Out and about in Cromford & The Matlocks...
A recent pub survey trip found a bus load of us heading south along the A632 one Thursday night in November with a busy schedule of eight pubs to be visited. Our first port of call was Cromford. A bit of history now, did you know that Cromford was the home of the first mechanised textile factory in the world? You can have an extra mark if you know that Richard Arkwright built the factory in 1771. All of the people we found in the Boat Inn were very much younger than this, and they were enjoying the four real ales on offer (and in nice condition too). On the night of our visit these included Pedigree and beers from Springhead Brewery of Newark. The pub itself consists of a bar area and plenty of seating on the ground floor, with a lower level function room. The pub is now in the hands of Kevin White who is very keen on offering customers a good choice of real ales. Look out for a beer festival proposed for summer 2002. Whilst in Cromford, some of our party also visited the Bell Inn where they enjoyed Kimberley Best Bitter in this unpretentious stonebuilt pub that is deservedly popular with the locals. Back on the bus to Matlock Bath where we were faced with some difficult choices. The more adventurous of us firstly chose a steep climb (and excellent views) on a path up the hill to the Temple Hotel. Two real ales were on offer in the public bar; Jennings Cumberland and Black Sheep Bitter. We then returned down the hill where some had found the Fishpond Hotel on a live music night offering Speckled Hen and Draught Bass. The Fishpond is a noted live music venue where you can enjoy live music with real ale. The group reconvened in the Grade II listed Princess Victoria, an old favourite for many. The pub’s external appearance - large windows mean you can see easily inside - is well worth protection as the style is generally not seen often in Derbyshire. The pub has recently been bought by Batemans and three of their beers XB, XXXB plus the seasonal beer were available. It was noted that the prices here were generally higher than other pubs visited during the evening. At this point the party divided again, some of us checked out the Boat House, a Hardys & Hansons outlet on the main A6. The pub has recently changed hands and two real ales, Kimberley Best Bitter and Classic were being served. This is a two-roomed Dales pub of character and we will follow its progress with interest. Others headed into the centre of Matlock, and specifically the Crown, a purpose-built JD Wetherspoon’s outlet. As well as the usual competitively priced Wetherspoon’s range of beers, our drinkers tried a guest beer from Hydes’ Brewery (sorry, forgot the name!) which was well kept. Our eighth and final pub for the night was the Thorn Tree Inn on Jackson Road, north of the town on Matlock Bank (behind County Hall). Draught Bass and Black Sheep Bitter are the usual beers and we were also fortunate enough to find Timothy Taylor Landlord as the guest beer. Whilst enjoying the beers, recollections were of the two summer beer festivals held here earlier in the year where we stood on the front patio and enjoyed the spectacular views across the valley to Riber Castle. Pleasant thoughts on which to end the evening as we loaded back into Ian’s minibus for the trip back to Chesterfield.
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Contemplating the Row of Beer Pumps Fronting the Bar...
... my eyes are drawn to the ABV of the beers on sale. We all know that 4% ABV means that the beer is 4% alcohol by volume, but it also means that 96% of the volume is water. Water is the largest constituent of beer, it is also very important. Years ago brewers were drawn to certain towns to build their breweries. Pale ales were the speciality of Burton on Trent, porters a speciality of London. This was because the hard water at Burton was ideal for brewing hoppy beers as it extracted different flavours from the malt and hops during the mashing process. The Burton union system was devised to maximise the advantages of the local water supply. Water is a very important part of the brewing process, but it is also a very expensive one. Water is heavy. Remove the water from that 4% ABV pint, and the result weighs less than an ounce. An 18 gallon barrel of beer is too heavy for a man to lift. Without the water a small child could carry it. Twenty or so barrels fill a dray, but without the water it would hold 500. It is for this reason that our markets are awash with fake foreign beers. Never mind that London water is unsuitable for Australian lager brewing. Bean counters now control breweries, and economics, not taste, dictate the process and where it is carried out. At the height of the keg revolution, when Watneys expected to take over the world with fizz, another development was on the horizon. It was what the accountants wanted so it was what the drinkers were going to get. It was instant beer. This is not a joke: trials into producing beer concentrate were carried out. Dispensers that we now see serving instant Coke were used to serve beer. Fortunately salvation was at hand in the form of the VAT man. Customs and Excise were worried that landlords could add extra water to their beer thus depriving the exchequer of its rightful revenue. Laboratory produced alcoholic drinks could not be re-hydrated at EASTER BEER FESTIVAL the bar and thus we were saved from a fate GOOD FRIDAY MARCH 29TH ONWARDS worse than Red Barrel. The cost savings would have been enormous. Instead of huge wagons delivering beer, reps would have carried the packs in their hatchbacks. Would this have led to cheaper Sutton cum Duckmanton beer? I doubt it. As with keg beer cost savings to the brewer are usually portrayed as Chesterfield advantages to the drinker, and a premium Tel: (01246) 232053 charged. Huge advertising campaigns add www.arkers.co.uk millions to the cost of producing inferior products at inflated prices. There are plenty of Large beer garden mugs about who believe it all. Some even ample outside seating believe a cardboard man promoting nitro-keg. ALES WILL APPEAR BY There used to be a saying that quality sells CUSTOMER REQUEST itself. Good beer needs no adverts. It is only when you are trying to convince someone that MORE THAN 30 BEERS AND a Bri-nylon shirt is better than cotton that you CIDERS ON OFFER! need help. As with those sweat-inducing garments, keg beer and Sinclair C5s, the results OPEN FOOD ALL EVERYDAY are rarely around for long.
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Closure Orders - Licensed Premises The current licensing system is archaic and unfair. It’s a prohibitive system, which penalises all pubs regardless of where they are or how responsible the licensee might be. CAMRA is demanding a more permissive approach. While we believe that pubs should be able to open when they want, this can only work if there are sufficient powers given to the Police and the licensing authorities to protect the public from nuisance and disorder. In recent years we have seen extended opening hours for New Years eve 2000 and 2001 all without any increase in public disorder as a result. The Government has now legislated new powers to the police under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. These came into force on 1st December 2001, before any relaxation of pub opening hours so that the public can be protected. Here we take a look at the new powers available. CLOSURE ORDERS - LICENSED PREMISES : An Inspector or above can make a Closure Order to close down licensed premises instantly where there is or is likely to be, disorder on or in the vicinity of the premises or disturbance is caused by excessive noise from the premises and closure is necessary to prevent the disturbance. The Closure Order can be for any period from 30 minutes up to 24 hours. It must be brought to the notice of the licensee or manager by a constable immediately after the decision has been made to make it. The Closure Order comes into force as soon as notice of it has been given. It is an offence to permit the opening of licensed premises in contravention of a Closure Order. Once made, the responsible senior police officer must apply to the relevant Justices as soon as practicable for consideration of the Closure Order, who may confirm or revoke it, and/or further consider it at the next licensing session. The responsible senior officer can extend the Closure Order for a further period of up to 24hours if the justices are not able to consider it within the first 24-hour period. Further extensions are possible as long as the original reasons exist. The responsible senior officer can cancel a Closure Order before the justices consider it, but this does not remove the duty on the senior officer to apply to the justices for consideration of it. It is an offence to fail to leave licensed premises when asked to do so by the licensee or manager in order to comply with a Closure Order. Further responsibilities in the new laws relate to the sale of intoxicating liquor and drunkenness or disorder on licensed premises. Briefly, they place a more rigorous test on those who sell alcohol to under 18 year olds to prove they took all reasonable steps to establish the age of the purchaser. The responsibility to prevent disorder and drunkenness on licensed premises is extended to all bar staff rather than just the licensee.
