The European Championships are FINALLY here.
The tournament, which will be played in various cities around the continent, kicks off today Friday June 11, when Italy play Turkey in Rome.
The home nations to qualify – Wales, Scotland and England – are all in action in the opening days of the tournament.
Wales’ match against Switzerland is the tournament’s second game – taking place at 2pm on June 12.
England’s campaign begins a day later, facing Croatia at 2pm on June 13 and Scotland play the Czech Republic in their tournament opener at 2pm on Monday, June 14.
Unless you’re among the lucky few to be attending any games, watching in the pub might be the best bet.
Providing an atmosphere and allowing fans to take in games communally, the draw of the pub for an afternoon of football is strong.
We run through some of the best watering holes for football watching in Gedling borough.
The Arrow, Arnold
‘If you can’t be there, be here’ is what The Arrow staff are saying.
The pub is offering football fans the opportunity to book the best Euro seats in the house, with tables available in front of the action. Up to three matches a day are on offer.
You can book your table here: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/nottinghamshire/arrow/euro-2021/
The Nags Head, Carlton Hill
The Nags Head is offering football fans a ‘Super Sunday’ for England’s first match of the tournament. You can watch the game live at the venue and then enjoy live music with Just Ben on their rooftop terrace.
More details are available on the pub’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thenagscarlton
Inn For A Penny, Burton Road, Carlton
Inn For A Penny will have screens showing the footie in and outside. They ask you make sure you book a table if you want to watch the matches inside.
They will also be offering deals on their popular Nissi burgers – with three side orders available for £10
Find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/innforapennycarlton
It’s Inn The Bank, Victoria Road, Netherfield
Netherfield’s renowned football pub is showing all the live games on their big screen at ‘full volume’,
The Bank also have a special offer on during the England matches with free food at half time and drinks offers also being available.
You can find out more details at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebankinn
The Eagle, Howbeck Road, Arnold
To celebrate the start of the Euros, The Eagle is launching a new food menu which includes burgers, pizzas and a kiddies menu.
They will also be serving four-pint pitchers of your favourite beers for the same price as 4 individual pints and buckets of 4 bottles.
They will also be running a few sweepstakes ‘so come and draw your team’.
More details at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Eagle-601042283603484
The Vale Club, Vale Road, Colwick
The club are operating a ‘booking only’ system for all England games during the tournament.
They will require you to book a table with a £5 deposit-per-person for each game that you wish to attend. The deposit will be returned on the day of the match in cash.
Deposits can be made via cash or card. To book please call 01159878576 – bookings are not being taken via their Facebook page.
They said: “We are limited to max 84 people per game so please book early to avoid disappointment
Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/vale.klub
Gedling Inn, Main Road, Gedling
The Gedling Inn is fully booked for England’s group games but occasionally tables become available due to cancellations so keep checking their Facebook age for updates:https://www.facebook.com/TheGedlingInn
They are also offering special deals during the matches, with those ordering a ‘Red Package’ getting 24 bottle beers and 3 pizzas for £60. The White Package offers 6 pitchers of lager, 2 pizzas and an 8-side sharing platter for £90. The ‘Blue Package’ will get you 24 bottles of beer, 1 litre of house spirits with unlimited mixers, nachos and wings for £150
The Gleaners Inn, Calverton
The Gleaners Inn will be showing the football during Euro 2020. They have two TVs inside and one TV outside. They say tables must be booked and food will be available. Call 0115 808 4191 for details
Friar Tuck, Gedling Road, Arnold
The Friar Tuck has a number of match day deals available for those watching the games at the Arnold venue.
They include 5 bottles of beer for £18 and 10 bottles for £34
You can reserve a table for the big games here: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/nottinghamshire/friar-tuck/euro-2021/
The club is offering free food at half-time during every England game.
On Facebook they posted: “Come and watch the England games on the big screen in our air-conditioned concert room”
You can find out more details on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crossingsocialclub
The Plainsman, Woodborough Road, Mapperley
The Plainsman are offering beer, burgers and football.
They have also just added two new screens in the beer garden for the big games so sun worshipers can catch the games and the rays at the same time.
They advise you book a table to avoid missing out. You can book here: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/nottinghamshire/plainsman/book/
The Willowbrook, Main Road, Gedling
The Willowbrook is advising people to book a table in front of the big screen for England matches.
‘Plenty of beers, bottles and ales to choose from’
“Call 0115 9878596 to book your table today”
Admiral Rodney, Main Street, Calverton
The popular pub is shwoing the football throughout the tournamant
More details can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/admiralrodneycalverton
The Ram Inn, Mansfield Road, Arnold
The Ram Inn are showing all the matches during the tournament.
Tables are available to book: https://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR34T7eQ_5iHIY5B5klDr8LHJXz-15aaUA9nUVm0OOPqcDgFKrnZ6MIAgiY
The Greyhound Inn, Arnold
The pub wrote on its Facebook page “You can watch all the games live at the Greyhound in Arnold. Come and join us from 11am”
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/GreyhoundInnArn