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180 Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale December 2014 / January 2015 A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers! PUB AWARDS Merit Award presentations and Pub Of the Year nominees inside FOLLOW THE BEAR Celebrate this old Fenland plough custom in Whittlesey this January. GOTTA HAND IT TO EM Bram and Sue from the Hand and Heart win Gold Award ALSO INSIDE PUB & BREWERY NEWS DIARY DATES JOIN CAMRA Both pubs are in the CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE 2015! P ETERBOROUGH CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2014 & 2011 CAMRA Gold award 2013 Ten Real Ales from 2.00 a pint Live Sky Sports Live Entertainment Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7pm P ETERBOROUGH CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2014 Runner Up CAMRA Gold award 2013 Six Real Ales from 2.50 a pint Live Sky Sports Live Entertainment Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 5-7pm Cash Quiz every Sunday from 8pm Price: 10 per ticket. Pre-purchase only, not available on the door. Please buy from the venue. Ask at the bar for more details. The Ploughman Staniland Way, Werrington Centre Tel: The Dragon Hodgson Centre, Hodgson Ave PE4 5EG Tel: Editor s ramblings 3 A pub is for life not just for Christmas! Greetings! Can t believe it s nearly that time of year again! The Festive Season! (I like to think all seasons are festive, but is that just wishful thinking?) At least it s an excuse, if one is needed, to meet up with friends/family in your local or meet them at theirs. The dark nights can be offputting, and it s easy to convince yourself not to venture out, but your local needs you! I came across an article the other day in November s edition of CAMRA s What s Brewing, entitled Drinking Beer is the Healthy Option. The article says drinking beer is good for you and that s official. Supping a pint of beer a day helps you live longer, cuts the chance of heart attack by a third and it s not going to make you fat, experts at the European Beer and Health Symposium in Brussels have found. They go on to say that moderate beer consumption can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Food for thought! Think I ll go out for a pint even though it is dark and damp, and mull it over. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Cheers. JB IN THIS ISSUE Welcome from the editor 3 Chairman s corner 5 Coalies in Newark 7 Pub of the Year nominees 8 9 Pub news Brewery news Follow the bear Disappearing boozers of Stamford A big hand 26 Telford ale trail Gig guide 33 Diary dates 35 CAMRA Christmas party 36 Top tips 37 Contacts 38 Are you missing out? Get Beer Around Ere delivered to your door! For a year (6 issues) send 3.48 for second class or 4.02 for 1st Class or multiples thereof for multiple years. Please send a cheque/po payable to Peterborough CAMRA and your address to:- Daryl Ling, 19 Lidgate Close, Peterborough PE2 7ZA Editor: Jane Brown Published by: Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. Produced on behalf of CAMRA by: Orchard House Media Ltd 9a South Street, Crowland, PE6 0AH Tel: Magazine Design & Production: Daniel Speed Advertising Sales Manager: Jane Michelson Tel: Distribution: David Murray Proof Reading: Bob Melville Printed By: Precision Colour Print Ltd Haldane, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4QQ Circulation: 7,000 copies distributed to pubs, clubs and members throughout the Peterborough and District CAMRA Branch area. A digital version of this magazine is available to view and download at Main Cover Image: John Moore Beer Around Ere is published by the Peterborough & District Branch of CAMRA Copyright 2014, The Campaign for Real Ale Ltd. Views or comments expressed in this publication may not necessarily be those of the Editor or of CAMRA. The next issue of Beer Around Ere will be available on the 29th January. We must have your stories, news and advertisements by 6th January. Please send your stories and other copy to the editor, Jane Brown. DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 BEER AROUND ERE 4 Please support our advertisers Huntingdonshire CAMRA Rural Pub of the Year 2014 Opening Times Mon - Thurs: 11am-3pm & 5-11pm Fri - Sun: Open all day Food Served All day Sunday Two Beer Gardens (one V.I.P!) Childrens Bouncy Castle every Sunday throughout the summer Refurbished Restaurant BEER AROUND ERE DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Chairman s Corner Darker nights have descended on us with the inevitable reduction in the number of people going to the pub. It s a seasonal thing it seems! In the last few years the weeks leading up to the silly season, Christmas, have been somewhat slack for the pub trade. A few with some enterprising skills do ride the period by enticing customers through their doors, in various ways, whether it is a charity night as recently put on at The Heron in Stanground or, a winter ales beer festival. The point I m trying to make is for licensees to make a greater effort and do