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New Castle

(formerly Lamp)

8 Sneinton Road

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - Midnight
TuesdayMidday - Midnight
WednesdayMidday - Midnight
ThursdayMidday - Midnight
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - Midnight

Meal Times

12 - 9



About the Pub

Former Oakwell Brewery pub, which closed in June 2013, but now independently owned. Refurbished and re-opened in September 2015. Rear conservatory makes the most of any sunshine and can double as a meeting room. Reasonably priced food is served daily. A genuine traditional back street local, complete with its own caves. Pool table in rear bar.

Historic Interest

Originally the Smith's Arms, this pub is an inter war rebuild of an earlier pub of the same name (Whitworth 2010). The name changed and was the Lamp for many years before recently becoming the New Castle. The name Lamp derived from the old nickname for the pub, the Red-Light House because of the red lamp above the front door at night. The current name reflects the proprietor's past association with the nearby pub, the Nottingham Castle, now known as the Nottingham Legend. A Shipstone's house for a long while, it was then acquired by Barnsley's Oakwell Brewery, which sadly closed in 2013. A beerhouse during the Victorian and early 20th century periods, in 1864 the publican was R.J. Messenger (Wright's Directory). It seems likely that the pub brewed its own beer on site, as it has a well in the double-storey cellars (Cave Ref. MNU1063), which have been lovingly re-opened by landlady Judith Birkett and her team. Presumably the cave callars pre-date the inter-war rebuild. Note the impressive wooden-beam barrel-hoist in the rear bar to give access to the cellars beneath. The New Castle is in Nottingham City Council's Sneinton Market Conservation Area and has an entry on Nottingham Civic Society's Draft Local Heritage List (09 December 2013), which notes that the building was built in 1923 and was designed by architects WB Starr & Hall. [Nottingham City Council, Dales Ward / Nottingham East Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Heritage Brewing Company --varies--

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Source: Local

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New Castle, Nottingham


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Conservatory at rear.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Pool, cards and board games.

  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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New Castle

8 Sneinton Road

Sat Nav Reference

52.953465, -1.136763


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Metro Close to Metro

Nearby Bus Routes (10m)

NCT 43

Nearby Station (975m)


Nearby Metro (600m)

Lace Market

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