Having recently completed a pub walk in the Derbyshire Dales then it’s back on more urban ground with a visit to Borrowash.
Where’s this I hear you cry?
Surprisingly for a Derby suburb, it only has one boozer but it makes up for that with the terrifically named Borrowash Victoria FC (play in Spondon) and Ockbrook Borrowash CC (play in Ockbrook) play in the Derbyshire Premier League.
Nonetheless, even with all the attractions of a cricket and football club bar, a population of around 7,000 punters should mean 595 – The Nags Head DE72 3FP can survive in the post-covid era.
(Men in shorts)
That definitely appeared to be the case when I popped in on a Tuesday afternoon and even though Russ might question the lack of apostrophe, it looked like a cracking local boozer.
It lived up to all its hype although there appeared to be a preponderance of geezers in shorts. I walked in the bar and there was a sitting down type of bar blocker who was neatly positioned in the seat nearest the bar but would definitely have ben standing at the bar if it were allowed.
He was in a top pair of shorts as was the old boy behind him on a different table and they appeared happy enough to ‘nod me in’ as I approached the bar.
Pedigree (Marston’s) was on the agenda and it was top notch – the archetypal, iconic Derbyshire drink.
Pete Allen recently posed the question, which is better Keg or Cask?
It’s a tough one and the fact that Pete has had a damascene conversion from Carling to Bass is a barometer for my answer.
Keg is great and happy to drink
it all night but when you get a fantastic well kept pint of cask there is nothing better.
I just think, like hanging baskets on the front of a pub, it’s a sign of real care and TLC and a gaffer that can be bothered.
This place had that in abundance and despite the lashing rain, someone was fixing the fence into the beer garden and there was a crackle in the air.
Quiz nights, dartboard and a group of old boys – wearing shorts – taking pub bantsz to a new level with a chat veering into Ladyboys, this was a top notch no nonsense local Derbyshire boozer.
(more shorts and pub bantz)
Oh by the way, what a marvellous result for England tonight against Australia in the T20 – cricket in September and October…what could be better? Can we stretch cricket into November under lights?