Under The (Shelton Lock) Bridge

I’ve noticed that I’ve been neglecting my Canadian/American readership base recently. To stifle any complaints n the comments box from Dick and Dave I’ve named this post after arguably the Red Hot Chilli Peppers best song.

Having built up the merits of the A514 to Russ as THE best pub road in the Midlands (if not Britain) stretching from Swadlincote to Derby, I’ve not posted on it for a while so here’s a boozer right up his (very long) street.

A514 Map

The bad news is the rumours circulating are that Lidl appear to have won their battle (money talks) with the residents group who wanted to save the Rose and Crown and Marston’s are ditching another local boozer.

https://lifeafterfootball839.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/pubs-galore-on-the-a514-no-thanks-to-lidl/

Nonetheless, as the A514 is well stocked with boozers then, about two miles up the road in the Derby suburb known as Shelton Lock, there is a classic local pub known as 284 – New Bridge Inn DE24 9EF.

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It’s impossible to miss on the main drag into Derby as it’s huge and now that The Golden Pheasant over the road has morphed into an eatery that serves beer; it is in prime position to serve the many chimney pots in this well-populated area.

The map is marked in red and whilst I’d like to let Russ know that all of those red markers are boozers that’s not the case!

I reckon the terminology ‘community boozer’ was probably invented for a place like this and it is unique in that there is no connecting passageway between the bar and the lounge so you have to take your pick outside.

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I turned right for the bar (copyright BRAPA, 2018) and it was definitely a Derby suburb/estate pub.  There was Rams memorabilia everywhere along with news of a minibus to home games with Sky Sports on in a prominent position in the bar.

(Bench seating anyone?)

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Throw into the mix Bingo on Monday, a pub quiz on Tuesday, pool, darts, karaoke nights, reggae nights, Free Drink on Friday raffle and this is a place that is working hard to be part of the local community.

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At around 2pm on a Thursday afternoon it wasn’t hugely full (around ten people) but it was hammering it down outside.  Apart from one bloke asking me about the Wi-Fi I wouldn’t say any of the punters were overly keen to chat but they were happy enough and the barman was friendly…plus he served a great pint of Pedigree (Marston’s) for £2.75!

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Yep, just one pump on for cask and clearly it sells well enough to turnover as this was in good nick.  Most of the other punters were on Carlsberg and this isn’t a destination pub so it’s playing to its audience with food on offer too.

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Rich will be pleased to see the beermats advertising Britain’s biggest brewer of cask ale and it has to be said this is one of their boozers that is well worth keeping.

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Anthony Joshua was being interviewed ahead of this weekend’s fight with Povetkin and I reckon the Sky reporter won the award for the “most pointless question ever”

I say that and, of course it won’t rival the cricket hack who asked Mike Gatting exactly where he got hit with the ball on the tour of Pakistan with his nose splattered all over his face.

But it was close, as he was asking Joshua about the ‘breaking news’ that he warmed up his eye muscles before fights…apparently, and this is a big demonstration of sports science now on offer, Joshua said “I open my eyes wide and look left, right and up and down!”

(Ram behind a screen and eye muscle nonsense)

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Blimey, that will become the new craze and have sports scientists everywhere wondering why they hadn’t adopted the technique of opening their eyes to improve muscle capacity!

Aside from that nonsense, this is a place I would imagine ticks over nicely and Derby games see it full to the brim with punters chewing the fat over their annual play-off capitulation campaign.

A proper local pub that will be on the opening page of my new book – Pubs Not In The GBG 2019 (Edition 1)

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13 thoughts on “Under The (Shelton Lock) Bridge

  1. “I’ve noticed that I’ve been neglecting my Canadian/American readership base recently.”

    Pfft. Your blog, your rules. If you want to blog about footy (or cricky – LOL) or some obscure 80’s song that only made it big in the UK, go for it! 🙂

    “I’ve not posted on it for a while so here’s a boozer right up his (very long) street.”

    Yay! 🙂

    “with the residents group who wanted to save the Rose and Crown and Marston’s are ditching another local boozer.”

    Well, crap. 😦

    Related to that, I am partway through “The Death of the English Pub” by Christopher Hutt from 1973 (recommended by Paul Bailey). You guys have had to put up with crap like this for bloody years now!

    “and whilst I’d like to let Russ know that all of those red markers are boozers that’s not the case!”

    Perhaps. But I’m pretty sure when driving that road it looks like it!

    “and it is unique in that there is no connecting passageway between the bar and the lounge so you have to take your pick outside.”

    Interesting. I take it the good one is on the left, right? 🙂

    “and this is a place that is working hard to be part of the local community.”

    Completely agree with them doing that. Try to bring in a variety of folk once a week rather than one set of ‘regulars’ as it were.

    “I say that and, of course it won’t rival the cricket hack who asked Mike Gatting exactly where he got hit with the ball on the tour of Pakistan with his nose splattered all over his face.”

    You’re losing your North American audience (just kidding). 🙂

    “A proper local pub that will be on the opening page of my new book – Pubs Not In The GBG 2019 (Edition 1)”

    That could become a best seller! 🙂

    Cheers

    PS – “To stifle any complaints n the comments box”

    I see you’re missing an ‘i’. 😉

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  2. Marvellous looking pint of Pedigree – top beer without a doubt….

    Can’t imagine there were many straight faced bar staff in the old days when customers had to ask for a ‘pint of P’ and noticed from a photo on a recent Retired Martin blog ‘The Pedigree’s Progress’ that he was possibly alluding to the same thing….

    Interesting bit about sports science there – staggered at how technical it is becoming. In fact boxers have come a long way since the sponge and bucket and are now using the same science that computer workers use…:)

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