More Birthday Antics On The A6

Having celebrated The Crane & Wells Tap first birthday in my last post I thought it only right to stay with the birthday theme.

Whilst I may be slightly older than one, today is another year clocked off towards my half century as I put up the buntings, blew out the candles and indulged in lots of cake.

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Actually, aside from the fact it is my birthday, none of the rest of it is true as, unlike Martin, Duncan and the gang, some of us are still at work…not that I’m bitter, or should that be BBB!

Anyway, work commitments and dad taxi duties finished I managed to persuade my lad to stop off for a birthday pint after his football session in almost sub-zero Derby.

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Options off the A6 are somewhat limited but Marston’s have filled a gap just off the Raynesway and the A5111 with one of their new build pubs and hotels alongside a McDonalds.

In terms of Alvaston boozers, there are a lot more estate style options than 497 – The Blue Jay DE21 7HX, but just maybe this is starting to morph into more of a pub.

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Don’t get me wrong this is a classic new build from Marston’s that has appeared on a busy dual carriageway not really near anywhere.

But the 38 room Marston’s Inns lodge is apparently busy and they have spent a fair chunk of cash on this place.

I’ve had a more than decent carvery here before but it felt more like a carvery that just happened to serve beer as opposed to anything else.

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However, two years and five months after it opened, is The Blue Jay finally getting more pub like?

For example, it had a pool table and I’ve never seen that here before and a little area designated for drinking.

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There were beermats dotted around the pub and I’ve never seen that before and it just felt as though it might eventually become an estate style local like the ‘smart’ pubs that were built in the sixties…

Small changes I know but a step in the right direction I feel.  Alan would have appreciated the change.

Granted, it doesn’t have any housing in close proximity as far as I can see so it will always attract the designated driver and carvery crowd but the young couple and their pal playing pool and knocking back beer definitely felt more pub like than ever before.

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Perhaps it’s the Alvaston influence finally taking a hold as that is one of the estate style pub suburbs of Derby.

It had a reasonable amount of punters in at around 7.15 on a Wednesday, which isn’t bad at all and I had a pint of Head Space (Eagle/McEwan’s/Marston’s) although I’m not sure who brews it and if Rich was here, he would let me know in no uncertain terms.

It was whisky infused beer and, to be fair, it tasted like it and was as lively a drop as I’ve had in a while…

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So, another year draws to a close and the Life After Football pub blogging juggernaut continues to chug along with plenty on the horizon.

This won’t be featuring on any Beer & Pubs Forum Proper Day Out any time soon but I’m optimistic this place will become more pub like as time moves on…

Happy Birthday (almost live) from the Midlands…

21 thoughts on “More Birthday Antics On The A6

      1. No, because it starts at 40. Apparently youth lasts to 28, and then 28-40 is a grey area.

        Incidentally, Wikipedia hasn’t updated your age, although I thought that was supposed to happen automatically 😛

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  1. ” today is another year clocked off towards my half century ”

    Congrats!

    As someone who has ‘passed through’ to the other side, it gets better after 50. 🙂

    “blew out the candles and indulged in lots of cake.”

    No beer? 😉

    “none of the rest of it is true”

    Aha! 🙂

    “some of us are still at work”

    Talking to the choir there buds. I’m be 63 before this month is out and I’m working for zero pay for the bloody wife!

    Mind you, there are ‘side benefits’ so it’s not all bad. (LOL)

    “in almost sub-zero Derby.”

    That’s Celsius, not Fahrenheit, yes? Can’t tell with you lot as you still use MPH vice KPH. 😉

    “and the A5111”

    Oooohhh! So close!

    “But the 38 room Marston’s Inns lodge is apparently busy”

    (checks map) Yup, ok, that makes sense.

    “and a little area designated for drinking.”

    Is that Piers Morgan on the telly?

    “There were beermats dotted around the pub”

    Clones? 😉

    “it tasted like it and was as lively a drop as I’ve had in a while…”

    Not bad for 4.2%.

    “but I’m optimistic this place will become more pub like as time moves on…”

    Fingers crossed.

    “Happy Birthday (almost live) from the Midlands…”

    Thanks!

    Oh, wait; you meant you. 🙂

    Cheers

    PS – “so it will always attract the designed driver”

    Could be wrong but over we say designated driver.

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  2. The Head Space is a very nice beer in bottle – but the bottled version is 5.8% as opposed to 4.2%.

    The McEwan’s brands were bought by Wells (and thus now belong to Marston’s) and were for a time brewed by Caledonian in Edinburgh, but I suspect they have now been moved to Bedford.

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  3. Happy Birthday. No better road to spend it on than the A6! I saw Head Space in a local bar recently and was t sure either but think PC has answered that question. Keep on working and ticking.

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