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Presentations of the Good Beer Guide to our 2019 entries   15th October 2018


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Seven pubs and one club from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA have entries in the current guide. The respective licensees were congratulated and presented with their copy of the 2019 Good Beer Guide by the Chairman David Finn following a series of visits over the last few weeks. The Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA entries and the recipients are listed below:-

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GBG 2019 ENTRIES




Burbage & District Constitutional Club
Kevin Scattergood, Claire Jones, Gladys Smith, David Bailey and Gina Hayes




George & Dragon
Mark Picker and Lucy Godsmark




Lime Kilns
Gary Buswell




The New Plough Inn
Louise Lavender




The Rising Sun
Simon Clough, Ann Clough, Danny and Sam




The Queens Head
Phil Jackson




The Pestle & Mortar
John & Sue Summerill




The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House
Tim Arnold


Country Pub of the Year 2018 - The Rising Sun   3rd October 2018



Following voting by the branch membership, the Rising Sun at Shackerstone has been declared the winner of the inaugural "Country Pub of the Year" for 2018. The Rising Sun is a traditional pub, located in the centre of Shackerstone village near the Ashby Canal and the preserved Battlefield Railway. It has a wood panelled bar serving traditional ales and a restaurant serving good pub food. In 2012 the landlord was presented with an award by the local CAMRA branch to mark 25 years service. The "Country Pub of the Year" award will be presented on the evening of 20th November and there will be a mini bus running from Hinckley. Contact Robin via ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@pihsrebmem or 07454 217315 to book seats on the mini bus.


Latest Branch Micropub - Shilton Vaults   3rd October 2018


The Shilton Vaults of Earl Shilton, opened it's doors for the first time on Saturday 29th September and is now the third micropub to be established within the Hinckley & Bosworth area. The micropub has been converted from the former NatWest Bank in the centre of Earl Shilton and is a sister pub to the Pestle & Mortar in Hinckley. There are three rooms, consisting of a main bar, a centre room and one in the original bank vault. There are up to 9 real ales along with craft lagers, 8 traditional ciders and a selection of wines and gins.

Roundup of September's Pub News   9th September 2018


Black Horse, Hinckley The pub has a new deal with Marston's.
It includes a partial renovation and cheaper beer.
Some beers will sell at £2.60 a pint.

Nags Head, Stapleton It reopened on 19th August.
The new tenant's name is Jane Elton.
Jane is from Hinckley and this is her first time running a pub.
Both the Saddle Tank and Pedigree are £3.20 a pint.
At the moment, they are the only ales on sale
Basic food menu at sensible prices - new large kitchen
Still settling in. They haven't got their ‘phone line sorted yet so no WiFi, card machines etc.

The White Swan, Stoke Golding Has a change of landlord from Monday 3rd September.
The new tenants are Andy and Deb.

The Red lion, Earl Shilton Is displaying a 'To Let' sign.
The lease appears to have been sold and the pub could be under new management late next month.

The Ashby Tavern is still displaying a "To Let" sign.

The Holywell is still displaying a “To Let” sign

The Prince of Wales Planning permission for demolition and rebuilding as flats, has been refused.

The Cross Keys in Burbage is due to reopen this week providing Marston’s have completed the planned work. Eoin will be the new manager.

The Shilton Vaults is due to open this month.

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932


Country Pub of the Year 2018 - Voting   6th September 2018

It is time to vote for the "Country Pub of the Year 2018".

The following eleven pubs have been nominated by members:-


Please could you vote for one pub only, using the Voting Form for Country Pub of the Year 2018 attached.

To help your selection please read the CAMRA guidelines. You may wish to visit some of the pubs before deciding on your vote.

