A nice little double Clash ditty in the title there that now puts me five points clear of Martin, Duncan and Si in the race to be crowned the king of “Woeful music links in pub blogs.”
Mind you, there was nothing disappointing about the landlord I met at a boozer in Loughborough tonight. Landlords with personalities can make or break boozers and Loughborough’s answer to Joe Strummer won me over in a big way.
Regular readers of this blog will know I am a massive fan of The Clash and I chanced upon a boozer that was arguably my dream bar…
I was searching for The Wheeltapper (still on my to do list – I’ll take the address next time) but with no Wi-Fi I was running around like the proverbial blue-arsed fly until a boozer caught my eye.
Having been to a couple of fine drinking emporiums in Coalville and Whitwick recently with PUB guru Martin, he said it was the abundance of good boozers in Loughborough that was keeping some of these corkers out of the GBG.
Tucked away on Market Street in Loughborough is 275 – The Cask Bah LE11 3ER which not only pays homage to one of Britian’s best punk (or rock and roll) bands but tips a wink to many more.
Just take its beer list, all brewed by Nottingham Brewery and rebadged for the boozer with names such as “Lemmy Legend” and “Pitcher This” paying tribute to Motorhead and Blondie.
I had a cracking half pint of Strummerville named after the legendary Clash front man which is a rebadged version of Bullion (Nottingham Brewery) that is a corker
According to the Loughborough Echo it is described as a place to “drink premium beverages directly from a tapped cask vessel,” but frankly I don’t really care what barrel it is in as it’s tasty, cool and served with a laugh.
The gaffer and his pal behind the bar were in full Clash regalia from London Calling/Give ‘Em Enough Rope era whilst his barnet was straight from Joe’s Combat Rock album era.
He was happy to pose for the camera and showman that he is, he describes himself as a ‘likely lad’ on the pub’s website, apparently they were knocking out a few tunes later on in the evening as I was there at around 6.30pm on a Thursday.
The bloke pulling up outside the pub blocking my photo was really chatty and told me he was on ‘keys’ (I know all the rock and roll jargon) for the mini gig later and said the gaffer “absolutely loves it.”
I wasn’t alone in the boozer either as there were actually young people in a pub shocker and a funny vibrant atmosphere with lots of rock t-shirts and all kinds of dress.
(that’s why he couldn’t move the car…)
That website is good and all the pages are Clash related and I didn’t realise you could use their songs to such good effect
The Magnificent Seven/Public Service Announcements/Cask City Rockers/Loughborough Poring/This Is Radio Cask/Loughborough Calling
The music fluctuated from The Beatles to harder rock tunes but, as this place classes itself as a music Micropub then it is no surprise.
(essential toilet reading)
As I enjoyed the tunes I thought it could utilise any more clash numbers and “Career Opportunities” might be apt for Theresa May in the not too distant future whilst “Hate & War” is perfect for Conte and Mourinho with “Cheat” likely to be used by Neymar after this year’s World Cup exploits.
I could probably list another 20 Clash tunes but I’m already indulging myself so I’d best get back to the actual boozer itself.
Waxing lyrical about The Clash is also good as even Russ might have heard of them due to their exploits in the States whilst Mark, Dick and Dave I know are ordering their Sandinista t-shirts online as I write.
A clean unisex loo with a nifty “Police” logo on the dial phone…
…meets Rich’s criteria for a Micropub and this is the future of small boozers. Open all day, work with a smile, base yourself around top class punk rock music, link in with a brewery and sell good beer whilst not taking yourself too seriously, which can be a real turn off.
I reckon even Mudgie might ditch the seventies MOR and start pogoing in this bar as the atmosphere, led by the gaffer is infectious.
To be fair to The Needle And Pin another Micro I like a lot in in Loughborough, it has better music beermats and is also musically themed, but this is a much more raucous affair and has the feel of a ‘proper’ boozer.
“We’re a garage band”
“We come from garageland”
Well Loughborough to be precise but it’s worth tuning into Radio Clash and putting this boozer on your frequency.