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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

  • 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!

  • December 2017 Pub and Brewery News Monday 4 December 2017

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

    The Plymstock Inn, Plymstock, reopened on 22nd November; Explorer (formally the Ordulph Arms), Tavistock, has reopened, serving Tribute, Legend and Doom Bar; The Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, has now reopened for drinks only at the time of writing; The Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, is undergoing refurbishment; & Dartmoor Brewery has released Dragon's Breath for the winter.

    Post Meeting Note: the lease for the Two Trees, Union Street, has been taken over by the same people as the Pub On The Hoe, and Frank intends to bring the pub back as a traditional pub, opening initially between 1100 and 2300 (may be slightly later at weekends). Two real ales will be on sale - Doom Bar and Tribute - at value-for-money prices!

  • 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 Explorer, Tavistock, formally the Ordulph Arms on Pym Street, 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!