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Gooseberry Bush

(formerly Varsity)

5 Peel Street

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Opening Times


Monday9.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday9.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday9.00 am - Midnight
Thursday9.00 am - Midnight
Friday9.00 am - Midnight
Saturday9.00 am - Midnight
Sunday9.00 am - Midnight

Meal Times

8am - 11



About the Pub

Wetherspoons frequented by students from the nearby Trent University.

Historic Interest

The Gooseberry Bush was built in 1984 on part of the site of the old Nottingham Women's Hospital, the maternity unit of which operated between 1930 and 1981. Named for the place newborn babes are allegedly found. In 2002, it was renamed the Varsity but has since reverted to the Gooseberry Bush. Much of the rest of the hospital site has been converted to flats ( The Gooseberry Bush was opened by Mansfield Brewery on the very steep sloping site of the boiler house and the doctors' residences. It was part of a major programme of eight new or refurbished pubs that marked the greatest venture of this relatively small brewery and its expansion into Nottingham.The Building was a one-room pub, a very large and exceptionally well-appointed lounge with a split level and screen alcoves, with a games area. To the front, balconies offer views over the City."From the road steps lead up to a patio, which will no doubt be popular in the Summer, and the main entrance. Inside the Gooseberry Bush is spacious and well-planned. A split-level design with screened seating alcoves helps to create a sense of cosiness and a separate games area has been set aside for pool and darts. Only the ubiquitous plastic greenery seems to have been a little over done." (Notts and District Drinker, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1984-5). The extension to the lounge is dated September 1990. There are no original features inside (Elain Harwood / Historic England). The Gooseberry Bush is in Nottingham City Council's Arboretum Conservation Area. [Nottingham City Council, Arboretum Ward / Nottingham East Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King Abbot
  • Sharp's Doom Bar

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


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

    Rear patio area.

  • Parking Parking

    Pay & Display.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    BT Sport.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Gooseberry Bush

5 Peel Street

Sat Nav Reference

52.959657, -1.155924


  • <Metro Close to Metro

Nearby Metro (300m)

Nottingham Trent University

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Gooseberry Bush - Nottingham

Gooseberry Bush

5 Peel Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Additional Services
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Metro

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