“Let’s go to the Greene King purpose built pub and grill boozer on A6505 next to Chilwell Industrial Estate for a pint”
Said no one
But you shouldn’t always judge a book by its (very similar) cover.
Of course, I say that safe in the knowledge that the late great Alan Winfield has reviewed this boozer in a Nottingham suburb.
If you’ve never read Alan’s blog then you have missed a treat as he would go on mammoth pub crawls and was the king of ‘no nonsense’ boozers.
If you go onto the Pubs Galore website there are a shedload of Alan reviews and here is his take
on 571 – The Corn Mill NG9 6GX
(proper cask selection)
I’m not sure if it was 6 out of 6, 6 out of 10 or 6 out of 100 but rest assured Alan would have been in here on more than one occasion, probably with his wife, and necked a pint of cask.
(pouring a pint – 2020)
Built back in the 80’s as a Kimberley pub the inevitable change into Greene King won’t be met with huge amounts of love in Nottingham.
However, like a lot of pubs that are initially built on the edge of retail parks, industrial estates, service stations, they often morph into someone’s local as houses usually follow.
This is perched between Beeston and Chilwell – nice for Ben to get a town named after him following Leicester’s fifth placed finish this season – and has acquired a multitude of chimney pots.
Duncan commented recently about just how ‘pubby’ Beeston and surrounding areas are and even this stretch of road seems to have an identikit GK roadside boozer every half mile.
I’m on holiday – just in case you didn’t know – and that means ‘holiday rules apply and it is OK to have a pint before midday (around 11:30 to be precise).
So, once I’d been welcomed in and given the full GK Pub Safe routine I was plonked on Table 19 in the corner.
I asked if I could move tables – cue a bit of a conference – and it was deemed ok for me to move and watch Dean Ashton on Sky Sports in silence (Dean – not me).
I definitely prefer pubs where you can move about sensibly but the staff were very helpful and I just wonder if this place is becoming more of a local pub.
£3.05 for a cracking pint of (Greene King) IPA and I could pay with cash, use a beer mat and enjoy the bantz between the four staff members, as they exchanged life as a barman in the covid era.
Just to prove you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover Gomez with Whipping Piccadilly were on in the background and that is a classic tune I’ve not heard in many a year.
There is a big kids adventure playground outside and a couple of ladies were drinking with a couple of their ankle biters rampaging around and another couple just arrived for a pint so the place was cranking into life at midday.
(hanging baskets – always a good sign)
Alan’s been for a drink here, which is good enough for me and whilst it doesn’t have oodles of history it did serve an excellent pint and has Sky Sports on the box so maybe, just maybe, this is the sort of place that could become a local for the (Ben) Chilwell Swiney Road estate in the background.