Shock News – A Rare Royal Mail Success Story

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“We have a lot of those CAMRA tickers come in you know, to drink the beer,” said the barmaid at the 74 – The Last Post DE1 1GA.

Which is a good job too because they obviously like what they’ve seen, and drunk, as this little gem in Derby’s West End has made it into the GBG for 2018.

Therefore the likes of Martin, Duncan and Si will be checking out a new addition to the Derby Mile before too long and the good news is that not only is it easy to reach by public transport,  it is also open for longer than your average micro.

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11-11 four days a week and 11-8 on a Mon-Wed mean that this former post office has quickly become established as a local boozer rather than just a tourist attraction for ale trails and CAMRA meetings.

There are enough chimney pots nearby to support a ‘mini-local’ and the beer is just one of the attractions.

My pint of Seahawk Gold (Cotleigh) hit the spot and at £3.10 means it is within the reach of the local community.  However, the beauty of a Micropub is that with ten people in there it was pretty packed and made for a corking atmosphere as, aside from me, the clientele all knew each other

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“So, if you cook a pizza upside down then it’s easier to slice.  I have these inspirational thoughts sometimes.

“If you live in Australia, does that mean the water comes up the plughole?  No, it doesn’t you nob!”

“I love a Sunday afternoon session.  You know, having a few going home and then falling asleep. 

“Liam Gallagher is crap.  The Stone Roses are good though.”

“Are you going to introduce us to your new Mrs?  Is she your new Mrs?”

Can I borrow your lighter?   Only if you introduce yourself!”

“Those toilets are unisex.  Why are you telling me that? Do you think I’ve forgotten which one I need to go into.”

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“I basically brought the land on the Great Northern car park and built my own flat.  I’m not sure I got a great deal out of it though! 

“I’ll have another.”

“Hello… (fill in the blanks x8) this is Kathy.”

“S*** happens,”

This was just a snapshot of a fantastic hour in a welcome addition to ‘The Derby Mile.’  Whilst many of the pubs have fallen on the final lap this really has filled a void in the West End district of the city as a bona fide local.

It started life as a Micropub, and still is, but the O’ Brien’s have bought it from Muirhouse Brewery who bought it from Wentwell Brewery and it is now ticking along comfortably.

The gaffers weren’t there but a razor sharp barmaid Andi was along with obligatory funny bloke sitting at the bar who was holding court in between rolling Rizzlas and a couple of locals with their young son, a sage in the corner along with a bearded bloke who had a new girlfriend and a young bloke with the hipster woolly hat.

It is about 20 yards away from The Mile but, unless you wanted to play pool or watch Sky then there is no reason at all not to come here.  Apparently they also have music on three nights a week and even ran their own mini folk festival alongside the big version in central Derby.

Anyway, I arrived as a stranger but left with a smile as Andy had been forced to introduce Kathy, his girlfriend to everyone in the pub and when challenged by Andi what might happen to him if he didn’t – whilst she was having a fag outside – he replied with the classic “S*** happens”

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Rizzlas were order of the day as I was in the minority by not rolling my own and the smoking area out the back of this micro pub was well used.

Some people have suggested Micropubs are a flash in the pan and I am sure, like big pubs, the ones that aren’t very good will close.  But, over time, when they become established, there is clearly a market for them as a local and the fact they generate a good atmosphere with fewer people in can be positive.

This place has been open for three years but it looks like a pub that the owners care about. Size doesn’t matter (jokes on a Skegness postcard please) but this place is utilising all of its space perfectly and proves that sometimes Royal Mail sell offs can be a good thing!

 

18 thoughts on “Shock News – A Rare Royal Mail Success Story

  1. Great stuff. Do you find yourself listening into pub conversation more intently now you have a blog to do ? (I call it the BRAPA effect). The Unisex one is a classic.

    Fair point about good micros. My only caveat is I see a few of them, including successful ones, on the market already as owners can’t cope with challenging hours and want to retire !

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    1. That’s a good point! I think they will find their niche when the surge calms down but owners of this one are relatively young so looks like it could last. I couldn’t help listen in to this one as was dragged in immediately by bloke at bar! That kind of place… probably just more aware of bar chat now although recall isn’t always easy!

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  2. Open for three years; decent hours; no distractions (good idea in a place this size) I’d say they’re no flash in the pan, especially considering the place beside them is vacant.

    Good for them.

    Cheers

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  3. I have been in The Last Post and found it an easy walk from the bus station.
    It is a great shame that most of the pubs on the Derby mile have now closed down,done it quite a few times and did it on my Brother’s stag night,we started at the Derbyshire Yeoman,just across the traffic island at the top of Ashbourne Road,it is still there but now a crap donalds.
    A quick tip if using Trent Barton buses get a zig zag ticket for £6,very handy for me if going to Derby and back as it is cheaper than a return.
    I still love the blog.

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    1. Thansk Alan – glad you like it and your input is always appreciated. I suspect your brother’s stag night was carnage! Thanks for the tip will bear it in mind although had a lift into Derby so only needed a one-way return. Cheers Ian

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  4. Of course it was,Ian, we did loads of pubs that have now long gone and ended up in the city centre.
    If you are wondering why we did it in Derby,it is because my Brother has lived in the city since he was about 24,he works at Rolls Royce,he still prefers Nottingham,but it is too far for him to drive to work each day

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  5. Looks Good! Might not pass my toilet test, looking at the ‘muck’ behind the toilet seat. That’s one of my tests for a good micro – the toilets. It’s where the boundaries between micros and small pubs start to blur: Shared WC is firmly in micro territory. Proper, separate M & F toilets, with urinals in Gents then you start thinking it’s bit more than a micro – whatever their trade association definition.

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  6. The Derby Mile was always started at the top end,so it was a good walk up there probably doing one pub in the city centre.
    The start point was
    The Derbyshire Yeoman before it closed down,an Home Ales tied house and big on food.
    On Asbourne Road proper.
    Waggon & Horses Ind Coope,now closed
    Travellers Rest Ind Coope,still open
    Gallant Hussar Bass,now closed
    Swan & Salmon Bass,now closed
    The Garrick Ind Coope,may have changed name to The Mile

    It was then a short walk off Ashbourne Road and down Bridge Street.
    Maypole Home Ales
    Woodlark Bass
    Brick & Tile Ind Coope
    Ram Inn Bass Now closed
    Back onto Asbhourne Road and a walk down to Friar Gate.
    The Greyhound Bass
    we ended the stag night in Boaters Bar on Friar Gate,now closed.

    I first did these pubs in 1982 and do have photos off all but one when they were up and running.

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