In our quest to find the X-Factor that makes pubs successful I think us pub bloggers can sometimes over analyse and discus what makes a good boozer.
Good beer is nearly always cited as a major factor but what is the definition of a good pint? It was a question that both me and my pal asked as we celebrated his impending marriage (well, it’s still three months away but that’s close enough).
Having already blogged about The White Horse in Derby then I’m going to hazard a guess I might be the first ever blogger to review the 192 Castle And Falcon DE1 2AU. It’s a good twenty metres from The White Horse but was almost as busy and bearing in mind it was not long after midday on a Thursday, that’s a good effort.
I think you could describe this as a market pub as it is situated at the back of Derby’s Eagle Market and the term no frills springs to mind.
However, one thing it wasn’t lacking was an atmosphere and there were a gaggle of punters outside having a fag and it was already warming up inside with a few loud ‘pub style’ conversations taking place. Looking at the billboard there is the promise of karaoke and discos on a regular basis so this place clearly isn’t for shy and retiring types.
It’s got a pool table too and has taken a different route to many of those around it as it doesn’t stock any ale. But, the place was far more full than many of the other boozers we visited with an array of good beer on so, what is a good pint?
The choice was Foster’s, Guinness, John Smith’s or a cider (I can’t recall which one) so to most members of the PUB (Pub Union of Bloggers) it was a limited choice.
I thought I’d roll back the years to my youth and had a lager (Foster’s) dash – a Brummie staple – whilst my mate had a Guinness as we were served by a barmaid in fully khaki army uniform.
The price was cheap and cheerful and the place was clean and clearly surviving in a congested market near to Derby Bus station, so there was plenty to like and I reckon it gets raucous as the day unfolds.
In a similar vein 193 – The Standing Order DE1 3GL was our final pit stop around 6pm and, like all branches of Wetherspoons, it was pretty full, which is no mean feat given the size of it.
It’s a fantastic building and on the site of the former Nat West Bank in the Iron Gate area of town. It is a Grade II listed building and dates back to the 1870’s as the Crompton and Evans Union Bank, hence its current moniker.
It’s a rare ‘spoons as it always has beermats…
but the clientele are much the same as everywhere else and that is a positive with pretty much all walks of pub society here arguably admiring the impressive architecture…
…or maybe the beer selection…
I had a decent pint of this…
…which hit the spot.
There are still a few more pubs to appear in this crawl that wasn’t quite of Alan Winfield proportions but a good effort. ..
However, whatever the relative merits of each boozer then The White Horse, Castle and Falcon and The Standing Order were easily the most populated and atmospheric of all the boozers visited
And I bet not many of these are on Derby Ale Trails but are all worth a visit for their own reasons.