Micropub to host national board game competition

Ilkestons The Crafty One is a host venue for the 2017 Board Games Championships.
Ilkestons The Crafty One is a host venue for the 2017 Board Games Championships.

An Ilkeston micropub has been selected as one of the host venues for the 2017 Board Games Championships running all this month.

The Crafty One, on South Street, will welcome regular customers and keen players from far and wide for regional heats of the competition.

Stuart Boddice, owner of The Crafty One on South Street in Ilkeston.

Stuart Boddice, owner of The Crafty One on South Street in Ilkeston.

The championships see players compete in five games: Boggle, Taboo, Monopoly, Jenga and Trivial Pursuit 2000s, with a series of rounds leading to national finals in May.

Crafty One owner Stuart Boddice, 42, said: “They’re all fun family games for a pub, and we thought it was something a little bit different.

“Hopefully we’ll have a full house, we’ll put on some special snacks so you can have a bite to eat while you play, and the games will get everyone talking.”

The contest is the brain child of Pork Farms, the UK’s leading pie manufacturer, and the Micropub Association.

The association promotes small independent pubs who offer a ‘back-to-basics’ ethos that encourages good conversation and no technology in its venues.

Pork Farms spokesman Michael Holton said: “We are thrilled with the amount of national micropubs that have signed up this year.

“After the success of the 2016 championships, we are aiming to make the 2017 contest even bigger and better, and, with the help of the micropub family, it will be.”

The family-run Crafty One opened shortly before Christmas, and is already proving a big hit with Ilkeston’s discerning drinkers.

It serves 200 different craft beers and ales from around the world, real ales on cask, as well as wines, spirits, lagers and ciders.

Stuart explained: “We are doing something slightly different from everyone else.

“I think we are offering people a different kind of experience for a different set of drinkers.

For the full schedule of upcoming games and the pub’s latest beers, follow the Crafty One page at www.facebook.com/thecraftyonebottleshop.
Alternatively, call Stuart on 07967 749648.