No Thorny Greene King Issues In Matlock

The last time I mentioned (some) Greene King boozers were good community pubs I received an absolute barrage from the blogging community.

Moves were afoot to rescind my membership until chief negotiator Taylor waxed lyrical about the merits of GK IPA to save my bacon (here) https://retiredmartin.com/2017/05/08/the-home-of-greene-king-ipa/

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Even though I was, on that occasion, drinking a Keg Greene King IPA Smooth in a Brewdog Punk pint glass and it was a Hungry Horse branded boozer, I reckon they can still get it very right.

https://lifeafterfootball839.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/in-defence-of-greene-king-a-very-thirsty-horse-at-the-paddock/

It’s commercial suicide not to stock GK beer in a GK pub, the general consensus appears to be the best GK pubs are the ones that swerve your stock GK beers and widen their range a bit more.

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I think I’ve just won the award for using GK the most times in one sentence previously since the doyen of Derby pubs and Evening Telegraph beer columnist Colston Crawford replied in the comments box on my previous post!

Suffice to say it divides opinion with Martin often plumping for a GK (here we go again) IPA whereas many other beer sommeliers such as Rich wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole although there were unconfirmed rumours that Paul Mudge has been known to try it on occasions…

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Anyway, I’ve uncovered a cracking boozer in Matlock that is off the tourist track (i.e. Matlock Bath) and the ‘wrong’ side of the town for anything other than locals or walkers I reckon.

341 – Thorn Tree Inn DE4 3JQ is a bona fide local wedged in between hundreds of houses but just happens to have some terrific views of the Derwent Valley…so I was led to believe by my drinking partner.

(The view outside is better)

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He organised the itinerary for our recent ‘Chesterfield Day’ and this was originally our starting point in daylight but, the sight of Bass in a pub in Derby (post to follow soon), left us behind the clock so this was our evening end pub, but what a way to finish.

All of which means I had to take his word for it as opposed to putting out lots of photos of the dark (hasn’t stopped you before I hear you cry).

(not a picture of the pub sign in the dark)

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It’s a classic two-roomer and was full when we ventured in early Saturday evening with a crackling atmosphere and lots of memorabilia all over the walls.

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There was a lady opposite who was eulogising over Wednesday night pie night claiming it was booked out well in advance and the old ‘less is more’ adage work well here with Wednesday the only night they serve food.

(Beers you’ve heard of)

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Why would you when the beers that you’ve actually heard of taste so good; the Bass was magnificent.  A remarkable tree (Thorn I guess) protruded from the ceiling and aforementioned punter told us it was there all year round and not just seasonal (aside from the Christmas decorations of course). 

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The two rooms were buzzing and it looked like the locals were settling in for the evening as we left at about 6.30.

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Matlock is not renowned for a great set of boozers and this one clearly benefits from being off the ‘tourist’ trap and backs itself to sell top notch beer.

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When Greene King just do ‘pubs’ with very good landlords then this is the end result – I’ll be saying I like Ember Inns next…oh hang on!

 

15 thoughts on “No Thorny Greene King Issues In Matlock

  1. The Thorn Tree is one of my favourite pubs anywhere, I recommend it like a pub bore to anyone I can corner. The pies come with a choice of different mash options, none of which are really required as the pies are huge and big food doesn’t mix with big pints. The view is fabulous, the walk downhill pulls a bit on the calves…

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  2. Anywhere with Oakham Scarlet Macaw will do for me. The GK pubs have to stock, I think GK IPA as mandatory, and then so many GK standards per so many guests. I’ve forgot just how many it exactly is. The better ones are pushing the envelope, and if they are turning the cash over then they can get away with having lots of guests and not many GK beers, which has got to be good.

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  3. “Even though I was, on that occasion, drinking a Keg Greene King IPA Smooth in a Brewdog Punk pint glass and it was a Hungry Horse branded boozer, I reckon they can still get it very right.”

    (slow golf clap) – with a big LOL! 🙂

    “Suffice to say it divides opinion with Martin often plumping for a GK (here we go again) IPA whereas many other beer sommeliers such as Rich wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole although there were unconfirmed rumours that Paul Mudge has been known to try it on occasions…”

    All I can add to that is I’ll drink whatever suits my fancy. That’s partly due to the fact that over here cask is as rare as hen’s teeth (i.e. I’ve only had it once) but even when it comes to keg I’ll opt for whatever I feel will slake my thirst. *

    * which means I’ll never be invited to be a beer blogger aficionado. 🙂

    “He organised the itinerary for our recent ‘Chesterfield Day’ ”

    LOL. Over here that would involve sitting on the ‘chesterfield’ watching hockey or US football. 🙂

    “(not a picture of the pub sign in the dark)”

    That’s just the one up above uncropped!

    “the Bass was magnificent.”

    Martin has probably fainted by now.

    “A remarkable tree (Thorn I guess) protruded from the ceiling”

    Another slow golf clap but… you’re just showing off at how old the UK is. 😉

    “I’ll be saying I like Ember Inns next…oh hang on!”

    LOL. The new year brings new hope. 🙂

    Cheers

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  4. Loads of interesting stuff in that post. “Less is more” with food, for instance. Pubs that just do one or two dishes like pie, stew, soup, pizza are often packed. Going to a diner with every possible pub option gets a bit dull, however cheap.

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