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Half Latvian Poconut with a girlfriend in Colorado.

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Age: 58

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Half Moon Inn, Derby

First of all please note that this place is in LITTLEOVER, not Derby – a good two miles from the city centre. [ No wonder there is a lack of reports ! ]

Recently went in this place for the first time in about 35 years (my grandmother used to live just down the road), only to find that the clientele were discussing what the pub used to be like all those years ago !

Anyway, what it looks like now is pretty tidy. Unlike some pubs it hasn’t been converted into open plan, so it feels smaller and more intimate than it actually is. The bar is on the right as you enter, with a small drinking area in front of it, with a large selection of chairs and tables in another room to the left. There is also a “lounge” at the rear, but I didn’t venture that far. Both rooms at the front have large screen sports TVs.

As far as the beer goes, there were 4 or 5 handpumps available. Since one of them was Brains Rev James, that is what I went for, and very nice it was too. The other beers I can remember were Bass and Robinsons Trooper. You certainly wouldn’t have had a Brains beer in here 35 years ago !

Food is available, but I was saving myself for the White Swan (q.v.). In fact it was the menu which enlightened me as to the ultimate ownership of this pub (Stonegate). It was EXACTLY the same as one of their pubs in Wolverhampton.

6/10 – a good solid locals pub

19 Feb 2017 22:40

White Swan, Littleover

Remember this pub in the 1970s/80s as being rather basic, if genuinely old. It has certainly moved up market a bit now, whilst retaining its local identity. This may partly be explained by being on a quiet street (though it is a bus route) away from the village centre.

As I said this used to be a spit and sawdust place, and you can still see the dark wooden panelling round the lower half of the walls. The upper half is pretty much covered in old local photographs (a common feature in Derby pubs). Some of these I’d seen before, but most were new to me.

There are two rooms, the front one of which is set up to cater for drinkers, and the rear one for diners. You can however, eat in the drinking area – as I did. The bar is directly behind the front door - though you have to make 2 sharp 90° turns to actually get there !

There were 6 beers on handpump. I was going to go for a beer from the local Littleover brewery, but then I noticed that next to it was the legendary Heritage brewery Offilers Best so I had to try that. [ Offilers was a large Derby brewery that closed in 1966 ] Unfortunately, it wasn’t particularly nice, but I suspect that was more to do with the nature of the beer itself, rather than anything the pub had control over. The other cask ales available were three from Greene King, and one from Blue Monkey. There was also the usual range of keg fonts on the bar – and I noticed they had their own White Swan Pilsner.

Foodwise, there was an extensive range of dishes on the menu, though some did seem a bit expensive. [ Starters from £3.25, jacket potatoes from £4.45, pub classics from £7.25, grills from £7.95, fish dishes from £7.95, salads from £7.45, burgers from 37.25, lite bites from £5.25, wraps / ciabattas, baguettes from £4.60 ] Since I was only moderately hungry, I went for one of the “lite bite” items – gammon and chips. When it arrived the portions turned out to be enormous ! It was all very nice as well, except there were some rather strange mushrooms. I will certainly eat here again.

One slight down point is that the front room contains two enormous big screen TVs, which were showing football. It would however, be possibleto avoid them – certainly by sitting in the dining area.

7/10 – a very welcoming local, I may revise the score upwards in future !

19 Feb 2017 22:39

The Posada, Wolverhampton

Architecturally, this place is a gem. Lots of coloured tiling on the walls, stained and leaded glass in the windows, leather upholstered seating, bare floorboards, etc. Fronting onto the street, there is one small room with a curved bar, with room for about 3 tables. Behind that there is a room with looks just like someone’s Victorian parlour, plus a snug off to the side, and another room behind.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn’t live up to the surroundings. There are 4 handpumps. When I was there one was (temporarily) out of use, and the others had beer by Marstons, Hobsons and Wadworth. I tried the Wadworth 6X, which was reasonable, but it took the surly barman a couple of goes to top it up.

There was also background music palying, which normally I detest, but this time it was jazz which makes a pleasant change.

6/10 – nice pub, shame about the beer

14 Feb 2017 22:37

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