Like any good Castle Rock pub, The Poppy has got an absolutely bob-on selection of bevs. From your casks to your kegs, there’s summat for every seasoned drinker, with an array of posh soft drinks if you doth soberly desire.
Feeling a little sweet-toothed and hanging, I went for Tiny Rebel’s Frambuzi (4.3% and £5.90 a pint). A bit on the pricey side, I know, but if it’s what the heart wants, then it’s what the heart gets, despite the protests of tutting Aunty Liver and Uncle Brain.
Foodwise, the menu comprises of all your usual pub grub, cooked to an unusually excellent standard. Wetherspoons? Do one. Think tasty and fresh fish, chips and peas; Lincolnshire sausage, mash, peas and onion gravy; two-filling omelette, chips and salad… you know the drill. They’ve also got a load of different pizza choices; from mushroom, olive and rocket to meat feast, with extra toppings available. Belting. We went on a Sunday, so got involved in the roast, and the special for the day was topside of beef with all the trimmings (£9.95). I tell you now, duck, it’s up there with the best of ‘em in Notts.
The beef was melting with slow-cooked, rare love, placed in the centre of a solid, round dish with perfect veg, homemade Yorkshires, and a serving of mouth-watering cauliflower cheese. There’s some serious TLC being put into ingredient-sourcing and execution here; the trip to Lady Bay is well worth it. Especially on a sunny weekend.
The pub is doggo friendly, hosts live music and events, plus there’s a cabinet full of fresh cakes that’ll leave you breathless. Unfortunately for us, the bellies were busting and so we had to leave them for another day. Until next time, you absolute temptress of a boozer. Bridie Squires
Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 2DX. 0115 981 9995
Castle Rock Brewery website