It’s not far from home these days and it occurred to that I haven’t fully completed my road to nowhere saga…
…my mate Rod, who provided me with a dud bike, had finally dropped off both cycles after an abortive attempt to reach Alrewas from Willington.
We’d met his better half at the station and the cloud hanging over us following tyregate lifted because, as any pub blogger knows, if you turn right outside Burton on Trent Station the first boozer you see is 381 – The Roebuck Inn DE14 1BT
As you can see from the picture, Rod was like a man with a huge weight lifted off his shoulders as he moved quicker than Stafford Paul in his quest to reach the bar***
Bearing in mind our recent escapade in The Loaf And Cheese…
…we approached The Roebuck with an air of caution but needn’t have worried as it was its usual friendly self.
It’s a classic boozer from the 19th Century and was famous for launching Ind Coope’s iconic Draught Burton Ale from here in 1976. A long narrow room with sport on meant we could unwind and watch a wicket made in Birmingham as it was c Ali b Woakes as England looked set to beat the West Bromwich Dartmouth Indies in one of the multitude of one dayers and T20s that were played on their recent tour.
(Beer & Cricket…does it get any better?)
The landlady was friendly; the beer was good for me Hop Monster Series (4T’s Brewery) and Rod, Pedigree (Marston’s) and there was an excellent chilled atmosphere throughout the whole boozer.
We could have stayed there for longer than we did but 4pm was approaching and that meant opportunity knocked for another Burton classic…
***Not yet official, waiting for VAR to clarify this fact.