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Pub and Brewery News

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The CAMRA Discount Scheme enables pubs to promote their business to our members easily, and to hopefully encourage more trade. The discount given will be advertised free of charge in our branch magazine, Drake’s Drinker, as well as on this website and the National CAMRA website. We can also provide posters to advertise the offer to visitors. If you are the licensee of a pub and are interested in taking part in this scheme, please contact our Branch Vice Chairman, Ian Dickinson, at ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@namriahceciv

The pub discount information has been notified to Plymouth CAMRA and is given in good faith, but is liable to change at short notice. Some discounts may be modified or restricted when special promotions are on offer.

The LocAle Scheme is a CAMRA initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of "green" issues. Publicans, if you wish to join this free scheme, please contact branch Vice Chairman, Ian Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@namriahceciv

Pub Photos

CAMRA's national pub database, WHAT PUB, contains detailed information and photographs of pubs listed on this site's Pub Guide. We have about 100 pubs/clubs/hotels, etc without photos, please click on this link, Branch Area Pubs Without Photos - 05/04/2022, to download the list if you can help us. Credit will be given to the copyright owner. The list will be updated approximately monthly.

Monthly Pub And Brewery News

  • Pub and Brewery News - May 2022 Wednesday 4 May 2022

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the May 2022 Committee Meeting held in the Fawn Club, Greenbank.

    Pub News

    There is very little pub news to report this month, other than the fact that most pubs are still facing difficulties with the ongoing situation wrt the covid pandemic and sector confidence. Drake's Wine Bar & Cafe Tavistock, has closed. The Red & Black Club, also in Tavistock, will be holding a beer festival later in the year (date TBC). Seymour Arms Greenbank, is under new management – good luck to the new managers. Morley Arms Laira Bridge, is being advertised as For Sale. The Roam Tap Jubilee Beer Festival, to be held over the Jubilee Bank Holiday, will feature a collaboration brew with Ivybridge Brewing Co. The Providence Greenbank, now have a house beer named Beyze, ABV 4.5%, brewed by Bridgetown of Totnes. The Ivybridge Brewery Tap, Ivybridge, has opened.

    Beer Scoring

    During the period from 12th April 2021 to 30th April 2022, 80 CAMRA members submitted a total of 2238 beer scores for 125 different pubs in our Branch Area. Nineteen Plymouth branch members submitted 1940 beer scores, with 298 scores submitted by 62 members of 40 other branches when they visited our branch area – Thank You all very much!

    Beer Scoring informs the Branch that those particular named pubs are open and serving cask conditioned real ale (or not, if zero scored). It also helps us to monitor the quality and consistency of the real ales available, and to help keep What Pub as up-to-date as possible.

    Cider News

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider are no longer considered real cider by the CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Campaigns Committee.

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 70 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website.

    CAMRA Member Discount Scheme and CAMRA Voucher Scheme

    There are currently 21 establishments listed as being members of the CAMRA Member Discount Scheme, and a further nine which are part of the CAMRA Voucher Scheme, making 30 in total. Please give these pubs your support if/when you go out! These are listed on the branch website.

    Planning Applications

    The Pubs Officer will update on any known Planning Applications at the AGM.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The George Toby Carvery Roborough, and the Burrator Inn Dousland, have gained Cask Marque Accreditation recently. The Eagle, City Centre, is no longer CM accredited.

    Brewery News

    The planning application previously reported for Pilgrimage Brewery is progressing, and Sam now has the keys for that address. Roam will be holding a Jubilee weekend beer festival at the Roam Brewery Tap in Peverell. Please see Roam Tap Jubilee Beer Festival for details.

    Beer Festival News

    The SIBA Maltingsfest 2022 beer festival 2022 took place as usual at Osbourne Park near Tucker’s Maltings, Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA from Thursday 21st April until Saturday 23rd April 2022. There was a lot of seating space both inside the marquees and outside on the green. Over 200 beers, ciders and gin were available, with food options supplied by the Real Meat Sausage Co, of Exeter, with a wide variety of meat, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options available.

    The Horse & Groom Spring Beer Festival 2022 Bittaford, took place to help Ollie celebrate 20 years as licensee at the pub and was very successful – congratulations to Ollie and his family!

    The South Devon CAMRA Sunshine Beer Festival 2022 will take place at Teignmouth RFC from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd July 2022.

    The Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, have announced several Ale and Cider festivals are due to take place this year, in June Walkhampton Inn Queen's Jubilee Ale Festival 2022 and August Walkhampton Inn Sausage and Cider Festival 2022. A successful Easter beer festival was also held earlier in April, see Walkhampton Inn Easter Ale & Cider Festival 2022 for details of what you missed!

    The Prince Maurice Cider Festival 2022 Eggbuckland, will take place from Friday 6th May until Sunday 8th May 2022. Homemade food and live entertainment will be available.

    The Roam Tap Jubilee Beer Festival will take place from Wednesday 1st until Saturday 4th June 2022.

    The Great British Beer Festival 2022 returns to Olympia and runs from Tuesday 2nd until Saturday 6th August 2022.

