I reckon all pubs should advertise their wares rather than adopt the discreet approach and 186 – The Shakespeare Inn DE72 2GP is definitely one of the former.
Mind you it is in a competitive market as Shardlow is a real mecca for pubs and with nearby Sawley also possessing a decent crop this is arguably the most competitive area of Derbyshire.
Alternatively, you could also look at it and say it is a real honeypot for pubs and it hasn’t undergone gentrification so you tend to get drinkers and families as opposed to hipsters nursing their cultivated beards.
According to the spiel on www.whatpub.com The Shakespeare allows motorhomes on the car park overnight so this may be one for Martin to notch off as a pre-emptive or base himself here and take in the smorgasbord of boozers on offer in close proximity.
I think this place may have been taken over recently as there was a fair bit of pruning going on in the beer garden and the billboards advertising all on offer is a winner.
It worked as the Easter Holidays is a real test of character when you have kids under the age of 15 and keeping them ‘entertained’ is always a challenge.
However, what better way then to find a beer garden! And I mean a beer garden as opposed to a beer patio, which seems to be the new buzzword for beer gardens.
Mrs BB and I went to another boozer in Derbyshire recently with the kids and sat on their beer patio but it was noticeable there was a lot of eyebrow raising and silent tutting with some very middle class sighing and scratching of beards as children dared to run around in a beer garden/patio…who’d have though it!
It’s all a bit like the debate around everything been manicured and formulaic or allowing a bit of individuality and some green and overgrown areas for kids to explore…suffice to say The Shakespeare had a magnificent beer garden that was perfect for me and two of my offspring on a Monday afternoon.
It’s a real warren of rooms inside with two drinking areas and one ‘foodie’ room and there weren’t many in but, at just after midday, it’s never going to be packed to the rafters.
It was clean and tidy place and sold a decent pint of Proper Job (St Austell)
and it was the sort of place my kids could rampage around a beer garden without fear of being ‘tutted’ at loudly.
(The beautiful game!)
However, it wasn’t a Hungry Horse style of pub either but a good solid pub with a cracking beer garden that will welcome the summer when it arrives on August 8 2018 for three hours before the onset of winter again.
With a music festival, live bands on a regular basis and ‘Bangers and Faggots nights’ (steady on Russ)
then it is clearly making an effort to attract in local trade and people from further afield.
Not only have you got a glorious beer garden…
obligatory Derby quotes from Cloughie on the wall…
and a good view of St. James’ Church…
but you can walk from the car park to Tandoori Nights over the road at the end of the night!
Well worth a visit by boat (Pete) or in your motorhome (Martin) or to watch nearby Long Eaton United play (Duncan) or by arduous, complex bus journey (Si)!