Forms should be returned to secretary@hinckleyandbosworth.camra.org.uk by Monday 24th September 2018

Roundup of August's Pub News   8th August 2018

  • The Cross Keys, Burbage has advertised for a new manager and it is still closed at the moment

  • There is a new landlady at Holywell, Charlotte Ellis, she has 2 regular cask ales Doombar and Jennings Cumberland, with 1 guest ale every week

  • The Pestle and Mortar , Hinckley, is to celebrate its 3rd anniversary at the Bank Holiday weekend

  • The Shilton Vaults is to open at the end of August or early September

  • The Chequers Inn, Burbage, has a new chef

  • The Landlady at the Belper Arms is to leave by October. Heineken fixed the flood in the cellar, but the cause is still a mystery. It re-opened in early June

  • The Nags Head in Stapleton will be re-opening soon

  • Jim at the Bulls Head, Nailstone retired on 31 July so there is a new Landlady there now

  • The Elbow Room in Hinckley, the Needle and Pin in Loughborough and the Classroom in Leicester have got together to organise a tour round the respective micropubs on 22 October at £20 per head with 2.5 hours in each pub with food included. This will include a free first drink in each pub too!

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932


Heart of Hinckley Beer Festival   28th July 2018


In the absence of a CAMRA Hinckley & Bosworth Beer Festival this year, five town pubs are collaborating to organise a HEART of HINCKLEY BEER FESTIVAL for Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th September 2018. This festival involving The Pestle and Mortar, The Greyhound, The New Plough Inn, The Elbow Room Alehouse and The Railway Steamin' Billy, is occupying the dates normally associated with the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Beer Festival. See HEART of HINCKLEY BEER FESTIVAL for latest details, including beer lists. Also see Hinckley Ale Trail for details of the pub locations and directions.
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Roundup of July's Pub News   28th July 2018

  • The Cross Keys in Burbage closed on Thursday 28 June for 2 weeks. After a bit of work by Marston’s it should have reopened on 16 July with Bob Conley, Aden and Alex as managers
  • The Nags Head, Stapleton, is still closed

  • The Red Lion in Earl Shilton has reopened but the manager has not run a pub before and is finding her feet. The people with the lease run the Bell in Husbands Bosworth, and she's moved in with her family to manage it. Beer selection is Doombar and Pedigree. No Bass, Abbot or Broadside

  • There is proposal to sell the King William in Earl Shilton town centre and build 11 flats. It's currently in the planning system

  • The Weavers, Hinckley, are now not using plastic straws, in order to be more environmentally friendly

  • The Pestle & Mortar will be opening a new micropub in Earl Shilton, to be called the Shilton Vaults

  • The Black Horse, Appleby has been closed for 2 weeks for refurbishment

  • The Black Horse, Sheepy, is now free of its tie

  • The White Swan, Stoke Golding, is “to let” according to the Everards website

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

40 Years at the New Inn, Peggs Green   20th July 2018






Chairman David presented this award in recognition of the New Inn at Peggs Green being in the McKeefrey/ Kell family for 40 years, with daughter Tina the current landlady. The New Inn is a three roomed pub and a real gem, with draught Bass in the jug available from the cellar.

Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

Long Service Award to Jim Bartlette of Bull's Head, Nailstone   20th July 2018





Jim Bartlette, licensee of the Bulls Head in Nailstone is retiring at the end of July, and David Finn as Chairman of Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA presented Jim with an award in recognition of his eighteen years at the pub.

This was Jim’s first and only pub and followed forty years working in accountancy.

In the early days of the Branch, some of the monthly meetings were held at the pub, when attendances were then only around twelve to fifteen members. Jim was also one of the first landlords to advertise in our magazine, the Half Pint, when it began publication and he remained a loyal contributor until very recently.

Very best wishes for the future from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA

Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

Roundup of June's Pub News   13th June 2018

  • The long-term tenant at The Blacksmiths , Barwell has left. There's a temp in at the moment and it is expected that someone is to take the place over shortly, on a permanent basis

  • Angie at The Weavers is now free of tie with Marston’s and is apparently the only pub in Hinckley to be in this situation. This means that they now just rent the building from Marston’s and can source beer etc from elsewhere

  • The Nags Head, Stapleton is still closed. Both directors, Jason Sealey and Mark John Horner of the company running the pub resigned in March 2018

  • There are plans to demolish The Prince of Wales, Hinckley and build 12 apartments. The council Conservation officer (Paul Grundy) along with CAMRA are objecting to this. The landlady, Jackie, believes that the pub is a viable business

  • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton is still closed

  • Golden Duck Brewery are opening a cellar bar at The Sir John Moore Foundation school next door

  • The Ashby Tavern has a “to let” sign. The lease is for sale for £35,000, if it is not let then a manager will be put in

  • The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna is also trying to become free of tie.

