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Keans Head

46 St Mary's Gate, Lace Market
Nottingham: Central

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

11 - 9 Mon - Sat
12 - 5 Sun


Castle Rock

About the Pub

Cosy one-room pub opposite the imposing St Mary's Church in the historic Lace Market district - the building was once a lace factory. Named in honour of the 19th-century actor Edmund Kean, it is busy at weekends and attracts a diverse and varied clientele. Owned by the Castle Rock group, it serves inventive, freshly-prepared traditional English and global food from an ever-changing menu. Three guest beers are usually available, often including a dark beer.

Historic Interest

Opened in 2004, the Kean's Head was Nottingham's first non-smoking pub ( The pub reprises the name of an earlier beer house called the Kean's Head at the same address, run in 1883 by Mrs Elizh. Wooll (Wright). The current building is a Grade II listed building (No. 1255008) built in 1907 as offices and a warehouse for George Green by Evans & Son and J. Wollatt (Historic England). The local connection with the actor is that the original Old Theatre Royal was located nearby on St. Mary's Gate. Edmund Kean appeared there as "Hamlet" in Shakespeare's play in 1861. The theatre was built in 1760 and in 1772, Handel's "Messiah" and other oratorios were performed during a music festival. The Theatre closed in 1837 and immediately re-opened as a music hall. The current Theatre Royal opened in 1865. (Holland-Walker (1928) / Presumably, Kean performed in what was then the music hall. Kean's visit to Nottingham must have made the pub name quite popular, as in 1883 there was also another beer house called the Kean's Head at 11 Park Street, Lenton under Geo. Thorpe (Wright). The Kean's Head is in Nottingham City Council's Lace Market Conservation Area. Red brick, with brick dressings and slate roof. Plinth, lintel and sill bands, brick eaves with wooden gutter. Windows are mainly original plain sashes. Openings have brick flat arches. 4 storeys; 4 window range. Ground floor has 2 reglazed windows with stone sills, flanked by framed panelled double doors with overlights. Above, 4 windows on each floor, the third floor windows smaller (Historic England). [Nottingham City Council; Bridge Ward / Nottingham South Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Castle Rock Harvest Pale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

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Keans Head, Nottingham: Central


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    20p off a pint, 10p a half.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Baby change facility available.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • WiFi Wifi

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Keans Head

46 St Mary's Gate, Lace Market
Nottingham: Central

Sat Nav Reference

52.9513, -1.1441


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Lace Market

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