Martin has of course won the bidding rights for the next three years to deliver the blogs for backstreet/estate boozers selling Carling only after protracted negotiations with the BBPA and you can see he’s made a good start in Dudley.
(the mighty Littleover Colts)
However, the monopolies commission have decided the Martin has to free up some of the boozers for the rest of us to comment on so I’m trying to broker a deal with the Dundee branch of the Tennent’s Lager Appreciation Society
So, in an early stab to grab the crumbs left on the table after Martin’s Manchester City style bid at land grabbing here is a post about a pub on an estate in Littleover.
Parts of this Derby suburb are quite leafy but 424 – The Oaklands DE23 2QLis shoe horned into the corner by the Chinese takeaway, hair salon and Premier newsagents.
There was even the obligatory mobility scooter outside but I’m no Pete Allen so missed the opportunity to snap it and it was gone.
I reckon it could well have belonged to John, who was standing at the bar when I was met by a top class barman (for about the third boozer running).
I shouted up a Pedigree (Marston’s), which the Dundee branch of the TLAS have confirmed is Derby’s equivalent of Tennent’s so they are happy to accept it as a valid pint.
The barman said “Are you watching the cricket world Cup John?” Bearing in mind there was a big screen showing the Aussies pummel Bangladesh and I’d just spoken to the barman about it has response was an resounding…”no.”
Undeterred, out cheerful barman asked, “Are you watching the Women’s World Cup John?”
I could sense a pattern building here as could the barman and he departed on his rounds as there were around seven or eight people in the other side of the open plan bar with a bit of pub grub.
The Pedigree was good and as Alan would have said in his blog “I quite like these sort of pubs.”
It is in a bungalow style and has some obligatory Derby sport pictures on the wall of football, cricket, basketball and a sport that no one really watches in Derby.
As well as this and the smattering of couples drinking and eating there were a couple of girls drinking wine it was quiet until a couple of likely lads came in at about 2pm on a Thursday.
Straight to the pool table with a couple of Carlings they were good value and when I asked if should move as I was sitting nearby the bloke in a white vest was friendly and not bothered at all.
His pal in a baseball cap entered the conversation with a “F************K” as his first shot went in off and left him up against it.
I reckon both lads were in their late forties and the loser agreed to give his mate a fag by way of a prize as they retired to the beer garden out the front.
They were winding each other up nicely with good estate style pub banter and no hassle whatsoever. Mudige’s denizens of Shoreditch might not have warmed to it but it was good value.
A classic seventies/eighties build pub that is serving a big housing estate in Littleover and is well kept, has sport on the box, pool and darts as well as food and a decent pint…what more can you want.
Alan would definitely have approved of this place – aside from the Derby memorabilia of course.