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Castle Rock Brewery to open first micro-pub and wine cellar for 25th site

Castle Rock Brewery, the Nottingham-based brewer and pub company, is to open its first micro-pub and wine cellar for its 25th site. The company will open the venue in Carrington Street and retain the name of the sweet shop that graced its location – The Barley Twist.

Opening on Tuesday, 12 December, the site will specialise in keg and craft beer, real ale, bottled British beer and an extensive wine list. With no food operation, there will be space for an off-licence, beer and brewing memorabilia, and the sale of Castle Rock merchandise.

The Barley Twist has been leased by The Beer Consortium, an Enterprise Investment Scheme run under the chairmanship of Geoff Newton.

Other pubs in this group include The Embankment at Trent Bridge and The Fox & Grapes in the city’s Sneinton Market, which are operated and managed by Castle Rock Brewery.

The Barley Twist will include a wine cellar bar and new frontage paying homage to the building’s legacy.

The property is part of the Portland Hotel, itself undergoing improvement works.

Newton said: “Interestingly, although the hotel was a temperance house it was built by the Hicking family who were wine merchants by trade. There will be no place for temperance now, we intend to create a city centre micro-pub that welcomes everyone.”

The venue will be managed by Yvette Marshall, who has spent the past 11 years in charge of the nearby Canalhouse. The first customers will be Sue and Alan Fielding, Arnold Market traders and former proprietors of The Barley Twist sweet shop.


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