Holbrook is revered in the world of Pub Blogging. This little village in Derbyshire possesses one current GBG entry (maybe two?) and in a county such as Derbados, that is no mean feat.
However, apart from the old/new kid on the block (The Spotted Cow GBG 2019) and the legendary Dead Poet’s Inn (GBG lots of times and Martin’s favourite Derbyshire boozer) there is also another boozer that is less heralded, but still an absolute cracker.
288 – The Wheel Inn DE56 0TQ is just up the road from the Dead Poet’s and my pal and I were visiting on a Wednesday night and this was our last port of call at around 9.00pm.
Sometimes when you visit a pub then it is quite surreal and this was definitely one of those moments.
Tippa Irie “Hello Darling” was banging out of a sound system as we stepped in and were greeted with a chirp from a very large parrot called Shadow…
(Shadow turning the other cheek to backroom shenanigans)
…However, in the next room there was a bona fide stripper (well top half) in a police helmet producing a lot of shaving foam with a bloke, who seemed to be a willing participant sat in a chair!
Not your everyday occurrence in a locals boozer in Holbrook but as we were keen to fit in with the locals we thought we’d best sit down at the bar and look in from afar…(there were no other seats, honest guvnor)
Apparently it was either the very scantily clad woman’s birthday or more likely, the bloke in the chair’s birthday…I couldn’t quite tell but no one seemed to be overly concerned.
Either way, it made for a riotous atmosphere in the back room and, for a Wednesday evening, the place was absolutely jumping.
It was like being in a reggae timewarp with UB40, Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker all pumped out of the sound system and a gaggle of blokes returned to the bar to begin tucking into this selection.
Clearly beer porn is as much as I am going to show you on this site, despite overtures from Russ and my drinking buddy had a Bass whilst I had a half of Jaipur (Thornbridge) both of which were in fantastic nick.
The advent of dark nights means I can only bring you a smorgasbord of lowlit, atmospheric pictures…
but the presence of a mobility scooter AND a Hi-viz jacket outside…
and the cracking atmosphere inside The Wheel proves that the new landlady is attracting a regular crowd, by whatever means necessary!
So, just to recap, a fantastic range of well-kept beers including Bass, a bird in a cage, a good atmosphere, a throwback reggae soundtrack and a policewoman’s helmet a la Juliet Bravo…what more can you ask for at arguably Holbrook’s least well known pub.
It’s now on the map. I wonder if it’s like this every Wednesday!