something to get customers through the doors, rather than just sit and moan about the lack of drinkers. As the year draws to an end we can take stock of how many more pubs we have lost this year. For example, if you were to go on a pub crawl starting in Woodston/ Fletton heading towards Stanground, on leaving The Coalheavers in Park St. the next pub you would come across would be over a mile and a half away, in Stanground. This scene is repeated in many parts of the city, where you have to trek well over a mile between pubs. It s still unbelievable that, in many areas of our city, people do not have a pub within a ten or fifteen minute walk from their homes. A situation that was unheard of a few years ago. Our new Pubs Officer John Temple has been making a vigorous effort in checking out many of these past and present pubs. A survey by Dr Ignazio Cabras of Newcastle Business School has come up with several facts that show pubs (in particular rural ones), can have a high level of complementarity between pubs and social events and activities within the community. They are deemed to be more effective in promoting community events such as sports matches, charity events and social clubs than other places such as village halls. Nevertheless the most powerful solution for avoiding pub closures would still rely on us as it s a simple case of use it or lose it, maybe for good. All our local branch members should have received a letter and voting form to cast their votes Chairman s corner 5 for our Pub of The Year (POTY) and to list their choices for inclusion in the 2016 Good Beer Guide. As we have seven contenders this year for POTY we expect a good return of votes and a close competition. Your nominations for pubs to be considered as GBG entries are also of great importance. Please note the change of address to return voting forms and the deadline date. It would be advisable to send them in before the Xmas post rush, or you may prefer to send them by . Only present CAMRA members can cast votes and please only list pubs within our branch area. We would also like to see as many members as possible to our AGM on the 10th December at The Brewery Tap. Prior to that and one not to forget, our social night on the 6th December at The Ploughman, Werrington. It just remains for me to wish you all the very best compliments of the forthcoming season and to look forward to a healthy and happy New Year. Cheers David Murray Branch Chairman Award Presentations On 19th October a minibus of CAMRA stalwarts visited Ramsey and Whittlesey to present Jolly Sailor and Letter B with Merit Awards. Landlord and Landlady, Paul and Louise Crawford with Dave Murray Bruce receiving his award from Dave Murray our branch chairman. DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 BEER AROUND ERE 6 Please support our advertisers BEER AROUND ERE DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Coalheavers Gang off to Newark 7 Coalies in Newark Coalheavers mini trip part one A very small group of us headed off to Newark recently. None of us had been before, it`s not too far away and we had heard good things about it. The only down side to the trip was the cost. We thought it would be about 15 so didn`t bother getting advance tickets and we were stung for each for a half hour journey. Newark had better be good after paying that amount!! Luckily it did not disappoint. Pub number one was The Fox and Crown owned by Castle Rock. Around 10 beers were available here though all were from Castle Rock or Tower. This was not really a problem as we all quite like Castle Rock beers. We arrived there about and the place was full, and it s a fair sized place. There was a coffee morning going on and we were offered coffee and cake but we didn`t need any, we had beer. Beer range in the Flying Circus, Newark Pub number two was the recently opened Organ Grinder, owned by the Blue Monkey Brewery. The pub is very similar to The Organ Grinder in Nottingham. Seven beers were on sale, all from Blue Monkey, but with beers as good as theirs you don`t really need any guest beers. They did say that they would be having guest beers in the future. Very quiet when we were there but I`m sure it gets busier later. Definitely one to visit. So good we stayed for a second pint. Next pub was another recently opened one and based on a Monty Python theme. The Flying Circus only had 3 beers on and one was a Milestone. There was a Brewster s beer and one made especially for them and called Norwegian Blue, after the famous dead parrot sketch. The pub is full of Monty Python things, pictures and quotes, plus an outside mural depicting the Romans go home sketch. Beer was ok, but if you like Monty Python you must go. They actually sell cans of spam! On now to The Castle which was pretty good too, with half a dozen beers to choose from, a couple of local beers, one from Oldershaw s and even an Oakham beer. This is quite a large pub and was quite busy while we were there. Worth a visit. Just over the road from The Flying Circus is the superb Just Beer. It does exactly what it says on the