Save Our Pubs! CAMRA is launching a new initiative -
National Pubs W eek... Running from 22nd February to 1st March, the Campaign is to persuade people that if they take the Great British Pub for granted, then pretty soon there won't be many Great British Pubs left. New research compiled by CAMRA shows an astonishing 20 pubs close every month and over a quarter of adults (27%) NEVER visit a pub. If this trend continues then Britain's unique pubs will disappear very quickly! Chesterfield & District CAMRA will be holding a local launch plus Branch social from 9pm on Sunday 23rd February at the Rutland in Chesterfield Town Centre. The Branch made numerous awards during 2002 to recognise Great British Pubs in the Chesterfield & District Area; The Flying Childers (Stanton in Peak), The Hare & Hounds (Barlow), The Lamb Inn (Holymoorside) and The Rutland (Chesterfield) all won Pub of the Season awards. Our prestigious Pub of the Year award for 2002 went to the Lathkil Hotel (Over Haddon). To find out which pub recently won our Pub of the Year award for 2003, just turn over the page! See inside for further details of this major new Campaign...
Also in this issue: Pub of the Year 2003 Troway Pubs Past & Present Support Your Country Pubs Wentworth Brewery Trip Is there a future for the British Boozer? Pub Feature - Hudson Bay Beer House
Pub of the Year 2003 - The Speedwell, Staveley In spite of stiff competition and a strong field, the Speedwell has won Pub of the Year for the second time (first time in 2000, when it had been open just over a year). It was also nominated last year – and its name comes up regularly in Pub of the Season nominations. Why, you may enquire? Asked to write this at extremely short notice with deadlines looming, I resorted to the back of an envelope: 10 reasons why I voted for the Speedwell for Pub of the Year. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Excellent beer!! Good selection of 1. Reasonably priced 1. Hosts guest beers from other micros. Has annual beer festival.
6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Always get full measure. Comfortable friendly atmosphere. Separate drinking areas, one no-smoking. I can get the bus (most of the way) there. I can take the dog in.
Now you may not agree with most of these; 9 & 10 in particular you may regard as frivolous. However I would hope that you would agree with at least the first five! Some at least are subjective; 7 & 8 refer to personal comfort – you may like loud music/fruit machines/emphasis on food, all of which, Bridget Jones-like, I would characterise as Bad. (though not necessarily, or all the time.) Surely, drinking the beers of Chesterfield’s only brewpub - usually three or four regulars plus a monthly special brew, whilst chatting with the other customers and/or the friendly and welcoming bar staff; or, browsing among the selection of CAMRA newsletters available to read whilst relaxing over a good pint of locally (back of the building) brewed beer is enough to gladden the heart of the most recalcitrant beer lover. I don’t mind what your reasons are as long as you, like me, enjoy the beer & atmosphere and agree that this is a worthy winner of Pub of the Year. Mary Keast pictured presenting the award to Alan Wood, publican and brewer while Stu Bradbury, the The Handley Hack CAMRA Brewery Liason Officer looks on.
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Mention North America to British beer drinkers and they will usually think of ice cold lager type beers, heavily carbonated and often made with rice and other alien brewing substances not mentioned in the Reinheitsgebotes. This perception is far from the truth. 2002 sees the 20th anniversary of “the first brewpub to open in America after prohibition.” This was Bert Grant’s Yakima Brewing and Malting Co., which opened on July 1 1982 in a former brothel. Redhook (Independent Ale Brewery) quickly followed them, having taken rather longer to go commercial. Both operations were based in the US State of Washington. Now almost 300 similar operations are brewing between Northern California and Alaska. Not all these breweries produce what we know as real ale, however many do. Some even using British handpumps for dispense. Like UK based micros, they have experienced mixed fortunes. Redhook now produce around 250,000 barrels of beer per year. The independence of many bars and restaurants allows producers a far easier entry into the market than is the case here, and many brewpubs now supply dozens of outlets. Beer styles vary. Some favour east European style beers, whilst most produce classic English beers, although these tend to be far stronger than the English equivalents and are more heavily hopped. It is strange that for such a litigious society ABV is not quoted. It is all too easy to find that the pint you have been drinking is a massive 7.5%. Brewpubs, as opposed to microbreweries, are particularly pleasant places to visit. By law they must provide food, and we were never disappointed in the standards that we encountered. Of the dozen or so brewpubs visited, Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, British Columbia), High Mountain Brewing (Whistler, BC), Pyramid Ales Brewery (Seattle), Pike Brewing Co. (Seattle), Steam Works Brewing Co. (Vancouver), and Yaletown Brewing Co. (Vancouver) are particularly worthy of mention. The Tsarist Imperial Stout at Spinnakers was as good as anything I have found in Europe, and at around £2.20 for a pint of 7.7% ABV was a great way to round off an evening. At High Mountain we were treated to a brewery visit followed by free samples of their entire range of six beers. The measures are something that takes some getting used to. Most establishments seemed to sell beer in 3 measures; pints, schooners, and glasses (or halves). A standard US pint is 16oz. A schooner 14.5oz and a glass 10oz. We did however come across 14.5oz pints, but these were clearly maked in the menu. Canadian pints on the other hand are 4
18oz, although 20oz UK pints were sometimes specified, and they called the 14.5oz measure a shaker. All this might seem a little confusing, but it did allow you to precisely control the amount you imbibed. Some of the brewpubs listed 20 different brews, and whilst these were not all available at the same time, the range meant sampling everything would require great stamina. Countering this problem was the sampler, a 6oz measure that could not be purchased singly. You could however order a selection of 5 or 6 “samples” that cost around the price of 2 pints. A great way to check out a brewery. It was great to see such an enthusiastic industry in North America. It is obvious that there is far from universal acceptance of mass produced yellow beer, and a public eager to pay for a quality product. There is much to recommend a trip to the Pacific Northwest. The beer is simply the icing on the cake.
