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.
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.