It’s always worth posting a picture of Bass as (a) it will tempt Martin to retweet the post (b) it will leave Richard lamenting how good Bass used to be before he was born and (c) it will leave Russ searching for a typo on the glass/beermat.
It’s fair to say that if you live outside of Derbyshire (or Burton) then seeking out hostelries that sell the amber nectar isn’t quite as straightforward, but it often emerges when you least expect it to in the East Midlands.
Take 162 – The Bull’s Head DE73 8AE in Wilson for example. A tiny village near Worthington, Breedon and Tonge it is a pleasant surprise to find a boozer here, but even more so to see that it is still ‘pubby.’
Don’t get me wrong, it clearly delivers excellent food and Mrs BB has subsequently recommended it to me as a potential evening out (make a mental note), but this boozer covers all bases.
A freehold property, which definitely helps, there is clearly a bar area when you walk in and it was well populated with drinkers when I arrived on a Sunday afternoon, who were putting the world to rights.
Whilst you can eat pretty much anywhere you can also sit down and drink pretty much anywhere you want too, as there are alcoves aplenty mixed in with low beams, which make for a mix to suit all tastes.
The place was excellent and the Bass (£3.60) was in good form with people of all age ranges enjoying either food or a pint and it made for a rollicking good atmosphere.
They appeared to have carried off the difficult juggling act of being pub/restaurant/traditional/appealing to all and is also on a bus route and near to the well walked Cloud Trail route.
I reckon if this was in some counties in England it would be almost a nailed on cert to be in the GBG but, as Derbyshire appears to have an abundance of these boozers then it is a strong contender to be in their top 40… and that is no mean feat.
(another low key entrance!)
A boozer that is well worth a visit and showing others how to survive in the modern world.