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The CAMRA Discount Scheme enables pubs to promote their business to our members easily, and to hopefully encourage more trade. The discount given will be advertised free of charge in our branch magazine, Drake’s Drinker, as well as on this website and the National CAMRA website. We can also provide posters to advertise the offer to visitors. If you are the licensee of a pub and are interested in taking part in this scheme, please contact our Branch Vice Chairman, Ian Dickinson, at ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@namriahceciv

The pub discount information has been notified to Plymouth CAMRA and is given in good faith, but is liable to change at short notice. Some discounts may be modified or restricted when special promotions are on offer.

The LocAle Scheme is a CAMRA initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of "green" issues. Publicans, if you wish to join this free scheme, please contact branch Vice Chairman, Ian Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@namriahceciv

  • November 2017 Pub And Brewery News Wednesday 1 November 2017

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

    Pub News

    The Turtle Bay Plymouth, part of the national Turtle Bay chain, opened on Sunday 22nd October, specializing in Caribbean cuisine and has over 40 different rums/cocktails. The Swan, St. Andrews Street, joined the LocAle Scheme and now offer a 30p/pint discount to card-carrying CAMRA members on all real ales – thank you very much! The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, has reopened under the ownership of local musician Michael Mathieson, better known as Mad Dog McRea. Jail Ale and Tribute are always on, with two locally-sourced guest beers. Michael Jonas, a previous manager of the Brass Monkey, has returned to Plymouth and is now managing the Tamar, Crownhill. Sadly, Good Companions, city centre, has finally been demolished for the city centre regeneration project. The Navigator, Tavistock, is due to reopen in time for Christmas.

    Brewery News

    All breweries are gearing up for the Festive Season, with brewing of the festive beers already well under way. There are two new breweries in North Devon, Taw Valley of North Tawton and Buckland Brewers, of Buckland Brewer, near Bideford. Tow Tone Beers, of Shebbear, North Devon, may have to be renamed, as a brewery of a similar name exists in Columbus, Ohio, USA (named 2 Tone). Shortts Farm, of Suffolk, UK, also brew a beer named Two Tone (a 3.8% mild ale), along with a number of other musically-named beers.

    We would like to wish all new licensees and brewers all the very best in their new ventures!

  • October 2017 Pub and Brewery News Monday 2 October 2017

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Committee Meeting on Monday 2nd October 2017.

    Pub News

    The Tavistock Inn, Tavistock, and Rising Sun Inn, Compton, are considering joining the LocAle Scheme; Michael Jonas, previous manager of the Brass Monkey, is rumoured to be taking over the Golden Hind, Mannamead, “soon”; the Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland, is holding their Autumn beer festival 13-15 October; all JD Wetherspoon pubs are taking part in their Autumn beer festival 11-22 October; the Coach House Hotel (Old Coach House Inn), Ottery near Lamerton, has changed to the Coach House Hotel and serve two local real ales, and is open to all; Mousetrap, North Hill, is now trading as Old Tom's Gin Palace & Bar, offering over 40 gins and "craft" beer.

    Brewery News

    Darkplace is a new brewery based in Colyton, near Exeter, but details are scarce at the moment – more to follow when known; Moorstone, of Mary Tavy, are going to fully focus on producing their bottle conditioned beers for the time being, and have gained CAMRA RAIB Accreditation; Stannary, Tavistock, have expanded to a 6 BBL plant and will relocate within the Pixon Trading Estate later in the year. There are now 6 core beers – Pale Ale, Fathead, Tokyo Dawn, Chocopolis, Saison Du Soleil and Aurora – in their range, with Verdi brewed for their Oktoberfest with locally-grown Challenger hops. They celebrated their first birthday over the August bank holiday weekend; Summerskills reported an increase in trade recently, and have released a new vegan-friendly beer, Urban Brew Coffee Stout 4.1%, in bottle conditioned format. The Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland, is now selling Whistle Belly Vengence permanently, replacing Best Bitter, and was formally sold under the name "Royale". Guzz Ale 4.6% is currently on the JDW portfolio. The green hop beer, Plymhop Ale, is now available again. Two Tone Brewery, Shebbear near Holsworthy, is another new brewery, with all beers named in connection to the Two Tone record label, of Coventry, where one of the owners comes from. Bottle conditioned beers will initially be brewed, for sale in local farmer’s markets. Two other new breweries have been seen in Bristol, Fierce & Noble and Little Giant. It has also been confirmed that Pitchfork Ales are now brewing on the old RCH site. There is no further news about Cosmic, in Bristol. All other local breweries report “business as usual”.

    We would like to wish all new licensees and brewers all the very best in their new ventures!

  • September 2017 Pub and Brewery News Wednesday 6 September 2017

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

    Pub News

    The Modbury Inn, Modbury, is now serving a House Beer, brewed by local brewery, Summerskills, named Airdale Ale at 4.1%; Royal Standard, Mary Tavy, has re-opened as a licensed café called Scrumptious; Market Inn, Tavistock, Who'd Have Thought It Inn, Milton Combe and Rising Sun Inn, Compton, all enquired about the LocAle Scheme; King's Head Tavern, Bretonside, re-opened with the appointment of the ex-manager of the Cherry Tree, Ham Drive, which remains open despite previous fears.

    Brewery News

    The Stannary Brewery will be relocating to the unit currently occupied by Tavistock Hire Centre within the Pixon Trading Centre, Tavistock; due to a number of reasons, Moorstone have temporarily stopped producing Cask Ales for the time being, with bottle conditioned beers still available as usual; new breweries found this month include Two Tone Beer, (Shebbear, N Devon), Dark Place, (East Devon), Croft, (Bath), Cosmic, (Bristol), and Fierce & Noble (Bristol).

