One thing I meant to say, it really is great (re)exploring a new place in the UK; I spent three hours in Heanor, visited three micropubs and by the time I left I was euphoric.
How is this possible ? Heanor hadn’t featured on the Pub Man radar this century, bar the little whoop of excitement when the GBG21 “landed” and from Paisley to York to east Cambs was heard the words “TWO newbies in Heanor !?”.
I started at Redemption for the sole reason it was open and Crooked Cask wasn’t yet.
Plain modern exterior, but you immediately get hit by a wave of pubby exuberance coming from the outdoor area. In normal circumstances you’d head towards that noise, but the joy of indoor drinking is too new, as Kentish Paul noted on his latest trip out (here).
I hope the lovely folk in Redemption won’t be burnt in the Market Place when I tell you they let me hover at the sacred pumps for 1.3 seconds to see what was on.
“Yes, you CAN look at the pumps !” is 2021’s “Yes, you can lick the cake mix bowl !“.
The front room has a good mix of seating, high and low,
and on each table was a service buzzer, bought for what we will think of later as the “purgatory period” of pub reopening.
As you’ll know, I love shiny things.
“I love SHINY things !” I said to the Landlady, who seemed keen to get shot of the gadgets after 21 June (don’t go there).
The local Grasshopper, chosen because it had a big shiny blue pump clip, was a cool, rich 3.5, the pub emerging as something even better as the locals talked Amsterdam, projectile vomit and blueberry muffins (a speciality, apparently).
Yes, they change colour depending on your mood, the proximity of BRAPA, and your alcohol content. I had another half of milk stout, and the buzzer changed to pink.
The landlady was giving me a complete social history of the local area, between serving the locals. It was wonderful.
“Have a look upstairs” she said. NEVER turn down an invitation to be nosey.
Ain’t it gorgeous ?
Who needs glitterballs.
“Have a look in the ladies loo” shouted up the Landlady.
I spoil you, I really do.
Actually, the ladies look MAY have been more exciting than that but my attention was wandering.
Anyhow, an instant classic. And not the last of the day.