Bass On Track In Ashby

I feel a bit like Barcelona’s defence at present as Martin is piling on the pressure with his Midland blogs.

Without question the doyen of pub blogging, the boy Taylor has hit the Midlands hard recently and is currently throwing out posts on the delights of Buxton at a rate of knots.

He also appears to have cracked the Black Country, Brum and Harborne recently and with Rugby still to come, I can’t believe anyone is actually bothering to read this blog.

(proper backstreet pub – fourth house on the right!)

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However, he does have an unfair advantage as he has had at least three Beer and Pubs Forum days out with Stafford Paul in that time and subsequently has an extra 59 pubs to talk about (it would have been 64 but three tap houses and two micros were shut).

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Even the lure of big hitters such as The Brunswick and The Coopers in my last post has failed to stem the tide and with Paul visiting estate pubs in Redditch, Mark drinking and playing skittles/dominoes/Aunt Sally in top notch pubs in Studley whilst Pete kayaks to every pub in the Midlands then my market audience is shrinking by the day.

Even my sub-continent readership is deserting me in droves (well, six of them from India) so I need to play my ace card.

(very fast barmaid)

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You know the one, the red triangle so good that fellow blogger The Wickingman has made a directory of boozers that still sell it along with his drinking walks in the Peaks…oh hang on, that’s another Midlands boozer blog.

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However, I don’t reckon many of them have been to a classic backstreet boozer selling possibly the best pint of Bass I’ve had this year.

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395 – The Railway Tavern LE65 2PW is on the Tamworth Road in Ashby De La Zouch but, to all intents and purposes, is a backstreet boozer on a road off the town centre.

Ashby has got a few boozers that sell this classic pint such as The Plough and The Bowling Green but I think this pint topped them all.

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It’s a tiny boozer really with single L-Shaped room and feels as though you are walking into someone’s house as opposed to a pub.

Although it’s a clean, tidy and modern house where the welcome is friendly and, just in case I hadn’t mentioned it already, the Bass is magnificent.

(John Hartson reminiscing about the crosses he received from Glen Helder)

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A pool table, dart board and some serious local knockout pool competition means this is a proper local.

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A couple were in there with their dog and then a family of four walked in to watch the Arsenal v Napoli game on the box in a competition which, if you believe the pundits, is about on par with the Checkatrade Trophy (try telling that to Ipswich fans).

(JH recalling the Bruce Rioch reign)

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People made a point of saying hello and good bye and this place clearly has a good turnover of locals drinking Bass and it is within walking distance of hundreds of houses so looks set to stay.

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A cracking pub that is tucked away in Ashby and well worth a visit…Throwing the gauntlet down I reckon this might be the one that no other blogger has visited…

 

22 thoughts on “Bass On Track In Ashby

  1. You win !

    That was worth staying up late for. I guessed there must be a proper Bass pub in Ashby, but only that excellent newish micro bar is in the Guide, of course.

    NB I can’t work out how the pub is slanting so much when the car is level !

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  2. “I can’t believe anyone is actually bothering to read this blog.”

    I actually do try to be somewhat egalitarian and check my ‘usuals’ in a fair and equitable manner. 🙂

    “(proper backstreet pub – fourth house on the right!)”

    Well yes… since there are none on the left in the photo. 😉

    “as he has had at least three Beer and Pubs Forum days out with Stafford Paul in that time and subsequently has an extra 59 pubs to talk about”

    Hang on… 59 pubs in three days? That’s getting into Alan Winfield territory.

    “so I need to play my ace card.”

    And here’s me seeing ‘very fast barmaid’ after that and thought it was going to be a bit of ‘how’s your father’ when it was in fact the big red triangle. 🙂

    “oh hang on, that’s another Midlands boozer blog.”

    This is why I try to limit myself to five or so blogs… and you’re one of them.

    “selling possibly the best pint of Bass I’ve had this year.”

    Yowza!

    “The Railway Tavern LE65 2PW is on the Tamworth Road in Ashby De La Zouch but, to all intents and purposes, is a backstreet boozer on a road off the town centre.”

    Now there’s a juxtaposition. A backstreet boozer on a main road of the fancy sounding Ashby De La Zouch.

    “and it is within walking distance of hundreds of houses ”

    You usually say chimney pots. 🙂

    “Throwing the gauntlet down I reckon this might be the one that no other blogger has visited…”

    They will now! 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. I think you should win a bottle of Bass, brewed in Wolverhampton, for your use of the word juxtaposition within the comments section. Worryingly upmarket in fact!!! Alan and Stafford Paul have a lot in common I reckon and I also reckon the gauntlet has caught most of the blogging fraternity out regards this boozer…
      Egalitarian too….hang on, are you sure this is actually Russ???

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  3. Only ever been to one pub in Ashby, the lovely ‘country pub’ the Plough, but have admired the look of this one many times from the dry safety of my van.

    Was only thinking yesterday about brick wallpaper (though not the Moet pattern stuff) as the Anchor at High Offley had the same when many years ago. The question is, handsome red brick, brick pattern wallpaper, why?

    Nice looking boozer anyhow, something about the look of Bass in the correct glass isn’t there…

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    1. I know not everyone agrees but a pint of top class Bass in a branded glass is perfect pub life for me….
      I’m not sure where and why brick wallpaper became fashionable but this boozer is definitely worth a visit if you ever go to Ashby again…although lack of train station makes access average.

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      1. In a strong field, I’d say a pint of settling Bass in a branded glass is one of the most photogenic pints ever. The reason Ashby and area remains something of a mystery to me comes largely down to being on a work patch I rarely get to, and way back when I used to go on local CAMRA branch surveys, the Leicester patch ended at Ibstock…

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      2. I am inclined to agree..it is still iconic. Ashby suffers from the lack of a train station which means it is really lively for locals who can’t be bothered to travel miles but less accessible for day trippers or pub crawlers….Ibstock…The Waggon and Horses great pub

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    1. Bass is the Pied Piper of hooking people into the comments section! If you can get to Ashby – bus is your only option – then it is well worth it as lots of pubs, lots of good beer and Friday nights it transforms into a fleshpot/honeypot!

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