Forget The GBG – This Is The Bass GBG 2020

The GBG is officially the second best publication for beer lovers on the market after Ian Thurman’s Bass Directory.

Along with fellow Bass aficionados Martin, Mudgie and Leicestershire guru Pete, as well as the ‘other’ Martin (from Stoke on Trent) I am in the Bass Appreciation Society (as many acronyms you can think of starting with Bas…….) and make no bones about it.

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It’s the sort of drink that divides opinion like Marmite with connoisseurs harking back to a different time (and brewery) and constantly taking the new canned version to task for being very un-Bass like.

However, when it’s in its pomp, I reckon there are few finer beers on the market and- after visiting over 450 pubs in the Midlands – I have complied ten boozers that served me an absolute killer pint of Bass…

This is in no particular order and there are a couple of controversial omissions….

The Railway Tavern LE65 2PW  is a classic little backstreet pub tucked away off the main drag in Ashby De La Zouch.  There are a few Bass houses in this town but this is the stand out one and even has a Bass lamp for good measure out the front.

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Waggon And Horses  LE67 6LA 

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is a classic of its kind with arguably the best swearing heard in the LE67 postcode and that is some achievement.  A proper locals pub in Ibstock, very funny and lots of pub banter flying around ruthlessly.  This was a recommendation from Pete, who is now an honorary member of the Bass Appreciation Diaspora

The Swan Inn DE65 6EF

A confession here as this is my local in Milton, near to Repton, but I reckon this serves the best pint of Bass in South Derbyshire.  It was good when I featured it here but has since been taken over and it is no w consistently magnificent!

This picture is one of many taken in their beer garden…

The Vaults ST14 8HP

A fantastic pub in the middle of Uttoxeter and arguably Stafford Paul’s favourite Bass House.

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An array of Bass pumps and locals who drink it like Carling mean this is always in good nick.

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The Black Swan LE12 9DL 


Another one of Pete’s tip offs that is absolutely top drawer in Shepshed.

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Added bonus of a curmudgeonly landlord to non locals and ukulele gigs in the shadows of Shepshed Dynamo FC.

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The Globe DE12 7DB

This place in Snarestone is so good it’s even got it’s own Tuesday afternoon Bass club!!!

Canalside pub in a village in the National Forest selling top notch amber nectar….

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what could be better?

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The White Swan DE73 8DY

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A real gem of a place.

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Melbourne is relatively upmarket but Bill and Ray rolled back the years and turned this into an LE67 swear fest as they reminisced about life prior to gentrification.

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Fantastic beer and great little local backstreet boozer.

The Fountain WS13 7BG

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A great day in Lichfield with five pals ended up with a cracking find serving top notch Bass and a well used dartboard!

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Breaking News…..Neil visited The Fountain recently and said Bass was gone and the welcome was lukewarm so…..I’m replacing it with

227 – The Elms DE15 9AE

Arguably the most recognisable Bass pub in Staffordshire this is just on the Burton border in Stapenhill and serves a good pint of the best drink in Britain.

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The Anchor DE11 0EA

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A fantastic backstreet pub in Newhall  where a woman wearing her pyjamas opened up early afternoon!

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A totally unexpected bonus in a suburb of Swadlincote and was one of the best pints of Bass I’ve had since blogging life started……

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The Chequers Inn DE73 7JH

A pub that always sold Bass +1 other and is renowned for the quality of its beer.


A real throwback boozer tucked away in Ticknall has been taken over in the last 18 months and the quality of Bass is as high as ever.   Big turnover of Bass, lots of dominoes and plenty of chat.

I reckon there might be one or two dissenters but I can only work on the beer I’ve had and I reckon this is just about my top ten….


19 thoughts on “Forget The GBG – This Is The Bass GBG 2020

      1. Yes, I could name ten classic Bass pubs that you have probably never visited:
        Black Boy, Caernarfon
        Dyffryn Arms, Pontfaen
        Unicorn, Manchester
        Cross Foxes, Shrewsbury
        Saddle, Blackpool
        Seven Stars, Falmouth
        Oak, Oswestry
        Dolphin, Plymouth
        Myrtle Tree, Bristol
        Jolly Sailor, Macclesfield

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  1. From someone who lives in a county which is a Bass desert (please somebody say I’m wrong…)

    ….there’s too many photo’s of Bass in this post….I can’t cope…



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