label, it only sells cask conditioned ale. No lager, no wine, no spirits and no bottles. It`s a very small place and I imagine if you timed it wrongly you may not get in. Luckily for us it was fairly quiet. There were at least eight beers available and I had only heard of three of them, but the stout I had was superb. In the four years they have been open they have gone through about 2700 beers, 2400 of which were different beers. Quite impressive I think. If you go to Newark, you must visit here. Final pub of the day was the fantastic looking Prince Rupert, owned by the Thurlby estate and a sister pub to Stamford`s Tobie Norris. There were 6 beers on but we spent most of the time just looking around the little rooms, nooks and crannies. A really great looking pub that is bigger on the inside than it looks. Another must visit. All in all Newark was really worth going to but I will book my train tickets in advance next time. Dave Botton DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 BEER AROUND ERE Peterborough & District CAMRA Now is the time for all good drinkers to come to the aid of our classic locals. CAMRA members it s your time to vote for Peterborough Pub of the Year. All of the pubs listed below have been selected because they have promoted real ale, continued to serve beer in excellent condition, expanded their customer base and reached out to the community. The winner will be put forward to Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year and possibly Champion of the Eastern Region and National Pub of the Year. So why not go and see why they have been nominated and vote with your throats? Mike Blakesley THE CROWN 8 Duck Street, Elton. PE8 6RQ Listed building on the village green that is pre Rebuilt in 1985 after a major fire in stone with thatched roof. Large comfortable bar with beamed ceiling and inglenook fireplace. Separate snug and Orangery restaurant. Four to six real ales normally available. The house beer, Golden Crown Ale, is supplied by Tydd Steam Brewery. BLUE BELL 39 High Street, Maxey. PE6 9EE This 19th century pub was originally a barn with dark wooden beams and flagstone floors. Large bar with beamed ceiling immediately inside the front door. A smaller room can be found to the left which is decorated with stuffed animals and birds and fishing photographs. The nine real ales available via hand pump always include a beer from Oakham Ales and either Abbeydale Absolution or Fuller s ESB. VINE INN 19 Church Street, Market Deeping. PE6 8AN Small, two-roomed pub which used to be a Victorian school house. An old limestone building featuring oak beams and stone floors. Undercover patio area at rear. Quiz night and open darts board on alternate Sundays. Functions for up to 120 are possible. Closed in November Reopened as a freehouse April 8th 2011 with five handpumps serving beers that often include Hopshackle. All information from, The Campaign for Real Ale's online pub guide Pub of the Year 2015 nominees 9 Pub of the Year 2015 Nominees JOLLY SAILOR 43 Great Whyte, Ramsey. PE26 1HH Grade II listed building that has been a pub for 400 years. The three linked rooms have wooden beams from various stages of time, as the pub was increased in size over the years. Pictures and paintings of old Ramsey adorn the walls. Crib, dominoes and darts played. Five real ales on offer. LETTER B Church Street, Whittlesey. PE7 1DE Two hundred year old local community pub near town centre with a warm welcome to all visitors. Was called the Bee for a while; now back to the Letter B. Said to be named the Letter B because there were so many pubs in Whittlesey that they ran out of names. There once was a Letter A and a Letter C. Four regular real ales are always available. COALHEAVERS ARMS 5 Park Street Woodston, Peterborough. PE2 9BH Small, friendly one roomed back street gem of a local, dating back to the 1850s. Eight hand pumps serving a mix of Milton Brewery beers, including a mild, and regularly changing guests. Real cider and a craft British lager also sold. The only Peterborough pub to be bombed in WWII and exclusive Bomber s Drop used to be a regular house beer. The large garden is popular in summer and is used for the spring and autumn beer festivals. HAND & HEART 12 Highbury Street Peterborough. PE1 3BE Essentially intact since built in 1938, this back street community local is one of Britain s Real Heritage Pubs. A drinking corridor connects the public bar with its Art Deco fittings and the rear room served by a hatch. The public bar features a war memorial and real fire. Crib, darts and dominoes played. Cheese club meets last Thursday of the month. At least five real ales which always includes one, often two, house beers from Brewster s. Pub News First the bad news. I, John Temple, am taking over this column. In so doing, I am acutely aware of the esteemed literati that have preceded me. So don t expect too much. Now the good news. There are still some pubs open inside this branch. So equipped with my bus pass I shall endeavor to scour the remotest regions and report back to you. Of course it