(Sorry, no pics of Wendy Craig).
We returned from idyllic Cheadle via the workaday A50.
The history of the Uttoxeter bypass has been engaging the two Mudgies on the Beer & Pubs Forum recently; if that doesn’t get you to sign up I don’t know what will.
I told you about our stop in North Leicestershire AS IT HAPPENED. But that won’t stop me revisiting it now I can tint my photos and add nice maps.
It’s always nice to stop somewhere bucolic.
Diversity of scenery is the joy of England.
Two minutes off the M1, ten minutes from Lockdown Leicester (sorry folks), five from cosmopolitan Coalville, with a granite quarry one side and a volcano the other, Stanton under Bardon draws you in on the OS extract.
The Wiki article is obsessed with statistics, the best of which is presented in this pie chart.
That dramatic fall-off in faith between 2001 and 2011 is widely ascribed to the visit of BRAPA to the nearby Bull’s Head in Markfield after a 2-0 Hull defeat at Leicester in 2007.
You’ve heard about the Old Thatched Inn already.
We left a half dozen other drinkers for a short stroll into the fields, which look nothing like they do on that OS extract.
It was lovely. No traffic, no car noise, no rubbish, well marked trails.
Just wild flowers and butterflies.
Back at the pub, a group of leather jacketed bikers were installed at the outside tables, which were pleasingly filling up nicely.
As LifeAfterFootball knows, the AA511 is a hotbed for bikers pubs, just as North-West Leicestershire is the centre of the car mechanics industry.