I couldn’t possibly blog about Chesterfield without the obligatory picture of St Mary’s and All Saints Church.
That’s the crooked spire in case you’re not sure and it’s so famous that even the football team are nicknamed the Spirerites.
Mind you, I wonder if their demotion last year to the Conference – and currently on the cusp of a double relegation – has had an impact on the pub trade in the town.
(I didn’t know this…)
Think York, Stockport (Mudgie’s boys) and Torquay for clubs who have drifted down the leagues and a home fixture against Bromley seems infinitely less appealing than a local derby against Mansfield or Notts County.
Anyway after holding the mighty Solihull Moors to a 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day maybe 2019 will see a Spirerites revival although I am sure they would welcome a young Gordon Banks back into the fold!
The High Street knows how to sell itself and it had a nice little market too along with a classic looking boozer that I missed on this occasion.
But, one I didn’t miss as it was part of the ‘Brampton Mile’ was 333 – The Tap House S40 2BY, which I think has had many guises and name changes over the years but has settled on being the Tap House for Barlow Brewery.
It’s a classic old pub with etched windows, tiled flooring, great hanging baskets and a central bar
and it was fairly quiet when my pal and I entered at around 3pm on a Saturday but the conversation was still witty in a ‘proper pub’ way at the bar between the boys who were friendly and eager to chat.
The one thing I noticed about all the boozers in Chesterfield is that, and this isn’t always the case, they were all complimentary about each other and happy to recommend other places to have a pint in.
However, I have a confession to make – I missed out on the Bass!
I realise this may mean another blogging ban but this day did provide other opportunities
that I gratefully accepted and I was more than happy with the Devotion (Abbeydale).
Rich would have been pleased to see plenty of Neck Oil on offer too and my mate had a third pint taster tray and the consensus was that the best beer on offer originated from Barlow themselves in the form of Mish Mash.
This was a classic boozer but a much bigger space needs more people in it to generate a buzzing atmosphere and might be why established Micros, in the right location, can be louder and livelier.
Nonetheless, this is an excellent town centre pub and well worth a visit as one of many options to explore.