A 'proper' pub with real ales
THIS 'proper' pub nestled in the heart of Cleethorpes serves a selection of cask ales, boasts a modern restaurant upstairs and is steeped in history.
The Nottingham Hotel, or 'The Notts', is based on Sea View Street, and it began life as two cottages in 1856 until it was turned into The Renshaws.
Owners Stuart and Avril Ferguson began to call the pub home 25 years ago, after it was named The Nottingham Hotel.
Beforehand, Stuart was in the Merchant Navy for many years, where he catered for around 30 people, and it only seemed natural to take on the pub trade.
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"My first job in the trade was The Lifeboat Hotel, in Cleethorpes and I worked there for three years," said Stuart, 65, of Queens Parade, Cleethorpes.
"Then I worked at The Hope and Anchor for nearly three years, and then became manager of The Notts and became licensee owner in 2000.
"This place is what I call 'home' we have built up a fantastic regular customer base and we are well known for real ales. We have about six ales on the pump, such as the popular Theakston Brewery's The Old Peculier and Hobgoblin ale.
"We have six bar staff working for us and it is a really friendly, proper pub."
The pub even has a slate plaque of The Gentle Giant who was the last shire horse to bring the barrels to it.
Stuart said: "I've had the plaque since I've been at the pub, and there is no date on it when the last horse transported the barrels."
Stuart and Avril transformed the accommodation upstairs to a bistro called Friars around six years ago.
And now they lease the modern restaurant to Andy Smith and business partner Roger Gott, who took it over eight months ago and named it The Notts Restaurant.
"We are really pleased with how it is going," said chef and lease owner, Andy, 44.
"We serve homemade pies, Grimsby haddock and chips, and quiches and salads at lunch time. All the food is locally sourced, such as meat from Turners Butchers and fish from Grimsby Docks.
"In the evening it becomes more of an upmarket restaurant with fillet steaks, beef stroganoff and the popular lemon sole paupiette, which is wrapped in smoked salmon and cooked in milk."
Andy, of Manor Avenue, Grimsby, worked as a chef at The Sidewalk Restaurant, Grimsby, for 27 years.
"I decided the time was right to branch off and start my own restaurant. We are lucky to be near the Cleethorpes Register Office, and we cater for small weddings.
"We have two rooms and can seat up to 22 people in one room and 14 in the other. I am also looking to take on an apprentice chef, and I have just interviewed one who is local.
"The restaurant is a contrast to downstairs and we have got some amazing sea views."
Andy's wife, Nina, also works as front of house, as well as three other waitresses.
Call the pub on 01472 505150 or to book a table for the restaurant, call 01472 505152.