  • The Bulls Head, Nailstone is due to get a new landlady at the end of July

  • John and Sue from the Pestle & Mortar are taking on The Bank in Earl Shilton and will open it as a micropub called Shilton Vaults in August. The Bank has been closed for about a month.

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

Cider Pub of the Year Award 2018   9th June 2018


The award for branch Cider Pub of the Year 2018 was presented by the Chairman David Finn to Sue Summerill of The Pestle & Mortar. Congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Graham Lancaster

Pub of the Year Award 2018 Presentation   6th June 2018


The award for branch Pub of the Year 2018 was presented by the Chairman David Finn to Tim Arnold of The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House. Congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

Roundup for May's Pub News   2nd May 2018

  • The Nags Head at Stapleton appears to be closed. The place looks to be locked up with no-one at home. Certainly it doesn't look to be trading

  • On Wednesday 9th May, the Burbage Community Arts Festival are having the Music in the Pubs night

  • The Star in Stoney Stanton is said to have changed hands recently

  • Weatherspoons are getting rid of all social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

  • The Ashby Tavern, a Punch Tavern, has a “To Let” sign outside. The landlord Pete has given notice and will be moving in July

  • The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland has been rebranded from a Punch Tavern to a Heineken Pub

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

Roundup of April's Pub News   4th April 2018

  • The Prince of Wales has a new licensee, Jackie who was previously at the Chequers, with the pub no longer being tied to XT

  • The Belper Arms, which was a Punch Tavern has now been transferred to Heineken, with the food menu changing at the same time

  • The Union is being painted outside

  • Just outside our area, the Black Horse at Walcote is having a beer festival from 4th to 7th May, with beers, ciders, food and live music on the Friday

  • The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is still closed, and the landlord is reported to have left

  • The King William in Earl Shilton is unlikely to ever re-open as a pub and is probably going to disappear

  • The Star in Stoney Stanton had a new licensee 2 weeks ago

  • The Stoneycroft Club has been redecorated

Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

Branch Awards for 2018   14th March 2018

Following an election amongst Branch members, the following awards were announced at the March Meeting:-

PUB OF THE YEAR
Elbow Room Ale & Cider House
CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR
Pestle & Mortar
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Burbage & District Constitutional Club

The presentation of the above awards will be arranged over the next couple of months.

Roundup of March's Pub News   14th March 2018

  • The Harvester has been rebranded as a Miller & Carter House and opened on the 9th March

  • The Black Horse at Walcote has a beer festival from 4-7 May, with beer, cider, food and live music

  • The White Bear won the Steaming Billy "Team of the Year" award

  • Steve Thatcher has left Broood at the Prince of Wales and it has opened with a new landlady

  • The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is temporarily closed

  • The licencees of the Wharf are celebrating being there for 12 years

  • The Bulls Head at Nailstone is to become a community pub

Voting for the Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year 2018   13th February 2018

You are invited to vote in this years competition for Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year 2018
Please return the attached POTY, CPOTY COTY Voting Form to the Secretary by Wednesday 21st February

Latest Copy of the Half Pint out now   10th February 2018







The February - April version of the Half Pint is now available in a pub/club near you. This quarter's edition includes an update on the visit to the Manchester Beer Festival, details of the Rising Sun's 30th anniversary along with a history of the family's ownership of this Shackerstone pub. There is also an excellent article written by the Branch Chairman David Finn, on the Kentish home of the micro-pub. Within the pages, you will also find both the latest Local and National news.

As alway, thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.











Beer of the Festival Presentation   23rd January 2018



On Tuesday 16th January, Market Bosworth Brewery were presented with an award certificate for their Hinckley Beer Festival winner Parma Violet Porter, a 5.0% Speciality Beer. The presentation took place at the Gate Hangs Well, Carlton. The presentation was made by David and Chris to Jon Skinner and Richard Brine of Market Bosworth Brewery. Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

Roundup of January's Pub News   5th January 2018

  • Ashby Road Sports Club is no longer offering a CAMRA discount

  • The Hollybush, Hinckley is subject to a change of use to offices and a flat

  • An application has been made to convert the Red Lion Pinwall into a new home and four other dwellings