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Postbag how many people stay away because of the stink of cigarette smoke. With 3 out of 4 people choosing not to smoke, it should not be surprising that many choose not to have to breathe other peoples smoke either. Unfortunately the pub owners shot themselves in the foot when they knocked out all the internal walls and made most pubs one room. There is not now the scope for providing segregated drinking. Even so it is difficult to work out why no one locally has looked to cash in on the potential trade by making their pub totally smoke free. Vegetarian restaurants do good trade because they are a cashing in on business that most restaurants ignore, and since cinemas went smoke free they have enjoyed a massive resurgence in business. There are large benefits for any landlord brave enough to go smoke free:
I share your dream about finding a smoke free pub locally. Last week I took some friends to the Riverside in Sheffield. We sat in the “no smoking room”, but were soon driven out by the smokers in there. The bar staff even emptied the ash trays that the smokers brought through from the rest of the pub. We recently returned from an extended trip to the Pacific coast of North America. Contrary to the popular myth about American’s drinking nothing but Bud, there was no shortage of real ale. Over the last 30 years brew pubs and micros have sprung up all across the USA and Canada. They produce some excellent British style beers, usually cheaper than those on sale in the UK. Most are also considerably stronger. But what makes the region so pleasurable is that virtually every bar is totally smoke free. Smokers have to sit at outdoor tables even when the snow is coming down sideways. This has come about because of fears of staff suing bar owners should they contract smoking related diseases. This has since been reinforced by legislation. Light a match in an American bar and you will be shown the door within seconds. There were fears that bars would lose custom, but the opposite was true. The clean air attracted many customers who had previously stayed at home. Night after night we returned from crowded bars and restaurants without having to fumigate our clothes. Marvellous. It is a mystery to me why no one in the UK seems to want to experiment with a totally smoke free pub. With 80% of the population being non smokers, there is surely a market. Where the Americans go we eventually follow; within 5 years pubs and restaurants on this side of the pond will be smoke free because of legislation. There may be the odd smokers den, run by smokers for smokers, but 95% of establishments will be smoke free. It will be sad for those who enjoy a smoke with their pint. What a pity that the industry made so little effort to accommodate both sets of drinkers over the past 20 years. Nick Lister ========================= At last someone after my own heart. The article smoking in pubs really got to the hub of the problem, which is the pub owners do not realise ~ ~~~~~~ `~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~ ~
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You have a monopoly of a large portion of the trade. You don’t have to replace burned tables, seats and carpets. The pub does not need redecorating half as often. You will considerably extend your own life. No fag ends to clean out of the urinals. Reduced heating bills because extractors do not need to be run constantly. 7 Reduced lighting bills because the bulbs are not stained brown. 8 Reduced fire risk will probably be reflected in reduced insurance premium. 9 The beer and food will taste better. 10 You will get loads of free advertisements as the hacks cash in on the novelty. 11 You do not need to send your clothes to the cleaners every week. 12 Your customers live longer thus remaining regulars for longer.
Anyone who has been to the States will know that smoking in bars and restaurants is almost a capital offence. Few question the system, and trade actually increased after the measures became law. No one (are they?) is calling for all pubs to be made non smoking. It is just that one or two would be nice. Please let me know if you hear of one. John Brown ========================= If you ever find that smoke free pub of your dreams let me know. I have many friends who avoid pubs because they would rather drink at home and avoid smelling like an ashtray. A smoke free pub would get our business and many like minded people as well. 6
As one of the non smoking majority I wonder why so few pubs provide a non smoking room at all, and those that do usually provide an unheated shed of a room miles from the bar. A few genuine smoke free pubs might just be the answer to bring back the customers and reverse the trend towards pub closures. Barry John ========================= Isn’t it odd that around half the people in a pub will be smoking when statistics tell us that more than 70% of the population are non smokers. Also odd is that around 60% of people in pubs will be men, when they only make up 48% of the population. The reason for these apparent anomolies is that many non smokers, particularly women, would rather drink at home than put up with the stink in our pubs. I have to presume that the marketing men ask the people in the pubs what they want rather than asking those who stay away why. When a landlord is wondering why his pub is empty 5 nights of the week the last person he should be asking is Fred who sits at the end of the bar smoking his pipe. Charlotte Potter ========================= I read your article about smoke in pubs and share your desire for smoke free pubs. The problem was solved over New Year by buying a barrel of beer from a local brewery. 5% ABV 36 pints for £30, and a fabulous drink it was too. Connected up a hand pump and got the mates round. No smoke, no entry fee, no short measures and no worrying about the taxi home. Yesterday it was off to the Wetherspoons (Friar Penketh in Warrington) where they have a smoke free area the size of a football pitch. Again smoke free atmosphere and Theakson’s Best Bitter at 50p/pint. Not my favourite pint but far better than paying £1.86 for Boddington’s in the smoky hole across the road. We washed it down with Spitfire at £1.09, Abbott £1.09 and Directors at £1.09. No smoke, no fruit machines, no juke box. What more could a man ask. I wonder why Wetherspoon’s pubs never get nominated as CAMRA pub of the month. They always seems to be the same over priced over smoky pubs. I spent 4 days drinking excellent ale
at less than £1/pint. I just wonder what advantage I gain by paying double that to end up smelling like a kipper. Nick Williams. ========================= I have little sympathy for Andrea Schutz who faces prosecution for insisting on using metric beer measures when serving Austrian lager. We use Imperial beer measures in this country and long may it continue. Allowing exceptions to the rules will open up the flood gates to people who want to serve beer in anything from tea cups to buckets. One thing is for sure the customer would not benefit, and would have little idea of the price they were being asked to pay. Half litre measures look little different from pints. They do however hold around 12% less, and would certainly cause confusion. Serving the lager in imperial measure would not alter the taste, of a beer that is probably made over here anyway. Tony Wall
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Is there a future for the British Boozer?
