More good pubs, more excellent beer.  Dryanuary seems to be a roaring success so far.

Rushcliffe is one of those boroughs that exist for the sole purpose of confusion when Members of Parliament have their constituencies flashed up on PMQs. See also: Haltemprice and Spen

Try finding Rushcliffe on the map,Russ

I’d call it posh Notts, but there’s plenty of plain boozers in places like Bingham and Tollerton.

The Right Hon Ken Clarke‘s empire includes such well-known gems as Gotham (not that one), Bunny (not that one) and Ruddington, home to one of my many Head Offices in years past, and (coincidentally) several good Guide pubs over the years.

The Frame Breakers is a very Ruddington pub in a smart but unpretentious opened-out way.  That could be most of the East Midlands,to be fair.

Frame Breakers

Also a very Mrs RM pub, with a level of sophistication I rarely subject her to these days.

Froth on the beer

I couldn’t get a seat, as half the village were out celebrating the 25% mark of Dryanuary having passed, but it won me over.

More Pilsner Urquell than cask being served, but they were promoting their ales, and the Nottingham EPA was cool and tasty (NBSS 3.5).

More froth

I can sum it up with one word.  “Froth“.  Froth on the beer, the froth of banter from every table.  There was a neat little snack menu but this is really a smart drinkers pub.  Granted, my definition of smart is that people make a little effort before leaving the house, unlike me.

Frothy chat

Down the road, past the famed Bunny Arms (T-Bone Steak and a pint of Mansfield for £8 years ago), is the micro pub with perhaps the least promising name in the Guide.

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The East Leake Run

But the Round Robinn turns out to be a lively cracker.


Being strategically placed next to a gloriously illuminated Chinese takeaway gives it a head start in my book (crispy shredded beef and Singapore rice).

Proper food

The landlady was impossibly cheery when we phoned up to check they’d be open (never assume that of a micro pub in January), and that cheer pretty much made the pub as well.


Momentarily confused by the sight of all those barrels, I though I might get forced to have a taster, so I quickly picked the Dancing Duck.  Always reliable, and here a cool, hoppy joy with giant foamy head (see top,NBSS 4).  The sort of beer that converts you off of keg Bass.

The place was full of family groups, a real east Midlands phenomenon that BirishBeerMat has picked up on as well.  One family were playing dominos; I have no idea who was winning.

Domino family not pictures

Views on children in pubs varies, of course. I’m a fan as long as they don’t spoil “Match of the Day” by shouting out the football results.

A lovely pub, despite the naff name.

To make a great pub even better, I spotted this cat cushion in a shop over the road.





















  1. Two cracking looking boozers I’ve not been to but I bet Alan has 😀 Definitely more couples out drinking in east Midlands….not sure why that is? Probably the lure of the Bass transcending all sexes!!!! Before Russ picks it up I’m glad to see I have become the guru of all things Irish! 😉

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      1. “There was a typo on Martin’s piece…at least I think it was!”

        There is indeed! (blush)

        In my defense, I usually don’t check proper names and the like (i.e. Haltemprice and such). But BBM is correct… good play on the Irish, Mr British. (LOL)


        PS – Martin, hint: he’s not Irish Beer Mats is he? (rolls eyes)

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      2. I actually haven’t a clue what you’re both on about and I’m now focused on the next exciting episode, which will be familiar to BeerMat.

        You’ll notice that I do go back and correct the mistakes you find though.


  2. I thought that was in the Micropub regulations – No Kids! Along with No Music, No TV, No Entertainment of any kind beyond a few tatty board games with the key pieces missing and some grubby copies of past Good Beer Guides with some of the pages stuck together (how do the pages become stuck together?) and a few local CAMRA branch magazines, No Food, No cask beers that have cost more than £60 (not including VAT) per cask (apart from that Real Ale Classroom place), etc. etc. etc.

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  3. Maybe it’s just me, but that phrase “Insist on foam” seems unintentionally comical. “I am bringing this pint back to you, for it lacks foam, which I have been told by the brewers is a matter of grave importance…”

    I do think the idea of a pub being welcoming to families in its atmosphere is something that sets it apart from the dark sports bars of the USA. The whole “you feel like you’re in someone’s front room” thing. But screaming kids are no doubt a misery for someone who’s come in to read the paper or have a quiet chat. Interestingly, even Simon seems to acknowledge that not all children are twildren. 😉


    1. You’re right, Mark. it was unintentionally comical. Natural foam on a pint is a great thing, for example here;

      It’s a good point about US Sports bars (which is most of what we saw in LA and Vegas) not being welcoming to children, which is under 21 in the States. The children in RobInn were teenagers, not that much younger than my own, encouraged by a friendly atmosphere and games. I wonder what the US equivalent is ? If at exists.

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      1. You know, I think some of the new smaller brewpubs are trying to emulate a more “all ages are welcome” kind of approach. And though it’s tempting to dismiss the American faux Irish pubs, some of them are quite lovely and authentic-looking (even if it all came from some company that mass produces the stuff), and families don’t seem out of place in them.

        What I have never seen in America is a pub that has carpeting, and is furnished and lit with that “living room” feel that some British pubs have– the Waters Green in Macclesfield being a good example. If someone tried opening such a place over here, I wonder if they could make it succeed as a business? I really don’t know.

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      2. OTOH the Waters Green is I think the only pub we’ve been into that Herself refuses to go back to. It may be a classic of a certain kind of genre, but I can see her point that it’s not the most female-friendly environment, and on that grounds fails the “welcoming to all” test.

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  4. Interesting, and I won’t argue with Herself ! It’s a basic living room, certainly, but I guess unless you experience it as a female you can’t understand it’s pros and cons. Are there Macclesfield pubs your other half would revisit ?


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