I’ve almost forgotten how to do this but here is a bona fide blog on a new pub.
Obviously, I should state that it’s not open currently, although it is doing a roaring off sales trade, and is waiting to be regarded as important as a garden centre and reopen.
This was one of the last boozers I visited before lockdown; My recent proposed holiday week in Willington and beyond, reminded me of this little gem.
554 – Sawley Junction NG10 3JU is a station pub as you can sit in it and watch all the thoroughfare between Nottingham and Derby.
(room with a view)
Long Eaton station sits above this former branch of the Midland Bank (that’s HSBC to anyone under 40) that has an infamous history.
The fact that it was a former bank is good enough these days to be infamous but this place featured on regional news in the 1960s as it witnessed an armed robbery.
A cob shop (note it’s a cob Martin, not a bap) and an off licence, it laid dormant for many years until it was spruced up and reopened as a Micro.
Apparently, the station was previously known as Sawley Junction hence the moniker and it is a gorgeous place inside.
A quick stroll down the Tamworth Road beforehand gives the promise of Bass in a club that is in the running for ‘most initials in a pub/club sign 2020.’
The TLC is clear when you walk into this place and there were another couple of punters and then one more arrived who claimed he was “waiting for the train.”
The landlady was good value and I had a top notch pint of Gigglemug (Bang The Elephant) whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
I have to say, I can’t wait to visit pubs again like this. Whilst I’d love to pop into Notcutts for a pint next week, nothing can beat the sheer Britishness of a pub.
Pubs like this are working overtime by supplying beer as off sales in order to survive, but I really hope we can find a solution soon.
This has filled a big gap in the market and a pub (I don’t mean All Bar One Birmingham New Street) near a train station is a no brainer ; it is good to see this place thriving pre lockdown.
I want to knock off 600 Midlands boozers before the turn of the year and I hope I’ll get the opportunity.
A great place that is well worth a visit when normal service is resumed