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CAMRA NEEDS YOU!

Can you help us meet the CAMRA Challenge of reaching 100,000 members by the end of 2006? CAMRA is calling on everyone who loves real ale, pubs and breweries to help us achieve this milestone and urges members to become actively involved with their local branch. Protect your pleasure! See inside to see how YOU can help...

Also in this issue: Branch Pub of the Year 2005 “Bears� Around Derbyshire The History of Brampton Brewery Crouching Tiger, Drinking Dragon Woodthorpe Hall Cider Thornbridge Hall Brewery Visit


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Can you meet the CAMRA Challenge? CAMRA has set the challenge of reaching 100,000 members by the end of 2006 and is calling on everyone who loves real ale, pubs and breweries to help us achieve this milestone. How would you feel if all your favourite pubs closed, or your favourite beer disappeared from the bar? You could accept it and find another pub or move on to a different beer or you could do something about it… JOIN CAMRA! CAMRA is a not-for-profit, volunteer led organisation and the biggest single-issue consumer group in Britain today actively campaigning to protect local pubs and breweries as well as protecting pub-goers rights. So what would 100,000 members mean to CAMRA? - A more powerful campaigning voice and greater political weight - Increased funds to put back into valuable campaigning - More activity in pub visits and surveys, producing guides and running beer festivals - Greater resources to help save individual pubs and breweries under threat CAMRA currently has 73,000 members of all ages and interests who, above all, enjoy celebrating their favourite product – Real Ale. As a member you also receive some great benefits including:- Monthly Newspaper, What’s Brewing, with the latest news on beer and pubs - Free or reduced entry to over 140 beer festivals in Britain including the Great British Beer Festival - Book discounts - Money off our own publications, including our best-selling Good Beer Guide - Regular local and national social events, brewery tours and city visits. - Special money saving discounts via our website. Plus, you will be supporting CAMRA on issues FOOD SERVED EVERY DAY such as full pints, extended licensing hours in 12 - 2.30 & EVENINGS England and Wales and helping to campaign OPEN ALL DAY for good quality real ale and pubs. Every single new member joining CAMRA is a step closer to our aim. So why not join and see what CAMRA is all about. Joining couldn’t be easier. Use the form in this newsletter, call Sutton cum Duckmanton CAMRA HQ on 01727 867201 or join online at Chesterfield www.camra.org.uk. If you join by direct Tel: (01246) 232053 debit you get three months membership free for the first year. So that’s fifteen months membership for the price of twelve! Single membership is just £18 for the year or £10 for under 26’s or over 60’s. Already a CAMRA member? Well you too can play a part in the CAMRA challenge. We are CHESTERFIED CAMRA asking all of our members to sign one member PUB OF THE YEAR 2004 – friend, colleague or family member. Membership is also a fantastic gift for anyone AT LEAST 6 HAND-PULLED ALES who loves beer and pubs. TRADITIONAL HAND-PULLED CIDER Turn to the membership pages, 18 & 19 for a WE ARE IN THE 2005 GOOD BEER GUIDE local update and application form. http://thearkers.mysite.freeserve.com

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Crouching Tiger, Drinking Dragon

Andrea Waterhouse

Roger and Irene White set up the Orkney Brewery, in an old schoolhouse building in Sandwick on Orkney’s mainland back in 1988. Due to increased popularity and demand the brewery was extended in 1994. Many of the Orkney beers use traditional Scottish recipes and their products have won many awards at Beer Festivals in the UK. All of the beer is brewed using water from the brewery well too! Some of the beers you may find include Skullsplitter (a strong barley wine at 8.5% ABV), Raven Ale (a balanced session ale at 3.8% ABV) and Dark Island (a tasty dark beer at 4.6% ABV). Orkney Dragonhead Stout is produced all year round and is brewed to a traditional recipe. The picture on the bottle label and pumpclip depicts the front of a Viking longboat with a dragon’s head on the bow. The picture is quite dark and atmospheric - this is supposed to sum up the main qualities of Dragonhead Stout. The Viking imagery also harks back to the Orkney Islands’ past and to their tradition of brewing beer! It isn’t just me who rates it because it was also awarded a Bronze Medal in 2002 at the Brewing Industry International Awards. Dragonhead Stout weighs in at 4% ABV and is brewed as a dry stout. The style is actually an Irish stout with the roasted flavours which people may normally associate with Guinness. These beers are normally quite full-bodied, are rather bitter in flavour and are generally not too strong. The flavour and colour comes mostly from dark malts (often chocolate malt) and roasted barley. Dragonhead Stout fits most of the criteria for this style of beer. Looks wise, Dragonhead is a very dark, almost black beer with a slight reddish tint when held up to the light. The head is light brown almost like a coffee colour, which is quite large and lasts well; lingering throughout the pint and leaving substantial lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is predominantly malty with hints of coffee and fruit (I would say currants or raisins). There is also a faint scent of caramel and chocolate, giving it a bittersweet edge. Texture is medium bodied, rather smooth and with a richness that suggests it is much stronger than 4%. There is also a small amount of carbonisation present too, along with a dry, bitterness. Dragonhead’s flavour, as in its aroma is dominated by the roasted malt flavours. This is complemented well by a complex mix of tastes that work well together and build as you drink. There are elements of caramel, coffee and chocolate, giving way to a finish that is nutty, fruity and full of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Add to this hints of treacle and an underlying flavour of hops and you will see why I called this a complex beer! The aftertaste is pretty dry and also bitter, but also has a smoothness that is rather moreish. Dragonhead Stout is a great example of this style of beer. It is flavoursome, well crafted, well balanced and rather nice to look at. It puts the more famous Guinness firmly in its place - if Guinness is the only example of a dry stout that you have ever tried I thoroughly recommend you try this one! Dragonhead has much more flavour and the blend of tastes is much subtler and infinitely superior. It feels lovely to drink and is refreshing too. The beer is quite difficult to find in pubs these days though I was fortunate to get some at a local Wetherspoons. If you can’t get it as a cask ale, try the bottled version from the brewery website or in supermarkets. I hope you manage to find it because it is well worth the effort! A much recommended beer and one that I will be looking out for in the future! www.orkneybrewery.co.uk 4


Glynn

& Phil Welcome you to

PEBLEY HE T • REE HOUSE F •

THE JOLLY FARMER Pentland Road, Dronfield Woodhouse. Tel: 01246 418018 Open 12.00 noon - 11.00pm.

We are in the 2005 Good Beer Guide Regular Beers: Black Sheep Bitter, John Smith’s Magnet, Tetley Bitter plus 3 ever changing guest ales served from our glass fronted cellar behind the bar. Hoegaarden on draught. Large No Smoking area

A TRADITIONAL FREE HOUSE Chris & Andrea welcome you

Ever changing range of guest ales served in oversized glasses

Fresh home-cooked food : Mon-Tues 5.30-8pm Wed-Sat 12-2pm & 5.30-9pm • Smoke-free dining area Sun 12-4pm (Carvery: selection of roast meats & specials) New Menu, including early evening specials : 5.30-7pm Fun Quiz Thursdays, 9.30pm start - Not for the Serious ! Large Beer Garden - Dogs & Children Welcome Rotherham Road, Barlborough Nr. Chesterfield S43 4TH

FUN QUIZ NIGHT EVERY SUNDAY & TUESDAY ‘Unlucky for Some’ Prize Card Game Every Thursday Night

Telephone: (01246) 810327 We are on the A618 (Killamarsh - Barlborough near Pebley Ponds)

The Albert Inn Woodthorpe Mastin Moor Chesterfield Tel: 01246 472 634

Cask Ales - Greene King IPA and Banks’s Bitter SKY SPORTS - GIANT SCREEN & TVs Thursday is quiz bingo night • Function room available Live Entertainment every month February 19th : Paul McCoy male vocalist March 19th : Raine Russell female vocalist Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5-11pm - Sat & Sun all day

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A Brief History of the Brampton Brewery Co.

John Hirst

The Brampton Brewery was situated on Chatsworth Road where the B&Q store now stands. The date when it was established is unknown, although there was a brewery operating on the site by 1839. In these early years there were numerous owners, often partnerships, the company name changing with each new owner. In 1889, when trading as C H Chater & Co the senior partner, Charles Hames Chater, withdrew leaving the junior partner Harold Soames as the sole proprietor. From then on it was to trade as the Brampton Brewery Co. When Mr Soames retired in 1897, a Public Share Issue was raised to purchase the brewery from him, together with 142 public houses owned or leased to the brewery. The new limited company expanded rapidly, increasing brewing capacity on an annual basis, until disaster struck in May 1902, when fire destroyed the brewhouse. As production at the time was stretched to the limit, it was decided to build a new brewery on adjacent land. This went into operation on May 2nd 1905, the first electrically driven brewery in the country. The brewery now turned its efforts to improving or rebuilding the pubs in its estate and continued to prosper, even through the restrictions and shortages of two World Wars. Brampton’s demise came suddenly, after the death of its long-serving Chairman, U.H. Tristram, in March 1955. Warwick’s & Richardson’s brewery of Newark, who had seats on the Brampton Board of Directors, immediately made a takeover bid, which was accepted by 90% of the Brampton shareholders. On Wednesday 15th June 1955 the last brew was made, a fact strongly denied by the management in the local press. The brewery closed soon after, with a loss of around 50 jobs. It is claimed the last pub to sell Brampton Ale was the Shakespeare Inn on Saltergate (now demolished). Various businesses occupied the brewery buildings until they were eventually demolished during August and September 1984 for the building of the B&Q store. After the take-over a major problem for Warwick’s was the huge dislike locally of their beers, which together with new detrimental tenancy agreements, forced many landlords to leave the trade and was even said to have contributed towards the suicide of two Brampton licensees. Eventually Warwick’s had to brew a new beer to tempt customers back. This was called ‘Impy’ and was said to be as close to Brampton mild as could be brewed at Newark. Warwick’s themselves only survived until 1962 when they were taken over by John Smith’s, who replaced 6


Warwick’s beers with those of the Barnsley Derek & Staff welcome you to Brewery, another Smith’s acquisition of 1961. Although Brampton is fondly remembered for its draught mild (o.g. 1035), they also produced best bitter (o.g. 1043) and Extra Strong (o.g. 1048). Bottled beers included: Pale Ale; Nut Brown; Golden Bud and Stout. They brewed 5 times a week (6 times at busy periods). The brew size was between 85 and 130 barrels Station Road, Bolsover depending on beer type and demand. Tel :01246 823160 Closures of pubs through licensing legislation and town redevelopment reduced the number Always 2 guest beers available of Brampton tied houses to around 116 at the Opening ho urs: time of being taken over. The tied estate 12-3pm, 5.30-11pm Monday to Thursday covered a large area, the extremities being Open All Day Friday to Sunday Sheffield to the north; Denby to the south; Sunday lunches 12 - 2.30pm, Mansfield to the east and Eyam to the west, 2 & 3 courses for £5.75 & £7.50 most pubs being concentrated in colliery Patio and Children’s Play Area • Pub Games towns rather than rural areas. Music Quiz Tuesday with Lucky 7s, The sad ending to the story of the Brampton ‘Open the Box’ & Meat Raffle Brewery Company is one which unfortunately General Knowledge Quiz Friday has been repeated hundreds of times in aid of local charities. throughout the country, and still continues today with many recent local brewery losses. Karaoke Sunday

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Postbag investigated for not declaring a holiday that he and his family enjoyed at the expense of one of our tobacco barons. It is a fact that smoking kills more people than die on our roads, and passive smoking accounts for more lives than gun crime. The ban can’t come soon enough. I can’t wait for the day when I can enjoy a pint without it being ruined by cigarette smoke. I can’t wait for the day when I don’t have to fumigate my clothes when I get home. Roll on 2008. Tara Smith ========================== You asked for comments regarding the proposed ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants. I for one would be in favour of a total ban. Nothing else has a hope in hell of being effective. Currently around 70% of the population choose not to smoke. Yet the licence trade devote around 5% of the area of our pubs to non smoking areas. Even these are useless. The problem arises from the breweries desire to improve our pubs by knocking out all the interior walls to make one large room. In such a pub it is not possible to provide a smoke free area. Simply having a line or a sign does not stop the smoke drifting into the non smoking areas. Those in the smoking area choose to smoke. Those in the non smoking area have to put up with it. Other than a total ban I have only come across one truly successful alternative, as demonstrated by the Hillsborough Hotel in Sheffield. There the entire pub has become smoke free with a conservatory off the back of the bar where smokers are allowed. The extractors pull air out of the pub through the conservatory which more or less stops the non smoking majority having to put up with it. Even so this relies on the smokers obeying the rules and not wandering through to the bar with a lit fag. If all pubs were as good as this there would be little problem. Sadly they are not. Providing a smoke free area where drinkers have to push through a smoke filled bar to get served is unacceptable. Yet this

I was slightly concerned to hear Richard Caborn pontificating about 24 hour licencing. It seems that part of the “bill”..and “bill” is the operative word , involves a levy on pubs to pay for police to patrol the streets to combat binge drinkers. There is only going to be one outcome from such a levy,, and that is yet higher pub prices. 20 years ago supermarkets sold 14% of beer in this country. Now it is 40%. This has come about to a large extent because of rising pub prices and falling prices in the supermarkets. Any additional tax on our pubs can only exaserbate this trend. Pubs are closing at a higher rate than even petrol filling stations; both as a result of supermarket sales. This new bill will hardly reverse that trend. Nick Lister ========================== I used to think that CAMRA was a pressure group set up to promote the sale and consumption of a diverse range of real ales in the UK. However after seeing a recent editorial in ‘What’s Brewing’, on the subject of smoking I'm beginning to wonder if CAMRA has decided to also promote the continuation of smoking in pubs? As part of the non-smoking majority, I've have always enjoyed a drink and only out of necessity have put up with sharing pubs with a minority faction over the years. In my view the absence of people smoking in pubs can only be considered to be a massive step forward. For my health sake and for others probably more inclined to make greater use of these healthier facilities in the future, the banning of smoking must go ahead! A Ramsden. ========================== It is not before time that we had a smoking ban in our pubs. For too long the non smoking majority have had to endure the stink and health threatening pollution put out by smokers. I just cannot understand why we aren’t having a 100% ban implemented immediately. Although this might be explained by today’s news that Tony Blair is being ~ ~~~~~~ `~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~ ~

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seems to be the industry norm these days. Sadly I doubt that the Government will carry through any ban. It will cost them too much. They might loose a tiny bit of revenue from reduced alcohol sales (although I suspect that any smokers who stay away will be replaced by non smokers who have in the past kept out of smoky pubs). They will undoubtedly lose revenue from a cut back in smoking. However the biggest drawback will be if public health improves as a result of cutting back on tobacco consumption (both active and passive) people will live longer and cost a fortune to our already stretched pension system. The government says they want to improve the nation's health, but I doubt that extends to paying for it. Otherwise they would have banned smoking in pubs and restaurants years ago. Jackie Mayhew ========================== It’s easy to knock Wetherspoons – far too easy sometimes, what with frequent short measure; untrained, uninterested staff, lavatories upstairs or downstairs – never on the level, no beer mats etc, but sometimes praise is inevitable. If Wetherspoons never does anything else, it deserves ungrudging praise for its enterprise in bringing de Koninck pale ale all the way from Antwerp to Shepherd Neame brewery (where it’s cask conditioned) to the Portland at Chesterfield. While a filtered, pressurised bolleke of de Koninck is a pleasure in den Engel in Antwerp, a pint of the cask conditioned version in Wetherspoons at £1.39 is wonderful. At the Portland’s last beer festival, Wetherspoons went further and supplied Dutch and Czech beers, again cask conditioned. I predict a revived demand from Belgian, Dutch and Czech drinkers if they had the chance to drink cask conditioned versions of their own excellent beers. De Koninck Pale Ale is described by Roger Protz, (Editor of the Good Beer Guide) as having a “ …. lovely peppery hop character, with a nice biscuity malt flavour”. I say, go to the Portland and drink some. “Hertz van Rental”

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Social Diary Branch Meetings (8.30 start) Thursday 3rd March - King’s Head, Bonsall (minibus available). Thursday 7th April - The Wellington, New Whittington. Branch Survey Trips & Socials: ‘Wednesday Wobbles’ informal pub crawls by mini-bus (only £4.00). Town Centre pick-up at 7.45pm (outside Comet) - all welcome. 9th & 23rd March - Destinations TBC Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th February - Derby Winter Beer Festival at The Assembly Rooms. (Branch train trip Saturday) www.derbycamra.org.uk Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th February - 13th Rotherham Oakwood ‘Back to the Baa’ Real Ale & Music Festival. Oakwood Technology College. (Branch trip Thursday) www.realale.oakwood.yorks.com Sunday 20th February - National Pubs Week - Branch Launch The Wellington, New Whittington - from 8.30pm Wednesday 23rd February - National Pubs Week - Chesterfield Town Centre pub crawl - Meet in Spa Lane Vaults from 8.00pm Saturday 26th February - National Pubs Week - mini-bus crawl finishing in the Hay at Shirland - £4, pickup at Comet, 7.00pm Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March - Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover - Spring Beer Festival. www.oldpoets.co.uk Friday 24th March onwards - Arkwright Arms, Sutton-cumDuckmanton - Easter Beer Festival. thearkers.mysite.freeserve.com Friday 24th March onwards - The Boat Inn, Cromford Easter Beer Festival. www.theboatatcromford.co.uk Other Beer Festivals: Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February - 9th Hucknall Beer Festival, Community Centre, Ogle Street. Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th March - 29th Loughborough Beer Festival, The Polish Club, True Lovers Walk. Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th March - Leicester Beer Festival, Charotar Patidar Samaj, St Margaret’s Way www.leicestercamra.org.uk Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th March - York Beer Festival, Priory Street Centre. www.yorkcamra.free-online.co.uk Information on Branch socials or trip booking - please contact Mick Portman (see below). Branch Meetings and all social trips are open to both members and non-members of CAMRA.

Branch Contacts www.chesterfieldcamra.org.uk - innspire@yahoo.com CHAIRMAN: Nigel Mower: 1c Kestrel Drive, Eckington, Derbyshire S21 4HS. Tel: 01246 430603 e-mail: chairman@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk SOCIAL EVENTS - DETAILS & BOOKINGS: Mick Portman: Tel: 01246 277757 e-mail: socials@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk INNSPIRE PRODUCTION & ADVERTISING: Nick Wheat: 56 Main Road, Holmesfield, Nr. Dronfield, Derbyshire S18 7WT. Tel: 0114 289 0348 e-mail: innspire@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk


The 3 Bears - A Story for Younger Readers

Jake Burns

Once upon a time, there were 3 bears who lived on a cave near Eckington and who liked to pop into Chesterfield every Saturday for their tea etc etc – why can’t Innspire contain these stories more often? It seems to me that Innspire folk have drunk one too many when they write these pub history articles, which could explain the desire to share fascinating facts with us. You know the sort of thing I mean – the Dog and Gun is really quite old and an early landlord’s dog liked to lick its own parts (or was that the landlord?) Anyway the Editor, upon payment of a very reasonable sum, has allowed me the opportunity to share a sweet little tale set in Derbyshire with you. So…Once upon a time there were 3 bears ….not the Paddington Bear type, or the 3 Bears from Beano comic, but, best of all, 3 magical pub bears! So let’s introduce the bears. The oldest bear of all was Alderwasley, a fine Georgian bear who lived quite far south near Wirksworth. Next there was Brown Bear, a hardy North East Derbyshire bear and a native of Eckington. And last, but not least, there was White Bear, a shy young fellow from Stretton. But this talk of pubs is making me all nostalgic and reminds me of all those Saturday mornings spent in libraries looking through dusty trade directories for….. Bear, Alderwasley - Originally the building was a farmhouse until it became the Brown Bear in 1735, William Peat being the first innkeeper. Its isolated position on the Belper to Wirksworth Road can be explained by the fact that this route used to be the turnpike road connecting Sheffield, Derby and Birmingham. The majority of trade would have come from supplying fresh horses to the coaches and food and drink and accommodation to coach travellers. By the mid19th century the name had been simplified to the ‘Bear’ and in 1920 the inn was sold for £1100 by the Hurt family, the main landowners in the area who resided at Alderwasley Hall. The pub retains its original charm, particularly in the form of a large banqueting hall that, apart from a modern kitchen, can’t have altered much in the last 200 years. A Sunday carvery (£7.95 in November 2003) where you can help yourself attracts people from all walks of life. The real ales were Bass and Old Speckled Hen. White Bear, Stretton - Copies of legal documents from the late 18th century (some are displayed on the pub’s walls) show that the a dwelling house occupied the current site (next to the A61, south of Clay Cross). Another document dated 1848 records an agreement between Gladwin Turbett and William Wainwright in which the former agrees to let a ‘public house at Stretton…known by the sign of the Bear… for £17 per annum’. William Wainwright is also listed as being landlord of the White Bear, Stretton in Trade Directories for 1828 and 1835. White Bear had another animal friend who lived close by, White Swan. A beerhouse, the White Swan stood opposite Mickley Lane (the area is sometimes referred to as Stretton Hillside). It was recorded in the 1853 Land Tax register as owned by Robert White Junior, occupied by Thomas Cupit. The beerhouse had closed by 1868 as it is not mentioned in the Licence Ledger from that year. 10


Brown Bear, Eckington - This is the bear that may have changed colour. The Fairbank Survey of 1796 lists an inn called the ‘White Bear’, it is not known if this was the same pub. In 19th century Trade Directories, the pub is recorded as both the Brown Bear and the Bear (1821-7 & 1835). It is known that the pub was situated on Market Street and stood opposite the Duke of York (which is still there). In February 1861 the Derbyshire Times reported that an inquest opened at the ‘Bear Inn’ on the body of John Brown, a miner aged 22. The pub closed for compensation in December 1915 when owned by a Jane Lawrence and leased to Gilmours Brewery of Sheffield. Other Bears who have lived in Derbyshire include Old Bear from Ashbourne (he was about in 1828) and plain ‘Bear’ in Swadlincote. And in case you’re wondering where pub bears get their names from, some say it there is a link to bear baiting. Otherwise the sign may refer to the well-known star constellation, rather than the animal. And not forgetting a home for our 3 bears, which could only be BEARTOWN BREWERY at Congleton. The brewery started in 1994 and the name once again recalls the so-called ‘sport’ of bear baiting, and a local tale*. Back in the 17th century there were three very important people in the Borough of Congleton - the Mayor, the Ale Taster and the Bear Warden. The latter’s role was to procure a fighting bear (must have ruled Pooh Bear out then) for fairs and celebrations. In 1632 the Bear Warden found that he had insufficient funds to purchase a bear for the annual wakes fair. BIG problem! Funds may have been short because the good folk of Congleton had decided to splash out on a new bible that year, and in so as what must have been a definitive statement of their priorities, they put this money towards the purchase of a new bear, giving rise to the saying: Congleton rare, Congleton rare Sold the Bible to buy a bear. *this tale has been taken from the excellent ‘Booze News’ newsletter (Winter 2003) produced by Mansfield & Ashfield CAMRA. Oh, and I ought to mention that an early landlord’s dog at one of these pubs allegedly liked to lick its own parts……… sleep tight.

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Lathkil Hotel

Over Haddon, Nr. Bakewell Tel: 01629 812501 Email: info@lathkil.co.uk

www.lathkil.co.uk Chesterfield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year 2002 We are in the 2005 Good Beer Guide

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

The T ravellers Rest High Street, Apperknowle. Tel: (01246) 414363 Traditional English Free House

Cask Ales : Timothy Taylor Landlord John Smiths Cask Acorn Barnsley Bitter Wards Best Bitter Guest Ale.

• Open All Day, Every Day • Live Music Every Sunday • Music Quiz Tuesday Night with Richard Spinks (Peak 107FM) • Range of Bottled Beers from £1 • Specialist outside bar service available

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National Pubs Week 19th - 26th February 2005 This is the third annual promotion, encouraging folk simply to visit pubs during what is traditionally a quiet time of the year - with plenty going on locally. Free promotional material is available for licensees to publicise this national CAMRA initiative. To secure your free pack, please contact Andrea at pressandpublicity@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk or ring any of our Branch contacts (see page 9). Pubs Week will be launched at the Wellington, New Whittington on Sunday 20th February (kick off 8.30pm), a vibrant community local with a good choice of quality beers. It’s their popular Quiz Night, hosted by Paul – with a free buffet available. Wednesday 23rd February sees us ‘Wobble’ across Chesterfield Town Centre, starting at 8.00pm in the Spa Lane Vaults and heading towards the Portland Hotel via the Rutland, Royal Oak (Shambles), Barrow Boy and the Market. To round off the campaign, on Saturday 26th February, we will be heading southwards along the A61, finishing in one of our flagship pubs, the Hay at Shirland – where there’s always some interesting beers to try including a traditional cider and a mild ale. Book your place on the bus – fare only £4.00 – leaving Comet at 7.00pm. We look forward to seeing you on at least one of the above socials.

Malcolm & Janey welcome you to

THE HAY MAIN ROAD (A61), SHIRLAND

A 2005 Good Beer Guide Pub

Tel: 01773 835383

Kings Head Bonsall

A picturesque village pub serving three Batemans ales.

Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter & Cask Mild Three changing guest ales Traditional Scrumpy Cider A range of bottled Belgian beers and country wines also available

Bar Meals & Snacks lunchtimes and evenings. Families, Walkers and their dogs welcome. Sheltered Patio Area. Closed Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes in the Winter.

Opening Hours:6 - 11pm Monday, 4.30 - 11pm Tuesday - Friday 12 - 11pm Saturday, 12 - 10.30pm Sunday

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Local Pubs Earn Their Pips

Julie Currey

Following October’s Cider/Perry Campaign, we had another trip out to our supportive pubs to present them with their ‘thankyou’ certificates. The award for the favourite cider of the campaign went to The Boat at Cromford for their Moles Black Rat, as well as serving another cider. Congratulations to Kevin, Debbie and the team. So, if you want somewhere to go where real ale and real cider fans can enjoy their tipples together, I would recommend that you visit these pubs. For more information see www.chesterfieldcamra.org.uk/cider And don’t forget, the beer festival features ciders and perries that were enjoyed during this campaign.

Thanks to all our supporting pubs: ❶ Paul, Judy and the lads - The Arkwright Arms, Sutton-cumDuckmanton (2 ciders - 2 perries). ❷ Brendan and Hilary - Derby Tup, Whittington Moor (3 ciders - 1 perry). ❸ Malcolm and Janey - The Hay, Shirland (1 cider - 1 perry). ❹ Kim and Jackie - The Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover (5 ciders - 1 perry). ❺ Ken and Jane - The Rutland, Chesterfield (1 cider).

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Pub of the Year 2005 The Peacock - Brampton, Chesterfield Congratulations to John Bradbury and partner Phillipa - seen here collecting their prestigious award from Chesterfield & District CAMRA committee member, Mick Portman - on winning this year’s Pub of the Year. The strong field of contenders also comprised The Hay at Shirland, The Blue Bell at Bolsover, The Boat at Cromford and The Wellington at New Whittington. The presentation night brought a large number of members who sampled the delights of his cellar, which included two guest ales – Goff ’s Tournament and Fuller’s London Pride. When John and Phillipa took over almost three years ago, the Peacock was in a very poor state with no custom and very poor beer quality. It took a lot of hard work to restore the pub and trade to its present standard. The Peacock is a smart locals’ pub which still has two individual rooms, one with a real fire in winter. It also supports its own darts and football teams. Catering for connoisseurs of real ale and the Brampton passing trade, there is a selection of four regular beers: Tetley’s; Black Sheep Bitter; Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Adnam’s Broadside together with a regular guest ale. It’s not just by chance that John has suddenly hit on a winning formula, a CAMRA member for many years, he has always been committed to the cause of real ale. He has been in the pub trade for 25 years, first drawing attention to real ale drinkers when, against all odds, he brought cask ale to the unlikeliest places – the Pomegranate Theatre bar, making it so successful theatre goers could hardly find space to drink because of the influx of ‘outsiders’. He moved on to his first pub, the Grouse on Chatsworth Road, where he collected a Pub of the Month award, and became the first landlord to be presented with the new branch award celebrating 10 years in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. The changes brought about by the Government’s restrictions on breweries ownership of pubs resulted in John leaving the trade, however he could still be seen behind the bar of the Britannia, Brampton. He was soon back in the business as bar manager at Queen’s Park Sports Centre, where he again persuaded the Council to introduce real ale. This award is more than just a celebration of the beer at the Peacock - it is also thanks for many years of supporting real ale. John Hirst 14


Pub of the Season - Spring 2005

Royal Oak The Shambles, Chesterfield

Shoulder of Mutton Hallfield Gate

VOTE NOW FOR PUB OF THE SEASON! Four nominations were made at the January Branch meeting for the Spring 2005 Pub of the Season award. You can vote by attending the Branch Meeting at the King’s Head, Bonsall on Thursday 3rd 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 secretary@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk All entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 2nd March and will be included in the vote at the Branch Meeting the following night.

Lathkil Hotel Over Haddon

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Woodthorpe Hall Cider Production

Nick Wheat

October is traditionally the time when apples from the trees of North Derbyshire find their way to Woodthorpe Hall in Holmesfield to be turned into traditional cider. In 2003, the Wheat family orchard (for orchard, read one solitary apple tree) produced just one solitary apple. That’s right, one! Dick Shepley from Woodthorpe Hall had a similar problem, though not quite on the same biblical proportions. Even so, the local apple harvest had a shortfall that necessitated a trip to Herefordshire to buy a ton of cider apples! Last year, the rather damp summer saw a bumper crop of apples which were destined for cider production in the village (and we held back a few for some home made apple crumble too!). One of the perks of making cider is the arrangement for drinking ample amounts of previous cider production. This was conveniently provided for all those involved in the back-breaking process which included the poor apple washers and de-wormers. Once washed, the apples are fed into a machine that efficiently chips them. The resultant apple shreds are then added again for further shredding as shown below.

This double process provides pulped apples that should be ready for pressing. However, the resultant apple pulp is then hand ‘podged’ further in cut down wooden barrels to reach the desired level of pulping suitable for pressing. Dick Shepley is seen armed with his podger... The resultant mashed apples are added to the cider press, wrapped in hessian cloths to eventually produce 240 gallons of apple juice over the weekend. Dick went with his Landrover and trailer to liberate the pictured cider press from the corner of a pub car park in Cornwall when it was due to be scrapped. If anyone has an apple tree but normally lets the apples go to waste, perhaps you would like to contact Dick Shepley at Woodthorpe Hall next autumn and have them added to the mix! Woodthorpe Hall ciders can be sampled at Chesterfield and Oakwood (Rotherham) Festivals. 16


Karen welcomes you to

The George & Dragon Old Brampton Chester field

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j{|àx _|ÉÇ \ÇÇ fàtÜ~{ÉÄÅxá „ `tàÄÉv~ Visiting a different country every Thursday from 7pm starting with a Greek ‘Festival of Food’ on 3rd February. Served buffet style from the carvery so several dishes can be experienced. As a valued customer you can choose the next country we visit! Evening à la carte menu available Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 7-9pm. Carvery Sunday lunchtimes. For reservations please call 01629 582511

Chester field C AMRA Autumn Pub of the Season

Whim Hartington IPA : Marston’s Pedigree

2005 Good Beer Guide

Serving wonder ful guest ales from all around the country

The The Rose Rose & & Crown Crown

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March

Hartington Weekend

BARLBOROUGH

5 Whim Ales plus Hartington Stilton & Crusty Bread. Live Music Saturday evening :Junkyard Dogs

Live entertainment every Saturday night. Bob’s Bingo Quiz every Tuesday night (win a gallon of beer) First Thursday of every month is folk night. Overspill car park is 20 yards below the pub.

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

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SUSAN & DAVID GROWNS HIGH STREET, BARLBOROUGH, NORTH DERBYSHIRE. S43 4ET TEL. 01246 810364

Tel: 01246 567826 for more information

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Membership Matters

Jim McIntosh

Fi rstly I’d like to welcome the following people who have joined since the last issue of Innspire: Ti m & Ellen Shawcroft, Brian Tait, Eric Taylor, Michael Champneys, Alan Craw, Christopher Radford, Peter Bunton & Lorna Morris and Paul Wallbank. Also welcome back to Nicholas Davey & Nicola Thwaite who have rejoined. Branch membership has now risen to 478 and we are on course to pass 500 members at the 2005 Chesterfield Beer Festival. Please come and see us at the Membership Stand and one of us will help you join. I am also hoping that, once again, Keith Spencer from Rotherham Branch will be coming along to help sign up new members. Keith lives up to his nickname of ‘The Whirling Dervish’ and has promised to dress in his best Hawaiian shirt and shorts – this must be his idea of ideal clothing for Chesterfield in early February? Membership rates increased on 1st January and the following rates now apply: Full Single £18, Full Joint £21, OAP/UB40/U26 & disabled £10 Joining is really easy and takes about 2 minutes! For 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. • A local Member’s Newsletter (‘Innspiring’) that keeps you informed on activities and events in the Chesterfield & District area. 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. KAY & ANDY Pay your membership by Direct Debit and WELCOME YOU TO A FRIENDLY PUB get the first three months free. Simply complete the Direct Debit mandate along THE G ATE INN 2005 CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE with the membership application form. 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 T R O W AY membership application form and send it to ✦ AN INVITATION TO ✦ Jim McIntosh, 16 Fernbank Drive, PANORAMIC VIEWS OVER THE MOSS VALLEY Eckington, Sheffield, S21 4HG, to make a ✦ postal application. Alternatively you can join BURTONWOOD BITTER online at www.camra.org.uk. TOP HAT • PLUS MONTHLY GUEST Our new Members Newsletter (‘Innspiring’) HANDPULLED CASK ALES ✦ is sent out via email; to receive a copy AMPLE CAR PARKING • BEER GARDEN please send your email address details (and OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK membership number) to me at 12-3pm. AND 7-11pm. EVERY DAY membership@chesterfieldcamra.org.uk. If (10.30pm. ON SUNDAYS) you don’t have access to email you can still TEL: 01246 413280 receive the Newsletter by sending 4 stamped addressed envelopes to above address). 18


Just fill in the form below and send, with a cheque (payable to CAMRA Ltd.) or for Three Months Free membership (for those renewing or joining by Direct Debit) complete the Direct Debit Form. All forms should be addressed to Jim McIntosh, 16 Fernbank Drive, Eckington, Sheffield, S21 4HG. Alternatively you can join online at www.camra.org.uk. Rates for single membership are £18 and joint £21 (£10 OAP single, UB40, disabled and under 26). Please indicate the applicable rate..

Innspire 53 / Chesterfield

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Jane, Ken & staff welcome you to

Emma, Josh & staff welcome you to

THE RUTLAND

THE ROYAL OAK

23 STEPHENSON PLACE CHESTERFIELD

THE SHAMBLES CHESTERFIELD

Superb Choice of Cask Ales Food Served Daily • Good Ale Good Food • Great Atmosphere Real Cider Available We are in the 2005 Good Beer Guide

7 / 8 Cask Ales Always Available Food Served Lunchtimes Open All Day Monday - Saturday Tastefully Refurbished Chesterfield’s Most Historic Pub!

The

Blue Bell 57 High Street, Bolsover Tel. 01246 823508

Beer Garden with spectacular view Traditional two roomed pub Guest beers changed regularly Quiz nights Monday & Wednesday Bring a team win a gallon Enjoy the atmosphere with Kev, Pam & daughter Angela

Chesterfield & District CAMRA 2004 Award for Campaigning Excellence We are in the 2005 Good Beer Guide

5 regularly changing guest ales February:- Marston’s Sweet Chariot, Titanic Captain Smith’s, Everard’s Original, Wychwood Hobgoblin. March:- Marston’s Burton Celebration, Brains’ St. David’s Day Ale, Gale’s HSB, St. Austell Tribute 20


Thornbridge Hall Country Brewery Visit

Andrea Waterhouse

The Branch combined with our friends from Sheffield on a joint social trip to Thornbridge Hall (near Ashford in the Water) recently. The reason was to visit the latest new brewery in Derbyshire and we were looking forward to seeing what had been achieved so far. Upon arrival at the Hall, the groups were welcomed and taken to the bar which was an underground area built in the remains of a former air-raid shelter, featuring deep burgundy walls, subdued interesting lighting, intimate seating areas and even a classic Space Invader machine! A wonderful and unique location and a great place to sample some beer! Thornbridge Hall’s owner, Jim Harrison gave a brief introduction to the Hall’s history. The present building dates from 1859, although the site of the Hall dates from much earlier. It was rebuilt by Frederick Craven in a Jacobean style. It would be interesting to go back in daylight to view the Great Hall window designed by William Morris. More recently the Hall was owned by Sheffield City Council and used for teacher training and educational purposes. After sampling the Kelham Gold one group stayed to have another drink while the others followed joint proprietor Dave Wickett of Kelham Island fame (pictured) up to the “Baby Brewery”, housed in one of the former derelict out-buildings in the grounds. Equipment in the brewery is a combination of new and old, the old being kit adapted from the former Malton Brewery. It was particularly interesting to hear about the Brewery’s plans for the future. We will be looking forward to tasting their nettle and elderflower beers, along with any other novel recipes they may They plan to keep brewing some Matlock Road, Walton devise. Kelham Island beers as well. Chesterfield Back in the bar we sampled beers which Tel: (01246) 273689 had been brewed on the premises; Grande Pale, Easy Rider and the Now Open All Day Every Day! appropriately named First Brew were well John invites you to sample received. My particular favourite of the his fine cask ales night was the Grande Pale ~ strong, pale, hoppy and full-bodied... deceptively easy John Smith’s Cask to drink! Marston’s Pedigree We were treated to an excellent buffet which included Stilton, Brie, Pate, and Fuller’s London Pride some of the Hall’s homemade real ale pickle, mustard and chutney. Springhead Bitter (occasional guest) We left at the end of the night well Meals served lunchtimes & evening watered, well fed and looking forward to sampling more Thornbridge Hall beers in Sky Sports the near future. Quizzes Monday & Thursday 21

The Blue Stoops


Hercules, Part the Second in Which All is Revealed…

Alan Craw

The story so far... new readers start here... A rather gullible Hercules has been sent on a mission by his friend and drinking partner from The Charles Atlas Inn, Eurystheus, to get the Golden Apples from a lovely bunch of young ladies, the Hesperides sisters. The mission is dangerous and took all winter. Now read on, as Hercules comes back with his story of the mission... Next week Eurystheus arrived at the Charles Atlas Inn, took his beer to the inglenook, sat down, and drank slowly. There was no sign of his old friend Hercules, but this was not unusual, as Hercules often made no apology for not being at their Friday nights out. Eurystheus thought no more about it, had a few games of dominoes with his slightly shady friends, and left. It was a month before he saw his friend again, and Eurystheus had nearly forgotten that he had sent Hercules on the labour of getting the golden apples. There was one occasion that he wondered if he had gone back to Augea where he had once organised that wonderful cleaning job in the stables there. It was not till a Friday in early spring that Hercules came bouncing back into The Charles Atlas Inn. He came straight across to Eurystheus by the fireplace. “I’ve got them!” he shouted. “Got what?” said Eurystheus, making to go to the dominoes table. “The apples, stupid!” “What apples?” “The ones you told me about last year just before the Winter Solstice Festival. Hey I’m looking forward to spending the profits at the Dionysus in the summer! Look, dominoes can wait. Just listen to the story of my winter away. That Dragon is something else again. Look, let me get a beer, and I’ll be with you.” Eurystheus started looking a bit shifty, but called to his dominoes friends to wait a bit. Hercules came back with a pint of his Best Mild. “Now listen to this.” He took a long pull at the beer. “Those long winter nights up north really make people do interesting things. You have no idea what the Hyperboreans get up to in the cold and dark. And what a little raver that Hesperathusa is. Boy did she glow when that last sunset came. You know it is dark for nearly two months up there…?” “…Whoa!…Stop!…just a second!…hang on!” (“Oh hell!” Eurystheus thought to himself, “I’d forgotten all about this.”) Just as Eurystheus stopped Hercules in mid flow, Hercules threw the bag from his shoulders; it was heavy enough almost to break it. “Look at these then.” And Hercules emptied the bag onto the table. “They are no good to me now, Hercules. I had no idea you were going to take this long to get them. Remember Hera? Well she got drunk at the last Winter Solstice here while you were away with…who did you say?…Hesperathusa?…and I managed to get her to get them for me. Look, Hercules, I’m sorry, but there it is. I know the landlord here has always wants some of these Golden Crunches. See if he will take them off you. You might even get some free beer.” “Is that all I get for my troubles? Some free beer?” Hercules leant forward till he almost touched foreheads, and it looked as if he was about to nut his old friend who he thought had betrayed him. “Look, why not invite those Hesperides girls over for the summer? I’m sure they’d like it in the warm here. They can stay with me. How about it?” “Can’t.” said Hercules. He frowned and pursed his lips. “Why not?” “I betrayed their trust when I killed the dragon, they all turned to trees, and the dragon just became stars in the sky. Look outside if you don’t believe me.” “Pity.” sighed Eurystheus. “That puts paid to our fun at the summer’s Dionysus.” Eurystheus went to join his friend at the dominoes table; Hercules stayed on his own. From a corner of the bar a newcomer called Jason was saying quite loudly: “I know where you can find a Golden Fleece. Any takers to help me find it?” Suddenly it was very quiet. Even Hercules put his head down trying not to be noticed. 22


The Three Horseshoes Matlock Road, Spitewinter (between Chesterfield & Matlock on A632)

Tel: (01246) 568034

387 Sheffield Road Chesterfield

Quality Food Quality Beers - Three Real Ales Quiz Night Tuesdays, 9.30pm

Tel: 01246 454316

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11.30am - 2.30pm 6.30 - 11.00pm Sunday: 12.00 - 3.00pm 6.30 - 10.30pm

Brendan & Hilary extend a warm welcome to customers old and new.

PARKHOUSE HOTEL

CHESTERFIELD CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR :1995, 1997 & 2001

Danesmoor, Chesterfield tel: 01246 862381 Changing Guest Real Ale - £2

REGULAR BEERS:

Open 12 - 3, 6 - 11

TIMOTHY TAYLOR’S LANDLORD, OAKHAM JHB, BATEMAN’S XXXB, ARCHER’S GOLDEN, BURTON BRIDGE PORTER OR BURTON BRIDGE TOP DOG STOUT, PLUS UP TO 4 EVER CHANGING GUEST BEERS

(Closed Wednesday Lunchtime)

Now Serving Super Value Lunchtime Meals from £2.95 12 - 2 (Except Wednesday)

3 Course Lunch - Mon-Tues - £3.50 Friday Special - Fresh Grimsby Fish, chips, peas, Bread & Butter - £3.75 Ham, Egg & Chips - £3.25 Traditional Sunday lunches from £4.95

Lunchtime Food 12 - 2 daily We are in the 2005 Good Beer Guide

12 - 2 - Booking advisable

Large Lounge/Function Room Our guarantee of pint perfection Children’s play area 10% discount on food for card-carrying CAMRA members.

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24 Hour Licences - A Personal View

Alan Craw

We are nothing in CAMRA if we do not promote a responsible attitude to the consumption of alcohol in general and our raison d’être in particular, real ale. The present controversy over the possible extension of licensing hours to 24 hour opening is showing a worrying inability with some people to analyse matters intelligently. Critics and opponents of the proposed measure conflate the problem of so called binge drinkers with the liberalisation of licensing laws. This is an error. It is the opinion of many that permitted hours of opening has no relation to this far from modern phenomenon. I was among binge drinkers every Saturday night at rugby clubs all over Manchester in the 1960’s. We were noisy and possibly to some, a little objectionable. The songs that we sang were very impolite, are now largely lost to posterity and I was for example thrown out of a chippy in Ardwick for singing…well, let’s not go into that. This country is part now of a bigger world and has to modernise its customs to appear more attractive to visitors. Let us not forget that the reforms proposed relate to permitted hours and not to compulsory hours of opening. No one will be forced to it. We in Chesterfield do not find ourselves on an international tourist route, and I think we have little to fear. We do have a problem however with Friday and Saturday night drunkenness. That will not be changed with reform of hours; a separate approach will need to be taken which is not our concern as a campaign. Where we should be concerned is with ignorant and intemperate attitudes as evinced by certain newspapers and members of government who should know better. In particular, we are asked to think of ideas to finance the costs to the country of the misbehaviour of a few idiots. The business rating system is no longer under local authority control, having been set nationally for 20 years and is paid straight to the exchequer. This is therefore of no use as a weapon. The responsible approach would be education in moderate and mature approaches to the drinking of alcohol, and it is my opinion that this should be our attitude. We as CAMRA have just about shaken off our image as being on the fringe of the “brown rice and sandals” brigade, with beards Chatsworth Road and beer bellies - and even uglier men - so people Brampton might just take some notice of us. Chesterfield I know little of licensing law, but I notice on Tel: 01246 239064 licensed premises the words: Licensed to sell beers wines and spirits. Does this mean three separate licences and if so can one get a licence for beer alone? Might this not be a solution? It is the wines and spirits element that leads to problems, so might these licences not be made vastly more expensive thus encouraging the beer drinker at the expense of others? The down side Recently Re-decorated is this: what does one do for those who do not Sky Sports · Big Screen like beer? I drink beer and my wife drinks gin & tonic or wine. An alternative might be to play with the duties on alcohol to increase the differential between beers and other drinks as it is really these others that cause the problems. Having said that, I would be loath to see the price Opening Hours:of my favourite single malt increase; it already is Mon Thurs 5 - 11pm, Fri & Sat 12 - 11pm, expensive enough! Sun 12 - 10.30pm We need to take a position. 24

THE BARREL INN

Now serving a range of fine real ales! Function Room available


EACOCK I N P N HE TSchool Hill, Cutthorpe Chesterfield Tel: 01246 232834

Charles Wells Bombardier Greene King Abbot Ale plus Changing Guest Ale

SPECNIATLS

EVE HOUT G THROU YEAR THE

Now Serving Food All Day Sunday 12noon - 9.00pm Try our Monday night Quiz : ‘Peacock Puzzler’ with Peak 107’s Richard Spinks (food available) Tuesday Night is Live Music Night Large children’s play area • Parties catered for • Function Room Caravan and camping pitches available in the pub grounds.

The Boat Inn Scarthin, Cromford

01629 823 282

www.theboatatcromford.co.uk

Kevin, Debbie and staff wish Chesterfield & District CAMRA every success with their Beer Festival

Constantly changing guest ales • Live music every Tuesday night • Function Room available for hire • Pub Quiz Sunday fortnightly

Beer Festival - Easter 2005 Chesterfield & District CAMRA Pub of the Season Winter 2003 Cider & Perry Week Award Winner 2004 We are in the Good Beer Guide 2005 25


Pub & Brewery News Work on the Peak Ales’ Barn Brewery on the Chatsworth Estate has continued over Christmas and the first brew should have taken place by the time you read this, though sadly not in time for it to be available at our Beer Festival. Two ales are to be brewed in the first instance. Bakewell Best Bitter is a 4.2% ‘Classic Best Bitter’ using Fuggles, Challenger and possibly Goldings. Swift Nick is a 3.8% “easy drinking” session beer. Outlets are being sought and pubs eager to try out the new range of beers are encouraged to contact Rob Evans at the brewery on 01246 583737. The Red Lion on Chatsworth Road, Brampton is to have a major refurbishment shortly which will include a bigger seating area, a brand new bar with the possibility of having real ales available. Meanwhile, Geoff & Mavis are leaving the Victoria, Brampton on health grounds. We wish them well for the future. We regret to report the passing of Tom Walker, landlord of the Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley, who sadly passed away as this issue was going to press. Our condolences to his family. The Black-a-Moor at Troway usually has 3 real ales on which have recently included Ward's Best Bitter, Wychwood Hobgoblin and Theakston's Old Peculier. Bolsover has plenty to offer real ale drinkers these days. The Castle Arms has two everchanging cask ales from the W&D guest list, whose pubs are now run by the Union Pub Co. and can select from 4 guest real ales per month. A warm welcome to Paul Johnson & Nat Hall who have taken over the Hudson Bay Beerhouse. Paul was originally from Sheffield and has been in the pub trade on and off for the last 18 years, most recently running pubs in Stoke and Derby. Being a real ale drinker, Paul is keen to see that side of the trade do well and initially plans to keep at least 2 regular beers on the bar. The choice of the third beer will be based on customer feedback. He has already removed a smooth font! The pub is always worth a visit to experience its relaxed décor and atmosphere including leather sofas. The Black Bull offers 2 real ales with Beartown Kodiak Gold and Hopback Summer Lightning available when we called in. The historic White Swan (pictured) offers Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter served through electric dispense which is fairly unusual nowadays. Finally, the Blue Bell has a choice of 5 real ales and a friendly welcome. The beers include those from the W&D guest list. Look out for their up and coming beer festivals which are now a regular (and much anticipated) feature of the annual calendar! International charity Toc H is to produce its own range of bottled beers in a bid to provide employment for men and women leaving the armed forces. Veterans will use traditional ingredients and methods common in the First World War to produce 20 beers, each commemorating a battle, campaign or military unit. Toc H – the name is a signallers’ version of Talbot House in Belgium, where the movement was founded in 1916 to provide a respite from the hell of the trenches of WW1 - is an international movement supporting a wide range of community action from drop-in centres on large housing estates in the UK to schools in India and Bangladesh. Director Geoff Smith said: “We were inspired to put together the idea by the imminence of events marking the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2.” INNSPIRE ©Chesterfield CAMRA. Produced by the Branch membership of Chesterfield & District Campaign for Real Ale with a circulation of 3,000. No parts may be used without permission. Articles and letters are always welcome and can be submitted to the usual address. The views expressed herein are those of individual contributors and not necessarily those of CAMRA or the local Branch.

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