Into The Valley of Beer is a phrase I am unashamedly plagiarising from Martin after his recent comment when referring to Belper.
He’s a generous soul and it’s almost Christmas so he won’t mind me shoehorning a seventies punk song reference in by The Skids into my title as I bid to take the lead in the lame musical song in the titles by pub bloggers prestigious league table.
Although strictly speaking the 322 – Holly Bush Inn DE56 0RX isn’t actually in Belper (it’s in the village of Makeney) it has a Belper postcode and is one of the must visit pubs in Derbyshire.
The fact it’s just around the corner from the King William in Milford means it is well worth a visit at any time of year.
My two drinking buddies and I found the King Billy choc a bloc again on a Wednesday thus retaining its title of ‘the busiest pub in Derbyshire on a Wednesday award’ alongside so we thought it wouldn’t be the same in the Holly Bush as both hamlets are what you might describe as bijoux.
However, it was also packed and I reckon the Christmas Carols by Candlelight might have had something to do with it.
We were in the aftermath of this and this is a boozer that just exudes history and character as it is a late 17th-century Grade II-listed pub
Legend has it that Dick Turpin once drank here although it must have been in the GBG at some stage and I reckon fellow bandits Thurman, Mackay, Everitt and Taylor have also been spotted supping a pint in this place.
It has an absolutely jumping atmosphere and is a sprawl of various rooms and clutter in classic pub style where everything seems to have a place.
(strange sightings in the gents!)
It had a real buzz and I like this part of Derbyshire as it often feels like a throwback because pubs are generally full and there is a crackle in the air.
I had a terrific pint of Big Job (St Austell) and just enjoyed the atmosphere of the place with a couple of pals chewing the fat about nothing in general.
I can’t begin to describe quite how good this place is and well worth tying in with the King William for a trip to The Valley of Beer.