Castle Rock is a brewery and pub group in the heart of Nottingham. After forty years running great pubs, many of which have won Pub of the Year awards, Castle Rock is renowned for quality products, unique venues, creating a friendly atmosphere, and retaining a humbleness where the customer always comes first. They have been crowned Pub Group of the Year on three occasions, and have been brewing multi-award-winning beers for two decades.
Formed in 1977 as “Tynemill” by former CAMRA chairman Chris Holmes, Castle Rock has gone from strength to strength over the years. Castle Rock’s first pub was the Old King’s Arms in Newark, opened by Chris with the idea to create a friendly, welcoming pub and serve high quality beers. The pub was a success, and the Castle Rock pub estate now sits at 24 venues across Nottinghamshire and beyond.
Adrian Redgrove was appointed as head brewer in 2004, and the brewery began producing incredibly high quality, consistent beers. Over the next decade, production went from 30 barrels a week to over 100. Word spread, production more than tripled, and Castle Rock’s reputation continued to grow. Harvest Pale, now a well-known name across the country, was crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2010.
As the team at Castle Rock celebrate forty years of serving the thirsty public, there are even more exciting developments taking place. The brewery has recently received green accreditation from Investors in the Environment for reducing its carbon footprint considerably, and two Castle Rock pubs have been awarded Pub of the Year: the Horse & Plough in Bingham and the Poppy & Pint in Lady Bay, West Bridgford. New pubs have joined the Castle Rock family over the last few years, including the stunning Grade II listed Embankment
on Trent Bridge.
The Embankment is a beautiful large building, set over three floors. On the ground floor you’ll find a main bar in the hub of the building, the Arkwright Room – ideal for dining, and the Conservatory. The former Boots Store 2 now houses The Dispensary, a real ale and craft beer bar with a nod to the medicinal history of the site. The Dispensary hosts ten craft beers at any one time, along with a great range of real ales both local and national. A new beer garden is now open and great for catching some rays while you have a pint or a bite to eat.
Upstairs, Jesse Boot’s office remains as it always has; a beautiful wood-clad room with a gallery view of the main bar and stained glass windows, ideal for corporate meetings and intimate functions. The Lord Trent Room, the former social area of the Embankment, is a stunning function room with double height ceilings, elegant arches and a central dance floor.
In 2017, with unshakeable reputation for producing excellent, high quality and consistent beers time after time, Castle Rock threw caution to the wind and launched their 2.0 range of beers. The aim of the range is to push the boundaries of the brewing kit, and to create modern, considered beers to sit alongside their range of more traditional ales.
Castle Rock also runs a training centre for the licensed trade from their brewery offices near the train station, Nottingham, to teach want-to-be licensees everything they need to know to run a great pub.
Last but not least, Castle Rock is a company working to do good. They fondly hold a long-standing relationship with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – one which has helped the Trust raise tens of thousands of pounds over the years – and also donate to charities including Amnesty International UK through their beer sales.