Pulling up to The Grey Horses Inn in Carlton-in-Lindrick I was greeted by two cheeky Border Terriers, Lilly and Winnie. They were soaking up the Autumnal sun as owner Chris was ‘seeing’ to his beer garden. As I sit down with Chris and his wife Sally, I realise that the genuine pride they have in their pub is evident by the attention to detail in the room.
The Grey Horses is your quintessential, village pub dating back to the 1800’s. Situated on ‘The Cross’ in the older part of Carlton in Lindrick it has been at the heart of this village community for centuries.
Chris and Sally took over the pub in 2010, just one year before Welbeck Abbey Brewery was established. Chris proudly recalls “We started back when Welbeck had just opened their doors. Quite quickly we realised Claire (from Welbeck Abbey Brewery) matched our passion for real ale and strived to produce the best quality beer in the market”
“We’ve stocked Welbeck for all of those years. We’ve built up a loyal clientele and have strong sense of loyalty to the Brewery”
Alongside an ever changing mix of Welbeck core range beers and special monthly brews, The Grey Horses are one of only a few pubs in the country to have their very own unique cask beer. Carlton Knight was developed and brewed in conjunction with the team at Welbeck Abbey Brewery.
Carlton Knight is a 3.8% traditional English cask beer that is a rich amber colour with subtle malty notes. Named after the Carlton-in-Lindrick Knight, a small 12C bronze figurine depicting a mounted knight armed for combat. Discovered by use of a metal detector in 2004 in Carlton-in-Lindrick, Nottinghamshire, the statue is currently on display at the Bassetlaw Museum in Retford.
It’s not hard to understand why this local village pub has such a loyal following. The warm welcome makes it feel like an extension of your sitting room. Chris explain “We want everyone to feel welcome. Its where locals come to relax, unwind and catch up with their mates. One of our much loved regulars says it’s the only pub she feels comfortable coming for a pint on her own. That is what it’s all about”
Featuring dark wood panelling, plush leather chairs, textured wooden tables and spacious dining area, The Grey Horses not only has a reputation for a superior selection of real ales but for quality home-cooked meals. Their dishes are prepared fresh everyday, using a variety of locally sourced ingredients and focuses on seasonal produce.
Chris and Sally further support their community by creating a hub for a range of village activities and events throughout the year. The most widely attended being their annual Beer and Music Festival held every summer raising money for local charities.
Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for the past 9 years running, if you’re a real ale drinker, we have found your paradise.