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BUSY
Much has happened in recent weeks, so
much, in fact, that we are struggling for
space in this edition of The Drinker. The
untimely death of Mark Taylor, who, in
the time I knew him, offered wise counsel
to me in my role as editor, is perhaps
the most significant. He was supportive
of my aim to broaden the scope of the
newsletter but, on those occasions he felt
criticism necessary, his analysis was always
measured, fair and constructive. Obituaries
appear on pages 19 and 20.
As a consequence, several articles have
had to be held over including a planned
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WE HAVE TO
TALK ABOUT
CRAFT BEER
“full of chemicals” is largely myth. If chemical
additives matter at all, the class most vulnerable to
the charge is cask ale, for its auxiliary finings.
This is the third of four articles by prize-winning
beer writer Tim Webb, author of The World Atlas of
Beer, Pocket Beer Book, Good Beer Guide Belgium,
LambicLand and others, in which he traces the
progress of beer in the last 40 years; debunks some
myths about British brewing; picks out those parts
of beer-making that create flavour; and challenges
CAMRA to retake its vow to improve beer in Britain.
Hops cost less in industrial brewing but only because
so few are used. When it comes to substituting
them with oil, jam or extract, better-known smaller
brewers are often greater sinners.
Part 3: Call that beer good?
A few years back, I had a civilised row with a
professional brewer and friend, who has helped
hundreds of small producers around Europe.
Drifting into discussion of an obscure beer that
sits in the back catalogue of AB InBev he cited this
as “probably perfect”, while I preferred “instantly
forgettable”. After four hours’ debate we agreed we
were both right.
Many if not most industrial beers are technically
perfect. The problem is that in the course of
making them so little effort is put into giving them
memorable character that beyond being an alcohol
delivery system they have little purpose.
Blame the drinker
It is not the brewers or accountants who cause
industrial beers to be bland; it is opinionated
drinkers. If you doubt this, go and read Maureen
Ogle’s Ambitious Brew, an excellent account of
the rise of US brewers like Miller, Coors, Pabst and
Anheuser Busch. In particular read the chapter
about market research.
The flaw in asking people what they like is that most
can pinpoint what they dislike, based on experience.
In contrast, few of us can imagine what we
would like but have not experienced. So when US
consumers were asked in the 1960s how beer could
be improved, they suggested removing stuff. Thus,
American lagers went first bland, then ‘Lite’ and
eventually ‘Ice’, as brewers smoothed out ruffles
and made them ever duller.
However, the popular notion that such beers are
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Likewise critics including myself who suggest
that big brand beers use cut-price ingredients
are only partially correct. AB InBev is open about
cheapening Stella Artois by putting maize on the
grain bill but the rice they use to make Budweiser
often costs more per ton than their barley.
Carlsberg and Heineken even claim to have moved
back to 100% malt.
Who cares about flavour?
CAMRA publishes relatively little about why beers
taste the way they do and much of what appears
seems politically filtered. This is not as daft as
it may seem. From the consumer perspective
the golden rule is that beyond those aspects of
production designed to avoid flaws, golden rules are
unreliable.
Here are some of the more reliable ones.
Brew with malted barley that is cracked on site and
avoid sugar, maize or syrups. Add whole hops or
well-prepared pellets and use newer varieties that
are more distinctive. Mash, sparge and boil in line
with the intended style rather than to keeps costs
down. Ferment wort slower, with fresh yeast not
dried, and condition it at the brewery for as long as
possible. More ingredients add more flavour.
Then recognise that some excellent beers cut every
corner on the track and that, as my brewer chum
eventually admitted, some perfectly made beers are
perfectly dreary.
Making real good
So how do Britain’s cask-conditioned light ales, ‘real
ale’ if you prefer, pack so much flavour into such a
tiny frame?
Mainly it is by mashing at higher temperatures. This
squeezes out grain flavours in a way some European
brewers consider crude. Chancier beers may duck
fine filtering, leaving flour in the body of the beer to
make it taste bigger than it is – grain’s answer to dry
hopping, the late addition of fresh hops.
Is conditioning in the cask crucial to flavour
development? Well yes and no.
Blind tasting of beers conditioned only by
saccharomyces – the fast yeast of fermentation
– suggests these add little to taste, except by
trading in some sugar for alcohol and gas. This
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can also be achieved by conditioning at the
brewery.
Conditioning for greater character involves the
action of slower yeast. Even where these are
present, with many pubs using rapid turnaround
times for casks, this is unlikely to happen. In truth
many cask ale supporters are not drawn to greater
flavour but to lower carbonation, which of course
requires no conditioning at all.
You cannot be for real ale but against ‘fizz’, as
bottle-conditioned beers are the fizziest of all. Is it
this the area of confusion that leads CAMRA to duck
making policy on tank-, keg- and can-conditioned
ales I wonder?
Don’t need taste – got rules
For centuries British brewing ruled the world with
beers like porter, stout, India Pale and Burton ales.
Were these cask-conditioned? Yes, but not as we
know it.
A major aspect of flavour creation that got deleted
from beer-making along the way was storage in
large oak casks, or tuns. This was the stage when
slower-acting yeast in the cask walls evolved
complex flavours similar to those found in other
drinks that are ‘aged in the wood’.
‘craft beer’, must be allowed to use these formats,
along with flashier hops, more intricate production
techniques and smart marketing.
CAMRA’s current take on craft beer is one of
confused wariness. From one quarter comes
suggestions that the emergence of newer forms of
old British ales is no business of a beer consumer
group while from another the emergence of tasty
new beers that are not saccharomyces-conditioned
in the cask is sacrilege.
The current stances are as confused as they
are absurd and dangerous. New brewing needs
informed and sceptical wisdom. In the final piece in
this series I will suggest, I hope, a more appropriate
and intelligent approach.
Tim Webb served on CAMRA’s National Executive
for seven years, running the Great British Beer
Festival for the first two, then heading up publicity
and publications. He has since written numerous
best selling beer books, thus far translated into
nine languages. In his spare time he runs a small
publishing company and booksellers (www.
booksaboutbeer.com).
Part of the collection Pieces for Nowhere.
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BREWERY NEWS
BARROWDEN
Martin Allsop made a special, and very drinkable, 3.4% beer,
‘RIP’, based on Hop Gear, to commemorate the passing of a
very important member of the brewery, Pilot, the well-loved
dog who appears on many of the pump clips and gave his
name to their low gravity brew. Plans to launch Barrowden
Beers out in to a wider free trade market are set to coincide
with Martin’s 10th anniversary at the brewery in June.
exeterarmsrutland.co.uk
BELVOIR
The brewery continues to be busy with both its own lines and
contract brews. Old Brew Eyes (celebrating Frank Sinatra’s birth
centenary) made an appearance at Leicester Beer Festival,
but no news yet of its comeback/retirement/comeback/
retirement... This year is the Belvoir’s 20th anniversary and
there will be a Beer Festival at the Belvoir Ale House next to the
brewery, from the 8th - 10th May. belvoirbrewery.co.uk
CHARNWOOD
Loughborough’s new brewery finally began production in early
December and demand is increasing. Many local freehouses
are now stocking its two core beers, Salvation and Vixen with
more outlets being added weekly. The first seasonals are also
doing well. Extra brews of the February ‘Try Hopped’ meant
that it was available well into March. Its cask lager, Liska, was
available at the National Winter Ales Festival and their beers
were in evidence at Loughborough and Leicester Beer Festivals.
Brewery visits are proving popular with shop sales of bottles
and mini casks going well. Carryouts and direct bar tap sales
are also popular. charnwoodbrewery.co.uk
GRAINSTORE
Brewed a special to coincide with the Rugby Six Nations
Championship. A 3.9% golden with medium sweetness it is well
balanced session beer with a lingering bitter finish. The brewery
is going through a really busy time and seasonal beers Red Kite
and Steelback IPA proved popular wherever they were sold.
grainstorebrewery.com
GREAT CENTRAL
An initial three beer offering is planned by the new brewery
being installed in the premises previously used by Dem Bones.
gcbrewery.co.uk
LANGTON
Supplementing the constant regular brews of Caudle, Inclined Plane,
Hop On and Bowler four seasonals have featured since November;
Woodsman 4.0%abv, Welland Fox 4.3%abv Scarecrow 4.4%abv
and the Christmas special, Welland Star 4.5%abv. The four week
run-up to Christmas saw the return of the now traditional Festive
Barn at the brewery’s Grange Farm home. Along with seasonal
necessities such as Christmas trees, decorations, home-made
mince pies etc. Langton beers were on sale. A 4.5% golden
ale, XV, was produced as a Festival Special for Leicester Beer
Festival. langtonbrewery.co.uk
LONG LANE See Golden Duck
PARISH
DOW BRIDGE
Had five brews at Leicester Beer Festival including an excellent
festival special, the 4.7% Agincourt Stout. dowbridgebrewery.co.uk
ELLISWOOD
Festival special Cnut’s Revenge, a 4.5% dark red bitter, was one of
three ales available at Leicester BF. theelliswoodbrewery.co.uk
EVERARDS
Out of the Dark was available for Leicester Beer Festival and
has appeared in a number of pubs in March. Blue Boar, brewed
to coincide with the Richard lll reburial, has proved popular and
is similar to Beacon but with pronounced honey/mead notes.
everards.co.uk
GAS DOG
Is producing three regular ales this year. Gasdog Bitter, Hello
Dolly and a new one called Ginger Whinger, a 3.8% light,
golden ale infused with honey and ginger. Leicester Legends
brew Shoot the Runner (with a nod to Kasabian) has made a
reappearance and Hoppy Copper XV was a 3.5% brew produced
for Leicester Beer Festival. gasdogbrewery.co.uk
GOLDEN DUCK
As previously trailed, LFB (Lunn’s First Brew) was showcased in
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the Strangers Bar at the Houses of Parliament. Bottled examples
of Lunny’s Number 8 was produced for the duration of the Rugby
Six Nations with a label sporting a caricature of Andy Lunn in his
playing days at Burton Rugby Club. They are also regularly brewing
on behalf of Coalville’s Long Lane. goldenduckbrewery.com
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Is ticking over nicely. Three beers were available at Leicester
Beer Festival, with a rather tasty 4% festival special mild,
Wolsey’s Hat, supplementing regular brews Burrough Bitter and
Baz’s Bonce Blower.
