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The Lincolnshire Poacher's outdoor area has blossomed with the opening of a new beer garden at the rear of our Mansfield Road pub.

David Lloyd, ‘Bumble’ to his loyal Sky tv cricket followers and Daily Mail readers, became one of the first to sample its ale and delights on the eve of England’s ODI against India at Trent Bridge. Bumble and his tv production colleagues stopped in for a beer and a chat with customers, manager Ollie Eddison, and assistant manager, Andy Walters.

Ollie says it was good fortune that Andy was on duty, “He’s a real cricketer, playing for the Poachers team but also West Bridgford Legion who’re in the proper posh South Notts Cricket League. Andy often helps out at Trent Bridge with security and ushering duties and so he knows the commentating teams and the niceties of the ‘no ball’.

“I had to restrict my comments to those concerning ale, which David seemed to know quite a lot about too.   Among the favourites he supped was Newby Wyke’s Orsino.” says Ollie.

Bumble’s garden shed, one of the garden’s two, will be badged in his honour with the message ‘Leave the Car!’ as a safety reminder reflecting his usual ‘Start the Car!’ call at the close of play.

The Lincolnshire Poacher’s outdoor eating and drinking area is part of a substantial Castle Rock investment in the pub. New kitchen and catering equipment, new toilets and better lighting and interior decoration complete the months’ refurbishment.