Ashfield is gaining a reputation for good quality micro pubs. The Dandy Cock Ale House in Kirkby is CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2018. Others include The Dog House and the Squire Musters Ale Room & Snug and the Wild Rabbit at Portland Park in the Kirkby and Annesley area, The Wrinkly Dog and The Scruffy Dog in Sutton and the Byron’s Rest, Lyngary’s Irish Microbar, Boatswain’s and the Beer Shack in Hucknall. In the Rural area try the Poachers Ale House. Jacksdale, and the Ginger Giraffe Micro Pub and Gin Bar in Underwood.
There are several traditional pubs with historic connections,
including the Carnarvon Arms on the edge of Teversal Village, to the north west of Sutton. At the heart of the pub is the unique ‘Ship Room’ where DH Lawrence was claimed to pen the famous ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’. This themed room is available to enjoy drinks and food.
The Cricketers Arms in Nuncargate, Kirkby sits on a site dating back to the early 17th century. The adjoining sports field was where former England and Nottinghamshire fast bowler Harold Larwood first played cricket as a youngster.
Larwood’s birth certificate and marriage certificate adorn the walls of the pub, along with memorabilia from his career, including the infamous ‘Bodyline’ tour of Australia in 1932-33.
The Rural area of the District offers a range of pubs such as the Horse and Jockey, Selston, described by CAMRA as
‘a drinkers gem dating from 1664 with wooden bench seating, large open fires and flagstone floors... A quiz is held on Sunday evening and a folk night every Wednesday. Look out for Selstock Beer and Music Festival in July. Winner of many CAMRA awards including pub of the year 2014 & Pub of the Season Autumn 2016.
There are many more pubs in Ashfield providing great beer, food, entertainment and atmosphere, for a full list visit
CAMRA’s online pub guide:
Festivals & Annual Events
The annual International Byron Festival takes place in July, with events in Hucknall and Newstead Abbey, celebrating the life of the famous poet.