Vale, Nottingham

Mansfield Road
Daybrook
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG5 3GG
0115 926 8864

The Vale is one of the best preserved art deco pubs in the UK.  It was built in 1937 in the moderne style with rounded wings at each end and with Crittall metal windows by acclaimed architect T. Cecil Howitt (photos 1 & 2). The pub is Grade II listed but the signpost in photo 1 has its own Grade II listing. The doric column with seating at the bottom is topped with a three sided sign, originally a lantern, but replaced with boards in the 1980s.

Inside is a wood panelled lobby with stylish art deco detailing, and to the left is the unchanged smoke room with its original bar counter and more wood panelling. The panelling in this room has two circular HB carvings signifying Home Brewery.  The Home Brewery, another art deco building designed by T. Cecil Howitt, still stands further along Mansfield Road, though it stopped brewing many years ago.

The Vale succeeds in being both a destination dining pub and a community local. Food is served all day and there is a good range of cask beers from national and local brewers. There are large screen TVs for sport, a function room, and a quiz twice a week.

See also my article on art deco pubs in Nottingham.

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