Big Night At Little (Chester) Ale House

A recent boys’ day out in Derby (blog to follow) saw plenty of revisits on a 6 mile walk pub crawl around the city.

Derbados…

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…doesn’t always get a good press regards being the most glamorous of cities but there are little areas of tranquility in amongst the urban grit.

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After around five miles of our walk we reached an area known as Little Chester which is of historical importance in Derby

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but nowadays has a fantastic tree lined conservation area which was clearly quite a big player around 280 AD in Roman times.

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Of course, whilst we had an eminent historian amongst us, he was just as pleased to find Derby’s self-proclaimed first ever Micropub.

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411 – Little Chester Ale House DE1 3SF is next to the site of Roman Derventio and a one-time Viking stronghold.

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More importantly to Micro fanatics though the shop used to be a launderette prior to being bought by well-known local publicans George and Walter who then flogged it on to Hartshorns Brewery.

(Coastal Journey page 1 para 1)

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It appears to have fallen off people’s radar in terms of Ale Trails etc, but it was very much on ours and, at around 6pm on a Wednesday had a crackling atmosphere.

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We had a squad of seven by this time including aforementioned mate Jules, who we last saw in Digbeth, and is still walking the coastline of Britain…and hoping to produce a book on it when finished.

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Although with a trip to Ulaanbaatar on the cards later this year for a sabbatical I suspect it might be in the pipeline for a while longer yet.

(Bring on the Punk)

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A good little boozer with a top selection of beers on, although by this time of the evening I decided it was time for some mainstream lager so had an excellent Punk IPA (Brewdog)

The conversation was fairly brutal by this point with the main topic being Derby’s play-off defeat to Villa and the forthcoming Europa League walkover final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Top tens of various categories were also on the agenda along with horse riding in Mongolia just to complete the set!

It fits the Hillier model in terms of being compact, no TV and an old shop unit but, two toilets means it doesn’t tick all the boxes.

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This was my first visit here for around four years but it’s good to see it still has a good crowd of locals in and is selling decent beer in a decent atmosphere where punters can talk utter garbage about life in general and something and nothing.

(onwards to Ulaanbaatar)

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Slightly off the city centre trail but well worth the effort…our party were already well walked and heading for one final hurrah…

15 thoughts on “Big Night At Little (Chester) Ale House

  1. Walking the coast of the UK sounds quite an undertaking and many, many years of blisters. More on that in future please. And I didn’t know there was a Parker’s Piece in Derby and Cambridge.

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  2. “saw plenty of revisits on a 6 mile walk pub crawl around the city.”

    Six miles is impressive on its own; let alone stopping for a few pints along the way. 🙂

    “but there are little areas of tranquility in amongst the urban grit.”

    Good heavens. “A threat of invasion or civil unrest” in 190 AD. Some things never change eh? 😉

    “which is of historical importance in Derby”

    Amazing what they did back then. I’ve been to the city of Tarsus in Turkey, apparently the place where Mark Antony and Cleopatra first met. They were uncovering a buried Roman road when I was there and it was as straight as a bloody arrow.

    “is next to the site of Roman Derventio”

    Blimey. The things you learn on these blogs.

    “It appears to have fallen off people’s radar in terms of Ale Trails etc”

    The same has happened to canal trails alas.

    “Although with a trip to Ulaanbaatar on the cards later this year for a sabbatical”

    Sabbatical? You sure he’s not going in order to channel his inner Genghis Khan?

    “Jo although by this time of the evening”

    Ok, this wording has me confused.

    “final between Arsenal and Chelsea.”

    Chelsea! (the original Blues) 🙂

    “along with horse riding in Mongolia”

    *cough* Genghis Khan *cough*

    “two toilets means it doesn’t tick all the boxes.”

    Having only one toilet would definitely tick ‘the boxes’. 🙂
    (if you know what I mean)

    “where punters can talk utter garbage about life in general and something and nothing.”

    I believe that’s the definition of ‘shooting the breeze’. 🙂

    “(onwards to Ulaanbaatar)”

    If that’s him, he looks like he could bloody walk there!

    “and heading for one final hurrah ”

    Bring it on!

    Cheers

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      1. Well, Wiki has it spelt that way so I just went with that. 😉

        As for ‘shooting the breeze’ that’s a fairly common idiom over here so by all means nick it! 🙂

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  3. I was very impressed with the Little Chester Ale House when I visited, although that was admittedly a few years ago now. I think we called in after a session at the National Winter Ales Festival when that was held in Derby (if memory serves it was one of the highlights during a rather extensive crawl) and sampled some Wentwell brews. Agree with Martin that it has the feel of a proper pub and not just a converted dry cleaning place. Cheers, Paul

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  4. First micropub I ever went to and was very taken with the place. Planning a trip to Little Chester soon, but for the Bass and skittles at the Coach & Horses. Must say, I find the Harsthorns beers pretty dull though, particularly in relation to near-neighbour The Furnace, which may explain why it doesn’t feature so much on the Derby beer circuit.

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      1. I wouldn’t say better or more pubby, just more to my taste. Keep an eye out, I’ve a blog post coming about the Coach & Horses, just need to return when the skittles team have a home match.

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