Craft beer, televised sport and probably the best pub ceiling in the world.
If there’s a pub with a better ceiling in anywhere in the world, we haven’t been to it. The rest of the building isn’t bad, either; it’s Grade II listed and dates back to the early nineteenth century. But then you don’t go to a pub to stare up the entire time – you’d struggle to order a drink, for one.
Situated just on the cusp of the Northern Quarter, the Crown and Kettle is a neat hybrid of hipster scene pub and good-and-proper local. The beer is decidedly craft: local brewers Privateer, First Chop, Blackjack and Shindiggers are all regulars on cask and from further afield there’s guest lagers from the likes of Camden Town and Runaway breweries.
The bar itself is impressive, and not just because of the aforementioned ceiling; a main room leads to a snug, which leads to a third smaller room where you can watch sports on TV.
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