The Alan Winfield Trail: Littleover

It’s all well and good me visiting GBG boozers and gastropubs or pubs with expensive food as Rich calls them but I know the likes of Paul WME want to see estate pubs.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.”

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Undeterred, out cheerful barman asked, “Are you watching the Women’s World Cup John?”

“No”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

15 thoughts on “The Alan Winfield Trail: Littleover

  1. Yes Alan would have loved this place, we agreed to disagree on our favorite pub types on various forums and blogs, estate pubs are my least type of pub apart from Harvesters and the like, but fair play everyone has their own Ideas on good and bad, Alan didn’t give a stuff and went in all and sundry in his path.

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    1. Couldn’t have put it better myself. As I’ve got older I’ve rediscovered the love of estate style pubs as I find them quite funny and there is always something going on. As I’ve become more disillusioned with politics so I’ve enjoyed going to pubs where people don’t really care about it…

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  2. “The Alan Winfield Trail: Littleover”

    That first photo does indeed look like something Alan would’ve been happy to have a pint in.

    “so I’m trying to broker a deal with the Dundee branch of the Tennent’s Lager Appreciation Society”

    (slow golf clap) 🙂

    “so missed the opportunity to snap it and it was gone.”

    Blimey. Can they go that fast? 🙂

    “when I was met by a top class barman (for about the third boozer running)”

    You’re on a roll there.

    “so they are happy to accept it as a valid pint.”

    (chuckle)

    “and as Alan would have said in his blog “I quite like these sort of pubs.””

    Very true that.

    “It is in a bungalow style”

    And a fair size from the looks of it.

    “and a sport that no one really watches in Derby.”

    Ok, I’ll bite. Which sport is that?
    (since the photo shows cricket but you’d already mentioned that) 😉

    “entered the conversation with a “F************K” ”

    It’s not easy to make that **** sound. 🙂

    “They were winding each other up nicely with good estate style pub banter and no hassle whatsoever”

    Again, Alan would’ve loved that.

    “Alan would definitely have approved of this place ”

    Ayup.

    Cheers

    PS – “has response was”

    His dear boy.

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  3. As a confirmed beer snob, I will also have to now show my hand as a pub snob and declare I have only entered this sort of pub in a previous professional capacity and have no desire to continue to do so in my retirement.

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