“Make you sure you tell them about our gin as well,” said the landlady. OK there you go, I’ve mentioned it….
However, I was always going to focus on the fact they were selling Bass from the jug in a top notch welcoming local boozer!
(Pedigree glass but contains Bass!)
“We’ve only just recently started it,” said the landlady when she saw me taking a snap of the chalkboard “but it’s proving to be popular.”
And why wouldn’t it? Derbyshire’s premier drink – flat version especially for Martin – and a ‘proper’ pub atmosphere mean 161 – The Old Talbot DE65 5FF is an absolute gem of a pub.
It’s on the main drag in Hilton, Derbyshire, which is a village that has arguably doubled in size over the last decade and they are still throwing up houses at a rate of knots so that can only be good news for this Grade II listed building.
There was rugby on the box when I popped in on a Saturday afternoon so the usual once a year experts were in the boozer trying to justify the point of Italy as Ireland were putting about 100 points on them.
Nonetheless, everyone was friendly and the boys had ordered a Subway takeaway to accompany their Bass and lager which arrived via a stressed delivery man whilst another group of people were trying on their new club sports gear and another couple were playing darts in the background.
This was all in the bar whilst the lounge was also full of a good crowd and the overriding vibe in this place was one of friendly welcoming people happy to have a chat.
(Can’t beat a bit of ‘Housey!’)
I managed to convince the bloke sitting near to me the merits of a two-tier Six Nations as opposed to watching Italy get walloped every year and Scotland – apart from one year in ten – suffering a similar fate.
Either way, Wigan’s win over Manchester City tonight in the FA Cup got me more excited than Ireland beating a second rate nation and then watching pundits tell me it was a good advert…to be fair to Rugby it is catching up with football in this department i.e. pundits stating the obvious, over analysis and far too many pundits saying ostensibly the same thing.
Anyway, back to the important stuff, like beer and the Bass was top class and drinking it from the jug (not literally of course, they were very good and provided a glass) seemed the right thing to do in an historic boozer like this.
Apparently it dates from the early 16th century and is awash with quizzes and clubs including a Poker club, apparently.
Basically, if you want a good pint of beer in a friendly boozer in the mushrooming village of Hilton then you would be hard pushed to beat The Old Talbot. I understand it also sells gin!