You left me in the gloriously overpubbed Derbyshire suburb of Shardlow. However, as all Brian Clough fans know, where there is a Derby version it must be followed by a Nottingham one.
The East Midlands big trio of Derby, Forest and Leicester have all been classed as England’s best team during my lifetime…and Cloughie was responsible for two of those.
Dilly Ding and Dilly Dong or Claudio Ranieiri, as he is also known, is responsible for the other title success so I will be asking my Leicester expert, Shepshed Pete, for overpubbed Leicester suburbs.
Beeston is far bigger than Shardlow and a town in it’s own right but it certainly isn’t short of boozers.
A train station, Nottingham University and the presence of the Beeston canal means there are plenty of ‘tourists’ to add to the pub economy but I reckon the 652 – Boat & Horses NG9 1LP is still very much a locals pub.
It’s in the Beeston Rylands area of town, which may mean Stirchley Pete has moored his boat there and indulged in the odd pint of Neck Oil in the past.
This place is tucked away on the backstreets surrounded by lots of chimney pots and looked what you’d call a solid, community pub.
It’s steeped with impressive sporting history as William Scotton was landlord back in 1879 and went on to play for Notts County FC but more famously Nottinghamshire CCC and then England, including test series’ in Australia.
The place has had a lick of paint since then but Scotton would be pleased to see it still looks like a pub. The beer garden was packed and there was plenty of bona fide bench seating in the two rooms.
The gaffer as friendly, the Harvest Pale (Castle Rock) was in good nick, there was sport on the TV in the background, and the posters advertising curry night, steak night, fish and chips night suggest this is a pub that is working hard in its local community.
Of course, the bourgeoisie boaters who come in such as Pete Allen like some essential reading material along with their Sunday Roasts and The Boat makes sure they are catered for too.
In a nutshell, a proper pub with plenty of history and another tick on the Beeston map…another gloriously overpubbed area!