Swing Gitan at the Hand & Heart – Nottingham, August 14 2012
By Charles Agar and Leah Ungless
With the grand opening of their new roof terrace, the Hand & Heart on Nottingham’s Derby Road is (hand on heart) establishing itself as a unique venue for lovely grub and lively music, while giving itself the edge for those summer evenings.
Starting out as a brewery in 1866, the Hand & Heart has undergone many changes over the years, but remains one of the most characterful and distinctive pubs in the Nottingham area. Known locally for being partially set in one of Nottingham’s historic caves, the new roof terrace is an added string to their bow. Providing an open, naturally lit contrast to the downstairs areas, it literally lifts the pub up to embrace the balmy summer’s evening of our visit. The terrace itself is decked out with beautifully carved (and rather comfy) wooden furniture, and provides an unexpected summer refuge from the busy main road below. Shielded from unwanted traffic noise by the glass side, the open roof allows a cool breeze to filter in as we take our seats. The staff are warm and accommodating, instantly making us feel relaxed and offering up a tasty, refreshing Pimms.