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“ ... there’s no real beginning or end & there’s very little in the middle. It is all about a day’s outing, by charabanc ... “ Dylan Thomas - ‘A Story’ (Collected Stories) Join the intrepid beer tourists, if you will, travelling in the time-honoured fashion, as they call on the classic Yew Tree Inn at Cauldon, just over the Staffordshire border. A pleasant hour or so was spent supping, and in appreciation of the finer points of the polyphons, pianolas and pickled eggs there assembled. Leek was the ultimate objective, where I, in advance of the main party - having bussed it from t’other side o’t’Peak had quickly abandoned any thoughts of Chrimbo shopping in favour of a couple of Whims at the Wilkes Head (pictured). I opted next for the delights of the Unibond First Division : a magical land far, far away from the Football League comparatively speaking, Chesterfield play 4 divisions above ‘Glue One’. Thanks to their ‘keeper, visitors Farsley Celtic only lost 2-0 (no sign of pie & peas anywhere). Back to the plot. The ex-contents of the charabanc were soon located in the Bulls Head, suitably tinselled up & sampling Beartown products. They greeted my arrival enthusiastically, as if they’d not seen me for...well...days. Cue the spontaneous funny bit: standing, as ever, in somebody’s way, I turned to behold the bearded countenance of a frequent companion of when I regularly toured the half-lit streets & characterful pubs of Manchester’s ‘Northern Quarter’. “ ‘Ey up, Andy.” Pause. Then his eyes lit up & with a messianic fervour he declaimed : “ JOHN OF CREWE !!!?! “ Okay, so you had to be there. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast were on the floor laughing. Having wiped away the tears, we resumed our Pythonesque journey (“John of Crewe, give us a sign!!!”. “I’ll give you a sign, alright.”) A few doors down Saint Edward Street - the only street you need to remember in Leek - to Den Engel, which has a mighty selection of draught & bottled Belgian beers, all of which have the desired effect. Final port of call before the charra arrived was the Wilkes, where only the brave went for the Bass No.1, the wise brethren calling first at the chippy: “Tack eye tor swan tea tum nar” - for translation, I refer you to the standard work ‘Arfur Tow Crate In Staffy Cher’. And thus my colleagues disappeared into the night. Deeming more Belgian beer research necessary, I revisited Den Engel - now heaving with a Nationwide class of folk, compared with Mr. Unibond, yours truly. Glancing up at the clock, I’d 5 minutes to catch my bus (at this point the female contingent at my table brightened up considerably) and I just made it. “ ... I crept to a wild bed, and the wallpaper lakes converged ... “ Dylan Thomas - ‘Old Garbo’ (Collected Stories) Leek, especially St. Edward Street, comes highly recommended - the football is optional & no doubt you’ll prefer using a different scriptwriter.
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Trips & Socials: Friday 15th February - 1st Yorkshire Champion Beer Festival - Oakwell Rotherham - 200+ Yorkshire beers, Yorkshire food, Yorkshire entertainment (4 areas). Every Yorkshire Brewery represented (bus provided) Thursday February 28th - Saturday March 2nd Bradford Beer Festival, The Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Saturday March 9th - Sheffield Brewery Trip : Crown Brewery, Hillsborough Hotel & Sheaf View visit. Friday 29th - Sunday 31st March - Arkwright Arms Easter Beer Festival Saturday 6th April & Sunday 7th April - CAMRA National AGM, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough. Saturday 13th April - Caythorpe Brewery Trip & pub crawl.
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What’s In A Name?
Timothy, Market Researcher
In the not too distant past, there was this image of an old lad in a flat cap, who sat in the same chair in the corner of the pub every night and drank mild, or mixed. Mild! The old blokes drink. Surely no youthful sprog or up-market dandy would be found drinking an old lags drink! To this end, some breweries have tried to re-invent mild, by not selling it as a mild. By taking the name mild out of the title, it doesn’t appear to appeal directly to the deaf and incontinent. You See! Image, branding...you are what you drink, so therefore.... Stout is only ever consumed by farmers. Malt Stout has the necessary eating and drinking in one glass, for a man who can spend eighteen hours milking at a stretch. This is why farmers always have red noses. Partly exposure, and partly stout. In recent years, surgeons doing twenty-seven hour open heart surgery, have followed the farmer’s code. Only a couple of pints of Oatmeal stout in mid-op sustain the surgeon for this length of time, after masking up, and wading into ventricles. In certain counties where fruit is grown, such as Somerset, Cider and Perries have become a popular alternative to beer. No trouble with the brand image here. Not many counties grow fruit, so it has become unique in its own right. In Glasgow, switch cider for industrial cleaners. As bitter was a style of drink made for workmen, porter was perhaps for those whose job was chasing round after the general public. A relatively high alcohol content gave many a porter the nerve to tell squire, Duke or MP, exactly where to stick his suitcase as he got off the train. Bitter and twisted, though, never really caught on like mixed. Trappist beers come from a silent order of monks. They weren’t silent before they started brewing. These beers catered for the clergy, who have always been traditionally strong drinkers. A life of celibacy removes one vice, but develops another. Bishop’s Finger and Blue Nun are both popular ecclesiastical beverages. The Burton brewery used of necessity, to brew India Pale Ales, which matured on the boat as they were shipped out to India. They were brewed because the troops out defending the Empire did not have reliable drinking water. Thus on return from service to the old Empire, what!, cavalry and infantry wanted this fine drink at home. To this day, around places like Aldershot, and Hereford, gallons of IPA, are consumed by retired cavalry officers, whilst telling tales of beating off attacks by Zulu, armed with fruit. Admirals usually drink rum, because they tried the IPA on the boat, on the way out, but didn’t like it. There are beers with stupid names, so strong that they wipe out brain cells. These are so dangerous you get a certificate, stating you were daft enough to try a half. Brainexploder, Skullsplitter, the stupid names have a magnetic attraction to people, knuckles barely off the floor, who have only just mastered walking upright. The beer is consumed to find, usually after the certificate presentation, the recipient was incapable of reading it, prior to drinking. You are what you drink see!!! This article was researched by lying on the floor and staring at the roof until it stopped spinning round. Oh... and I got some really bright braces for Christmas.
