No Nonsense Marstons Boozer In Winshill

I’m pretty sure Ian (1) https://twitter.com/thewickingman and Ian (2) https://twitter.com/thoth1742  would both agree that any pub in Winshill could be classed as an ‘estate’ pub.

The two beer gurus from Burton know their brewing history but I know the Wickingman in particular is a Winshill boy and gritty is a good description of this town.

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Of course, like all areas of Burton and South Derbyshire, you are never far from some fantastic countryside and Winshill also has some tidy houses alongisde great swathes of good, old fashioned ex council house stock

Having spent a day in Winshill at a football tournament with my lad, a stop off en route home saw me explore areas with grandiose titles such as Empire Road, which didn’t appear to be hugely pukka.

Nice enough though and salt of the earth people as I discovered when I ventured into 242 – The Anglesey Arms DE15 0JW at around 4pm on a Sunday.

It’s straight up the big steep Bearwood Hill road on the main drag into Winshill from Burton and this Marston’s no nonsense local boozer was just the job.

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It’s clearly well-kept as you can tell by the hanging baskets out front whilst two front bars give you the choice of Spain being knocked out by Russia or a quieter room with some terrific swearing from the locals.

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The back lounge had a birthday party going on, which looked like a lot of the local fraternity had been there for a while and not only did it have a beer garden but also a bowls club.  In fact, it is apparently the oldest bowling green in Burton as it was created in 1908.

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Not sure what it is with this part of the world and bowling greens but I know The Wickingman is a regular bowler and, like The Barley Mow in Stapenhill, this bowling green is a hidden gem amidst a sea of houses.

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The pub itself is named after  Henry William Paget (aka Lord Paget & Earl of Uxbridge) who was created the 1st Marquess of Anglesey after the battle of Waterloo, in which he lost a leg.

The bar war reasonably full and I didn’t notice anyone at all drive there as the car park was virtually empty which is always a sign of a pub full of locals.  There were lots of nods and ‘hellos’ from the bar flies inside whilst a couple tucking into some lunch outside were also friendly enough and this place does what is says on the tin.

(the view NOT of the bowling green)

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The gents had some predictable notices…

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and some not so predictable notices…

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to prove that times are a changing (for the better) in all areas.

A bona fide ‘proper’ pub predominantly wet led and serving a good pint of Hobgoblin Gold (Wychwood)

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whilst retaining a good atmosphere and offering up the likes of karaoke, live music and quizzes during the week…what’s not to like in this estate pub?

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11 thoughts on “No Nonsense Marstons Boozer In Winshill

  1. “and gritty is a good description of this town.”

    With regards to the photo just below, it shows a poster on the wall advertising ‘live karaoke’. Is there any other kind of karaoke besides live? 😉

    “Having spent a day in Winshill at a football tournament with my lad,”

    How did his team do?

    “give you the choice of Spain being knocked out by Russia or a quieter room with some terrific swearing from the locals.”

    Two perfect choices. 🙂

    “the car park was virtually empty which is always a sign of a pub full of locals. ”

    Which is a good sign to be sure.

    “what’s not to like in this estate pub?”

    I’d certainly go if it was my local. 🙂

    Cheers

    PS – On a sadder note apparently my ‘local’ is closing for good in less than a week! Something to do with food poisoning and a subsequent failed health inspection (sigh). Will have to pop by this week to find out for sure. 😦

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  2. Ha – you’re right! Not sure there is any other kind of karaoke but open to offers. They won three games, lost two games and drew 1 in a tournament – a long hot day but always nice to stop off for a pint afterwards…The swearing was more entertaining than the game on this particular occasion! It had a real feel of a local pub with a crackling atmosphere. Oh no. that’s bad news but you must check it out at least three or four times to be sure!

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    1. “but you must check it out at least three or four times to be sure!”

      With my better half away till the 13th I plan on doing just that. 🙂

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  3. Excellent pub again Life After Football – where do you find them all?

    I saw your comment about the oldest bowling green on my Wool House Wonder post.. but this one is lagging a few centuries behind Southampton’s…!

    It’s a real plus though to see them linked to/part of the pubs (which the world’s oldest in Southampton isn’t – though may have been in the past who knows…?)

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