NOTTINGHAM – A HAZY RECOLLECTION

18th February 2020

The train journey from Aslockton to Nottingham was notable for some terrible criminal damage by L***s fans (above) and a ticket man (what are they called Tom) railing against the evil of contactless payment.

It was drizzling when I arrived at 15:23 on Platform 2, a mere half mile from the ticket barriers.

Two new Guide ticks either side of the centre, 59 minutes walk says Google.

Could I make the 16:45 return?

Red light spells danger


Well I could if the Fox & Grapes and Overdraught were quiet, efficient and lacking in drama. Which they were, but don’t knock it. We can’t all be exciting all the time, unless we’re BRAPA, and look what happened to him.

Tucked next to Sneinton market with its hipster shop called The Shop, the Fox is as quiet as you fear at 3. 30 on a February Tuesday, lacking the OAP coffee and cask trade in the suburbs.

At least it has a desirable Banks’s badge.

Far too many beers, and I like Castle Rock, but the Preservation is a bit thin, though perfectly drinkable.

Always go for the Triple Fruited Gose, folks.

Unlike me.

But I do make Overdraught by 4pm, stopping only to admire this beauty.

Canning Circus, on the way to affluent (or a similar word) Alfreton.

Oh joy, another small tap for a microbrewery, you cry.

Two blokes my age (i.e. deceptively young) are losing an afternoon in that way I know only too well from days wasted in craft bars with too much choice. Crafty Crow by the castle springs suddenly to mind.

I’ve never heard of any of the beers, bar Paulaner, so pick something described as “murky grapefruit murk”, possibly from their own brewery.

It was very relaxing, accompanied by Yusef Lateef’s soporific jazz, and I nearly stopped for more murk and mellowness, but that would have meant getting a taxi back to the station and I’d have hated myself.

Partly because I was jogging to avoid a soaking (doesn’t work) I found myself drenched but with 10 minutes till the train.

Station pub it is then. I’d popped in Beerheadz when it opened a couple of years ago and been a bit depressed by the borish behaviour of some beer bores, so it was good to find it in more pleasant times.

Yes, I had the rare prototype hazy juicy pale by The Woodford Experiment, which is a mouthful.

Even more words than in “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands“, whose 11min 21 seconds took me within 2 minutes of my train.

At the barrier I see a sign redirecting me to Platform 1b, seven minutes away.

Did it in two, but let me tell you this,

NEVER RUN WITH A TUMMY FULL OF GRAPEFRUIT MURK

21 thoughts on “NOTTINGHAM – A HAZY RECOLLECTION

  1. I think “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands“ is one of Dylan’s best especially when sung by Joan Baez.
    And he mentioned it in his “Sara”.

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      1. Sorry, Dave, but I thought it might be a nice change from every time Nottingham is mentioned me going on and on about how terrible it is that they’ve built a ghastly shopping centre right between the railway station and the proper pubs like the Bell and the Trip.

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      2. Dave,
        Nobody’s going to outcarp me on shopping centres now you’ve got me onto that subject.
        Even worse than Nottingham now is Liverpool with that big new one that gets in your way when going from the Baltic Fleet to the White Star.
        Shops, shops and more shops – that’s what’s wrong with city centres nowadays.

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  2. County our last game of the season – assuming we’re going to continue our excellent efforts at screwing up a play-off place. After up-coming Boreham Wood, Eastleigh and Maidenhead… Jeez… will be a delight. Only missed one away trip vs either County or Forest there in 18 years – late fixture alteration to a Friday night that just couldn’t make. Love Nottingham.

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    1. Always loved games at County with Cambridge. Two famous grounds close to the centre unusual.

      Not as great a pub scene as I remember in the 90s but the new craft places like the Crow and Overdraught high quality.

      NB I just looked at your table. Harrogate? Borehamwood?

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    2. Always loved games at County with Cambridge. Two famous grounds close to the centre unusual.
      Not as great a pub scene as I remember in the 90s but the new craft places like the Crow and Overdraught high quality.
      NB I just looked at your table. Harrogate? Borehamwood?

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  3. I was in Nottingham last month for a show. I had a small list of boozers I intended to try – including the Fox & Grapes – but thanks to the trains being a bit c**p, I arrived much later than planned; and with little time to explore, settled for sitting in Br*wd*g until the 14% stout had the desired effect. The city was much better than I remembered from the last time I was there in the early 90s, even the Yarn bar at the theatre was good. I have a feeling it won’t be another nearly 30 years until I return next time…

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