PIG PUB
Work is now underway to increase capacity to fulfill the demands
of the Claybrooke Magna pub. piginmuck.com/brewery
Q BREWERY
Despite its limited production capacity, Q managed to supply three
well-received beers at the Leicester Festival. qbrewery.co.uk
SHARDLOW
Wellington Boot, a 5.5% dark porter festival special was one of
five brews on show at Leicester BF.
TRÈS BIEN
Tur Langton’s Très Bien Brewery opened in autumn 2014. This
two barrel plant produces a brew each Saturday and has to
date produced three different “light and fruity” US hopped Pale
Ales under the name Ponytail. A 4.5% bitter, Cascade, and a
4.5% strong pale beer, Chinnook quickly sold out at Leicester
Beer Festival. tresbienbrewery.com
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PUB NEWS
BEER
Not much to report on the beer front, except that
beers from some of the new Leicestershire breweries
are finding favour with local landlords. Lovers of
Slovakia’s Zlaty Bazant can now find it in bottles at
Tatra, Northampton Street, where the menu has been
extended and vegetarian options added.
BARS – PROS
After a lengthy closure, The Bricklayers’ Arms on Welford
Road has re-opened with four Real Ales available, currently
Greene King Abbot, Fuller’s London Pride, Marston’s
Pedigree and Theakston Best Bitter. The Bell Fountain,
Wigston is set to re-open after refurbishment. Part of the
Fayre & Square Group, they held a recruitment day on
March 18 and enquiries suggest that there are likely to be
two cask ales available. Wills Bar, is undergoing its second
refurbishment in little more than a year as it is set to
metamorphose into a Brewdog outlet
BARS – CONS
The White Horse, Leire closed its doors in November
and hasn’t opened since; enquiries in the other village
pub, The Queens Arms, drew a blank. The New Ellistown
Hotel at Ellistown is closed and a quick check with the
estate agents revealed it was “Sold subject to contract”
and likely to be redeveloped as flats. Recent planning
applications suggest that another two pubs are likely
to be converted. The Midland Hotel, Saffron Lane (LCC
20150460, flats) and The Griffin Inn, 63 Belgrave Gate
(LCC ref 20150439, retail and flats).
MISCELLANY
Former Oakwell Brewery pub The Meadows, Oronsay
Road, was recently back in the auction room, but only for
a change of ownership and it will continue to trade, albeit
without real ale. Look out for Steamin Billy Charity Bike
Rides on July 19th based on Leicester or Oakham details
via [email protected] Due to customer demand
The Highcross has re-introduced its Sunday Lunch Specials.
Pub News relies greatly on input from the public and
the trade. CAMRA members will generally visit premises
with an existing real ale commitment so information on
new stockists and outlets is particularly welcome.
Thanks on this occasion to Steve Peck and Jim Reay.
LOCALE – SUPPORTING LOCAL BREWERIES
When I started drinking real ale, back in the 1980s it was a time of consolidation in the brewing industry. Big
companies were buying up smaller breweries and closing them down to concentrate production in big factories
where economies of scale and marketing support for big brands were supposed to deliver big profits. The chief
villain of the time was Whitbread, serial purchaser of breweries and owner of the biggest beer factories. Their
plans didn’t work out and they are now a company running coffee shops, budget hotels and chain restaurants.
The consolidation process has slowed down, but hasn’t stopped. Greene King’s brewery in Bury St. Edmunds
now houses brands originally local to this area such as Ruddles and Hardys & Hansons. It was the closure of the
latter brewery that inspired CAMRA’s Nottingham branch in 2007 to launch a campaign to encourage pubs to
stock real ales from local breweries, christened LocAle.
In 2015 the best-selling real ale in the UK is brewed in Cornwall. There’s nothing wrong with it as a mass market
beer, but it’s not the best real ale brewed in this country. It isn’t better than the beers produced in the breweries
of Leicestershire. In times when we have developed an ecological sensitivity it makes little sense to damage
the environment by transporting tonnes of liquid for hundreds of miles.
At the recent Leicester Beer Festival we had a bar dedicated to the breweries of Leicestershire. This bar
showcased a wide range of quality products reflecting many different styles and tastes. Visitors had the
opportunity to meet with many of the brewers on the Wednesday night, demonstrating one advantage of
using local suppliers – the possibility of giving rapid feedback and through that influencing future products.
Experience suggests that pubs that stock real ales from local breweries are visited more frequently by customers
who are enthusiastic about the increased choice that they have and the opportunity to support local businesses.
The Leicester Branch of CAMRA is re-launching the LocAle campaign in this area. We are looking for pubs who will
commit themselves to selling at least one real ale brewed with 25 miles of the pub at all times. In return we will supply
publicity material including posters and pump clip crowners and will list the pub as a member of the LocAle scheme.
To discuss being part of this initiative please contact me at [email protected]
Philip Tiplady
The Leicester Drinker
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MANCHESTER TRIP by John Spencer
24th January
Coach driver Mick set off dead on time from St
Margaret’s Bus Station on a bright, sunny but cold
Saturday morning; some were going to the Beer Festival
at the Velodrome and some to tour the delights of
Mancunian pubs.
Graeme Malen, Jaqui Sutton and myself headed off to
THE BULLS HEAD, a busy town centre pub, and, like the
rest on my personal itinerary a Good Beer Guide entry.
Meaning to start the day low and slow I enjoyed a good
half of Ringwood Boon Doggle at 4%. Swiftly moving on
to an empty SAND BAR we were struck by this quirky 18th
Century town house conversion where Jaqui was taken
by the caste of female genitalia on show. I was far more
interested in the beer and had a very good Privateer Dark
Revenge, a 4.5% dark stout.
People started to arrive, giving a cosier feel, but we
moved on to THE KNOTT BAR which inhabits a railway
arch opposite Deansgate Station. Here I had another
very good drink in Buxton’s Buxton Spa. Next up was
THE WHARF set up in the Castlefield Canal Basin, a pub
with 12 handpumps, where I tried Brightside Winter
Solstice, another good brew. These were quick visits as
we wanted to try as many pubs as possible so we soon
found ourselves in THE CASK with its corner location
in the historic Castlefield area. Here I drank a Pictish
Aurora, another very good drink, and also directed
Mick Collins who was moving on from there to The
Wharf.
Next up was a request by Graeme, a pub not in the current
guide but known to him from previous visits, THE BRITONS
PROTECTION, a National Inventory pub (Why
it’s not in the
guide I
couldn’t
discern)
with open
fires and
much tiled
surrounds.
Robinson’s
Unicorn was
on offer, a
complex beer
with fruity
aroma and
taste with a
malt finish, and
another good
beer.
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from my
itinerary we
The Leicester Drinker
next visited a ‘Spoons; THE PARAMOUNT, I didn’t like
the premises but the beer consumed was a very good
Hawkeshead Red, richly flavoured with a long aftertaste,
that saw me through to THE CIRCUS TAVERN, the smallest
pub in Manchester (maybe Britain?). Grade II listed and
dating from1790 it’s pretty much unchanged since
Victorian times. Here I sampled Robinsons Dizzy Blonde (no
reflection on Jaqui), a hoppy summer ale, another good
drink. Can I keep this up? Next was THE WATERHOUSE,
another, but better ‘Spoons. Here I had a Bridestone’s
Sprocket Wort, and orange looking beer that was in fact
very good.
We then headed towards the Arndale shopping centre
where within is THE MICRO BAR. We lost Jaqui to the shops
until Neil Bettony arrived, but I had a very good Boggart
Rum Porter, a classic porter with a smooth roast finish, a
sweet spicy hop taste complemented with a hint of dark
rum.
Neil now in tow, we visited THE MARBLE ARCH where I had
my best beer of the day, Marble Dobber, a perfect 5.9%
dark golden IPA. More joined us now and we were advised
not to go to THE PICCADILLY TAVERN, but it was on our
way to the coach and I finished with a Pendle Witches
Brew, which was good but our advice had been correct and
I didn’t much like the place. We did meet up again though
with Mick Collins and made it back to the coach right on
time.
Another good trip with Gary’s excellent maps and thanks
go to Mick who got us safely home.
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The Star & Garter
A tenancy is available at The Star & Garter, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 1DS
THIS IS A a traditional community pub with an established
customer base and is in good condition throughout. The
main section comprises a lounge and a bar. Further back is
a dining room leading to a skittle alley with separate
toilets, and outside are two patios and a car park.
