Not a particularly pub heavy month this one. February tends to be a bit quieter, although there are usually a few trips to the Leicester comedy festival mixed in somewhere.
This month’s entries are all quite local, with two in town, and one just on the Leicestershire border…
The Organ Grinder is our first entry this month, a relatively recent addition to the local pub scene (it’s been around for 2-3 years). Owned by the Nottingham-based Blue Monkey Brewery, they usually have around 8 cask ales on the bar, 1 or 2 of which are guests. There’s also a range of keg beers and several ciders, again mostly local “real” ciders. No hot food, but they do have snacks such as pork pies and sausage rolls. Mrs MOFAD and I came here on a fact finding mission for a forthcoming night out, and stayed to sample a few tasty beverages. A pleasant little pub indeed.
The Blacksmiths Arms is a “rebooted” town pub. A very popular pub during the 1990s (with both students and locals alike). Sadly it changed hands (and names) several times after that. However, in 2014 it rose like a phoenix from the flames, with a very tasteful redecoration that restored the best of the old Blackies whilst bringing things right up to date. A full menu is served, and there’s a small selection of good ales available, as well as a cider or two.
Our winner this month is the Millers Hotel in Sibson where we had a lovely relaxed Sunday lunch with regular MOFAD companion Jo. I opted for turkey because it’s not just for Christmas! A lovely pub roast and good portions. The selection of beer on tap is not that great, but a quick peek into the fridges saw Goose Island IPA make its way to our table, a decent IPA with good hoppiness.
As we were treating ourselves, there was time for pudding, a delicious triple chocolate brownie with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce. All the chocolate.
A lovely lunch and a lovely pub. I suspect we’ll be back a few times!