I know some of you are anxious to see more of the ancient pages of the Sheffield Star I’m uncovering on our floorboards.

Sadly no adverts for whippet cream or Stones, just a report on an “exciting” Benson & Hedges cup tie from 1984 I managed to track down on Cricinfo.

An afternoon of soporific cricket, after lunch at the Trent Bridge Inn sounds attractive now.

My soporific afternoon of blogging followed a couple of pints from local brewery Fuggle Bunny.

Tucked away on the edge of the city, at the end of the tram line, they’ve felt a bit left out of the Sheffield beer boom.

You know how I love a microbrewery on an industrial estate.

At the door I had a chat with the brewers while they filled a couple of 2 pint milk bottles with their excellent amber bitter and Russian stout, and handed over £8 (yes, £2 a pint). Darts didn’t seem a good idea.

And then set off for a walk in the Rother Valley.

I’m glad Fuggle Bunny can sell their beers from the brewery, just as the Owl & Pussycat in Ealing can*.

But just how it’s fair that identical looking pub/shops in Sheffield CAN’T sell their beer take-out because they’re not also a brewery is a mystery as deep as Derek Randall’s batting stance.

*The Owl & Pussycat only sells beers from its on-site brewery.

22 thoughts on “FUGGLE BUNNY

  1. Far be it for me to mansplain this shambolic governments wacky thinking, but here goes:

    Up here we were surprised that our nearby booze emporium in Harborough has been allowed to open when clearly not an ‘essential’ service, but I think it’s that fairness thing. If supermarkets are open selling booze, it’s not fair to shut off licensed selling booze, the alternative being to tape off the booze aisles in supermarkets (don’t tell them Pike!).

    So I guess it’s a case of if they allow one kind of pub/bar to open, they have to allow them all the chance to open. Restricting it to onsite brewery sales only is a neat way round the chaos of sleepy village locals offering Bert and Gladys their weekly bottles of Stout.

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    1. The booze emporia that can open are the dedicated off-licences that have never had a table and four chairs for drinking inside, and breweries, even if attached to a micropub. Clear as mud.


  2. That Nottinghamshire team had some seriously good cricketers! There are only three names out of the eleven that I didn’t recognise without research (Birch, Saxelby and Cooper). The only one of the remaining eight who didn’t play test cricket was Sheikh Basharat “Basher” Hassan – he was Kenyan, and the first, quite possibly, of a breed of cricketers who were known as “one-day” specialists. I remember watching him in Sunday League games on TV in the late 60s and early 70s. Great nickname for a batsman.

    I can remember finding a newspaper that had been used to line a cupboard-under-the-stairs at my grandparents house when I was about nine or ten. It contained a report of a test match in Australia which had taken place in 1955 – which to my young mind seemed like pre-history.

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    1. The one day matches used to be live on BBC (unlike all football except the Cup Final and Home Internationals) and I’d occasionally watch them drag out the day. Yes, I could probably name the Somerset team of ’79 but wouldn’t have guessed more than 3 of the Man City 11 tonight.


  3. Cricinfo is wonderful. Looks like it was the usual Trent Bridge green top that foiled our brave boys. Finding old papers is always a treasure. The laws of cricket are much less complex than the laws of lockdown (v65).

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