Private parties and functions are regularly held in the
skittle alley and adjoining dining room.
This is currently a thoroughbred drinkers’ pub
so quality of beer is critical. Televised sport is popular, and
the pub has three skittles teams, a football team, and
sponsors the local cricket team. Food is not currently a
large part of the offering.
We would like to hear from people with a strong vision
for taking this pub forward.
The Star & Garter has been immaculately kept by its previous tenants
Why choose Everards?
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sitting/dining room, bathroom, kitchen, office.
Interested? Call Everards on 0800 056 4111 or visit www.everards.co.uk
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Swan & Rushes, Leicester, LE1 5WR
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Bridle Lane Tavern, Leicester, LE1 2HS
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The Horse & Trumpet, Sileby, LE12 7LP
1st July
The Organ Grinder, Loughborough, LE11 2TY
8th July
The King’s Head, Sutton Bonnington, LE12 5PE
15th July
The Three Nuns, Loughborough, LE11 1UD
22nd July
The Western, Leicester, LE3 OGA
29th July
The Swan Inn, Mountsorrel, LE12 7AT
5th August
Three Horseshoes, Whitwick, LE67 5GN
12th August The Black Horse, Aylestone, LE2 8NA
19th August The Old Hare & Hounds, Anstey, LE7 7AA
26th August George & Dragon, Thringstone, LE67 8UH
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8th November
by John Spencer
On a rainy day in Leicester 69 intrepid souls set out on a popular trip that
necessitated 2 coaches, with the second coach led by Keith Satterley.
As we progressed down the A14, just after
Cambridge, the sun came out and the remainder
of the day promised well.
Arriving in Ipswich in good time Gary’s famous
maps came into their own again as we all
decided how to navigate around the 17 pubs
upon it.
Teaming up again with Graeme Malen, and for
much of the tour with Neil Bettony, we headed
first to ST.JUDES BREWERY TAVERN the local Pub
of the year for 2014. Still sporting its Halloween
decorations we found a small, friendly, Gothic
themed bar with 16 beers on the stillaging
and sawdust on the floor. A little gem. Here I
sampled Cliff Quay, Milk Float Stout, a very good
and tasty 4%abv starting the day well. Not able
to resist another here I had an even better Goff’s
Camelot, a copper beer, staying low (for me) at
4.2%abv.
We moved on to a
pub not actually
upon my list, The
CRICKETERS, a
Wetherspoon
where I had a
very swift Vale
Metamorphosis,
at 4.5% a very
good, hoppy beer made with New Zealand
hops.
We moved on to the MULBERRY TREE, the local
Camra Cider Pub of the Year for the last two
years which also had a decent beer range and
I opted for a Grain Blackwood Stout, 5% and
perfectly smooth and smoky with a damson
finish.
In the COUNTY OF SUFFOLK I had a Thwaites,
Handsome Devil, which Graeme ordered with a
“for this handsome devil here” (I know not why!).
Another very good brew; 4.3% and full of spicy
toffee malt.
Graeme and I then split from our little coterie
and headed off on an uphill trek to The FAT CAT,
yet another pub not on my itinerary and which
Gary had said was 25 minutes off the map. It
took us 16!! Here I had a perfect Woodfordes,
Norfolk Nog at 4.8%abv a full on malt beer in
another super pub, the local Camra pub of the
year for 2012 and 2013.
Of course the next pub was back downhill
(much quicker). The DOVE STREET INN, is
surprisingly on St.Helen’s Street and on the
way we passed some Leicester souls heading
up hill but waiting at a bus stop (Wimps!!!).
Anyway as soon as I arrived I was also told
that Keith Williams (another wimp!!) was also
on his way to The Fat Cat,
having cadged a lift off a
local car driver. Here I had
a Brains Squashed (4.3%), a
perfect pumpkin ale. Whilst
quaffing my beer the
“souls” came in, the Bus
hadn’t turned up – oops.
Graeme and I then headed
off on what looked like
a trek across town on
the map, but closer we
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thought. Passing by a very good statue of a
reclining Thomas Wolsey the eponymous pub
was a large single room lounge bar set in a
grade 2 listed building with patio and upstairs
rooms used for functions. Here I had an old
favourite of mine Adnam’s Ghost Ship a 4.5%,
almost perfect well balanced beer with a
sharpish finish.
Moving on towards the waterfront with its
massive marina on the River Orwell, we sought
out the BRIARBANK TAP, a smart first floor
drinking bar above the brewery of the same
name. The bar operates a card membership
scheme but offers free entry to Camra members
and drinkers carrying the GBG (I took no
chances and was both). Here I had a very good
Briarbank SBA at 3.3%abv with a smoky and
dry aftertaste belying its strength. My second
and last of the day in Ipswich, I thought (?) was
a Briarbank Spiced Pumpkin Ale at 5%abv, a
perfect cinnamon spicy ale, very smooth and
strong. What a glorious end to the day in Ipswich
(I thought!).
Rejoining our coaches to head off to Bury St.
Edmunds, the error of the trip occurred. Not
having factored in that Ipswich Town FC were
at home that day, we got stuck in the seething
mass of supporters’ cars all going home. Waiting
quite some time for the jam to clear we aborted
the journey to stay in Ipswich until the crowds
had died down, something of a blessing in
disguise as Graeme and I had run out of time to
visit the last pub on our personal itinerary, The
BREWERY TAP of the Cliff Quay brewery. This was
the old brewers house located close to the now
defunct Tolly brewery; it has a large central bar
with various drinking and dining alcoves. Dark by
now, I couldn’t observe the glorious views over
the river from the bay windows, even wearing
my beer goggles!! The Cliff Quay Tolly Roger, at
4.2%abv, a pale “sunshine” ale was good but
disappointing after the day so far, but the Cliff
Quay Sea Dog (5.5%) was strong citrusy and
hoppy with a full maltiness.
Thanks to Mick, on the Robinsons coach and Paul,
the Ausden Clark driver, good timing saw us all
back safely to Market Harborough, Kibworth,
Oadby and Leicester at a reasonable hour.
The Leicester Drinker
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“BORN TO BE MILD”
MILD MONTH
May 01 - June 06 2015
#Leicestermild15
MILD IN MAY
SOCIAL CRAWLS
Do the whole tour or join in and leave as
you wish...
May 2 Southern Crawl
Meet at The Plough , Littlethorpe 1200 … ramble
& bus to Bull’s Head ,Blaby 1330 …bus to Glenhills
Social Club 1445 …bus to Black Horse , Aylestone
1545… bus to William Wygston 1700 (then bus
to The Wheel, Oadby) or bus to The Wheel 1715
followed by bus and short walk to Cow and Plough
, Oadby 1830. Buses back to town from Evington
Village, approx. 15min stroll.
May 6 Central Crawl
Meet Old Horse 1400 then via Parcel Yard, Ale
Wagon, The Pub, King’s Head, The Friary, The
Criterion Freehouse, Swan and Rushes, and The
Western (arr 1915ish).
May 16 Northern Crawl
Meet Leicester Station 1215 for 1226 to Sileby
(Syston 1233). Day return £4.50 (50% reduction
for Leicester City Concession holders). Horse and
Trumpet and Free Trade Inn. Depart Sileby 1407 to
Syston arr 1412. Dog and Gun and Queen Victoria.
Bus to Malt Shovel, Barkby (£1.60sng/£2.90rtn). Walk
or bus to Horse and Groom, Queniborough . Bus to
Syston Social Club.
Mild in May contact – Shawn 07504 829 830
@LeicsCAMRA_SC [email protected]
The Leicester Drinker
CAMRA celebrates and promotes the Mild beer style
during May. This is the second year of an organised
Leicester Branch Mild Trail. It is open to all; you don’t
have to be a CAMRA member. The trail is aimed
at promoting the Cask Mild style of beer, which is
sometimes overlooked. It also gives people taking part
in the trail a chance to go and discover pubs where they
may not generally venture to. Join one of our planned
social crawls ,go at your own pace or a bit of both…..
Any feedback, from drinkers or pubs taking part, will be
most welcome and could help shape how future trails run.
Please be mindful that from time to time things go
wrong and, due to unforeseen circumstances, pubs
may not receive casks. Also, being a living product,
a beer may not be on sale due to its condition.
Therefore a Mild may not be available so please be
understanding. Do also check the contact list as some
venues will be participating on selected dates only.
A number of local pubs have sponsored a T shirt for
the event. Send in your completed forms for a chance
of receiving one. Thanks are due to The Pub, King’s
Head, The Criterion Freehouse, The Ale Wagon, The
Plough, Littlethorpe, beerhouse , Old Horse, The Wheel,
Bull’s Head (Blaby) and The Steamin’ Billy Brewing
Company. Additional prizes have been donated by
Dow Bridge Brewery and Thwaites (bottled mild), The
Plough,Littlethorpe (Meal for 4) , Malt Shovel( Meal for
2 off 2 4 £12 Menu), The Western (£20 Steamin’ Billy
vouchers), Beerhouse (T shirt and glasses) and Black
Horse ,Aylestone (doing 25% off food for CAMRA holders
collecting trail sticker at same time) – t’s and c’s apply.
www.leicestercamra.org.uk
›› continued on pg 16
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“ TAKE A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE” MILD MONTH
May 01 - June 06 2015
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Attach your stickers here:
See p18 for pub locations
The Ale Wagon
Last Plantagenet
King’s Head
The Criterion
Freehouse
William Wygston
The Friary
Old Horse
The Pub
The Western
The Parcel Yard
High Cross
Swan and Rushes
Cow and Plough
Chandlers Arms
Plough,
Bruntingthorpe
The Wheel
Horse and Groom,
Queniborough
Queen Victoria,
Syston
Malt Shovel
Dog and Gun,
Syston
Syston Social Club
Black Horse,
Aylestone
Bull’s Head,
Blaby
Plough,
Littlethorpe
Glenhills Sports &
Social Club
Winstanley Arms
Beerhouse,
Mkt Harborough
Horse & Trumpet,
Sileby
Free Trade Inn,
Sileby
Bridle Lane Tavern
WILD CARD
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@LeicsCAMRA_SC
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#leicestermild15
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Mild
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Rules and
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have a sticker for the pub offering the prize. (Qualifying pub for Dow
number of out of town visits, a draw will be made if necessary.
