The Hand and Heart
“Great beer in a fascinating building” - AA Inspector
This Georgian building was a brewery before becoming a pub in Victorian times. Beer was brewed in the converted stables and stored in the sandstone cave below, which is now an atmospheric restaurant. Famous for its excellent selection of real ales, The Hand and Heart holds two beer festivals a year, spring and autumn, and in the bar you can sample Round Heart from the Dancing Duck Brewery as well as the Maypole Brewery’s Little Weed, and six changing guest ales. The tempting menu choices could include belly pork, rosemary fondant potato, veg and cider jus; herb puff pastry topped steak, smoked bacon and local ale pie; and beer-battered fish and chips with garden peas.
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Closed: 2
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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