One of the joys of pub blogging is chancing upon an absolute gem of a boozer that just oozes pubbery.
Take Branston for instance; I’d popped out for a haircut (very quick job these days) and with it being Monday at just after midday the options for a pint are very limited in 2021.
But, on the Branston Road back in towards Burton was the 694 – Branston Arms DE14 3DD looking very much open.
It’s a single roomer and I spotted the holy grail of Bass (one more for the spreadsheet Wickingman) as I edged towards the bar with the incongruous tunes of Intergalactic Planetary from The Beastie Boys banging out on the big screen behind me.
The Gaffer had a glint in his eye and when I said, “Can I have a pint of Bass?” He replied with “No you can’t – it’s all mine!”
Clearly, a man after my own heart and with four other people in there at about 12.05 he has a base of local punters happy to roll in on a Monday.
“I’ll get you that pint young man,” he said and when I said I’d not been called that very often, quick as a flash he replied “I’ve been known to lie!”
It was that kind of place where the wit was razor sharp and the gaffer was up for the craic; a good old-fashioned local community pub.
Chuck into the mix the fact the Bass was magnificent once again and I’m not sure what else you need from a local pub.
I finally discovered the reason behind the saying “Gone For a Burton,” and the gaffer came over for another chat and I mentioned I’d been for a haircut and this was a random stop off.
“You’ve got a very wide parting,” he observed! He then spoke about pub life in 2021 post covid and how this place was well supported and recovering after forced covid closure. Live bands were on and with lots of chimney pots in close proximity, there is every chance this pub will continue to shine.
This was the sort of gaffer who knew how to gauge a situation, like all the good ones do, and that comes from years of craft behind the bar. Experience does count for something…ask Alan Hansen