Bridge Mild – Chandler’s Arms & Thwaites Mild - Malt Shovel)
5) All entries will be put in a draw for the other donated prizes.
6) Trail participants please note there is a 50p CAMRA member sign in fee at the
Winners must have a sticker for the pub offering the prize.
Glenhills Sports & Social Club. Same applies to non-members collecting trail sticker.
6) Trail participants will be signed in as guests at the Regent Club.
7) Contact details are provided for enquiries prior to travel.
7) Contact details are provided for enquiries prior to travel.
8) Final date for receipt of entries is Monday 15th June 2015.
8) Forms
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Saturday
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9) Have a great time!
9) Have a great time!
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Draw:
Name:
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POSTCODE/PHONE
Bridle
Tavern
The Criterion
AleLane
Wagon
The
5/5A
126/127 (A)
22/
City
Centre
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
22A/B/C (CB)
5/5A
126/127
(A)
22/
City Centre
Centre
City
22A/B/C
(CB)
Bridle
Lane
Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116)
251
0585
5/5A
126/127
(A)
22/
PUB
POSTCODE/PHONE
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
The
LE1
(0116)262
2615418
9196 City
Centre
The Friary
Criterion
LE1 5AW
5JN (0116)
City
Centre
22A/B/C
(CB)
The Ale Wagon POSTCODE/PHONE
LE1Cross
1RE (0116) 262PUBLIC
3330
CityLE1
Centre
PUB
TRANSPORT
High
4JB
(0116)
251
9218
City
Centre
The
LE1
(0116)262
2615418
9196 City
The Friary
Criterion
LE1 5AW
5JN (0116)
City Centre
Centre
Bridle Lane Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116) 251City
0585Centre
5/5A
126/127
(A) 254
22/25/26/54
(F)
King’s
Head
LE1
6RL (0116)
(0116)
8240 City
The Ale Wagon*
LE1 1RE (0116)
262
3330
High
Cross
LE1
251 9218
City Centre
Centre
The Friary
LE1 4JB
5AW
22A/B/C
(CB)(0116) 261 9196 City Centre
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE (0116)
(0116)
254 8240
8384 31/31A
(A)
King’s
Head
LE1
6RL
254
City
Bridle Lane Tavern* The
251
0585
(A)
22/25/26/54(F)
PUBCriterion LE1 2HS (0116)
POSTCODE/PHONE
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
High
Cross
LE1
4JB
(0116)
251
9218
City Centre
Centre
LE1
5JN
(0116) 2625/5A
5418 126/127
City
Centre
The
Parcel Yard
LE2
0BQ
(0116) 254
261 8384
9301 Railway
Station and City
22A/B/C
(CB)
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
31/31A
(A)
The
Wagon
LE1
1RE
(0116)
Centre
King’s
Head
LE1
6RL
(0116) 254 8240 City Centre
The
Friary
LE1
5AW
(0116)262
2613330
9196 City
City
Centre
PUBAle
POSTCODE/PHONE
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
31/31A/48/80 (A) 22/
The
Parcel
Yard 251
LE2
0BQ
(0116)
261
9301 Railway
Station and City
The Criterion*
LE1
5JN
(0116)
262
5418
City
Centre
Bridle
Lane
Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116)
251
0585
5/5A
126/127
(A)
22/25/26/54
(F)
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
254
8384
31/31A
(A)
High
Cross
LE1
4JB
(0116)
9218
City
Centre
The
1RE
262 3330
The
Pub
LE1 6TF
City Centre (A) 22/
PUBAle Wagon
POSTCODE/PHONE
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
22A/B/C
(CB)(0116) 261 9301 31/31A/48/80
The
Parcel
Yard
LE2
0BQ
Railway
Station and City
King’s
Head
6RL
(0116)
254
8240
City
Centre
The Friary* PUB The
LE1
5AW
(0116)
261
9196
City
Centre
Bridle
Lane
Tavern
LE1
2HS
251
0585
5/5A
126/127
(A)
22/25/26/54
(F)
Regent
S&S
Club
LE1
7DA
(0116)
223
8006
48/80
(A)
Ale Wagon
LE1
1RE (0116) 262 3330
CityLE1
Centre
POSTCODE/PHONE
PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
The
Pub
6TF
City
Centre (A) 22/
The Criterion
LE1
5JN (0116) 262 5418
City
Centre
31/31A/48/80
22A/B/C
(CB)
Old Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116) 251
254City
8384Centre
31/31A
(A)
The
Salmon
LE1
4QA
(0116)
253
2301 City
High Cross*
LE1
4JB
(0116)
251
9218
Bridle
Lane Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116)
0585
5/5A
126/127
(A) 223
22/25/26/54
(F)Centre
Regent
S&S
Club
LE1
7DA
(0116)
8006
48/80
(A)
Friary
LE1
5AW
(0116)
261262
9196
City
Centre
The
Pub
LE1
6TF Centre
City Centre
The AleThe
Wagon
LE1
1RE(0116)
(0116)
3330
City
The
LE1
5JN
262
5418
City
Centre
The Criterion
Parcel Yard
LE2 and
0BQ(0116)
9301 22A/B/C
Railway
Station
and233
City9167
Centre buses (F)
(CB) (0116)
Swan
Rushes261City
LE1
5WR
47/49/84/8
The
Salmon
LE1
4QA
(0116) 223
253 8006
2301 88/88A
City Centre
King’s Head*
LE1 6RL (0116)
254
8240
Centre
High
Cross
LE1
(0116)
9218
City
Centre
Regent
S&S
Club251
LE1
7DA (0116)
(A)
31/31A/48/80
(A) 22/54
(F) 48/80
The Criterion
Friary
LE1 4JB
5AW
(0116)
261251
91960585
City
Centre
Bridle Lane
Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116)
5/5A
126/127
(A)
22/25/26/54
(F) $
The
LE1
5JN
(0116)
262
5418
City
Centre
Sir
Robert
Peel
LE2
7DD (0116)
254
0715
As
Swan(F)
and Rushes
Swan
and
Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)
233
9167
88/88A
King’s
Head
LE1
6RL
(0116) 251
254 City
8240Centre
City
Centre
The Pub*
LE1 6TF
The
4QA (0116)(CB)
253 2301 City Centre 47/49/84/
The Friary
Pub
6TF (0116)
High
Cross
LE1Salmon
4JB
CityLE1
Centre
22A/B/C
The
LE1
5AW
(0116) 2619218
9196 City
Centre
Slug
and
Lettuce
LE1
6DP
(0116)
255
5370
City
Centre
Sir
Robert
Peel
LE2
7DD
Swan(F)
and Rushes
$
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
254
8384
31/31A
(A) (0116)
Swan
and
Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)254
233 0715
9167 As
88/88A
47/49/84/
Regent
S&S Club LE1 6FD (0116)
LE1
7DA
(0116)251
223City
8006Centre
48/80
(A)
King’s
Head
6RL
(0116)
254
8240
City
Centre
Last Plantagenet
255
5492
PUB
POSTCODE/PHONE
TRANSPORT
High
Cross
LE1
4JB
(0116)
9218
City
Centre
The*Criterion
LE1
5JN
(0116)
262
5418
City
Centre
The
Western
(off Bede
Island)
LE3
0GA (0116)
(0116)
254 5370
5287 PUBLIC
50/50A/51/52
(A) 18/1
Slug
and
Lettuce
LE1
6DP
Centre
The
Parcel
Yard
0BQ
(0116)
261
9301
Railway
Station
and255
City0715
CentreCity
buses
SirLE2
Robert
Peel
LE2
7DD
(0116)
254
As
Swan
and Rushes $
The
Salmon
LE1
4QA
(0116)
253
2301
City
Centre
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
254
8384
31/31A
(A)
The
Ale
Wagon
LE1
1RE
(0116)
262
3330
City
Centre
King’s Head
LE1233
6RL9167
(0116)
254 88/88A
8240 (F)
CityLE2
Centre
Swan and Rushes*
LE1 5WR (0116)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A)
Black
Horse
(Aylestone)
8NA
(0116)
283
7225
40(C
The Friary
LE1
5AW
(0116)
261
9196
City
Centre
31/31A/48/80
(A) 255
22/54
(F) 84/84A/85/87(A)
The
Western
(off Bede
Island)
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254
5287
50/50A/51/52
18/1
Slug
and
Lettuce
LE1
6DP
(0116)
5370
City
Centre (A)(A) 22/25
Swan
and Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)
2338384
9167
88/88A
(F)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A)
The
Parcel
Yard
LE2
0BQ
(0116)
261
9301
Railway
Station
and
City
Centre
buses
Bridle
Lane
Tavern
LE1
2HS
(0116)
251
0585
5/5A
126/127
Old
Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
254
31/31A
(A)
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
(0116)
278
9799
84/84A/85
(A)
Old Horse* High Cross
LE2 1NE (0116)
254
8384
31/31A
(A)
The Pub
LE1
6TF
City
Centre
Black
Horse
(Aylestone)
LE2
8NA
(0116)
283
7225
84/84A/85/87(A)
40(C
LE1
4JB
(0116)
251
9218
City
Centre
31/31A/48/80
(A)
22/54
(F)
The
Western
(off
Bede
Island)
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254
5287
50/50A/51/52
(A)
18/1
22A/B/C
(CB)
Sir Robert
LE2 0BQ
7DD (0116)
(0116) 261
254 9301
0715 Railway
As SwanStation
and Rushes
$ Centre
The
Parcel Peel
Yard
LE2
and
City
buses
Cow
and
Plough
(Oadby)
LE2
2FB
(0116)
272
0852
80
(A)(F)
(15min
Regent
S&S Club LE2 0BQ (0116)
LE1
7DA
(0116)
223Railway
8006 48/80
(A)
The Parcel Yard*
261
9301
Station
31/31A/48/80
(A)
22/54
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
(0116)
278
9799
84/84A/85
(A)walk)40(C
The
LE1
6TF
City
Centre
Black
Horse
(Aylestone)
LE2
8NA
(0116)
283
7225
84/84A/85/87(A)
The
Criterion
LE1
5JN
(0116)
5418
Centre
SlugPub
and Lettuce
LE1
6DP
255254
53708240
City
Centre
31/31A/48/80
(A)262
22/54
(F) City
King’s Head
LE1
6RL(0116)
(0116)
City
Centre
22(F) 22B (CB) (Both
Salmon
LE1
4QA
(0116)
25331(A)
2301 40City
Centre
Cow
and
Plough
(Oadby)
LE2
2FB
(0116)
272
0852
80
(A) (15min
Regent
S&S Club
LE1
7DA
(0116)
223
48/80
(A)
The Wheel (Oadby)* The
(0116)
271
2231
(CB$)
X3(0116)
(A
$) 261
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
(0116)
278
9799
84/84A/85
(A)walk)
The
Friary
LE1
5AW
9196
Centre
Western
(off LE2
Bede5DP
Island)
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254 8006
5287 City
50/50A/51/52
(A)
18/19
(F) City
$5/5A
The
Pub
LE1
6TF
Centre
Dog
and
Gun
(Syston)
LE7
1GN
(0116)
9366
(A)22B
100/128
$
Old Horse
LE2
1NE
(0116)
254
8384
31/31A
(A)260
22(F)
(CB) (CB)
(Both
Swan
and
Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)
233
9167
88/88A
(F)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A) (15min
The
LE1
4QA
(0116)
253
2301
City
Centre
Cow
and
Plough
(Oadby)
LE2
2FB
(0116)
272
0852
80
(A)
walk) $
High
Cross
LE1
4JB
(0116)
251
9218
City
Centre
BlackSalmon
Horse
(Aylestone)
LE2
8NA
(0116)
283
7225
84/84A/85/87(A)
40(CB)
$
Regent
S&S Club
LE1
7DA
(0116)
223
8006
48/80
(A)
Black Horse (Aylestone)*
LE2 8NA (0116)
283
7225
84/84A/85/87(A)
40(CB)
$
Syston
Social
Club
LE7
1GP
(0116)
260
9086
5/5A
(A)100/128(CB)
Dog
and
Gun
(Syston)
LE7
1GN
(0116)
260
9366
5/5A
(A)
100/128
(CB)
$
Sir
Robert
LE2
7DD
254
0715
As
Swan
and Rushes
$
The Parcel
Yard
LE2
0BQ(0116)
(0116)
Railway
Station
and
City
22(F)
22B (CB)buses
(Both
Swan
and Peel
Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)
233261
91679301
88/88A
(F)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A) Centre
King’s
Head
LE1
6RL
(0116)
254
8240
City
Centre
Bull’sSalmon
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
278
9799
84/84A/85
(A)
The
LE1
4QA
(0116)
253
2301
City
Centre
Malt
Shovel
(Barkby*)
LE7
3QG
(0116)
269
2558
100
(CB,
direct) 5/5A(20
Cow and Plough (Oadby)*
LE2 2FB (0116)
272
0852
walk)
22(F)22B
(CB)
Syston
Social
Club25580(A)(15min
LE7
1GP
(0116)
260
9086
5/5A
(A)100/128(CB)
$$
31/31A/48/80
(A)
22/54
(F)
Slug
and
Lettuce
LE1
6DP
(0116)
5370
City
Centre
Dog
and
Gun
(Syston)
LE7
1GN
(0116)
260
9366
5/5A
(A)
100/128
(CB)
Sir
Robert
Peel (Oadby)
LE2
7DD
(0116)
254
0715
As
Swan
and
Rushes
$
Old LE1
Horse
LE2
(0116)
254 8384
31/31A
(A) (25min walk
Cow
and
LE2
2FB (0116)
0852
80
(A)1NE
(15min
walk)
Swan
andPlough
Rushes
5WR
(0116)272
233(Both
9167 1588/88A
(F)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A)Syston
min
walk)
Shovel
(Barkby*)
LE7
3QG
(0116)
269
2558
100 (CB,
direct) 5/5A(20
The
Western
(off Bede Island) Malt
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254 5370
5287 50/50A/51/52
(A) 260
18/19
(F)min
$ 5/5A
Syston
Social
Club255
LE7
1GP
(0116)
9086
(A)100/128(CB)
$C
The Pub
LE1
6TF
City
Centre
22(F)
22B
(CB)
(Both
15
walk)
Slug
and Lettuce
LE1
6DP
(0116)
City
Centre
The
Plough
(Littlethorpe*)
LE19
2HS
(0116)
286
X44
(HB)
50 (5min
The
Parcel
Yard
LE2
0BQ
(0116)
261
9301
Railway
Station
and walk)
City
Sir
Robert
Peel
LE2
7DD
(0116)
254 0715 As
Swan
and
Rushes
$ 2383
Syston
(25min
walk
LE2
9JB
(0116)
277
1398
84/84A/85/(A)
40(CB)
$
Glenhills Sports & Social
Club*
Black
Horse
(Aylestone)
LE2
8NA
(0116)
283
7225
84/84A/85/87(A)
40(CB)
$ Syston
Malt
Shovel
(Barkby*)
LE7
3QG
(0116)
269
2558
100
(CB,
direct)
5/5A(20
31/31A/48/80
(A)
22/54
Dog
and
Gun
(Syston)
LE7
1GN
260
9366
5/5A
(A)
100/128
(CB)
$
The
Western
(off
Bede
Island)
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254
5287
50/50A/51/52
(A)
18/19
(F)
$
Winstanley
Arms
(Braunstone)
2WB
Slug
Lettuce
LE1Plough
6DP
255
53708006
CityLE3
Centre
S&Sand
Club
LE1
7DA(0116)
(0116)
223
48/80
(A) 289
The
(Littlethorpe*)
LE19
2HS (0116)
(0116)
286 0046
2383 104
X44 (A)
(HB)
50 (5min
(Participating Regent
May 01-04/22-25)
Syston
(25minwalk)
walk
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
(0116)
278
9799
(A)
Pub4DN
LE1
6TF
City
Centre
Syston
Social
ClubBede Island)The
LE7
1GPArms
(0116)
260
5/5A
(A)100/128(CB)
$5616
Black
Horse
(Aylestone)
LE2
8NA
(0116)
283 9086
7225 84/84A/85
84/84A/85/87(A)
40(CB)
$Syston
Stamford
(Groby)
LE6
0DJ
(0116)
(A)
The
Western
(off
LE3
0GA
(0116)
254
5287
50/50A/51/52
(A) 287
18/19
(F)
$ 26/28/29/29a
Winstanley
Arms
(Braunstone)
LE3
2WB
(0116)
289
0046
104
(A)
The(Braunstone)*
Salmon
LE1
4QA
(0116)
253
2301
City
Centre
The
Plough
(Littlethorpe*)
LE19
2HS
(0116)
286
2383
X44
(HB)
50
(5min
walk)
Winstanley Arms
LE3
2WB
(0116)
289
0046
104(A)
Cow
and
Plough
(Oadby)
LE2
2FB
(0116)
272
0852
80
(A)(CB,
(15min
walk)
Regent
S&S
Club
LE1
7DA
(0116)
223
8006
48/80
(A)
Malt
Shovel
(Barkby*)
LE7
3QG
269
2558
100
direct)
5/5A(20
min
walk)
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
(0116)
278
9799
84/84A/85
(A)
The
Wheel
(Oadby)
LE2
5DP
(0116) 287
271
2231$ 31
(A) 31a/X3
Black Horse (Aylestone)
LE2
8NAArms
(0116)
283 7225 84/84A/85/87(A)
40(CB)
Stamford
(Groby)
LE6
0DJ
(0116)
5616
26/28/29/29a
(A)(A) $
Winstanley
Arms
(Braunstone)
LE3
2WB
(0116)
289
0046
104
(A)
22(F)
22B(0116)
(CB)
(Both
15
min
walk)
Swan
and
Rushes
LE1
5WR
(0116)
233 9167
88/88A
(F)
47/49/84/84A/85/87
(A)
Syston
(25min
walk)
The
Salmon
4QA
253
2301
City
Centre
The Western (off
Bede
Island)*
LE3 0GA (0116)
254
5287
50/50A/51/52
(A)
18/19
(F)
$8397
Cow
and
Plough
(Oadby)
LE2
2FB
(0116)
272
0852
80LE1
(A)
(15min
walk)
William
Wygston
(Wigston)
LE18
1DR
(0116)
288
47/47A/48/48A/49/49A
(A
Bull’s
Head
(Blaby)
LE8
4DN
(0116)
278
9799 84/84A/85
(A)
The
Wheel
(Oadby)
LE2
5DP
(0116)
271
2231
31
(A) 31a/X3
Dog
and Gun(Littlethorpe*)
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1949 – 2015
A
s we were setting up our beer festival we
received the sad news that one of our long
standing and most respected members had
passed away. Mark Taylor had been unwell for some
time, having been diagnosed with cancer last year. He
passed away on Tuesday 10th March 2015 aged 66.
I have known Mark since joining CAMRA in 1976. He
was Treasurer of the branch at the time, but Mark
went on to do much more than that. He became
Regional Organiser for the East Midlands (title now
called Regional Director) and in 1984 was elected on
to the National Executive and for a while held the
post of National Vice Chairman. In his leisure time,
he travelled around Europe in search of decent beer
and was also on the committee of the European
Beer Consumers Union. He was also responsible for
monitoring the finance of beer festivals nationally.
I
first met Mark at a Leicester
Branch meeting in 1980.
He was Branch Treasurer
struggling with the question of
tax on the branch bank account
interest. When he found
out I was a Tax Inspector he
immediately shut his briefcase
and without a word left the
room. A few minutes later in
the bar, Mark approached me
and said, “No offence pal. Can
I buy you a beer?” We were
The Leicester Drinker
Photo courtesy of Samantha Ashley
Mark Taylor
Mark was dedicated to all of his roles in CAMRA.
By being on many national committees, he didn’t
attend many meetings in Leicester until about five
years ago, when we began to see more of him.
Naturally, he enjoyed a pint or two, something
I have had the pleasure of sharing with him in
various pubs, where we could both have a good
grumble together, something we both enjoyed. We
at Leicester CAMRA will miss his unique presence
and professional advice and our thoughts are
with Mark’s family at this time. Mark’s funeral took
place on Thursday 26th March, attended by fellow
CAMRA Members from Leicester, Head Quarters and
nationwide.
Keith Williams
friends and CAMRA colleagues
from that moment on.
director and the many years
since.
Mark was Leicester Branch
Treasurer and Beer Festival
Organiser. He soon moved on
to be East Midlands Regional
Organiser and in 1984 he was
elected to CAMRA’s National
Executive, becoming Vice
Chairman a few years later. He
took on numerous and varied
roles during his 10 years as a
He was Staffing Director for 7
years, a member of Industry
Committee for 26 years, Finance
Committee for 32 years and
led the team of beer festival
budget co-ordinators bringing
him into contact with many
branches around the country.
On Membership Committee
he was instrumental in the
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concept and design of the ‘Don’t
Read This’ membership application
form, perhaps the most successful
application form CAMRA ever
had and as Mark would point out,
without the help of marketing
consultants, professional designers
or focus groups. In other roles
he was involved in the European
Beer Consumers Union from its
formation, attending meetings
across Europe and he was a regular
judge in the Club of the Year
Competition until 2012.
He attended every CAMRA AGM
and Members Weekend since at
least 1981 and for over 25 years
he was a leading member of the
Membership Team at the Great
British Beer Festival helping to
recruit over 25,000 members.
Mark never attended a meeting
without reading all the paperwork
and researching topics thoroughly.
His input was always mature and
sensible earning him great respect
within CAMRA and in the brewing
and pub world outside. He was
always very supportive of those
around him and a loyal friend to
many. Although Mark maintained
a low profile his contribution to the
Campaign for 40 years has been
enormous.
Mark had a great sense of humour
and was prone to suffer amusing
mishaps. Among the many stories
there was one memorable incident
when he rolled up to a weekend
meeting on Friday night and parked
his car in the car park opposite the
pub. He woke the next morning
to find the council had erected the
Saturday market stalls in the car
park, completely surrounding his
car until late that night.
While I was in Cuba recently
without any access to email, Mark
kept in touch with me by text.
His last message to me just two
weeks before he died was a sharp
reprimand for not researching
the bars and breweries in Havana
before leaving home; then
realising that I’d receive the
message about lunch time he
simply added, “Have one for me.”
Mark will be sadly missed as a
great campaigner and good friend
to many of us.
Dave Goodwin
(Former National Chairman)
Photographs courtesy of Pete Harrison
PARADISE LOST to PARADISE REGAINED...
in Market Harborough (or ‘Whatever happened to the ‘g’ word?’)
Since joining Camra some 40 years ago, like many fellow members I am conditioned
to ‘home in’ on any handpumps when visiting a new hostelry, so my first visit to ‘THE
BEERHOUSE’, (76b St. Mary’s Road, Market Harborough), was almost my last! I hardly
made it to the Bar!
Shock! Horror!...not a handpump in sight!!!
Before I could perform an ‘about turn’, I paused
and regained my composure when I was beckoned
forward by Landlord Jonathon Pollard and told to
‘look ahead on ye!’
20
April - May 2015
And then I saw.... ‘Leicester Beer Festival in
miniature!’
A stillage containing 12 barrels (numbered 1 to 12)
with a description etc on a blackboard adjacent to
the Bar. Generally eight or nine beers are available
The Newsletter of Leicester CAMRA Branch
at any one
time with the
remainder
‘waiting to drop’.
All 12 barrels (‘9s’)
are seated on
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and covered in
insulated jackets
with a continual
feed of cooled
water ensuring
consistent temperature. Having returned on several
occasions since, I am only able to say that I have
yet to be served a pint that is in less than perfect
condition! I’m sure that many people who enjoy
real ale are, like myself, very cautious of what I
term the ‘twelve o’clock dog!’ That is the first pint
pulled that could have been in the pipes at varying
temperatures for hours – but this doesn’t happen
here – it comes straight from the barrel! The beers
are many and varied and because a ‘nine’ could go
in just one day, there is a very quick turn around
(all good for quality). On the blackboard you will
often see ‘Nobbies’, ‘Oakham’, ‘Hart’, etc and the
magnificent new kid on the block ‘Tres Bien’.
The Beerhouse is not so easy to find, though. From
the centre of Market Harborough, turn left down
St Mary’s Road towards the train station. With
Natwest Bank on your left cross the zebra crossing
and continue towards the station for about 120
yards and when you reach ‘The Chippy’ STOP!
because if you turn into the car park you will see the
Beerhouse on your right.
Currently it opens on five days. Monday 18.00
to 23.00 and 12.00 to 23.00 on Thursday/Friday/
Saturday and 12.00 to 22.00 on Sunday. Bar snacks
are available but Jon is more than pleased for you to
bring your own food especially with The Chippy only
seconds away.
There is no piped music (thank goodness!) and you are
actually able to hear yourself think and talk; people at
The Beerhouse actually speak to each other!
In the very short space of time since opening on
December 5th (following 3 ‘pop-up’ trials) Jon
seems to have fostered almost a ‘community spirit’
at The Beerhouse – like minded people engaged in
conversation with superb ales!
The pub took 18 months in planning and Jon says
to have no music was a deliberate policy in allowing
people to communicate whilst enjoying a pint. That
said, there is entertainment in the form of an “Open
mic” acoustic session on the 1st Thursday of each
month and a ‘Comedy evening’ on the 3rd Thursday
of each month with up to 10 comedians.
We started on Milton and end on Newton. The long
lost ‘g’ word of course is...’gravity’. I believe that Jon
has really thought this through and is deserving
of our utmost support. He will admit that The
Beerhouse is still ‘Work in Progress’ but is delighted
at its development and support received so far.
Recently, the small, intimate ‘snug’ has become a
showcase for exhibiting local artists to portray their
work, an unmissable opportunity to see just how
talented our local artists are.
Jon has brought something rather unique to
Market Harborough (even Leicestershire) and is fully
deserving of his success resulting in his receiving the
‘Oakademy of Excellence’ in March of this year. The
Beerhouse is not plush – it is not pretentious but it is a
real ale drinker’s paradise; an excellent range of beers
in tip top condition with appreciative clientele and I’m
sure that if you try ‘gravity’, you will just ‘fall’ for it!
Stuart Roscoe
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PUB OF THE MONTH
S
ince the turn of the year we have
presented two more Pub of the Month
awards. In January we were at Babelas
in Queens Road.
Geoff Elwell’s bar
has been there for
an amazing 13½
years. Prior to that
Geoff was a wine
merchant and his
last four years in
that trade was
at the same site
when the bar
was still a shop
selling wines &
spirits, but finding it difficult to compete with
the local Bargain Booze..