  • The Union Inn, Hinckley has a refurbished beer garden, new plants, benches and a covered seating area. An all day pup grub and a carvery is also planned

  • Praha in Hinckley has now become the Inferno restaurant

  • The Clarendon Club, Hinckley has now been demolished after the fire they had in February

  • The Harvester is still the Harvester and yet to be rebranded as a Miller & Carter steakhouse

  • The Cross Keys, Burbage has closed. The landlord thanked everyone for their support but says unfortunately they have to close. Marston’s are looking for a new tenant


Many thanks to our newly appointed pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

NH Sporting Challenge 2018   21st December 2017



4th Annual inter Branch Competition between

Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA
and
Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA
On 23rd January 2018 at 8pm
At the Earl Shilton Constitutional Club Ltd, 75 Station Rd, Earl Shilton, Leicester LE9 7GE, UK
There are regular service buses to/from Hinckley available to end of Station Road

All CAMRA Branch members are welcome to attend either as participants or as spectators




Hinckley Beer of the Festival Presentation   20th December 2017



On Tuesday 16th January at 8pm, there will be a presentation to Market Bosworth Brewery for their Hinckley Beer Festival winner; Parma Violet Porter, a 5.0% Speciality Beer. The presentation is taking place at the Gate Hangs Well, Carlton, CV13 0DB where the Parma Violet Porter should be available on tap.

A MiniBus will run from Hinckley and Robin should be contacted to reserve a seat on 01455 633660 or 07454 217315

Roundup of December's Pub News   8th December 2017

  • Demolition has started at The Clarendon. Last week the front bar area had gone.

  • Another planning application has been submitted for the Red Lion at Pinwall. This time to convert the pub into a house and put 4 new houses on the site of the outbuildings. It closed as a pub in 2012.

  • In mid November the former Praha bar reopened as Italian restaurant bar, called Inferno

  • Voodoo Lounge seems to have reopened as the Ice Bar and Quartz Nightclub, with opening times of Friday & Saturday 9pm till 3-4am.
  • The Bulls Head, Stoney Stanton has recently been sold to someone who owns several other pubs, and who is also involved with Elmesthorpe Brewery.

    According to its Facebook page the brewery opened in June 2017 and currently sells its 3 beers at the Clifton Inn, Rugby.

  • The manager at the Cross Keys in Burbage, (Darren Ryn) left on 8 November; there has been no replacement yet.

  • The Lime Kilns is now officially a brewpub and the downstairs room is open for use.

  • The Chequers in Burbage closed on 23 October for alterations and was relaunched last Saturday 2 December with new kitchen, cellar and extended restaurant.

  • The Red Lion in Sapcote closed on 25 November and is due to re-open on Friday 8 December after a refurbishment which includes a new serving area and bar, new seating in the bar and lounge, new flooring throughout, an overhaul of the toilets, a new kitchen, and new paving, seating and heaters in the garden area.

  • The Three Pots is going to be rebranded by M&B from a Harvester to a “Miller & Carter Steakhouse”.

  • The Longshoot was closed for 3 weeks in November while Greene King altered and rebranded it as a “Pub & Carvery”.

  • Steamin’ Billy opened a new pub on 26 October. The White Horse on Long Street, Atherstone and is being run by Chris Allingham who used to have the Railway.

  • Some of you may have seen in the Hinckley Times that The Baron has been given a Platinum Loo of The Year award for the quality of its toilets. Platinum is the highest award category.

  • As part of the Leicester Comedy Festival there is an Everards Comedy Beer Tour on 17 February 2018. Starting from Glenfield and visiting 5 pubs including the Elephant & Castle, Thurlaston and the Swan in Newbold Verdon.
  • From Les: The Kismet Indian Restaurant in Barlestone has been converted back into the Red Lion pub.

Many thanks to our newly appointed pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

New Branch Appointments   8th December 2017

Jackie Wallis has agreed to take on the role of Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser with Adrian Wallis then accepting the position of Pubs Officer. Very best wishes to both, in their new roles within the branch.

