A GBG Staple(ford)

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I think the Stapleford Tourist Board might need some work on their image if it’s hoping to cash in on the overseas market post Brexit.  They’ll probably be hoping people look up (boozer above) rather than down (Welcome To Stapleford) when driving in on the Nottingham Road.

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This town of around 16,000 people is definitely in Nottinghamshire (more of that to come next time) but borders Derbyshire and – for the benefit of my Canadian readership – it depends which way you turn at the A52 island, as to whether you are a Ram or a Tree in this most football of areas.

The good news for the residents of Stapleford though is that local MP Anna Soubry is vociferous in her pro Europe stance; so, let’s hope she can secure a wedge of EU funding to tart up some of the local shops although Mr Fix It might want to do it himself in true DIY fashion befitting his shop.

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However, one gem Stapleford does possess is a real GBG staple (I am going to milk this line for all its worth) in the guise of 183 – The Horse & Jockey NG9 8AA.

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It’s definitely been in for the past two years as the books on the window sill told me as such…

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…but this is a longstanding veteran of Nottingham beer and for a county that is well blessed with good boozers, that is a decent accolade.

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It’s on the edge of town but you can’t miss it as it is an imposing building that has apparently been around since 1740 as a hostelry.  By Nottinghamshire standards this is nothing unusual with pubs such as Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem in the city centre but this is clearly a well-worn path for CAMRA meetings and Ale Trail aficionados.

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A bumper selection of ales but I went for the BBB option of Legend (Nottingham Brewery) and very good it was as well with the added bonus of being £3.10 and I could add a cob in for just 60p!

(worth going just for the glass!)

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There was a veritable array of CAMRA mags (You can just see the Ale & Apple in the picture above)  to read and a bit of Bob Dylan melancholy music (is there any other type) in the background to add to the laid back vibe at around 1pm on a Tuesday.  This is also a boozer that is working hard to attract in locals or passers by visiting the ‘Welcome to Stapleford’ shop with a quiz (always a good idea)…

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(What’s a ‘sticky 13’ Pete?)   

…a classic cheese board evening…

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…and a bit of humour when visiting the loos to counteract Dylan…

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It wasn’t packed with two other couples talking in relatively hushed tones over the other side of the pub and a couple of old boys minding their own business whilst reading/drinking quietly.

Aside from the music, this place was quiet, but you can’t knock the quality of the beer, the friendliness of the barman and the cleanliness.  I had a chat with aforementioned barman who said it was refurbished around six years ago (it still looks pristine) and if you read about the recent history of the place it appears to have kicked on again during that timeframe.

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It’s open all day every day and whilst Tuesday at 1pm isn’t prime time they clearly have enough people in drinking ale to keep it fresh and whilst the locals of Stapleford might not be flocking to the shops or Tourist information centre in this part of town, The Jockey is clearly ticking along nicely.

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17 thoughts on “A GBG Staple(ford)

  1. Your post titles are getting better. 🙂

    “as to whether you are a Ram or a Tree in this most football of areas.”

    So that would be either the Derby County Rams or Notts Forest then. 😉

    “although Mr Fix It might want to do it himself in true DIY fashion befitting his shop.”

    Good lord yes!

    “(I am going to milk this line for all its worth)”

    I’m regretting giving it a thumbs up at the top. (LOL)

    “such as Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem in the city centre ”

    I was there in 1981! 🙂

    “the added bonus of being £3.10 and I could add a cob in for just 60p!”

    I am getting hungry (and thirsty!) just thinking about that.

    “with a quiz (always a good idea)…”

    What’s a ‘sticky 13’?

    “…a classic cheese board evening…”

    That’s a good idea in order to promote local businesses.

    “…and a bit of humour when visiting the loos to counteract Dylan…”

    LOL

    “The Jockey is clearly ticking along nicely.”

    Good to hear. (thumbs up)

    As to the Cob, my brother and I are meeting in Toronto next month to visit our dear old Mum. He’s flying in from France while I fly in from the west coast of Canada (we’ve been doing this yearly for over a decade now). One of the highlights will be toasted tomato sandwiches (with mayo and black pepper), cheese and onion buns (cobs?), and some fast food he misses, such as well as pizza and possible fried chicken. 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. I’m not sure the French do cobs Russ?? A bit too pre common market I fear as they will be more baguette than cob (I’m generalising here 😉) I don’t know what a sticky 13 is…I am hoping Pete might be able to answer for us! Cheers

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      1. “I’m not sure the French do cobs Russ??”

        Poor way of describing on my part. A cob is a bun, yes? Like a bap or butty?

        As for the French, pfft. I should point out while my brother lives in France, he was born in jolly old England (London). We moved (back) to Canada when he was 3. He met his French wife on a weekend booze up in Oostende with a Brit cousin back in the 80s. Within a year he’d sold up in Canada and moved to France to marry her. And since he has a British passport he was able to work in France with little difficulty. ☺️

        Ah, L’Amour. 😎

        Cheers

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  2. What are Sticky 13’s? I have no idea! I was rather hoping that it was a selection of toffee puddings, but alas, no.

    However, my good friend Mr Google came up with the answer. It is a variant of Bingo with Playing Cards. I couldn’t explain it as I’ve never seen it in action, so here’s the link –
    http://howtorunapub.co.uk/sticky-13s/

    I’ve never come across it before, but it looks like a surefire way to build up a decent jackpot which will bring in more punters. (I’d also never come across the website How to Run a Pub before!)

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  3. You have finally hit my home town Ian.
    Yes it is a dump wherever you go,we live in what is called the West End of Stabbo,it as loads of boarded up shops and we are close to the railway lines and the shit hole balfour beatty foundary and rail works where i worked for 10 years,cross over the River Erewash and you are in Derbyshire.
    re Russ,
    Stabbo is a Forest town or Nottingham Forest,never Notts Forest,my wife would run you out of town if you called our team that in front of her.

    The cobs in the Horse & Jockey are not that big but they do fill an hole and go down well with a drink.

    You should have done the short walk down to Larrys it is a shrine to Forest and there is always a decent drink on the bar,but not really a pub for outsiders.
    The Mr fix it shop is a cobblers and key cutting shop which we have used.
    Sticky 13s is advertised in a few pubs in the area.

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    1. As if by magic Alan the other pub I visisted was Larry’s!!! I’ve just blogged about it and it was a cracking boozer. To be fair mate, I could take pictures of empty shops anywhere in any town in Britain it just suited the post as it was dead opposite the Horse & Jockey. I liked Stapleford as there was a good buzz about it and some proper pub drinkers. Nice to finally get to your manor Alan!

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      1. I should have guessed that you would do Larry’s,i am surprised that you did’nt pop into The Chequers as it was Stabbo’s only Bass tied house,though always keg even years ago,no real ales on there now.
        I am glad you visited and liked Stabbo,it is down to earth and people say what they think,which is a good thing in my books.

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    2. “re Russ,
      Stabbo is a Forest town or Nottingham Forest,never Notts Forest,my wife would run you out of town if you called our team that in front of her.”

      Duly noted. I shall keep that in mind if I’m ever over there. 🙂

      Cheers

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