Cockneys Don’t Like Short Measure
I am a southerner. Nearly a cockney, in fact; I was born in Lambeth, so I can do the Lambeth Walk (but only when I’ve had five pints and forgotten to use talcum powder). And as a wily cockney, I like my beer nice and flat, so that the liquid goes right to the top of a brim glass - a full pint, in other words. Is it so much to ask? Short measuring is much worse in this part of the country than down south. I know that drinkers in Derbyshire and Yorkshire like their traditional pint to come foaming, with a ‘good head’. But does this mean that nearly every pint in Chesterfield and surrounding area has to be significantly short - often at least an inch or two below brim? Invariably I have to ask to have my glass topped up. It’s so boring! I’m thinking of wearing a badge saying ‘Please top up my glass’ - I could just point to it. Or perhaps we could have some tee shirts printed, to get the message over. Looking at national TV advertising of beer, I think the brewers are deliberately trying to encourage drinkers to think that a two inch head of froth in a brim glass should be considered the norm - so that the short-measured, tasteless nitro-keg pint becomes accepted as the usual way beer should be served. The John Smith’s Smooth Flow nitro-keg campaign is a case in point. The situation seems to be getting worse and worse for drinkers locally. Both the Townes pub at Staveley the Speedwell and the Gate Inn at Cutthorpe had a proud tradition of using lined glasses, and were able to sport a certificate signed by our illustrious Chairman. Now both pubs have abandoned oversize glasses and gone over to brim pots - what a pity. In Chesterfield, the Boythorpe Inn is about the only pub left using oversize glasses. The Yellow Lion at Apperknowle and Royal Oak at Old Tupton also use lined glasses. Perhaps we could start an ‘Oversize Lined Glass Roll of Honour’, and regularly list in Innspire those pubs locally which are dedicated to serving a full pint? Of course, the answer is simple - those wine-swilling Islingtonites who run the government need to legislate to make the oversize, lined glass a legal requirement. I thought they were supposed to be doing this, but we are still waiting. Every year they promise, and every year it fails to materialise. I suppose we may as well wait for pigs to fly!
Three Out Of Four Voters Want Full Pint Law Joan Walley MP revealed in Parliament, poll results showing overwhelming public support for new laws to end the scandal of short measures of beer in the nations pubs and clubs. An incredible 77% of voters back new laws to ensure drinkers receive a full pint of beer every time, only 4% of voters disagreed. Joan Walley said: “These results show overwhelming support for the Government’s proposals to introduce new laws to protect beer drinkers from short measures.” In December 2000 the Government announced the following proposals to strengthen consumer protection against short measure: • The pint to be defined as 100 per cent liquid, including the head of froth, but excluding gas in the head. • Landlords to serve 100 per cent liquid on average, and never to serve less than 95 per cent liquid. • Frothier beers and ciders to be served either in lined glasses or from metered dispensers and brim measure glasses to be used only for less frothier beers and ciders. “I have tabled a motion in the Commons in support of the Government’s proposals and look forward to these proposals being introduced as soon as possible.” Joan Walley continued: “Many pubs already serve full measures at no extra cost to the consumer. The Government’s proposals will ensure all pubs achieve this level of best practice and that pub goers will be guaranteed a fair deal in pubs and clubs across the country.”
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Pub of the Season - Spring 2002
PUB R O F W VOTE NO N! O S A E S E OF TH
When you have lost your inns, Drown your empty selves, For you will have lost the last of England. Hillaire Belloc, 1870-1953
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Five nominations were made at the January branch meeting for the Spring 2002 Pub of the Season award. The first three pubs have not been put forward for awards in recent times and it is good to see new nominations. The Lamb and Royal Oak are previous recipients of branch awards. All the pubs are ideally situated for walking so with Spring on the way why not give yourself a treat and enjoy a stroll first, before sampling the real ale at one of the nominated pubs. You can vote by attending the March branch meeting at 8pm at the Derby Tup on Whittington Moor Chesterfield. To vote by post send details of the pub you wish to win the award, together with your name and full postal address and CAMRA membership number to Rhoda Waygood, 28 Chesterfield Road, Eckington, S21 4BD. Alternatively e-mail these details to Rhoda at R.Waygood@care4free.net All entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 6 March and will be included in the vote at the March AGM and branch meeting the following night.
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Lamb Inn Holymoorside
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Postbag I burst out laughing when reading Postbag in the December Innspire. Brian Jones refers to the lack of freedom to smoke in California. I think that he is missing the point. It is the freedom of others not to be forced to share his smoke that the Americans are protecting. Smokers are perfectly entitled to smoke themselves to death in private where they can inflict all the benefits on their family as well if they wish. As for smoking and beer going together like Gilbert & Sullivan or Laurel and Hardy, I would suggest lung and cancer as being more appropriate.
heritage. Looking at the small print reveals that these products are produced a little closer to home.
It is a fact that much of the pleasure of real ale derives from the aroma of the hops, something that you cannot experience when drinking in smog. I suspect it is also a pleasure that many smokers have never experienced as they probably smoked for years before discovering cask ale.
“The genuine article?” I think not.
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No one wants to stop smokers enjoying their passion in pubs. What non-smokers ask is that they have the same freedom not to have to share it. In a week where George Harrison died of multiple cancers who can blame them. What we ask is that pubs provide adequate rooms where non-smokers can enjoy their drinks as well. Extractor fans simply are not enough. Landlords please take note. If not you can bet that legislation is just round the corner. If California’s model is anything to go by, it will not involve separate rooms, it will be a total ban on smoking in pubs. It has happened in shops, trains, buses, and most offices. It also happened on planes flying people out to California. Nigel Moores =========================== There has been much written in your letter pages recently regarding bottled beers. However there is one aspect of the product that does not seem to get mentioned, where the stuff is made. Browsing the supermarket shelves will reveal Italian wines, Scotch Whisky, French Brandy and Spanish Sherry. It does not take a genius to work out where these products were made. But you apply the same logic to beer at your peril. I recently came across Tiger “Indian Beer”, Fosters “Australian Lager”, along with various other beers keen to promote their German, American or Australian
So why do they do it? Why do the manufacturers set out to deliberately mislead the public into thinking that these are imports? Around the corner was the answer. Here was a shelf labelled “Cheaply produced mediocre beer of British origin, over priced and masquerading as an exotic imported product”. It did not appear to be shifting too quickly. I am kidding of course, but it does indicate why the brewers use this subterfuge. The surprise is why trading standards don’t stop them.
