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Boat Inn

Priory Street

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 3, 6 - 10 Mon - Fri
12 - 3 Sat
No Service Sun

About the Pub

Small pub located on a side street off the busy Abbey Street, this is a former Home Ales pub. Simple pub grub is available along with sandwiches on the the bar. As would be expected, the pub has a nautical theme. One beer produced for the pub 'Quaffing Ale' is always available.

Historic Interest

The Boat Inn takes its name from the craft plying the Nottingham Canal and the River Leen and for whose crews the pub provided refreshment (Whitworth 2010). The building is a 1923 rebuild of an earlier 19th century beerhouse of the same name, which first appears in the early 1830s. The original building was the scene of a tragic fire in 1838, in which Elizabeth Widdison, the wife of landlord, sadly died. Mrs Widdison had been mentally unwell for some 30 years previously and was kept locked in an attic room. The inquest into her death was held at the nearby White Hart. At one time the pub was famous for brewing its own beer but the landlord's drawing of brewing water from a well next to the cemetery wall was forbidden in 1877 on hygiene grounds when Lenton became part of the City. The quality of the beer fell and the Boat was bought by the Basford brewer, WH Hutchinson & Son in 1884. Hutchinson's was acquired in 1916 by Home Brewery. The Boat remained a beerhouse until the late 1940s when it acquired a full licence (Lenton Times, Issue 6 1991). Asset of Community Value listing 10th March 2016, nominated by the Nottingham Branch of CAMRA. The Boat has an entry on Nottingham Civic Society's Draft Local Heritage List (09 December 2013) which notes construction in 1922-23 to a design by WB Starr & Hall and its "Faience front and Home Ales livery". As at November 2017, the freehold for the Boat Inn (NT249667) was held by TRUST INNS LIMITED (Reg. No. 3011034). [City of Nottingham, Dunkirk & Lenton Ward / Nottingham South Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Castle Rock Harvest Pale
  • Sharp's Doom Bar
  • St Austell Tribute

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Source: National

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Boat Inn, Nottingham


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • Parking Parking

    Limited on street parking.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Children up to 5.30pm.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games


  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Saturday nights.

  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Boat Inn

Priory Street

Sat Nav Reference

52.942991, -1.179491


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Gregory Street

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