WILLOUGHBY WATERLEYS TO BRUNTINGTHORPE – THE BASS TRAIL

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Enough of the Lord Protector, back to Lord Protz, whose Good Book offers us another gem in undiscovered South Leicestershire (unless you live in South Leicestershire, of course).

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I appreciate that Roger doesn’t write all the Beer Guide, and the entries are down to hardworking CAMRA branches like Leicester, who thankfully aren’t afraid to put a pub with a Boring Brown Bitter or two in the Guide.

So now we have a mini Draught Bass trail between Willoughby Waterleys, which I’d never noticed on the Navigator before, and Bruntingthorpe, which you may remember for this view in the Plough last year;

A CLASSIC IN SOUTH LEICESTERSHIRE

Very topically, the General Elliott is named after a victorious governor of Gibraltar, besieged by the Spanish in 1779.  I can only assume the village is twinned to reflect their similar topography.

I reckon that if the Plough has one of the great interiors, this is one of the best exteriors, at least while that blossom is in full display.

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They were all very welcoming in the General, offering a CAMRA discount I hadn’t asked for and chatting about their new Guide entry and beer range, which I liked very much.  Old Peculier is Mrs RM’s favourite, but that’s another story.

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It’s a plainer, more modernised pub than the Plough, but still very relaxing with proper seating and Sunday snacks on the bar.  A proper local, with top quality Bass (NBSS 3.5).

You can do a walk with bucolic views to Peatling Magna, whose pub apparently offer the joy of John Smiths Cask.  Bass, Theakston and John’s in a ten mile round trip may be the pub walk of my dream, and you can camp in the village.

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There are few finer sights in life than a good pint of Bass in its own glass, though this view outside the pub comes close.

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