The East Midlands might be slowly sinking under a deluge of rain but never let it be said I’m not committed to the cause.
Dark nights, work and flooding can’t stop me as I know that transatlantic readers such as Dave, Dick and Russ would regard this as a mere shower.
So, with that in mind, I visited one of the best pub suburbs in Burton to almost complete the Stretton set.
The Pirelli stadium (BAFC) is classed as Stretton and the away fans boozer – The Beech Hotel – is a classic of its kind
whilst the Mill House brought some welcome relief for Rod and I on our infamous cycling trip next to the Trent and Mersey canal towpath.
Arguably the best of all is the Stretton Social Club, but I’ve yet to check in there, which just leaves 490 – The Monks Bridge DE13 0HE.
Apparently this was built back in the sixties and is an estate style boozer with a chippy at the back of the car park, as well as its own football team and it was full when I popped in on Wednesday evening.
I reckon there was a pool fixture going on as there were plenty of ‘bring your own cues’ people playing and it looked serious even with Erasure and then The Eagles belting out in the background.
The lounge was full but the bar, where I was perched, was packed for a Wednesday and not even silent Coronation Street on the big screen in the background could deter the local punters.
There was one woman who looked fairly hammered and was vocal but it was a friendly place and had the added bonus of a pint of Old Empire IPA (Marston’s), which was crisp, chewy and well kept.
I’ve put a map of the boozers with the pink cross my outstanding one just to give it a bit of context.
A proper Burton suburb estate style pub that appears to be thriving and is making sure it keeps out anyone on the class A’s…
but why would you when Old Empire IPA is on the bar…?