Latest Branch News

  • 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

Updated 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.

Updated 8th December 2017


  • 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

Updated 7th November 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


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


  • 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


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


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.

  • 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


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


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


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 Bosworth Rail Ale Festival.

Last updated 21 July 2017


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.

  • 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 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.


  • 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


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


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


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


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


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.


  • 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


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


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.
  • Saturday 20th May A day out visiting the Mild Trail pubs in Hinckley. Travel by bus or train.
    Updated 20th April


  • The Clarendon on Coventry Road is still closed, as is the Black Horse at Appleby Magna.

  • The Anchor in Burbage has revamped the smoking shelter and terraced area.

  • The Union in Hinckley has a new landlord.

  • Sue from the Red Lion in Burbage has also taken on the Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton and has put in managers to run it.

  • Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding the annual "music in the pubs" night from 8pm on 3 May.
Updated 12th April


Following the Branch meeting held on 7th March, the following results from the voting for the 2017 Pub of the Year, The Cider Pub of the Year and the Club of the Year were announced:-

Pub of the Year (POTY) – The Queen’s Head, Hinckley

Cider Pub of the Year (CPOTY) – The Pestle & Mortar

Club of the Year (COTY) – The Burbage & District Constitutional Club

The presentations to the respective licensees will be made on the following dates:-
POTY – 10th May at 8pm
CPOTY – 4th May at 8pm
COTY – 16th May at 8pm
Hinckley Times Report


  • 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


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.

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

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


  • 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.

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

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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