Thursday, 28 March 2013

Dog & Gun, Enderby, Leicestershire

The South Leicestershire village of Enderby is an old stomping ground of mine from the days when I lived in nearby Littlethorpe. Within easy walking distance of home, the village had just the right number of pubs for an afternoon pub crawl, some of which were very good pubs indeed. Sadly, and in common with most parts of this country, Enderby has lost a few of its more traditional pubs in recent years.

The ultra-traditional Havelock Arms was the first to go during the time when I was a regular visitor to the village. Crassly re-invented as The Chatsworth, and victim to one of the most garish and unsympathetic refurbishments I'd hitherto come across (needless to say I've seen plenty on a par with this since). The pub has subsequently morphed into an upmarket Italian bar/restaurant. The locals de-camped up the lane to the relatively unspoilt New Inn, fixing a small notice to the wall adjacent to the bar, giving notice that this was a welcome home for ex-pat Havelock drinkers. Since then the similarly traditional Plough on the hill was given a slightly dull off-the-peg refurbishment by Marstons and the King William IV was closed by local brewer Everards.

Thankfully, there are still a few traditional, and largely unspoilt pubs trading in Enderby, including my favourite the Dog & Gun. This compact village local still retains a separate public bar, which is where you'll find the well used Darts Board, as well as a more plush lounge bar. Pool and Leicestershire Table Skittles are played in the rear games/function room.

Table Skittles accounts for the majority of the silverware on display in this trophy cabinet. The pub fields teams in both the Dunton Bassett Table Skittles League and the Dunton Bassett Ladies Skittles League.



Paul Beard said...

I've just had this sent to me. thanks for the nice words.

Mark said...

You're welcome Paul. I was well looked after by bar staff and locals when I visited.