Cheers Alan Howsley =========================== December 2001- A record year at Kimberley As you may be aware our end of year results have been released with an excellent performance within an increasingly difficult and competitive marketplace. Our turnover increased by 28% to £54.3 million with profit before tax at £10.8 million, the first time our profit has exceeded the £10 million mark. Our investment for retail for the period was £19.5 million including the successful acquisition of Watling Street Inns. We have continued to grow volume and sales of our own brewed ales range. Our cask volumes have been buoyant with new seasonal beers adding to our existing quality range. Overall our beer volume has grown by 8% in a declining ale market. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support which is enabling us to invest in our local area creating jobs and a sound future for this areas only remaining independent family regional brewer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Alan Shepherd Head of Free Trade and Marketing Hardys & Hansons plc Kimberley Brewery Nottingham INNSPIRE is produced by the Branch membership of Chesterfield & District Campaign for Real Ale and has a circulation of 2500. Articles and letters are always welcome and can be submitted to either Neil Parkin or Nick Wheat.
Strength Is Not Everything When CAMRA was first formed the letters stood for the “CAMpaign for the Revitalisation of Ale, and its success in this respect has been fantastic. Although the major brewers still dominate the market, the black spots where decent beer was unavailable have largely gone. The other major successes have been a reversal of the trend to ever-thinner beers and a vast increase in small scale brewing. These two facts are obviously linked. 100 years ago, one of our major brewers had a range of beers from 4.9% ABV to 9.0% ABV, with an average production figure of 5.9%. Overall, beers in the 1890s averaged almost double that of beers in the 1990s. This reduction in strength was in a large part due to government action during the First World War. It was decided that weak beer was better than none at all, and an upper limit of 3% ABV was put on beer production. After the war finished brewers were reluctant to pay increased duties on higher strength beers, and even though strengths increased they were still well short of the pre war heights. In the 1920s came the recession and again cheaper weaker beers became the norm. Since then strengths have steadily reduced as the major Blands took over and dictated what beer the man in the street would drink. Sheffielders will remember that Stones Bitter suffered a double whammy recently, when production was moved from the Cannon Brewery and a new watered down version was introduced. But while all this was going on a new confidence was emerging amongst Britain’s would be brewers, and many new companies were formed to produce for the guest beer market. These beers have generally been more imaginative beers, brewed without the accountants looking over the brewer’s shoulder. Now bars are likely to feature a 4.5%Townes Muffin alongside the 3.5% Tetley’s. Not only has the decline in average beer strength been halted, it has been reversed. Strength is not everything, but this increase has been accompanied by a revival of many long lost beer styles. The revitalisation of beer has been a success. OK, we still have a market dominated by creamy smooth crap, but at least we still have a choice. That choice is a pint brewed using good quality ingredients and sold by a skilful caring landlord, or one where much of the price is to pay the advertising budget. THE CHOICE IS YOURS. F.J. Davis
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Consumer Fears For 400 Brewers CAMRA is urging Gordon Brown to support Britain’s 400 small brewers by introducing a progressive beer duty system (PBD) in next March’s Budget. CAMRA’s call for action follows the Chancellors pre-Budget speech, which did not refer to PBD despite assurances in last March’s Budget that the Government was considering such a system. Mike Benner, CAMRA, “We urge the Chancellor to introduce a progressive system of excise duty which will mean that very small brewing companies will pay a lower rate of beer tax. Such a system will cost the Treasury very little, but could be the difference between life and death for many small brewers who are struggling to survive in an increasingly competitive market.” Britain’s 400 small breweries have less than 2% of the beer market, but they produce some 2,000 real ales to match local tastes. The three biggest companies have around 85% of the market. A progressive system of beer tax will: 1. Increase investment in small breweries, which are often based in rural or economically marginal areas 2. Improve cash flow - one of the biggest threats to small businesses 3. Create local jobs 4. Remove a major barrier to market entry 5. Be self-financing as multiplier effects come into play 6. Promote choice and diversity for consumers. Mike Benner added, “Last March’s announcement that the Government was to consider progressive beer duty was very welcome, but now is the time to translate the idea into action before it’s too late to save many breweries from closure.”
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Cains Brewery Under Threat CAMRA is looking at possible ways to save Cains - Robert Cain, a large regional brewery based in Liverpool faces closure following an announcement by its Danish owners that it will put the site up for sale as a result of poor financial results. Bryggerigruppen [Brewery Group] is the second biggest beer-making company in Denmark after Carlsberg. It has blamed fierce competition in the British market for its decision to close Cains. Ole Timm, managing director of Robert Cain, said the company had made a “significant loss” in 2000 on a turnover of £35 million. The company will probably be priced at £20m, but there will be few bidders for Cains at a time of declining beer sales and ever-greater market domination by such global giants as Interbrew, Scottish Courage, Carlsberg-Tetley and now Coors of the US, which has agreed to buy the Carling brands from Interbrew. Bryggerigruppen has owned Cains since 1991 and used the magnificent red-brick Victorian site to concentrate on canned beers for supermarkets. Although Cains won a deserved reputation for its cask-conditioned draught beers, including Dark Mild, Traditional Bitter, Formidable Ale and a spiced Christmas beer, they made up only a tiny fraction of the brewery’s output. The supermarket beers were successful but profit margins were low in a cut-throat part of the market increasingly dominated by the national giants who sell packaged beers at enormous discounts. Cains was once a large and successful brewery that was savaged by needless takeovers. Robert Cain founded the company in 1850 and by 1919 was one of the top six regional brewers in Britain. In the 1920s the Cain family, who had become peers of the realm under the name of Brocket, sold the business to Higsons who developed the brewery. Higsons mild and bitter were prized ales on Merseyside and the company was not in difficulties until it faced a takeover bid by the larger Boddingtons brewery in Manchester in 1985. Higsons remained a viable brewing plant but the Boddingtons group fell foul of a massive hostile takeover bid by the national giant Whitbread in 1990. Whitbread busily developed Boddingtons Bitter into a national brand and quickly closed Higsons. The site was saved by a new company, GB Brewers but they later needed investment and in 1991 sold the site to the Danes. CAMRA is looking at possible ways to save Cains. It would be essential to buy the Cains name from the Danes and then to look for a smaller, alternative site on Merseyside. CAMRA will ask the European Union whether funds might be available to help set up a new brewery. At present Cains employs 70 people and own nine pubs and supplies more than 300 other outlets.
