Having been in far too many pubs recently that have been frequented by those GBG pub ticking types I thought I’d best up the ante and find a boozer that might, just might, have eluded them thus far.
(pub lamp – especially for Brad!)
With Mrs BB indulging in a gin slinging session with a gaggle of mates celebrating her birthday I had one of my ankle biters with me and thought I need a pub with a beer garden to unwind.
Central Derby is not overladen with vast expansive beer gardens but one exception to the rule is a boozer that was on its knees five years ago but has been given a huge kiss of life.
274 – The Bell & Castle DE1 1TG is on the edge of the city centre on Burton Road…
there it is just opposite Lara Croft Way!
It is also slap bang opposite a new Aldi supermarket in an area of town that isn’t amazingly well stocked with pubs but it is great to see this one thriving.
It was shut in 2012 after previously being owned by both Offilers and Bass until it was taken over by, I presume a family in 2013, and is now a cracker of a place.
Apparently it was converted from ex-mill cottages and has been there in this current guise for over 200 years so it’s got a fair bit of history attached to it.
It’s also got a beer garden…
with one of the most ‘unique’ statues in Britain staring at you as you take a seat!
I’m not sure who it is but he is an imposing sort of feller and is certainly eye-catching!
This had the feel of a family boozer in the city centre as there were tables for eating, drinking areas, kids with their parents and blokes drinking on their own but, they all appeared to know the landlady and were all greeted like friends. It wasn’t packed at just after midday on a Friday but there were around a dozen people inside which, ‘spoons aside, is a good effort.
Mind you, the greeting for my daughter and I was equally warm and an eclectic soundtrack in the background meant it was the sort of place you could have stayed in for a quite some while.
(Toy dog being asked his age at the bar…)
There are homely nick nacks everywhere and it has that nicely cluttered feel that all classic boozers have got…
but it was clean and had plenty of TLC showered on it.
A very nice drop of Epiphany (Littleover) did the trick for me…
and ordering at the bar with the sun shining and The Who’s “My Generation” on in the background is almost pub heaven!
A little bit off the beaten track in the town centre but well worth a visit as it serves good beer, has a warm atmosphere and a proper pub beer garden.