285/365 Clint

285/365 Clint
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I love finding unexpected things on my wanders. This picture of Clint Eastwood is mounted near the door of an old, derelict pub in Dunkirk.

It had a wild west theme, so Clint was positioned for maximum impact, with a nice lamp illuminating his presence.

Surprisingly the lights still work, even though the pub has been shut for years.

I like to give Clint a little wave as I go past.

280/365 Star Inn

280/365 Star Inn
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Oh look, pub photos for two days in a row. This is looking like a trend.

We have popped into here as a family for lunch. The Star serves some excellent pie and mash, so we are here primarily for that. They also sell some truly superb beer, some of the best in Beeston.

There’s also a large play area out the back for the little ones. It’s a very good family-friendly pub.

279/365 beer

279/365 beer
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I have been enjoying a lovely beer in my favourite Beeston drinking hole; the Pottle of Blues. It’s a fabulous micro pub that has limited, but excellent, cask ales and the best clientele.

This is one of only a few pubs I’d go into on my own for a drink. I’d have never done this at all during my 20s and 30s, but am finding a new lease of life as an occasional pub loiterer.

The owners are a bit mad, which helps. Drinks are always amusing in here.

79/365 Ease springs

79/365 Ease springs

Jo and I had a rare night out tonight. It’s her birthday, so I treated her to a couple of hours of my company. I also ensured that I had access to cocktails by taking her to The Berliner bar in Beeston.

It’s a recent addition to the Beeston drinking scene. Its name suggests ‘German’, but it’s more ‘Continental’ I’d say. The beers are lacking in variation, but there are plenty of cocktails to choose from and a nice selection of pizza if you’re hungry.

It’s also decorated in a very interesting way. It’s like they’ve exclusively used broken up pallets for the walls (it’s much nicer than I’ve made it sound).

Here I am examining the interesting posters on the wall in the little boys’ room.

55/365 Pottle of Blues

55/365 Pottle of Blues

The Pottle of Blues is my favourite pub in Beeston. It’s a micro-pub, sells only 4 casks at a time, but has some very entertaining owners and clientele that are chatty and fun.

There’s even some live music every now and again. It’s small but perfectly formed.

14/365 The Grove

14/365 The Grove

This pub has been closed for a number of years, which is a great shame. It’s a fantastic building with a long history, but seemingly not popular enough as a drinking establishment to remain open.

Its location, Lenton, is awash with students, so this surprises me.

I drive past here on the way to band frequently but it’s not often I get a chance to walk past. I took a wander while my daughter was having a swimming lesson in Lenton Baths and took this on the way.

12/365 Dead Cow

12/365 Dead Cow

The heyday of the traditional British pub is long gone. The numbers of pubs is declining rapidly; they are becoming increasingly demolished or converted to other uses.

One such pub is (was) the Red Cow on Gregory Street. It wasn’t a particularly nice-looking drinking establishment, and I don’t remember seeing it open, but it is now an ex-pub; flattened and unloved. The only things left are a few bits of graffiti-stained walls and this old sign.

I pass it on my daily commute and mourn its passing.