(Landlord Pete and three drinking pals)
One of my missions in 2018 was to add more Burton pubs to this blog as, ostensibly; there are some very good ones in the home of brewing.
This reminded me that I hadn’t yet recorded my stop off at a belting little boozer as I ended a tremendous day in Lichfield.
The picture at the top of this post shows off barman Pete and his love of all things beer and football has been well documented by Duncan aka pubmeister on his fantastic blog. https://pubmeister.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/heresy-in-burton/
147 – The Last Heretic – DE14 1BT is nominally a Micropub but it can be loud, lively and sport based, which are not things you would traditionally associate with a pub of this ilk.
Pete’s a Crystal Palace fan but also a shrewd businessman and, as well as putting on decent beer, ghost walks and a great atmosphere he also welcomes football fans into his boozer.
And with Burton Albion enjoying a relative boom over the last few seasons then it is a welcome revenue stream to go along with his band of regulars.
Just in case you can’t tear yourself away from this blog to read Duncan’s top notch prose then the reason for the name of this pub is…Edward Wightman, the last Christian martyr to be burnt alive, in 1612 was from Burton on Trent.
Going off at a tangent Pete informs me that all visiting football fans have been fantastic in their behaviour since Burton arrived in the second tier of English football and only one set of supporters in two years caused any kind of trouble in the town…
However, let’s focus on the pub and myself and four of my chums arrived after a rather chaotic day in Lichfield as we disembarked the train at Burton and were waiting for a lift home!
Suffice to say the noise levels were high, the beer was good and the jokes were flowing and Pete is very good at mixing in when necessary and stepping back when he can see punters don’t want to be disturbed. The art of a top class landlord (along with keeping good beer of course) and Pete appears to have this off to a tee.
Of all the ‘small’ pubs in Burton this is undoubtedly my favourite as it feels like a pub and whilst there are no fruit machines, televisions, jukeboxes etc. there is enough of a buzz to make it pass for a town centre pub as opposed to a quiet drinking den. One of our party is the guru of all things Burton and he swears by this place and I can see his point.
I can’t recall what pint I had but I’ve yet to have a bad one on three or four visits there so I’m accentuating the positives.
(The end of a good night!)
If you’re in Burton –on Trent, check it out.