Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New Plough Inn, Hinckley, Leicestershire

'Real Ales, Skittles, Darts, Dominoes'. All the right attractions for a thriving town centre locals pub, though not necessarily in that order! Under the stewardship of the current licensee Louise Newton, the New Plough Inn has developed into a serial winner with the local CAMRA branch, noted for an excellent range of real ales served in thoroughly traditional surroundings. I've only visited the pub a couple of times in recent years, but have always found the staff and locals to be very welcoming, and it's pleasing to see that traditional pub games are still at the heart of the social scene at the New Plough.

The pub field both Ladies and Mens teams in both the Dunton Bassett Skittles and local Darts Leagues. Remnants of the original labels identify the sturdy Skittles Table as a W T Black & Sons model from over the border in Northamptonshire, but the game is played to the Leicestershire rules. Wooden pins and cheeses were originally used at the New Plough, but the Dunton Bassett League specify that all pubs and clubs must use the standard yellow pins and cheeses shown below for competition.

Remnant of the tell-tale plastic label which marks this out as a 'Blacks' skittles table.

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