This week I told you I was finding it hard to get back into the routine of ticking, like Chris Tavare struggling to recover his dogged resistance after a week of ODIs and 20/20s, I guess.

My next tick in came in the Junction, a micropub 2 miles from Burton only open Friday and Saturday nights(!). So I had to forsake the attentions of Bass in the Coopers and the Swan and the Elms, and whatever BBB Repton might offer, in favour of homebrew from Blythe in a converted hairdressers salon.

What am I doing” I thought, walking past the faggots and peas at the Pirelli later, “I could have been in a Proper Pub drinking Bass“.

And why does Stretton even need a micro ? It’s already got Bass and Pedi and GK IPA !

But let’s be fair; many people LOVE the atmosphere of micros, the way they prefers Gino’s Trattoria to Pizza Express, and it’s great to see folk going out with their mates again after all this time.

I get the last table, again, and feel a little self-conscious about occupying a table for four but the cheery landlord is reassuring. Still, with little chance of conversation across the table I just admire the Yamaha and neck a half.

Yes, decent lacings, but it’s no Bass, is it ?


  1. When I was here two years ago I was able to have a chat with the owners, who are also the brewers. They were friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It’s a shame that, confined to your table by the regulations, you were unable to enjoy your visit quite as much.


      1. Some people are able to make their customers feel welcome, despite the restrictions. Take two of my pubs yesterday: Graham, licensee at the Queens Ground, spotted me as a non-regular and when I showed an interest in the real ales, he apologised for only having two, whereupon I agreed that with lower trade than usual, it’s better to have two good ‘uns than his usual four, of which you have to throw half away. I observed him also interacting with other customers – this is a very well run pub.

        Then I made my third visit this year to the New Barrack Tavern. My first, in the beer garden only, was brightened by the landlady (Steph) making the effort to engage me in conversation about what I thought of the beer; on my second, more than three weeks later, she recognised me and resumed our conversation about the dark beers from Ashover brewery; then yesterday she turned to her husband as I came through the door and predicted which beer I would be drinking (Rudgate Ruby Mild 4.4%). That’s the kind of service that keeps me going back to pubs like these.

        Luckily, I’m not a GBG ticker!

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      2. “I showed an interest in the real ales”. And you expect me to do that !

        Have to say I find Sheffield genuinely friendly. The Masons, between those two you visited, were very welcoming when I popped in their garden for a pint of Smooth last month.


  2. I’m still amazed that a micropub can remain financially solvent being open only on Fridays and Saturdays. Perhaps the landlord allows them to not pay for 30 days of rent per month and instead just pay for 8. 😉 Joking aside, I’m not aware of any food-or-drink-related businesses in my area that are open for so few days per week.

    I wonder what Simon would have to say about the exposed-brick wallpaper they’re using. Is better or worse than the shelves-full-of-books wallpaper?

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    1. I’m sure my fellow tickers found a place with even fewer hours yesterday (the record last year was 11 from memory). It’s possible the focus is on the brewery at the moment, but I’ve a problem with pubs in the GBG that are open for such short period.

      Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for Simon’s verdict, but as you know he is easily swayed by a kindly local showing interest in BRAPA or Colin !

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      1. Is that eleven hours a week, month or year ?
        I know some people that wouldn’t mind their local pub open for eleven hours a year, 5½ on Christmas Eve and 5½ on New Years Eve.

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