Pride And Prejudice In Sudbury

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As my double century of Midlands’ pubs approaches then it is clearly time to up the ante and move in more rarefied circles.

A village that has had Pride and Prejudice filmed in its national Trust treasure – Sudbury Hall – is always likely to be a class act and this olde worlde hamlet on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border is a delight.

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Whilst Sudbury Hall is a well-known location I reckon its claim to fame with the BBC agreeing to use its staircase in Pride and Prejudice has ensured 199- The Vernon Arms DE6 5HS has attracted a lot more punters than the 1,010 inhabitants (2011 census) of Sudbury.

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This eye-catching boozer was built in 1671 with George Vernon building the nearby Hall, hence the name, and their crest is above the pub.

Anyway, enough of the history lesson, it was, at 12.45 on a Thursday afternoon, absolutely thriving.  It is a real higgledy-piggledy kind of place inside and not your archetypal looking pub but it just smells of history and stories.

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The barmaid said I could sit anywhere I liked and whilst the place was set up for food there were as many people drinking and no one was moving them on to clear tables for diners.

There were two ales on, one from Tring Brewery (which is rare in the Midlands) but I opted for Pedigree (Marston’s) for £3.30.

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This is oft maligned but they keep it just right and there were plenty of other people apart from me drinking it so it clearly sells well.

I ended up parking myself next to two old boys and one wife!   According to the old guy I was sitting next to, there used to be four of them who would visit on a weekly basis, but there were only two of them left and only his pal, Ralph, lived in the village.

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It was great to hear some anecdotes about the ups and downs of this boozer but he reckons it is on a big upward curve and people travel for food, whilst Sudbury Hall means they get a large influx of visitors to keep this place alive.

But, it should be noted, the pub’s noticeboard was advertising the fact Sudbury FC needed some new blood in the team for their Uttoxeter Sunday League fixtures…(maybe a comeback in the offing?)

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Going off at a tangent he also spoke about how he used to be a quantity surveyor and would often get the train from Coventry into Birmingham, have a liquid lunch of around four pints, secure contracts and business over the bar, and then carry on with his afternoon work.

Could you imagine that now!!! The lunchtime pint has become so frowned upon at work it is almost worse than smoking in some industries.

(you can smoke here though)

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However, it was great to hear a bit of history about the pub and village and talk to some of the old boys as this looked like a place with a grey (in hair colour, not spirit) population.

(A proper beer garden)

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This was confirmed as I left to walk towards my car as the bowls club directly opposite the pub was attracting a swarm of septuagenarians descending on the club en masse with their bowls bags and serious faces preparing for some high quality sport.

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No shortage of players here as the Sudbury FC old boys moved onto the next available option once your powers start to wane.

(surface like a bowling green…)

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A picturesque little village with a quirky boozer selling good (and it really was good) beer – what’s not to like?

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13 thoughts on “Pride And Prejudice In Sudbury

  1. You lot are getting more creative with your blog titles. 🙂

    “there were as many people drinking and no one was moving them on to clear tables for diners.”

    (thumbs up)

    “(maybe a comeback in the offing?)”

    You mean making the jump back up to Isthmian League Premier? 😉

    “The lunchtime pint has become so frowned upon at work it is almost worse than smoking in some industries.”

    Sigh. My Dad used to work at Square D (I think) back in the day, before they emigrated to Canada. Friday lunch he and 3 friends would go to the local near their place of work and each buy a round. Take off the time to and from the pub and they’d probably have less than 45 minutes to down four pints each. 🙂

    “as this looked like a place with a grey (in hair colour, not spirit) population.”

    (chuckle)

    “as the Sudbury FC old boys moved onto the next available option once your powers start to wane.”

    Makes sense. Good way to still get out and enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise (and then most likely a pint afterwards). 🙂

    Cheers

    PS – “was attracting a swarm of swarm of”

    Two swarms? (LOL)

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    1. You’ve clearly seen me play! Yes. I agree I got quite hooked on the bowls at the CG recently and I like its stern faces and competitive edge…I reckon there could be some Aussie style ball tampering going to secure victory! It’s worth popping in.

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  2. I went in the Vernon Arms back in 2009 with my brother.
    I had a drink of Hadrian & Border Legion Ale, Pedigree was also on plus a Wychwood beer.
    A nice pub.

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  3. Not sure what’s most impressive, Ian; your post or the promptness and depth of Russ’s comments 1

    Seriously, I assume you’re keeping that Bass clock safe for me while we arrange a meet-up. Cheers.

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