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Since the end of the Second World War, the dietary needs of the United Kingdom have improved markedly. Shortages and deprivation, rationing, with a lack of selection, all featured in the food markets of the period. The arrival of fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and a regular supply of vitamins brought about a scourge of the childhood social diseases prevalent at that time. At the turn of this new century, there are new types of fruit, which had never been heard of during the war. Kumquat, kiwi... All of which brings me to my point. Why are the only available snacks in pubs such crap? Any flavour you want as long as it’s salt. Nuts are a very versatile source of oil, vitamins and goodness. Walnuts, almonds, cashews...all are healthy eating, used in cereals and muesli for instance. Chestnuts roasted in season are lovely when hot. But in the pub....peanuts are plastered with salt, or dry roasted, and covered in wood shavings. How can we forget Chilli nuts, or poppadoms. The potato can be roast, or baked, but in the pub it’s better fried, covered with emulsifier, E.bygum and salt. Crisp anyone? Biscuits everywhere, digestive, rich tea, bourbon, all appear not to require plastering in salt. Oh... except the mini cheddar. On the continent, many varieties of ham and wurst, are blended with a huge array of lovely cheeses. The UK dietary response is the Pork scratching. I shudder to think exactly which part of the pig this is from, but I suspect special ‘scratching pigs’ are inbred, and fed nothing but salt and monosodiumglutanate. Tough as a skinheads boot, but is the hair real? ... A look at the ingredients on the packet doesn’t increase confidence. A friend of mine recently broke a tooth attempting to sample this delicacy, and the broken piece of tooth was swallowed. It’s questionable whether scratching or filling was the more nutritious. The man with the Crabs is not as common as he used to be either. (There’s a joke there somewhere.) Leaving aside his health, did you ever see the colour of some of those crabsticks he used to sell? How many types of fluorescent, red, straight legged crabs do you know? They say the Irish Sea is not radioactive. Eggs, in Scotland are covered in a coating of sausage meat and breadcrumbs. The humble scotch egg. Tasty. There appears in this case, to be no chance of getting salt into the egg, so to remove all taste, pickle it instead. I was under the impression that in pubs, there has been a rather popular campaign running for a number of years, to stop beer tasting like vinegar, ...but we’ll eat it instead? In conclusion, it is my belief that brewers and pubs are pushing the ‘Heritage snack’. You’ve all been eating too healthily for too long. Its time to reintroduce the ‘Deprivation of Wartime experience’. Back to the rickets & ringworm years. “We ‘ad no meat then, an’ closest we got to it, were ter suck on’t pork scratching for three days, cos they were impossible ter eat. We ‘ad TB, and consumption, but by god... we never had cramp... “
New Whittington Pubs Past & Present
Originally a farming community and part of Whittington, the area now known as New Whittington developed following the opening in 1857 of Messrs Thomas Firth & Sons Ironworks. At one time it could support eleven pubs; six of these remain open today and two of the ex-pubs now earn their keep as residential properties. The pubs that are no longer open are considered first. The Bull’s Head, on South Street North, was converted into a beerhouse around 1868. Richdale’s and Hammond’s Breweries were owners until the pub closed in the late 1960s. The property, now converted into flats, stands just down the road from the Angel. The Bath Hotel, situated on London Street, was a Scarsdale Brewery beerhouse that was initially known as the ‘Plough’ (1869-1891). The hotel was demolished in the mid 1980s and the land was used as a car park for the nearby school. We can get a good idea of the pub’s layout from plans submitted in December 1935. These show that the building adjoined the Co-operative Shop premises and that there was an upstairs club room. Further plans to enlarge the tap room and add a ladies toilet were approved in February 1962. The Royal Hotel started life as a beerhouse called the Royal Oak in the 1860s also on London Street. This Brampton Brewery outlet closed in 1958 and the premises (1 London Street) were demolished in 1972/3. Another beerhouse, on South Street North, was the Star Inn. Owned by Scarsdale Brewery, it was closed in 1959 under the 1904 Licensing Act. This was the so-called ‘Compensation Act’ that allowed local magistrates to close pubs and beerhouses in areas where they felt there were too many, in return for a compensation payment. The property still stands and is the pebble dashed house next to the Angel. The most interesting of all the lost pubs is the Dusty Miller. The first evidence of this beerhouse is under the name of the ‘Malt Shovel’ in 1857. The licensee, John Hollingworth, bought a malt house premises in 1855 for £420. In 1874, the death certificate for one Joseph Cundy listed his occupation as a beerhouse keeper, address ‘Dusty Miller’. The premises were situated in a yard off High Street, hidden from view from the road by a terrace of four dwelling houses, whilst the name The photograph shows the ‘Dusty Miller Yard’ in the 1930’s. originates from the fact that an early landlord was from The Dusty Miller beerhouse is on the left, although only part of a milling family. It is likely that beer was brewed on the it can be seen. The building in the middle (with outside steps to premises until two Sheffield brewers, John Akenhead the first floor) is thought to have been the old malt house. The long building on the right is the rear of a terrace of four houses and Barton Wells, bought the business for £1010 in (numbers 104-110) which fronted onto High Street. December 1889. Ownership later passed to Greaves Brewery of Sheffield until 1920 when Greaves were taken over by another Sheffield Brewer, Duncan Gilmour & Co. The Dusty Miller closed around 1922 when objections were made to the renewal of its licence. The premises, together with the adjoining malt house and terraced houses, were eventually demolished in the late 1930s. Four houses next to ‘Cheers’ Off Licence on High Street, and part of Highgate Close to the rear, now occupy the site. 16
Turning to the six pubs that are still open, the Angel was first listed as a public house in 1868 and was once one of the three pubs or beerhouses that stood on South Street North, with the Bull’s Head and Star Inn. Originally the pub was owned by Tennant Brothers’ Brewery of Sheffield (who became part of Whitbread in 1961/2). The Crown Inn, so named as it was built on land known as ‘Crown Yard’, was first listed in 1862 as a beerhouse. Plans submitted in 1917 show that it had a bar parlour and smoke room on the left, with a ‘General Room’ on the right. Chesterfield and Mansfield Breweries have both been owners. In the summer of 2001 it was purchased by the Innspire Pub Group and renamed as the Corner Flag - a sporting theme pub. The Forge Inn opened about 1859 as a beerhouse and takes its name from Firth’s ironworks that were once found nearby. Truswells Brewery of Sheffield owned the pub until 1955 when they were taken over by Hope & Anchor which in due course was acquired by Bass. The oldest surviving public house in New Whittington is the Miners’ Arms on Bamford Street, having first been listed in an 1857 Trade Directory. The probable source of the name is from the fact that an early landlord, George Bamford, was also a miner and no doubt he wanted to attract the custom of his fellow miners. The pub has been owned by Chesterfield Brewery, Mansfield Brewery from 1938 and Burtonwood Brewery since 1991. The Rising Sun was the third pub in the village owned by Scarsdale Brewery of Chesterfield. This end-terrace pub opened in the late 1860’s and until 1960 only held a beerhouse licence. Finally, the Wellington Hotel on High Street was built as a hotel/pub in 1858, a fact confirmed by a date stone at the side of the pub. At one time there was a stable block for horses at the rear of the pub. The first known landlord was a John Wilcockson (1858-68). Yet again, both Chesterfield and Mansfield Breweries have owned the pub. Thanks go to John Hirst for additional research and Pete Floyd of the Wellington Hotel for obtaining a copy of unpublished notes by Mr. Trevor Nurse that provide a very readable history of life in New Whittington. 17
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Woodforde Brewery In July 2001 at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, Woodforde’s picked up another CAMRA award. This time it was the Silver Champion Best Bitter of Britain award, not as before for their Wherry or Norfolk Nog but for their 4.5% premium bitter Nelson’s Revenge. It is further acknowledgement, if that were needed, of the growing success of Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales. Ray Ashworth and Dr. David Crease established Woodforde’s in 1981, with the initial brewery located at an industrial unit at Bidewell Close, Drayton, Nr Norwich. In their words, “Woodforde’s was born out of the CAMRA philosophy and the policy of the company has never wavered... Good Quality Real Ale”. The company was named after Parson Woodforde, a noted 18th century clergyman from Weston Longville whose diaries revealed a passion for good food and good ale, which he liked to brew himself. The first commercial brew of Wherry Bitter was produced in April 1981. The brewery was moved to Erpingham in 1982, converting a disused stable block next to the Spread Eagle Public House. Despite an early fire, which gutted the premises and naturally halted production for some time, it was to be the home for the company for the next 7 years. One more move then in 1989 to larger premises at Woodbastwick, seven miles east of Norwich where disused buildings were converted into the new Broadland Brewery. Soon after the accolades started: 1991 - Wherry was voted ‘Champion New Brewery Beer of Britain’ announced at CAMRA’s GBBF. 1992 - Norfolk Nog became ‘Supreme Champion Beer of Britain’ and a row of cottages adjacent to the brewery was converted to become ‘The Fur & Feather Inn’ the brewery tap. 1993 - Mardlers Mild was voted Champion Mild of Britain, whilst Headcracker was voted Champion Barley Wine of Britain. 1996 - Wherry Bitter became ‘Supreme Champion Beer of Britain’. 1999 - Norfolk Nog won the Silver Champion Winter Beer of Britain award. 2001 - Nelson’s Revenge won the Silver Champion Best Bitter of Britain award.
