centre pub
ICONIC Nottingham pub the Bell Inn reopens today after a six-figure refurbishment – with a new gin palace upstairs.
The Greene King pub, in Angel Row, has been closed for a fortnight while work has been carried out inside and out at the historic listed building.
Dating back to 1437, when it was constructed as a refectory for monks from a nearby monastery, it is one of the city’s oldest boozers.
Now, in keeping with the trend for gin, the first-floor Belfry restaurant has been converted into the Belfry Gin Palace with more than 70 different varieties and a particular focus on local producers.
Among them is the new limited edition Redsmith Outlaw (distilled in Sneinton) at 57 percent gunpowderproof with a crescendo of juniper and citrus notes.
Gin is also behind the bar, together with barberry and dry apple flavours.
There are seven from Blue Monkey Brewery including salted caramel, blue to violet, mango and passion fruit and perfect for festive celebrations - Christmas pudding gin.
“It’s nice with a little bit of soda, so it doesn’t take the flavour away too much,” said general manager Kelly Grace.
Castle Gate Gin from Weavers, a name more associated with wine in the city, also features.
Gin lovers can sip a G&T or something more exotic in the traditional oakpanelled room with low beams. Empty gin bottles have been put to good use turned into lights for the tables to create a cosy glow at night-time.
The gin palace will be open from 4pm every day and will offer a gin of the day. Light bites, from nachos to baked camembert and sharing platters with chicken, mezze and burgers and fish goujons, will be served.
Downstairs has been spruced up nothing too drastic but improvements such as new lighting, fresh paint and new flooring, complementing the Snack Bar, the Tudor Bar and the Elizabethan Bar – or as regulars say, “the Lizzie”.
The Snack Bar at the rear has been equipped with 4k Sky Sports TVS so sports fans can watch their heroes on super-sized screens while sampling the array of national and local cask ales and craft beers.
The pub was being reopened at 10.30am today by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Glyn Jenkins.
Kelly said: “We’re incredibly excited to launch tomorrow and can’t wait to show locals and visitors the new-look interior.
“We’ve worked hard to maintain the existing character of the pub, whilst adding contemporary features that will create a desirable environment for our guests. To ensure our offering is tailored to the location, we will be serving a selection of locally brewed cask ales, craft beers and a wide selection of gins – in addition to our extensive drinks collection.”
Assistant manager Dan Craig-smith pictured with a gin and tonic in the new gin bar at the Bell Inn, in Angel Row