Stick in there, some Draught Bass coming up soon.
But first, a rare trip to the hitherto near GBG-free zone of Ashby De La Zouch, a town named after Brian De La Zouch, one of several top footballers (see also : Petrescu, Bart-Williams, Clarkson) who’ve frequented the area in search of “fun”.
Talking of football, LAF himself visited the Tollgate Tap House a year ago (see here) and his report was so comprehensive that I nearly didn’t bother with my own diary extract. After all, I didn’t visit the castle (in the rain) or make fun of any locals in the Spoons or buy any oddly-shaped vegetables, the three Top Activities in Ashby.
But I know how much my South Korean fanbase (which rests on one post) love to see pictures of traditional English pubs.
And chorizo quiche.
Now, I’m no fan of Tap Rooms, as I was telling the chap sitting at the bar, on holiday from Polesgate, after he berated me (with a wink) for not ordering the cheddar quiche.
“Great beer, but I can’t be doing with high tables”
“I LIKE high tables” he said, joining Pashmina Pauline in the virtual sin bin.
It was his only crime, as he regaled me with tales of drinking “Trad Ales” in every town between Hinckley and Burton. Even he looked aghast when I told him of the wonders of Coalville.
A Stout man, he dismissed my own Pale as “Southern shandy” and scoffed at the Bass I told him of in revered tones.
He was off to the Bull’s Head across the road later, if he could get past the giant mustard cushions.
I did the tour, but frankly LAF’s post will serve you better.
Anyway, Tollgate Brewery know their market. Cheap beer, craft gin = a mix of genteel couples, dog lovers and young folk staring at their phones.
Oh, but what beer !
“Fresh beers gives the best lacings” said our Polesworth pubman, and I guess he’s right. The Tollgate Pale was the pint of the month so far, up there with the freshest beer in Mancland, and an easy 4.5. I guess I’ll be making a rare trip to Calke Abbey if their Tap is half as good.
Then I was off for a night out in Tamworth and some more “Southern shandy”.