• Elliot Ball

REVIEW: Nottingham's newest self-serve beer house is a winner

By Elliot Ball and Eve Watson

Self-serve beer and thick, cheesy pizzas, what’s not to love? Nottingham’s newest bar opens its doors today (1 November) and we were lucky enough to be invited along before it opened to the public.

The Tap House, located on Byard lane, offers something for everyone; from the beer-connoisseur to the brewery-beginner, all 23 taps contain a unique flavour that will satisfy anyone’s palette.

Self-serve beer is pretty self-explanatory: you’re given a card upon arrival which you can top up with however much money you’d like (or however thirsty you’re feeling!) Then, you’re let loose on over 23 different taps to pour at your leisure. Their sister bar, Another? Wine bar has the same premise and has gone down a treat for visitors, and its brilliant the owners have branched out to give us a chance to try different beers.

We plunged head-first into the first barrel (or tap!) and came across a sweet, tangy cherry flavoured beer from Lindemans Kriek that left us wanting more. The brewers are passionate about their beer and say it has “an outrageous but supple sweetness,” it’s like no beer we’ve ever tried and we loved it.

We were spoilt for choice heading back up for our second tasting; there was wine on our left, cider on the right and every type of beer imaginable down the middle. If you’re more of a stout drinker, we couldn’t recommend the Black Pig enough. The Irish-based beer felt like a classier Guinness with the added benefit of finessing the head.

Classic beer drinkers will be spoilt for choice with everything from local lagers to beautiful Belgian blends, quenching even the most parched of mouths. We’d like to give a special shout out to Clwb Tropicana, Fresh and Bavo Pilsner as they were definitely two of our favourites.

However, our top beer of the night was Delirium Tremens. This Belgian Blonde was exquisite with a sweet and fruity after-taste. We loved how smooth it was, and would have spent the rest of our evening filling up my glass with this if only my card hadn’t run out!

However, arguably the highlight of the night was not just the beer but the mouth-watering pizzas on offer! Even if you’re not a drinker, we urge you to visit the Tap House just so you can tuck into their sensational hand-made pizzas, they’re to die for. With different vegetarian and meaty pizzas, you will not be disappointed. One that stood out was the pepperoni and hot honey deep-dish, which was thick, cheese slathered and had with an amazing sweet and salty combo with the pepperoni and tangy honey. For veggies the pizza to try is the broccoli, feta and chilli topping – the feta and broccoli work surprisingly well together and the chilli gives it that hot kick.

Ultimately, we think this is a great way to sample lots of different beers without having to spend a fortune as well as not being that awkward person at the bar holding everyone up. By being able to try whatever you’d like at your own leisure it allows for a relaxed evening of fun, pizza and beer. We’ll definitely be back!