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New Report Disputes Reports ‘Cask-conditioned Ale’ in Death Spiral Craft brewers in Britain were given a major boost at the end of November when a report challenged the belief that real ale was in terminal decline. The report, researched by Martyn Cornell for Martin Information, said the real ale sector of the British beer market had been seriously under-estimated and was in fact buoyant and dynamic. Real ale is Britain’s great contribution to the world of beer. Also known as “cask-conditioned beer”, it is draught ale that leaves breweries in unfinished form and ripens in casks in pub cellars as a result of secondary fermentation. It is served by handpumps - simple suction pumps that need no applied gas pressure. The rise of three global giants in recent years has given smaller regional and micro-brewers a tough time. The giants - Interbrew of Belgium (which owns Bass and Whitbread), Scottish Courage, and Carlsberg-Tetley - account for eight out of a hundred pints of beer brewed in Britain. They have largely turned their backs on cask beer to concentrate on insipid versions of lager and a new type of draught ale known as ‘nitro-keg’, a filtered and pasteurised beer served by a mix of carbon dioxide and nitrogen gases. The official statistics produced by the brewers’ governing body and also by Customs & Excise, which collects ‘duty’ [tax] on beer, have suggested that cask beer’s market share has plummeted from 17% of the total market to just 9% in a decade under the onslaught of the global giants. But Martyn Cornell challenges these figures. He says the cask beer sector is worth £2.6 billion a year and is second only to standard lager (3-4% alcohol by volume) in the draught beer market. Most astonishing of all, Cornell estimates that cask beer sales account for around 25% of total beer sales. Previous estimates that have put cask ale sales at less than 10% of the market seem to make two mistakes. First, they have under-estimated the size of the micro-brewery segment, where the top five new brewers now outsell the bottom eight regionals in terms of cask ales. Second, they appear to be using an inaccurate model to translate Customs & Excise figures on the amount of beer sold in the UK into figures for the different sectors: cask ale, keg and smoothflow [nitro-keg] ale, premium lager and standard lager. It is a pity that many business decisions by brewers and retailers must have been made on the basis of such an inaccurate picture. In the past four years, several leading regional brewers have quit brewing to concentrate on pub retailing on the assumption there was no future in making beer. According to Cornell, the remaining 50 regional brewers sell six out of every 10 pints of cask ale. The rest of the market belongs to the country’s 450 micro-breweries, none of which existed before 1977 and which continue to open at the rate of one every eight days. Nick Stafford, a spokesman for the Society of Independent Brewers, which represents most of Britain’s microbrewers, says he was not surprised by Martyn Cornell’s findings. “We’ve been banging this drum year in, year out,” he adds. “Cask ale is booming because there are people out there who really know it’s the best thing going.” Thanks to the Martin Information report, Britain’s hard-pressed craft brewers can now face the future with a degree of cautious optimism. The Society of Independent Brewers recently commented on the report from Martin Information that put the cask ale market at twice the size of previous estimates. SIBA General Secretary, Peter Haydon said, “The report raises the question ‘who was under the impression that the cask ale market was half the size it now appears to be?’ It certainly wasn’t us, as the report’s estimates of the micro sector being in the order of over 800,000 barrels per annum is exactly in line with our own internal surveys. The revealing fact is the comparison between the market access and market shares of the micros and national brewers. The microbrewers have 16% of the cask ale market and yet the nationals with far greater market access have only 27%. This is significant as it demonstrates that the national market share is largely held up by their ownership of the market. If smaller brewers’ beers were free to compete with the nationals in a larger proportion of the nation’s pubs it is quite probable that several national brands would collapse. Sadly what is happening is that microbrewers are being excluded from the market in order protect the share of inferior brands.” “The report would seem to support our contention that there is plenty of demand for microbrewery products that is unfulfilled because the UK beer market is not a free market. We shall be using this data as part of our campaign to open up the marketplace and introduce competition at all levels.” “SIBA has long questioned the validity of industry statistics as no one has ever asked us for data on output and yet we represent over 50% of the firms in the UK market, therefore how can industry data be reliable. This is not surprising, however, given the traditional degree of complacency and condescension in this industry. I do find it highly amusing, however, to think that billions of pounds have been spent in deals over the last ten years as a result of decisions made using data that was wildly inaccurate to the extent that it underrepresented the second largest industry sector by over 50%. A point with which the report’s authors seem to agree. I am tempted to say ‘ Come back Bass. Come Back Whitbread. . . it was all a big mistake!!’” “One would like to think that there are a number of analysts and accountants out there who have read this report and are now feeling rather sheepish, but sadly these people tend to be rather too thick skinned.”