    We would like to wish all new licensees and brewers all the very best in their new ventures!

  • August 2017 Pub and Brewery News Monday 31 July 2017

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Committee Meeting on Monday 31st July 2017.

    Pub News

    The Market Inn, Tavistock, have new tenants who are very keen to serve more real ale (up to six on the bar); Royal Standard, Mary Tavy, appears to be re-opening soon as a licensed café/restaurant under a new name; the Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, has been sold to a village local resident, who has a background in hospitality, with plans to reopen the pub after some refurbishment; the Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, is apparently for sale; the old City Centre Post Office, Old Town Street, may be opening as a new restaurant, Turtle Bay; the Colebrook Inn, Plympton, has re-opened under new tenants, as has the Plymstock Inn; and there is some local interest in Yealmpton is trying to gain ACV status for the Volunteer Inn; the Noah's Ark reopened after refurbishment; and the lease at the Lord High Admiral has been sold to new people, allowing Ian to retire for health reasons (and we wish him all the best for the future).

    Brewery News

    The Stannary Brewery, Tavistock, may be relocating within the Pixon Industrial Estate to a more suitable unit within the next few months; it has been rumoured that Dartmoor no longer supply “House Beers” to pubs; there have been no significant changes at Bale Ale; Bere brewery beers are available at Tavistock Farmers Market every 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of each month between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm; Braunton Brewery, Barnstaple, closed as from 12th May 2017. All the equipment has been sold to a Brew Pub Group in Cape Town, South Africa; Country Life, of Bideford, recently won three awards at the SIBA Beer Festival, Tuckers Maltings; Dartmoor Brewery, Princetown, building has now increased in size to improve space and storage capacity. Dartmoor IPA has been re-launched by adding slightly more hoppiness. Also, the sale of each pint will provide financial support to Dartmoor Rescue; Exeter Brewery won two awards at the SIBA Maltings Festival. Gold for bottled County Best and Bronze for bottled Darkness; Moonchild, Okehampton, continue brewing unfined, unfiltered, unpatseurised small batch beers; Moorstone, Mary Tavy, have now received the Real Ale In a Bottle (RAIB) CAMRA accreditation. A third beer is to be added to complement their line up. It is a 4.5% Blonde beer called Theo's Brew. They are now supplying 6 local outlets around Tavistock and just into Cornwall; Noss Beer Works, Lee Mill, continue brewing their three ales, selling to outlets around the region; Salcombe Brewery have successfully relocated one mile up the road to their new, purpose-built brewery and visitor centre at Ledstone; Summerskills have again brewed their stout, Devon Frost and Out Back And Home and featured at the Horse & Groom, Bittaford, “Brewery Of The Week" initiative; and Tavy Ales, of Beliver, report an increase in sales following their success at the CAMRA national Winter Ale Festival for Porter.

    We would like to wish all new licensees and brewers all the very best in their new ventures!

  • July 2017 Pub and Brewery News Wednesday 5 July 2017

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 5th July 2017.

    Pub News

    The Boringdon Arms , and Clovelly Bay Inn, both Turnchapel are holding festivals over w/e 28/29 July (beer, and cider/sausage). Open Fri 1600/1800 – 2300, and 1200 – 2300 Saturday, which coincides with Turnchapel Community Day; Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe, joined Discount Scheme – 10%/pint, and gained Cask Marque accreditation wef 8/6/17; Butcher’s Arms, Stonehouse, has been converted to the Hutong Cafe, nothing remaining of pub; Firkin Dog House, Union St, have had two reports in 3 months of no real ale; Forest Inn, Hexworthy, now open 7 days a week; Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale, has been advertised for sale; Plymstock Inn is reportedly closed; River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Royal William Yard, closed unexpectedly recently; Noah's Ark, City Centre, is closed for refurbishment and will re-open on Friday 14th July.

    Brewery News

    Albion BC, Bath – new brewery, RAIBs only; Art Brew, N Devon – new beer range, suitable for vegetarians and vegans; Barnaby’s Brewhouse, Staverton – new brewery, “craft lagers”, no real ale; Camel, Camelford – renamed Dowr Kammel; Chippenham – will be relocating soon; Combined Brewers, Glos – have ceased trading; Cottage have suspended all trading; EMAL, Exeter – are retail only, beers are brewed by Powderkeg; Fat Belly, N Devon – new brew pub at Cottage Inn, Lynbridge; Forge relocated 7 miles from N Devon to Cornwall; Freeminer, Somerset have closed; Moorstone Brewery's Theo’s Brew will be available throughout July; Ordnance City, Somerset, have also closed; Penpont, Altarnun, are now T/A Altarnun – new company; RCH has ceased and closed; Pitchfork Ales are a new brewery (taken on some RCH beers); Ralf’s Ruin – new brew pub (Royal Oak, Bath); Red Kite – new brewery in Clevedon, nr Bristol (3 ales); Salcombe have relocated 1 mile to new brewery premises; Two Beech, S Devon, may be relocating soon; Two Tone Beer, Shebear, N Devon – new brewery, no details available; Wooden Hand – have a completely new beer range.

    Post Meeting Note: Edgcumbe Arms, Milton Abbot, have new licensees, as does the Market Inn, Tavistock. The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, may reopen later in the year.

    We would like to wish all new licensees and brewers all the very best in their new ventures!