I know both Martin and Mudgie have commented on just how good pubs are at present…but also how the lack of custom might be a huge problem.
Take Beeston for example. A cracking Nottingham town with pubs aplenty and arguably the nearest to its station being 566 – The Jolly Anglers NG9 1JS.
Beeston Rylands is its official postcode and this is the ‘marina’ area of Beeston around the lock encompassing Beeston canal and not far from the River Trent of course.
However, the Jolly Anglers looks just like a big estate boozer and a traditional no nonsense ‘station pub.’
Martin noted just how good the beer is, how friendly staff and punters are…
(pictures and words from Martin’s blog)
… but the gentlefolk and old boys are missing.
(Hearts, Hibs and Hi Viz jackets)
Mudgie agreed and also pointed out how hard it is going to be to turn the tide,
(From Mudgie’s latest blogpost)
but I am ever the optimist.
12:30 on a Wednesday isn’t renowned for being prime pub time and there was me, one other punter and the barmaid in the Jolly Anglers but it is a classic local.
(like most things inside No 10 over the years! Posh toilet door)
Dartboard, pool table, jukebox, quiz nights, two rooms, beer garden, hanging baskets, framed Forest shirts and memorabilia all over the walls, bench seating, Sky Sports and a Hi-viz jacket (from the other punter).
What more do you want? Hearts were beating Hibs on Sky Football and I ordered a cracking pint of Harvest Pale (Castle Rock) for only £3.10, which is the cheapest pint I’ve had PPL.
Relaxing, safe and lots of messages to wash your hands along with a friendly atmosphere…this is how pubs should be…let’s hope more people trust them.
A former Home Ales Brewery tied house it just oozes pubbery but, like most places, could definitely do with a few more punters and there are plenty of chimney pots nearby to make sure The Jolly Anglers retains its position as Beeston’s station boozer.