The Good Beer Guide taketh, the Good Beer Guide giveth.
For every identikit modern beerbarmicrotap in a run of dull shops there’s an unexpected Proper Pub in wonderful Amber Valley countryside.
Horsley Woodhouse has given us the wondrous Old Oak,where Si went a bit maudlin on me this year.
Not much chance of being maudlin in the circus-themed Coach & Horses down the road in Horsley proper.
It might just have pulled off the trick of combining a destination dining pub with local boozer.
The usual Marston’s range, plus all those flavoured Ciders that probably send you mad or turn you into a Forest fan.
Oh, and Bass (top).
I must stop sounding so excited when I order a pint of Bass, I sound like a groupie.
Just as well this was a crystal clear, tight head exemplar (NBSS 3.5). OK, it’ll always be the flat nectar from the jug in Dead Poets for me, but that’s for another time.
Bass on a Pedi beermat, “Don’t Worry Be Happy“, Prosecco ladies, soiled work clothes at the bar.
It’s not Amber, it’s golden.