- BB’s Bar in Tilehouse Street, Hitchin was voted the North Herts Most Improved Pub 2019.
Article by Richard Merritt MBE
On a slightly damp evening the bar was packed and England, having taken the lead in the Euro Qualifier, were pulled back and the score at half time against the Czech Republic was one all. So, with the sound turned off, the Branch Pub’s Officer, Gill Richardson presented the owners Bob & Bernie with the award.
When Bob decided to create BB’s Bar, (the site having remained empty for over a year), he dedicated it to the great blues guitarist B B King. He saw there was a need for a sports bar in Hitchin, that sold quality real ale, which was something that was lacking in Hitchin. There are four beers on hand pumps with a fifth one on the way. On offer that night was Sharps Doom Bar, Oakham Citra, Fullers London Pride and one other. The bar is decorated with ‘old gig’ posters, T-shirts, pictures of guitars and photos of great ‘Spurs’ players, of which Bob is a number one fan.
The bar has BT Sports, Sky and terrestrial TV so that all major Football, Rugby and Cricket matches are shown and other events can be pre-ordered.
The premises, as far as I can remember, have always been linked to food and drink. Forty years ago, it was, (for quite a while), Barney’s Wine Bar. It was also one or two other similar type of establishments. The most memorable one was when it was ‘Café Ecosse’ Not only did it sell good quality food, it ‘sported’, (excuse the pun), two real ales from Scottish breweries.
For some of you out there, you may remember when Tilehouse Street was the A505 linking Luton to Royston. Then, the so called ‘Hitchin Bypass’ reduced the road to a not so quiet cul-de-sac.
North Herts Committee and Branch Members wish Bob and Bernie all the best for the future. As for England, (like the weather they both went ‘downhill’), and England lost 2-1!