Any more days like this in Chesterfield and I’ll be a fully paid up convert to the Hillier Micropub movement.
Clearly my aim on this blog is to visit pubs that Martin hasn’t been too. You may think I am trying to visit as many boozers as I can in the Midlands but that’s just a front and beating the boy Taylor to a boozer carries a lot of kudos.
(A terrific pub landlord)
Every time this happens then the Fenland Times reports it as its back page lead (beer is the most popular sport in Chatteris since Dave ‘Boy’ Green retired) so drinking all those pints of John Smiths Smooth and Worthington Creamflow in Derbyshire estate boozers is for Fenland stardom.
However, some boozers are just too good to ignore even though I know Martin has been in them and such was the case with the332 – Chesterfield Alehouse S40 1AG.
It’s situated slap bang in the middle between the town centre/market area and the Brampton Mile/Chatsworth Road so ideally situated to pick up people on a bit of a crawl one way or the other.
We arrived around 12.30 and had a chat with the barman who was terrific value although their Twitter feed had revealed the following news:
‘Chesterfield Alehouse Ltd would like to put on record that due to personal reasons Alun Waterhouse has left the company in all capacities with immediate effect. The rest of the team hope for your continued support in the future.’
The co-owner waxed lyrical about his boozer and that it had been open for six years and in the GBG for the past four of those. We also found out they positioned themselves in the middle but found that most of their ‘crawl’ trade came from the Brampton Mile into town as GBG boozers were like Hen’s teeth in the town centre.
Once again, this had the feel of a boozer as it is open from 12-10 every day, has two toilets (!) and also an upstairs that shows ‘free to air’ sports, which probably means Derbyshire League snooker the way the BBC is going.
However, the gaffer did say he wasn’t sure if the opening hours were going to stay the same as his co-owner was no longer working at the boozer.
If it does change it would be a shame as this place has clearly evolved into a boozer of some repute in the town and whilst it wasn’t as raucous as The Real Ale Corner, it was a pub with a gaffer, who cares and is knowledgeable.
(less raucous…but a good hat)
My drinking buddy particularly liked how he had misspelt his own boozer the Chesterfield Alhouse on the pub stops map (he confirmed that Russ had already spoken to him) and he gave us a potted history of Chesterfield pubs.
He was also quick to congratulate The Real Ale Corner on a recent award and he was very genuine but he can draw solace from the fact the Littlemoor Citra (Ashover) was the pint of the day. Absolute nectar.
I hope he gets his bar staff numbers back up to speed and keeps this gem on the up as Chesterfield needs pubs like this.