Having established that Gotham is pronounced Go-tum and that it is a real bona fide village in Nottinghamshire as opposed to a fictional city in the USA, it was time to explore a little further.
I had to go past East Midlands Parkway Station on my way to the home of goats (really…more will be revealed later) and there is no finer view in Nottinghamshire than the Radcliffe Power Station…
The Station even has its own Marina but it’s not quite reached gentrification status just yet…
…and is very much a working Marina as opposed to a shopping experience (there’s no boozer at this station Pete).
Moving on into Gotham and it has everything you would want from a village such as a famous church and is very close to Thrumpton as opposed to Trumpton (cue Half Man Half Biscuit song).
I wonder if Thrumpton was so put out by its near neighbour Gotham’s TV fame that it offered its name to the BBC series Trumpton but Childrens TV legend Brian Cant decided Trumpton was catchier instead?
I suspect I may have already lost my readership from Netherlands, Norway and the USA but Russ has always been a big Brian Cant man so he’ll be happy with the reference.
As welcome to Gotham signs go this is impressive
…in fact, so impressive that by 2014 it had been stolen three times in four years by Batman fans…
… whilst a cricket clash against Gelding Colliery CC caught the eye.
However, all this walking was making me thirsty and, as if by magic, 306 – The Star Inn NG11 0HG appeared.
Now Martin has spoken of reviving his very own TASTE club in the Retford region of Nottingham in one of his excellent blog posts and I reckon a visit to my second boozer in Gotham on the same day might get me an honorary membership
Anyway, The Star was another cracking pub albeit in a slightly more modern style than The Cuckoo Bush.
Lots of nice little touches inside show there are landlords/landladies who care and their very own darts league and honours board to boot.
It was open plan with eating and drinking and I had an excellent Wainwrights (Thwaites)
whilst wandering onto the beer patio
and then beer garden, which had a reasonable smattering of punters for a Thursday afternoon.
I was met with three goats in the back garden and as Gotham is the old English language for goat home then it is nice to see tradition being maintained.
It’s not every day you see a goat in a beer garden and pub goats are now far more fashionable than pub cats which are sooooo last year.
A good solid pub, to go alongside the other good solid pub in Gotham
and the 1600 residents of this Nottinghamshire village are definitely spoilt for choice.
Oh yes, just for good measure, did I mention The Jam did a cracking cover version of The Batman Theme Tune…