Pub and Brewery News

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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

  • May 2018 - Pub and Brewery News Wednesday 2 May 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

    Pub News

    Swan Inn, Noss Mayo, recently acquired by Patron Capital from Punch Taverns, is reportedly closed (hopefully for refurbishment). The Complex, at Keyham, may also be closed, as is the Morley Arms, Laira Bridge. The Mildmay Colours, Holbeton, has changed hands recently, and serves 3 or 4 real ales, as has the West Hoe. The Notte Inn, Barbican, has re-opened. Turnchapel Village Weekend will take place over the weekend of July 21st. The Clovelly Bay Inn will hold a Cider and Sausage festival, and the Boringdon Arms an Ale and Pie festival.

    Brewery News

    Roam Brewing Co are brewing an IPA in aid of local charity, Plymouth Drake Foundation, named Drake’s Pale Ale (ABV 4.8%) and officially launched the beer at Lord High Admiral, Stonehouse, on 4th May.

  • April 2018 - Pub and Brewery News Monday 9 April 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Committee Meeting on Monday 9th April 2018.

    Pub News

    The Walrus is confirmed as being open; the Two Trees is closed, as is the China House (for refurbishment). The Ford, Ford; the Herbert Hotel, Keyham; the Duchy of Cornwall, Stonehouse; the Queen's Dock Inn & Three Ferrets, Morice Town, no longer serve real ale. The Newmarket Tavern, City Centre, has had a refurbishment and now only has two real ales, although none were available on a recent visit. The Trout 'N' Tipple, Tavistock, recently had South Hams Pandamonium and Summerskills Devon Dew on sale, which is unusual for the area. There are new tenants in the West Hoe, The Hoe – we would like to wish them all the very best in their new venture!

    The following pubs were sold to those pub companies indicated, by Punch Taverns in March 2018, although the licensees will probably not know about it!!!

    Punch To Patron Capital

    Burrator Inn, Dousland; Dolphin Inn, Kingston; Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monachorum; Duke of Cornwall, Ivybridge; Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock; Eagle, City Centre; Exeter Inn, Modbury; London Inn, Horrabridge; Queen's Dock Inn, Morice Town, Plymouth; Seymour Arms, Greenbank; Swan Inn, Noss Mayo; & Tavistock Inn, Tavistock.

    Punch To Star (Heineken UK)

    Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel; Dolphin Hotel, Barbican, Plymouth; Ming Dynsaty, Billacombe, Plymstock; Queen's Arms, Tamerton Foliot; Shakespeare Hotel, Plymouth; Ship's Tavern, Elburton; Stoke Bar & Grill, Stoke; Stoke Inn, Stoke; Union Inn, Tavistock; & Woodside, City Centre.

    Brewery News

    Sadly, Paul and Joanna have stopped all brewing at Moorstone for the foreseeable future. Further details will be added when known.

    Roam Brewing Co, formally Tavy Ales, have been awarded Gold in the CAMRA Champion Beer Of Britain, regional heat, for Tavy Porter. Pictured on the left is Brewery Liaison Officer, Andrew Richardson of Plymouth CAMRA branch, presenting Jon (centre) and Don with their award at the SIBA Tucker's Malting Beer festival in April 2018.

    Summerskills Brewery, of Billacombe, have scooped two Bronze Awards recently, also in the CAMRA Champion Beer Of Britain Competition, regional heats, for Bolt Head (in the Strong Bitter category) and also for Indiana's Bones (in the Old Ale & Strong Mild category). In the picture on the right, Brewery Liaison Officer, Lee Norton (pictured left, of Plymouth CAMRA branch), presented Norman, owner of Summerskills, with both awards at the SIBA Tucker's Malting Beer Festival in April 2018.

    Many congratulations to Jon, and all at Roam Brewing Co, and to Norman, and all at Summerskills Brewery !

  • March 2018 - Pub And Brewery News Wednesday 7 March 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the branch meeting held on Wednesday 7th March 2018.

    Pub News

    The Bluebird, Higher Compton, no longer serves real ale; Rising Sun Inn, also Higher Compton, now serves only Sharp’s Atlantic and Doom Bar during the week, with the third pump a changing guest beer at weekends (until it runs out); Cherry Tree, Ham Drive, no longer serves real ale; Two Trees, Union Street, is reportedly closed (Post Meeting Note: sadly, it has been confirmed as closed); Hunting Lodge, Cadleigh Park, Ivybridge, now serves Dartmoor Jail Ale, Sharp’s Atlantic and Doom Bar, and St Austell Tribute; Unicorn, Plympton, now serves one real ale, Doom Bar, and have slightly amended their opening hours (opens at 0900, not 0800); Post Office Inn, also Plympton, is reportedly now closed; Walrus, Athenaeum Street, is also reportedly closed; Jolly Miller, Estover, does not serve real ale (not even bottles ?); scaffolding has been erected outside of Caffeine Club, North Hill, Roundabout, Drake Circus and Union Rooms, Union Street, while they remain open; a planning application has been submitted on behalf of JDW for 59, Broadway, Plymstock, PL9 7AF (the old Co-Op) for conversion of existing unit into several retail units, including new pub; there are 31 branch pubs serving real ale without photos on What Pub; there have been no Cask Marque additions/deletions during February 2018.

