Believe In Unicorns, Believe In Beermats

You might think there’s not a lot to say about a tiny hamlet in Leicestershire but you’d be wrong as I discovered with a visit to the little known Orton on the Hill.  Arguably, the best fact about Orton on the Hill is that William Worthington was born in the village in 1723.

That’s right, he of the Worthington Brewery fame, which was established in 1761, on the High Street, Burton-upon-Trent and was home to the famous White Shield before Creamflow took over.

Not only was it the birthplace of one of Britain’s famous brewers but you can also (allegedly) see four counties from the top of the hill, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire.

Throw into the mix another map for Dave including the gloriously named Barton in the Beans then I can sense the tension reaching fever pitch.

If that excitement isn’t enough for you then, I can exclusively reveal, that the 622 – Unicorn Inn CV9 3NN is the first pub post lockdown to provide a beermat.

“You’re the first person to ask for one since we reopened but you can definitely have a beermat with your pint,” was the response from the friendly barmaid.

A small sign that boozers are beginning to return to some kind of normality as a beermat and smoking outside means the pub experience is gradually returning.

Of course, it would be nice to have the option to sit inside as opposed to sub-zero drinking but this isn’t changing till next Monday so #pubmen have to grit our teeth in order to #savepubs.

I did go to the door to order my drink though and saw a magnificent sight of the barmaid letting the pint settle before finishing off the pint…

…and Martin will be pleased to know his one-man mission to promote Doom Bar is paying dividends.

Absolute nectar.

A late Saturday afternoon crowd were in from the village and the atmosphere was excellent and as much Middle England as its near neighour the Bird in Hand in Austrey. 

Good pub territory as Martin found out on his recent visit to Earl Shilton, this is one of these hidden gems you won’t find on any bus routes and the sort of boozer Mark often finds some kind of ancient pub game tucked away in the cellar.

Eight days to go…..semi-normality returns.

8 thoughts on “Believe In Unicorns, Believe In Beermats

  1. Real pros, AKA BRAPA, may not include maps, but they do carry their own beermat! These pubs are what gives one hope for pubs into the future.

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  2. As much as I want to believe BB I’m not wavering from my opinion that, similar to a likeable villa fan, a unicorn is a mythical creature.

    Impressed with the William Worthington info though, mind you he’s not my favourite Worthington 😊

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  3. “That’s right, he of the Worthington Brewery fame, ”

    That was my guess!

    “and was home to the famous White Shield before Creamflow took over.”

    Still hasn’t caught JSS though. 😉

    “Throw into the mix another map for Dave including the gloriously named Barton in the Beans then I can sense the tension reaching fever pitch.”

    Indeed! You beat me to Barton in the Beans but I also note the small town that was the prototype for Manchester; Mancetter. 🙂

    “I can exclusively reveal, that the 622 – Unicorn Inn CV9 3NN is the first pub post lockdown to provide a beermat.”

    Blimey!

    ““You’re the first person to ask for one since we reopened but you can definitely have a beermat with your pint,” was the response from the friendly barmaid.”

    Obviously she doesn’t know your moniker.

    “so #pubmen have to grit our teeth in order to #savepubs.”

    Someone has to do it!

    “…and Martin will be pleased to know his one-man mission to promote Doom Bar is paying dividends.”

    That was last year. I do believe this year he’s moved on to JSS.

    “Absolute nectar.”

    It’s making me thirst but I’m off for my first jab in a bit.

    “and as much Middle England as its near neighour the Bird in Hand in Austrey. ”

    A quick guess but this is still the MID-lands, yes?
    (and no picking up on the missing ‘b’ in neighour as I totally missed it until the cut and paste) 😉

    “this is one of these hidden gems you won’t find on any bus routes”

    Ah. The English version of Nice in France, that had the train station stop miles out of town in order to keep the riff raff away. 😉

    “Eight days to go…..semi-normality returns.”

    Oh the irony! You lot get back to semi-normal whilst I begin 3 weeks of no alcohol in camp*!

    Cheers

    * – but I will get to see my darling wife after six weeks, so… 🙂

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