There was I thinking I had a great idea for a blog post title with a bit of 80’s Brummie new romantics Duran Duran fitting the bill.
There’s a big niche market out there amongst fans of Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, Visage and the Durannies for a blog about low key pubs in the Midlands.
But the boy Taylor proved he is one step ahead with his recent post called Two Spoons on Monday – read it here.
However, it was very nice of him to research Simon Le Bon and the boys singing their hit New Moon On Monday and, just for Mark Shirley as I know he is a big New Ro fan, here it is again.
Anyway, enough of this preamble as the pub in question is on the ‘main’ road between Uttoxeter and Cheadle in the village of Checkley.
597 – The New Broom ST10 4NB is a classic roadside pub that was attracting a smattering of Brummie holidaymakers on the Bank Holiday Friday I popped in.
There is a campsite in the field at the back and the gaffer was busy explaining to a punter with a cracking Brummie accent that the usual field was waterlogged, but there was an alternative one available.
Whilst she moved off to unload the tent, I sensed my opportunity and moved in for a pint.
Best social distancing sign I’ve seen so far and a cracking pint of Butty Bach (Wye Valley)
allied to some radio tunes in the background (not Duran Duran) all helped the atmos.
Of course, this is deep in Stafford Paul territory and I edged ever closer to the magical 600 boozers with a trip to 598 – The Plough ST14 8DW on the outskirts of Uttoxeter.
(you ain’t seen me…right)
It has been done up and is very smart inside with lots of wooden panels, a bit of a Joule’s feel to it, and is very much a local boozer.
I loved the fact that even though it appeared very pukka/oldskool
it still had a loud bloke in a tracksuit holding court in the main bar and the 4pm Friday post work crowd were in good form.
I’ve yet to have a bad pint in Uttoxeter and American Pale Ale (Uttoxeter Brewing Company) lived up to expectations and hit the spot.
A lively local surrounded by lots of chimney pots is a perfect way to edge
towards 600 not out, which may well prove to be a significant milestone…