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Submitted on Saturday, 18th September 2010
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Gill Smith left this review about Horse & Jockey
Enjoyed our visit here yesterday and found a good selection of ales on offer. We chose the Full Mash Horse and Jockey and Shipstones Nut Brown which were both very good.
On 11th September 2016
- rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about Horse & Jockey
The Horse and Jockey is an old pub in the middle of Stapleford it has been done up a couple of years ago and is now quite smart inside there are bare floor boards and the one large room is on two levels there are a couple of handpumps on the bar and these usually have a local beer on from Funfair or Fullmash,this pub is independantly owned so they can choose what beers they have on,this is one of the better pubs in Stapleford.
11 June 2010
The Horse and Jockey as had a slight makeover but there are now 10 pumps on the bar with 4 set aside for locales and a couple of other pummps for real ciders.
On our visit in early January 2013 all pumps were in use,we had a drink of Full Mash Horse and Jockey bitter which is brewed less than 5 mins walk from the pub,this beer was a really nice drink,the other beers i noted were Nottingham Rock bitter and Slaters Top Totty,there were many other beers but i forgot to take my note book.
This pub is now Staplefords leading real ale outlet.
Pub visited 5/1/2013
Update: The Horse and Jockey is now East Midlands pub of the year,Presentation will be on Saturday 2nd of November at 2.00pm
After many revisits to this local pub it is still going well and the beer prices seem to be a bit better,i had a drink of Wold Top Flat Cap on my very recent visit which went down well.
There are now cobs on the bar 60p and sausage rolls which i did not see the price of.
The lower half of the pub was fairly busy on my Good Friday dinner visit.
Pub visited 25/2/2016
On 28th March 2016
- rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Horse & Jockey
This smartly refurbished pub, close to a prominent junction in the middle of Stapleford, has gained a lot of publicity in recent months, having been named East Midlands CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013. A glance along the bar counter tells you all you need to know about the pub’s ale policy, as a fine looking row of hand pumps dispense a rotating range of micro brewery ales, many from local brewers. The line up on my visit saw house beer ‘Horse and Jockey’ from Stapleford’s own Full Mash brewery, alongside four Pixie Springs brews – Prince of Bengal IPA, Tidy Bitter, You Love Us and Graveyard Eyes, as well as Belvoir Peacocks Glory and Star Bitter, Nottingham Foundry Mild (£3.00), Milton Icarus and Marlpool Blind Boris Mild. I enjoyed a decent pint of the Foundry Mild and an excellent drop of the You Love Us. A board at one end of the bar listed four real ciders from the likes of Sheppys and Burrow Hill. Next to this there was an unusual beer colour/strength matrix, which I found quite useful to identify beer styles and ensure I wasn’t drinking something excessively strong so early in the day. The staff were very busy behind the scenes for much of my visit, but the landlord did stop to have a friendly chat, explaining that although I was the only customer at the time, I’d just missed a huge coach party who had stopped in for their lunch (such things coming with the territory when you win these awards I suppose).
The pub itself is a two room affair, with a large open plan main bar at the front, bare boarded with the servery along the right hand wall. High tables and chairs fill the open space opposite the bar whilst there is some comfy sofa seating around the perimeter. There are lots of jugs suspended from fake black beams and a small fireplace on the end wall before the room extends slightly to the left into a quarry stone floored space. A few modern art prints decorate the walls and there are quotes (mostly beer related) painted on the white beams that criss-cross the room, but the place still feels like it’s bedding-in and doesn’t quite have real character yet, although I guess visiting when it was empty didn’t help. Steps lead up to the rear room, in darkness during my stay, although some smart comfortable seating could be made out in what I presumed was an area more suited to diners. Quiet reggae style music was playing in the background and I noticed board games were available. There is a small patio to the side of the pub but I didn’t manage to establish if there is a proper garden to the rear.
I’m sure the CAMRA award will spark much debate about whether this is the best pub in the East Midlands, or even in Nottingham, but it does seem that, irrespective of the competition, it’s a great success story and that alone deserves some form of recognition. The fine array of well kept beer is of course the main draw and although it’s a bit of a trek out here from the city, I would certainly consider a revisit.
On 14th November 2013
- rating: 8
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- Accommodation : Yes last updated 14 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10p per pint, 5p per half - last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Car Park : Yes - Limited at front of pub - last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Live Music : Yes - Occasionally - last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Live TV Sports : Yes - 6 Nations only - last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Pinball : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Alan Winfield
- Pool Table : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Alan Winfield
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra
- Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 July 2014 by ROB Camra