Having been unable to resist the lure of The Honeycomb in my last blog, I know that my Dutch reader Paul will be particularly excited to hear about the rest of my boys’ day out in Derby.
I’m sure he won’t mention the 3-1 win last night as we lost in the semi-final of the Nations League but rather more disappointingly we don’t have the prospect of a Graham Taylor documentary afterwards.
I suspect Gareth Southgate might have said “Do I Not Like that…” or words to that effect when John Stones trod on the ball or the VAR decision went against Jesse Lingaard and Steve Holland would have probably agreed a la Phil Neal style with a “Yes Boss”
If anyone wonders what I’m talking about then this documentary on Graham Taylor and England’s failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup is compelling viewing with Ronald Koeman’s goal and the fallout quite spectacular (last seven minutes).
So with the Netherlands beating us regularly at Darts, Cricket and Football then no doubt Paul won’t want me to mention any of the above…
However, I had already noted a cracking little boozer Little Chester Ale House but there had been a few stop offs beforehand as we clocked up the miles.
where the rabbit is still running around in the lounge and the beer was excellent.
The Smithfield was in good form and the dartboard took a hammering again although it was worth noting on a Wednesday afternoon that there few punters in all of them.
(Didn’t stop here…one for the future)
The Furnace was in good form once again and after the Little Chester Ale House it was on to our penultimate stop, and some much needed food the 413 – Portside Tavern DE1 1JF.
It is part of Annie’s Burger Shack but I thought the Portside Tavern sounded more like a boozer so I’ve gone for that!
It’s on the site of art-deco brick church in the Friary Street area of Derby and Annie’s second place after the first shack in Nottingham.
The food was good, the beer was excellent Citra (Oakham) and the pub banter was reaching ferocious levels!
A good hour was spent in here and the Shack is very much food based and open plan whilst you can tuck yourself away in the Tavern if you want.
It was lively, full and a great addition to the pub scene in a fabulous building….
A group decision was taken to finish off at The White Horse and watch Arsenal v Chelsea in the Europa League final as the original plan was ditched for football.
(grammar for Russ at The White Horse)
A sensible move as football is always a good distraction and finished off a good day in Derby.