Roundup of October/November Pub News   7th November 2018


  • The Black Horse in Sheepy Magna has new leaseholders, Paul Harris & Dean Painter, who were formerly at the Crows Nest in Nuneaton. The current beers are Pedigree, Hobgoblin and one guest. Food is served daily. New pumps and cooling were installed in October and they plan to have a more varied range of guest beers including from Burton Bridge. They also have plans to extend the patio area and convert an outbuilding next spring.

  • The Red Lion, Barwell has had several temporary managers over the last year, but finally a permanent replacement arrived in 11 September. Paul Casey is originally from this area and has previously run pubs in Hinckley and most recently in Dorset. Food is served Tuesday to Saturday, and a roast on Sunday lunchtimes. The regular beers are Pedigree and Marston’s Saddle Tank plus a guest beer, and a real cider (currently Rosie Pig).

  • The Railway closed for a week in October for refurbishment of both bars and the kitchen area. The entrance lobby has been opened up and a new fireplace installed in the bar.

  • The Lime Kilns has renovated and restored the downstairs room with a wood burner stove and country style armchairs and 3 piece suite. The new room will be dog friendly and will have food service.

  • Wood Farm Brewery in Willey reopened on 4 November as The Barn Pub and Restaurant. Owned by brothers Mark and Thomas O'Neill. Thomas also owns the Blue Bear in Nuneaton. They will also have a 5 barrel brewing plant set up by Kevin from the Pig in Muck.

  • The Cross Keys, Burbage closed suddenly Sunday 6 August and the lease was put up for sale by Marston’s. It was reopened on 13 September by Daniel Keicher and David Leith, who also run several pubs in the south west, and the pub manager Darren Ryn. The pub had been freshened up with a change of decor and the sports TV in the back room. Food is being served every day. The 6 hand pumps are all in use with 1 real cider, 1 guest beer and 4 regular beers (Pedigree, Saddle Tank, Hobgoblin and Wainwright). They plan to hold beer festivals in February and August.

  • The Harvester restaurant at the Three Pots is going to be refurbished by M&B and re-branded as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse.



Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932





Pub of Distinction Award   26th September 2017




The award of a "Pub of Distinction" certificate was presented to Tim and Wendy of the Elbow Room by David Finn, on Tuesday 26th September

The 10th Hinckley Beer Festival 2017 - Initial Report   8th September 2017

Another successful festival supported by residents of the town and tourists from as far as Surrey, West Sussex, London and Yorkshire. This included the champion “ ticker” of Great Britain, Brian Moore of Sheffield, who had travelled to Hinckley to sample 20 beers that he had not tasted before to add to his collection of over 63000 beers! He doesn’t drink them, he takes them home. After visiting our festival he was intending to follow our new, revised, Hinckley Ale Trail when I advised him of more new beers on offer in the town’s pubs.

Our claim to be a small, friendly CAMRA festival certainly seems to have been upheld, thanks to our branch volunteers. In total we had over 1600 visitors who consumed over 4000 pints of beer and 1000 pints of cider along with traditional beer festival food.

Everyone I spoke to was captivated by their visit to the museum to view the “All Hail the Ale” tribute to the Three Brewers exhibition and enjoyed splendid hospitality from the staff.

The Bass Pubs Trail that ran for 6 weeks between Market Bosworth Rail Ale festival and Hinckley Beer festival was well supported and a number of entrants had enjoyed travelling to most of the 15 participating pubs in the area, which, in their words, “ Gave us a an opportunity to visit some of the villages around the area.”

The entertainment in the marquee was well received and the opening ceremony with distinguished guests was especially well attended.

Our judging of East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain – Strong Bitters category was won by Blue Monkey Ape Ale a 5.4% strong bitter.

Personally, I received several favourable comments about the organisation of the festival and the varied selection of beers and ciders.

It now seems a long time to wait until Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA’s next festival, the Market Bosworth Rail Ale festival in July 2018.


Chris James, Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser

For more information on the 2017 Hinckley Beer Festival, see Hinckley Beer Festival

Roundup of September's Pub News   6th September 2017


  • Praha closed on 5 August and is to become an Italian restaurant called Inferno

  • The Cross Keys, Burbage closed on Sunday 6 August. The lease assignment is now for sale at £35,000. Latest: Has reopened under a temporary manager

  • Just out of our area, The Queens Head at Newton Regis also closed suddenly until further notice

  • A notice has appeared on the Clarendon building dated 15 August 2017 stating that an application has been made by the owners TTG Inns Ltd to the council to demolish the property on 1 November 2017 as it is now unsafe.

