Dream job for real ale fan as pub set to open doors in Ilkeston this weekend

Tony Rooney of the Canalside pub which is opening on Sunday.
Tony Rooney of the Canalside pub which is opening on Sunday.

Real ale drinkers will delight in a new pub that opens in Ilkeston on Sunday.

The Canalside, on Station Road, will open its doors on Sunday afternoon, adding to the town’s popular real ale scene.

Formerly run as The Good Old Days, the pub was bought by Tony Rooney and his wife Jas last year.

The couple have not owned a pub before but it has always been a dream for Tony, a former economics and business studies teacher who also used to be a puzzles salesman, selling items such as the Rubik’s Cube.

He said: “I am passionate about real ale and pubs so this has always been my dream.

“I thought I would take a punt and put some money back into the place, it had become drab looking.”

The pub has undergone a refurbishment over the last year and had been vacant for 18 months prior to that.

Tony said they chose Ilkeston because it is the ideal location between Derby and Nottingham, where they have relatives.

He also hopes that real ale fans will be drawn in once the nearby train station is open.

Tony added: “I’m from St Helens and there is a pub there that was six to seven miles from where I lived, you wouldn’t expect it but people would come from all over town to go there.”

As well as real ales they will serve quality continental beers from Germany, Belgium and the USA, as well as craft beers.