Ales From Beyond The Grave Brand names from dead breweries mislead drinkers, says Roger Protz. Several beers listed in the 2002 Good Beer Guide give the impression they come from living, independent brewers when in fact the breweries have been closed and the brands moved elsewhere. Morrells Oxford brewery closed in 1998, yet a full-colour brochure produced by the pub group declares it offers ‘Three classic ales with the real taste of Oxford.’ Warming to the theme, the brochure goes on “There’s more to Oxford than its famous dreaming spires, noble lawns and ancient, honey-coloured colleges. Real Oxford life blends a rich cultural heritage with the here and now...with Eights Week rowing on the Isis in May, languid punting on the meandering Cherwell and the clamour of Varsity match, and a pint or two of Morrells in celebration. Morrells have been part of Oxford life since 1782, so there’s not much they don’t know about the city, past and present. Today’s ‘silicon generation’ of sporting, fun-loving students, thronging the city’s bars, are equally well informed. They know that classic Morrells beers are an essential part of real Oxford life’.” What this risible hyperbole doesn’t tell the well-informed, silicon-enhanced students is that Morrells beers are now brewed a fair punt from Oxford - in Dorchester, the capital of Dorset, to be precise. The Thomas Hardy Brewery there is a contract brewery. As well as Morrells of Oxford’s brands, it also produces ‘Ushers’ beers for a retail company called Refresh UK. Ushers Brewery in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, closed in 2000, and its large pub estate is now run by a company called InnSpired. Drinkers who, understandably, are not up to speed on all the rapid changes in the brewing industry could be forgiven for thinking they are consuming genuine Wiltshire beers brewed in Trowbridge when they frequent pubs badged as Ushers. The most high-profile offender in the passing-off business is Greene King. The Suffolk brewer, Britain’s secondbiggest regional, as a result of the closure of both Ruddles of Rutland and Morlands of Abingdon, now owns the Ruddles and Old Speckled Hen brands. There is no mention of Greene King on labels for these brands. They are labelled respectively ‘Ruddles Brewing’ and ‘Morland Brewing’. The uninitiated could draw the conclusion the beers are brewed by existing companies bearing those names. “Such is the affection for Ruddles County among the older generation of cask beer drinkers that many may & think they are getting a true Rutland beer. But in its region of origin, Ruddles County was 5% alcohol. The Welcome you to Greene King version is 4.3%, an alcohol rating that conveniently plugs the gap between the company’s IPA and Abbot Ale. There is a similar problem with the former King & Pentland Road, Barnes brands from Horsham now owned by Hall & Dronfield Woodhouse. Woodhouse’s Badger Brewery in Blandford Forum. Tel: 01246 418018 Sussex Bitter brewed in Dorset? Odd things are happening to English geography. And did you know that Open 11.00am. - 11.00pm. the revered home of pale ale brewing, Burton-on-Trent, is now part of West Yorkshire? For Draught Burton ale, a former CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain, has moved We are in the 2002 Good Beer Guide from Burton and is now produced by Tetley in Leeds. Regular Beers: Timothy Taylors Landlord, CAMRA’s opposition to misleading brands is not based on pedantry but authenticity. If we are to convince both John Smith’s Cask, John Smith’s Magnet, current and future drinkers of cask beers that they Tetley Bitter plus 3 ever changing guest should treat them as seriously as French wines, then ales served from our glass fronted cellar authenticity and place of origin are of great importance. A Rutland beer cannot be brewed in Suffolk, any more behind the bar. than an Oxford beer can be brewed in Dorset, or a proud Burton pale ale be removed to Yorkshire. It FUN QUIZ NIGHT EVERY TUESDAY couldn’t happen to chateau-bottled French claret. But French wines are protected by appellations - guarantees COME AND TRY OUR HOME COOKED of place of origin as well as quality. FOOD FROM OUR ALL NEW MENU Think on, as they say in West Yorkshire. Or, perhaps, Burton-on-Humber.
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Pub News Burtonwood have announced the monthly guest beer programme that will be available in their pubs for the first six months of 2002. For January & February there is Marlow Rebellion Smuggler, March brings Wood's Shropshire Lad, there is Arundel Gold in April and that old favourite Caledonian 80/- in May. Elgood Pageant Ale in June completes the line up. Burtonwood have a number of pubs locally - Gate Inn at Troway, Fox & Hounds at Marsh Lane, Miners' Arms at Brimington Common and the Scotsman’s Pack at Hathersage. Congratulations to Julie and Peter Hayes (pictured opposite) from the Derby Tup on the birth of their daughter Emily. All real ale lovers can ensure the forthcoming Easter Beer Festival at the Arkwright Arms at Sutton-cum-Duckmanton meets with their approval. You are asked to let the pub know which are your favourite beers and they will try to put them on during the festival. Call in and speak to Paul, John or Dennis Chadwick. The Arkwright continues to offer a good range of real ales to its customers. On our last visit we had to choose between Saxons Moody Blues hand pulled cider, WPA (Wentworth Pale Ale), Mauldons Pickwick, Wentworth Oatmeal Stout, Batemans XB and Marston's Pedigree. There wasn't any real competition as the Oatmeal Stout was excellent. The Royal Oak (pictured) in the Shambles in Chesterfield Town Centre Chesterfield’s oldest pub has now re-opened following refurbishment and new landlord Adrian is keen to get real ale flowing there again. There are also plans later this year for weekend banquets which it is hoped will return the venue to its historical roots. Not it is hoped those of the elderberry tree with its 17ft 6ins of roots that were found growing down the pubs drainpipe a few weeks ago! The Royal Oak at Old Tupton continues to do well with its varied range of real ales. When we called there was a good choice of beers from the Whim Brewery, Black Sheep, Jennings and Theakston's and John Smith’s Magnet. John Angus is now spreading his real ale wings across to Clay Cross to the Red Lion. Staff trained by John will be running the Red Lion where it is intended to introduce a selection of real ales to the area. Best wishes go to Malcolm Hutton a CAMRA member who has taken over at the Queen Anne Inn at Great Hucklow. He currently has either two or three real ales on at any one time and is hoping to increase the range. We look forward to drinking there with you soon. The Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield had Badger IPA on recently and guest beers are a regular event. The 'Tavern at Tansley', real name George and Dragon had Tetley's bitter, Pedigree and Speckled Hen on over the Christmas period. The Tetley's was reportedly exceptionally good. The Duke William, Matlock was serving Banks's Bitter and Marston’s Pedigree when we last called. The new owners seem keen on the condition of their beers so we look forward to our next visit with interest. Chesterfield CAMRA's January Branch Meeting was held at the Victoria, Brampton. Despite the excellent quality of the beer, the meeting was saddened to learn that Martin and Linda Goacher were leaving the pub, where they have been since July 1994, previously keeping the Three Horseshoes on Chatsworth Road since March 1987. Martin and Linda are leaving the trade to give them more time to look after their children, and are not moving far away (Rhodesia Road). Martin is working as a residential care worker. The Branch wishes Martin and Linda good luck. The new tenants are Geoff and Mavis Mason, known to many from their tenancy of the New Inn, Chatsworth Road (now Sweeney's). The branch wishes them success in their new venture.
The Woodside at Ashgate, Chesterfield has four real ales to choose from, two regular beers and two guests. Regular patrons of the Thorn Tree at Matlock will be delighted to learn that they have a fresh chance to enjoy Whim Hartington Bitter. After much hard work by Karen Smisby, this popular ale is now back on the bar but only for a three month trial period where it is hoped that demand will ensure its long term retention.
