I’m not one to blow my own trumpet on this blog so it would be wrong of me to celebrate taking my first competitive “wicket” for nigh on 32 years on Sunday.
My pal, the man who has dragged me to oodles of stag parties over the past two years and generally accompanies me on drinking sessions structured walks, persuaded me to don the whites once again.
At the age of 48, a debut for Castle Donington CC’s T20 side didn’t warrant much media attention (actually, none at all) but a victory over Etwall CC meant that, in tradition cricket style, a victory had to be celebrated in the nearest boozer.
I know you’re desperate to hear of my performance with bat, ball and in the field suffice to say I feel as though I should be challenging Joffra Archer for that final World Cup spot but I fear ageism may have counted against me.
Fortunately for Etwall there happens to be a classic boozer adjacent to the ground on the main street in Etwall known as 404 – Hawk & Buckle DE65 6LP.
Apparently, the name dates back to the early nineteenth century and it’s an eye catching building as you drive through Etwall although the big sign painted across the front of the boozer has gone and is currently just whitewashed.
I’m pretty sure this has been in the GBG in recent times which mean both Martin and Dunc will have visited here and there was of course a plaque on the wall commemorating their respective visits.
Sky Sports is on and it’s very much a two-roomer with drinkers to the right and diners to the left and a beer patio out the back.
It wasn’t overly full at around 5pm on a Sunday evening but this is the sister pub to The Roebuck in Draycott In The Clay and their beers are fantastic.
I plumped for a Hopzester (Roebuck), which was the princely sum of 20p less than £3 as beer of the day! That’s right less than three quid for a pint of nectar although the barman did add in normal prices are in fact just £3 however!
I’ve got to say, Derbyshire still has plenty of pubs where the beer is reasonably priced and one of our party was from Warwick and he reckoned prices there are heading in excess of four quid per pint so, by way of acknowledging this, we sent him to the bar!
Conversation quickly turned to the Play Off Final today as a couple of the lads were going from a Derby perspective and gave the resident West Brom fan amongst us pelters after their semi-final exit.
(I won’t be watching this)
All in all, a good hour was spent in the boozer and it looks like a good local pub with fantastic beer on. Here comes the summer!