Embankment

Nottinghamshire - Nottingham: South

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

282-284 Arkwright Street
Nottingham: South, The Meadows
NG2 2GR

Tel: (0115) 986 4502

Email: embankment@castlerockbrewery.co.uk

Website http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/pubs/the-embankment

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theembankmentpub

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Nottingham

Station Distance: 1050m

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

UPDATE 2018.

Following the purchase of the pub by Castle Rock a thorough refurbishment has seen significant changes.


The main bar is little-changed but the former Billiard Room is now half of its original size and called the Arkwright Room with toilets added behind it; billiard tables removed and the hatch that served this room is lost. The front left room is now a new bar called the Dispensary to reflect it is where the Boots shop was situated, New bar fittings added. Upstairs the managers office remains unchanged as does the ballroom but the bar here looks more modern? Downstairs the skittle alley remains but is out of use at present and the other room is used for storage.

Please note - the photos are therefore out of date and the description below is one written before the recent changes.

Formerly the Boots Social Club, this early 20th-century, Tudor-style building of 1903 by architect Alfred Nelson Bromley, reopened as a pub and conference centre in 2010. The main bar, a baronial style halll, is lit my an ornamented skylight and has a fine staircase. The old bar counter retains shutters and the bar back could be of similar vintage. At the rear is a glazed screen with twin doors leading to a fully-equipped snooker room. A hatch to the side of the bar has another old shutter though the counter front looks to be of the 1970s. The lounge occupies what used to be a retail branch of Boots. Upstairs, the splendid Committee Room has a wood-block floor, panelled walls, an inglenook fireplace and other period features. The fine stained glass was designed by the well-known architect Morley Horder. Elsewhere are a ballroom and, in the basement, a well-used skittle alley and a further, more recent, bar.

UPDATE 2018.

Following the purchase of the the pub by Castle Rock a thorough refurbishment has seen significant changes.


The main bar is little-changed but the former Billiard Room is now half of its original size and called the Arkwright Room with toilets added behind it; billiard tables removed and the hatch that served this room is lost. The front left room is now a new bar called the Dispensary to reflect it is where the Boots shop was situated, New bar fittings added. Upstairs the managers office remains unchanged as does the ballroom but the bar here looks more modern? Downstairs the skittle alley remains but is out of use at present and the other room is used for storage.

Please note - the photos are therefore out of date and the description below is one written before the recent changes.

A 1903 Tudor-style building by architect Alfred Nelson Bromley, formerly the Boots Social Club with, up to 1973, a retail branch of Boots at the front left ground-floor part of the building. It has most facilities that would be included in a purpose-built membership club and these have been retained following the sale by Boots in 2010 and reopening as a pub and conference centre. On the ground floor is the baronial hall-style main bar lit by a skylight with gold floral decoration and fine staircase with carved wood balusters and newel post. The servery has an old bar counter which still retains shutters for raising to open and lower to close – note the maker's name of ‘Wat Simmonds Nottingham phone 75478’ and the bar back fitting could be old. To the rear is a glazed screen with twin doors leading to the Snooker Room which has four full-sized snooker tables and raised seating around three sides. There is a hatch to the side of the bar where the counter front looks to date from c.1970 but it has another old shutter. The former shop is now the Lounge with a stage, dance floor and bar that looks to date from c.1970.

On the first floor is the splendid Committee Room with a wood block floor; the walls have fielded panelling to picture frame height all around, an inglenook fireplace with benches either side, a glazed brick fireplace with Delft tiled interior, stained and leaded exterior windows including some with rose symbols and a large table. The fine stained glass was designed by the well-known architect Morley Horder. Note the window of the Committee Room overlooks the main bar presumably ‘for control purposes’! The ballroom has a curved ceiling, sprung dance floor in the centre of the room, lots of leaded windows with crests of kings of England along the top but the bar here looks like it dates from c.1973. In the basement there is a well used skittle alley and a bar that also looks like it was added in c.1973. There is also another room that the owners would like to convert into a Snooker Room. A modern reception has been added near the main bar.

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