Having seen interest in the blog wane as pub visits have tailed off, there was a big spike after my recent post about Sawley Junction.
A top class little Micropub next to Long Eaton station saw a lot of views and some top notch comments including this one from Dave.
Whilst the claims of Sawley Junction being THE best Micro in Britain is a bold one, it is undoubtedly a corker of a boozer.
However, it set me thinking as to what exactly is the best ‘small’ pub in the Midlands? I am using the terminology ‘small’ pub as I am including some new kids on the block that used to be shops etc but not necessarily bijoux.
I reckon I’ve got about 50 to choose from that I’ve visited during my blogging career (see list at bottom of post) and it’s a tough job.
which gave me one of the all time great photos on Life After Football.
but does it very well.
was, to all intents and purposes, a pub in a shopping precinct playing eighties music and selling cheese cobs.
on Market Street in Ashby De La Zouch is always heaving and generates a terrific atmosphere.
My final two in my top 10 are the Pick and Davy in Eastwood, which was the friendliest boozer I’ve been in for a long time
as well as The Belper Tap in Belper as this is a great pub town, the gaffer had completely renovated a former Indian restaurant in six weeks and it was less niche than most.
Look I’ve chosen a top ten but there are plenty more that could be in here…
What are your top three micros in the Midlands? Answers in the comments section please and there is a prize of a beermat to the best entry!
- The Last Post (Derby)
- The Chip and Pin (Melbourne)
- The Feather Star (Wirksworth)
- The Town Street Tap (Duffield)
- Suds & Soda (Derby)
- Draycott Tap House (Draycott)
- Maison Du Biere (Ashbourne)
- The Pot Hole (Allestree)
- The Real Ale Corner (Chesterfield)
- The Chesterfield Alehouse (Chesterfield)
- The Newsroom (Matlock)
- The Creaky Floorboard (Derby)
- Little Chester Ale House (Little Chester)
- Bodell’s (Swadlincote)
- Arkwright’s (Belper)
- The Worm Has Turned (Derby)
- Sawley Junction (Long Eaton)
- Bitter and Twisted (Coalville)
- The Chequered Flag (Castle Donington)
- The Apiary Café Bar (Castle Donington)
- The Needle and Pin (Loughborough)
- The Tap At No 76 (Ashby De La Zouch)
- The Gas Tap (Melton Mowbray)
- The Cask Bah (Loughborough)
- The Wheeltapper (Loughborough)
- The Pestle and Mortar (Hinckley)
- Elbow Room Ale and Cider House (Hinckley)
- Brew (Ashby De La Zouch)
- Crane and Wells Tap (Kegworth)
- The Ale Rooms Knowle (Knowle)
- The Vaults (Knowle)
- Tilt (Birmingham)
- The Turtles Head (Aldridge)
- Platform Three (Olton)
- Craft Inn Shirley (Shirley)
- Beerbohm (Lichfield)
- Wellers (Newcastle)
- Bitter Suite (Lichfield)
- The Last Heretic (Burton)
- Cask and Pottle (Tutbury)
- The Junction (Stretton)
- Brews of the World (Burton)
- The Cask Bar (Newcastle)
- Sanctuary Ale House (Hartshill)
- Artisan Tap (Hartshill)
- Sankey’s Tap House (Brownhills)
- The Weighbridge Inn (Burton)
- Caught & Bowled (Giltbrook)
- The Gamekeeper’s (Eastwood)
- Mellor’s Mews (Eastwood)
- Pick And Davy (Eastwood)
- The Belper Tap (Belper)