From town centre drinking dens to countryside inns, we’ve gathered some of our favourite bars and pubs for you to tick off during your stay here in Grantham. You’ll find popular CAMRA pubs rubbing shoulders with prohibition era speakeasies, not to mention more than your fair share of gastropubs that match their excellent drinks selections with even better eating.
Nightlife in Grantham
If you’re looking for a good pub, The Green Man on Ropsley High Street is an award-winning CAMRA favourite. It’s a lovely rustic, village pub, housed in a building dating back to the 17th-century. When there’s a chill in the air, you can pop in and warm yourself by the roaring log fire, with something from their small but splendid selection of cask ales, and a monstrous portion of their delicious homemade food. The specials are always changing and are always great. All in all, you’ll find great value for money if you fancy something to eat, or just a lovely welcoming pub if you’re coming for a drink.
In Grantham town centre, another option is the Nobody Inn. It’s a nice little British pub with comfy chairs, local beers including wonderful award-winning options from nearby Newby Wyke, and a friendly landlord behind the bar. There aren’t any food options, it’s just a good place for a drink, where you can watch the sports, play some pool, occasionally there’s live music, and always good craic.
Next up is The Woodhouse Arms. It’s out in the countryside, a quarter of an hour’s drive from our Grantham hotel. However, it’s most convenient if you’re planning a trip to Woolsthorpe Manor, one of the top activities in Grantham, as it’s just a few minutes drive away and you can tick off both in one fell swoop. The Woodhouse Arms is in the pretty village of Corby Glen. It’s a large, beautifully decorated inn with a good selection of drinks and some of the best pub food in the area. The fish and chips are huge and incredible, the chicken supreme is a very, very popular choice, and don’t even get us started on the venison!
The last pub we’ll mention is the Chequers Inn. It’s a 17th-century pub that’s been tastefully turned into one of the best gastropubs you’re ever likely to visit. It’s full of character features, and features plenty of local characters. The food is fantastic, and there’s a lovely patio area if the weather’s kind enough for some al fresco dining. Our top recommendation would be to head down on a Sunday for one of the best roast lunches in Grantham.
Pubs in Grantham
Cider fans will want to make their way to The Apple Tap on Westgate. The speciality pub has loads of ciders and perries to choose from, which the staff behind the bar will happily talk through with you as there aren’t any real ales on tap. If you’re desperate for a beer, there are bottles in the fridge, but it would be a shame to turn down the chance to sample a cider or two from CAMRA’s Best Cider Pub.
The best place in town for a cocktail is The Tap & Tonic speakeasy on the Market Place. It’s quirky, it’s cool, it offers table service, and the drinks are delicious. It’s not the biggest bar in the world, and if you want a table on the weekends then you will have to book, but that’s just a sign of this little gem’s quality. The atmosphere’s fantastic as you chit-chat among the candlelit tables, the mixologists behind the bar certainly know what they’re doing, the soundtrack is usually jazz or swing, and the prices are pretty good, particularly on 2-4-1 nights.
To round things off, a couple of honourable mentions go to Eden Wine Bar, where you can dine in style and wash down some quite exquisite steaks with even finer wines, and BeerHeadZ, which heralds from the new generation of pubs whose penchant for innovative microbreweries and craft beers sets them apart from traditional drinking dens.