Thursday, 28 March 2013
Dog & Gun, Enderby, Leicestershire
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.