Social Secretary Report – Autumn 2019

September – November Survey Trips

For the September trip we started at the Devonshire in Belper, where we found a varied selection of 5 beers, 3 regulars and a couple of guests, the regulars sourced both locally from Dancing Duck and nationally from St Austell and Sharps. From there we moved on to the Canal Inn at Bullbridge, just one beer here, which changes regularly. We then made our way to the George Inn on Lowes Hill, Ripley, which was under relatively new management, and again just the one Real ale was available. Our fourth port of call that evening was the Dog Inn at Pentrich and two more beers – there are usually three available but one had gone and hadn’t at the time of our visit, been replaced. The fifth pub we went to was the Gate Inn at Swanwick, with three ales available, and the landlady assured us that there were plans for a fourth Real ale soon, and finally we visited the Crossroads Tavern Alehouse in Alfreton. Here we found six ales, making a total of 18 beers over the six pubs visited.

In October we started at the Black Boy in Heage, which had a choice of five ales, with three more at our second port of call the Eagle Tavern, also in Heage. We then went to the Hunters Arms in Kilburn, which featured a selection of seven Real Ales, followed by an even bigger range at the Old Oak in Horsley Woodhouse, where the RURAD Bar being open meant that there were fourteen ales available on the night. The next pub was the Marquis of Ormonde in Codnor, with three ales on the bar, and finally we called at the Poet and Castle, also in Codnor, where seven more beers were on offer, making a total of 39 ales on the night.

The final trip of the year in November saw us start at the Lion in Belper, with 5 beers, and then visit the Nags Head, also in Belper, where there were three beers. We then went to Milford and the Social Club, with three beers and the newly-reopened Strutt Arms Hotel, with six beers on the bar. The final two pubs we visited were both multi award – winners, with the White Hart at Bargate having a range of seven beers and the Black Bulls Head at Openwoodgate nine, so 33 beers in all on what was the last Survey trip until March 2020. In all we have visited 53 pubs this year, hopefully we’ll be able to do the same next year.

Trevor Spencer

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