    The charity festival, Abbfest 2022, also makes a welcome return, and runs from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th September 2022.

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new Publicans and Brewers all the very best in their ventures.

  • Pub and Brewery News - April 2022 Tuesday 5 April 2022

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the April 2022 Committee Meeting held in the Providence Inn, Greenbank.

    Pub News

    The East Dart Hotel, Postbridge, is under the new management of Karen and Ben, and it will now be known at the East Dart Inn. As previously reported, the Pub On The Hoe has been taken over by Donna from the Fisherman’s Arms, Barbican, and reopened on St Patrick’s Day under the name Gipsy Moth. Bitter & Twisted, Tavistock, has reverted to its previous name, Duke of York. The Market Inn, Tavistock, is due to reopen on Friday 15th April, and will serve four real ales (unknown which ones). The Crafty Half, North Hill, is closed and “For Sale”. Old Tom's Gin Palace & Bar, also North Hill, remains closed (and looks permanently closed). The Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, has reopened under new managers. The Fareham Inn, Coxside, is now serving one real ale again, Hunter’s Pheasant Pluckers. A CAMRA Book Launch, the United Kingdom Of Beer by Adrian Tierney-Jones, will take place at the Vessel Beer Shop, Exeter Street, on Saturday 23rd April. It will contain details of the top 250 bottled and canned beers in the UK today. A new licensed café, Terra Nova Café, has opened in Devonport, at 41 Chapel Street, PL1 4DP. This is located in the former Crown Hotel, which closed as a pub in the early 2000’s.

    There is very little other pub news to report this month, other than the fact that most pubs are still facing difficulties with the ongoing situation wrt the covid pandemic and sector confidence. The Miner's Arms, Hemerdon, has reopened after nearly two years of closure. Hot pies/pasties are available until the kitchen reopens.

    Post Meeting Note: The Brewery Tap, Stonehouse, is for sale.

    Beer Scoring

    During the period from 12th April 2021 to 31st March 2022, 80 CAMRA members submitted a total of 1990 beer scores for 125 different pubs in our Branch Area. Eighteen Plymouth branch members submitted 1708 beer scores, with 282 scores submitted by 62 members of 40 other branches when they visited our branch area – Thank You all very much!

    Beer Scoring informs the Branch that those particular named pubs are open and serving cask conditioned real ale (or not , if zero scored. It also helps us to monitor the quality and consistency of the real ales available, and to help keep What Pub as up-to-date as possible.

    Cider News

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider are no longer considered real cider by the CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Campaigns Committee.

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 70 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website.

    CAMRA Member Discount Scheme and CAMRA Voucher Scheme

    There are currently 21 establishments listed as being members of the CAMRA Member Discount Scheme, and a further nine which are part of the CAMRA Voucher Scheme, making 30 in total. Please give these pubs your support if/when you go out! These are listed on the branch website.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The London Inn, Plympton, and the Brook Inn, also in Plympton, the Burrator Inn, Dousland, and the George Toby Carvery, Roborough, gained CM Accreditation in the last month or so.

    Brewery News

    The planning application previously reported for Pilgrimage Brewery is progressing, and Sam now has the keys for that address.

    Beer Festival News

    The SIBA Maltingsfest 2022 will take place as usual at Tucker’s Maltings, Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA from Thursday 21st April until Saturday 23rd April 2022.

    The South Devon CAMRA Sunshine Beer Festival 2022 will take place at Teignmouth RFC from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd July 2022.

    Please click on the links for further details and for volunteering details should you wish to help out at any of these beer festivals.

    The Walkhampton Inn , Walkhampton, have announced three Ale and Cider festivals are due to take place this year, at Easter, in June and August.

    The Prince Maurice , Eggbuckland have announced a May Day weekend Cider Festival, from Friday 6th May until Sunday 8th May 2022. Homemade food and live entertainment will be available.

    Please see the Beer Festivals page for further details, LOCAL BEER FESTIVALS

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new Publicans and Brewers all the very best in their ventures.

  • Pub and Brewery News - March 2022 Monday 7 March 2022

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the March 2022 Committee Meeting.

    Pub News

    The East Dart Hotel, Postbridge, is under the new management of Karen and Ben, and it will now be known at the East Dart Inn. As previously reported, the Pub On The Hoe has been taken over by Donna from the Fisherman’s Arms, Barbican, and is now closed for refurbishment. It will reopen on St Patrick’s Day under the name Gipsy Moth. Bitter & Twisted, Tavistock, has reverted to its previous name, Duke of York, and the Market Inn, also in Tavistock, is due to reopen soon.

    There is very little other pub news to report this month, other than the fact that most pubs are still facing difficulties with the ongoing situation wrt the covid pandemic and sector confidence. It is confirmed that the Pub On The Hoe will be under new ownership in March, when it will revert to being named the Gypsy Moth when it opens on St Patrick’s Day. The Miner's Arms, Hemerdon, has reopened after nearly two years of closure. Hot pies/pasties are available until the kitchen reopens.

