A stretch of the Midlands between Junctions 11 and 12 of the M42 has arguably the most exotic sounding villages in England.
I’ve touched on this before… … but the likes of Barton In The Beans, Norton Juxta Twycross, Stretton En Le Field, No Man’s Heath, Newton Burgoland, Little Wigston, Swepstone and Appleby Parva are world class place names!
None of your bland and dreary suburbs here as Rich’s much loved National Forest region showcases all of its greenery…oh yes and there’s Coalville and Ibstock as well if you’re more of a fan of urban beauty.
Mind you Appleby Magna is certainly a place for the Leicestershire bourgeoisie to flock and with the Ashby canal in close proximity then I suspect Pete might be pitching up to one of the boozers in the village.
If he does he could do far worse than 294 – The Black Horse DE12 7AH, which is a belting 16th Century black and white timbered classic country pub.
Apparently it shut for around six months in 2017 and has been reopened for about a year so it is great to see it back in the fold.
I was in there at around 5pm on a Thursday and it wasn’t packed but the staff were suitably busy and there were a handful of people in and a punter arrived an ordered a pint of coke.
He was a regular as the barmaid knew him and the conversation turned to coke where I discovered some shock news. Apparently, there are three types of cola on sale!
Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and…Marston’s do their own version of Cola as well! This conversation arose as the bloke at the bar was waxing lyrical about this particular pint compared to a pint he had in a nearby boozer.
The barmaid revealed that Marston’s (as I suspect do other places) having their own cola version that is used……
Maybe this bloke is going to start his own GCG and travel the country comparing cola? A drop of the brown stuff could take on a whole new meaning and maybe Martin, Dunc and Si could have a new rival as this mystery punter visits pubs and lets you know if a pint of coke will be flat/fizzy/tasteless or craft?
Rival groups could then set up alternative cola festivals and there could be a craft/keg debate…it would never catch on, would it?
Anyway, a good country boozer that is well worth a visit and I had a very quaffable pint of Directors (Courage) which was miles better than the cola!