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England's oldest pub since 1189 is located in the City of Nottingham and is adjacent to the Castle Rock from which the Inn's rooms and cellars are carved.

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      06.10.2008 22:38
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      Fabulous old pub, not to be missed if you visit Nottingham

      When I first met my now husband a few years ago - he raved about Nottingham and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. As a member of CAMRA this was one of his most favorite pubs in the world - apparently!!

      So what could be so good I thought? Ok - I agreed to have a weekend in Nottingham and have a look at see for myself.

      As we approached - on the winters day - it looked small, and quaint from outside. With "the oldest pub in the country" painted on the side - I wondered if would be so nice inside.

      I wasn't disappointed! Its nooks and crannies and bars here & there on different levels. Its stone blazened wall. It was everything I could have imagined and more.

      It is now one of my favourite pubs as well and many a night have we sat over a drink in there and put the world to rights.

      If you go to Nottingham - this pub is a must - whether for a beer or a coffee - or just have a picture taken outside!

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        26.10.2007 10:45
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        Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to be Britain's oldest pub

        When I recently visited Nottingham for a weekend one of the things at the top of my list of things to do was a visit to "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem." Over the years it is a place that I have often heard spoken about, and I have always known that it is well known throughout the World, yet I was somewhat blissfully ignorant as to exactly what it was, so whilst in Nottingham when a friend said to me "I want to take you to Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, you'll love it!" I jumped at the chance.

        WHAT IS YE OLDE TRIP TO JERUSALEM?

        In short Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem claims to be the oldest Pub in the World, dating from 1189AD. There are however some who dispute this claim on the grounds that during its early years it was a private Inn belonging to Castle, these non believers claim that that title belongs to another of Nottingham's Pubs called the Salutation.

        Ye Olde trip To Jerusalem is signposted from absolutely everywhere in Nottingham City centre and so it is very easy to find. The Pub itself is actually built inside the sandstone caves beneath Nottingham Castle, which makes this a very bizarre place indeed. It's location beneath the Castle, which dominates the centre of the City also makes it very easy to find.

        WHY SUCH A STRANGE NAME?

        Apparently I was not alone in wondering where such a strange name for a Pub came from. The present owners told me that when they first moved into this Pub it was the one question that everyone asked. After a while they hung a note on the wall at the side of the bar which now tells all customers about the history of the name, as well as a brief history of the place itself, and now should you ask whilst they are busy, you are likely to be directed towards this sign.

        The clue to the name comes from the date and the location. 1189 was the year that King Richard the First came to the English Throne. King Richard would be remembered by historians 800 years later as Richard the Lionheart, and those same historians will tell us that amongst his many conquests as King, perhaps his most famous conquest was to lead a crusade in the Holy Land against the Saracens.

        Nottingham Castle was a stronghold of the King and legend has it that the brave Knights and the men who rallied to his call to fight in this Crusade, gathered at the Castle to rest before journeying on to Jerusalem. It is also said that they would gather here and rest for a few days enjoying the ale that was brewed in the caves.

        Today it is a rather sobering thought to that think that the majority of these men who "enjoyed one for the road" before setting off on their journey to the Middle East would never return.

        THE HISTORY

        Nottingham Castle dates from the year 1068 when the building of the Castle was completed by William Peverill for William the Conquerer. Although it is not documented the Castle almost certainly had a Brewhouse attached to it, since the quality of drinking water was notoriously bad in the Middle Ages. Ale would have been brewed and drunk, because as well as providing alcohol, the brewing process also sterilised the drink. The brewing of ale also requires a steady temperature and the caves beneath the castle rock would have been ideal because they provided not only a very effective 'air-conditioning' system, but they also provided the necessary storage space.

        The earliest recorded date of the Inn however is from 1189, which is the date displayed on the sign outside, but a brewhouse almost certainly existed long before this date, although it is not known if this would have been in the exact location as to where "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem" exists today. After this date there are very few historical records that exist until 1618 when details of the Inn appear in the records of the City Council.

        The black and white outer timber structure that still exists today almost certainly dates from between 1650 and 1660, when the building was extensively modernised, and it was shortly after this date that the Inn was acquired by William Standford. William Standford was responsible for the modernisation of many period buildings in Nottingham and the results of the alterations that he made have created the building as we see it today.

        There are no references as to the name of the Inn until 1751 when the Inn is referred to as "The Pilgrim" but in 1799 the Inn was being referred to as "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem." Interestingly in deeds of sale for the building dating from 1834 the Inn is referred to as "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, formerly known as the Pilgrim".

