I’ll admit, when planning a visit to Harrogate I didn’t expect to stumble across a pub dedicated to classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
For my reference, my last visit a few months back, was to The Ivy in the town which I always considered a bit posh. There, I sipped on cocktails which would make Del Boy envious while over at Trotters Bar, based in Cheltenham Parade, you might find a fruity cider on the menu, if you are lucky.
If you are a 30-something, like me, Only Fools and Horses probably made up part of your 1990s Christmas experience. While, these days, surely there aren’t things which more accurately herald the arrival of Christmas as when Gold chuck all the festive Only Fools repeats into their schedule.
So, in many ways, as we wandered ever closer to Trotters Bar, of course honing in on a photo with the Reliant Robin, taking pride of place outside the boozer, I couldn’t help but feel a little festive.
Inside, you couldn’t accuse the team behind the bar, dedicated to the comedy starring Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, of scrimping on the theme. The walls were adorned with memorabilia which will have fans chuckling at memories of The Jolly Boys Outing, To Hull and Back and that iconic chandelier scene.
Modestly sized, the venue, a little like Peckham’s finest The Nags Head, is something of a spit and sawdust boozer. Equally, like its fictional counterpart, if felt like it had a sense of heart. We felt welcomed with open arms by the locals…even if we were a bit loud.
During our Saturday afternoon visit, it was full to the brim. One of our number quickly made friends with a dog chasing a ball while the bar staff put on the football, at our request, with the action on screen causing a little bit of ‘French language’ to be exerted…but not quite like Del Boy’s pigeon bilingual attempts.
On tap, visitors will find a selection of beers at a reasonable price. Again, possibly another reason why it was so full.
There’s no denying if you are a fan of Only Fools then you’d be a plonker not to visit Trotters Bar and experience its cushty set up.
Do we have that sorted now? Lovely jubbly.
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