Remember 1972? Trousers with bell bottoms, wide ties, and big hair. Thank goodness, much has changed since then. House prices have seen an astonishing 1000% increase, and our “rip off ” cars have increased in price around 700%. In the same period pub beer has increased in price by an incredible 2000%. But whilst houses and cars may be far better than they were 30 years ago, mass produced beer is not. Most of the national brands are now pale imitations of the beers they once were, or in the case of Stones, a dark imitation. The measures too have shrunk. 30 years ago most beer was served through metered pumps into oversized glasses. A pint meant a pint of liquid: 20 fluid ounces not the 18 or 19 that is acceptable today. A pint has shrunk by around 10% and so has the strength. The last 30 years have seen huge advertising campaigns to promote keg and nitro-keg beers. These are effectively bottled bright beers on the cheap. The same beer but without the expense of bottling. You can now drink the same beer at the pub that you drink at home, but at 3 times the price. So what is the point? Why would anyone want to get in the car, drive to the pub and pay £2.40 for beer that is available in Sainsbury’s at 80p? Pub rents and inflated wholesale prices have given landlords little option but to charge ever higher prices in the bar, so is it really worth the extra £1.60 a pint to drink keg beers in a pub? Judging by the increasing amount of beer drunk at home, the answer is probably no. The simple fact is people are drinking more at home and less at the pub. You may well ask what prices of keg beer have got to do with real ale drinkers. Simple: pubs make more profit on fizzy beer, and it is this profit that pays the rent. Without PEBLEY lager and nitro-keg drinkers most pubs HE T • REE HOUSE F would make a loss, and real ale drinkers • would have to look elsewhere for somewhere to drink. Unfortunately we are in a vicious circle. Increasing house prices are forcing up pub rents, which are passed on to the customer in higher prices. Supermarket beer is falling in price as more and more brewers enter this growing market. The price A TRADITIONAL FREE HOUSE differential is set to widen. Chris & Andrea Dennis Welcome You Already our area is littered with pubs that have given up the unequal struggle. Others Ever changing range of guest ales are set to follow suit. Many pubs that I served in oversized glasses frequented in 1972 now reserve tables for Good selection of Malt Whiskies Fresh home-cooked food available: diners. The casual drinker is no longer Wed-Sat 12-2pm & 5-9pm, Sun 12-3pm (full menu available) welcome. ♥ Book now for Valentines Day ♥ In the last 30 years supermarkets have Large Beer Garden • Dogs & Children Welcome killed off most corner shops. They have Rotherham Road, Barlborough also killed off many petrol stations, post Nr. Chesterfield S43 4TH Telephone: (01246) 810327 offices, off licences and chemists. Are our We are on the A618 between Killamarsh - Barlborough pubs set to be their next victim? 8
The 3rd Annual Philadelphia Blues Festival and Real Ale Walkabout
Branch Meetings Thursday 6th March, 8.30pm Branch meeting at the Devonshire Arms, Baslow.
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Thursday 3rd April, 8.30pm Branch meeting at the Barrow Boy, Chesterfield. Thursday 1st May, 8.00pm Branch meeting at the Speedwell, Staveley. (Note: early start due to Branch AGM!) Trips, Socials & Beer Festivals: Friday 14th - Sunday 16th February - Ashfield Winter Beer Festival, Festival Hall Leisure Centre, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Sunday 23rd February from 9pm Local launch of CAMRA ‘National Pubs Week’ at the Rutland, Chesterfield, plus social. All welcome - free buffet. Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th April - Mansfield Beer Festival, Mansfield Leisure Centre. Other Beer Festivals: Thursday 27th February - Saturday 1st March - Bradford Beer Festival, Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
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Troway Pubs Past and Present
Troway (meaning either ‘the trough’ or ‘valley road’) lies just beyond Marsh Lane, near Eckington in the Moss Valley. It is a wonderful place for nature and walking, and is possibly North East Derbyshire’s best kept secret. From the 15th to the 19th century the area was famed for scythe and sickle production but the dams and mill wheels are now abandoned or gone. In their place, most of the land is used for agriculture and it is easy to forget that the hamlet is little more than six miles from Sheffield. The oldest pub in the area is now known as the Black-a-Moor although this is a derivation of the pub’s original name, the Blackmoor’s Head (from a 19th century Trade Directory). The name is said to have originated from the time of the crusades in the 11th and 12th centuries when coloured men were regarded as infidel, barbaric and cruel and the Turks or ‘moors’ were regarded as the enemies of Christianity. This is a more likely source of the name rather than the pub’s proximity to ‘Moortop farm’. Indeed the pub’s signboard used to show a dark moorland scene that probably added to the confusion. No documentary evidence came to light during research to confirm how old the pub may be. However there has been an alehouse on the site for several hundred years. It is known that the original premises, which were demolished in the 1930s, stood at right angles to the current building (facing the road down to Troway). Unfortunately no photograph of the original premises has been unearthed to date (we would be interested to see one if anyone can supply such a picture). The first known landlord was John Boot (1828). A long standing 20th century landlord was Ernest Whitworth. The pub was rebuilt in the 1930s by William Stones brewery in mock Tudor fashion. Indeed it was one of three Stones pubs locally built at the same time in this style (the other two being the Mason’s Arms on Cemetery Road, Dronfield and the Hearts of Oak, Northern Common, Dronfield Woodhouse (pictured). The pub is now owned by Enterprise Inns and is well worth a visit for its two (three at weekends) well-kept real ales and its summer beer festival. The Black-a-Moor’s unusual position, apparently in the middle of nowhere, may be explained by the fact that an old trackway passed by it, one of a number in the area. These trackways formed the transport network before the nearby turnpike road was built, allowing people, animals and goods to be moved. When the pub was rebuilt in the 1930’s, it said that it was in anticipation of housing development in the surrounding area that never subsequently went ahead. 10
The other pub in the area is the Gate Inn that stands just down the hill from the Black-a-Moor on the valley side. The Gate was built as a farmhouse and cottages for farm workers used to stand where the car park is now. By 1833, part of the property had been given over to a beerhouse, the first recorded landlord being James Oates. It is not known whether beer was ever brewed on the premises, but it is a possibility. It is however known that the area available to drinkers then was much smaller than it is today, being limited to the front part of today’s lounge (a wooden beam marks the point where the beerhouse joined the residential part of the property). The room on the other side (entered from the garden) was not originally part of the beerhouse. In those days, beer was served by jug from the cellar. The beerhouse licence was not replaced with a full licence until 1950. The 1841 census recorded that James Oates, aged 45, was a beerhouse keeper, and lived with his wife, Elizabeth (also 45 years old) and their children Ann (15), Elizabeth (12) and Mary (10). This again suggests that Oates did not have any other occupation and so the beerhouse must have provided enough to live on. Indeed, this monopoly for retailing beer to thirsty sickle makers and farm hands attracted competition for a short period. A second (unnamed) beerhouse is listed at Troway in the 1860s, run by Mark Fox. The 1841 census records a Mark Fox living in Troway, at that time he was a 35 year old sickle grinder. One family with a long association with the Gate is the Allen family. James Allen was listed as running a beerhouse in 1860, and the business subsequently passed to John Allen (who was also a shoemaker), Mary Allen, Alexander Allen and finally in 1921 Mrs Mary Ellen Allen (probably Alexander’s widow). Mary Ellen Allen was still recorded as being at the Gate in 1941. Several breweries have owned the Gate - Shipstones (early 1900s), Chesterfield Brewery, and then Mansfield Brewery when they acquired Chesterfield Brewery in 1935. Mansfield sold the pub to Burtonwood Brewery in April 1989 in a deal that also included the Fox & Hounds at Marsh Lane. It has been a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide since 1997 and hosts a marrow competition every October. The source of the name the ‘Gate’ is often proximity to a tollgate on a turnpike road. On this occasion it could simply be a reference to a common piece of farming furniture that is very familiar in the Moss Valley - the 5-bar gate (as depicted on the pub’s signboard).
