Friday, 15 July 2016
#188 Trent Lock Inn, Long Eaton, Derbyshire : 1986 to 2015
Trent Lock is where the River Trent meets the River Soar and the Erewash Canal and is where the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire meet with the Soar forming the border between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, and the Trent that of Derbyshire.
From a boater's point of view it is quite a scary junction, especially when the local sailing club is out in force. Our first visit was on the lunchtime of Sunday 27th July 1986 on the return from Nottingham.
Back in those days it was called the Trent Navigation Inn. This photo is taken from the beer garden which leads down to the jetty on the River Trent where we were moored. An attractive location.
We didn't return until the lunchtime of Sunday 31st August 1997. Again, returning from Nottingham.
Quite an external transformation had taken place in the intervening 11 years...but I still cannot remember what it was like inside!
We stopped again, this time with no trip to Nottingham, at lunchtime on Friday 22nd August 2003.
Another external makeover, but it still retained the name from previous visits.
The next stop was, again, at lunchtime on Wednesday 2nd September 2009. It was an unscheduled visit as we had planned our first trip up the Erewash Canal, but were stymied by a lack of water. Instead, and after lunch, we went to Nottingham first. When we returned the next day, the canal was clear for navigation.
Another six years had passed by and another refurbishment had occurred. It had now become more of a pub/restaurant hybrid with a rustic style interior.
Our most recent visit was yet another lunchtime stop on Sunday 23rd August 2015.
Six more years had passed and now the pub was part of M&B's Vintage Inns brand and had been renamed The Trent Lock!
So, over a period of 29 years this pub/restaurant has had four complete makeovers together with a name change, but yet the TV aerial is still the same! I'd also hazard a guess that the roof has also been untouched over that period.