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Here’s an invitation to play a part in the history of Castle Rock because we’re inviting you to help us name a new pub we’re opening later this year on the site of a former social club off Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford.
The premises, on the two-acre site of the former Rutland Sports and Social Club, are currently undergoing a £600,000 makeover. This will see the compete refurbishment of the existing building and the addition of a new family-friendly dining and licensed coffee bar area. The interior will be predominantly open plan with a bar, dinning room, and the adults-only lounge. The upstairs function suite is being improved with new toilets, stage and service bar. Views of the existing bowling green and tennis courts will be enhanced with the upgraded outdoor terraces being fully incorporated into the scheme.
Now we want website visitors to put on their thinking caps and come up with a suitable name for this long established and much loved local facility. “We want something that’ll reflect its place in the community as a welcoming ‘local’,” says chairman, Chris Holmes. “We’re really keen to build on the existing goodwill and happy memories that many will have for the former club with its Royal British Legion and sporting club connections. It’s been a force for good for years, and we’re determined to build on that.
“We’re delighted that the former Rutland Club members and those in the existing sports clubs, which will continue to operate and flourish, are behind us. I’ve no doubt they’ll be among the first at the bar on our opening day planned for May 2011.
“As to the name, we have no preconceptions whatsoever,” says Chris. “And as this is the first new pub in Lady Bay for a long while, I think we might be of a mind to celebrate the unique qualities of this vibrant and unique Nottingham suburb. What we won’t be doing is foisting on it the kind of meaningless name much admired by national pub operators keen to promote universal recognition.
“Best, and probably most likely to win, will be a name that every local person will recognise as a true bit of Rushcliffe. It could honour famous people or remember a landmark or an historical event. On the other hand, it could be based on a local saying or expression.
“The field is wide open,” says Chris. “Holme Beerpont will not be considered, but others that refer to the local herons, the canal, cricket and football heroes, will get a fair hearing. This is something that will live for years to come and give the winner a unique place in the history of the borough.”
For the winner, there’s a gallon of beer each month for a year. “That’s a very moderate couple of pints a week,” says Chris, “We’ll provide something of equal value to any non-drinking or under-age winner.”
Entries for the Lady Bay competition can be emailed to ladybay@castlerockbrewery.co.uk

The legal bit:
Entries close in mid February. Employees of Castle Rock cannot take part. The judges’ decision is final and there are no other prizes. The winning name becomes the intellectual property of Castle Rock Brewery.