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General Havelock, Ilkeston

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Real Ale Ray left this review about General Havelock

Excellent pub this one and well worth a visit. As soon as we entered through the doors, we got a friendly welcome at the bar. The owner told us that when they bought the pub 2 years ago, they took up the flooring to find the original 1930's floor, which is now in its full splendour in the front room. There were seven ales to choose from, so I went for one of my favs Abbeydale Deception.

On 6th February 2014 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about General Havelock

There are very few well preserved art deco pubs around so the General Havelock really stands out.
It's a geometric red brick building which has been very nicely done inside as described by Mr Fastard. I was impressed with the period fireplace to the left, complete with real fire, above which hangs a large painting of Campbell's Bluebird on the desert flats surrounded by figures in pale colours. Very art deco. The pictures are all in keeping with many being framed posters advertising historic motor racing events and either side of the fireplace, in the corners, are two strikingly colourful umbrella stands.
With the 80's disco on, there were plenty of barstaff, all in costume and service was friendly and efficient. It was busy but not ridiculously so which made for a vibrant atmosphere.
Beers on: Holdens Golden Glow, Blue Monkey Marmoset, Oakham Citra and Bishops Farewell, Castle Rock Black Gold and Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild. A great selection which would have been even better had the Ape Ale advertised on the chalk board not run out. It isn't though the 17 cask beers including Marble, Whim, Blue Monkey, Magic Rock and Oakham beers as described by Adrian Tierney-Jones in his review for The Daily Telegraph in March 2012 just after the pub first opened. Seven of these were offered in a bar in the cellar and although the room behind the bar is signed Cellar Bar, there was no indication of its former use. I'd guess that the business model may have shifted slightly from full on real ale emporium to quality beer whilst appealing to a wider customer base with, for example, 80's discos. It's difficult to take issue with that given the ale range available on our visit as well as the liveliness of the pub.
The first place I'd head to in Ilkeston.

On 17th April 2013 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about General Havelock

An art deco classic,with the theme evident in the exterior signage and throughout the interior.The stylish serving bar in white was copper topped,the prints around the walls were very 30's,the lighting fixtures were period pieces and the mosaic flooring a fine example of it's kind.The seating is however more modern consisting of banquettes and fitted benches,with the same theme in the back bar.There was a real fire glowing in the grate and the black marble urinals were a work of art.The large windows and white wall finishes produced a light and airy feel to the interior.The garden to the side of the pub is beautifully laid out and it also includes a covered area with sofas.
There are 7 handpumps with some award winning ales on our trip including two from Oakham,Blue Monkey Marmoset,Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby MILD,a Castle Rock and a Holden brew.Both the Bishops Farewell and the Dark Ruby mild were in good nick,although an Oakham Citra was below par. Among the keg taps we spotted Blue Monkey Ape Ale,sadly not a patch on the cask version,even once it warmed up.Two scrumpy ciders on barrels at the bar as well.
We visited on a Friday night when an 80's disco was on in the back bar,dry ice and all.This brought in a good crowd of various ages with a lot of all women groups,so the atmosphere was lively.As you might expect no one was dancing but everyone was drinking .The doorman kept a weather eye on events.
I liked both the upbeat atmosphere and the interesting decor.Along with the Spanish Bar this is also well worth visiting for it's ale range and quite possible it will feature in the next GBG.Worth the long uphill walk from the canal,a trudge I would gladly make again.

On 14th April 2013 - rating: 8
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Ilkeston, 1.27 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Langley Mill, 4.44 miles, 1 hr 25 min walk (show)
Bulwell, 6.46 miles, 2 hr 4 min walk (show)
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22nd Nov 2017, 20:21
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