A Question Of Priorities In Blackfordby

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I quite liked the sound of Blackfordby before I even got there as apparently there are no shops, no post office but two pubs!

This is a village that has clearly got its priorities right although it has got a primary school and a church so don’t assume this village – sandwiched between Ashby De La Zouch and Swadlincote – is just full of seasoned drinkers.

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Nevertheless when I checked in to 204 – Black Lion DE11 8AB at around 5.00pm on a Thursday there was a select band of what Martin refers to as ‘professional drinkers.’ By this (I think) he means people who come in for a drink after work as opposed to people who are so good at drinking they should do it professionally!

There was a couple of roofers, a tiler, a mum in with two kids who were glued to their i-pads and had headphones on.

(the professionals – hiding behind a pint of Bass!)

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At the other side of the bar there were two lads in grubby painting style clothes and the boozer had a nice buzz as a place people pop into after work or, in the case of the squad in the corner, stay for a little longer…

The approach into the pub is more picturesque than you would imagine from a village that is surrounded by old mining areas such as Measham, Donisthorpe and Moira.

Take the impressive Church of St Margaret standing proud opposite the pub and I would imagine a good starting point for many walkers on the ever evolving National Forest trail.

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Back in the boozer and the barmaid was happy to pull me a pint of very well kept Bass at a price of £3.20 and then returned to the chat with the professional drinkers’ squad in the corner.

(Definitely Bass)

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The place was clearly set up for fun and the noise levels were growing although the two older boys sitting at the bar as I ordered my pint didn’t move a muscle, crack a smile or say a word…then proceeded to carry on talking after I’d sat down.

(arty beer patio shot…)

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However, I liked the look and feel of this place and even though it’s slightly off the beaten track it is worth a visit.

 

12 thoughts on “A Question Of Priorities In Blackfordby

      1. A bit after the event I know, but to clarify. Those three chaps in the picture. Two are roofers who work very hard every day. The other fellow is a retired para medic.
        So before anyone makes assumptions about what people are about,do a little more research please.
        The Lion is my local. Good beer, good people, friendly chat. Namely, my local.

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  1. I have done both pubs in Blackfordby, both had Pediree on when i did them in 2012, the Blue Bell is the other pub in the village.
    I would love to be a profesional drinker, you would be surprised how many of them do work on night shifts and afternoons, but people who have worked in offices would never know about those shifts.

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  2. Enjoyed the post – definitely does what it says on the sign – a traditional real ale pub.

    Great to see another top Bass pint – he says – desperately scanning Rightmove for a suitable property in the area (i.e. next to a proper Bass pub).

    Guess the guys at the bar were discussing something shifty, or embarrassing…

    Quality beer mat too…

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  3. Thanks for clarifying Kev and I apologise. Always meant to be light hearted but most people in boozers work hard and come in at 4 or 5 at end of days graft.
    A good pub and apologies for incorrect assumptions.
    I’ll happily adjust
    Cheers

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