Hitting The Heights In Abbots Oak

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Having previously conquered the highest pub in Derbyshire, I thought it was about time to take on the same task in Leicestershire.

Whilst the views from Abbots Oak…

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aren’t quite as dramatic as those from Bretton Clough in the Peaks…

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it is, nonetheless, a hidden gem and serves the best pint of Bass I’ve had in a while.

The hot weather/end of barrel/minimal footfall (take your pick) has made my last couple of experiences of Bass none too impressive (posts to follow).

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But this off the tracks boozer has more to offer than just the amber nectar known as well-kept creamy Bass, although that is always a good starting point.

It is also about five minutes away from Mount Saint Bernard Abbey where Monks have become the first in the UK to brew an officially recognised Trappist beer.

They are only the 12th in the world to get permission to call itself a Trappist brewery and have knocked out a 7.4% dark ale known as Tynt Meadow!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-44581210

258 – Bulls Head LE67 4UY didn’t have that on but is still an attraction as a boozer even though it’s not near many chimney pots, around 30 people were in on Thursday evening at about 8pm.

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It was a nicely relaxed atmosphere, befitting the 30 degrees temperature, with families eating, couples drinking and groups outside in the beer garden, which was an absolute classic.

A huge sprawling affair with old fashioned slides…the sort of beer garden kids would love and I would definitely bring Mrs BB and the kids here for either a drink or some food.

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The beer was spot on and the “I’ll just let that settle,” is usually a good sign from the barmaid and so it proved whilst my pal, who was halfway through a run, had a good pint of the Abbot Ale (Greene King).

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I quite like his running style as it was a case of a two mile jog to the pub – a pint of Pedigree to refuel Gazza style – before running home again!

Hopefully this place will continue to thrive and the presence of England’s only Trappist Monk brewery along with the highest pub in Leicestershire only adds to the LE67 kudos!

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(link to the highest pub in Derbyshire post)

https://lifeafterfootball839.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/roll-out-the-barrel-snow-on-the-peaks

 

18 thoughts on “Hitting The Heights In Abbots Oak

  1. Do I need to add it as a ‘permanent’ addition to the Bass list?

    You’ll need to tick off the New Inn at Flash to add Staffordshire’s highest. 😂. Now there’s a list to tick… highest pub in each county.

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    1. Could be rather difficult to establish in some of our flatter counties such as Cambridgeshire. And of course raises the vexed question of how you define “counties” 🙄

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  2. “It is also about five minutes away from Mount Saint Bernard Abbey where Monks have become the first in the UK to brew an officially recognised Trappist beer.”

    Very jealous. 😉

    “I quite like his running style as it was a case of a two mile jog to the pub – a pint of Pedigree to refuel Gazza style – before running home again!”

    A good way to exercise, especially in that heat. 🌡️

    “and the presence of England’s only Trappist Monk brewery along with the highest pub in Leicestershire only adds to the LE67 kudos!”

    And the Bass makes it a triple play! 👍

    Cheers

    (Although it would be nice if they stocked the nearby Trappist ale) 😉

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  3. Went to the pub at Flash some 20 years ago on our traditional post-Christmas drunken van and sleeping bag tour. It was closed. One of the party was ejected into the snow to stand outside the pub for a photo. That’s all you need for a pub tick. It was a Bass house as I recall…

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    1. Youngest in the van, part of his initiation. Absolutely no idea who he was and I’ve never seen him again since…

      I was confused by the highest pub thing, Tilton on the Hill being the highest village in the county, but of course Abbots Oak is a hamlet…

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