The Fox and Crown
(0115 978 2282)
Open all day
The Fox and Crown
A record at the nearby Old Basford Church states that The Fox & Crown was reputedly haunted. There have been no sightings in recent years.
Apart from the history, this pub has lots to recommend it. It has its own microbrewery. It serves three of its own ales plus two guests.
The brewery can be viewed from outside on a viewing gallery above the enclosed beer garden.
Inside it is all bright pine everywhere with nooks and crannies and large kitchen tables and chairs. The atmosphere is friendly and pleasant and the staff are useful.
The bar is a large horseshoe shape and the bar back stocks the foreign and bottled beers in displays. There is a large drop-down screen for the sports channels, however, they do have a children's certificate so you can bring the kids.
Food is served 12-3 and 6-10pm and is a broad selection from salads and potato wedges to pizzas to soup to salmon and steaks. All are reasonably priced.
Check out the wine list if you prefer.
Disabled access is possible, though the toilets could be difficult for wheelchair users.
Worth a visit if you are on the tram.
Closest tram - 'Basford'.
The Fox & Crown has a fascinating history. Research has shown that in the early 18th century there was an Inn, a Gaol and a bowling Green at this location.
The Fox & Crown is seemingly synonymous with The Bowling Green, as both names occur at different times on old documents referring to the same site. A revealing document discovered at the Nottinghamshire Records Office is the Will/Inventory, dated 1707, of Innkeeper James Pearson, also butcher and gaoler. The gaoler is said to have kept a bowling green and it is known that close by the gaol was a bowling green at which the company were waited upon by the prisoners, so that their confinement was not very rigorous. The Inventory gives enough factual evidence to support the theory that this must have been Peverel Gaol.
Peverel Gaol was instituted by William Peverel, son of William the Conqueror. It was a Court of Pleas for the recovery of small debts and for damages in case of trespass. And its jurisdiction at one time extended over the whole of the honour of Peverel which included 170 towns and villages in Nottinghamshire.
In 1791, the Basford gaoler was John Sands, who in that year opened the doors and allowed the prisoners to escape because there was no food allowed for their support and because if any of them died of want he would be liable to take trial as a murderer. The Court of Peverel was subsequently removed to Lenton and, in 1849, was abolished by Act of Parliament.
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