This is a bit of a tidy up post filling in on a recent trip to the smoke and starting an occasional “pint of the month” series. Occasionally Mrs BB lets me off the leash and I can venture outside the Midlands and I can lose the crown of “most parochial beer blog in Britain.”… Continue reading Spoons!
It’s that time again…Dave will hardly be able to contain his excitement keep awake as a series mooted in a throwaway comment by my transatlantic chum reaches Chapter 4. With more thrills than a Birmingham City season/Brexit campaign trip to a Wetherspoons toilet, here are ten more towns/suburbs/villages/hamlets you might just want to visit if… Continue reading A Further Ten Towns To Drink In You May/May Not Have Heard Of
I know most readers of this blog are renowned orators and wordsmiths and have honed in on the fact D H Lawrence, the famous English writer and poet, was born in Eastwood. Gritty former mining town it may be, but it will be forever associated with poetry…however, I reckon readers will be more intrigued to… Continue reading Pick (And Davy) Of The Pubs
“Bloody hell! You went there?!” So said one of my work colleagues, who hails from Kimberley in Nottingham and proceeded to give me a potted history lesson on the various hostelries of Eastwood and beyond. I blame Mrs BB…if she is going to send me shopping to Giltbrook Retail Park (home of Ikea) then she… Continue reading Eastwood’s Golden Mile
Shelton Lock sounds like a New Zealand rugby player but, in fact, it is one of those Derby suburbs just off the A514. (Crown, Crown & Arrows, New Bridge Inn and House of Darwin in pub order) Sandwiched in between Allenton and Chellaston it is arguably lesser known than its two near neighbours but it… Continue reading Hipsters In Shelton Lock
Yes, yes it’s all good fun promoting this #NationalBassDay but I know Martin really wants me to post about edgy estate style boozers that are rarely visited by CAMRA. In fact Martin often suggests there are some pubs where CAMRA send in their quickest member – usually Stafford Paul – to check what’s on the… Continue reading Allenton’s Crown Jewel
Having discovered the delights of Breaston it only seemed fair to ensure I visited ALL the hostelries in this quintessential middle England village. Not only has it got a Village Green it is an Urban Village Winner in the competition organised by none other than the Derbyshire Rural Community Council – big time stuff eh.… Continue reading The Breaston Trilogy