THE CIRCUS AND THE “BEAR”

Only THREE MORE WEEKS, folks ! Where will you be on the Glorious 12th ?

I’m still planning, but my best bet of an actual tick (new GBG pub) appears to be in Clay Cross.

It may be 75 minutes seems a long way for a half of Jaipur under an umbrella in the Derbyshire rain (higher quality rain as Wickingman will confirm.

But if YOU’RE not in a pub “wine garden” on the morning of the 12th then you clearly hate pubs. 3 pints minimum, lads (4 for Mrs RM after her root canal treatment).

If you hate MEN you probably read Mumsnet, which is keeping me cheerful in these dark times.

These are the big topics being debated by mums RIGHT NOW !

The answers of course are 1) NO, 2) “They’re children, not kids”, 3) fine by me and 4) YABU.

Elsewhere on the internet, I’ve given up on the BBC and rely on Blue Moon for my news. Their Covid thread is informative and respectful, and debate often turns to Manchester boozers.

Wot ! No Circus ?

A must-visit on any discerning American’s Manchester itinerary, perhaps even ahead of the Grey Horse and Old Monkey.

A lively debate on Blue Moon ensued, prompted by the indomitable Unicorn (I must meet that guy).

I don’t remember the bear; was that the Hofmeister days ?

But I do remember the Dizzy Blonde a couple of years ago, as good as it gets. Some folk just don’t rate Robbies, I guess.

Will we ever again see free trays of snacks like this again ?

Or pubs where youngsters mix as easily with Old Codgers ?

17 thoughts on “THE CIRCUS AND THE “BEAR”

    1. Scott,
      I have evidence of the Circus Tavern being described in October 1975 as a “Magnificent micropub” and so believe it was the first one ever 29 years before the so called original Micropub opened in Herne. .

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      1. T’other Mudgie,
        I’m NOT going to be drawn into a lengthy discussion about the definition of “micropub” but believe that the Circus Tavern demonstrated what a proper micropub should be only for that to be eclipsed by the “on the cheap” Herne variant characterised by a poky ambiance, random furniture and unisex toilets.

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  1. Clay Cross, one of ‘the’ major Derbyshire skittling areas. The Three Horseshoes (and I’m guessing here): big long alley skittles pub, karaoke and meat raffle every hour on the hour, Mansfield Smooth Mild the biggest seller, famous for maintaining the local Sunday afternoon pie & punch-up tradition…

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  2. “Only THREE MORE WEEKS, folks ! Where will you be on the Glorious 12th ?”

    Home alone, which will last until May 17th.

    As for the photo above that, I see the beer coasters say ‘don’t drink and drive’. Well obviously! I mean, I have one hand on the wheel and the other on my phone. I can’t be trying to hold a can of beer as well!

    “But if YOU’RE not in a pub “wine garden” on the morning of the 12th then you clearly hate pubs. 3 pints minimum, lads (4 for Mrs RM after her root canal treatment).”

    Agreed! On both counts (being there and how much to drink). 🙂

    “The answers of course are 1) NO, 2) “They’re children, not kids”, 3) fine by me and 4) YABU.”

    Concur. Although, I do roll my eyes a bit at being able to shop in pyjamas but not drink beer in same.*

    * – I sleep in my underpants so ‘technically’ they double as pyjamas. 🙂

    “Wot ! No Circus ?”

    Clearly, urban genie is a bit of a philistine.

    “prompted by the indomitable Unicorn (I must meet that guy).”

    (snigger)

    “But I do remember the Dizzy Blonde a couple of years ago, as good as it gets. ”

    We’re talking beer, right? 😉

    “Will we ever again see free trays of snacks like this again ?”

    Snacks? Oh, right… sorry. Got distracted. 😉

    “Or pubs where youngsters mix as easily with Old Codgers ?”

    Oh, that’s easy! As we get older, some of us become Old Codgers while some remain young at heart. Win/win!

    Cheers

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  3. It’s too early really for weather forecasting but what are the chances of heavy rain on the 12th?

    I went to Exeter once in early May and there was snow in the morning.

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