“Taskmaster burst the bionic zit-splitter
Breakneck speed we drown ten pints of bitter
We lean all day and some say that ain’t productive
That depend upon the demons that you’re stuck with”

Roots Manuva – Witness

Clearly Rodney aka Roots has been on a pub crawl with Stafford’s Paul and knows that ten pints of bitter is very productive as long as they’re shared out among Proper Pubs.

You’ll remember IKEA-gate, where I left Mrs RM in the soft furnishings department of the Swedish divorce-causing giant while failing to tick Roots, Kimberley’s new micro.  I was a bit cross, and subsequent efforts to find out whether and when it’s open all failed.

But a sharp manoeuvre off the M1 on Saturday brought a Kimberley Konclusion.


Anyway, you’ve been wanting to see Kimberley cemetery, I’ll wager.


Last time here, the front gate to Roots was closed, the lights were off, and no sign was there.  This time, I confidently followed two beery-looking folk in on the dot of noon.


It’s either wonderfully or terribly cluttered, depending on your inclinations. More the inclinations of my sister than of Mrs RM, if I’m honest.

Furniture NOT from IKEA
“SOUP” possibly not a London beer

I warmed to it immediately, and not just because I was coming in out of sub-zero Nottingham.

The Landlord was too cheery for me to get annoyed at for the earlier opening times fail.

Body of earlier Pub Blogger who’d complained about opening hours

Apparently they’d been on holiday in Northumberland, so we chatted Berwick and Alnwick pubs while I was a bit distracted by the antiques/tat. Anyone who’s been to the Fez will sympathise.

Despite the tat, and a cutting-edge beer selection by Kimberley standards, it felt homely and pubby. Proper crisps, lagers and Guinness.  The micro pub owners of Herne would be horrified.  The Siren Yu Lu was cool and chewy (NBSS 3.5) and under £3 a pint.


You could spend a week exploring the treasure trove that is the Gents (sorry, Pauline).

Def. Donny
Scary retiredmartin shadow

Proper Pub seating purists will be distressed at my choice of pew.


But it gave an excellent view of the breweriana, a word that always looks odd written down.


Come for the sumptuous furniture, the cool tasty beer, the toilet “art”, just don’t leave with any of the pub signs you know you’ve really no space for.



13 thoughts on “ROOTS MANOEUVRE

  1. If the M1 had been built after the Kimberley Brewery had closed they probably wouldn’t have bothered with junction 26 and you would have had to use 25 or 27.

    That looks like a proper old sign at the top but why is there an apostrophe in ‘HARDY’S’ but not in ‘HANSONS’ ?


  2. This place’s brand of clutter puts me more in mind of a quirky coffee shop than a pub, but I’d take it over a bland characterless place any day. You can see they’ve put a lot of effort into it, and that there’s a specific look they’re going for.

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    1. I know it’s not the first choice of folk who like trad English pubs, but places like that will appeal to a broader range of pubgoers than the old-style boozer. The downside is that people like me spend our visit just walking round going “Oooh”, rather than relaxing over a pint.

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  3. “You’ll remember IKEA-gate, where I left Mrs RM in the soft furnishings department of the Swedish divorce-causing giant while failing to tick Roots, Kimberley’s new micro.”

    Hmm. Maybe I shouldn’t try to catch up by doing them backwards. 🙂

    “brought a Kimberley Konclusion”

    From the OS map, somehow I get the feeling Watnall and Nutall are what two old blokes would say as they pass each other on the street.

    “It’s either wonderfully or terribly cluttered”

    Either way it’s definitely cluttered.

    “Body of earlier Pub Blogger who’d complained about opening hours”

    I was thinking it was a poor imitation of Sherlock Holmes or perhaps Dr. Livingstone.

    “Def. Donny”

    Have to go with Russell. 🙂

    “Scary retiredmartin shadow”

    We’re used to them by now.

    “just don’t leave with any of the pub signs you know you’ve really no space for.”

    That’s what a man shed at the end of the garden is for. 😉


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