British Tapas

It had to happen…the proposed LE67 Blogging Super League has fallen at the first hurdle and the protagonists will return to the dark recesses of estate pubs and GBG boozers.

Once some of the movers and shakers broke ranks, as well as demonstrations and marches from other postcodes such as LE12 (Shepshed) and B78 (Fazeley) who feared being left out in the cold as LE67 was crowned as best postcode in Britain.

So, rather like the football version before it, the Blogging Super League is on the backburner and we can carry on distributing our money fairly to all boozers – not just a select few.

With that in mind, I thought I should pay another visit to Leicestershire to check out Shepshed’s offerings.

I might have portrayed Shepshed in an earthy light as I’ve only approached it from Coalville/Loughborough before but there is a slightly more scenic route in through Worthington and Shepshed almost looks like it has some countryside.

This route takes you past the Pied Bull, which is still my most read post bizarrely, and before you know it you are on the edge of the centre and in a new boozer.

617 – Hall Croft Tap LE12 9AN is in an unremarkable row of shops near to a very small market tucked away in a side street off Shepshed town centre.

I know all you stattos out there like information such as this pub was a former motorbike repair shop and a hobby shop…so there you go….now it sells British Tapas.

I think a renaissance of British Tapas could be on the agenda this summer and, along with Bass, it must be the way forward.

As The Wickingman has outed me for my new blog “Top 100 Gastro pubs in the East Midlands”

…this is straight in at number 1 with a Beef Salad cob (take note Northerners), Scotch Egg and Pork Pie…I mean how much more gastro can you get?

It’s a Charnwood Brewery pub (two toilets so under micropub rule 1a from Richard Coldwell it’s not a micro) that hardly had time to cut the red tape before lockdown number 3,000 hit.

So, when I strolled up on Friday just after 1pm I was amazed to find a real Tardis like operation with a bona fide pub garden and some quality punters.

I had a stonking pint of Steam Train (Charnwood)

noted all the punters in the courtyard and up the stairs in the beer garden before a couple of top notch gentlefolk had a chat.

The old boy waved at me, gave me a thumbs up and asked me what my pint was like….I told him it was quality so he ordered the Vixen instead!  

His other half was equally good value and they told me how it had just opened before lockdown but was already causing a stir amongst the Shepshed massive with lots of their pals visiting. 

We carried on chatting for about ten minutes and they were proper pub legends, enjoying a laugh, making you feel welcome and looked like they might stop for more than one.

I managed a sneak preview of what was on view from the inside before I left and a group of girls were on their way in as the place was starting to fill up.

A good vibe, good beer, gastro food of the pub variety and proper pub punters…the Blogging Super League is officially dead in the water.

12 thoughts on “British Tapas

  1. “Tapas”

    (looks up at photo)

    Classic! 🙂

    “It had to happen…the proposed LE67 Blogging Super League has fallen at the first hurdle ”

    As goes the ESL, so goes the BSL. 😉

    “as LE67 was crowned as best postcode in Britain.”

    (squints) Hang on! Where’s the bloody A514 then?

    “and we can carry on distributing our money fairly to all boozers – not just a select few.”

    (nods) A wise decision.

    “I might have portrayed Shepshed in an earthy light as I’ve only approached it from Coalville/Loughborough ”

    Heh. Coalville and earthy, go figure. 🙂

    “This route takes you past the Pied Bull, which is still my most read post bizarrely,”

    They were hoping for more FA gems of brilliance from me. (LOL)

    “I know all you stattos out there like information ”

    Oooh, stattos, I like that. Merge that with ‘ticks’ and you get.. .static! 🙂

    “I think a renaissance of British Tapas could be on the agenda this summer and, along with Bass, it must be the way forward.”

    I still think that picture is hilarious.

    “…this is straight in at number 1 with a Beef Salad cob (take note Northerners), Scotch Egg and Pork Pie…I mean how much more gastro can you get?”

    What happened to the Tapas?*

    * – and yup, Cob is the correct term in the East Midlands. 😉

    “It’s a Charnwood Brewery pub (two toilets so under micropub rule 1a from Richard Coldwell it’s not a micro) ”

    Richard certainly knew his stuff.

    “that hardly had time to cut the red tape before lockdown number 3,000 hit.”

    Ouch!

    “I was amazed to find a real Tardis like operation ”

    Much better than a reverse Tardis like operation.*

    * – Which is where the inside is a lot smaller than it looks from the outside. Think, Lancaster Bomber**. 😉

    ** – Just saw that on one of the Hairy Biker’s ‘Pubs that Built Britain’ episodes.

    “I had a stonking pint of Steam Train (Charnwood)”

    Look at those lacings!
    (have steeled myself not to need a lie down after seeing the word ‘lacings’) 😉

    “The old boy waved at me, gave me a thumbs up and asked me what my pint was like….I told him it was quality so he ordered the Vixen instead! ”

    (guffaw!) (slow golf clap) 🙂

    “and they were proper pub legends, enjoying a laugh, making you feel welcome and looked like they might stop for more than one.”

    Can’t have just one if you’re a legend!

    “I managed a sneak preview of what was on view from the inside before I left”

    You lot are a sneaky bunch!

    “A good vibe, good beer, gastro food of the pub variety and proper pub punters…the Blogging Super League is officially dead in the water.”

    Hear, hear! 🙂

    Cheers

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  2. Russ’s comment is longer than your post!

    I love it when someone asks you if what you’re drinking is any good, you say it is and they defiantly order something else!

    That sounds like a future GBG entry right there.

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  3. I’m worried that all this talk of a Blogging Super League may have turned your head BB. Whilst previously you appeared to be comfortable chomping on a bag of Nobby’s Nuts in the Bull Ring Tavern, however the new you is now discussing the merits of tapas in Leicestershire. Where did it all go wrong?!!

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    1. I’m easily swayed Mark. The lure of a ham cob, home brew and a beer garden and I’ll change my allegiance for anyone. I chose the members very carefully as the whole BSL project was based on corruption and sleaze 😉

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    1. I think we should set up a British Tapas market stall Paul. Definitely a gap in the market for premium priced cheese and black pudding cobs with premium priced craft beer such as Pedi, Bass and Old Peculier… this could be our retirement plan!

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      1. We could be onto a winner there Beermat, as that type of food offering is just the sort of solid fayre I am looking for to accompany a lunchtime session on the ale.

        I don’t want a full meal, but a scotch egg, or a decent roll (cob), is the ideal lunchtime snack, especially when enjoyed with a couple of decent pints. 🍻

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  4. “Unremarkable” they may be, but the street view with the van in the distance is really great. I love streets like that. Quite genuine looking.

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