Any Chance Of A Birmingham City Victory? Boozers In Barrow Upon Soar

Work commitments are playing havoc with my blogging at present so a rare night off gave me the chance to watch another Birmingham City hard luck story poor finishing and poor defending. on the box

Looking at the positives that stretches our unbeaten/winless home record to four games and overall winless run to eight so it could be a lot worse…

Just as we happen to have found arguably the best manager at the club since winning the Carling Cup in 2011 it appears to have coincided with a financial meltdown (number 587 in the club’s history) and a huge frustration, as it feels like we could actually move forward without the joys of FFP, which don’t really affect any club in the top six, but just the rest of the country trying in vain to play catch up.

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Amway after a 1-1 draw against the Baggies I was left contemplating relegation do I enjoy watching a game in the pub or at home?

The bland and somewhat dull answer is I don’t know!   However, I always like the option and I think most villages/towns/cities should have a boozer with live sport on a big screen.

(Big screen to the left, gin menu to the right)

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One such place is 280 – The Three Crowns LE12 8JS in the village of Barrow upon Soar in Leicestershire.

I was in there of a Monday lunchtime and it was pleasing to see the place relatively full with local punters eating and drinking.

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There was a good group at the bar and there were also kids as it was still the school holidays when I popped in.

(school holiday = bouncy castle on car park)

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England were working their way towards another victory over India on the big screen and, with a classic pint of really well kept Pedigree (Marston’s), a crossword and a village boozer open at 1pm on a Monday it really was a good place to be in.

(Doom Bar or Pedigree…Burton’s finest)

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I suppose the question is did the Sky sports screen attract in any extra punters?  Who knows, but the food clearly was and I reckon the way demographics have changed with more and more people supporting one of the ‘big six’ teams then you are just as likely to get a packed pub watching Liverpool as you are watching Leicester in a village like this.

(All roads lead to Marans)

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History says this is a 17th Century boozer and the village itself lies on the banks of the River Soar so, I guess, is associated with the waterways although not sure if it is part of the canal network.

Nonetheless, another solid local boozer doing healthy trade on a Monday afternoon with sport on the TV.   If they could guarantee me a Birmingham City win if I watched it in their boozer, I would be back like a shot!

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A proper pub for local punters.

19 thoughts on “Any Chance Of A Birmingham City Victory? Boozers In Barrow Upon Soar

      1. Apart from they make their own beer, in the same factory (or in the case of Black Sheep a new one, close to where the original company was) where they have always made it. It was quite clear, to me anyway, that they use Bank’s in Wolverhampton as a bit of an overflow, so your Pedigree, Bass, whatever might be made in Burton mainly, but it might be supplemented with some brews from Wolverhampton. I take the view that Staffordshire Oat Cakes can’t be Staffordshire Oat Cakes unless they are made in Staffordshire. Like Melton Mowbray pies can only be made in Melton Mowbray.

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  1. The River Soar does indeed form part of the waterways system, linking the Grand Union Canal with the Trent & Mersey Canal via Leicester and the River Trent.

    Barrow is a great place for an overnight boating stop which we’ve only managed once, in 2015. There were four pubs we went in that night (including the Three Crowns). Have little or no recollection about what they were like inside, but I have the external images for future use if we ever return.

    I, for one, like the pubs you visit because they provide an insight into the ordinary, everyday pubs that most of us visit. The Good Pub Guide and Good Beer Guide are different entities (with some overlap) because I rate pubs on atmosphere, architecture and style before I consider the beer (as long as the lager is cold!)

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  2. “Amway after a 1-1 draw against the Baggies”

    I take it Baggies isn’t Badshot Lea. 😉

    “and I think most villages/towns/cities should have a boozer with live sport on a big screen.”

    Agreed. There should be enough of a mix to appeal to the majority of folk.

    “I suppose the question is did the Sky sports screen attract in any extra punters? ”

    Tricky that. I think that, if you can’t have different boozers than maybe have one room with the Sports, another without and maybe another with a games room (but then we’d have to have one for eating… gets a bit complicated). 🙂

    “(All roads lead to Marans)”

    Could not find that on Google Maps (or not one 445 miles away).

    “If they could guarantee me a Birmingham City win if I watched it in their boozer, I would be back like a shot!”

    LOL. Any pub/bar that could guarantee a ‘home team’ win if watching there would make a bloody fortune!

    Cheers

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