660 Pints Of Bass

I’ve just had a mate from Hereford posting me a picture of him sitting with a pint and a ‘substantial meal!’

Of course, he also sent me the caveat that he won’t need a meal soon as life reverts back to a bit of normal in at least one county in the UK in the run up to Christmas.

As you can imagine I gave him a suitably swift response with, in true Blackadder style, “a phrase that rhymes with suck quaff.”

For the rest of us pubgoers it is basically a crock of shite until the New Year and beyond but, I like to celebrate the positives and pubmeister will be in good form after St Mirren beat Rangers in Scottish League Cup quarter final last night.

Rumours are that pubs in Renfrewshire are serving a limited amount of cask Tennent’s to celebrate and Duncan has, allegedly, already ‘taken out’ five covid officers in order to secure his flagon of ale.

Whilst the second part of that anecdote may not be true, there is certainly a feeling of normal pub-crawl life being a long way from returning.

With Herefordshire being in Tier 1, which is similar to my last pub experience way back in October (WOW!) when I spent a day in Burton.

I’ve already covered Horninglow and its stunning array of low cost/good cask boozers here here and here but the day started at a throwback boozer that is quite rightly in the GBG.

Any place that bangs out 660 pints of Bass a month – under what is now classed as Tier 1 restrictions – must be doing something right.

610 – The Derby Inn DE14 1RU is an old school two-roomed Victorian boozer that is nestled in nicely on the Derby Road between the train station and the Pirelli Stadium.

It’s slightly off the beaten track and just looks like one of the many houses on this main road and is thought to date back to the mid 1800’s and rumours abound it was a drovers’ pub, with livestock pens sited on the opposite side of the road.

It’s been owned by many breweries and is currently under the guise of Admiral Taverns and the gaffer was happy to wax lyrical about the often derided pubco.

Of course, bear in mind this was before the current lockdown so this information might be changing as I write.

However, I walked in at around 12.30 on a Friday, I was the only punter in the lounge, there was another geezer in the bar, and the gaffer plonked himself down for a chat and was great value.

Bear in mind that this is Colston Crawford’s matchday boozer of choice when watching Burton Albion and, as the renowned beer columnist for the Derby Telegraph, is high praise indeed.

Anyway, the landlord said that Admiral Taverns had been extremely helpful with the rent and were working on the basis that something was better than nothing  – I hope that is still the case.

I had a pint of Bass – which was magnificent – and he said Bass was the go to drink as they sold 660 pints of it last month.

This could be regarded as ‘quiet times’ as he confirmed that 30% of his income was on matchdays so with no Burton home games then trade was well down on usual.

The old boy in the bar was drinking Bass and the gaffer was the sort of bloke who made you feel at home and welcome back at any time.  Thrown into the mix they sell an absolute bucket load of Bass and are in the GBG and there are no reasons at all not to visit this fantastic little boozer.

He said Coventry had packed the place out last season whereas Accrington Stanley had brought two fans in – only because they read the GBG!  He was proud to say they had made it again and BRAPA will be fine when Hull visit as this is a pub that makes home, away and neutral fans welcome in equal measure, as it is ostensibly a locals boozer.

I sincerely hope this isn’t the last boozer I add to my tally but I worry that people are losing interest. Once people get out of the habit of going to pubs it is hard to restart and I am going to use this classic GBG boozer in the home of brewing as my barometer…  If this place bites the dust then the pub world has ended as we know it!

18 thoughts on “660 Pints Of Bass

  1. I have absolutely no intention of getting out of the habit, my biggest worry is that there will simply not be the choice of proper boozers available on a Tues-Fri lunchtime/afternoon which is one of my preferred exploring times. It was already getting harder to find a pub open weekdays anywhere but the big cities and towns, this could be the end for more villagey/suburby/ruraly locations. Hopefully not though, maybe it’ll be ‘merely’ a massive churn of licensees. Again!

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      1. Funny thing about Farmhouse Inns; I visited a couple of similarly naff dining pubs on the edge of Peterborough the week pubs re-opened this month. They were quiet but the beer was good and I’d give anything to go in a place like that now (the Peterborough have to close as they’re in Tier 3 now).

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      2. That is a very fair point. The Cherry Tree Farm just off A50 in Willington also sells decent beer at a reasonable price. Yes I’d love to be in a farmhouse inn as well – we’re finally broken!!!

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  2. Great pub that. Went in at 3:30 on the sunny April day Burton played Derby a couple of years back. Amazing how an empty pub can retain a busy vibe because it was heaving 45 mins earlier. Or maybe it was the anticipation of the post match crowd, very interesting experience anyhow!

