More Leicestershire thrills, as I make a first ever stop in Great Glen, named after the lesser known Sex Pistol or possibly the better known Squeeze(r).
Oh, go on then. I’d hate you to get it mixed up with the Great Glen in Scotland.
Great Glen is (apparently) famous for its Chinese takeaway
“The Chinese takeaway restaurant Tasty Kitchen is located next to The Pug & Greyhound. It has become locally famous for Stephen Chan’s Tasty Chicken, a popular item from their menu which was invented by Stephen Chan in the 1980s. The recipe is kept secret, thus Tasty Chicken can only be purchased at Tasty Kitchen.”
Sadly, at 11am I failed to taste this delicacy. Instead I had 20 minutes to trudge through fallen leaves, avoid small dogs, and find something dramatic.
The Royal Oak looked the village boozer, the Pug & Greyhound looked the place you take your Mum for Sunday lunch. It was impressively equipped, with a Tiki Tiki bar (outside), boules pitch, and life-scale gorillas. Some pubs just give you Bass from the jug and Annie Lennox.
Here we got “Return of the Mac”, two Old Boys at the bar, two Old Gals in the lounge, two contrasting hand pumps.
“That’ll be £1.80 altogether, boss“.
Do you get irritated the way young bar staff say “altogether” when buying a pint ? I guess there’s bigger issues in the world, but not many.
It was a well-kept half of the house beer, oddly labelled as Mansfield but clearly brewed in a big tank in Wolves.
The chap at the bar was drinking Carlsberg, and made a comment to the effect that it was a bit early to be drinking real ale. It was ten past eleven !
I went for a stroll, attracting the suspicion of the pashmina Paulines who immediately assumed I was looking for the loo; they were sort of right.
And there on my travels I found it; the Doom Bar pump hidden in the lounge. I can only assume that after my recent promotion of Doom it’s being held back for regulars.
It was cheery enough, we even got some Kid Creole (“Stool Pigeon”) next up, and as I left the young barman said “Cheers mate. Take care” which is pretty much the model response.
Nice village gastro all-rounder, and if you ever want to hear the state funeral of Churchill on LP this is the place to come.