New gin bar is per­fect tonic for city cen­tre pub

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By LYNETTE PINCHESS

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.

Red­smith’s

Dry Long­don

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.”

PIC­TURES: JOSEPH RAYNOR

As­sis­tant man­ager Dan Craig-smith pic­tured with a gin and tonic in the new gin bar at the Bell Inn, in An­gel Row

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