After stumbling in from the rain, I was greeted at the Kean’s Head with that cosy and warm atmosphere you expect when entering a proper, local pub. It was a packed Friday evening; loud and boisterous, but all the better for it.
I was struck by the wide range of drinks on offer, all with a reasonable price tag. With over sixty different gins and whiskeys from all over the world and a vast selection of both craft and local beer, there really is something for everyone at the Kean’s Head. While I could have had a strawberries-and-cream sour beer, I opted for a 360 Best Bitter (£3.80), a local Sussex favourite that I rarely see anywhere outside of my home city of Brighton.
For the starter, me and my eating partner ordered two different pork pies (£4.95): a classic Melton Mowbray and a pork with stilton, both served up with some insanely good plum chutney. While the starter options were a bit lacklustre, the melt-in-your-mouth quality of the pies more than made up for it.
I ordered a pub classic, fish and chips (£10.95), and my friend had the Philly cheesesteak sandwich (£10.95), with both dishes being good on the whole. My friend told me that the cheesesteak could have done with a bit more cheese, but the steak was amazing; the fish also had a nice, delicate texture but wasn’t overly flavourful. The one thing that we both loved, however, were the chips. Triple-cooked and thick-cut, these are some of the best chips I’ve ever had. The mushy peas were excellent, too.
Kean’s Head offers some good old-fashioned pub grub. Make sure you order some pork pies or a bowl of chips with your pint and you’ll have a ball. Dan Lyons
46 St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1QA. 0115 947 4052