Okay, so here’s the background….. This blog is about pubs/clubs in the Midlands and what makes them tick. Yes, I like a pint of ale but there will be no beer snobbery on here just tales of why the greatest institution in Britain – the pub – should be preserved and cherished.
Why life after football I hear you cry (or not)? Well, I rampaged around grounds as a footballer in the Championship, Leagues 1&2 for 16 years in the eighties, nineties and noughties before embarking on a ‘proper job,’.
So, my mission, from August 2017, is to visit as many pubs in the Midlands as I can (work commitments and family life notwithstanding) and try to discover why so many people are still indulging in our favourite national pastime. Some will be visited on my own, some with family and others with friends, which will no doubt skewer my views, but let’s start…
Sunday afternoon is always a decent time to start any journey and the Admiral Rodney Inn is an absolute belter. 1 – The Admiral Rodney Inn DE11 7ES
One of three pubs in the small village of Hartshorne, it is without doubt the drinkers’ pub and a rare wet led gem in this era of food based hostelries. The views are top class…
…and the opportunity to drink whilst watching cricket is always an attraction. The pub wasn’t packed at 4.30 on a Sunday afternoon but my pint of Bishop’s Farewell (Oakham) was top notch and with beermats, hanging baskets and a small but friendly crowd of regulars this is a must visit boozer.
A stroll of around 500 yards takes you to 2 – The Mill Wheel DE11 7AS
This pub contains an absolute classic gaffer! Eugene, who was talking to punters about MMA and how he might end up in the cage if he could train hard enough whilst also talking to another family about the Lithuanian language, whilst still having the presence of mind to convince me to have another half of Stairway To Heaven (Burton Bridge) after my Screech Owl (Castle Rock) was finished. I think Eugene was Polish, but I couldn’t be sure, but what a guy! He’s even got his picture on the flyer advertising the pub…
This place was set up for food but everyone was drinking. A real mixed bag of customers from a Scottish guy who was shifting around the pub for better Wi-Fi, to the MMA trainer with a pit bull and his entourage along with a (possibly) Lithuanian family discussing language barriers!
It was top-notch Sunday afternoon entertainment and another pub with beermats and hanging baskets. Not full by any stretch of the imagination at 5pm on a Sunday but well worth a revisit just for the bar banter.