Secret Destination In Moira

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It’s not often you find a pub so niche that it doesn’t exist on Whatpub?

The CAMRA website is comprehensive and not much passes them by but it would appear as though 230 – The Ashby Woulds DE12 6EX isn’t yet on the scene but it was very much open when I popped in for a pint of Pedigree (Marston’s) at around 5.30 on a Thursday afternoon.

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If I think of the term estate pub then it was probably coined for this place as it is in the middle of an abundance of chimney pots, next to a slightly run down shopping precinct and clearly serves the local community of Moira well.

Although when I went in it wasn’t serving too many of them – two to be precise – who were enjoying a game of pool but, I have to say, the pint was top class.

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I had a chat with the landlady who (sensibly) said they were only putting one cask ale on as they wanted to make sure it was good quality and they had spent a long time cleaning the pipes on arrival…five weeks ago… and hoped they would attract more of the local punters back in.

Open mic nights and a pool team in the Burton Pool League is always a good way to connect with the local vicinity and they have spruced this place up inside and clearly care…pubs like this are a welcome addition to Moira and this is tucked away in backstreets so you wouldn’t find it unless you were looking for it.

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It looks as though the Blue Bell in nearby Blackfordby has gone bump so a new kid on the block (although this doesn’t appear to be particularly new) is good to see.

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The owner is enthusiastic and keeps a good pint of beer so hopefully The Ashby Woulds will succeed but it has a bit of a social club feel at present and will need a few more punters in than I saw on Thursday if it is going to make its mark in Moira.

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6 thoughts on “Secret Destination In Moira

  1. A bit of an achievement to find a pub that isn’t on WhatPub. It doesn’t even show as a closed pub, but from what you say it’s not in a particularly hidden location.

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    1. I am surprised it’s not on Derby CAMRA’s radar although they do have a plentiful amount to choose from! A very good pint but felt a bit higgledy piggledy social club if that makes any sense. Still always good to see a boozer open in areas you wouldn’t always think have them…

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  2. “Secret Destination In Moira”

    Of course I read that as the mines in the Lord of the Rings. 🙂

    “to make sure it was good quality and they had spent a long time cleaning the pipes on arrival…five weeks ago”

    Definitely taking it to heart; good for them. (thumbs up)

    “this is tucked away in backstreets so you wouldn’t find it unless you were looking for it.”

    Yup. And not too far from the Shoulder of Mutton I see.

    “and will need a few more punters in than I saw on Thursday if it is going to make its mark in Moira.”

    Agreed. Though it looks like a nice local if you live nearby and don’t fancy driving. 🙂

    Cheers

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  3. Great discovery – not only part of the housing estate, but it looks like a house (with a couple of extensions) itself.

    I have only just read your post (after I posted on The Roebuck), but strange how we had similar thoughts…

    I wish Marston’s would put a bit more Pedigree on down here, but they seem to only market the beers from their local brewery, in our case, Ringwood Brewery.

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    1. If Richard heard you say that he’d be nodding in agreement! I suppose they need to support the ‘local’ brewer but I agree it’s always nice to get an unusual guest in…yes this place felt like someone’s extension on a house 😉

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