The Impossible Dream In Derby

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.

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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.

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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”

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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.

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The Brunswick Inn is still a classic as is its near neighbour The Alexandra Hotel

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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.

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(top beermat…above)

The Exeter Arms was a ‘bonus’ and this was quite full with good beer and a good atmosphere before we hit The Peacock which was the only place we had to take a pint back as it was on the turn.

(Didn’t stop here…one for the future)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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The food was good, the beer was excellent Citra (Oakham) and the pub banter was reaching ferocious levels!

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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)

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A sensible move as football is always a good distraction and finished off a good day in Derby.

 

12 thoughts on “The Impossible Dream In Derby

  1. “where the rabbit is still running around in the lounge and the beer was excellent.”

    (guffaw)

    And, apologies, but all of the footy kerfuffle is out of my perview. 😉
    (it’s bad enough with the baseball/football/hockey/basketball over here!)

    “although it was worth noting on a Wednesday afternoon that there few punters in all of them.”

    Bah.

    “(top beermat)”

    I see no beermats in that photo.

    “and some much needed food”

    I’ll bet!
    (and ah… I see having food there gets you a discount on your beer) 🙂

    “but I thought the Portside Tavern sounded more like a boozer so I’ve gone for that!”

    A wise decision.

    “and the pub banter was reaching ferocious levels!”

    By you lot or were there others involved?

    “(grammar for Russ at The White Horse)”

    Blimey! (LOL)

    “A sensible move as football is always a good distraction and finished off a good day in Derby.”

    Sports and beer. Is there a better combination?

    Cheers!

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    1. There is no better combination than sport and beer… except perhaps many sports and many beers 😉 the banter was just us but after a good day and seven people there was plenty of ammunition!

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  2. “And San Marino have scored!” Was at The match in Rotterdam in 1993, incredible day, both on and off The pitch. Recent visits to England have been restricted to The south east sadly, people and pubs not that interesting to be honest. Great writing as usual. I’ll have another Heineken (yuk) Cheers Paul

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    1. Looked like a great atmosphere! South East has some good areas but in general Midlands is loads better 😉 good luck tomorrow as hope you beat Portugal and enjoy the Grolsch? Hertog Jan? Oranjeboom?

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