Last stop on the Mini Midlands Micro tour was in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, the “edgy” bit of Mansfield and a regular stop for GBG visits over two decades.
Sadly, George’s Tradition chippy seemed to have given way to an inferior copy, though you can’t complain at £3.70 for fish and huge pile of chips to last you all the way to Newark.
The Dandy Cock was the highlight of the day.
Situated next door to Shabby2Chic, who as you’ll see appear to have provided the bulk of the furnishings.
It’s not your usual micro.
A bit of the Fez in Margate, a bit of Abigail’s Party, a bit of that chintzy teashop in Faversham that closed in 1976, and a lot to gawp at. We were in awe.
Usual beer range and jam jars, of course.
I ordered two halves, as Mrs RM was on a roll with her beer sommelier role.
“Is one of those in a ladies glass ?” said the lady. Mrs RM bristled.
“Er, no. Straight glass please” I was a bit horrified at the casual sexism, before realising it was only 1976 in Ashfield. What are those weird things people are holding below ?
Only joking (I think), I loved this place. Perhaps I’m going soft.
The beers were rich and tasty, the olives (told you it was Abigail’s Party) decanted into an ancient tea cup rather disconcerting. But I’m game for anything.
Mostly middle-aged couples (says I) but as far away from the atmosphere in Ramsgate or Sidcup as it is legally possible to get. This is the side room.
Great Notts banter to enjoy, mostly couples comparing the value-for-money of nearby chain pubs. Youngsters reading this blog (Tom and Simon) should be aware you reach an age where comparing the price of a steak is high drama. A few years later you start reading out the menu aloud. Then you die.
“If I don’t drink for the whole of January my liver may recover” said the man with a pint.
And as for the loos.
More to see than a National Trust property, and a future Twitter avatar RIGHT HERE.