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SWEET MILD O’MINE – Leicester CAMRA Mild Trail 29th April to 3rd June

Leicester CAMRA is supporting ‘Mild in May’ by running a Mild Trail across Leicester and Leicestershire from 29th April to 3rd June. There will be an opportunity to enjoy both the Mild and perhaps visit some pubs new to you.

The Mild Trail involves collecting stickers by visiting as many of the listed pubs as you can and ordering a pint (or half) of cask mild, then obtaining a trail sticker for your chart. The April/May edition of the Leicester Drinker features a centrespread of participating venues on a chart, or the same can be downloaded from the Leicester Branch web page Leicester CAMRA Mild Trail.

Everyone collecting 12 or more different pub stickers will have the chance to receive a unique limited edition ”Sweet Child of Mine” Leicester Mild Trail 2017 T-Shirt.

The organised crawls are:

  • Saturday 29th April Coach trip to launch Mild in May, visiting Cow & Plough Stoughton, Beerhouse Market Harborough (also incorporating Pub of The Year presentation), Chandlers Arms Shearsby, Plough Bruntingthorpe, Queens Arms Leire and General Elliott Willoughby Waterleys. Contact to book a seat.
  • Tuesday 16th May A late afternoon and evening trip by train and bus to Sileby, Syston & Barkby.
  • Tuesday 16th May A day out visiting the Mild Trail pubs in Hinckley. Travel by bus or train.
    Updated 20th April

    Roundup of March’s News

    • The Clarendon, Hinckley is reported to have stopped selling cask ales. Last Tuesday there was a fire possibly started by an electrical fault, and the pub is temporarily shut for repairs.

    • The Elephant & Castle had a new landlord in January. Paul and Lisa now have a new food menu, and Everards are redecorating and renovating the toilets.

    • Alan Tingey from the Globe at Snarestone, finally took over the lease of the Black Horse in Appleby Magna towards the end of February.

    • The Red Lion, Barwell changed hands again in February 2017 – the new landlord is Del Clifford.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton reopened in February after major refurbishments by Punch. The new landlord is Phil Hughes and he is offering CAMRA members 20p off a pint of cask ale on production of a membership card. He also hopes to hold some mini beer festivals for the summer.

    • The Chequers in Burbage has refurbished the garden, patio and smoking areas.

    • Wetherspoon’s Baron will be holding their Spring Real-Ale festival from 22 March until 2 April with 30 festival beers from 30 breweries, of which 25 are in the UK and 5 are overseas. The festival line-up also includes new, seasonal and specialty beers, many of which have been brewed exclusively for them.

    • Burbage Community Arts Festival ‘music in the pubs’ will be held on 3 May from 8pm in the village pubs

    Updated 12th March

    Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. This edition provides an update on the Three Brewers Project which is gaining significant momentum. There is also the report from a recent Hinckley Times article relating to the women in top positions within Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA, and a further installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn.

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    This is for the period February to April 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

    Updated 17th February

    Roundup of February’s News

    • Admiral are again looking for new tenants at the Red Lion Barwell.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton was due to reopen on 13th Feb after a refurbishment by Punch.

    • The Francis Arms in Stoney Stanton closed on 4th January when the landlord left, nothing else is known.

    • The Black Horse at Appleby Magna remains closed until Marston’s can find a new tenant.

    • The new licensee at the Elephant & Castle did a mail shot to all the villagers including a free pint for all who came in to say hello. Apparently they had a good response!

    • This week The Countryman in Sharnford will be renamed the Bricklayers and be re-launched. They are interested in joining the Discount Scheme giving 30p off a pint to members, and have plans to extend the pub.

    • The Dog & Gun, Hinckley has applied for planning permission to extend at the back and to convert the 1st floor into a restaurant. Their first 2 beers were Bombardier and Doom Bar and they are now looking to vary these - possibly including Salopian Oracle.

    • In January we visited the Bank in Earl Shilton and although they do not have any real ale at the moment, they do serve 4 real ciders. If trade warrants it they may serve real ale in the future.

    • News from just out of our area - The Rugby Tap Room has just been voted Pub of the Year 2016 by Rugby CAMRA for the second year running. It is the town’s only micropub and opened in 2014 serving beers straight from the barrel.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update
    Updated 17th February

    Why I’m looking forward to Bournemouth 2017

    This April, I will be joining CAMRA members from across the UK in the seaside resort of Bournemouth for CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend, which includes our National AGM and Conference.

    I have been attending the CAMRA Members’ Weekend for almost 30 years, well before I was active nationally, never mind National Chairman. Those of you who were in Norwich in 2013 may remember that I still have my glass from my first AGM weekend, as they were then called, in Norwich in 1990. Even prior to becoming Chairman, I always made an effort to travel to whichever corner of the country the weekend was held and have only missed one since then - and was even organiser in Edinburgh in 1998. It has always been, and still is, an opportunity to meet with old friends, make new acquaintances and socialise with other CAMRA members from across the country.

    Most importantly, the Members’ Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for any member across the organisation – whether you have just joined, been a member for 20+ years, active or inactive – to shape the future direction and purpose of CAMRA.