WESTFEST ‘15
BEER, CIDER & MUSIC
THURS 21ST – MON 25TH MAY
LARGE BEER GARDEN WITH OUTSIDE BAR
16 CASK ALES AND 8 TRADITIONAL CIDERS
THIS YEAR’S REGION: THE HOME COUNTIES
LIVE MUSIC EVERY DAY
FLAMIN’ MO’S PIZZA
WEDS 20TH – SPECIAL PREVIEW TASTING – HALF PINT FREE
FOR CAMRA AND BILLY CARD HOLDERS
TheWestern Leicester 70 Western Road LE3 0GA
Call 0116 254 5287 Email [email protected]
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
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Geoff says that the bar is a better business
and definitely much more fun. Essentially a
quiet place with no intrusive music, people
love the relaxed atmosphere with lovely
people, good beer and good wine. The
emphasis is on good quality at a good price,
and with just two hand pumps beer is always
fresh. The clientele are largely university staff
and professionals who live in the area and visit
regularly. Food is restricted to the legendary
cheeseboards that in the past have earned
high praise from The Guardian. Geoff says that
the award was a nice surprise to start the year
as he wasn’t aware that the bar was on the
CAMRA radar.
I
n February it was The Stamford Arms at
Groby that received an award. Landlord
Brian Rigby
is well known
to Leicester real
ale fans. He was
heavily involved
in the Leicester
Beer Festival
for a while
and under his
stewardship The
Gateway (now
The Font) was a
popular real ale
haunt for several years. Following a stint back
in his native Nottingham, Brian returned to the
Leicester scene to take on his current pub.
The Stamford Arms, a former home of the
Everard family, was always something of
an underperforming pub but an expensive
refurbishment combined with Brian’s
experienced hand on the tiller has made it
into a thriving village hub.
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And Entertainment
Friday...Karaoke
Saturday...Live Music
With The Genie Lamps
Food Available Throughout
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JIM’S
JAUNT
Bruntingthorpe,
Shearsby & Fleckney
by Jim Reay
Spring is in the air and it’s time to put a
spring in my step and get out in the sticks
for a round of drinks. It’s the Leicestershire
Round I refer to as all the venues on this
jaunt are linked by the Leicestershire
Round Footpath, starting at Bruntingthorpe
which was recorded in The Domesday
Book as Bradinestor (meaning Branting’s
The Plough, Bru
ntingthorpe
Settlement). There was probably an early
Anglo Saxon settlement here before the
Danes arrived in the ninth century.
Getting to Bruntingthorpe by public transport is an
excursion in itself, starting with the 10.27 Arriva
84 from St Margaret’s Bus Station alighting in
Lutterworth at 11.39 near to the Old Police Station
opposite the Jet Garage.
A grade II-listed Victorian building, Lutterworth
Old Police Station was England’s oldest serving
purpose-built police station until deemed surplus
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The Joiners Arms
to requirements, sold and converted into offices. I
now needed to catch the 12.10 Murphy’s Taxi Bus
661 from the stop adjacent to George Street Carpark. To this aim I crossed over the road into George
Street, almost opposite, followed the road around
to the left at Morrisons then straight on, over the
cross roads, and the bus stop was evident shortly
ahead on the right side of the road. I’ve waited
before for Murphy’s Taxi Bus 661 and a minibus taxi
turned up but on this occasion a saloon car taxi
arrived so it’s a good job there were only three of
us waiting for it, otherwise I don’t know how they’d
have coped with the situation. The driver dropped
me off right outside the front door of The Plough at
Bruntingthorpe.
The Plough consists of one large public bar which
extends the full width of the front of this traditional
village pub. To the rear of the bar is a pool/games
room that, in turn, leads to a pretty cottage garden.
Wall pictures depict the Vulcan Bomber, which has
close associations with the nearby Bruntingthorpe
airfield. Unusually for a village pub The Plough relies
entirely on wet trade. Available regular real ales
are Draught Bass, Theakston Best Bitter, St. Austell
Tribute and Greene King Abbot. The guest Ale was
Everards Blue Boar.
Turning left out of The Plough I followed Main Street
round to the left, past Bruntingthorpe Garage and
left again into Church Walk where The Joiners Arms
was just ahead to the right side of the road.
The Joiners Arms’ earliest years saw this 18th
century village pub occupied by the Herbert family
for four generations. A probable explanation for the
pubs name is that a Benjamin Herbert’s occupation
was recorded as Joiner & Victualler. A large plaque
attached to the wall in the car park suggests that
this pub once belong to The Mansfield Brewing
Company. Since 2002 this traditional village pub
has been transformed into a gastropub with diners
as its main target clientele. However, imbibers are
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still very welcome with a settle, tables and stools
allocated for them in an area adjacent to the bar.
Former small rooms are knocked through to create
one room still small enough to be convivial. The
prevailing cosy ambiance is enhanced by hygienic
ceramic floor flags and exposed ceiling joists and
beams. The one real ale available was Sharp’s Doom
Bar.
From the Joiners Arms I retraced my steps back
along Church Walk and Main Street before bearing
left into Little End, at the bottom of which I followed
the signpost directions for The Leicestershire Round.
This section of my ramble offered splendid views
to the north (my left) looking towards Peatling
Magna and Arnesby and in the far distance, beyond
Leicester, the Charnwood Forest skyline was defined
by the distinctive profile of the two highest hills in
Leicestershire. Beacon Hill is the second in height
to Bardon Hill, a name derived from “bear den”
where, it is said, the last bear in England was killed.
The route was well trod and easy to follow, all the
way to Shearsby via the yellow way-marker posts.
The Doomsday Book records Shearsby as Suesbi
but by the 1800’s it was known as Cherisbye and
was notorious for its salt spring located just half
a mile south of the village. The Shearsby Bath
Hotel was built on the site of the salt spring and
for several decades proved a popular resort with
people seeking the potential health benefits of
the spa. Shearsby Bath ceased operating as a
customary public house in 2013 and is now only
open to the public wishing to hire the venue for
hosting events. Prior to the 18th century the route
between Wigston and Husbands Bosworth was via
a deeply rutted, unmetalled roadway which passed
through several villages along its way, including
Shearsby, where many a weary traveller must have
stopped to quench his thirst. During the 1760’s the
small villages were effectively by-passed by a new
road which eventually became known as the A50
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but relatively recently renamed the A5199. The Inn
in Shearsby became a locals’ pub and in 1765 a
New Inn was built on the main road, but has since
become a farm which still bears the name New Inn
Farm. It is believed, based on the verbal submission
of an elderly Shearsby resident, that the licence was
surrendered in 1910.
On reaching Shearsby I turned right uphill along the
road for about 100yds. then left through a handgate
onto a public footpath which brought me to a kissing
gate at the top end of Fenny Lane, at the bottom
of which stood The Chandlers Arms. Constructed
of local Shearsby brick its name is derived from the
buildings original use as a candle makers business
which employed some 30 workers making the tallow
candles of that time. The Chandlers Arms is a small
village Inn with a big reputation, having won the
prestigious Leicester CAMRA Country Pub of the
Year award for the last seven consecutive years,
and the first pub in CAMRA’s Leicester Branch to be
accredited to the LocAle scheme. It consists of a
public bar, a lounge bar/dining room and out back
are picnic tables in a beer garden which, from a high
vantage point, overlooks the Village Green. Available
real ales were Dow Bridge Acris & Praetorian Porter,
Belvoir Beaver, Bradfield Farmers Blonde and Star
Brewing Company Lilth.
I turned right into Main Street from the Chandlers
and in order to avoid the narrow road with no
pavements leading out of the village towards the
A5199, I turned right again at the telephone box,
which is now where the village Defibrillator is sited,
then left up a steep bank past some cottages and
left again at the top of the bank and soon joined,
and turned right onto, the road leading to the A5199.
I turned left onto the A5199 and immediately to my
left was the aforementioned New Inn Farmhouse
and visible ahead to the right was the footpath
signpost for The Leicestershire Round. Once again
the route was well discernible with yellow waymarker posts. Eventually reaching a road I turned
left and almost immediately right onto a signposted footpath which soon brought me to another
road where I turned left. I was now on the road to
Fleckney which from the time it was mentioned in
the Doomsday Book until the 19th century was a
farming community. It owes its present-day size
mainly to an influx of populace during the early
19th century to work in the brickmaking industry.
Fleckney bricks are to be seen in many of the local
cottages and farms and some were even used in the
construction of St. Pancras Railway Station. Apart
from the bricks themselves, a lasting visible legacy
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The Chandlers A
rms, Shearsby
ney
Golden Shield, Fleck
to this commerce is the village duck-pond which was
originally excavated to extract clay to manufacture
bricks. The pond is inhabited with a thriving paddling
of ducks consisting mainly of mallards, plus a few
hybrids and a moorhen or two. Brickmaking ceased
towards the end of the 19th century although
after 1831 the population started to increase again
with the introduction of hosiery manufacture.
Framework-knitting was introduced in Fleckney
between 1830 and 1840 and by 1844 there were 126
frames in the village. By the late 19th century there
were 3 hosiery factories. New housing built after
World War 2 saw another population increase but
now most village inhabitants commute.
On entering Fleckney it wasn’t long before I
encountered The Golden Shield standing close
to the road on my right hand side. Although it is
actually thought to have been built in the 1600’s,
the first traceable mention of this property is in 1752
revealed in the will of a William Hensman, a yeoman
of Fleckney. The pub’s first recorded licensee was
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William Perkins 1789-1823 although the first time
the property was referred to as a public house,
known as The Dun Cow, was in an inheritance deed
of family arrangements between three sons in 1845
following the death of their father a Mr. M. Moore,
the then owner. It was first renamed the Golden
Shield in 1979 and in 1990 it reverted to its original
name and after several changes between the two
names is currently called The Golden Shield. It
consists of an L-shaped public bar the rearmost part
of which is a snug type annex. The chunky beam,
above the entrance to the snug, has a sign attached
identifying the area as Amen Corner, so named
by local wags as it is furnished with church pews.
