Best pubs in the East Midlands revealed
The National Pub & Bar Awards has announced the best pubs and bars from each county across the United Kingdom.
In total, 94 venues from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been selected as the best in their county, and will now make their way to the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final at BAFTA in London on Tuesday May 23.
At the final, the 94 County Winners will be in the running to be named the best in their region. The overall National Pub & Bar of Year will also be announced.
Five pubs and bars in the East Midlands will battle it out to become the very best in the region.
The county winners:
Derbyshire – The Cock Inn, Mugginton
The historic pub, which sits on top of the long hill up from Weston Underwood, was home to Cock Horses back in the 18th and 19th century. The pub ceased trading back in 2006, and only reopened to the public after a £1 million restoration in late 2016. The pub boasts a traditional bar area with 10 craft beers available, as well as a large dining area.
Leicestershire – The Manners Arms
The Manners Arms is a country restaurant and hotel. Built for the 6th Duke of Rutland, the building has been refurbished in recent years and now offers 10 bedrooms, a restaurant and traditional bar. The restaurant serves locally sourced food and a range of real ales, including a local beer brewed within The Vale of Belvoir.
Northamptonshire – 185 Watling Street
Chefs at 185 Watling Street create a new menu every month, giving visitors the chance to try something different on each visit. The pub also offers a selection of home-made ice creams and sorbets, freshly baked breads and a cheese trolley. There is also a range of cocktails, wine and real ales available.
Nottinghamshire – The Hockley Arts Club
Opened in late 2015, The Hockley Arts Club consists of four floors, including an independent bar, a restaurant and a top floor gin and prosecco bar. The menu includes a wide range of cocktails, including Mambo *5, Robin Hood inspired Prince of Thieves and a classic Espresso Martini. The menu also includes beer buttered cod, paella and 24oz rib of beef.
Rutland – The Grainstore Brewery Tap
Since opening its doors in September 1995, The Grainstore Brewery Tap has brewed its very own beers right on the premises and offer visitors the opportunity to take a tour around their brewery. The venue also hosts live music events and comedy nights, as well as a menu featuring homemade burgers, ploughmans and chilli con carne made with Grainstore beer.