is a huge area. So please bear with me and don t hesitate to get in touch if you think you are being left out. Country matters After nearly twenty years, I thought it was time to check out Stilton. This delightful little village still has four licensed premises. How does this happen? Is it prosperity or tourism? I was soon to find out. My first stop was the Stilton Cheese, a listed nineteenth century building with a central drinking area flanked either side by restaurant facilities. The pub boasts an enticing fresh fish menu with a distinct Portuguese tinge to it: crevettes in garlic and piri piri, Cataplana, Vinho Verde. I was severely tempted, but holding steadfastly to my principle of never eating on an empty stomach I thought it wise to drink some beer first. The choice here was Adnams Lighthouse and Tim Taylor s Landlord. Further along the road to the sumptuous surroundings of the Bell Hotel. Most readers will be familiar with this food orientated establishment and I was pleased to note the four real ales, two of them local: Digfield Fools Nook and Bishop s Farewell. I feel obliged to say, however, that as a dyed-in-the-wool working class lad I felt a bit uncomfortable here, if one knows what one means. It was therefore with some trepidation that I approached the Stilton Country Club opposite but I needn t have worried. To begin with there was a board at the front gate announcing that non members were welcome and there was no problem of getting signed in. The club has a very friendly atmosphere with a policy of welcoming new members. So I joined. Viewed from the front it is easy to discern the structure of this magnificent old coaching inn. BEER AROUND ERE DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 I believe it dates back to 1741 and was originally called the Angel. The original inn has been converted into an Indian restaurant and the bar is now through the old courtyard and in the rear of the premises in what clearly were once the stables. It is a long, brick built building with the original oak beams. In fact the only thing that appears to have been structurally altered is the skylight halfway along the bar. A pool table and dart board are conveniently tucked away in their own area, and there is a full size snooker table further to the back of the premises. The club also boasts a mysterious underground tunnel which was recently investigated by a local psychic who unfortunately failed to make contact with anyone. Surely she should have known this. Licensee Roy Baines clearly has discovered the right formula, with a real ale selection comprising on this occasion Blue Monkey BG Sips, Tydd Steam Stargazer and Castor Stilton United. I noticed that a sparkler was placed on the plinth supporting the hand pumps. I asked if it was house policy to ask for the sparkler to be attached to the nozzle rather than for it to be removed, which indeed was the case. This was also the practice in the Talbot Inn and the Stilton Cheese. It seems that we have arrived at a new enlightenment. And finally to the Talbot Inn. This is the oldest pub in the village with records going back to 1530 and the second oldest building after the church. Another former a coaching inn, John and Jess Curran have been running it for four years. John told me that when he took over real ale sales were nonexistent. Now he has three hand pumps offering Bombardier, Young s bitter (his biggest seller) and a guest ale, on this occasion from Beer Studio. All of the beer was in top condition. I was delighted to hear that John has noticed an increasing number of customers in the age group turning to real ale so they are obviously doing something right. The pub is decidedly biker friendly as it also plays host to Peterborough Branch Triumph Owners Club. Pub news 11 John Clare The previous issue of Beer Around Ere carried the news that George Sakkalli, landlord of the Golden Pheasant has applied for a licence for the Exeter Arms in Helpston. I am pleased to be able to confirm that this has now been granted and I met George recently to discuss his plans. He is basing his business plan on that which has been so successful at the Golden Pheasant so the reopening of the pub will provide a major asset to the village. It has been acquired from Enterprise Inns by the John Clare Trust and George will take full management of the business sharing the revenues with the Trust. This is a fitting tribute to the great man as I learned from George that Clare s body was actually laid to rest in the adjoining barn before being buried in St Botolph s church. George plans to turn the barn into a kiddie s club featuring amongst other things Saturday morning pictures. He also plans to incorporate a library, and there is even more good news for the villagers as he will export the Pheasant s exquisite cuisine to the pub using the same chef. George has taken the astute decision to write a news letter to local residents to allay their fears. The text is available from The pub will open before Christmas with six hand pum
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