... tells me I must return to Beeston several times a year. And drink.
Beeston is a town just under 4 miles from Nottingham. For years it's been known by folk as a boozing destination simply because the Victoria Hotel has such a good reputation for its ale and its food. There are a couple of other good reasons to head there too.
Well kept cask ale is to be found in The Crown Inn, a multi-roomed pub on Church Street. Since it became part of the Everards Project William scheme the licensee can sell more or less whatever ale they want.
There were 14 cask ales on but I wasn't there to work my way through the list, sticking to a couple of pints. The Dark Drake stout by Dancing Duck was smooth and chocolatey, the best beer in the brewery's range I reckon.
Afterwards I chose Leatherbritches Bounder. Faint whiff of eggs. Taste of lemon zest. A decent pale blonde 3.8% beer at about £2. The pub was very busy. It's always busy.
A couple of minutes walk away on Chilwell Road is the Local Not Global deli.
It's a small place but stocks some impressive beers alongside some nice looking food. I noticed some Oakham Ales and Magpie bottles but my eyes were immediately drawn to the shelf crammed with Buxton and Thornbridge.
Moor Top, Buxton Best, Wild Boar, Kill Your Darlings, Raven, Versa...
The obvious last stop for drinks has to be the The Victoria Hotel on Dovecote Lane. It's easy to relax here knowing the railway station is only a short walk away. You know this place, up to 15 beers on and always a stout or porter and a mild. A good mix of ales local and from further afield. Another popular pub, a visit usually involves walking from room to room scanning for seats, and it was no different this time. I should mention that the Vic and the Crown don't have TVs, fruit machines or pool tables, this is a plus in my opinion. The Crown has a dartboard.
If you're thinking of visiting Beeston give these places a look.