Societies For Beer Related Topics The Inn Sign Society - Founded in 1988, the society aims to make people more aware of the amazing picture gallery we take for granted on our streets and hopes to encourage people to delve into the history behind the names. A colour A4 journal (‘At the Sign of ’) is sent to members four times a year. Membership £15 per annum (£20 overseas). Enquiries to Carol Rose, 9 Denmead Drive, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV11 2QS. 11
How to Make the Most of your £16 A guide to CAMRA for new and prospective members by Ted Bruning... So. You’ve been and gone and done it. You’d only gone to the beer festival for a laugh, and someone ambushed you when your defences were low. You got out your chequebook or signed a direct debit, and now you’re a member of CAMRA. But what have you joined? If you believe what you read in the papers, you’re now one of a tribe of male, middle-aged, physically unappealing, obsessives who terrorise innocent pub landlords and bore fellow customers with endless dissertations on obscure breweries and thick, warm beers with daft names. Only take a look in a mirror. That’s not you! Like your 66,000 fellow members, you’re a perfectly normal person (person rather than bloke because a third of CAMRA members are female) who happens to prefer beer that tastes of something to freezing fizz with less flavour than the condensation on the outside of the glass. And that’s the nub of it. Decent beer. Beer with character. Beer that isn’t all pumped up with gas. Beer you actually look forward to drinking. Plain, simple, delicious beer. You’re not a fanatic - it’s only beer, after all; it’s not a religion - but you’ve noticed that decent beer is harder and harder to come by. Lots of people would agree with you. The difference is that you’ve decided to do something about it. You’ve joined CAMRA because CAMRA promotes the kind of beer you prefer. But nothing in life is that simple, and promoting real ale has turned out to be nothing like as simple as it must have seemed 31 years ago to the four journalists who, fed up with keg beer, came up with the whole idea. Let’s start with the basics. What, precisely, is real ale? Well, that’s simple. Real ale is no more or less than bitter, mild, or what have you that is put into casks before it has completely stopped fermenting and is served without additional CO2 or nitrogen, usually by means of a handpump That’s the traditional way of serving beer in the pub. But over the last 40 years real ale has come under more and more pressure. In the 1960s and ‘70s the enemy was keg beer that was pasteurised, filtered and artificially gassed to achieve less wastage and a longer shelf-life and hence more profit. In its early years CAMRA had great success in turning the keg tide; but no sooner had one threat been dealt with than an even greater one appeared. Lager has the same savings as keg but is also brewed with cheaper ingredients - broken biscuits and old bus tickets, according to one disgruntled real ale brewer - and is sold at a higher price, and is therefore even more profitable. It’s also served so tongue-numbingly cold that you can’t taste the fact that it has no flavour. It now accounts for well over half of the beer sold in Britain. Since then two more new threats have emerged: nitrokeg or smooth beer, which is the same as keg but is dispensed under nitrogen instead of CO2; and alcopops and their modern descendants. Both are remorselessly advertised, especially to younger people who know no better; as a result, real ale now accounts for just 15 or 16 % of the beer sold in British pubs. Next question, then. What is CAMRA? That’s another simple one. CAMRA is a voluntary association of concerned beer lovers who have banded together to do what they can to redress the balance in favour of real ale. And it is voluntary. It has no formal powers, although to listen to some publicans you’d think it had. And almost all the work (and there’s plenty of that!) is done by members on an entirely voluntary basis. That explains what CAMRA is; what it does is rather more complicated. CAMRA was once described by a leading brewer as a pure marketing organisation, with nothing to sell but an idea. And it’s a pretty fair description. CAMRA makes propaganda aimed at persuading brewers to brew real ale, publicans to stock real ale, and consumers to drink real ale. Becoming an activist, though, needn’t mean giving up all your spare time. There are jobs large and small. Joining the branch committee, helping to organise the local beer festival, or giving up a whole week to work at the Great British Beer Festival are among the bigger jobs. Helping the annual Good Beer Guide survey or joining the Postal Action Network (which means writing to you MP and/or Government departments whenever a particular campaign needs a show of public support) are less time-consuming. But large or small, all the jobs need doing; and when all’s said and done, the Campaign is only as effective as its members. This means YOU! The full version of this article originally appeared in What’s Brewing, CAMRA’s monthly newspaper. 12
Adnams Brewery was formed way back in 1872, when Ernest & George Adnams took over an existing brewery in the Suffolk town of Southwold. There has actually been brewing taking place on the site since the early half of the fourteenth century (in fact it has been traced back to 1345), so it was a good place to start a business. They were joined by the Loftus family in 1902 and have continued to produce some interesting and varied cask ales. Some Adnams beers you may have come across include the Bitter (3.7 % ABV), Broadside (4.7 % ABV) and Regatta (4.3 % ABV). I’ve tried the Bitter and the Broadside before and was impressed, so I was expecting good things from my pint of Fisherman. Adnams Fisherman weighs in at 4.3 % ABV and was originally produced to replace two of their existing brands ~ their Old Ale and Oyster Stout. In effect it is essentially a combination of these two styles. It is made (according to the manufacturers) using Maris Otter pale malt, Rye Crystal malt, chocolate malt and Goldings hops. These ingredients, along with Chocolate and Pinhead oats, combine to give and interesting, rich and full-bodied beer. Looks wise, it is a rather deep red in colour; almost like burnished copper. It settled quickly and, when held up to the light, it took on a slightly lighter clear copper hue. The aroma is distinctly hoppy, with a nutty scent from the roasted malt coming through. This mixes nicely with a faint chocolaty fragrance and a little whiff of spice. This combination actually reminds me of winter and the festive season. Taste wise, Fisherman is rather complex too. It’s a little difficult to allot it to one particular style of beer; it has the body, smoothness and character of a stout, and yet it retains the hoppy, refreshing and easy to drink quality of a bitter. The initial flavour I got was a repeat of the malty nuttiness present in the smell. This gave way to a slight bitter sweetness, rather like sucking a square of dark chocolate. There is a little hint of spiciness too that warms you up rather nicely. All this, together with a lovely combination of nuts, fruit and a little bit of liquorice thrown in gives you a cracking flavour. The finish also has these elements of chocolate, malt and hops. It has a complexity that is befitting of a fullbodied and character filled brew such as this. The bitterness of the beer becomes to come through more The 8th Ashfield Beer Festival 2003 strongly towards the end, leading to a refreshing at the Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield aftertaste and that subtle spiciness that leave your mouth feeling warm. The smoothness of the beer is Over 50 Beers, Lagers, Ciders & Fruit Wines also pleasant on the palate. Fisherman leaves you feeling warm, cosy and definitely wanting to get Friday 14th February 2003 straight to the bar for another pint! That’s perhaps the 11 am to 6 pm (£1.00) only trouble; it is perhaps a little TOO easy to drink. 