Having established that Uttoxeter pub goers have an average of 75.5 after visiting two boozers in the horse racing capital of Staffordshire then I felt it only right to confirm those stats.
I’m not quite sure why that is back in vogue today but apparently the European Union had provided me with my most readers apart from the UK – maybe they are pre-empting Boris taking charge and a no deal Brexit whereby no other countries exist apart from the UK and the EU?
Mind you, there are also five readers from our new biggest trading partners India as we prepare for our Cricket world Cup final against them next weekend…
Either way, I am pretty sure all the punters in 430 – The Bank House Hotel ST14 8AG would have heard of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and the boys. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’d think of The Clash as cutting edge as they were definitely more into The Platters, Everly Brothers, Joe Brown and Fats Domino era.
Having ascertained the Stafford Paul was unavailable to lower the average age due to plumbing issues at his crib then it was down to the more mature locals to make me feel welcome at this boozer.
Apparently, it was once the first bank in Uttoxeter having being built in 1777, but I bet the bank manager wouldn’t believe quite how exciting Tipping Point would prove to be in 2019.
Yep, that’s right the daytime quiz show had both punters gripped along with barman although I did persuade him to pour me a half of Big Willie (Mr Grundy’s).
This pint may well have been a tribute to Arsenal centre half Willie Young who was singlehandedly responsible for introducing the red card for a professional foul after his assault on Paul Allen in the 1980 FA Cup Final.
I don’t blame Willie much but his cynical foul meant players now get sent off for ‘making contact’ in the box as a “Match Of The Day” Pundit would describe it so yes Willie Young, it’s your fault!
Anyway, I reckon all of the punters probably watched the 1908 1980 FA Cup Final and I am sure the options available in the bar would have been less back in the day.
As it happens, the beer was excellent and the old boys were engrossed in Ben Shephard cranking up the excitement on daytime TV.
So, after visiting three boozers in Uttoxeter in two years I can safely say that
- It is a proper pub town of the highest order
- Most punters in the boozers are over 60
- They sell fantastic Bass
- The Craft/Keg revolution hasn’t reached this part of Staffordshire yet.
- All punters under 40 are going to either Stoke on Trent, Derby, Stafford, the races or Wetherspoons (probably the latter)
Uttoxeter isn’t following the crowd but I have to say – I like it!