The Alan Winfield Trail: New Zealand

Don’t be fooled by the title of this post as I haven’t suddenly become a globetrotter to rival Rich and Dunc.

They are often gallivanting to far flung places blowing their pensions on overpriced beer in Ukraine, Japan and China but it is the lure of the Midlands that drags me into boozers.

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The greatest compliment I can pay this pub is that Alan Winfield would have loved it.  Not only is it a bona fide backstreet boozer tucked away on an estate on the edge of a city centre, near thousands of chimney pots…it  also sells fantastic beer.

NZ Arms

I can’t think of many other big cites whereby an estate pub would have on tap top notch cask ale, but the New Zealand suburb of Derby most definitely does.

(three is more than enough – one option per punter)

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Of course, in the grander scheme of things, whether cask is on or not doesn’t matter one jot as to whether or not a boozer is good, but a good pint does help.

If I walked into most of the boozers in East Brum then I would be hard pushed to find a Worthingtons Creamflow let alone nectar cask, but Derby is different.

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Certainly 414 – The New Zealand Arms DE22 3GL is as it is on the corner of Langley Street in the New Zealand region of Derby, incorporating the Morley estate.

The other boozer near here is The Traveller’s Rest, which is on the main drag in from Markeaton Island and a long standing stalwart of the original Derby Mile of boozers.

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I’ve covered that and other options on the Ashbourne Road here but there are thousands of houses tucked away.

You can still pick up a pad in New Zealand for less than £100,000 and there is a good community hustle and bustle with cars parked tightly, allowing you just enough room to squeeze through.

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It’s not a big rugby playing area of Derby though and the name came about after a farm belonging to the Chandos-Pole family which formerly stood in this area of Derby.

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The farm was originally named to commemorate the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which established a British Government in New Zealand

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Anyway, enough of the history, you want to hear about a backstreet boozer in Derby.  It was formerly the Dancing Duck tap house but is now back in Star Pubs stable, but still has plenty of DD livery around

(Duck on the wall)

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, including funky beermats.

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It’s also kept on a couple of their beers and the DCUK (Dancing Duck) was fantastic.

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It had a pool table, dart board, jukebox and BT Sports along with an enormous plate of food being brought out for one of the two other punters to eat aside from me.

(should have asked for The Clash)

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At 5pm on a Wednesday it was fairly quiet but the fact that people were dropping in means that there is a local client base as this is no tourist trap.

(DCUK £3.25 a pint)

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If you moved this boozer to Scotland then it would be an absolute shoe in for the GBG and judging by Martin’s recent reports, it would stand a pretty good chance in Wales too.

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However, it was clean, served great beer and the barman was very friendly and happy to chat.  This sort of place looks embedded in the local community and has all the things (darts, pool, juke box, sport on the box) a local needs to be good fun and a million miles away from any pizza/gastro pub.

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I love a throwback boozer when it works!

15 thoughts on “The Alan Winfield Trail: New Zealand

  1. A shoe-in anywhere in Wales, Beermat, and certainly Scotland. Interesting comparison with Brum suburbs. Mind, there’s not much real alien the suburbs of Peterborough, for example.

    Sure I’ve been here. Great maps, by the way.

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  2. “The greatest compliment I can pay this pub is that Alan Winfield would have loved it.”

    I consider that high praise.

    “but the New Zealand suburb of Derby most definitely does.”


    “The New Zealand Arms DE22 3GL”

    From Google Streetview it appears it was leased sometime last year, after whoever was trying to lease it gave it a new coat of paint (was showing with red signage in May 2017 and with green signage plus a ‘for lease’ sign in Sep 2018).

    “The farm was originally named to commemorate the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which established a British Government in New Zealand”


    “and the DCUK (Dancing Duck) was fantastic.”

    As Martin would say, nice lacings.

    “This sort of place looks embedded in the local community”

    Indeed. And with alternating free pool, jukebox and quiz nights they’re trying to keep the punters coming in. 🙂

    “I love a throwback boozer when it works!”

    Good on them for giving it a new ‘lease’ on life. 🙂


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  3. Proper boozer; clean, good beer, does all the things a pub should do … top notch.

    Loving the New Zealand bit. My Grandad used to take us on walks to North America when we stayed at theirs. When I wrote about it at school the teacher reckoned I’d made it up and said that ‘News’ should be about what had really happened! I haven’t been out on Langsett Moor for a good few years now, but last time I was the ruins of North America Farm were still visible .

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  4. Just when we thought Beermat had gone international, turns out he’s still in Derby after all!!! I’ve only done the New Zealand Arms once (back in 2014 when it was in the GBG and still a Dancing Duck place), took a little bit of finding for someone who doesn’t know the area but proved well worth the hunt. I seem to remember having some Abduction (very potent) and getting an impromptu darts masterclass from one of the regulars. His recommendation to tweak my throwing stance has paid dividends in terms of beating Mr D9 more often than not ever since! Cheers, Paul

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