Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By RACHEL GORMAN [email protected]­ @rae­gormo

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.