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Dolphin Inn, Sutton On Trent, Nottinghamshire

Date of photo: c.1970

Picture source: Robert Goulden


The Dolphin Inn was situated on the High Street,  just at the point where the beck begins to run parallel to the street. It is now a private house. In my time, the sixties, the landlords were Harold and Helen Hopkinson who had previously had the Royal Oak in Newark. Both were chain smokers, aficionados of Booth’s gin and demon domino players. Harold was ex RFC and proud of it.
The pub had no cellar and the pins of beer with pumps inserted directly into them were mounted on a gantry behind the tiny bar. Wet towels were laid over the pins in the summer to keep the beer cool. Warwick and Richardson’s mild and bitter only, no lager or cider. A reserve store of beer was kept in the large outhouse beside the front door of the pub.
The place had two rooms, one either side of the entrance hall. The bar was on the right and the rarely used bigger room on the left.
I never remember any trouble in this pub despite regular lock- ins. The routine visits by the village police sergeant were always announced well in advance, to the satisfaction of all concerned.
My parents were regulars and I had my 21st birthday party there. Harold gave me my stethoscope, which I used throughout medical school and my subsequent career, and his sheepskin flying trousers.
Source: Rex Miles
I bought the de-licenced Dolphin Inn at auction in 1971 and converted it into the present house. I was told at the time that the pub had ceased trading in 1970.
Robert Goulden (April 2016)

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Rex Miles 1960s