    As Chairman, I now have the great responsibility of making sure that the AGM and Conference part of the Members’ Weekend is run successfully and open to every single one of our 185,000 members. This year, that responsibility is even greater than ever before.

    Following 50 consultation meetings across the UK and three national surveys, we have now seen the proposals that were put forward by the Revitalisation Project Steering Committee on CAMRA’s future. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposals, took part in the consultation events or stayed at home, the Members’ Weekend will be the opportunity to discuss them inside and out ahead of a decision next year.

    Over the weekend, members will be able to consider the Revitalisation Project and proposals on the future of CAMRA in a series of discussion groups. It will be your chance to have a say on the Revitalisation Project’s findings and represent your views in the debate. A final decision on the proposals will then be taken at the Members’ Weekend in 2018.

    I am proud to chair an organisation that is a true democracy – where every member has the opportunity to feed into our policies, direction and future. I never forget that without our huge membership base and dedicated volunteers; there simply would not be a CAMRA.

    I hope you will consider joining us in Bournemouth this year. The closing date for registration is Friday 17th March 2017. For more information simply visit CAMRA AGM website.

    Updated 31st January 2017

    How to Register for Discourse

    It has been announced in What's Brewing that Discourse has been adopted as CAMRA's future forum service, replacing many Yahoo groups. Discourse will become CAMRA's place to discuss campaigning, pubs, beer and cider. To register to use Discourse, please go to, and Sign Up, using your membership number and password You will also need to have an e-mail address registered with CAMRA on the membership system.

    To register an e-mail address: Login to the CAMRA National website. Go to My Membership and click the @Edit Your Membership Information’ button. Click Edit and make required changes, then Save.

    Updated 31st January 2017

    New Brewery in Market Bosworth

    The new Market Bosworth Brewery is run by John Skinner. Their beers have been served at the Prince of Wales and the new Broood pub on King St Leicester, formerly Out of the Vaults. For further details contact Les Codrington, the Brewery Liaison Officer for the Market Bosworth Brewery.
    Updated 16th January 2017

    New Brewery in Leicester

    The Framework Brewery has recently opened at the Old City Depot, Friday Street, Leicester. For further details see the website Framework Brewery and the Facebook page Framework Brewery Facebook

    Updated 16th January 2017

    Round up of January's Pub News

    • Attempts by Alan Tingley from the Globe at Snarestone, to take on the lease of the Black Horse in Appleby Magna failed and it closed on 8th December.

    • The Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton is advertised on the Everards website as being to let.

    • The Red Lion at Pinwall is subject to a planning application for the conversion into five houses. The pub has been closed for several years.

    • The lease for the Black Horse at Sheepy Magna has been put up for sale by the landlord.
    Updated 16th January 2017

    Round up of December’s Pub News

    • The Dog & Gun, Hinckley was re-opened on 29 October by Shane, the new owner and landlord. They have 2 cask ales - Doombar and Wells Bombardier

    • At The Wentworth Arms the new landlord took over last week and is still offering the 10% CAMRA discount. He is hoping for some investment in the form of decoration and new lighting.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton closed for refurbishment in October. Planning permission for the alterations was granted on 30 November.

    • The former NatWest bank in Earl Shilton has opened as a Wine/Cocktail bar called The Bank.

      And just outside our area …….

    • In November, Tracy and Kevin celebrated five years at the Pig in Muck, Claybrooke Magna. Bar alterations and new handpumps were made in early November.

    • In November, Tollgate Brewery opened a new micropub in Ashby-de-la-Zouch called Tap at No 76.

    • The Black Horse in Walcote re-opened as a community run pub on Friday 2 December. They had 5 handpumps – 2 Langton Brewery, 2 Dowbridge and Sharp’s Doom Bar. Further details at ACVs.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update
    Updated 14th December

    Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. Introducing the Elbow Room micro-pub and family, as the first anniversary is celebrated. There is also the report from this year's Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival, a further installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn and details of an interesting circular pub walk which can be commenced at the Lime Kilns.

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    This is for the period November 2016 to January 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

    East Midlands Club of the Year Presentation

    The Burbage & District Constitutional Club Chairman Dave Banks was presented with the East Midlands Club of the Year award by Regional Director, Carl Brett.

    Dave thanked Carl and the branch on behalf of his staff saying “Please keep coming and we’ll keep providing the good beer!”

    Updated 22nd November

    Black Horse at Walcote due to reopen next month

    The Black Horse at Walcote will re-open as a community pub on Friiday 2nd December at 7pm.

    The new landlord is Nathan Miles.

    Updated 22nd November

    Dog and Gun, Hinckley reopens under new management

    The Dog and Gun in Hinckley has been refurbished by the new landlord, Shane West, and was due to reopen as a freehouse on Saturday 29 October at noon. They will have 2 cask ales - initially Sharp's Doom Bar and Wells Bombardier.

    Updated 1st November

    Roundup of October’s Pub News

    • The White Swan, Stoke Golding is due to re-open around 19 October after Everards have carried out essential maintenance work. The new tenant, Jamie, comes from Leicester and this will be his first time running a pub.

