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

  • Pub and Brewery News - August 2018 Monday 30 July 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Committee Meeting on Monday 30 July 2018

    Pub News

    Brewery Tap has been awarded LocAle accreditation; Two Trees, Union Street, may be demolished soon; Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, are holding a cider festival, with about 25 real ciders available, over August bank holiday weekend; Fortescue Hotel, Mutley Plain, will close for refurbishment at closing time on Sunday 5th August, and is due to reopen on Thursday 16th ; the Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel, will hold a pie and ale festival in October; Fuel, formally Heaven Restaurant, Exeter Street, has now re-branded to Fuel. There were no Cask Marque additions or deletions this month.

    Brewery News

    Stannary have ordered a new 6.5 BBL brew plant from China to celebrate their second birthday; Bere brewery will launch a new beer “soon”.

  • Pub and Brewery News - July 2018 Wednesday 4 July 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2018

    Pub News

    A licensing application has been made to open a new bottled beer shop/bar in Tavistock; Duke of York Hotel, also in Tavistock, now serves Dartmoor Jail Ale, alongside Sharp’s Doom Bar. The lease for the Prince Of Wales Hotel, Princetown, is for sale; it was reported that the Mannamead directed customers to Doom Bar and other real ales, during the current CO2 shortages; Lord Louis Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, Plympton, was not selling any draught beers last week; Horse & Groom, Bittaford, charity Beer Festival this coming weekend (6th, 7th and 8th July); & Fuel, Exeter Street, formally trading as Heaven, now appear to have re-branded to Fuel. There have been no Cask Marque additions or deletions this month.

    Following the AGM, the Branch Committee would like to encourage more members to beer score when visiting pubs. This is to try and help us to see any trends – good or bad – with beer quality in our branch pubs. For the period from 1st April to 30th June 2018, we have had 500 beer scores provided by 45 members for 101 different pubs – TVM! For advice on beer scoring, please see National Beer Scoring System. Members can beer score any pub in any branch area, but we would like to encourage you to beer score the following pubs (listed alphabetically by town):-

    Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers; Horse & Groom, Bittaford; Foxhound Inn, Brixton; Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Mona; Burrator Inn, Dousland; Miner's Arms, Hemerdon; Forest Inn, Hexworthy; Royal Inn, Horsebridge; Dolphin Inn, Kingston; Castle Inn, Lydford; Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy; Royal Oak Inn, Meavy; Modbury Inn, Modbury; Ship Inn, Noss Mayo; Admiral MacBride, Barbican; Artillery Arms, Stonehouse; Bread & Roses, City Centre; Brewery Tap, Stonehouse; Britannia Inn, Milehouse; Crown & Anchor, Barbican; Dolphin Hotel, Barbican; Fawn Private Members Club, Greenbank; Ferry House Inn, Saltash Passage; Fishermans Arms, Barbican; Fortescue Hotel, Mutley; George Toby Carvery, Roborough; James Street Vaults, North Hill; Lopes Arms, Roborough; Minerva Inn, Barbican; Nowhere Inn, City Centre; Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland; Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe; Union Rooms, City Centre; Vine, Stonehouse; Waterloo Inn, Stoke; Union Inn, Plympton; Blue Peter, Plymstock; East Dart Hotel, Postbridge; Warren House Inn, Postbridge; Journey's End Inn, Ringmore; Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel; Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel; & Odd Wheel, Wembury.

    We would like to wish all publicans and licensees all the very best during the current CO2 shortages – it was reported that local wholesalers have imposed a ten-case limit on purchases by local publicans (and a price increase as well)!!!

    Brewery News

    There is no significant news about any of our breweries this month.

  • Pub and Brewery News - June 2018 Monday 4 June 2018

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Committee Meeting on Monday 4 June 2018

    Pub News

    Sam Donaghy has moved to the Mannamead, Mutley Plain, from the Stannary Court, Plympton, as cask ales manager, and has plans to hold regular “Tap Takeovers”. A new beer stillage has also been installed. The Fortescue Hotel, Mutley Plain, will close for a refurbishment “in August” for a few days, details TBC. The Tavy Club, Tavistock, is undergoing a refurbishment by owners, Royal British Legion, with new tenants being sought. The Challaborough Bay Holiday Park bar – Waterfront Bar & Restaurant – has gained Cask Marque accreditation, and serves Sharp's Doom Bar and a House Beer brewed by Greene King. Drake's Drum, Plymstock, remains open whilst undergoing a refurbishment. A number of What Pub pubs had their beer details updated following beer scoring this month.

    Following the AGM, the Branch Committee would like to encourage more members to beer score when visiting pubs. This is to try and help us to see any trends – good or bad – with beer quality in our branch pubs. For advice on beer scoring, please see National Beer Scoring System. Members can beer score any pub in any branch area, but we would like to encourage you to beer score the following pubs (listed alphabetically by town):-

    Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers; Horse & Groom, Bittaford; Foxhound Inn, Brixton; Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monachorum; Burrator Inn, Dousland; Miner's Arms, Hemerdon; Forest Inn, Hexworthy; Royal Inn, Horsebridge; Dolphin Inn, Kingston; Castle Inn, Lydford; Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy; Royal Oak Inn, Meavy; Modbury Inn, Modbury; Ship Inn, Noss Mayo; Admiral MacBride, Barbican; Artillery Arms, Stonehouse; Bread & Roses, City Centre; Brewery Tap, Stonehouse; Britannia Inn, Milehouse; Crown & Anchor, Barbican; Dolphin Hotel, Barbican; Fawn Private Members Club, Greenbank; Ferry House Inn, Saltash Passage; Fishermans Arms, Barbican; Fortescue Hotel, Mutley; George Toby Carvery, Roborough; James Street Vaults, North Hill; Lopes Arms, Roborough; Minerva Inn, Barbican; Nowhere Inn, City Centre; Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland; Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe; Union Rooms, City Centre; Vine, Stonehouse; Waterloo Inn, Stoke; Union Inn, Plympton; Blue Peter, Plymstock; East Dart Hotel, Postbridge; Warren House Inn, Postbridge; Journey's End Inn, Ringmore; Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel; Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel; & Odd Wheel, Wembury.

    We would like to wish all publicans and licensees all the very best following the number of refurbishments taking place and notified to us this month. We would also like to wish Sam all the very best in his new position at the Mannamead.

    Brewery News

    There is no significant news about any of our breweries this month.

  • 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.