  • There have been more changes at the Red Lion in Barwell. The previous tenant has departed and James Boyle is temporarily holding the fort and has started doing food again. A permanent replacement is due on 11th September. Paul Casey is coming from Dorchester but was originally from this area.

  • The Black Horse in Appleby Magna is now fully open. The regular beer is Pedigree, plus two guests from the Marston’s list.

  • The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna has new tenants: Paul Harris & Dean Painter were formerly at the Crows Nest in Nuneaton. The beers are Pedigree, Hobgoblin and one guest. Food is served at lunchtime and evenings and on Sunday lunches.

  • Adie’s contract ended on 2 September and he left the Holywell after holding a leaving party on Friday night. It has reopened this week, no details are known but it is rumoured to be the old landlord from the Woolcomber for 3 months.

  • The Lime Kilns is renovating the downstairs room and hopes to expand the brewery having acquired the old Pig Brewery kit.

  • Kevin from the Pig in Muck is looking at reopening the Wood Farm brewery and visitors centre.



Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932





UNVEILING OF THE WILLIAM WORTHINGTON BLUE PLAQUE


CHURCH BELLS RING FOR GREAT BREWER. The bells of St Edith’s Parish Church rang out as a Blue Plaque honouring the life of William Worthington was unveiled in the village of Orton-on-the-Hill. Worthington was born in the village in the Borough of Hinckley & Bosworth and went on to become one of the three great brewers who all came from the Hinckley area.

The Blue Plaque event took place at the village’s Unicorn Inn and was jointly arranged by Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA and Hinckley & District Museum supported by the Borough Council.

Special guests included the Deputy Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth Jan Kirby, Councillor Stanley Rooney who is responsible for Heritage, and County Councillor Ivan Ould who represents the area. Carl Brett, CAMRA’s Regional Director for the East Midlands also attended. Colin Goss the landlord of the Unicorn and his wife were present.

As well, a vintage brewery vehicle had been driven down from the National Brewery Centre Burton-on-Trent made an excellent backdrop to the event. It has the enviable number plate of ALE 1. The main guest of honour was Steve Wellington, with his wife Carolyn, who unveiled the plaque. Steve is well known within the industry as a beer champion and an award winning master brewer.He also has a passion for microbreweries, for brewing history and for re-creating long lost brands of beer. As Head Brewer at the Worthington Brewery in Burton-on-Trent there could be no one more fitting than Steve to unveil the plaque in honour of William Worthington.

On a perfect summer’s evening some 55 people gathered in front of the Unicorn for the ceremony. After a welcome by Richard Lewin of CAMRA, Gregory Drozdz of Hinckley Museum gave an interesting and informative talk about the history behind this event. Steve Wellington’s speech followed and the church bells rang out as he unveiled the Blue Plaque commemorating William Worthington.

The bell-ringing was significant as Worthington himself was a bell ringer. Graham Titley, St Edith’s Church Tower Captain said “He was an accomplished and enthusiastic ringer who went on to use his wealth to endow many churches in the Burton area with bells”. The bell ringing itself was an attractive addition but was further enhanced by the presence of Worthington’s great grandson as one of the bell ringers.

Finally the party moved indoors to toast the life of William Worthington and enjoy a buffet. St Edith's Church Orton on the Hill where on 22nd August 2017 a quarter peal of bells rang out for William Worthington.

The above review was provided by Richard Lewin, Three Brewers Committee

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 details of the upcoming 10th Hinckley Beer Festival and an update on continuing Three Brewers celebrations. The centre fold of the newsletter contains the associated Bass Ale Trail guide which maps the local pubs that are taking part in the scheme, along with a sheet for collecting the stickers.

