The Horninglow Mile

Well, as the nation moves into another month of pub bashing lockdown from Thursday…

…I thought I would carry on with my ‘unretirement’ and discover a new ale trail.

The Horninglow Mile is, as far as I know, not on Burton & South Derbyshire’s CAMRA’s must visit destination boozers. 

I reckon there are five pubs well worth a visit on this route and with the Coach and Horses apparently due to reopen around Christmas – lockdown permitting – then this is well worth a walk.

(Even the car garages are named after beer)

You first port of call is The Navigation, which I visited on my ill fated cycling trip down the Trent & Mersey Canal back on March 2019.

That sold cheap as chips Bass and was a cracking local and pretty much sums up all the boozers on the Horninglow Road.

It looks like there were a couple more in times gone by and the latest round of furloughs and forced pub closures might finish a couple more off but they’d be a sad loss.

Take 604 – The Victoria Inn DE14 2PT for example.  It was around 2pm when I popped in here on Friday and it had the obligatory scooter outside and was a pub Alan would have approved of.

(Are cobs substantial?)

Dart boards, fruit machines, Darts on the big TV screen if you look right and Now 70s if you look left (Squeeze and Village People in no particular order).

A pint of Pedigree (Marston’s) was as good as I’ve had in a long time and at £2.90 inkeeping with the prices on this ale trail.

The barmaid was in great form and enjoying the banter with a group of lads in the corner who were enjoying #publife.

One of the topics was that “if you keep drinking apparently you can’t catch the corona virus!”   This brought a lot of laughter with the shout of “Woody hasn’t got it” as vindication of this statement…

Another bloke left and was getting pelters about a new job but it was extremely friendly with people making a point of saying hello and looked to me like it was just warming up for a lively Friday.

I zipped past The Navigation and headed towards the renowned Wyggeston Chippie handily placed next door to 605 – The Royal Oak DE13 0SL.

This was quieter although looked like a grand old building with just two other punters in apart from me. 

(Bench seating)

I had a pint of Pedigree (Marston’s), which came in at a whopping £2.95 and the barmaid responded to the shoud of “Oi wench” from the old boy who wanted to attract her attention.

If you’d have said Oi B**** I’d have responded quicker,” she replied with acerbic wit and the other feller was trying to convince her to store some food in the freezer! 

I know these kind of exchanges aren’t for everyone but clearly there was a long standing relationship between a member of staff and regulars that has built up over time and no one was remotely concerned. 

(there’s the scooter)

A longer walk now towards the sixties style shopping precinct…

to the final pub on Horninglow Road, which was 606 – The Plough Inn DE13 0SZ.

Clearly a boozer of some repute

as this place hosts the 2018 BDDL Tuesday Darts League Summer champions and there is a cracking picture

along with a handy guide to the amount of beer Stafford Paul drinks on a BPF Big Day Out.

There were a group of five blokes in having laugh and settling for the day I reckon as well as a few couples and a big thumbs up the landlady.

(more darts)

I tried a Wainwright’s, which was pure vinegar, I took it back, and she was more than happy to change it.

(not as good as it looks)

“If it’s not right, then it’s not right…what can I get you instead?” she said as she turned the pump clip round.

(that’s better)

A Hobgoblin Gold (Wychwood) was spot on and another friendly boozer with lots of nooks and crannies to hide behind. I always think pubs that change a pint with no quibbles should be applauded and definitely so in this case.

I stopped off at Calais Street on the way back to have a killer Bass in The Wyggeston and this was a top-notch afternoon on the outskirts of Burton in pubs that are often overlooked.

Will they all be here when life returns to normal on December 2?  Will they all have to start selling ‘substantial’ cheese and onion cobs to open up for Christmas? 

(All roads lead back to Burton town centre)

Will they all survive or will this post be the last note for some classic boozers.  You won’t find them in the GBG but all well worth a visit.

11 thoughts on “The Horninglow Mile

  1. You’ve come out of retirement just in time to get sacked like the rest of us Beermat! Virtual crawls like this will keep us going through the dark days so if you could panic-post a few more between now and Thursday that would help.

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  2. “It looks like there were a couple more in times gone by and the latest round of furloughs and forced pub closures might finish a couple more off but they’d be a sad loss.”

    Always sad.

    “and at £2.90 inkeeping with the prices on this ale trail.”

    I’m not one to knock value for money, but if this is the going rate I’m not surprised some may go to the wall . Spoken as a southerner of course. 😊

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  3. “Well, as the nation moves into another month of pub bashing lockdown from Thursday…”

    You have my sympathies. My brother in France is livid with the sudden lockdown imposed last Thursday. The actions of most Western governments is forcing me to consider there really is a secret Builderberg club or some such. 😉

    “…I thought I would carry on with my ‘unretirement’ and discover a new ale trail.”

    Why not? You’ve only got a few more days to check new trails out. 😉

    “The Horninglow Mile”

    Not quite as catchy as the A514. 🙂

    ” and with the Coach and Horses apparently due to reopen around Christmas – lockdown permitting”

    Serendipitious! The Royal Coachman here (less than a 10 minute walk from where I live) is due to reopen next month. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    “(Even the car garages are named after beer)”

    (slow golf clap)

    “It looks like there were a couple more in times gone by and the latest round of furloughs and forced pub closures might finish a couple more off but they’d be a sad loss.”

    True to world over right now. (sigh)

    “and was a pub Alan would have approved of.”

    Good way to give it praise.

    “and at £2.90 inkeeping with the prices on this ale trail.”

    Not too bad. But, is ‘inkeeping’ some sort of play on inn keeper? 😉

    “The barmaid was in great form and enjoying the banter with a group of lads in the corner who were enjoying #publife.”

    Was the barmaid in great form banter wise or just, you know, in great form. 🙂

    “This brought a lot of laughter with the shout of “Woody hasn’t got it” as vindication of this statement…”

    It’s worked for me over here. 🙂

    “If you’d have said Oi B**** I’d have responded quicker,”

    LOL!

    “I know these kind of exchanges aren’t for everyone but clearly there was a long standing relationship between a member of staff and regulars that has built up over time and no one was remotely concerned.”

    Yup. Their place, their rules. 🙂

    “(there’s the scooter)”

    Ye Olde stampe of approval.

    “Clearly a boozer of some repute”

    Nice big car park as well.

    “along with a handy guide to the amount of beer Stafford Paul drinks on a BPF Big Day Out.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “I always think pubs that change a pint with no quibbles should be applauded and definitely so in this case.”

    Agreed.

    “Will they all survive or will this post be the last note for some classic boozers.”

    Here’s bloody hoping!

    “You won’t find them in the GBG but all well worth a visit.”

    I’d take one of them over some frou-frou micro or some such any bloody day!

    Cheers

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  4. The comeback continues, and now I am very jealous. I walked the Horninglow Mile once as a photo activity (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wmexplorer/sets/72157684752413284/) but alas too early for any of the pubs to be open, so the Victoria and the Plough have been on my radar for a while – they’ve been bumped higher up the wish list now of course. The Red Lion was derelict the last time I saw it so I’m pleased the building has a new use as a community centre. Cheers, Paul

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