6 pm to 11 pm (£2.50) Adnams Fisherman is unfortunately only available from October until the end of February. This is a real pity Saturday 15th February 2003 because I would be happy to drink it at any time of 11 am to 6 pm (£2.00) year; although essentially a winter brew it is refreshing 7 pm to 11 pm (£5.50 ticket - £7.50 on door) enough to warrant a regular slot. Ours cost us £2.00 for a pint; the standard price for one of the Guest Ales at Sunday 16th February 2003 The Market Hotel. I consider this to be a fair price for a good and tasty beer ~ of course, I’d love to pay less, 12 noon to 2 pm (FREE) subject to beer supplies. but this isn’t going to happen and I have paid the same price for distinctly average beers in the past. We had a few pints each that Wednesday night and thoroughly Tickets: 01623 484701 by post; 01623 457101 by credit card or call at Festival Hall enjoyed them all. I’ll certainly be looking out for Adnams Fisherman again in the future and I Concessions for CAMRA members recommend that you do the same…but time is running Price includes programme out this year, so be quick! If you have any comments, or suggestions for beers or pubs to try, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Return to the ‘Source of the ‘Woppa’ Many moons have come and gone since last this scribe put pen to paper to tell of deeds so noble. The legendary expedition leader, Durham Dave, had long held a dream of exploring deepest south DeeDah, (a backward native land, with a superb natural well, known to outsiders as ‘The Woppa Spa). Having never travelled this desolate region, Durham had managed to join a previous expedition, led by a blind pygmy known only as Shuft. He learned much on this tour. Along with his Secretary/campboy, Hassell, he had learned to communicate with these peoples, their leaders, learned of their habits and manners, and left swearing, that one day, he would mount his own expedition to the ‘Source of the Woppa’. My good people, it is my privilege to report to the rest of the world, of the success of Durham Dave. Many changes had taken place since Shuft’s trip. The expedition botanist, (Pople) was stricken with nettlerash, Durham’s Secretary Hassell had been captured by an Amazonian woman and carried off into obscurity, and the driver Ian, shot in the billabong whilst in Australia. Stuart, the vegan, cannibal cook, was stopped from touring by the work of the matron Linda. To furnish his own expedition, Durham had found a replacement driver who was mute, a japanese apprentice mechanic named Nipandpee, who was to assist ‘Beaker of New Whitt’, the mechanic. (Nip’s name appears to have derived from his homeland rather than any particular bowel problem.) Space being at a premium on his tour, Durham had also been forced into taking the Chairman of his sponsor, the British Association of Travelling Headshrinkers. Thus against his better judgement, Mary the BATH chair, was included, who in turn, insisted on having her masseur, Wobbly Bob tour also. Durham also included two vegetarian Milliners. The Friday night the thirty two man, expedition departed was foul. Cold, heavy rain, and fog, obscured the border crossing. The group avoided the Chapeltown stop of previous. Too much time had been wasted in getting to the Spa. The Spa entrance was very nearly missed. Fine judgement by Horrocks, (Durham’s slaphead retainer), travelling ahead with his fat greyhound, Spike, found the entrance, and guided the group in, to the ceremonial greeting “Ah dah orate den lads?”. It was exactly as Durham remembered it. Two frantic pumper boys dispensing Woppa to his group. There was a new mineral, named Spalt, and a stout made of oats that removed brain cells. (Another engineering assistant of Beaker’s, Tina the Turner, watered down her stout in a desperate attempt to retain her last remaining brain cells.) Thus did Durham leave his group to learn. Inquisitive minds questioned the natives Alastair and Garth. They showed the granary, the flower store, and the water source. Mysterious chutes and tanks. Heaters and coolers The fit and able travelled abroad with Garth climbing and rambling. The BATH Chair, Mary, along with Wobbly Bob, sat with Alastair and just rambled. With the Spa door closed against the bitter elements, Nipandpee examined everywhere, (time and again). Alas, in the time since Durham last visited, there were signs of memory loss among the natives. Alastair had promised Tezza, Horrocks, and Rhondda (the Grey Chemist) a visit to a new Spa feature, a plant that ‘bottled’ Woppa. Alas, at the celebratory feast, his memory faded. Maybe it was the bloated tubas, baked flesh, or wind giving mulch served at the feast, that caused his blackout, but his promise was unfulfilled. Durham had bartered many groats for his trip, but time being against all men, was certainly against him. At 1045pm. (DeeDah time) he proposed the group retire a short distance away to meet, take stock and assess the success of the crusade. Minutes of this meeting were taken by ‘Scouse Frank’, (the hieroglyph), and will be available in twenty five years from the Public Records Office, not on account of secrecy but Scouse Frank being a slow writer. The meeting pronounced Durham’s tour a rampant success. Hail the nomadic son of Northumbria. The meeting closed to shouts of “Durham is dat da bus art dear, cos its time ter goo ‘om” from the pumper wallah. Nipandpee led the water passing ceremony prior to Durhams retreat. 14
Such was the size of the Expedition, that for its return home, it was split into groups to enable a swifter return to their villages. Your scribe was one such who left at this point to return to the mountains to the east. I witnessed those scenes of revelry, high spirits and jubilation. Songs celebrating travel, (The wild rover), Home, (Give my regards to Broadmoor) and the honour of Durham Dave, (You fat Blasted.) I personally never found out he was a “blasted” what, but never mind. It is now rumoured abroad, that Durham will no longer organise more expeditions. Having travelled the continents with the incontinent, his innoculation’s are believed to have worn away, and his resistance is low. Should retirement indeed be imminent, it is apt that this last expedition, “The return to the Woppa”, was a glorious success. Farewell to Brewing’s Indiana Jones! Henceforth, he is to concentrate on his writing. As he said to me during that memorable last tour, “That alphabet’s a real bugger to do isn’t it!” Timothy Taylor’s Housekeeper.