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Welcome to Jan & Alan Churcher who have taken over at the George & Dragon at Old Brampton. Jan and Alan are new to the area (having moved here from County Durham) although they have plenty of experience in the trade, having run a number of pubs on the Isle of Wight in particular. Currently Marston's Pedigree plus a guest ale are on the bar. Timothy Taylors Landlord was available when we called in, and there will be 2 or three different guest beers each week. Gales country wines are also available. The pub hosts a folk night on the first Thursday of each month and a quiz night every Tuesday night. For those who like to keep track of such things, the Pyramid Pub Management Company now owns the pub. Riding Bitter was in good condition at the Wellington Hotel at New Whittington the last time we called in. They also offer a guest beer and recently Banks' First Harvest and Wychwood Hobgoblin have been seen. The Furnace on Derby Road, Chesterfield appears to be closed at present. If it is, it is one of a number of John Smiths pubs that have close in the last 12 months. Others include the White Hart at Walton, Lion & Lamb, Eckington, Square & Compass, Chesterfield and the Moonrakers at Newbold.
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We have a 22-room hotel: Mon-Thu ÂŁ39 room only, Special weekend rate ÂŁ35 room only We have a great selection of good, hearty food at very keen prices. A fine selection of cask ales featuring ever changing guest ales from around the country including a selection of our local Townes ales from Staveley and some old favourites.
The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris, Cheshire has been named Britain's Best Pub in the 'Pub of the Year' competition - organised by CAMRA. This 1930's pub has appeared in every edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide since 1984 and it is the first brewery-owned managed pub to win this award. It also marks a rare victory for a pub in an urban location as the majority of previous winners have been rural free houses. The George at Marsh Lane is now for sale and an application has been submitted for the premises to become a private dwelling. The Black-a-Moor at Troway is continuing as previously reported with its two guest ale policy. We had a choice of Titanic Full Steam Ahead or Caledonian First Fotting, when we called recently. The Fleur de Lys at Unstone reopened recently after its fire last year. The rebuild took 11 months and the pub has been remodelled featuring a new conservatory which acts as a restaurant in the early evening and a room for nonsmokers later. They have re installed real ale, replacing Banks Bitter with a changing guest beer which was Morrells Varsity, which drinks well. Pedigree is also a permanent feature. It is nice to see real ale at the Fleur once again. Lets hope a few more folk go in and drink it.
The Lathkil Hotel - Pub of the Year 2002 Scene : down the local.... “Cheers. What’s kept you?” “Likewise. I’ve got this write-up to do about our Pub of the Year.” “Which is ...?” “The Lathkil at Over Haddon - a busload of us went the other Sunday to make the presentation ...” “... and no doubt sunk a fair few ...” “Well, it would be daft not to - choice of Marston’s Bitter (bit of rarity these days), Bombardier, Whim Hartington Bitter & IPA - plus some decent snap.” “Sounds a real ordeal. Speeches?” “Indeed. Mary did the honours. Summed it all up in 90 seconds or thereabouts.” “Is that a record?” “Perhaps - certainly a personal best. For the home side, Robert replied with his usual warmth on behalf of Helen, Jason & the team.” “And no doubt the real ale paparazzi were out in force to capture the grins for posterity.” “Aye - wide angle lens job, too - getting both certificates in shot ...” “Say again ...?” “The pub’s just chalked up a 20-year stint in the Good Beer Guide - unique in our area.” “Now that’s worth a gong ...”
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“True. It’s vital we talk up the real ale cause & showcase our best pubs : this was a perfect opportunity.” “Steady - all this campaigning is making me thirsty. Suppose you’re off now to do your homework ...” “Nice try ... it’s your shout, remember - same again, please.” “And the Lathkil piece ...?” “Oh, I’ll get round to it, eventually ...”
Robert & Jason of the Lathkil Hotel with Chesterfield & District CAMRA Vice-Chair, Mary Keast, at the Pub of the Year Presentation. They were also presented with a certificate to acknowledge 20 consecutive years in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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25th Anniversary of Chesterfield CAMRA In 2002 Chesterfield and District CAMRA will be celebrating our 25th anniversary as an independent branch, although we had existed for about two years prior to this as a subbranch of Derby CAMRA. The branch was established at a meeting held on the 18th July 1977 at the Furnace Inn Goytside (now the Unicorn Tavern) where there was a large turn out of 23 members. The first committee was elected with Doug Leeming as Chairman a post, which he was to hold until 1991. In fact the branch has had only four Chairmen to date, with Dave Holden, Roy Shorrock and our present Chairman Jim McIntosh completing the quartet. We look forward to our AGM in March when our ViceChair Mary Keast may well be the first woman to officially take charge of the branch. The branch has witnessed many changes in the world of real ale we first saw the revived interest in real ales from keg only brewers, including Mansfield Brewery and John Smiths. Then came the rise in popularity of microbreweries and their many and varied brews. We have unfortunately mourned the closure of several regional local breweries such as Shipstones Home Brewery, Stones Cannon brewery, Wards Brewery and now Mansfield has been added to the list. The branch has had many individual campaigning issues for example lined oversized glasses and more flexible opening hours. In 1981 the first branch real ale guide was produced. It was small but informative, recording the 137 pubs in our area that served real ale, including our first microbrewery, Winkles Saxon Cross from Buxton. Other revived names available at this time included Gilmours Bitter; Whitbread Queens Ale and BYB (Bentleys
Yorkshire Bitter) - all long since disappeared. The success of the mini guide led to the production of a larger better produced guide. Further editions of our own guide were curtailed by the publication of two editions of the Derbyshire Ale Guide. Derbyshire has recently been resurveyed and work is now nearly complete on the latest edition of the Derbyshire Ale Guide. Another highlight of the first 21 years was our first real ale festival, jointly run with the Cavendish Round Table, in November 1983 at the Goldwell rooms. It was a great success and became a two day event in subsequent years. A total of four festivals were held at this venue, probably the best venue in town at that time, sadly now demolished. The next four events were held at the newly opened Winding Wheel Centre, which were followed by a further three at Chesterfield College Refectory, the last being in 1993. There was then a gap of six years before the branch returned to the Winding Wheel. Three very successful festivals later we are looking forward to our fourth sell out event. Chesterfield had been without a brewery for nearly 40 years, when in 1994 Alan Wood opened the Townes microbrewery on Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield. Beers such as Muffin, Colliers, Sunshine, Golden Bud, Spireite, GMT, Staveleyan, Stargazer and IPA have graced our bars and excited our taste buds. This little brewery has a strong local following and has now moved premises to the Speedwell at Staveley to become a brewpub. So, if you have been involved at all over the years, or would like to join CAMRA, please come along to some of our social events this year and help us celebrate!