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#1 OFFLINE   sussexred

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:38 AM

We also drove past the Rose Grower took a couple of photos for old times sake. We still have my dads name board from over the front door. It used to be busy in the 70's but not so in recent years. Looks like it will housing like they have on the old L & M site.

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Hi Val,

I grew up on Bramcote Hills estate from it's beginning and remember the Rose Grower very well. At the bottom of our road (Bankfield Drive, at the junction with Sandringham Drive) was a patch of wasteground which had been left for when the surrounding houses were built. It was where we kids played and, most memorably, was the site of our local bonfire on November 5th every year.

The land was bought by Hardy Hansons and, despite local opposition (see here), the pub was eventually built. I can't remember which year it opened but it must have been around 1970(?). Bill was the landlord and I was an early frequenter (even though not quite of an age to do so legally) and there I learnt to play darts and fruit machines! It was also there that I aquired a taste for good real ale although in those days electric half-pint dispensing pumps, and not handpumps, were standard.

I've long since moved away but it's sad to hear of The Rose Grower's demise. I guess the local opposition got their way in the end, albeit 40 years on. If you have any photos that you can post I'd like to see them - even those with the boards up.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 07:04 PM

Hi Sussexred

Managed to find a couple of photos, one shows the Rose Grower this year, the other with my mum & dad just before they retired with my 2 sons ( Ian & Craig) in 1978. I am very surprised my dad served underage drinkers as he was a stickler about that. You must have been very well behaved!
The pub opened in December 1971, when my dad moved in from the Cocked Hat ( both his old pubs now gone!!) I worked at the Rose Grower from '72 till early 1980.
It was never the same after they left and I moved down the road to the Priory.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:02 PM

can you remember twin brothers val who lived next door to the cocked hat?

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:09 PM

Hi

Can you remember how close to the Cocked Hat. There was a family called Colemans lived up the close, Did know Mick and David Alcock? they were twins. Do you know what year it would be. I lived there from 1957 till I got married in 1968.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 10:37 AM

when i was at uni in manchester 69/72 i met twins ( one was brian ) as i lived in nottingham we became friends and they called home next to the cocked hat...what is interesting i spent my teenage years living in bramcote and knew the rose grower......

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:53 AM

Hi Sussexred

Managed to find a couple of photos, one shows the Rose Grower this year, the other with my mum & dad just before they retired with my 2 sons ( Ian & Craig) in 1978. I am very surprised my dad served underage drinkers as he was a stickler about that. You must have been very well behaved!
The pub opened in December 1971, when my dad moved in from the Cocked Hat ( both his old pubs now gone!!) I worked at the Rose Grower from '72 till early 1980.
It was never the same after they left and I moved down the road to the Priory.

Val



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Val, nice pic of your mum and dad! It brought back some nice memories, one of which was that it was there that I had my first taste of wine, Lutomer Riesling it was, boy did I feel sophisticated!
Anyone remember L & M supplies opposite, selling hifi kit at what was the old Ice King supermarket, opened by the only person who had the credentials to do so, tv's Jason King?

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 12:08 PM

i do craig.....jason king what a laugh
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:28 PM

Hi Sussexred

Managed to find a couple of photos, one shows the Rose Grower this year, the other with my mum & dad just before they retired with my 2 sons ( Ian & Craig) in 1978. I am very surprised my dad served underage drinkers as he was a stickler about that. You must have been very well behaved!
The pub opened in December 1971, when my dad moved in from the Cocked Hat ( both his old pubs now gone!!) I worked at the Rose Grower from '72 till early 1980.
It was never the same after they left and I moved down the road to the Priory.

Val


Hi Val,
Thanks for the photos. Of course we were well behaved!

Here is further confirmation on closure from another site:
Rose Grower on Beerintheevening
It would seem that not all landlords were as good as your Mum and Dad. I wonder how many others there were in between.

Following all the local opposition to the pub being built in the 60's, I emailed the current chair of the Bramcote Hills Community Association to see if they are opposing the change of use and want to save a valuable local resource. There has as yet been no reply . . .
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 01:36 PM

I haven't been able to find out any more about the future of the Rose Grower apart from these links which indicates it went for auction by Savills in May. It's no longer advertised on the Savills site.

http://www.egpropert...x?ItemID=857844
http://microsite.bus...vertID=10668018
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 01:56 PM

And I can't see it in Savills auction history either:
http://62.105.94.133...us_auctions.asp
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 04:05 PM

there is talk in Bramcote that it is going to be an asian day centre......

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:17 PM

It has to be purchased first. Does anyone know if the for sale signs are up still? Any name on them?
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

hiya sussex

my wife and i have been going in the Grower more or less since it opened its doors many years ago, and it was a sad day when it shut a couple of months ago, but on the last night we gave it a cracking send off.....lol, the news to date is that the guy who brought it was going to turn it into a rest/nurseing home, but i'm told that its been refused even before it got to the local planning office, i've just past it and the sold board has now gone (it was there this morning ) so who knows what's to become of the ole place, if i find any more out i'll post it on here.
Gawd when i think back to the times in the early days when you had to be there by 7.0pm or you didnt get a seat in the bar,and darts nights it was always rammed, we used to turn up on our motorcycles Me, Malc, and Brian grab a bar stool and sit and play the bandit when it was a tanner a go, yes it was a sad day when it shut have to walk up the top house now its the only one thats anything like a pub around here.
anyway i'll keep you informed when i find out whats happening to the place.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:02 PM

Rest/nursing home declined...possibly an Asian day centre accepted!
But will they, in turn, accept non-Asian members...erm?
Sounds about 'par for the course' in 2008 Micky Mouse England...
Mosque anyone?
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:11 PM

Would the Top House you refer to Baldrick be the White Lion?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:43 PM

hiya rob237

oh my word a asian day centre at the end of me road gawd forbid, mosque, now then that would be funny early morning mad mullas swinging from a green dome with a half cresent on it, green taxi's parked all over, bless and they didnt want a pub here in the first place i know which i'd prefer, just somewhere i can prop me elbow after a hard day grafting (not behind a taxi steering wheel ..lol ) and have a pint of bitter.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:49 PM

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yes that would be the White Lion public house and restaurant(note restaurant), just where have the pubs gone when all the working bloke wants is to pop in for a pint and a cob, i dont want to stand at the side of someone whos sitting having a meal, gawd give me a bar anytime. !cheers!.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:30 PM

at the end of me road


Hi baldrick,
Thanks for the info and keeping us up to date. From your posts I think I must have been drinking with you (and Malc & Brian) in the early days of the Rose Grower. Where did you come from on your bikes? I used the pub from it's opening (I was 17) and I too played darts and the fruit machine for tanners. I lived in Bankfield Drive when the pub was planned but had moved to Arundel Drive by the time it opened. I guess you are in Bankfield or Sandringham if it's at the end of your road?
Chrres,
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 11:00 PM

Rest/nursing home declined...possibly an Asian day centre accepted!
But will they, in turn, accept non-Asian members...erm?
Sounds about 'par for the course' in 2008 Micky Mouse England...
Mosque anyone?
Cheers
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:51 AM

I could have sworn this thread was longer, have we lost some posts?