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Local Membership News Chesterfield & District Branch membership currently stands at 343. A warm welcome to the following new members who have recently joined: Graham Meakin, Kevon Skipworth & John Walsh. In addition we are also pleased to welcome two existing members who have recently moved into the branch area: Mark Taylor & Georgina Brown. The local branch consists of members of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds. We are always keen to hear from, and recruit, younger members. Anyone reading this piece whilst attending the 2003 Chesterfield Beer Festival will be interested to learn that the first 20 people joining during the festival and paying via Direct Debit (which gives three months free membership in any case) will receive a complimentary copy of the 2002 Good Beer Guide. However please note that the discount for existing members rejoining at the festival has been discontinued. Some existing members may be interested in converting their annual membership into life membership. Rates are 12 times the appropriate annual rate (10 times for members aged 60 or over and retired from full-time employment). As an example, single life membership costs £192 for members currently paying £16 per annum. Finally, all new members are welcome to join us at a branch social on Sunday 23 February (9pm onwards) at the Rutland in Chesterfield town centre. This is an informal event that takes place during National Pubs Week. Cheers! Jim McIntosh and Tracey Hill
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Derbyshire Pub Signs - The Peacock The Peacock is a name that, although not exclusive to Derbyshire, is frequently encountered in the North Eastern part of the County. The origin as a pub name comes from the family badge of the Manners family, whose head was the Duke of Rutland. The name is often, although not exclusively, found in the areas where the Duke owned land and was Lord of the Manor. Using the Duke’s name (e.g. Rutland Arms, or an item from the family’s badge e.g. a Peacock) could be either an acknowledgement of the Duke’s power and influence, or that the Duke could indeed have owned the inn. There have been at least nine pubs called the Peacock locally. The Peacock at Rowsley was built in 1662 as a dower house (part of the widow’s share of her husband’s estate) for the Duke of Rutland. The Duke’s actual seat, Haddon Hall, is close by. By the 1820s the building’s use had changed to an inn. The Peacock at Cutthorpe is another pub that dates back to the 19th Century. The sign shown opposite is from this ex-Brampton Brewery pub. Nearby is the former Peacock Inn at Barlow. This ex-Chesterfield Brewery pub was the only one in the village in 1828 when the landlord was William Haslam. In the 19th century the Lord of the Manor for Barlow was the Duke of Rutland. The pub changed its name to the ‘Old Pump’ in 2002, inspired by the fact that the pub stands over the pump for the original well which supplied Barlow with fresh water for many a year. Finally the Peacock at Bridge Street, Bakewell was opened in 1819 to overcome a shortage of rooms in the town for travellers, the inn’s stables are now bedrooms. Other pubs that go (or went) by this name are found at Owler Bar, Chesterfield (Chatsworth Road) and Low Pavements (better known recently as the Peacock Tourist Information Centre), Oakerthorpe and Tideswell. 17
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Have you ever wanted to live in the Derbyshire dales but could not afford the prices? Well now there is a simple way to do it. First find somewhere that you would like to live then look through the papers and estate agents’ windows and find a nice little pub, as these are usually at a price that is significantly less than a private house. Initially however you would have to run the pub, but as you are new to the business you have an excuse for the standards to fall slightly, and with a bit of luck the locals will probably drift off to other establishments. Trade is starting to drop off so you do not require as much bar space which will enable you to close the lounge bar which will make a lovely front room, incidentally this only got busy on a Friday night so those regulars will not turn up now. As you have another job it is unfair to let your partner to do all of the catering at lunchtimes so you have to stop serving food during the day. As the trade drops off it becomes uneconomical to open for that short time so you may as well only open at evenings. The pub also needs other alterations & whilst you are doing this why not block the main door off so everybody has to use the rear entrance which will virtually eliminate any passing trade that there was. By this time there will only be a few hardy souls who want to drink in your pub, but as Monday and Tuesday evenings are really quiet you may as well stay shut then. You have now been residence for a few months and basically trade has dropped off to a level that it is hardly worth continuing to run it as a pub. You may as well admit defeat and submit an application for planning permission to convert it to a private house. Whilst you are at it how about building a second house on the large car park adjacent to the pub which you KAY & ANDY can sell for an extortionate sum …? WELCOME YOU TO A FRIENDLY PUB Sadly this is happening all too frequently in all rural areas, as more change of use THE G ATE INN 2003 CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE applications are being submitted. CAMRA is alive to this type of threat to our local pubs locally, regionally & nationally it is pressurising the planning authorities to make us aware of these applications so we can campaign not only to keep the businesses open but also to help make them viable. T R O W AY Equally, we recognise that the majority of ✦ AN INVITATION TO ✦ rural publicans don’t subscribe to the PANORAMIC VIEWS OVER THE MOSS VALLEY nightmare scenario above & aren’t in the ✦ business to make a fast buck – they’re there BURTONWOOD BITTER to make an honest living. Through its TOP HAT • PLUS MONTHLY GUEST HANDPULLED CASK ALES generic promotions of real ale & local ✦ campaigning, CAMRA exists to help keep the AMPLE CAR PARKING • BEER GARDEN PHs on the map. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK If your local is under threat, let us know as 12-3pm. AND 7-11pm. EVERY DAY soon as possible, so we can add our voice to (10.30pm. ON SUNDAYS) yours and save it for everybody to enjoy. TEL: 01246 413280 18
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VOTE NOW FOR PUB OF THE SEASON! Four nominations were made at the January Branch meeting for the Spring 2003 Pub of the Season award. You can vote by attending the Branch Meeting at the Devonshire Arms, Baslow on Thursday 6th March. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 5th March 2003 and will be included in the vote the at the Branch Meeting the following night.