        In 1894 the licence of "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem" was taken over by a man called George Henry Ward, who was the licensee of two other Pubs in the centre of Nottingham. He was perhaps the Inn's most colourful character and he was known throughout Nottingham by his nickname "Yorkey." Yorkey had his name inscribed into the wall and remained the licensee until his death in 1914.

        THE PRESENT DAY

        From the outside of the building the Pub looks rather small, but do not be deceived, for what you see from the outside is just the black and white timber structure of the building. The majority of what forms the Pub itself is cut out of the sandstone caves behind it.

        As you walk inside the building through the small, narrow doors the first thing that you sense is that you are stepping back into time, and it is obvious from the feel of the place that this place has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.

        Immediately inside the building the small bar is located directly in front of you, in an area known as the ward room. The ward room has a very unusual feature known as the chimney alcove, where the chimneys to the fireplace emerge through a hole in the top of the rock of the ceiling. These days the fireplace is no longer used but it remains there as an interesting feature.

        From the ward room a short flight of steep steps takes you up into the upstairs lounge. Here the ceilings are quite low and the whole area has a very cosy feel to it. This is also the area of the Pub where you will find the most comfortable seating.

        To the other side of the Bar a small alcove takes you into Yorkey's Lounge. This area is exactly as it was when it was originally built around 1660, with black, solid oak beams running across the low ceiling that dissect the room and give it a true 17th century charm. On the wall here there is a photograph of Yorkey.

        At the very far end of Yorkey's Lounge is an area known as the haunted snug, where many customer's claimed to have seen strange things. This area has had many uses over the years and was once used as a shop, and even as the living quarters of the Inn for a short while.

        Perhaps the most famous room of all is known as the rock room. The most interesting feature is a huge hole in the roof which extends for over sixty feet into the roof of the caves above. This room was originally used as the malting room, and although the hole in the roof is undoubtedly a natural feature it is believed it was used as a massive chimney, and as such was probably opened up and enlarged. It is also said that this shaft was used as a hoist to transport the ale to and from the Castle since it is believed to link into the extensive network of caves that honeycomb the rock beneath the castle.

        The centre piece of the rock room is an armoured figure known as the cursed galleon. It is said that this figure was presented as a gift but in return for what it is unclear. Legend has it that three different people who have cleaned this figure have each died shortly afterwards in strange circumstances, little wonder therefore that the figure now stands inside a glass cabinet, beneath over fifty years of dirt and dust.

        Close to the cursed galleon there is a old timber chair known as the pregnancy chair, where it is said that any female who sits upon it becomes pregnant, so you have been warned!

        Outside there is a large beer garden located in the original Brewhouse Yard, and it is here where the toilets are located. There is also a large grassy area to the side of the building where you are allowed to take your drinks onto, which is ideal if the weather is fine.

        MORTIMER'S HOLE & THE CAVE CELLARS

        One of the legends that is associated with the Inn concerns a man called Roger Mortimer, the Earl of March and the illicit lover of the then Queen Mother, Isabella.

        In the year 1330 King Edward the third entered the building and arrested Mortimer, the lover of his mother, who had committed treason and murdered his father the previous year. Mortimer was arrested and subsequently hanged.

        It is said that Mortimer and Isabella used to meet in a secret room cut out of the caves at the back of the Inn, which was connected to the castle via a network of small passages through the caves. When the King came to arrest Mortimer it is said that it was to this secret room that he fled and it was here that he was subsequently found.

        Beneath the present day Pub, and normally out of view of the general public are the cave cellars. These still house part of the original castle jail and also a cock-fighting pit

        THE FOOD & DRINK

        Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem prides itself on the real ales that it sells which, when I visited here, included a selection of ales brewed by a local brewery called Hardy's & Hansons. This small, independent Brewery had been brewing real ales since 1832 and even had a beer called "Ye Olde Trip Ale". I am however told that this brewery no longer exists.

        In recent years the Pub has introduced an extensive food menu, which ranges from traditional dishes like fish & chips and steak, through to seasonal dishes. Since I didn't sample any food during my visit I am unable to comment further on this aspect.

        The address is as below:

        Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
        Brewhouse Yard
        Nottingham England
        NG1 6AD

        Telephone: 0115 947 3171.

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          Ye Olde Introduction
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          Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem has to be one of my favourite pubs in Nottingham, for a great number of reasons.

