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282-284 Arkwright Street
The Meadows

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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
Saturday10.00 am - Midnight
Sunday10.00 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sat 11am - 9pm
Sun 10am - 7pm


Castle Rock

About the Pub

Originally one of the largershops belonging to Boots the Chemist, this former Boots Members’ Social Club is now a pub. A white mock Tudor building, Jesse Boot had his office here, which has been restored, retaining the oak-panelled walls and stained-glass leaded windows. It is situated just off Trent Bridge, close to the Notts County football ground. Now operated by Castle Rock, selling a large range of real ales and ciders. There are three function rooms of varying sizes. The car park has an EV charging point.

Historic Interest

The Embankment was originally Boots Store No 2, the location of the company's second purpose built shop, which incorporated a library and tea room (Historic England). The Embankment has an entry on Nottingham Civic Society's Draft Local Heritage List (09 December 2013), which notes its timber oriels and corner spirelet and that it was built in 1905 to a design by AN Bromley. The Embankment is a Grade II listed building (No. 1430894), being first listed on the 4th March 2016. The embankment has an heritage interior rated by CAMRA as being of Regional Importance. As at November 2017. the leasehold for the Embankment (NT514224) was held by THE BEER CONSORTIUM LIMITED (Reg. No. 9265799). Historic England Listing states: "Summary: Former Boots shop, subscription library and tearoom, built in 1905-7 to the designs of A. N. Bromley." "Reasons for Designation: The Embankment, a former Boots shop, subscription library and tearoom built in 1905-7 to the designs of A. N. Bromley, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Architectural interest: it is a distinctive and well composed building in the Tudoresque style with high quality materials and detailing; * Interior: it is a notable example of the eclectic style typical of the Edwardian period which embodies fine craftsmanship with the use of good quality materials; * Architect: it represents the accomplished work of a talented and confident architect whose output is already well represented on the List; * Historic interest: it has historic interest as Boots Store No. 2, the company’s second purpose-built shop, and as an embodiment of a Victorian commercial enterprise that has remained successful to the present day; * Rarity: it is a rare surviving example of a Boots shop with incorporated library and tearoom; * Intactness: the original plan form remains largely intact, and it retains a good proportion of its first-floor windows, doors, joinery and internal fittings." "History: The Embankment was built in 1905-7 as Nottingham’s Boots Store No. 2, following the company’s flagship shop in Pelham Street (1903-4). The shops were built by Jesse Boot (1850-1931) who was born in Nottingham. His father, John Boot, had been an agricultural labourer in Radcliffe-on-Trent but due to ill health he became a purveyor of herbal medicines in Nottingham, helped by his wife Mary. After John’s death, Jesse began to assist his mother and by the age of twenty-one he became a partner and the business was known as ‘Mary & Jesse Boot – Herbalists’. Jesse’s ethos was to sell large quantities of stock as cheaply as possible and he also branched out into non-medicinal products. After Mary’s retirement in the late 1870s, Jesse took sole charge of the business, expanding it first in Nottingham and then nationally. He and his wife Florence also took a keen interest in the welfare of their employees, providing works canteens where they could obtain food at reasonable prices and organising activities outside working hours. In 1909 Jesse Boot received a knighthood in recognition of his outstanding success and in 1928 he became a peer of the realm, assuming the title of Lord Trent. He was known for his philanthropic activities in Nottingham, such as giving £50,000 to the Nottingham General Hospital and donating land on which to establish Nottingham University. The Boots No. 2 Store was designed by Albert Nelson Bromley (1850-1934), a Scottish-born architect who practised in Nottingham, initially in partnership with his uncle Frederick Bakewell. Amongst their earliest assignments were Huntingdon Street Board School (1874) and Victoria Buildings (1875-6), Nottingham City Council’s first venture into housing, now listed at Grade II as Park View Apartments. Bromley soon set up his own practice, becoming architect to the Nottingham School Board, Tramway Company, National Telephone Company and Boots, for which he also designed their flagship store on Pelham Street, which is listed at Grade II. Altogether Bromley has eight buildings on the List, most of which are civic. Another prominent architect, Percy Richard Morley Horder (1870-1944) was involved in the design of The Embankment, specifically having responsibility for the stained glass. Morley Horder went on to become an architect to Boots, and it was through his friendship with Jesse Boot that he obtained the commission to design the buildings at University College, Nottingham from 1922-28. He also designed a house for David Lloyd George at Walton Heath, Surrey, and has six buildings on the List." "The Boots Store No. 2 consisted of a shop with various function rooms. The shop occupied the east corner and above this the neo-Classical style room was very probably the subscription library called the Boots Booklovers' Library. This was a feature of Boots premier stores. The large room occupying the west corner is likely to have been a tearoom for customers, whilst the adjacent Arts and Crafts style room is believed to have been Jesse Boot’s office. In 1921 the Mens’ Institute (for Boots Company workers) moved into the premises and in 1930 a large extension, including a billiard room, was built onto the south-west end, formerly occupied by the tea gardens. The shop closed in 1978, and in 1990 a conservatory was added on the north-west side. The building reopened in November 2015 after a renovation." [Historic England]. Considerable additional information about the architectural detail is recorded on the Embankment's entry on Historic England's list. [Nottingham City Council; Bridge Ward / Nottingham South Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Castle Rock --seasonal--
  • Castle Rock Elsie Mo
  • Castle Rock Harvest Pale
  • Fuller's London Pride

Changing ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub
  • RealHeritagePub Historic Pub Interior

    Interior of Some Regional Importance


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Not in Dispensary Room or dining areas.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    August Bank Holiday Family Garden Party.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Quiz Monday.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Separate room.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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282-284 Arkwright Street
The Meadows

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52.939299, -1.138817


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282-284 Arkwright Street
The Meadows

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Metro

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