Two pubs in Unstone, Derbyshire, March 2020

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Explored prior to lockdown. Didn’t bother reporting as it didn’t amount to that much, but in the absence of new explores knocked together a report.

Unstone is located approximately 13 miles to the South of Sheffield and approximately 4.5 miles to the north of Chesterfield

1. The Old Horse and Jockey

This detached house dating back to the 18th/19th Century was previously a licensed public house. It’s been empty for some time and is in a real state. Built partly of stone and partly of brick and having part blue slate roof and part interlocking tiled roof, it sold at auction recently for £300,000 but nothing seems to have happened to it since. Has the potential to be converted into apartments and on the estate agent’s site there are drawings to demonstrate how it could be converted into four x 1-bed apartments and two x 2-bed apartments. Apparently, it is now sold but there doesn’t seem to be much going on with any redevelopment plans currently.

In terms of derp pubs, it doesn’t get much more derpy than this. The roof is long since gone and the water ingress has made this place soggy and mouldy. Didn’t hang around to long in this place.

Even from the outside this place looks derpy:

49686728148_28a2bdac9d_b.jpgUnstone pub 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Round the back we go:

49687564162_f1957c74f7_b.jpgUnstone pub 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Pink skateboard anyone?

49687563772_caa188097a_b.jpgUnstone pub 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Kitchen requires modernisation:

49687563467_083b0e359f_b.jpgUnstone pub 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And the lounge a bit of redecorating:

49686727023_e31e337d95_b.jpgUnstone pub 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr
And the chimney sweeping:

49687563097_7571078bea_b.jpgUnstone pub 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. The Fleur De Lys

Just up the road, towards Chesterfield on the opposite side of the road, is this ex-Mansfield’s pub. It has been left empty for a much shorter time and most likely closed circa 2016, as it was on the market in February 2017. It came with planning Consent granted in December 2016 for the demolition of the existing public house and erection of seven dwellings.

In some ways this is a sadder loss to the pub-going community as it was clearly a relatively popular pub and could have been saved. However once closed the metal thieves clearly descended on the place pretty quickly given the ripped-up floorboards and radiators lying around. A shame as the punter who reviewed it for Google back in 2010 and gave it four stars out of five clearly appreciated it:

“Menu was pretty much what you'd expect in the pub. You have to order food from the bar so when up but there was no one there, but after shouting hello a fella came round to take our order. Very friendly and sorted it out, had a bit of a joke and then went back round corner.

Fella came round to tell us that they were out of cottage pie, but they would happily sub that for a steak pie at no extra charge which was good news as we had just ordered 2 for £5.95 and the steak pie alone was £5.25. Food turned up about 10 mins later, hot, and good chips, excellent pie, and ok curry. All-in-all, a good service, and decent food, easy parking and relaxed atmosphere.”

49955190606_f87fef48ff_b.jpgimg6235 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49955472612_af2087e3b1_b.jpgimg6249 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49955472322_ec794ac679_b.jpgimg6250 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This place is less derpy but in some ways, sadder:

49955462657_940f0cba5c_b.jpgFDL Unstone 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49955180096_03050589a0_b.jpgFDL Unstone 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The metal faeries have been at work:

49955179976_76397dd613_b.jpgFDL Unstone 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49955462267_96b546301a_b.jpgFDL Unstone 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Probably the most interesting thing in here. The in lock – forgot to look inside!

49955462357_b86b27b284_b.jpgFDL Unstone 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49954676293_e9fabd8ece_b.jpgFDL Unstone 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Note Fleur logo calved into seat:

49954676223_002a2268fb_b.jpgFDL Unstone 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And that conservatory that our friend had his steak pie in:

49955179536_636ed210b9_b.jpgFDL Unstone 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49955179406_6e7f766e74_b.jpgFDL Unstone 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And…..down the road is former Ash Glen garden centre. The house here is completely sealed:

49687275396_6d65abbb3a_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49686743093_a87c1c807d_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49687275146_c9d2e811a5_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49687577282_5b1390396d_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49687577682_3b2469b810_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49687577967_8a4bb18e60_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49687277316_1fd246cff7_b.jpgGarden Centre Chesterfield 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr