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CAMRA National Apple Day 21st October Chesterfield Cider & Perry Week 17-24th October

CAMRA have announced that OCTOBER will be the official month for celebrating the making of traditional Cider and Perry. Chesterfield & District CAMRA is pleased to announce it will be running its first ever ‘Cider and Perry Week’ from Friday 17th to Friday 24th October to include the official Apple Day on 21st October 2003. The following establishments will be serving at least one traditional cider during this special week:-

• Arkwright Arms – Sutton cum Duckmanton • Boat Inn - Cromford • Derby Tup - Whittington Moor, Chesterfield • Hay Inn - Shirland • Queens Arms - Taddington • The Rutland - Chesterfield Why not join us on one of our subsidised (£3.50 per person) trips that will be visiting the above?

For more information on what’s happening and how to vote for your favourite cider see inside...

Also in this issue:

2004 Good Beer Guide Hook Norton Traditional Brewery The Matlocks Mini-Guide Autumn Pub of the Season Pubs In & Around Cromford Raven About Ale Latest Pub Closure Shocks

Perry Mason and the In-Cider Case

Julie Currey

You know things are getting bad when you go in a pub that serves Strongbow, find they’ve changed to Dry Blackthorn and leave in disgust. But CAMRA have decided that October is the month where traditional Cider and Perry should be celebrated, and I want them to make this an annual event. Chesterfield Branch have therefore decided that the 17th to 24th October will be their Cider and Perry week, and have started by asking some of our local establishments in the area if they will serve at least one traditional cider during that time. The front page tells you where cider will be served and I need you all to go visit these places and just have a sample of what’s on offer (I will believe me). The staff will be happy to point you in the direction of the real stuff and while enjoying the refreshing apple taste, take a note of its name. Then vote for the Cider you like the best by sending an email to or by delivering your vote to 147 Boythorpe Road for the attention of ‘Cider’. Votes will need to be in by 1st November 2003, which gives you a week after trying them all to recover and have your voice heard. The winning cider will be announced in the next InnSpire and will be available for all comers to try at our next Beer Festival on 6th & 7th February 2004. We are running trips on the 17th & 19th of October to the pubs listed on the front cover (see Social Diary on Page 11 for details), but for those of you who like to relax in front of the box, why not try some traditional cider in the comfort of your own home? Just call in at your friendly neighbourhood ‘real’ off licence; Archer Road Beer Stop, 57 Archer Road, Sheffield (0114 255 1356) sell a range of real ale, traditional ciders, fruit wines and more. So you’ve got no excuse... get Cidering, support the real stuff and lets give CAMRA HQ a reason to put it on the calendar... permanently!

Malcolm & Janey welcome you to

Jane, Ken & staff welcome you to



MAIN ROAD (A61), SHIRLAND Tel: 01773 835383 al ales! a range of fine re ub ng vi Now Ser Beer Guide P A 2004 Good


Tetley Bitter plus 3 changing guest ales (1 cask Mild always available). Now offering Traditional Scrumpy Cider A range of bottled Belgium beers and country wines now also available

SUPERB CHOICE OF CASK ALES Food Served Daily, Good Ale, Good Food, Great Atmosphere. Real Cider Available We are in the 2004 Good Beer Guide

Opening Hours:6 - 11pm Monday, 3 - 11pm Tuesday - Friday 12 - 3pm & 6 - 11pm Saturday, 12 - 10.30pm Sunday

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What can I do in the holidays, dad ?

Kathryn Borrell (age 9 and a half)

My dad had a few days off looking after me in the Summer school holidays. We’d done places like Twycross Zoo and the Jorvik Centre when he suggested a trip to the brewery. “It’s free to get in”, he tells me. Are there are plenty of things to do for kids? So off we go to the Bass Museum at Burton on Trent. We went on the train and used something called a Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket that meant both of us could use public transport all day with the one ticket. Anyway, I enjoyed it. There were two lovely horses there that used to deliver beer (one’s with me in the picture), a brilliant model railway, an adventure playground and best of all a virtual reality tour where characters from 1881 told you what it was like to live and work in Burton. They even did good kids meals in the restaurant. My dad loved it too. He had 5 beer samples for £3.50 (Worthington, 1744 and three of the guest ales on sale on the day of visit) in the bar while I played on the adventure playground nearby - that made his day! By the way, in school holidays, for a very reasonable charge, they even arrange four hours of activities for kids that looks great fun (we found out you need to book in advance), so adults can enjoy the tour and the beer while experienced minders look after the likes of me. Kathryn is right - it’s absolutely free to CAMRA members and the bar is a classic venue and worth a visit in its own right. It’s best to check what activities are taking place by ringing 01283 513501 before your visit - Ed. OPEN ALL DAY






Sutton cum Duckmanton Chesterfield Tel: (01246) 232053



Hook Norton – A Traditional Brewery

Rhoda, Nigel & Mary

Recently we were fortunate enough to visit this characterful brewery, hidden in the depths of the Oxfordshire countryside, that has been run by the same family for five generations, using traditional methods and ingredients. A wonderful example of a Victorian tower brewery (it dates its operations back to 1849), it is still powered by a steam engine which is over 100 years old. (now running on oil). The engine runs a system of belts, pulleys and pumps which supply the power for all operations, e.g. pumping the spring water used for brewing up to the great tanks high in the top storey, and powering the grist mill. As we entered the brewery building the engine was running and all the belts and gearing machinery were rumbling away – they were pumping the day’s brew into the hop back The day we were there they were doing a small brewing run which meant they were using the old opentopped copper which sits next to a modern large enclosed stainless steel version; as we went round we saw the mash tun being dug out by hand in a fine display of masculine muscle, and as we reached the top of the brewery, the brew was being pumped up from the hop back to fill the enormous copper cooling tray (now very seldom used, so we were lucky!). It looked (and smelled) wonderful, steaming away in the shafts of sunlight filtered through the wooden louvred windows, open to the elements. After admiring this sufficiently we clattered back down the old wooden staircases to visit the fermenting room and racking line, finishing off with a look at the stables. Three exceedingly large horses, that deliver beer to the surrounding villages and go to shows, eyed us and snorted contemptuously, so in the face of such equine magnificence we retired to the sample room. This truly is the best example of a tower brewery we have ever seen, and the description may read to you like a giant wallow in nostalgia, but the brewery is continually evolving; recent improvements include a new mash tun and modern paraflow (the old dairy cooler they used to use is now in the brewery museum). Bringing in large items of equipment is difficult in a listed building – when part of an outside wall had to be removed to install the mash tun, all the outer bricks had to be numbered so that they all went back in the same places! The traditional nature of the beer remains though, with English barley and hops being used, and all the beers are dry hopped in the cask. The Mild (3%ABV) and Bitter (3.4%ABV) are excellent examples of beer that has plenty of taste without being heavy on the alcohol. Beer produced in a spotless modern brewery such as Oakham – all stainless steel and indicator panels – can be just as excellent – but some of the magic has gone with the cobwebs. Visit Hook Norton if you can and drink in the atmosphere of a largely bygone age. 4

High Taxes Increase Alcoholism

Nick Lister

When I heard that high taxes were in part to blame for increased rates of alcoholism I thought that someone was pulling my leg. However the facts and logic speak for themselves. This country has one of Europe’s highest levels of alcohol duty and also one of the worst records on alcoholism, particularly amongst teenagers. Children as young as eight are regularly indulging in binge drinking and the situation is getting worse. Many councils now send out patrols, not to arrest, but to make sure that the drunken kids don’t come to any harm. A heavy-handed approach could simply drive the problem underground. By the time some of the youngsters reach their teens they are already heavy drinkers and some are even alcoholic. It is a legacy that many will carry throughout their adult life. One of the factors that have led to the problem is high level of duty on alcoholic beverages. It is the high prices that have made smuggling so attractive to “White Van Man”, and huge quantities of booze are available on the black market. Whereas twenty years ago buying alcohol required a trip to the pub, supermarket or off licence, now the booze in increasingly available on street corners and car boot sales. The illegal nature of the trade means that ten year olds are not turned away, they are welcomed as ideal customers. The same situation is occurring with tobacco. It is an increasingly familiar sight to see packs of kids hanging around on street corners drinking, smoking and generally causing a nuisance. Sadly alcohol duty is a major source of Government revenue and a soft target for successive Chancellors. With this in mind it is unlikely that we will see an end to the problem in the near future.



Lathkil Hotel

Over Haddon, Nr. Bakewell Tel: 01629 812501 Email:

Danesmoor Chesterfield tel: 01246 862381 Chesterfield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year 2002 We are in the 2004 Good Beer Guide

John Smith’s Magnet - £1.90 Changing Guest Ale - £1.90

Open 12 - 3, 6 - 11 (Closed Wednesday Lunchtime)

Lunches served daily12 - 2 pm (Except Wednesday)

Friday Special - Fresh Grimsby Cod, chips, peas, Bread & Butter - £3.75

Traditional Sunday lunches Large Lounge/Function Room Our guarantee of pint perfection Children’s play area

Situated Peacefully Above Lathkill Dale in the Heart of the Peak District National Park

10% discount on food for card-carrying CAMRA members.


Membership Matters

Jim McIntosh

Join CAMRA and get a complimentary copy of the 2003 Good Beer Guide! The Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, launched its biggest ever membership campaign at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2003. The colourful new campaign, supported by new imagery, reflects the diversity of CAMRA members joined by a common cause - to promote good beer, pubs and consumer rights. If CAMRA is to grow then it is important to highlight that CAMRA is not just a consumer group for middle aged men with bellies and beards! A stereotype that can be easily dispelled when you realise that in April 2003 CAMRA appointed its first ever woman chairman and that 30% of the membership is female. This a message that needs to be promoted to Britain’s real ale drinkers and pub goers. John Cottrell, CAMRA’s Membership Marketing Officer said - “CAMRA is a not-for-profit consumer group that supports all pub goers and real ale drinkers. Increasing membership is a key part of our continued growth as an organisation, both in terms of funding and in terms of our campaigning “voice”. It is important that we highlight to the pub goer and real ale drinker that CAMRA serves a different purpose for different people - some enjoy being active campaigners while others are happy to support CAMRA through their membership subscription and remaining an inactive member. At the end of the day CAMRA membership helps save British beer and pubs and therefore this appeals to many different groups of society including young and old, male and female, different religions and races”. For just £16 per year (that’s less than 5 pence per day) you receive: · A monthly colour newspaper informing you about beer and pub news; · Reduced entry prices to CAMRA beer festivals; · The opportunity to campaign to save pubs under threat of closure, for pubs to be open when people want to drink and a reduction in beer duty that will help Britain’s brewing industry survive. Even if you do not wish to be an active campaigner, your membership will helps us campaign for these things, both nationally and locally in the Chesterfield & District area. And if you pay by Direct Debit, you’ll get the first three months membership free! So if you are interested in real ale and want to support the campaign for greater consumer choice as well as helping to safeguard the future of British beer and pubs then look no further - join CAMRA today. How do I join? Fill in the CAMRA membership application form in this magazine and send it to Jim McIntosh, 16 Fernbank Drive, Eckington, Sheffield, S21 4HG. Alternatively join online at All new applications to join CAMRA received by 30 November 2003 will receive a complimentary copy of the 2003 Good Beer Guide (if you live in the Chesterfield & District branch area). Plus three months free when paying by Direct Debit! Pay your membership by Direct Debit and get three months free. Please indicate this when you post your membership form and we’ll send out the appropriate leaflet for completion. Otherwise pick up a CAMRA membership application form in a local pub. Why not give someone a CAMRA membership for Christmas? CAMRA membership makes an ideal Christmas present for someone that you know. Simply complete the application opposite with the details of the person you wish to receive the membership. 6

The 2004 Good Beer Guide On Sale Now! The 2004 edition of CAMRA’s best-selling guide to Britain’s 4,500 top real ale pubs was launched on 23rd September 2003. The latest version of the guide features:31st Anniversary of the best guide to British pubs • Descriptions of the top 4,500 pubs in Britain • All entries are surveyed on a regular basis by CAMRA members. Other guides may only send a questionnaire and are never visited. There is no charge for entry into the Good Beer Guide • Information about pub facilities for families and the disabled, history, architecture, food, accommodation, local places of interest... and, of course, the beer: the best pubs serving the finest real ale in the country • Full list of CAMRA’s National Inventory of Pubs - pubs with interiors of outstanding historic interest. Helping to save these pubs for posterity. Also includes special features on:Beer is back! - Editor of the Good Beer Guide 2004, Roger Protz (pictured with the new book), hails the real ale revival as smaller brewers cast off the shackles of the global giants Pass the porter - Fiona Beckett says it’s time to put beer on the dining table as the perfect companion for food. Beer’s greasy pole - Martyn Cornell says statistics - and the big brewers - distort real ale’s true market share. The Brewers Section: Unique to the Guide - a list of every brewery in the country, large and small, with details of all the cask-conditioned and bottle conditioned beers they brew, with professional tasting notes. 22 pubs (including four new entries) in the Chesterfield & District Branch area have been included on the recommendation of local CAMRA members. Surveying for the 2005 Guide has already started in earnest!


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Pub of the Season, Autumn 2003 - The Thorn Tree, Matlock Small in size, yet big on hospitality, the Thorn Tree on Jackson Road at Matlock has scooped the Autumn Pub of the Season award, as voted by local CAMRA folk. And to the delight of drinkers on presentation night, hosts Sue and Alan Parkinson offered Real Ale at £1 a pint (the sandwiches went down well, too)! Part of the New Century portfolio, the pub serves Black Sheep Bitter and Draught Bass, alongside the distinctive Whim Hartington Bitter, sourced direct from the brewery. With a compact two-roomed layout (lounge to the left, public bar to the right) the accommodation is effectively doubled by the front patio. From here, a 180 degree panorama can be enjoyed, taking in Matlock Bath and Riber Castle – the foreground is considerably enhanced by the floral displays. After stints at the Royal Oak, Coal Aston and the Derwent Hotel at Bamford, Sue & Alan arrived in February 2003 and have built a strong local trade, ably assisted by Mel and Katy (Becky is currently in Oz) … not forgetting Moses the dog! Closed on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes, the pub offers food 12.00 - 1.45 and 7.00 - 8.15 (except Sundays), whilst Thursday night is curry night. The darts league is in action Tuesdays, with a new quiz every Monday, hosted by Sue – Matlock’s own Anne Robinson! In the old days, the lounge was literally ‘standing room only’ (and there was a club room upstairs), though today’s punters will appreciate the recent refurbishment and attention to detail, retaining the character of the place. The Thorn Tree was chosen from – in my opinion, at least – a particularly good shortlist of pubs as yet unrewarded by the branch. From CAMRA’s standpoint, the major campaigning plus here is that Sue & Alan have persevered with previous tenants Karen & Phil’s initiative of selling a local micro brewery’s ale, not on the pubco’s list. A beer festival next summer is a possibility, not that you should need any more convincing John Hassall to go & seek out this tucked-away gem!







Pub of the Season - Winter 2003

Blue Bell Bolsover

Boat Inn Cromford

VOTE NOW FOR PUB OF THE SEASON! Four nominations were made at the September Branch meeting for the Winter 2003 Pub of the Season award. You can vote by attending the Branch Meeting at the Red Lion, Birchover on Thursday 6th November. 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 All entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 5th November 2003 and will be included in the vote at the Branch Meeting the following night.

Royal Oak Old Tupton

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Raven About Ale

Andrea Waterhouse

The Orkney Brewery is based in an old Schoolhouse on the island which is off the Northern tip of Scotland. Brewing started there in 1988 (by Roger and Irene White) and since then they have produced an excellent range of bottled and cask Real Ales. They export to the mainland and also to other countries around the world (apparently they do a roaring trade in the USA!). They have won various awards for their fine products, including medals at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2002, Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2001 and Champion Beer of Scotland 2000. Some of their other beers you may come across include Skullsplitter (an absolute beast of a beer at 8.5%), Dragonhead Stout (a gorgeous dark beer at 4%) and Dark Island (a ruby red beer at 4.6%) Raven Ale weighs in at 3.8% ABV and is made using malted barley, hops and water. Looks wise it is a pale golden colour with a little hint of orange; it actually has an appearance not unlike that of a Pale Ale. The aroma is pretty hoppy, with a hint of citrus and a floral tinge. The texture in your mouth is light and lively; very refreshing and smooth too. There’s also a little bit of spiciness in there that makes your tongue tingle! It would go down really well with food too, because it isn’t too overpowering and wouldn’t dominate the taste of your meal. There is enough flavour and interest in there to make it good to drink on its own too! Taste wise Raven is quite a complicated little number. It is rich, fruity and has a tastiness that is perhaps unusual in a “session” beer of this relatively low strength – it is quite easy to think that this is a stronger beer than it actually is. The initial flavour is lemony (from the hops) and this is balanced by a pleasant light maltiness (I have heard from my brother, who lived in Scotland for many years, that it used to be very malty, but has Derek & Staff since mellowed into a much better beer). Welcome you to It can have the tendency to be a little on the dry side, but this is cut through nicely by the other flavours – fruity and buttery. The finish is refreshing and light, leading to a citrus aftertaste that lingers smoothly in your mouth. Altogether, a well balanced and tasty beer that is well worth a try. Tel :01246 823160 I first tried my Raven Ale at our Beer Festival last year, but I have since tried it at a Wetherspoon’s Marston’s Pedigree pub as a guest beer, but you should generally expect to pay between £1.80 and £2.00 a pint. I plus 2 guest beers have only seen this on rare occasions as a guest beer, and I mean only on RARE occasions! The Opening hours: other Orkney beers seem to pop up more often 12-3pm, 5.30-11pm Monday to Thursday than Raven ale; more’s the pity! The up side is Open All Day Friday to Sunday that you can buy 500ml bottles online from for Patio and Children’s Play Area around £30 for 12 bottles. Pub Games If you do see it in your local then I thoroughly Music Quiz Tuesday recommend that you sample some as it’s tasty, General Knowledge Quiz Friday easy to drink and makes an excellent choice for Karaoke Sunday an afternoon or evening drinking session. 10

Castle Arms Station Road Bolsover

Social Diary

The The Rose Rose & & Crown Crown

Branch Meetings (8.30 start) Thursday 6th November - The Red Lion, Birchover. Thursday 4th December - The Derby Tup, Chesterfield (TBC). Survey Trips, Socials & Beer Festivals: Wednesday 8th October - Brampton Mile Meet at Star Inn at 8.30pm then work back to town centre Wednesday 22nd October - T.B.C. Wednesday 19th November - T.B.C. Friday 17th & Sunday 19th October - Pub Crawls by mini-bus featuring 3 pubs on each night supporting “cider and perry week”. Meeting Derby Tup at 6.30, Friday (then visiting the Arkwright and the Hay) and the Rutland at 6.00 Sunday (then visiting Boat Inn and Queens Arms). Fare £3.50 both nights. Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th October - Nottingham Beer Festival at Victoria Leisure Centre, Sneinton. Branch rail trip Saturday. Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October - Octoberfest 2003 Bass Museum. Branch rail trip Saturday. Friday 14th - Saturday 15th November - Erewash Beer Festival, at Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre (just off M1 jct 25). Friday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November - ‘Ale’oween Beer Festival at the Mallard, Worksop railway station. Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th November - Wakefield Beer Festival, at Wakefield College, Margaret St. Campus (New Venue).


. Set in Historic Village . Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter & Cellarman Seasonal Ales . Beer Garden - Home Made Food Restaurant - Bar Snacks - Families Welcome . Sunday Lunches . .




Further information on Branch socials or to book seats for trips etc. please contact Mick Portman on 01246 277757 (email: Branch Meetings and all social trips are open to both members and non-members of CAMRA. INNSPIRE ©Chesterfield CAMRA. Produced by the Branch membership of Chesterfield & District Campaign for Real Ale with a circulation of 3000. No parts may be used without permission. Articles and letters are always welcome and can be submitted to Nick Wheat at the above address. The views expressed herein are those of individual contributors and not necessarily those of CAMRA or the local Branch.


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Please contact Roy for assistance with your Festival


Matlock 1 – Chesterfield 0

Alun Waterhouse

When someone suggested to me that we picked Matlock as the subject of our next MiniGuide, I almost fell off my bar stool and choked on my pint of Mild. I was assured that it was a veritable oasis in the middle of the Derbyshire desert… How right they were! You may recall that in the last issue of InnSpire, a mere 37% of pubs in Chesterfield Town Centre served cask conditioned bitter… Now compare that figure to The Matlocks’ 88% and you realise just how bad the situation really is in Chesterfield. During our recent survey of eighteen pubs in Matlock, Matlock Bath and Starkholmes, we found that sixteen pubs regularly serve cask conditioned beer and there were a total of twenty different ales available (four more than Chesterfield… grrr!). The most popular beer was Marston’s Pedigree, which was available in seven outlets, Bass came second with four outlets, and third equal were Black Sheep and Hardys & Hansons Bitter, both being available in three pubs. Again, the search for a pub with a regular mild on tap was top of my list, and this months award goes to the Princess Victoria in Matlock Bath (No. 16 on the map) as they had a truly superb pint of Bateman’s Dark Mild available, as well as Bateman’s XB and XXXB. Excellent! Perhaps our next Mini-Guide destination will also wipe the floor with Chesterfield – the bookies have already stopped taking bets…

Beer Tasters Wanted! Ever wondered who came up with some of those beer descriptions such as “a balanced best bitter with floral hop palate and fruity, dry, bitter finish”? Well the opportunity to find out is now here! A training session for beer tasting will take place on Saturday 18th October, starting 4pm, at the Speedwell Inn, Staveley. The session will involve tutored beer tasting training, plus a tasting of available Townes Brewery beers. Any CAMRA member is welcome. We are also on the look out for someone to be a chair of the panel, although the duties are not onerous. They consist of organising regular tastings sessions (probably four per year) of beers from micro breweries in the Chesterfield/Mansfield area. The chair will need to ensure tasting notes are completed and sent on after the session. In return, they will get the opportunity to be involved with our local micro breweries and see beer descriptions appear in the 2005 Good Beer Guide for locally brewed beers. Whats more, the homework is enjoyable! For further information, please contact Jim McIntosh, tel: 01246 434574 or email:

Advance Notice : Chesterfield Beer Festival 2004 Friday 6th & Saturday 7th February at the Winding Wheel Check December’s Innspire for full details 12

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Surveyed September 2003 - check for updates


Th e Ba rrow Boy

The Hudson Bay Beerhouse

Low Pavements Chesterfield

Craggs Road Bolsover Derbyshire Tel: 01246 828300

Tel: (01246) 207707

Serving Thwaites real ales including Mild at all times Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am - 6.00pm (will stay open as required)

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9.00am - 11.00pm Every Wednesday : Jam session from 8.00pm

Live Ban ds Oct ob e r

Sample finest quality ales in sumptuous surroundings. Large No smoking area available. The home of the unique Hudson Bay Beer

Fri 10 All Fired Up Sat 11 Bluesline Fri 17 Tin Rat & Overcast Sat 18 Gatecrasher Fri 24 Gin house Sat 25 Drift, Skanking Grannies Fri 31 Playskool

The Blue Stoops

Nove mb e r

Matlock Road, Walton Chesterfield

Sat 01 Carnival Fri 07 Treebeard Sat 08 John Carter Band + Support Fri 14 Sour Mash Sat 15 Cactus Jack Fri 21 Armada Sat 22 Lefthand drive, Skanking Grannies Fri 28 TBA Sat 29 Motorheadache

Tel: (01246) 273689

Now Open All Day Every Day!

Newl y Refurbis he d John invites you to sample his fine cask ales -

Dec e mb e r

John Smith’s Cask Wells Bombardier Fuller’s London Pride

Fri 05 Suite Zero Sat 06 Skud, Niam, Underachiever Bar open til midnight on band nights 17

Food served every lunchtime Sky Sports Quizzes Monday & Thursday

Pubs In and Around Cromford

Jim McIntosh

The original settlement of ‘Crunforde’ (meaning crooked ford) was by the River Derwent, in the area now known as Cromford Bridge, where the church can still be found. Cromford is well worth the effort of a visit, especially if you look beyond the main street and discover the parts that existed before a certain Richard Arkwright arrived. Whilst on the face of it the grandly named ‘Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’ is his legacy to the area, Arkwright, and his successors, have also had influence over the history of a number of Cromford pubs, past and present. Bell Inn : The Bell (pictured) was one of two pubs that stood on either side of North Street at its junction with Cromford Hill (the Cock Inn being the other). Richard Arkwright built the street in 1776-7 to house mill workers although it is not clear if the pubs opened around this time. It is said that Arkwright encouraged his workers (and their children) to drink beer rather than the local water supply as the latter suffered from lead contamination. The earliest known landlord (1828), James Gell, was also a maltster and it is possible that he brewed beer on the premises. The pub is now part of the Hardys & Hansons estate and is a fine example of a traditional Derbyshire local, with two cask-conditioned beers available. Boat Inn : Situated on Scarthin near to the mill pond, the Boat Inn was built about 1772 as a flour merchants business, although some bits of the building are said to be older. By the early 1830s it was being used as a beerhouse, known as the New Inn. The first known landlord, Anthony Boden, was also a butcher. Later the name changed to the Hit or Miss, possibly a reference to inconsistent beer quality? At an auction in September 1865 the pub was described as a ‘freehold beer-house and dwelling-house at Scarthen Row recently called “Hit or Miss” and now called “The Boat”, comprising … brewhouse, slaughterhouse …’ It belonged to William Allen who had changed the name of the beerhouse since he was a boatman on the Cromford Canal. Granted a full licence in 1954 and one of three remaining pubs in Cromford, this freehouse offers an excellent selection of real ales, many from local independent breweries. Bull’s Head : Scarthin was well populated in the 18th and 19th centuries and was able to support the Bull’s Head and two beerhouses (see the Boat and Wheatsheaf). The Bull’s Head was the oldest of these, as confirmed by Trade Directory records and also by the fact that it held a full licence (beerhouse licences were only available from 1830 onwards). The pub, now demolished, stood at the bottom (Market Place) end of Scarthin. Whilst the exact date of closure is unknown, the pub ceased being mentioned in records in the 1880s. Cock Inn : Situated on North Street at the opposite corner to the Bell and now a private residence (43 & 45 Cromford Hill), the Cock Inn (pictured) was one of five Cromford pubs included in an 1828 Trade Directory. The earliest known landlord, John Mart, was also listed as a carrier (1828) and a farmer (1860). From the information available, it appears that the premises were used as a tea room after the licence was surrendered in 1893. This is supported by a postcard, dated about 1910, which shows a refreshment room sign outside the building. Glynn Waite collection 18

Crown Inn : The Crown (pictured) was recorded as a public house in trade directories for the period 18281842 although the exact date and reason for closing are not known. Situated towards the bottom of Cromford Hill between ‘Cromford Newsagents’ and ‘Janets’, the premises were subsequently used as a butcher’s and then a shop called ‘Collectors’ Corner’. The building is now a private residence. George and Dragon : A beerhouse situated at Cromford Bridge, the George and Dragon was only listed in 1835 & 1842. Greyhound Hotel : Originally called the Black Greyhound and built as a hotel in 1778 by Richard Arkwright to house businessmen and other visitors to Cromford, the Greyhound provided a focal point for village activities although it is said that mill workers were not allowed inside it. The pub has also been known locally as the ‘Black Dog’ and in an 1828 Trade Directory, it was described as a commercial inn and coach house. Edward Bradbury (1880), describing a journey on the Cromford & High Peak Railway, wrote that ‘…and “The Greyhound” at Cromford is eloquent of a refreshing bath, and of a well-cooked dish of plump trout that were rising at flies in the cool Derwent an hour ago.’ Matthew Hill, of the Cromford Brewery was the proprietor for some years before the brewery relocated to Cromford Mill (brewing ceased in 1914). The hotel still stands in Cromford market place and, when last checked, was offering real ale. Junction Inn : The Junction Inn was a public house in the vicinity of Lea Mills, that existed for about 40 years. Owned by the Arkwright family, it was first listed in an 1846 Trade Directory as a pub/inn, the first known landlord being Samuel Brown. The final listing that has been discovered was in 1881, when the landlord was James Brown. The ‘Junction’ name originates from the pub’s location at High Peak Junction, approximately one mile south east of Cromford Village on the A6. It was here that the Cromford & High Peak Railway (completed in 1831) had its original terminus and it was also the point where it met up with the Cromford Canal, enabling goods to be transported from canal to railway and vice versa. The pub was situated on a thin strip of land between the canal and the Midland Railway. In the 1880s the Midland Railway Company decided to straighten the track in the High Peak Junction area and, to achieve this, the pub was demolished. King’s Head : The King’s Head, described as a three-storey Georgian Inn, stood at the side of Masson Mill. The inn was listed in the earliest trade directory for the area (1828) and was last recorded as open in 1857. By 1862 it was stated as being empty and subsequently became a private house until it was demolished in the 1970s to allow the A6 to be widened. Railway Inn : The Railway Inn was situated in the area known as Steeple Houses at the top of Cromford Hill. At this point the bridge that carried the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) across the Wirksworth road can still be found. The building next to it at the junction of Steeple Grange and Oakerthorpe Road was once the Railway Inn, just inside Wirksworth parish. Originally known as the Cromford & High Peak Railway Inn, and thought to have been built by the Arkwright family, the pub was recorded as being open as early as 1828, before the C&HPR was operational. For many years in the 19th century it was in the hands of the Howsley (also spelt Houseley) family who were also farmers. Whilst the exact date and reason for closure are not known, the pub was no longer open by the early 1920s. 19

Red Lion : The Red Lion (pictured) was only open for around 30 years in the middle of the 19th century. The only known landlord, George Eaton, was also a farmer. The building, now a private house, is situated half way up Cromford Hill. Rutland Arms : The Rutland Arms, a mill workers pub first recorded in 1842, stood in a terraced row directly opposite Masson Mill. It was demolished, along with adjacent housing, to allow the A6 to be widened in the 1970s. The last known landlord, Ossie Whittaker, also supplied bottled ale for the weekly dances in the Pavilion at Matlock Bath. One local drinker recalls that the pub had a pinball machine in the 1960s and there was a small prize (e.g. a packet of cigarettes) for the highest score of the day. Wheatsheaf : According to the history board in the Boat Inn, a beerhouse known as the Wheatsheaf was situated at Scarthin (along with the Bull’s Head) and in 1841 was kept by Matthew Beastall. It is not known when it closed. Un-named pub/beerhouse : It is thought that there may have been a pub or beerhouse on Cromford Hill at its junction with Bakers Lane. No further details are known. The Arkwright Society’s main aim is to restore Cromford Mill to full working condition and they offer tours around the mill. A tour of historic Cromford is also available (the 18th century prison cells in particular are not to be missed!) They can be contacted at The Visitor Services Department, Cromford Mill, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE24 3RQ. Tel: 01629 823256. The website is currently under construction - This article could not have been written without the help of the following; Glynn Waite and Doreen Buxton kindly provided personal notes, and Martyn Gillie of the Arkwright Society helped locate many of the ex-pubs. Finally Andy Pollock and Robin Jeffcoat from the Middleton Top Visitor’s Centre, High Peak Trail provided information on the location of the Junction Inn.


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National Club of the Year Award Somer’s Sports & Social Club, based in Halesowen, has been named Britain’s Best Real Ale Club in the prestigious CAMRA ‘Club of the Year’ competition for the third year in a row! Great Britain has approximately 30,000 licensed and registered clubs that could have entered this competition and were judged on a wide range of aspects including, of course, the choice and variety of real ale available to the members. The club is located on the edge of Halesowen in a former mansion house. The extensive grounds have football pitches, tennis courts and a bowling green. The beer range is enormous, with at least 12 real ales being available. Internally, the club consists of an attractive lounge-bar with alcove areas, snooker room and function room. One of the final judges Neil Leeson said, “The club follows a consistent policy of selling and serving high class real ales and it was a veritable haven for real ale drinkers. The choice and quality of the beers on sale were of a consistent high quality and this year, as it had proved in the last two years, the Somers club came out of the competition with flying colours.” Peter Russell, Somer’s Sports & Social club steward for over 25 years said, “It is a great honour to be recognised by CAMRA in this way but it is the discerning customers in the club that keep me on my toes ensuring that the beer quality is top notch!” John Holland, CAMRA National Executive member and Club of the Year Co-ordinator said “Somer’s Sports & Social Club thoroughly deserve the CAMRA top club award. The club is very popular due to its warm, friendly atmosphere and has demonstrated great commitment to real ale over many years.”



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UK Taxation on Beer

Nick Lister

Few people in the UK can be unaware that we have some of the highest rates of alcohol duty in the world. Many countries like Germany, Portugal Spain and Greece impose no duty whatsoever on wine. France imposes a 2p per bottle tax whereas the UK charge 60 times as much. Most people reading this will find these figures irritating, but it is the tax imposed on our beer that hits our pockets most. The attached table shows how duty has increased over the years, but these figures tell only half the story. The figures are provided by government sources, but only reflect the duty charged on a pint of 3.9% beer. The actual rate of duty is £0.1222 per litre per 1% alcohol, or to put it in English, duty is charged on your pint at the rate of 6.95p per 1% alcohol. So a pint of Old Speckled Hen will have 36.1 pence of its price made up by excise duty. But of course the Excise man is a mean chap. He is not satisfied with a mere 36p tax on your pint. He also charges VAT at 17.5% and effectively taxes the tax he himself has imposed. So if your pint of OSH costs £2.00, there is not only the 36.1p alcohol duty, but also a massive 35p VAT on top. Gordon Brown walks off with 66 pence out of the £2.00 price. None of this takes into account the amount charged on your pint to pay the income tax paid by the brewers, draymen and bar staff, or the VAT paid on the fuel that delivered the stuff. Nor for that matter Corporation Tax, or tax paid on the water content. Not surprising that someone coined the phrase Rip Off Britain. It’s all a sobering thought…in more ways than one. Excise duties on beer, 1973-2003 Year Beer. per Year Beer. per pint (pence) pint (pence) 1993-Nov 23.2 1973 3.1 1994-Nov 23.2 1974 4.0 1994-Dec 24.0 implemented Jan95 1975 5.9 1995-Nov 24.0 1976 6.8 1996-Nov 24.0 1977 7.5 1997-Jun 24.7 implemented Jan98 1978 7.5 1998-Mar 25.0 implemented Jan99 1979 7.5 1999-Mar 25.0 1980 9.1 2000-Mar 26.0 1981 12.6 2001-Mar 26.0 1982-Mar 14.3 2002-Apr 26.0 1983-Mar 15.1 2003-Apr 27.0 1984-Mar 16.8 1985-Mar 18.1 Source: Tax and benefit reference manual, various Customs 1986-Mar 18.1 and Excise Annual Reports, MM Treasury Financial Statement 1987-Mar 18.1 and Budget Reports 1973-74 to 1977-78. 1988-Mar 18.9 Note: Between 1973-81 no attempt has been made to specify 1989-Mar 18.9 the exact date that rates of duty came into effect. 1990-Mar 20.4 Footnotes:1991-Mar 22.3 a Came into effect on 1 January 1995. 1992-Mar 23.4 b Came into effect on 1 January 1998. 1993-Mar 24.5 c Came into effect on 1 January 1999. 22

Farewell to the Yellow Lion, Apperknowle

Jim McIntosh

The Yellow Lion at Apperknowle was built in the 1860s by a local man named Godfrey Ward on a parcel of land at Apperknowle that he had bought from a George Ward, who may have been his brother. The 1861 Census shows that Godfrey Ward (then aged 44), who stated his occupations as Scale Presser and Innkeeper, lived at “The Yellow Lion Inn” with his wife, Frances, and their five sons. In White’s 1862 Directory of Sheffield, Godfrey Ward was listed as running an unnamed beerhouse in Apperknowle. The 1864 edition of the same directory names the Yellow Lion as an inn. The size and layout of the pub altered significantly over the years, in particular the inside was originally much smaller. An extension to the lounge on the east (Hundall) side, together with the car park, stands on what would have been the ajoining plot of land when the pub was first built. The original entrance was on the west side, facing the Post Office, and the pub was entered via the doorway that existed between the bar and the dining area (itself a further extension). It is most likely that the entrance was moved to the front in the early 1900’s when Gilmour & Co. became owners (see later). Finally there were some small dwellinghouses on the same land, which stood where the garages were behind the pub. Traces of these existed until the 1960’s. Godfrey Ward sold the Yellow Lion in 1876 for £1300, plus fixtures, to William Harrison and George Howe, a Brewery Manager and Brewery Clerk of Highfields, Sheffield. In 1901 the pub was bought by Sheffield brewers Whitmarsh, Watson & Co., whose brewery and pubs were bought by Duncan Gilmour and Co. in 1906. Gilmour’s name still appears on the step at the front entrance, suggesting that they were responsible for the change of entrance mentioned above. Gilmours themselves fell to Tetleys in 1954. Michael (Mick) Emmens became licensee on 16 June 1969 when the pub was still tied to Tetleys, buying the freehold in 1986. Mick and his wife, Joyce, ran the pub until it closed its doors for the last time on Sunday 7 September 2003. Unfortunately it had not proved possible to sell the pub as a going concern and it will now be converted into two houses by a property company. The source of the pub’s name is intriguing and is thought to have a heraldic origin. In addition, the Yellow Lion name is peculiar to South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, although the reason for this is unclear. A Yellow Lion may have existed as early as 1736, situated in Coal Pit Lane, Sheffield (now Cambridge Street, the site being occupied by Cole Brothers). In total eight Yellow Lions are known to have existed within 20 miles of Sheffield at one time or another but only two (at Aston and Greasbrough) are now left. The Yellow Lion in Chesterfield on Saltergate became ‘Local Heroes’ around 1997. With thanks to John Hirst for additional research, and Mick and Joyce Emmens for loan of deeds for the Yellow Lion. 23

Pub & Brewery News In addition to the sad demise of the Yellow Lion at Apperknowle, the Branch were particularly saddened to learn of the closure of the Mallet & Chisel at Whitwell – one of the area’s most popular pubs – which closed its doors for the last time on Saturday 29th August. Gillian & Sid, owners of the free house have decided to retire. They resurrected the pub nine years ago from a closed down near ruin of a building to a thriving village pub. The beer on offer was consistently excellent and featured three rotating guest ales changing two or three times per week plus the regular Mansfield Dark Mild – another loss to the regular outlets of cask mild. The pub will be sadly missed by all. With the closure of the Mallet & Chisel, it will be interesting to see which of the village’s remaining pubs will fill the void. The Jug & Glass is another popular village pub which now offers Charles Wells Bombardier as a guest ale to go with the regular Smith’s Cask. Meanwhile, the Royal Oak offers Tetley’s and the New Middle Club has just one occasional changing guest ale. Finally, the Half Moon on the main road just beyond the main village offers a selection of cask ales. Sadly, the other pubs and club in the village – Butchers Arms, Boot & Shoe, Holmfield Arms and Whitwell Social Club (“Jackups”) – whilst each having a unique character, do not offer real ale.

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There is a new landlord in the Albert at Woodthorpe in Chesterfield (pictured). We gather he intends to keep at least two cask ales and has in the meantime already converted the top section of the car pack into a fenced beer garden – and very pleasant it is too! Stones has been replaced by Greene King IPA at the Victoria, Brampton and its guest at the moment is Highgate ‘Fox’s Hat’. The Highfields has reopened after a refit, but we do not know what the new ‘theme’ will be – why must all refurbs have a theme these days? Congratulations to Barbara, Paul & Michael who celebrated their first year at the Wellington, New Whittington on 20th September. Our best wishes also go to Peter Hayes who left the Derby Tup recently, but not before guiding it to its 20th consecutive Good Beer Guide listing. Contractor’s plant have begun to arrive around the Old Feathers, is this the end for this now closed and boarded up pub? Other recent closures are the Walton on St. Augustines Road and the Racecourse on Whittington Moor, also boarded up. Two of our local Burtonwood pubs have received prizes in the Brewery’s annual competition to find the pub with the best garden in the whole of the Burtonwood estate. The Fox & Hounds at Marsh Lane took a ‘Best in Area’ prize whilst the Gate Inn at Troway (pictured) received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for its garden. KAY & ANDY WELCOME YOU TO A FRIENDLY PUB




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Pub & Brewery News (continued) The Nags Head at Staveley is selling Acorn Barnsley Bitter at only £1.50 a pint and has been reportedly on fine form. Returning to the licensing trade to take over at the Square and Compass at Darley Bridge (pictured) are Mike and Esme Page who intend to try the full range of beers available to them (including Hartley’s) to find those that not only are the best sellers but can be kept in good condition. Their previous pubs are the Miner’s Standard at Winster, the Three Stags at Darley Bridge, White Lion at Starkholmes and the Gate in Matlock. Following the recent Planning Permission application, the Grouse & Claret at Rowsley has closed for refurbishment until the 8th December. The Peacock at Bakewell is serving an excellent pint of Deuchars IPA while next door, the Queens is proudly boasting that it is “Bakewell’s only no smoking pub!” Drinkers will be able to enjoy a number of award-winning real ales at Wetherspoon pubs across the region. The pubs’ are each lining up to 30 beers from around Britain for a five-day festival, including CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain 2003 gold, silver and bronze winners. The festival will run from Wednesday October 29 to Sunday November 2 inclusive, with all

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beers priced from £1.09 to £1.55 a pint The beers on offer will include Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2003), Daleside Bitter (silver medal winner) and Triple Eff Altons Pride (bronze medal winner) as well as Jennings Cocker Hoop, Exmoor Beast, Tring Colley’s Dog, Hop Back Thunderstorm, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger and RCH Pitchfork (all winners of different awards from the beer and brewing industry). Wetherspoon Operations Director Nathan Wall said: “The beers have been sourced from a wide range of brewers across the UK. The festival will give people the opportunity to enjoy an excellent choice of award-winning beers which are not normally available in the area, and it promises to be a lot of fun.” Local independent brewery Hardys & Hansons is kicking off the autumn season with new ale, “Swallow’s Return” as its seasonal offer from September. This well-balanced bitter has a malty mouth feel and a fresh, spicy hop finish. With 4.1 ABV this is ale makes a rich and satisfying drink. There are two new brews from Abbeydale Brewery to report. Sanctuary (4.2%). A pale ale with a tremendously hoppy character. Although the name has been used before, this is a new beer using a different blend of hops Dark Side (5.1%) is rich, dark and mellow with coffee hints. Both available as guest ales across the region.

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