At what stage do rock stars lose touch with reality? I think we can probably add ‘celebrities’ to that list too and that point was brought home to me by (Sir ) Rod Stewart as I was driving towards a cracking pub in Draycott In The Clay.
I liked Rod’s work with the Faces and “Stay With Me” is a classic blues tune whilst you can’t whack a bit of Maggie May and Rod the Mod was a legend in the seventies.
He arguably became more famous for dating Penny Lancaster in the eighties and beyond but he is still wheeled out onto ‘showbiz’ charity/gala/centenary events to belt out some tunes and is part of the ‘showbiz scene.’
Anyway, putting Rod into a bit of context, I was listening to TalkSport, which is my afternoon radio station of choice and Hawksbee & Jacobs were away so Jason Cundy and Andy Goldstein were on at about 2.00pm.
Cundy, a former player with Chelsea and Spurs was waxing lyrical about their defeat to Juventus last night and Rod called up the show to pass his opinion on the game.
All great so far and what could be better than having Rod Stewart on your show talking about football…it all started off so promisingly as he voiced an opinion about Spurs not starting the second half on the front foot and…this is when I realised he had lost touch with reality he (and I’m paraphrasing here) said “I turned to the guys sitting next to me and said they were going to lose if it carried on like this. It was Michael McIntyre and Jude Law”
This clearly impressed one of the presenters who said “Wow” but is that really a wow moment? If he’d have said he was sitting next to Glen Hoddle and Steve Archibald I might have given him the benefit of the doubt but this was just a rubbish name drop for no apparent reason other than to let us know how showbiz he is.
Sorry Rod, I would listen to Dennis Law talk about football but not Jude Law whilst McIntyre makes me laugh but I’m not interested that you were sitting next to him at a football game and demonstrating your tactical wizardry.
It’s all a bit ‘jobs for the boys’ and if I rang up a radio show I certainly wouldn’t tell the presenter that the two people next to me at St Andrew’s (John and Maggie as it happens) were hanging off my every word about all subjects as it’s of no relevance!
I seem to be ranting more and more on this blog recently but luckily for me I pulled into the car park of 172 – The Roebuck DE6 5BT and I had to listen to Rod’s showbiz tale no more.
Draycott In The Clay is a small village with a couple of boozers on the A515 that dissects it and its nearest major town is arguably Uttoxeter.
The first thing I spotted was a brand new brewery on the car park – The Roebuck Brewing Company – which started in July 2017 and supplies some cracking beers to the pub.
It’s been a boozer for over 200 years and was owned by Marston’s for most of that era until it was sold in January 2017 and then reopened roughly a year ago but I like the fact the current owners have kept remnants of the past alive
(in the gents loos!)
…whilst at the bar…
However, this is very much a forward thinking pub and the signs say that Darren, Gill and Abbie are in charge and I presume it was Darren who served me and he was a bubbly feller who is clearly running a boozer people want to come to.
Firstly the Gold (Roebuck Brewing Company) was absolute nectar and at £3.00 very reasonably priced and with the Fats Domino number “Ain’t That A Shame” in the background along with other fifties/sixties blues numbers the atmosphere was perfect.
The bar and the dining area are separate rooms and whilst you can eat anywhere the bar area was clearly a pub albeit in a modern style (and decent opening hours!)
Apparently, the landlords ran the Coach and Horses in Abbots Bromley for over seven years so they clearly know their stuff and this place has had a lot of TLC and is a smart modern pub.
It wasn’t packed but for 2pm on a Thursday it was comfortably full with both rooms ticking along nicely and Darren in good form answering questions from fellow first timers about the brewery, checking with a regular that his food was up to scratch…
…and tempting another regular into one more pint from their on site brewery.
A good boozer that I could come to with my pals or Mrs BB and it would be a good experience and, if the Gold is any barometer of taste, I need to try their whole range of beers.
I may ring up Talk Sport to let them know I was drinking with … and … (fill in the blanks) and that the quality of beer was really good but, like Rod, that would make me sound like a bit of a numpty.
So, I’ll just suggest that if you want to check out a boozer that is clearly doing a lot of things right then The Roebuck is well worth the trip.