As the cask renaissance continues apace, I bring you even more shock news of a decent half of Doom Bar
That is correct, confirming what Martin reported in his blog –read it here – that even your ubiquitous Doom Bar is now on fire.
Oft maligned, Sharp’s biggest seller is still the ‘go to pint’ of cask for most punters who are feeling daring when they want a pint of something other than Carling or John Smith’s.
(can’t work out what band this is? – half a Doom for the correct answer)
And, to be fair, when it’s in good form then it is a good drop of ale and Sawley wasn’t about to disappoint.
This Derby suburb that gives you the River Trent, River Soar and the Erewash canal – Pete Allen must surely have been here – also has a plethora of pubs.
I’m enjoying the differences in interpretation of pub opening and 559 – The Trent Lock NG10 2FY appeared to be confusing for three punters in front of me.
This Mitchells’ & Butlers Vintage Inn pub is situated, unsurprisingly, on the Trent Lock and the more upmarket pub on offer.
Vintage Inns are M&B’s restaurant chain in all but name but you can usually get a drink there, but I never regard them as ‘pubby.’
It was a good place though and I’ve got lots of time for the gaffer as she kept her cool under pressure, as I will mention soon.
If you want a more down to earth boozer then there is The Steamboat that shares the same car park next to the canal and is a wet-led operation that I last visited way back in 2017.
This pub, which isn’t a Free House, despite its claims on the wall, was as full as I’ve seen a pub since PPL (post pub lockdown). However, there was a queueing system and you had to wait for a table before you got in and you could only have table service inside.
Not a problem at all as it was crystal clear and the landlady was obviously doing something right as this behemoth of a place had enough space to ensure a good turnout inside.
But, as I was waiting to get in, three blokes were kicking off (or rather one was) as he either (a) didn’t have a contactless card (b) didn’t have the right change or (c) just wasn’t happy with the new rules.
The two younger lads left pretty quickly but the older feller was going at it hammer and tongs and the gaffer looked flustered.
She was pleased to see I was chilled out in the extreme by comparison as I said I wanted half a pint and no hassle!
It’s not for me to judge but, ultimately, Sawley has a shed load of pubs and if you want a pint with more flexibility then go to the Railway Inn.
I posted about it here yesterday and Martin can confirm it is a top-notch former GBG boozer here. There is also the aforementioned Steamboat, The White Lion and the Nags Head as well as a couple more or within walking distance so you’re not spoilt for choice.
The bloke left saying he was going to speak to the manager and the landlady confirmed that was her and normal service was resumed.
I found a seat – the table was sanitised first – picked up a Doom Bar beermat and had a cracking half of Doom Bar (Sharp’s) that was brought to my table.
(table service only – no problem with that)
I was even asked if I wanted another before I left and there was just time to see the ‘new normal’ in toilets and I reckon this place will be packed in August under Rishi’s scheme.
If Dave and Dick come over later this year on a canal boat from Minneapolis then they can also bring Juan from Texas for their grand tour of the Midlands.
Remiss of me not to mention Juan sooner (welcome)
and cracking the American market is a difficult task as The Boomtown Rats, The Jam and The Kinks all found.
However, I can confirm Pete will definitely be their guide and I’ll meet them at all the canal pubs in the Midlands for a Doom Bar if it’s this good!