          With a history dating back to 1189 , the year of Richard the Lionhearts ascension to the throne, it was named for the fact that soldiers departing for the crusades would often pop in here for a drink on the way to get rid of the heathens in the Holy Land. It also claims to be the oldest public house in the world, although there are some who will argue that as it was in fact a private alehouse for Nottingham castle when first built, this claim goes to another Nottingham pub, The Salutation.

          There is even rumour that Robin Hood and his band were visitors!

          Ye Olde Inne
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          The pubs appearance from the outside is quite impressive. Appearing to be nestled snugly against the sandstone cliffs directly below Nottingham castle, the building is charming in design, with a whitewashed and timber framed exterior, complete with proud announcements of it's venerable age adorning the walls. It's in a beautiful part of Nottingham that has many old buildings, and as such almost feels as though you have stepped into a time long past. It also has a small grass area at the front, and the staff is happy to let you take your drinks out here in the summer to enjoy the sunshine.

          Once inside, it's like entering a cave, which is exactly what it is. See, the pub is not nestling against the cliff but is in fact carved into it, so the small building you see from the outside is only a small amount of the pub itself.

          There are five main drinking areas inside the pub, as well as an enclosed beer garden to the rear. There is a dedicated room for non-smokers, as opposed to merely the roped off area you get in some pubs.

          My favourite room is the rock lounge upstairs, which is entirely carved out of sandstone, with an unusual vertical shaft going up into the cellars of Nottingham castle. This was used to haul beer up into the castle for Ye Olde Grande Drinking Session, in the days when the rock lounge was the malting room for the brewhouse.

          The rock lounge also houses the pregnancy chair by the fireplace - legend says that if any female sitting in the chair will become pregnant . Having held my wedding reception at the trip and having sat in the chair in October 2002 - I duly produced a baby girl in July 2003 - spooky happenings or just lots of post-wedding bed related excercise ? You decide!

          Ye Olde Ale
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          Decent brew is always on offer with Kimberly Bitter, Kimberly Mild, Best Bitter, Ye Olde Trip house brew, and usually two or three guest ales on at any time.

          As well as this there are all the usual suspects on draught including Stella, Carling, Grolsch, Hoegaarden, Hardys & Hansons Cool / Dark, Guinness, Scrumpy Jack & Strongbow Ciders, as well as a selection of fine wines and the usual alcopops and spirits.

          The pub also has a small cocktail menu, and a good selection of hot and cold soft drinks.

          The pub has cask marque status, so you can be assured that your real ales are served to a decent standard. The cost of a pint is around 2.40

          Guest ales for the current month include (but are not limited to)


          Hobgoblin - Wychwood - 5.0%
          Otter Ale - Otter - 4.5%
          Cambridge - Elgood's - 3.8%
          The Rev. James - Brains - 4.5%
          Halloween Surprise - Old Mill - 3.9%
          Thriller - Hydes - 4.5%
          Autumn Dawn - Okell's - 4.2%
          Piddle in the Cold - Wyre - 4.5%
          Crop circle - Hop Back - 4.2%
          Flying Shuttle - Thwaites - 4.6%
          Bishops farewell - Oakham - 4.6%
          Pitch Black - Everards - 4.3%



          Ye Olde Nosh
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          The pub serves a large range of traditional pub food, with a main meal starting at about a fiver. Some of the selections on the menu include fish and chips, lasagne, chilli con carne etc. Non of this is going to set the world alight, but it's decent food, in decent sized portions for a fair price. My recommendation though is to completely ignore the menu and head straight for the special board. This changes every day but there is always something slightly more exciting on offer here.

          Food is served from midday until 8pm,although generally if it's quiet you can get hold of a baguette in the evening.

          Ye Olde Clientele
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          During the day, and especially in summer, the pub is a haven for tourists, due to its long history and to the legends and myths surrounding the place, which I will touch on later. For this reason I would recommend that you visit in the evening to get a real flavour of Nottingham, and get to meet some of the regulars (some of whom I’m sure date back to the crusades themselves.)

          The regulars are friendly, and are only too delighted to regale you with tales of their youth. Although the pub is often busy, it's rarely noisy or rowdy, and never plays loud music. It's a great place to go if you want atmosphere but don't want stag and hen nights lowering the tone.

          It's not stuffy or pretentious though; in fact it's one of the friendliest pubs I've ever been to.

          And believe me, the tourists have some tales of their own to tell - I've heard such interesting tales of other countries when I've stopped in during the day , and one occasion stopped in (after being givena phone number from someone I met who lived in USE) to shout 'Does anyone know the dialling code for New York'

          Guess what - someone did, and I managed to make that call!

          Ye Olde Staff and Service
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          I have to give full credit to the staff here -They know how to pull a pint. They are also very polite and friendly and willing to tell you all about the history of the pub, and it's legends. If you happen to go during a lull, it's a good idea to ask the staff about their own experiences in the pub, as it's rumoured to be the most haunted building in Nottingham, and the staff certainly have a lot of stories to tell.

          The only disadvantage is that service can sometimes take a while during the day as so many tourists DO take advantage of the staffs friendliness, although the wait is never too long.

          Ye Legends and Ghost Stories.
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          One of the things the trip is most famous for is the 'Cursed Galleon'. Said to have been a gift from a departing sailor in the times when Nottingham was a thriving port, the last three people to clean it have mysteriously died. For this reason, It sits in a glass tank, shrouded with dust atop the bar in the rock lounge. No name can be seen through the dust, and the staff have so far proven highly resistant to the idea of me 'giving it a little stroke' to reveal one.

          Also, strange wailing’s have been reported, sometimes by more than one person at once, as coming from the cellar. The cellars here were at one time used as a holding cell for prisoners about to be executed on the nearby standard hill.

          A group of five people at once have claimed to see two soldiers walking through a wall. Two regulars who decided to spend the night in the holding cell within the cellars lasted only twenty minutes, and felt sick and dizzy when they amerged.

          Also, Yorkeys lounge, the middle room on the ground floor, is said to be haunted by the spirit of Yorkey (landlord from 1894 until he died in 1914) who occasionally appears, and people drinking in the snug at the far end have reported taps on the shoulder. He is also said to appear in the cellars.

          If you ask the staff VERY nicely, they do occasionally give you a little tour of the non public rooms, which is a great chance to see the holding cell, as well as the cockfighting pit and other glories hidden in the cellar.

          Other Facts
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          Although the trip has no car park of it's own; there is a large NCP car park a few yards away.

          It has access for the disabled on the lower floor.

          Payment is accepted by all major cards except for AMEX, and cashback is offered on debit cards. Children are welcome in all areas of the pub until six PM, and coach parties are welcome with prior booking.

          Ye Olde Trip is located directly beneath Nottingham castle, which is well signposted all through the city. It is a five-minute walk from the city centre and the train station, and major bus routes run nearby.

          This is a pub I highly recommend to anyone looking for somewhere different to drink. It's friendly, with great beer and decent food, and the regulars are a tourist attraction in themselves.Well worth visiting.

          You can contact the trip at:
          Brewhouse Yard, Castle Road,
          Nottingham, NG1 6AD, UK
          0115 947 3171

          Thanks for reading.

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            11.12.2006 10:59
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            A slice of history in the shadow of Nottingham Castle.

            The Olde Trip to Jerusalem is a lovely pub in the centre of Nottingham. Stories claim that it is the oldest pub in England and the name comes from the Crusades ~ the sign outside has the date 1189 on it. The legend goes that the pub, which is carved into the sandstone rocks behind, was first opened at this point in history; the year 1189 being the date that King Richard came to the throne. As King Richard is synonymous with the Crusades to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, it is from here that the pub’s name is derived. The link between the pub name and the city of Nottingham comes from King Richard too; Nottingham Castle was a favourite of the king and he often garrisoned his troops there. The word “trip” itself used to refer to a resting place, rather than an actual journey somewhere, so we are told that the Crusaders stopped off at this hostelry in the shadow of the King’s stronghold on the way to fight.

            The Trip is located in Brewhouse Yard in, and in front of, the rocks beneath Nottingham Castle. The location of the pub and the name Brewhouse Yard refers to the fact that the site used to be the Castle brewery before it became a public house. As water was of doubtful quality and likely to cause disease, brewing beer was an essential part of Castle life. Brewing sterilized the water, so a clean drink was assured. A public house replaced the Brewery years later, but it is actually doubtful that the pub is quite as old as we are led to believe. It is in no doubt that the brewhouse and the area carved into the rock is from the 11th and 12th Centuries, but the white buildings that make up the outer part of the Trip are probably more likely to be from the 17th Century and beyond.

            Opening hours are 10.30am to 11pm (Mondays to Wednesdays, 10.30am to midnight (Thursday to Saturday) and Sundays are 11am to 11pm. Food is served Monday to Sunday, from midday until 8pm.