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Pub Feature - The Hudson Bay Beer House
The property was purchased in the spring of 2002 by the Hudson Bay Beer Company, who immediately closed it for a complete refurbishment, before re-opening in September. As you step through the door and see the Italian marble and quarry tiled floor, the pale wooden tables and the dark leather settees, you might for a moment forget that you are standing in a public house in Bolsover. Having looked around and taken in the surroundings it will become apparent that this is indeed an English pub and a very comfortable and welcoming one at that. The landlord and landlady Maurice and Letna Champeau (pictured pulling a pint of locally brewed Townes Stargazer), have gone to great lengths to make sure that varied tastes are catered for, and that all who enter will be made to feel at home. There is a large no smoking area, and good coffee is always available for the non drinkers or for those who are unfortunate enough to be driving. For those who are able to enjoy the beers on offer there is the permanent house beer Hudson Bay Beer at 3.6% brewed by W&D, and between one and three guest beers. For those requiring something to eat there is an interesting selection of bar snacks, both the baguettes and paninis come with a range of English and Mediterranean fillings. Particularly recommended is the ‘Sunday Roast’ a baguette generously filled with meat and served with roast potatoes and yorkshire pudding all for under £3. If you are still feeling peckish there is also a selection of wicked sounding desserts (I haven’t tried any of those as I don’t want to go up another dress size). The reason for this property’s rather unusual name, is that it was once the home of Peter Fidler a Craggs Road Bolsover born frontiersman and shipbuilder who Bolsover named it Hudson Bay House when he built it to Derbyshire retire to when he was chief surveyor for the Hudson Tel: 01246 828300 Bay Trading Company in Canada in the early 19th Century. The current owners have reverted to this name and have placed a plaque at the entrance to the building to commemorate Peter Fidler. Maurice is one of the partners in the company owning the pub, and he tells me that it is planned that the company will buy further pubs as suitable properties become available, and that the Hudson Bay Beer House will be the flagship for a small group of licensed premises. If a suitable property can be acquired the company would also be interested in opening a small brewery. Sample finest quality ales in If having read this, you decide to pay a visit, do sumptuous surroundings. peep through the glass tiles set into the floor, and Large No smoking area available. see part of the 17th century cellar which lies The home of the unique beneath part of the building. Hudson Bay Beer
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Pub & Brewery News The Woodside at Ashgate (pictured) reopened in time for Christmas and is currently offering John Smiths Cask, Marston’s Pedigree and Bombardier. One of the licensees said that they are looking to replace the Smiths “with something more exciting”, adding that the company portfolio was offering a choice of 12-15 cask ales for him to chose from. Just down the road, the Crispin is offering cask mild in the form of Banks’s Original. Sweeney’s at Brampton has reopened after refurbishment and has reverted to its old name of the New Inn. John Richmond and his wife have taken over the running of the pub and we wish them well. Sales of cask ale are on the up at the Wellington, New Whittington (no doubt assisted by Michael's cellarmanship) with two guest ales joining the regular Riding Bitter (which may change to Cameron's Strongarm), served in oversized lined glasses. Pedigree & Adnam's Broadside have recently featured, as has the formidable Holden's Old Ale (7.2%). Hosts Barbara & Paul Yorke are keen to develop a true community local that's family-friendly. Food is available lunches & evenings and the pub now features regular Curry Nights on a Thursday. News from Derbyshire’s North Eastern corner. A decent pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord was available at the Pebley (in an oversized glass, guaranteeing a full pint of liquid) whilst Taylor’s Ram Tam has been seen at the Mallet & Chisel, Whitwell, one of the few pubs in
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Pub & Brewery News (continued) these parts with mild regularly available, in this case Mansfield Dark Mild. Still in Whitwell, we are pleased to be able to report that John Smith’s Magnet is back on at the Jug & Glass, and appears on the bar alongside John Smith’s Bitter. The Nags Head in Staveley is now selling real ale in a welcome addition to the local real ale scene. Prices are keen, too with Everard’s Tiger available at a good value £1.60/pint and the ‘Seasonal Offering’ of Rocking Rudolph at £1.70/pint. One to keep an eye on! Bolsover is ever resurgent for real ale these days. In addition to the Hudson Bay (see separate feature), the Black Bull has recently had Hydes Jeckyll’s Gold and Burtonwood Top Hat on. The Bluebell has been serving Cameron’s Strongarm, Tanglefoot and Gales HSB recently, all having reported as being on good form. Just down the road at Scarcliffe, the Horse and Groom has been tempting the regulars with some fine winter warmers in the shape of Normans Conquest and Robinsons Old Tom amongst the usual Abbot, Bass and Stones. The landlord has a bit of a liking for Cottage Brewary at the moment which is something of a rarity in this neck of the woods. In fact talking of a rarity he also doesn’t do food, has no juke box, and the cigarette machine is well out of sight. He has about 20 whiskies available and he not only keeps good beer but a very good house. The Clock Inn, South Normanton has been awarded a Pub of the Season award (Autumn 2002) by our good neighbours, Mansfield & Ashfield branch. Situated just a mile off Junction 28 of the M1, the pub offers a range of cask conditioned beers and a food menu, with an emphasis on home made food. Entertainment includes live jazz on a Monday night.
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Pub & Brewery News (continued) On Wednesday December 11th, “The Peacock” at Barlow was no more - welcome “The Old Pump” (pictured). We gather the change of name was decided upon because there are simply too many Peacocks in the locality! With Cutthorpe, Barlow and Owler Bar - just a few short miles apart - all boasting pubs of the same name, the new landlord elected for change because of experience with confused diners booking tables at one pub, and then turning up at another, citing Cutthorpe as the main source of confusion! Traditionalists may baulk at the idea of a pub deviating from its historical title, but the new name is certainly appropriate as the pub stands near the pump for the original well which supplied Barlow with fresh water for many a year. Although no longer operational, the well is the main feature for the annual Barlow well dressing and carnival. The refurbishment of the pub into a quality eating establishment (plus genuine bar) was completed several weeks ago but the change of name has only occurred recently. The beer range has thankfully improved. Out has gone the Mansfield Cask and it has been replaced with a beer policy of two changing guest ales - Everards Tiger and a seasonal special from Marston’s - “Ugly Sisters” being on the bar when we called in. The Black-a-Moor at Troway (see separate article) has now got a no smoke room. Unlike many pubs this room is just as comfortable as the rest of the pub rather than a grotty little
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Pub & Brewery News (continued) room converted from the old gents toilet. It even has a couple of leather armchairs. The landlord (Mat) provided the room because we asked. They still have their 3 handpumps with ever changing beers and oversized glasses. What more could a visitor desire? Champion Beer of Britain, Deuchars IPA, has replaced Barnsley Bitter at the Traveller’s Rest at Apperknowle whilst at the George in Eckington has a new Landlady who intends to keep a cask ale on, currently dispensing Flowers Original. The George & Dragon in Holmesfield now has Timothy Taylor Landlord after eager regulars said it would be worth it – and it has been going down a storm without marginalising sales of Tetley’s and resident guest, Brains SA. The “BATS” (Black Country Ale Tairsters” - the 1984 founded group of imbibers were on hand over Christmas to sample the beers, the 10,724th such pub to have been vistited. “Gerra Pint Dahn Ya Wazzin!” indeed. The Devonshire at Baslow (pictured) recently offered Bass, Pedigree and Cameron’s Winter Knight Ale (their guest ale which is changed on a regular basis). The Lathkil Hotel has increased its range from 4 to 5 beers with Bombardier, Pedigree and a Whim beer as regulars plus 2 changing guests (Exmoor Hart and the excellent Orkney Dark Island, on our visit). The pub featured on local TV recently, this time helping raise an impressive £2,000 for Children in Need.