The other end of the public bar has an inglenook
fireplace containing a smaller fireplace, but the
overall aesthetic appeal is somewhat spoiled by the
inset coal effect electric fire-basket. The leaded light
windows in the bar are of the pseudo self-adhesive
lead strip variety but nonetheless manifest. The
Simpson’s Restaurant to the rear of the pub takes
its name from the Landlady’s surname. Behind the
pub, are paved and lawned areas with picnic tables
and a petanque piste. Available regular real ales are
Greene King IPA & Abbot, Timothy Taylor Landlord
and Banks’s Bitter. Guest Ales were Ossett Silver King
and Fuller’s London Pride.
Leaving The Golden Shield I turned right along Main
Street soon passing St. Nicholas Parish Church which
is a grade II* listed building. It is constructed of
cobblestone walls, reputed to be over 3ft. thick in
places, with limestone buttresses and dressings. The
church has neither tower nor spire but is crowned
with a roof of welsh slate and a double bell tower.
Carrying on along Main Street, immediately after
passing Williams Butchers, I veered a tad left
into the jitty and The Old Crown was soon in view
straight across the road.
a maltster in Saddington and brewed his own ale
on the premises. The pub changed hands several
times until 1904 when it was leased to Market
Harborough Brewers Eady & Dulley for £100 a year. It
was purchased by present owners Everards in 1921.
It consists essentially of one large open plan interior
with a central bar having two snug type annexes
and carpeted restaurant area tucked around the
corner to the rear. The slightly bayed front elevation
windows have genuine leaded lights emphasising
the pubs longevity. Behind the pub are spacious
gardens with a paved and partially covered heated
patio area and lawn, with picnic tables and play
equipment for children. Two beers available here
were Everards Tiger and Burton Bridge Bridge Bitter
In all, five pubs selling eighteen different real ales
all linked by a pleasant ramble along part of The
Leicestershire Round. So it’s now time for YOU to get
your boots on and get out in the sticks for a round of
drinks. My journey home began via Arriva 49B which
I caught at the bus stop across the road near to the
Co-op.
Cheers,
Jim Reay
THE
CHANDLERS
ARMS
SHEARSBY
0116 247 8384
Country Pub of the Year
2 0 0 9 - 2 015
The Old Crown was built about 1798 on the site of
an old cottage. The then Landlord bought malt from
A Freehouse serving up to 7 Real Ales
including local micros
Home cooked food served
six days a week
3 Course Sunday Lunch £12
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THU 16 – SUN 19 APRIL BEER & CIDER
FESTIVAL - THE EXCHANGE, 20 ALES, 10
CIDERS, LIVE MUSIC (SEE AD ON PAGE 14)
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WED 22 – SUN 26 APRIL ST GEORGES
BEER FESTIVAL – BLACK HORSE, AYLESTONE.
20 BEERS, 10 CIDERS. MUSIC, FOOD, ETC.
CAMRA PREVIEW NIGHT WED 22
(SEE AD ON PAGE 8).
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FRI 1 – SUN 3 MAY CRADOCK ARMS
– 10 ALES, 5 CIDERS, LIVE MUSIC
FRI 1 – SUN 3 MAY SCI FI THEMED
FESTIVAL - SWAN & RUSHES (SEE AD PAGE 29)
FRI 1 – MON 4 MAY SILEBY BEER
FESTIVAL – FREE TRADE INN, SILEBY.
BEER, CIDER, FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT.
(SEE AD ON PAGE 23)
FRI 8 – SUN 10 MAY BELVOIR BREWERY
20TH ANNIVERSARY BEER FESTIVAL –
OLD DALBY, BELVOIR ALE HOUSE NEXT TO THE
BREWERY. WWW.BELVOIRBREWERY.CO.UK
FRI 15 – SUN 17 MAY PUB FESTIVAL –
THE BLUE BELL, DESFORD – BEER, SAUSAGE
& CIDER FESTIVAL. (SEE AD ON PAGE 14)
THU 21 – MON 25 MAY
WESTFEST 2015 – THE WESTERN, 16 ALES,
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BREWERIES, MUSIC, PIZZA, ETC. CAMRA/BILLY
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FRI 22 – SUN 24 MAY
OADBY ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – 18 BEERS,
FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, EVERYBODY WELCOME.
(SEE AD PAGE 24).
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APRIL
SAT 11TH
Coach Trip to Wigan & Bolton.
WED 22ND
Beer Festival de-brief – The Ale Wagon, Charles St.
7.30pm
WED 29TH
Pub Of The Month – The 1852 Brewing Company,
2 Station Road Wigston LE18 2DH (Presentation
Approximately 9.00 – 9.15pm)
MAY
WED 6TH
Branch Meeting – The Western, Western Rd. 7.30pm
FRI 8TH
Pub of The Year – King’s Head, King St.
WED 27TH
Committee Meeting – The Ale Wagon,
Charles St. 8.00pm
JUNE
WED 3RD
Branch Meeting – Syston Social Club.
7.30pm
JULY
WED 1ST
Branch Meeting – The Highcross, High St.
7.30pm
NOTES
Branch Contact: K Williams: 07989 272717 [email protected]
or: [email protected] 86 Bonchurch Street, Leicester LE3 5EE
For Saturday and Sunday trips: Gary Akiens: 07815 825039
or e-mail: [email protected]
For a fully up to date Branch Diary, please visit www.leicestercamra.org.uk and click on the Diary page.
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CAMRA discounts available locally (New additions in bold)
All locations are in Leicester unless indicated in brackets. Information given in good faith and liable to change. Some discounts
may be modified or restricted where special promotions are on offer.
Black Horse, Aylestone
Bull’s Head (Blaby)
The Castle Hotel (Kirby Muxloe)
Crown (Anstey)
Dog & Gun (Keyham)
Exchange, Rutland Street
The Friary, Hotel Street
Glenhills Sports & Social (Glen Parva)
CAMRA discounts/privileges for specific events
20p/pint
10% discount on Cask Ales
10% off Cask Ales
30p/pint on real ales
10% off Cask Ales, Ciders & selected items
10% off real ales
Temporary Visitor Membership for 50p with CAMRA card
Globe, 43 Silver Street
30p/pint
Golden Shield (Fleckney)
20p off Real Ales
Hind, London Road
10p off Cask Ales
Malt Shovel (Barkby)
20p/pint on Real Ales & Trad Cider
Marquis Wellington, London Road
10%
Narborough Arms (Narborough)
10% off Cask Ales & Ciders
Old Horse, 198 London Road
10%
Plough (Littlethorpe)
10%
The Pub
50p off Cask Ales on Mondays
Queen of Bradgate, High Street
10% discount on Cask Ales
Queen Victoria (Syston)
20p off Guest Ales
Red Lion (Gilmorton)
30p/pint
Red Lion Inn (Rothley)
20p/pint & 10p/half
Rose & Crown (Houghton on the Hill)
20p/pint
Royal Standard
10% off Cask Ales
Rutland & Derby, Millstone Lane
Real Ales charged at £3
Sir Robert Peel, Jarrom Street
10p/pint off Guest Ales
Slug & Lettuce, Market Street
10%
Stamford Arms, Groby
10% off Cask Ales
Syston Social Club (Syston)
Temporary Visitor Membership with CAMRA card
Winstanley (Braunstone Town)
20p/pint off guest ales
W - Corn Exchange, Market Square
standard 50p vouchers accepted and 20% off food
W - Highcross. High Street
standard 50p vouchers accepted and 20% off food
W - Lord Keeper of the Great Seal (Oadby)
standard 50p vouchers accepted only
W - Last Plantagenet, Granby Street
standard 50p vouchers accepted and 20% off food
W - Sugar Loaf (Market Harborough)
standard 50p vouchers accepted and 20% off food
W - White House (Scraptoft)
standard 50p vouchers accepted only
W - William Wygston (Wigston)
standard 50p vouchers accepted only
The Yews (Great Glen)
10% discount on Cask Ales
W prefix denotes Wetherspoon outlets accepting CAMRA vouchers. One voucher per visit rule generally enforced.
Non-CAMRA loyalty card schemes available to all customers:
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Black Horse, Aylestone
“Cheaper by the dozen” - £5 voucher on collecting 12 stamps.
Chandlers Arms (Shearsby)
1 for 10 loyalty card
Exchange, Rutland Street
£2.50 card gives a range of 10% discounts
The Friary, Hotel Street
“Love Cask Ale” - every 7th pint free
The Pub, New Walk
1 for 10 loyalty card
Queen of Bradgate, High Street
1 for 10 loyalty card
Sir Robert Peel, Jarrom Street
50p card, Visit www.sirrobertpeelleicester.co.uk for details
The Steamin’ Billy Card
£ 2 card gives various discounts. Details at www.steamin-billy.co.uk
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immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank
or building society
- If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you
must pay it back when The Campaign For Real Ale Ltd
asks you to
You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply
contacting your bank or building society.Written
confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.
Banks and Building Societies may not accept Direct Debit Instructions for some types of account.
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