You left me lamenting the latest crisis at Birmingham City whilst drawing solace from a top boozer in Dorridge.
However, the Life After Football juggernaut doesn’t stand still for too often and it’s back to mushrooming suburb of Derby for this short post. There are roughly 1100 new homes coming to the edge of Mickleover, which is already a pretty big suburb of Derby.
That isn’t a housing estate but almost a whole new town and will mean this part of Derby will look vastly different in a decade. Even BRAPA’s hometown has got in on the act as a whole new primary school that is being Lego built in Hull and parachuted (not literally) in to Hackwood Farm for September, will be up and running in a few months.
The good news is that a new pub is also being built but it should be even better news for another boozer in Mickleover.
This map here…
…shows that 419 – The Great Northern DE3 9FB can almost be classed as a football pub. It is pretty much on the doorstep of the Don Amott Arena (him again), home of the 1,500 capacity Mickleover Sports FC ground.
However, this map…
…shows that a whacking great chunk of potential punters will be on the horizon if they get it right and, when my drinking buddy and I visited on a Wednesday evening, they appear to have it spot on.
It is close to the former Great Northern railway line, which is now the basis of a cycle route between Derby and Etwall and already got a good following.
They not only have accommodation and a function room they are offering food, which was popular but also decent ale.
I’ve not seen a place as full as this on a Wednesday at around 8.30 for a long time. There was a diverse mix as a group of girls came in after a gym session for a drink and there were young couples, groups of girls, groups of lads, suits and gentlefolk all packed into the two rooms creating a cracking atmosphere.
Food is on the agenda but they are happy for you just to drink and this was the youngest boozer I have been for a while but it had the feel of a place in the up.
Of course, grumpy old fiftysomethings like Rich will complain at the beer lien up but the Old Speckled Hen (Morland) was excellent and the fact the car park was rammed speaks volumes for this place.
Not like the Joiners Arms in Quarndon as this is a bit more pubby and on our mini tour – more to come – this was definitely the “most packed, most like a pub award” on this particular Wednesday!
It looks like they have invested for the future and it could be money well spent as a whole new town is appearing on their doorstep!