            For me, The Trip is a favourite of mine when I visit the city because it has a good selection of Cask Ales on the bar. Along with the Hardy & Hansons beers (soon to disappear following the closure of the brewery at Christmas this year) there are beers from Greene King and often a couple of Guest ales. Prices for the beers are pretty comparable with the rest of the pubs in the city, with beer costing around £2.30 to £2.50 a pint (depending on what you have). I recommend you try a pint of the Olde Trip Ale before you leave too! As well as the beers there is the usual selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the bar ~ not that I have time to sample anything other than the beer!

            The Trip also offers a food menu, but I have never eaten there so I can’t comment on the prices. I have seen the food being bought out to other diners and I must say that what was on the plates looked jolly good! From looking at the menu while drinking I do know that there is a good choice of dishes and prices are pretty much what you would expect from pub food around £5 to £6 for main courses, £2 to £3 for starters and £3 to £4 for desserts. They also have a range of specials and tailor the menu to include a seasonal selection of dishes. Snacks, such as baked potatoes and sandwiches are also available if you don’t want a full meal. I have been very tempted to try a baguette or wrap and next time we visit I may try and coincide my trip with lunchtime! As I said, food is only served until around 8pm and we are generally there either when it is too busy to eat, or after they have finished.

            The pub itself is a bit of mismatch of buildings, as you would expect from the different years that construction took place over. The different stages of the building are of different heights, styles, with a variety of small rooms. The atmosphere in the pub is cosy and the décor is mostly wood, with bare floors and (in some rooms) the walls are cold rock. Each room has a different feel and style too, making a visit interesting. When you go there don’t get your drink and settle in one place! Make sure that you have a wander around, if you can, and take in the atmosphere. The whole place is full of unusual and interesting objects. There are lots of must see things. These include the old fireplace in the Ward room, which used to have chimneys that went right through and out of the rocks. The Haunted Snug, which is built over a room known as the Secret Cellar. People entering this room are said to feel very uncomfortable and get the feeling of a spirit presence. The pub often offers dedicated ghost hunting weekends which are worth looking out for on their “What’s On” pages ~ you may get to “feel” the presence of ex-licensee Yorkey. He was at the helm of the Olde Trip from 1894 until he died in 1914 and he seems reluctant to leave!

            There is also a room known as the Rock Lounge with the cursed Galleon on display; this is an old dusty ship. The legends say that the last few people to have cleaned the Galleon have died suddenly and mysteriously; so funnily enough, the Galleon is now VERY dusty! Another weird thing you will find in the Rock Room is the pregnancy chair apparently if a woman sits on the chair she will become pregnant. I haven’t tried it so far!

            There are other interesting features too that you will discover if you visit the pub. The only other one I will tell you about is the Cellars. These are carved into to rock face and are part of a large network of caves that burrows under the whole city. The cold rock makes a wonderful pub cellar and ensures the beer is kept cool. There is also a speaking tube in the cellar that used to link to Nottingham Castle that would have been a great way to get the next round in! The pub also has a shop selling souvenirs of the pub and the beer. I’m not too keen on this type of feature in a pub a pub is for drinking and a shop is for shopping in!

            The rooms are quite small and the place can get quite packed at busy times, especially in the summer due to the tourist appeal and the history. There is an outside drinking area too, but be warned that this can also be uncomfortably busy during the summer months. Due to the amount of people it can be quite noisy and I would recommend that to see the place properly you should visit during the winter months when it is more comfortable and you will stand a chance of getting a seat and a proper look around.

            Also bear in mind that the service can be a little slow at times, but this is probably due more the pub being packed to the rafters than the staff (although some people have said differently!)! Also bear in mind that although the pub buidling is accessible for the less mobile there are some rooms and areas that wouldn’t be suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with mobility difficulties. The outside seating area though would make a good compromise if the weather is ok ~ crowds allowing.

            I do recommend that you do visit the Olde Trip the next time you are in Nottingham. It is a real slice of history and has lots to fascinating things to look at. Just bear in mind that it is a haven for tourists and plan your trip to the Trip wisely! That way you will see the pub at its best and thoroughly enjoy your visit to this little Nottingham gem.

            ~~~PUB DETAILS.

            Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
            Brewhouse Yard
            Nottingham England
            NG1 6AD
            0115 947 3171
            http://www.triptojerusalem.com/index.php?page=the_pub

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              ye olde trip to jerusalem is right next to the castle in nottingham and several other tourist sights. we visited it due to its claim of being the oldest pub however as stated before, this fact is also claimed by a pub just down the road never the less its a nice little pub, little being the operative word. absolutely nowhere to sit and barely anywhere to stand but worth a look just not the place to have too many beers as its hard enough to negotiate the nooks and crannies and staircase sober!!

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                The Trip to Jerusalem claims to be the oldest pub in England, although I must admit I think have seen this claim at other pubs in the country, including one less than half a mile away from The Trip, also in Nottingham. This quaint little pub is much more of a tourist attraction than a traditional pub and at lunchtimes and weekends it is filled with visitors to the City enjoying a drink or a meal in this piece of English history. During the evenings this a popular venue for students and on a fine evening the whole area will be packed with visitors to the pub. This pub claims to have been here since 1189 and gets it’s name (Trip to Jerusalem) from the times of Richard the Lionheart. It is said that before leaving on his travels to the Crusades, Richard stayed at Nottingham Castle. On the day of his departure he took his knights to the pub to have a drink to prepare themselves for the long journey to Jerusalem. As the pub is next to the Castle Brewhouse Yard this story may be true, but it may also be a very good yarn. The pub has a number of small rooms which continue into the carved sandstone rock at the base of Nottingham Castle. There is also a small covered garden at the back of the pub, but it is the large seated areas at the front of the pub where most people enjoy their drink. When the pub is busy the small rooms do get a bit claustrophobic, but it is very cosy. A visit to The Trip is an experience and you do feel that you are drinking somewhere where people have enjoyed their ale for centuries. I hope that this pub never alters because although I now visit it as more of a tourist, it has some very fond memories for me of when I was a student in the City.

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                The “Trip”, as it is commonly know to Nottingham folk, is situated along the walls of Nottingham castle, and is reputed to be oldest pub in England, dating back to 1189. It is one of the oddest pubs you will ever go to as it was originally carved out of the rock surrounding the perimeter of the castle. The “Trip” takes it’s name from the crusades, when knights called up by Richard the 1st used to stop off here for refreshment before heading off. The first room you enter on the ground floor is a good example of this (the Ward room). Some people may find this a little claustrophobic but most seem to enjoy the warm and cozy atmosphere it creates. It is quite unique. Around the corner to the left is the (small) bar, serving a good selection of local real ale and mainstream lagers. Try the Kimberley Classic on hand-pull, a smooth beer brewed locally. The beers on offer here are mostly brewed by Hardy & Hansons, a local (and still independent) brewer and are far superior to normal cast-conditioned beer. Further on from the bar is another seating area (the Back room), which was added on to the pub in the mid 17th century. Outside is a small beer garden for use in the summer. There are a further two floors of seating and bars accessible via steps near the ground floor bar. Both areas are quite small and can get quite cramped when the pub gets busy around lunchtime. My favourite is the Rock lounge, the first floor room with a 60 foot chimney sticking out of the roof. It’s normally a quite place to settle down with a drink and have a natter without music blaring out from all angles. As far as food goes it is pretty good. A wide selection of hot and cold food with light snacks such as jacket potatoes, sandwiches, burgers and more substantial meals ranging from a traditional steak type meal to a curry or potato bakes. The specialty meal is the Kimberley Pie (made with ale) whilst the vegetable tikka masala
                also sounds good too! Snacks start at around £1.50 and go up to about £4 whilst the main meals generally range between £4.99 an £6.99 each. Drink prices are reasonable considering it's a city centre pub. Thankfully not too many alcopops on show behind the bar too! If you’re lucky and it’s a quite period in trade, then if you ask nicely you could get to have a peek around the underground cellar caves. You can find the "Trip" at the follwoing address (just off Castle Road): No.1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham. NG1 6AD Telephone (0115) 9473171 Fax: (0115) 9501185 Or alternatively why not check out the website on www.triptojerusalem.com On entering you get a good photo of the outside of the pub. Once you enter the rest of the site you can find out some more information on the history of the pub. Other useful bits on the site include a few pictures of the rooms inside and the latest food menu (sadly without prices!). There is also a handy map of the city centre showing how to get to the “Trip”. If you’re going to visit Nottingham then it’s worth popping in here for a bit of liquid refreshment. It’s just down the cobbled road from the entrance to the castle and the statue of Robin Hood. And if you’re buying … mines a pint! (P.S. apologies for the corny title ... I couldn't resist it!)

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