Who Needs Football When You’ve Got A Pub?

Say what you like about social distancing but I reckon my 600th boozer on this long journey around the Midlands felt the benefit last night.

600 – The Tavern DE1 3QR is tucked away on the edge of the city near to The Peacockread here – and one of those ‘locals in the city centre’ type of place.

You know the sort, not a Wetherspoons, not a Stonegate but one of those places that really isn’t on any ale trail or apparently near to any great swathe of chimney pots, but has a few characters.

Think The Anchor in Burton – read here – or The Bull Ring Tavern in Brum – read here – and you are on the right lines but, strict measures meant an influx of at least seven new punters last night.

I’d gone to watch my lad play football at a nearby venue but new rules meant no parents were allowed to watch for an hour so what else could you do apart from hit a nearby boozer?

I clearly wasn’t alone as a group of four other dads followed by a dad and his lad also hit The Tavern at around 6.10 on a Thursday and the Gaffer, a jolly Scottish feller, was delighted.

Is there any other kind I hear Duncan shout but this guy was a seasoned pro as he asked about track and trace but didn’t make you feel uncomfortable and turned lights on when a group went to sit on the far side of the boozer.

It’s a big L-shaped one roomer and was apparently the Nottingham Road station of the Midland Railway and formerly known as the New Station Hotel.

There is a dartboard, soul nights as well as regular karaoke. Clearly the gaffer is working hard and a crew of three regular punters were working hard at demolishing a bottle of red and pints of lager.

The talk was football based (that’s soccer Dick and Dave) from the dads and I reckon, if the venue continues to say no parents, then The Tavern will be coining it in for a few weeks yet.

(less is more)

A pint of Doom Bar was the only cask offering but I could just tell it was going to be decent as the Gaffer pulled it through beforehand and Martin will be pleased to note it was up to the high standards of the cask renaissance since July 4.

(filters)

A bit of a bonus post this one as I had something else up my sleeve for 600 but this was too good a chance to miss out on a pub I reckon has slipped through the net in blogging terms.

A great pub gaffer, friendly, attentive and up for a giggle and this is the sort of place I really hope survives during the long winter ahead.

16 thoughts on “Who Needs Football When You’ve Got A Pub?

  1. Well done on hitting 600! Seems a bit over the top to stop parents watching though, wouldn’t be hard to remain socially distant. Still no crowds at games allowed here and competitive football below SPFL yet to resume.

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  2. “Who Needs Football When You’ve Got A Pub?”

    Ok, what have you done with LAF?

    “or apparently near to any great swathe of chimney pots, but has a few characters.”

    Well, it does have a phalanx of NHS corporate offices right across from it, so maybe they partake just so they can tell the rest of us how awful drinking is for you. 🙂

    “but new rules meant no parents were allowed to watch for an hour so what else could you do apart from hit a nearby boozer?”

    Blimey! I’m finding it hard to wrap my head around that (sigh).

    “I clearly wasn’t alone as a group of four other dads followed by a dad and his lad also hit The Tavern”

    I was thinking that was where the ‘seven new punters’ remark came from. 🙂

    Oh, and as for the notice above, if it was me I’d texting ‘your name’ to them as I entered. 😉

    “Is there any other kind I hear Duncan shout”

    (slow golf clap)

    “(that’s soccer Dick and Dave) ”

    And Russ… but I got it as my parents emigrated from the UK to Canada (Dad was a big Chelsea* fan and my Grandad was a Fulham lad).

    * – the proper Blues team (kidding!)

    “then The Tavern will be coining it in for a few weeks yet.”

    Indeed!

    “A bit of a bonus post this one as I had something else up my sleeve for 600 but this was too good a chance to miss out on a pub I reckon has slipped through the net in blogging terms.”

    Life is full of surprises… which is what makes it fun!

    Cheers

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    1. Bit of social commentary there Russ with NHS …I like it!! I remember being at st Andrew’s in 79/80 season when Peter Borota was in goal and we gave Chelsea a 5-1 thumping! I also remember playing at the bridge with Stoke and sneaking a 1-0 win courtesy of one of your countrymen….Peschisolido

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      1. “I remember being at st Andrew’s in 79/80 season when Peter Borota was in goal and we gave Chelsea a 5-1 thumping! ”

        And a good thing too, otherwise Chelsea would have gone up instead of Birmingham City. 😉

        “I also remember playing at the bridge with Stoke and sneaking a 1-0 win courtesy of one of your countrymen….Peschisolido”

        That was the win in the League Cup. And Peschisolido was born about 10 miles from where I was born! 🙂

        Cheers

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