A new bar, launched this week (22 March) is set to be a showcase for Nottingham’s thriving brewing scene.
The Head of Steam, already a firm favourite among pub-goers in the north of England, is taking over the former Missoula Montana Bar & Grill on High Pavement, which closed at the end of January.
Owned and operated by Hartlepool-based Camerons Brewery, customers will be able to choose from more than 120 types of craft beer, real ale, and world beer in a space designed with a modern-twist, offering a welcoming atmosphere.
At 2,920 square foot, and spread across two floors, the newly-renovated bar boasts 22 specialty keg lines, as part of 38 taps, with beers selected from some of Nottinghamshire’s best-loved breweries, including Black Iris, Liquid Light, Blue Monkey, Neon Raptor and Castle Rock.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Chris Soley, chief executive at Camerons Brewery which owns The Head of Steam brand, said:
“With so many new and established breweries in Nottinghamshire for us to get involved with, this is a really exciting move for the chain. We know just how passionate people here are about beer, and our carefully-selected team of experts are looking forward to chatting to them about what we offer.
“The idea is to create a destination that offers the latest specialist craft and cask brews, food-and-beer pairings and events, although I should stress that it’s not just for beer boffins! It’s a place where anyone can come along with friends, family or even their dog, and enjoy a drink in relaxed surroundings, with live music and great food. Serious beer fans will also be able to find out what guest brews we have on via the Untappd social media app, where we are registered as a verified venue.”
The launch of The Head of Steam will see the creation of 25 new jobs in the city, including trained beer sommeliers and chef.
Alongside the beer, guests will be able to order wines, cocktails and spirits. The venue also offers contemporary takes on classic pub grub, served from 11am, with specialties including its own ‘Full Head of Steam Burger’. There will also be regular live music and quiz nights, and a discount on cask ales for CAMRA members.
Established in 1995, The Head of Steam has 13 pubs across the North of England in cities such as Leeds, Newcastle, Hull, and Liverpool. As well as launching in Nottingham, it is preparing to open further venues in Leicester and Birmingham this spring/summer.
Image: (L-R) Mark Connor, openings manager and Grant Dexter, operations manager for Camerons Brewery outside The Head Of Steam Nottingham, in the Lace Market.