Never underestimate the power of a pub quiz…Quite often, when a new boozer opens, a darts team, pub quiz, pool team, football team, karaoke etc. etc. doesn’t even register on the radar.
However, I think anyone who neglects an opportunity to drag in punters is missing a trick. On my travels with this blog I have seen examples of how darts teams, pool teams, live music and karaoke have all helped create an atmosphere in a pub and 108 – The Plough Inn LE65 1JU also saw the benefits of a pub quiz.
The Plough On The Green, to give it its full title, is just at the back of Ashby De La Zouch’s town centre and very much a ‘local’ as opposed to a town centre boozer.
Ashby’s got those in abundance so there is room for a local style boozer, particularly with the amount of chimney pots in close proximity to this place.
Nevertheless, competition is fierce so it needs a selling point…oh, hang on, it sells Bass!
Okay, I appreciate that not everyone in the UK wants a pint of Bass (their loss) so that alone may not be enough to tempt in a full house every night of the week.
So, The Plough has to rely on other measures and they have a dart board and lots of events but their Thursday night pub quiz is clearly a winner.
I was in by about 8pm and there were already a few people in; including, in no particular order, five blokes on a bit of sesh, one bloke comparing divorce notes with his pal and another group playing darts and drinking.
However, there was suddenly an influx of around 15 people, all of whom were drinking, as they “needed to get a table before 9 for the quiz.”
And it was apparent that quite a few people had travelled for this quiz, so it’s not just locals as the conversation centred on a variety of subjects. It would be a safe assumption to make that I was younger than all of the newcomers as one confirmed “I don’t know what day it is with my memory…the Guinness is good though!”
The same bloke was then ranting about Tamworth centre and said “they’ve (I assume the planners/city council) have ruined Tamworth town centre.”
I felt like saying that wasn’t a very difficult job as I would imagine that could be done on your lunch break!
Another couple were happy to share that “we live in the part of Coleorton most people want to move away from,” but it was all good natured fifty and sixtysomething style conversation and they were here to have fun and take the quiz seriously.
Vintage TV was on in the background, although they also have sporting events on the big screen and the Draught Bass was excellent and at £3.30 a pint, more than reasonable.
I had a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in a pub that has the feel of a backstreet local as opposed to a town centre boozer.
As petesquiz will confirm, the power of the quiz is still a lure for many people and it easily doubled The Plough’s trade on a Thursday evening, which can only be good.
Another pub selling Bass in the East Midlands…don’t knock it!