GOLDEN FLEECE IS BACK
GOLDEN FLEECE HAS A FRESH LOOK AND NEW BOSS
SEVEN weeks after its shock closure, the Golden Fleece will be reopening its doors under the new ownership of the Old Angel Microbrewery boss.
The Mansfield Road boozer - an old stomping ground of local chart botherers Sleaford Mods and circuit stop-off for many a Nottingham musician announced its permanent closure on its Facebook Page on October 15 with the message “The Fleece is now closed. C’est la vie.”
The news was met with shock by punters who commented on the post asking “What’s the story?” and “What’s occurred”.
Having now been re-upholstered, refitted and stocked full of “the finest ales you can shake a stick at”, the wateringhole will once again be serving pints from 8.30pm tonight.
The opening weekend, organised by Nottingham record label and promoters I’m Not From London, will include free live entertainment from musicbased collective Fat Digester.
The Fleece has a reputation for being somewhat of a staple on the Nottingham music scene and was the venue in which Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson decided on the band’s name.
Speaking to the Post previously, he
said: “The Golden Fleece is where I came up with the name, Sleaford Mods. It was one night after a session, Simon went his way and I went to the Golden Fleece on my own and came up with Sleaford Mods.
The relaunched venue is the baby of Old Angel Microbrewery boss and former Alley Cafe owner Ben Rose, who was responsible for re-branding the Old Angel Inn, in Stoney Street, as an organic gastro-pub and live music venue.
Ben closed the Alley Cafe this summer - after 18 years in business - to concentrate on the venture.
Ben Rose behind the bar. He used to run the Alley Cafe in the city centre. Right, Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods says he decided on the name of the band while he was in the pub
The new-look Golden Fleece in Mansfield Road