The Vine has closed unexpectedly. This is quite surprising, as the pub was undergoing decoration and has just had a brand new sign erected outside. It is also a great shame, as apart from being a cracking boozer, it also sold consistently excellent quality beer. There is a sign on the door that reads: “This pub is closed ’til further notice. For further information please telephone 0115 8525000”. Anyone care to give them a ring and report back here?
A new BBC blog which is attempting to document, in pictures, the decline of the Great British Pub is using a photograph of the Robin Hood in Newark to illustrate the problem. Other featured pubs nearby include the Barly Mow at Mattersey, the Carholme in Lincoln and the French Horn at Worksop. You can follow the blog here
The Mail Coach re-opened last night. Two of us went in about 10.15 and there were two people in, besides us. Three handpulls on, two Tom Woods and one Milestone. We both had TW Best Bitter (3.5%) at £2.60 a pint and it wasn’t very good. I don’t know how long it had been in the cellar, but one would think that it was prepared to be in top condition for opening night… or not?