If you’re looking for an ASBO or a Chav then I’ve got just the boozer for you on Coalville High Street.
However, don’t panic as these are just the names of whisky, gin and vodka offerings at the 30 –Bitter & Twisted LE67 3ED, which was a Micropub that doesn’t appear to follow the crowd.
Thirty pubs in to Life After Football and I’ve finally entered my first Micropub. And, hold the back page, it actually contains young people.
You can also include the barman in that bracket; he allowed me to try before I buy and was a helpful, knowledgeable chap but, there is no way he would have got served if he walked in as he looked about 17…at a push!
There were ten people in there apart from me, which constitutes a good atmosphere in this small former Butcher’s shop, and I was clearly the oldest by at least 15 years (I am in my forties). There were even teenagers in there as well!
This all made for a good atmosphere and whilst there was no music etc. there was actually a TV in there, albeit on BBC with no volume (possibly for the best with the dross they are serving up recently).
A group of twentysomethings were comparing drinking stories, which was intriguing, but it was all in good taste and this is a place that not only sells decent beer, I had a pint of Pale Ale (Hop Studio),
but also sells lots of ciders and cocktails and I would think is seen as a ‘starting venue’ before kicking on to other bars.
A drinks menu that doesn’t take itself too seriously and can laugh at Coalville’s sometimes earthy reputation is a sure fire sign of a pub adapting to its surroundings.
A helpful friendly barman and then selling drinks the public want is the only way to survive as a wet led pub in the modern age and £3.50 for a pint is bearable, even by the prices of beers in this part of Leicestershire.
I decided against the Chavs and the ASBO but there were definitely none in this little gem that proves Micropubs aren’t just places for old people…