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Festival Inn

Ilkeston Road

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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 - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10


John Barras (Greene King)

About the Pub

Named after the 1951 Festival of Britain in which Trowell was selected as the Festival Village, representing the best of British village life and community spirit. This large building sits opposite the local church on the edge of the village and on the main road into Ilkeston. Food is a mainstay of the premises, but cask ale is experiencing increasing focus. Note the stained glass windows in the ceiling.

Historic Interest

A provisional licence for the Festival Inn was granted on 10 March 1953 and made permanent on 15 February 1956. "The archives have a block plan, elevations and sections, by W. B. Starr, Hall and Clifford, but no detailed plans. Dating from February 1953, they are still rather 1930s in style, with flat roofs, an imposing symmetrical entrance and a long elevation with tall, narrow windows. Above a basement cellar, there was an ‘L’-shaped plan comprising a lounge on the long elevation, with its own entrance and lavatories at one end) with the public bar set at right angles reached by the main entrance only. The landlord’s flat is on top of the entrance block, and on the north elevation in particular were many low, single-storey ranges. This public house was largely overclad and greatly extended in 1995, and given pitched roofs, but proudly remained open all through the building work – showing that it was not entirely rebuilt (see my photograph in Harwood and Powers, eds., The Festival of Britain, p.162.) The pub in its original form was of historic significance because of its relatively early date (1953-6) and associations. Trowell was selected as the ‘Festival Village’ in 1951, controversially chosen because it typified ‘Britain as it is today’ rather than for its beauty (there are no papers at the National Archives suggesting how this selection came about). Its residents held a busy programme of sporting events, tours and a pageant in order to raise money, they said, to build a public house. Although the pub is barely recognisable following overcladding and extensions in 1995, the connection with the Festival of Britain is commemorated by plaques in the car park and at the entrance to the village, and its loss may serve to strengthen the case for listing the original Festival Inn at Lansbury (Elain Harwood/Historic England). As at November 2017, the freeold for the Festival Inn (NT292175) was held by the Spirit Pub Company (Managed) Limited (Reg. No. 5269240), a subsidiary of Greene King. [Broxtowe Borough Council; Awsworth, Cossall & Trowell Ward / Broxtowe Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Greene King IPA
  • Morland Old Golden Hen
  • Morland Old Speckled Hen

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% discount off cask beer for CAMRA members.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    With disabled toilets.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Covered and uncovered seating at front.

  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Until 9.30pm, lounge only.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    One room for 300; one room for 110

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Darts; pool.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    By ticket only in function rooms.

  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

    The Cloud.

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Festival Inn

Ilkeston Road

Sat Nav Reference

52.953619, -1.282332


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Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

TB 2, 20, 21, my15

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internal July 2016

Festival Inn

Ilkeston Road

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Additional Services
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Separate Bar
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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