Cheers Rodders – Where It All Began

Some breaking blogging news here as this is almost a live post. To prove it I can let you know that former Blues and Villa striker David Geddis scored the winning goal for Portugal in the Texaco Trophy Nations League Final.

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Checking through my stats recently I noticed that I’ve picked up a regular reader from India so it looks as though my barrage of cricket posts from grounds dotted around South Derbyshire and Dorridge appear to have done the trick.

Of course, he/she will be celebrating today after David Warner forgot he was involved in a 50 over game and played like Chris Tavare in the pursuit of a big total ensuring India saw off Australia with ease in the CWC today.

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Duncan will have enjoyed that but will have been less than enamoured with the Women’s World Cup scoreline that saw England edge home 2-1 against Scotland in a bumper Sunday sporting bonanza (F1 doesn’t count so I’m not mentioning it).

Anyway whilst a sports update is all well and good, this is a pub blog so I thought I would pay homage to my newly acquired reader from India with a post about a boozer at a cricket club.

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In fact, it is where it all began back in August 2017 after a few chats with blogging gurus Martin and Mudige I took the plunge and dipped my toes in the water on the pub laden A514.

The first instalment of Life After Football can be found here but it was good to see 1 – The Admiral Rodney Inn DE11 7ES is absolutely alive and kicking.

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At around 8.45 on a Sunday evening I reckon there were in excess of 40 people in here, most of them settling in to do the pub quiz, and the atmosphere was crackling.

A big range of beer on so apologies in advance to The Wickingman for not sampling the Bass on this occasion, but the Exmoor Gold was superb.

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Everyone appeared to be drinking cask ale whether male or female and a lot of Dark Drake (Dancing Duck), Bass, DBA (Burton Bridge) and a beer by Hop Jack brewery was also on offer with no food apart from cobs.

Well, they do offer a chip van and a pizza van occasionally but people come here for the top notch beer and to watch a bit of cricket as this must be the best bar attached to a cricket club in Derbyshire…

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They have the obligatory Derby shirt and darts memorabilia up along with a list of events such as parties, open mics, festivals, and cheese nights etc. all of which show this is a thriving community boozer.

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I’ve still not been to its near neighbour The Bulls Head but this is definitely the drinkers pub of Hartshorne and I can’t believe quite how full it was bearing in mind there is no sport on the box just beer, chat and the potential for some cricket in the beer garden on occasions.

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It’s nice to see they are sponsoring their local club too and I reckon my reader from India would like to come here and sink a pint of all the above as they are definitely better than the local nectar known as Cobra.

It was friendly but not really the time to take lots of photos as I was in the final seat and so you’ll have to take my word for it but it was a joyous sight and long may it continue.

Cheers Rodders!

19 thoughts on “Cheers Rodders – Where It All Began

      1. My preference is for drier styles of pure juice, still cider and perry. Almost impossible to find in the Midlands so I almost always choose beer in pubs. 4% fruit ‘ciders’, national keg brands made from concentrate, and anything too sweet don’t float my boat.

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      2. Micropubs are a safer bet than most, but more often than not it’s a token sweetie or worse still a wall of 4% trifle.

        There are maybe half a dozen pubs that we go to regularly where I’d consider drinking cider. Beerheadz micros, Beerhouse in Harborough, the Vat & Fiddle was better than expected last time I visited, good local east mids choice in the Mash & Press Anstey. Trouble is, if I’m out for the day I’ll generally only drink cider if I can be sure of getting something decent everywhere we go, which is highly unusual so I end up drinking beer. Even Hereford has only two pubs for great cider, and even then you have to drink bottled as there’s little choice of genuinely dry ciders. Beer drinkers have ‘no idea’ how well served they are compared to (real) cider drinkers.

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  1. “I noticed that I’ve picked up a regular reader from India so it looks as though my barrage of cricket posts from grounds dotted around South Derbyshire and Dorridge appear to have done the trick.”

    If you write it, they will come. 🙂

    “The first instalment of Life After Football can be found here”

    And I was the first to post!
    (granted it was almost two years after the fact) 😉

    “with no food apart from cobs.”

    Works for me.

    “just beer, chat and the potential for some cricket in the beer garden on occasions.”

    Works for me. 🙂
    (especially the beer and chat bit)

    “but it was a joyous sight and long may it continue.”

    I’ll drink to that!

    Cheers

    PS – “but this is definitely the drinkers pub of Hartshorne ”

    An apostrophe at the end of drinkers wouldn’t go amiss.

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  2. Brilliant stuff.

    Live blogging is all very well and good, but I’m still blogging live from 2016.

    I’d love to know if your Indian reader is an expatriate or local, or what search requesr brought him to the blog.

    You fooled me with the Geddis. He’s actually playing for Panama over 55s not Portugal.

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  3. Good post. I did enjoy Warner’s innings and Scotland did well 2nd half. The VAR penalty was ludicrous though. Notice the Derby signatures are illegible. Is that from the team that went down with one win and eleven points?!

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