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  3. Season’s Greetings Beermat – loved the Derby Inn when I did it on a Burton Christmas crawl a few years back, what a day that was! Lovely traditional boozer with cracking beer, exactly the kind of place I’m now craving after enduring lockdown/tier 3 restrictions. It’s a fact of the pandemic that some pubs simply won’t ever reopen but I’m cautiously optimistic that there will be enough demand for those that do survive to go on and thrive in the future. Fingers crossed you get your 611th entry before too long! Cheers, Paul

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  4. Years since I was there – one of plenty cracking places in the town. Glad news reached that far south of the Buddies’ triumph – it’s sad not to be able to go and enjoy such nights, they don’t come round too often. I did once get cask inside the Tennent’s brewery on a trade night. Anything for a cask tick.

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    1. I love the fact Tennent’s did make a bit of cask! Top work Duncan. Always nice to see anyone outside the usual two suspects win something in Scotland.
      It’s a cracker of a pub but it’s location suggests if it is closed for too long then it will struggle to come back…I hope I’m wrong

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      1. Alas it hasn’t. The trade night featured other stands and Arran Brewery did a cask. Inside is a big complex and you were put on one of two buses as there was also an event on the same night for trainee bouncers. I thought our companions were all very burly until they told us we were on the wrong bus!

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  5. I stop checking daily for a few days and look what happens!
    (did the same with Duncan’s blog too – blush)

    “Of course, he also sent me the caveat that he won’t need a meal soon as life reverts back to a bit of normal in at least one county in the UK in the run up to Christmas.”

    See, this is why I’m deliberately not going to nearby pubs, um, bars, to taunt you lot with that fact.
    (plus, they really are bars more than pubs alas)

    “in true Blackadder style, “a phrase that rhymes with suck quaff.””

    Love it! (shall remember that one)

    “but, I like to celebrate the positives”

    (nods) Doing the same here after finding out we can’t travel this year to see our sons (and grandson!) for Christmas, due to harsher restrictions being put in place (sigh).

    Instead my darling wife and I now look upon it as a quiet time for the two of us to draw closer to each other and relish our alone time together. *

    * – Plus, I’m confident I can entice her to play at least one game of strip cribbage. 😉

    “and Duncan has, allegedly, already ‘taken out’ five covid officers in order to secure his flagon of ale.”

    (slow golf clap) Though I can’t say I blame him is it’s true. 🙂

    “there is certainly a feeling of normal pub-crawl life being a long way from returning.”

    Agreed (sigh). What’s all this about a possible Tier 4!!!!!!

    “With Herefordshire being in Tier 1, which is similar to my last pub experience way back in October (WOW!)”

    Yikes!

    “Any place that bangs out 660 pints of Bass a month – under what is now classed as Tier 1 restrictions”

    Blimey!

    “and just looks like one of the many houses on this main road”

    That it surely does!

    “Bear in mind that this is Colston Crawford’s matchday boozer of choice when watching Burton Albion and, as the renowned beer columnist for the Derby Telegraph, is high praise indeed.”

    Agreed!

    “I hope that is still the case.”

    Would be nice.

    “and there are no reasons at all not to visit this fantastic little boozer.”

    Apart from being on the other side of the pond for me.

    “whereas Accrington Stanley had brought two fans in – only because they read the GBG!”

    Sheesh!

    “Once people get out of the habit of going to pubs it is hard to restart”

    My brother is saying the same thing about the little bars he used to frequent in France. 😦

    “If this place bites the dust then the pub world has ended as we know it!”

    Sod that! It had better bloody not happen. (grrrrrr)

    Cheers

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    1. Instead my darling wife and I now look upon it as a quiet time for the two of us to draw closer to each other and relish our alone time together. *
      * – Plus, I’m confident I can entice her to play at least one game of strip cribbage. 😉

      Ha…for just a moment I thought you were going all lovestruck on me Russ…I should have known better!!!!!
      Worrying times for all pubs mate across the world seemingly and not sure when it’s going to draw to a conclusion…
      Not got any more boozers to post on pal so a hiatus for the time being but always appreciate your comments.
      Merry Xmas!

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      1. “Not got any more boozers to post on pal so a hiatus for the time being but always appreciate your comments.”

        Enjoy the time with the family BBM/LAF. 🙂

        Heck, after the wee ones go to bed you might be able to get a game or two of cribbage in! 😉

        Cheers!

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