There is just something about canalside pubs that leave you feeling chilled out. Okay, a Sunday afternoon in February when it’s about two degrees and a pub is absolutely packed might stretch that notion but, the minute you walk outside, tranquillity takes over.
It’s an undeniable fact. Even though 155 – The Clock Warehouse DE72 2GL had free WiFi as well and I could find out that Villa had beaten Birmingham 2-0 (!)I was still able to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Shardlow is surprisingly water based for inland Derby and historically the Trent and Mersey Canal in this area known as ‘The Shardlow Basin’ was used as a business hub with the clock and salt warehouse building completed by 1780.
It’s obviously had a refurb in the intervening 238 years and is a pretty impressive building that was absolutely heaving when I went for a bit of Sunday lunch with my son at about 3pm on a Sunday.
(The gaffer is definitely called Matt!)
The top area of the pub is for drinkers but everywhere else is food based and there were families galore in here with prices to attract.
Shardlow has a lot of pubs in such a small area but it looks as though this Marston’s boozer is hitting this spot as there weren’t many spare seats in this behemoth of a place.
A big beer garden, places to relax (needed as it’s family lively inside), a gaffer who had his name displayed bigger than any other pub manager in the history of pubs on the welcome board (!) and a definite drinking zone are my takeaway memories of this place.
It is somewhere to go with your kids/family as opposed to just for a drink as my six-year-old enjoyed it but the Pedigree (Marston’s) was decent enough and the staff were friendly considering they were under the cosh.
Shardlow has around half a dozen pubs, which I suspect is not sustainable in the long run, so any natural advantages such as a canalside location will give you a head start.
A short post but a Derbyshire pub selling Pedigree is never a bad thing and I reckon Pete must have stopped off here on his travels…if not, point your barge towards Shardlow as the possibilities (and pubs) are endless.