    • The Countryman, Sharnford closed on 1st October and was due to re-open on 7 October with new owners.

    • The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland re-opened on 14th September with a new tenant, Diane O'Donnell.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update
    Updated 11th October

    Highly Successful 9th Hinckley Beer Festival

    The 9th Hinckley Beer Festival has turned out to be a huge success with many favourable comments and excellent publicity in the media including The Hinckley Times, Radio Leicester & Facebook. The entertainment was well received whilst both Superbad and Kate Field said that they had enjoyed the experience.

    Judging results of East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain - Stout Category were as follows:

    • Gold - Castle Rock Sherwood Reserve
    • Silver - Dancing Duck Dark Drake
    • Bronze - Totally Brewed Papa's Voodoo Stout
    9th Hinckley Beer Festival Champion Beer of the Festival

    By a small margin the beer with the most votes is Eight Arch Corbel, a 5.5% Best Bitter from Wimborne in Dorset. Closely followed by Gyle 59 Elderbeery Stout, a 7.3% Speciality Stout from Thornecombe, Dorset and Church End Bats In The Belfry, a 5.6% Wheat Beer from Ridge Lane near Nuneaton.

    The Eight Arch brewery will be presented with a certificate from the Branch in due course


    Numbers were very similar to previous years with visitors from London, Sheffield and a minibus from Birmingham. One visitor who makes a point of coming to Market Bosworth and Hinckley every year lives in Bilbao, Spain


    In total 16 new members were signed up including 6 couples with 11 of the new members living within the Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA branch area.

    Thanks to the Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser, Chris James for this update, and to Alan Cooke for the photos. A full report will be prepared for the October Branch Meeting

    Updated 19th September

    East Midlands Club of the Year 2016

    The Burbage & District Constitutional Club has been awarded East Midlands CAMRA Club Of The Year 2016, making it the best of the best of all Clubs in the six counties. This wonderful achievement is being marked with a presentation by the CAMRA Regional Director, during the Branch AGM. This AGM has been relocated to the Burbage Constitutional Club in light of the award presentation.

    Updated 19th September

    East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 - Part 2

    Following on from The East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 Award for the Pestle and Mortar, the micropub has now been entered for CAMRA's National Pub Design Award 2016 (conversion to pub use category). Judging will be based on the taste and restraint utilised on both the inside and outside.

    Updated 12th September

    Roundup of September’s Pub News

    • The Nags Head Stapleton changed hands on 8 August and is now being run by Jason and Emilia.

    • The Prince of Wales reopened on 24 August and will be holding an official opening and launch party on 13 September. They now also have a live online ‘Beer Board’ showing which beers are currently on

    • In Earl Shilton, The King William closed on 29 August. There are rumours that it is due for demolition for housing or a supermarket.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton closes for refurbishment on the 18 September for around one month. Lee will be leaving and there is sign up for a new licensee. The building is said to be in a poor condition and in need of significant investment.

    • The Dog & Gun, Earl Shilton. have been working to improve the pub and want to mark their 1st anniversary on 12 October with a small event. They are serving bar food again. The beer garden has been updated, with artificial grass, BBQ area and covered smoking area. The Tap Room bar is having 3 new hand pulls. The tiled floor in the Games Room is being restored, and they hope to complete the work by 12 September.

      They should have 2 guests and 4 regular beers, which will probably be Burton Bitter, Pedigree, Old Empire and Ringwood 49er.

    • The Stoneycroft Club plan to refurbish the club, and hope to complete this during October.

    • In Stoney Stanton, The Bulls Head is having some minor building work to improve the outside seating area.

    • Ellen is leaving The White Swan in Stoke Golding on Sunday 11 September, and will be going to the Stag & Pheasant in Hartshill. The pub is scheduled to be closed for 2 weeks, there is no replacement tenant at the moment but it looks like Everards want to keep it open.

    • The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland is currently closed but is expected to re-open around 14 September with new tenants.

    • The tenants at the Black Horse Inn, Appleby Magna have given notice to leave by the end of April.

    • The Ex-Servicemen’s Club Hinckley is closed and for sale.

    • The Elbow Room will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary weekend with music and beer festival during 17th to 20th November.

    Thank you to our pubs officer, Jackie for this update
    Updated 11th September

    Roundup of August’s Pub News

    • The Red Lion in Burbage (photos above) was refurbished in July with wooden flooring and new seating inside, and outside a revamped drinking and smoking area at the side of the pub. There is also now a choice of 4 hand pumps: Bass, Doom Bar and 2 guests. Everards Tiger may stay permanently.

    • A licensing application was listed in the Hinckley Times for a new bar to be called ‘Angelos’ at 7 Edwards Centre, Regent Street (formerly Harry’s Place).

    • The Woolly has reverted back to its original name of The Woolcomber and has been repainted outside.

    • The Elephant and Castle, Thurlaston will be holding a Beer festival from 8 to 10 September. Open Thursday 8 noon to 3pm and 5pm till midnight, 9 and 10, noon to midnight. Food will be served at all sessions.


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