Great Northern Inns

Great Northern InnsGreat Northern Inns is a Nottingham based pub company with nine bars and pubs across Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and Mapperley.

Established in 1988, GNI has gained a hard-earned reputation for being one of the best ‘independents’ in the UK and is noted for the diversity of its style of venues, broad popularity across the city along with high standards of service in each of its outlets.

If you would like to learn more about the individual venues and brands, read the pubs & bars sections below or visit the venue’s websites.

To get in touch, please use the form on the contact section.


Pubs & Bars

Great Northern Inns pubs and bars are located throughout Nottingham city centre and the surrounding areas with a venue to suit every style and taste:

Copper Cafes

Situated in Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and Mapperley, Copper venues are relaxed cafes by day and comfortable bars by night. Serving food all day including breakfast, lunch, light bites, afternoon teas and mains offering exceptional restaurant service throughout the daytime and evening. The bars are renowned for their amazing cocktails, craft beers, real ales and fine wines alongside their excellent coffees and teas. Combined with a relaxed atmosphere, plush interiors and the highest standards of service make Copper venues the perfect choice.
City Centre | West Bridgford | Mapperley

Copper Cafes

Southbank Bars

Famous for their warm hospitality, comprehensive sports coverage, live music and events, our two Southbank bars are situated on Trent Bridge, surrounded by the city’s finest sports ground and in the city centre, just off Market Square along all major transport routes. Serving fresh and tasty food all day and a great selection of drinks including real ales, premium lagers, craft beers, spirits, delicious cocktails and wines, Southbank Bars are some of the most popular bars in Nottingham for very good reasons.
Trent Bridge
Nottingham City

Southbank Bars


The Cross Keys

Steeped in hundreds of years of history and renovated to the highest standards, one of Nottingham’s finest gems is back to its former glory.
The Cross Keys offers a fantastic range of quality beers and wines including 7 hand pulled real ales. Our food menu is essentially British-based with an extensive breakfast selection as well as light bites, pub snacks and signature main dishes. 

Cross Keys Nottingham


The Old Flower Shop

Located on Mapperley Top, The Old Flower Shop is a breath of fresh air: quality beer with a New York-inspired menu served with style and comfortable surroundings. Craft keg beers, cask ales, a wide range of bottles and cans long with our signature cocktails compliment our delicious menu which serves tasty and filling dishes alongside special express lunch options, perfect for a quick bite to eat.

The Old Flower Shop, Mapperley


Trent Navigation Inn

This historic pub once fed, watered and housed the men and horses working the Nottingham canal and throughout the years has at times been much loved, closed or neglected. It is currently in fine condition and much loved, providing fine food and drink combined with live music and all major sports show on the screens.
Stocking up to 12 cask ales, Trent Navigation is also the brewery tap for Navigation Brewery which is located directly behind the pub in the old stable buildings. A generous beer garden overlooking the brewery yard makes this pub perfect for all beer , food and sports fans alike.

Trent Navigation, Nottingham



Located right next door to Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, Saltbox is a stunning venue perfect for pre-event dining, post-gig drinks or a burger and beer before a Nottingham Panthers game in addition to the wide range of live music events held here. The venue is split across three areas; the spacious main bar, a separate restaurant and a private room located upstairs with its own bar. In addition there are a few hidden gems such as the champagne and cocktail bar with private booths and a  beautiful seating area above the main bar on a unique glass walkway. Individual areas, or the whole venue are available for private hire so if you’re organising an event or party, Saltbox is a perfect venue.

Saltbox Bar, Nottingham


Navigation Brewery

In addition to our pubs and bars, Great Northern Inns teamed up with award winning brewer, Dom Flynn to build Navigation Brewery. Situated behind the historic Trent Navigation, the brewery produces a range of core cask beers, monthly seasonals and special one-off beers, alongside a growing line of craft keg beers. Combining state-of-the-art brewing technology with iconic Victorian premises and a dedication to quality through traditional methods and the finest ingredients, the brewery produces exceptionally great beers available over bars up and down the country. Visit the website for more details.

Navigation Brewery, Nottingham


Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us about our venues or require any further information, please use the form below:



We are always on the look out for talented, hard working people to join the company. We often have vacancies across our various venues, particularly for the following roles:

  • Head Chef
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Line Cooks/Chefs
  • Trainee Chefs
  • Kitchen Porters
  • Bar Staff
  • Bar Supervisors

If you would like to join our team, please send your CV to and someone will be in touch with you if we have any suitable vacancies. Please note – due to the high volume of job enquiries we receive, it may not always be possible to respond to each applicant should we have no suitable roles available at that time.


Great Northern Inns