    Pub Beer Festivals - please see Local Beer Festivals for further details

    Wed 14 – Sun 25 Mar – JD Wetherspoon Spring Beer Fest, during their usual opening hours
    Mon 26 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Tamar, during their usual opening hours
    Thur 29 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Minerva Inn, Thur-Sat 1130-2359, Sun 1300-2230, Mon 1130-2300
    Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Apr Walkhampton Inn over Easter weekend
    Fri 21 – Sat 22 Apr Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel, on Fri 1800-2300 and Sat 22 1200-2300
    Fri 27 – Sat 28 Apr Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel between 1200 and midnight both days
    Fri 25 – Mon 28 May Mary Tavy Inn Beer, Sausage and Mash fest over late May BH weekend, during usual pub hours

    SIBA Maltings Beer Festival - please see Local Beer Festivals for further details

    Thursday 19 Apr – Sat 21 Apr, opening at 1700 – 2300 Thu; 1200-1600; 1700-2300 Fri; Sat 1200-2300.

    Brewery News

    Stannary Brewery, Tavistock, have completed their move into the unit next door; Summerskills November Porter is now available all year, and is renamed Plymouth Porter, with an reduced ABV of 5.1%; Roam Brewing Co will be launching a Special IPA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Drake Foundation; Wizard Brewery , Ilfracombe, have been sold and re-launched, brewing one beer initially, with a second due out now; Yelland Manor, Barnstaple, are due to launch a new beer, Tarka Special 4.1%, to celebrate the new Sunday train service; Big Rabbit, formally of Cullompton, have relocated to Glasgow, trading as Merchant City Brewing; Otter are concentrating on their kegged lager at the moment; & the Topsham Brewery plant has been sold to a restauranteur on the banks of Loch Ness.

  • February 2018 - Pub And Brewery News Monday 5 February 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Committee meeting on Monday 5th February 2018.

    Pub News

    The Royal, Stonehouse, has been taken over by Steve Bishop, of Porters, Barbican, and intends to run both pubs, reverting to the name Brewery Tap; Half Moon Café, Devonport, is now open as a licensed café, with several dart boards, and called Dinky Diner Dartsworld Cafe; China House, Coxside, Jack Rabbit, Derriford and Sir Joshua Reynolds, Plympton, now give a CAMRA discount – thank you very much!

    Brewery News

    Tavy Ales have re-branded to the Roam Brewing Co; Stannary Brewing Co have moved into the larger next door unit; new breweries: Darkplace, Colyton, near Exeter (RAIBs only at present); Taw Valley, North Tawton, North Devon (one cask ale – Session Ale, 4.0%): Sunset, in Cornwall, a cuckoo brewery, originally the beer was brewed by Wooden Hand, prior to that brewery ceasing production and the plant being transferred to the parent company (Cornish Brewing Co) in Salisbury; Topsham Brewery have ceased production, and sold the plant to a pub near Loch Ness, Inverness-shire; Wizard Ales, Ilfracombe, have been sold to Carly O’Callaghan, the Brewster, concentrating on one beer available all year, Lundy Gold, a 4.1% golden-coloured ale; Druid’s Fluid, will be launched after local CAMRA branch beer tasting on Saturday 10th February. Penpont Brewery have re-branded to Altarnun; their typical British beers will still have Penpont on the pump clip, but their hoppier beers will be branded as Firebrand Brewery products; the Roseland Inn, near Truro, pub and brewery are for sale; Skinner’s Brewery, Truro, plan to introduce a new range of keg beers; St. Austell’s bottled Big Job has been awarded Champion Bottled Beer of Britain; Tintagel Brewery visitor centre is now fully open for business.

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

  • January 2018 - Pub and Brewery News Wednesday 10 January 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

    Pub News

    The West Hoe lease is up for sale; the Two Trees, Union Street, is to be reopened as a traditional pub by Frank Kelly, from Pub On The Hoe; the Three Crowns, on the Barbican, remains closed following the death of the landlord; the Walkhampton Inn has been fully surveyed now it is open for food and drinks; the Stannary Brewery Tap is shut during January for brewery relocation; There is confusion over whether or not food is served at the Artillery Arms; How long has the Somerset Arms, North Road West, been closed? the Drake's Drum, Plymstock, is open; the Morley Arms, Laira bridge, has been sold to developers for accommodation; the Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel, has a Beer Festival on the 26th and 27th January. Cask Marque accreditation has been gained by James Street Vaults and the California Inn; none have been removed.

    Brewery News


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