|Tea, in front of the caves in Castle Rock|
|Tea, at 'the Trip'|
I hadn't realized that the city is a hotbed of competition for the title of the oldest drinking establishment in England. We visited two claimants: Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem Inn (or 'the Trip') and Ye Olde Salutation Inn (or 'the Sal'). We had a tasty starter in the former to accompany our pints -- the fish cakes were particularly good -- taking in the unique atmosphere offered by the sandstone caves they use as the front drinking rooms. The latter dubs itself a "Rock 'n' Ale" pub, and certainly delivered on both counts: the tunes were nice 'n' heavy the whole time we were there -- thanks to an oversized iPod of a jukebox that was always busy -- and they had eight real ales on handpump! For the curious, here's what we sampled from both pubs:
- Nottingham Brewery's Rock Mild
- Nottingham Brewery's Extra Pale Ale (EPA): light hoppiness; very well balanced -- my favourite at 'the Trip'
- Nottingham Brewery's Legend
- Flipside Brewery's Sterling Pale: full-on hops; a palette-smasher to be sure, but I really enjoyed it
- Burton Bridge Brewery's Damson Porter
- Derventio Brewery's Cleopatra: a seasonal, big ol' smack of apricot; another favourite of the evening, although one pint's probably enough
- Guaranteed Sunshine: nicely balanced golden ale; really wish I had more on who brews it: I thought the label said Dregs, but that's tough to google -- comment if you know more!
|The impressive array of handpumps at 'the Sal'|
We spilled out on the streets around 11:00 p.m., ready for a proper meal. Luckily, most of the kids were looking for a drink, passing the tempting Greek restaurant, Eviva Taverna, by. It didn't disappoint, either: we shared an immense salad with our two skewers of souvlaki each; we were totally stuffed and sated long before we could clean our plates. (I do wish that I'd tackled the raw onions in that salad with a little less fervour, however: when I woke up this morning, my mouth tasted like I'd been using it for things better left unsaid on this blog.)
Check out our Picasa album for more pictures from the evening.