For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

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










ROUNDUP OF AUGUST'S PUB NEWS
  • Tina retired on 29 July 2017 and Cafe Latino is now closed
  • Cafe Español closed at The Atkins Building on 29 July and will be relocating later in August to the vacated Cafe Latino’s premises on Castle Street
  • Praha closed 5 August, the premises may become an Italian restaurant
  • Work has been going on at Black Horse in Appleby Magna in July and it may be re-opening sometime in August
  • The Cross Keys Burbage closed suddenly Sunday 6 August. It is listed on Marston’s website for potential lease assignment. Marston's appear to want to get someone in as soon as possible

And news from neighbouring Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth CAMRA Branch:-

The Queens Head at Newton Regis has closed suddenly early August until further notice




Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932



WARWICKSHIRE BREWERY'S BEER NAMED SUPREME CHAMPION AT GBBF

Church End Brewery's "Goats Milk" has been named Supreme Champion at the Great British Beer Festival. The beer is described as golden yellow and produced from pale barley, crystal malt and oats, lightly supplemented with aromatic hops.


GBBF is continuing until Saturday 12th August, For details see: Great British Beer Festival 2017






BRANCH ‘PUB OF DISTINCTION’ AWARDED TO THE ELBOW ROOM

Every so often, certain pubs within the branch are nominated for this award based on members’ recommendations. In this instance, there were three pubs nominated and following a membership vote, The Elbow Room was adjudged a 'Pub of Distinction’, within the branch. The presentation of the award will take place at a date yet to be arranged.

Last updated 7 August 2017




RAIL ALE FESTIVAL UPDATE



The Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival got off to a steaming start yesterday 21st July, with plenty of beers on offer, supplemented by good food, fruit wines and Pimms. There are a number of magnificent working steam engines on display, along with other attractions. There is also the opportunity to take a trip on the steam train with a selection of real ales being served on board. The festival continues today and tomorrow with a range of activities, including live music on both days. For further details see Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2018.

Last updated 21 July 2017

CAMRA HQ CAMPAIGNS NEWS

Festivals that Celebrate our Railways

Stay on the right track with beer festivals that celebrate our railways - here's an event that offers the chance to do both!

Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival

21-23 July 2017

Eight years ago the first Rail Ale Festival was held in the Shackerstone Station, but has now grown into an official CAMRA beer festival running alongside a vintage rally.

The event takes place in and around the Goods Shed at Market Bosworth Station with ales also served from the Griddle Car bar on the trains.

Visitors can expect to see an eclectic mix of historic vehicles, including 10 live steam road locomotives, miniature traction engines and vintage commercial vehicles, with trains in operation on the Friday afternoon.

Family friendly during the daytime, the festival also boasts a children's bouncy castle, fairground organ and entertainment.

ROUNDUP OF JULY'S PUB NEWS
  • 34 Windsor Street closed suddenly on Thursday 15 June 2017. The remaining 6 years of the lease is for sale by Punch

  • The Woolcomber, Burbage opened an Indian restaurant on 18 May 2017 also serving pub food and takeaway

  • The Chequers in Burbage is now serving 2 ciders from Westons in addition to the two beers

  • The Crown in Appleby Magna changed hands recently. The lease has been taken over by Phil and Emma who also have the Bull & Lion in Packington.

Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

HINCKLEY RUGBY CLUB JOINS THE CAMRA SCHEME



Hinckley Rugby Football Club (HRFC) has agreed to admit CAMRA members into the club free of charge on production of their valid CAMRA membership card.

HRFC are also offering members a 10p reduction in price per pint of bitter bought in the club, again on production of their CAMRA card.


ROUNDUP OF JUNE'S PUB NEWS

  • The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland now has 5 regular beers and one changing beer which are all selling well. They have also recently passed the Cask Marque inspection.

  • The Gate Hangs Well at Carlton has been redecorated.

  • The Red Lion, Barwell had another new licensee at the end of May.

  • Having announced his intention to leave, the landlord of The Black Horse, Sheepy Magna has found a potential buyer for the lease.

  • At the Greyhound, Hinckley, the 2 front bars have been painted and refurbished with new lights, carpets, seats reupholstered and tables re-varnished.

  • The Clarendon, Coventry Road is still closed while they wait for the insurance to be sorted out. The fire was at the back so the whole building is closed.

  • The White Swan in Stoke Golding will be holding a beer festival on 16, 17 and 18 June 2017. Live music on Friday night will be with The Craic - very popular Irish band, Saturday night is an acoustic set from James Edgar and Sunday lunchtime there is a bouncy castle to keep the kids busy while dads are trying the beer on Father's Day!

And news from neighbouring Leicester CAMRA Branch:-

  • The Real Ale Classroom in Leicester opened a second pub on Station Road in Lutterworth on Saturday 3 June. It is a three roomed pub in a similar style to their first pub with the beers listed on a blackboard and served direct from casks in a cooler behind the bar. They also have a garden and smoking shelter.

  • According to this month’s Leicester Drinker, The Blue Boar will be opening its second pub in June. The Ale Stone will be on Aylestone Road, Aylestone near the Co-op.

Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932





300 YEARS OF BREWING HISTORY IN HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH BRANCH




Blue plaques were unveiled in Hinckley on Saturday 3rd June, in honour of two brewing greats connected to the town.

The first unveiling was at the top of Castle Street at 11.30am then moving to The Greyhound pub on New Buildings. The blue plaques commemorate the history and 300th birthday of William Bass, who grew up the town, and William Butler, who was born in Hinckley.

Guests of honour included Jennifer, Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, who led the unveiling, along with the mayors of Hinckley and Bosworth and Burton upon Trent, Cllrs Ozzy O’Shea and Simon Gaskin, the chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Janice Richards, and heritage brewer Steve Wellington.

Lady Gretton’s is a direct descendant through her late husband’s family which was in business with Bass, under the partnership known as Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton.

A 90 year old Bass delivery lorry, provided by the Bass Museum was also on display in Castle Street whilst Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA members, Chris, Robin and Colin were dressed in period costume to add to the history of the occasion.

It is not known exactly where Bass lived in Hinckley, but there is evidence that the family home was in Castle End, now Castle Street. The plaque has been mounted on a building of appropriate age, by permission of its owners Martina and Timothy Payne.

The plaque to William Butler of Mitchell’s and Butler brewery, was unveiled at The Greyhound pub in New Buildings, opposite where he was born in a cottage (which no longer exists) in 1843.

Later in the year there will be a similar Blue plaque unveiling at Orton on the Hill to celebrate the life of a third local brewer, William Worthington.

An exhibition, All Hail the Ale, celebrating the lives of the three great brewers is on display at Hinckley and District Museum in collaboration with the National Brewery Centre in Burton.

It includes Bass family material not seen in Hinckley for more than 250 years.

Additional information:-

Hinckley & District Museum
BBC News
Hinckley Times

Photos courtesy Graham Lancaster

PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD


David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Club of the Year 2017 award to Dave Banks of the Burbage & District Constitutional Club, on 16th May. This year's success follows the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Club of The Year 2016 award and The East Midlands CAMRA Club of the Year 2016 award.

Updated 29th May 2017

PIG IN MUCK 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF REOPENING FESTIVAL







The Pig in Muck at Claybrooke Magna celebrated the 10th Anniversary of reopening after a major fire, with a Brewery Open Day along with a selection of real ales and ciders.


Photos courtesy of Alan Cooke

Updated 20th May 2017

PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 PUB OF THE YEAR AWARD


David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017 award to Phil and Dawn Jackson of the Queen's Head, on 10th May. This year's success follows previous Pub of The Year awards received by the Queen's Head in 2013, 2014 and Jointly with the Railway in 2015.

Updated 16th May 2017

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 planned Three Brewers celebrations which have now been formalised. The centrefold of the newsletter contains the associated Bass Ale Trail guide which maps the local pubs that are taking part in the scheme, along with a sheet for collecting the stickers. There is also a report from the recent branch visit to the Isle of Man Beer Festival, and the last installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn.

For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

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




ROUNDUP OF MAY’S NEWS

  • The Three Tuns in Barlestone has a new landlady - Julie Bowen

  • The Sycamores in Burbage has virtually completed the revamped patio and children's play area

  • There is no change yet at the Black Horse, Appleby Magna and it remains closed

Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932



Updated on 8th May



PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR AWARD

David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017 award to Sue Williams of the Pestle & Mortar, on 4th May. This remarkable achievement follows on from last year's Cider Pub of the Year awards for this 18 month old pub, at both Hinckley & Bosworth and East Midlands level.

Updated 5th May 2017




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