If I could sum up one reason why I love pub life then it was on show in spades at a pub in Hinckley.
Whilst the twitterati and media worked themselves up into a frenzy over Brexit on Tuesday night, the hot topic of conversation in 339 – The Pestle & Mortar LE10 1DA was around a pint of Bass that wasn’t, the contents of a kebab and a scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place in The Inbetweeners.
This place has been open around three and a half years now so it is well established and whilst it is riding the crest of the Micro-wave (get it) I can’t imagine a more ‘traditional’ pub if I tried.
Firstly it sells Bass and everyone in the pub appeared to be drinking it. It has won Hinckley & Bosworth cider pub of the year three times on the spin and there was plenty on offer but this looked like a Bass style boozer to me.
Not only that it also has a male and female toilet which is almost unheard of amongst Micropub evangelists
whilst it appears to be open for a quite a long time as well so it has clearly morphed into a boozer.
This was my Hinckley debut and I passed a fantastically named road
to reach this former chemist shop (first rule of Micros – you must know what it ‘used’ to be).
(not tonight folks, I’m on the Bass)
A couple of blokes at the bar were basically baiting a couple at the bar – in a friendly manner – about their son’s impending marriage and they were questioning who it was too.
Without going into too much detail it was similar to the stick Neil’s dad would get in the CH4 comedy classic!
The bloke at the bar then rounded on the barmaid for giving him a pint “that wasn’t Bass!”
As all pubgoers know that is arguably the most heinous crime bar staff can commit and he followed it up with “I ordered a Bass and what I am drinking isn’t Bass!”
However, it was all good humoured and he proceeded to force a reasonable amount down before being given a Bass.
There were three or four other punters in either reading or on their Wi-Fi as Hinckley appears to have free Wi-Fi whichever boozer you go into. Apparently Hinckley’s Business Improvement District have sorted it and was welcome in this place for a couple of punters.
The soon to be parents of a married son were back under the cosh as their evening meal was being examined with a “what are you having in your kebab” conversation.
Every ingredient was under scrutiny and it was top class pub banter about nothing in general but taking the p*** and creating a bit of banter/conversation.
(drinks league table set up like shoot league ladders – Bass at the top of the pile)
I had a half of Bass and it was terrific, unsurprisingly as it appeared to be the beer of choice. I spent an entertaining half hour in this place reading and taking in the bar humour and it felt like a place where people didn’t go to talk about the drink but life in general.
Oh yes no one mentioned Brexit, which probably sums up how 95% of the country feels about it. A top boozer and well worth a visit if you are in Hinckley.