One of Nottingham’s most popular inns, closed down early this year after more than 25 years of providing the city with a dedicated rock venue for small bands is due to reopen under new management in tomorrow, on 2nd July as The Angel Microbrewery.
The Old Angel Inn, taken over by Ben Rose, owner of the successful vegetarian and vegan Alley Café Bar in the city centre, has been undergoing a much needed refurbishment in the last couple of months to make the venue more appealing to a broader audience. The inn will have its own micro brewery and will be a mix of a traditional style gastro with an open kitchen and a live music pub, which will host live bands during music nights. The focus of the new Old Angel Inn will be on quality food though – stemming from his firm belief of serving food that doesn’t have a negative impact on the earth, the inn will only offer organic, locally sourced products. With its broad selection of dishes and organic wines the menu will appeal both to vegetarian and vegan customers as well as meat eaters, who will be able to enjoy highest quality, organic meat sourced in the Peak District. Future plans involve setting up a micro garden where the inn will grow its own vegetables, fruits and herbs to ensure sustainability.
Joanna Ellis, Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Fraser Brown Solicitors has worked with Ben on securing the lease at the Old Angel Inn. Joanna said: “It’s very exciting to see one of Nottingham’s most popular establishments being revitalised with a modern, fresh and ethical approach, whilst still retaining its roots as a music venue. It has been a privilege to work with Ben in securing the lease of the premises and I sincerely hope that all his hard works pays off and the project is the success it deserves to be.”
Ben commented: “Taking over such a recognised Nottingham venue is an honour and an absolute challenge at the same time. As the building is 400 years old it has its issues, but working with such a great team and a great building company “Browns Building Works”, who specialise in renovation works, it's been really exciting bringing this pub back to its former glory. We have so many great plans for the building and it will continue to develop in so many different directions.”