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The Vat and Fiddle (Castle Rock)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dukeries - Farmers BranchExcellent1
Castle Rock - The Great War A World Undone 1914Excellent1
Castle Rock - WalrusExcellent1
Castle Rock - TwaybladeExcellent1
Castle Rock - Squacco HeronExcellent2
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleExcellent1
Castle Rock - Runnymede 800 Excellent1
Castle Rock - Screech OwlExcellent1
Castle Rock - Pilot's Wings 13 SquadronGood1
Castle Rock - First Mo-ElGood1
Castle Rock - American Pale Ale Single Hop CascadeGood1
Mantle - Cwrw TeifiGood1
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine AleGood1
Castle Rock - Skylarks Reserve Wheat BeerGood1
Castle Rock - Hemlock BitterGood1
Lincoln Green - Marion Pale AleAcceptable1
Lacons - Falcon AleAcceptable1
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Sheriff's TippleNot Tried0
Long Man - Long Blonde Not Tried0
Castle Rock - Ian Paice Nottinghamian Celebration AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Slow WormNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black Gold MildNot Tried0
Newby Wyke - BanquoNot Tried0
Castle Rock - DormouseNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black GoldNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - West Coast StoutNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Stewart Adams Nottinghamian Celebration AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Red HartNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Red AdmiralNot Tried0
Rudgate - Innovation Ales Brew No 1 Vanilla MildNot Tried0
Black Iris - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Sherwood OakNot Tried0
Castle Rock - SnowhiteNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Christmas Truce Peace on No Man's Land December 1914Not Tried0
Castle Rock - Red Riding HoodNot Tried0
Lincoln Green - 5 Gold RingsNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Sherwood ReserveNot Tried0
Ossett - Mill End MildNot Tried0
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPANot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Oldershaw - ResolutionNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Colin Slater Nottinghamian Celebration AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Visits Details

20 Feb 2016 (HSB)
18:00 Half an hour wait in Nottingham and obvious way to use the time. Busy, unexpectedly met a chum of mine. Good to see a selection of filled rolls on sale on a Saturday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dukeries - Farmers Branch5.00ExcellentStrong hoppy bitter
Castle Rock - Pilot's Wings 13 Squadron5.00GoodNice and hoppy
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Oldershaw - Resolution4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Colin Slater Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Not Tried
07 Jul 2015 (HSB)
15:10 On a circular tour via London, Stafford, Stoke, Derby and Nottingham. This was my first opportunity for a pint. The pub was very quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Skylarks Reserve Wheat Beer4.50GoodSpicy taste
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Riding Hood4.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sherwood Reserve4.50Not Tried
17 Jun 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Runnymede 800 4.20Excellent
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPA4.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Riding Hood4.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sherwood Reserve4.50Not Tried
06 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The happy sound of Morris Dancers on the front pavement.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lacons - Falcon Ale4.20AcceptableHazy and rather cloying
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Riding Hood4.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sherwood Reserve4.50Not Tried
Ossett - Mill End Mild3.60Not Tried
10 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - First Mo-El4.40Good
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sherwood Oak4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Snowhite4.20Not Tried
Castle Rock - Christmas Truce Peace on No Man's Land December 19144.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Riding Hood4.30Not Tried
Lincoln Green - 5 Gold Rings4.80Not Tried
12 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - The Great War A World Undone 19144.80ExcellentFirst in a series whoch Castle Rock will present over the 5 years 2014 to 2019. Last one out of cask and a superb ruby ale which had kept condition until last knockings
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Good
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not TriedRan out
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Admiral3.80Not Tried
Rudgate - Innovation Ales Brew No 1 Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried
Black Iris - Milk Stout5.50Not Tried
09 Dec 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Quieter than I have ever known it.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Squacco Heron4.60ExcellentOrangey tang
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Stewart Adams Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Hart5.00Not Tried
28 Nov 2013 (HSB)
11:40 New venue for our monthly meet up of old railwaymen. Went down well. We will return. Only problem with Castle Rock is lots of beers with interesting names but not often a clue what type it is. I don't like to keep asking for tasters.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Excellent
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50ExcellentAs good as usual
Castle Rock - Walrus4.00ExcellentBalanced bitter
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40GoodSweet and malty
Castle Rock - American Pale Ale Single Hop Cascade5.50Good
Castle Rock - Squacco Heron4.60GoodLack lustre
Mantle - Cwrw Teifi4.50GoodSweet
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - West Coast Stout4.30Not Tried
08 Oct 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lincoln Green - Marion Pale Ale3.80AcceptableNot at all moreish. Perhaps first out for a while
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Banquo3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Dormouse4.40Not Tried
12 Jun 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Challenged by another customer as to whether I was the famous Sheffield Sainsbury's bag man seen regularly around the Kelham Island pubs there most Friday nights having travelled from London! I had to upset him by saying no and had just bought my sandwiches for the journey home from said store.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Twayblade6.00ExcellentMonthly beer. Superb and I agreed with the barman's assertion that it had overtones of blackcurrant and blackberry. If I ruled the World this would replace Screech Owl as a Castle Rock regular
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not TriedOnce a CR regular - now only available for a couple of months a year
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not TriedThis stuff is getting around a lot these days
Castle Rock - Ian Paice Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Not Tried
Castle Rock - Slow Worm3.50Not Tried

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About The Vat and Fiddle

The pub sign. The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent24
Good20
Acceptable8
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 1NB.

Near to the railway station, this is the brewery tap for the Castle Rock brewery next door. The Victorian building was rebuilt in the 1930s and was previously known as the Grove. Centre bar serves 3 rooms. Good pub with 13 handpumps plus a good range of continental draught and bottled beers. Excellent range of whiskies too. Seating outside at the front of the pub too for good weather. In 2011 an extension was added, The Goldings Room, named after a local CAMRA notable and Nottingham Drinker Magazine Editor who had recently died.

We have visited this pub 29 times, seen 73 different beers and tried 35 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NG2 1NB