Th e Ba rrow Boy
THE ROSE & CROWN
Low Pavement, Market Place Chesterfield Tel: (01246) 207707
SHEFFIELD ROAD WHITTINGTON MOOR CHESTERFIELD
Serving Thwaites Real Ales
Open 12 - 3 & 5 - 11pm Mon-Fri Open all day Saturday (depending on demand)
Market days: 9.00am - 11.00pm Non-Market days: 9.30am - 11.00pm Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm All new menu with fresh home cooked food
• • Parties and private functions catered for •
John invites you to sample the regular cask ale:
Now featuring Internet Café & Playstation 2
Timothy Taylor Landlord, plus a changing guest ale
Dave Samuels & Tristan Roberts welcome you to the Barrow Boy.
HAPPY HOURS 12 - 4pm SAT & SUN FRIDAY FUN QUIZ NIGHT
Serving all day breakfast, tea & speciality coffee.
Pub & Brewery News (continued) The Queen Anne at Great Hucklow continues to be successful with its guest ale policy, whilst the Queens Arms at Taddington has been closed and was on the market for £250k. We understand the pub has been obtained by a brewer who intends to re-open it in the spring specialising in real ales and then later in the year, an on site brewery will be up and running. The pub name might be changed back to the Miners’ Arms by a referendum of the villagers. The Grapes Hotel at Longnor is now run by the same people who have the Travellers Rest, Apperknowle and the Old Crown Inn, West Bars, Sheffield and promises a good selection of real ales. The George & Dragon in Holmesfield now has Timothy Taylor Landlord after eager regulars said it would be worth it – and it has been going down a storm without marginalising sales of Tetley’s and resident guest, Brains SA. The “BATS” (Black Country Ale Tairsters” - the 1984 founded group of imbibers were on hand over Christmas to sample the beers, the 10,724th such pub to have been vistited. “Gerra Pint Dahn Ya Wazzin!” indeed. “Johnny the Brewer” - the legendary Jonathon Stancil - has returned to the life he knows best. After taking a course in IT, the former Timothy Taylor’s locum and Kelham Island head brewer has just taken over as head brewer of the Oakwell Barnsley Brewery. We wish him well and look forward to sampling the fruits of his labours again in the Prince of Wales at Brimington Common - their only local outlet. Late Christmas? Brewed only once a year on the sixth of December (the feast of St Nicholas) at Schloss Eggenberg close to Austria’s border with the Czech Republic, Samiclaus (Santa Claus) - at a formidable 14% ABV- is stronger than most table
& Phil Welcome you to
The Three Horseshoes Matlock Road, Spitewinter
THE JOLLY FARMER
(between Chesterfield & Matlock on A632)
Pentland Road, Dronfield Woodhouse. Tel: 01246 418018
Tel: (01246) 568034
Open 11.00am. - 11.00pm.
We are in the 2003 Good Beer Guide Regular Beers: Black Sheep Bitter, Ruddles County, Tetley Bitter plus 3 ever changing guest ales served from our glass fronted cellar behind the bar. Hoegaarden on draught. Large No Smoking area
Quality Food & Quality Beers - Three real ales
FUN QUIZ NIGHT EVERY SUNDAY & TUESDAY COME AND TRY OUR HOME COOKED FOOD FROM OUR ALL NEW MENU
Monday to Saturday: 11.30am - 2.30pm 6.30 - 11.00pm Sunday: 12.00 - 3.00pm 6.30 - 10.30pm
Pub & Brewery News (continued) wines. It ferments and lagers very slowly for ten months and is bottled and released on its first birthday. The 2001 vintage is now out but if you are lucky enough to find an earlier one then take the opportunity. This beer is one of the rarest in the world and may be aged for many years to come, older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. It is said to be best served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolate or as an after drink by itself. Burtonwood Cask Collection Guest Beers available during the first half of 2003 at local Burtonwood pubs (including the Black Bull, Bolsover, Fox & Hounds, Marsh Lane, Gate Inn, Troway and Scotsman's Pack, Hathersage) - please check with individual pubs regarding availability) are:- February: Belhaven 80/-, March: Archers’ Golden, April: Coach House Dick Turpin, May: Hook Norton Generation, June: Everards’ Tiger Banks’s pubgoers are bitter after discovering the brewery has abandoned its 30-year-old policy of ensuring customers get a full pint and head. Punters are being served their favourite tipple in standard pint glasses, as oversize glasses are phased out of Banks’s 500 pubs. CAMRA blamed the Government, saying its decision to propose legislation for a 95 per cent full pint had left Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries (W&DB) having to reconsider its 100 per cent policy. Tom Cobleigh tenanted houses have been bought by Thwaites and all ales will be replaced with Thwaites real ales. The only pub that is seriously affected in our area is the Barrow Boy, although we gather that the imposed switch from its previous changing guest ale policy is hoped to be relaxed.
Jane, Ken & staff welcome you to
Over Haddon, Nr. Bakewell
Tel: 01629 812501 Email: email@example.com
23 STEPHENSON PLACE CHESTERFIELD
Lathkil Hotel www.lathkil.co.uk
Chesterfield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year 2002
SUPERB CHOICE OF CASK ALES Food Served Daily Good Ale, Good Food, Great Atmosphere.
Situated Peacefully Above Lathkill Dale in the Heart of 26
THE MOST ATMOSPHERIC BEER FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR!
Hot Food & Sandwich es
Over 40 Ales p lus Cid ers
througho ut the event
FRIDAY, SATURDAY SATURDAY & & SUNDAY SUNDAY FRIDAY,
11 th/12 th/13 th APRIL, 2003 OPEN – 12noon – 11pm Friday & Saturday / 12 noon - 3pm Sunday
RAIL ALE F E S T I VA L atat
Barrow Hill Roundhouse
LEAVON ARCHER Acoustic Folk and Blues Acoustic Folk and Blues Saturday Night
CROSSFIRE Classic Rock Classic Rock
Tickets £4.50 per person person including including per
COMMEMORATIVE GLASS and TRAIN RIDE
Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield Telephone / Fax 01246 472450 www.barrowhill.org.uk
(12 noon – 4pm each day ONLY)
FREE BUS SERVICE from Chesterfield Railway Station ALSO PICKS UP outside Comet Showroom – RUNS EVERY HALF HOUR Concessions for CAMRA members
28 available from the Roundhouse and local outlets Tickets