I like to keep my reader (s) on their toes and I know a lot of you were expecting another ‘Alan Winfield style’ estate boozer after my recent visit to the Kingsway…so here’s the other end of the spectrum.
Being active on social media is always a good way to tempt punters into your boozer if you are fairly new and the guys at The Wheeltapper are as active as anyone.
I’ve been threatening to visit their boozer for a while and if there is one thing that keeps us pub tickers sane, it is the variety of boozers in the Midlands.
310 – The Wheeltapper LE11 2TZ is on FB, Instagram, and Twitter and has a very funky website… .. which means even a man with my limited map reading skills can eventually locate them.
If you look at map of my (seven) Loughborough boozers ticked off so far then it’s not a huge place and there are plenty more to go… just pipping Castle Bromwich in the pub going stakes.
The Wheeltapper is just down the (quite a long) road from The Organ Grinder on Woodgate, which is a classic old school pub. The Wheeltapper is definitely one of the new breed and is on the ground floor of the Printhouse, which is by a glut of student housing.
You know, pizza, lots of craft and cask and a modern building that you wouldn’t imagine could house a boozer 20 years ago. As boozers shut so new ones spring up such as this and you’ve got to go with the times.
The gaffer/barman was friendly and really keen to chat and help you out with a beer choice whilst the banging house tune soon shifted to ‘No More Heroes’ by The Stranglers so an eclectic mix is perhaps the best description for the tunes.
It wasn’t busy at 6.30 on a Tuesday but then how many boozers are nowadays? But, the punters who were in suggest it has a good mix of students and locals as there was a geezer sporting a hipster beard talking about DJ’s and drinking beer; there were also a couple of older lads who arrived and one had a Bob Fleming cough and was talking about ale whilst his pal nipped out for a fag.
It’s basically got an abundance of craft taps and cask options whilst the staff were top class and the beer was cool, chewy and excellent.
On the day I visited it wasn’t jumping but it was clean, tidy and welcoming and has clearly found its niche in a very well-populated market in Loughborough.
It’s even been tagged just to prove that I am down with the students and know the current parlance.
A short post but sometimes a pub has a good vibe but there is only so much to report. I’d like to revisit this place when it’s full as it has real potential…just lacking beermats!