    Beer Scoring

    During the period from 12th April 2021 to 28th February 2022, 75 CAMRA members submitted a total of 1745 beer scores for 121 different pubs in our Branch Area. Eighteen Plymouth branch members submitted 1490 beer scores, with 255 scores submitted by 57 members of other branches when they visited our branch area – Thank You all very much!

    Beer Scoring informs the Branch that those particular named pubs are open and serving cask conditioned real ale. It also helps us to monitor the quality and consistency of the real ales available, and to help keep What Pub as up-to-date as possible.

    Cider News

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider are no longer considered real cider by the CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Campaigns Committee.

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 70 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website.

    CAMRA Member Discount Scheme and CAMRA Voucher Scheme

    There are currently 21 establishments listed as being members of the CAMRA Member Discount Scheme, and a further nine which are part of the CAMRA Voucher Scheme, making 30 in total. Please give these pubs your support if/when you go out! These are listed on the branch website.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The London Inn, Plympton, and the Brook Inn, also in Plympton, gained CM Accreditation in the last month or so. The Stoke Inn, Stoke, and Yelverton Golf Club, are no longer CM Accredited.

    Brewery News

    The planning application previously reported for Pilgrimage Brewery is progressing, and Sam now has the keys for that address.

    Beer Festival News

    The SIBA Maltingsfest 2022 will take place as usual at Tucker’s Maltings, Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA from Thursday 21st April until Saturday 23rd April 2022.

    The South Devon CAMRA Sunshine Beer Festival 2022 will take place at Teignmouth RFC from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd July 2022.

    Please click on the links for further details and for volunteering details should you wish to help out at any of these beer festivals listed above.

    The Walkhampton Inn , Walkhampton, have announced three Ale and Cider festivals are due to take place this year, at Easter (from Thursday 14 April until Monday 18 April 2022), in June (from Wednesday 1 June until Sunday 5 June 2022) and August (Friday 26 August until Monday 29 August 2022).

    The Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland, Plymouth, have announced a May Day weekend Cider Festival, from Friday 6th May until Sunday 8th May 2022. Homemade food and live entertainment will be available.

    Please see the Beer Festivals page for further details, LOCAL BEER FESTIVALS

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new Publicans and Brewers all the very best in their ventures.

  • Pub and Brewery News - February 2022 Tuesday 8 February 2022

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the February 2022 Committee Meeting.

    Pub News

    There is very little pub news to report this month, other than the fact that most pubs are still facing difficulties with the ongoing situation wrt the covid pandemic and sector confidence. The Falstaff Inn Falstaff Inn, Southway, previously reported as not serving real ale, is confirmed as regularly serving Doom Bar. The JDW pub chain have confirmed that they are no longer interested in leasing the former Co-Op building, Broadway, Plymstock at this time, as reported in The Herald on Wednesday 2nd February 2022. The Leaping Salmon Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, closed at the beginning on February and the owners are looking for new tenants/managers, with the hope of reopening again soon. The Stannary Tap Stannary Brewery Tap, Tavistock, is open again after a refurbishment recently. It is rumoured that the Pub On The Hoe Gipsy Moth will be under new ownership in March. The Miner’s Arms Miner's Arms, Hemerdon, has reopened after nearly two years of closure. Hot pies/pasties are available until the kitchen reopens. St Austell Brewery have announced that Tribute will go up by 8p/pint from 21st February 2022.

    The Mayflower Sailing Club has closed. The Tavistock Inn and the Market Inn, both in Tavistock, are under new management. The Trout 'N' Tipple, and Duke of York, also both in Tavistock, are both closed, status unknown.

    During the period from 12th April 2021 to 31st January 2022, 74 CAMRA members submitted a total of 1586 beer scores for 119 different pubs in our Branch Area. Eighteen Plymouth branch members submitted 1340 beer scores, with 246 scores submitted by 56 members of other branches when they visited our branch area – Thank You all very much!

    BEER SCORING informs the Branch that those particular named pubs are open and serving cask conditioned real ale. It also helps us to monitor the quality and consistency of the real ales available, and to help keep What Pub as up-to-date as possible.

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider are no longer considered real cider by the CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Campaigns Committee.

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 70 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website LOCALE SCHEME (opens in new browser window).

    CAMRA Member Discount Scheme and CAMRA Voucher Scheme

    There are currently 21 establishments listed as being members of the CAMRA Member Discount Scheme, and a further nine which are part of the CAMRA Voucher Scheme, making 30 in total. Please give these pubs your support if/when you go out! These are listed on the branch website, DISCOUNT SCHEME page. This opens in a new window.

    Planning Applications

    A Planning Application, reference number 21/01683/MOR, was submitted before Christmas as a pre-application for change of use to “Nano brewery and Tap Room (Class B2/Sui Generis)” by Pilgrimage Brewery, for 190, Exeter Street, PL4 0NQ. A decision was due on 11/10/21, but the City Council planning website has yet to be updated.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The Brook Inn, the London Inn, both in Plympton and the White Hart, Modbury, are no longer CM Accredited. We are not aware of any pubs in our branch area who have gained CM Accreditation during the last month or so.

    Brewery News

    Anchor House: Nothing has been seen nor heard about this brewery for some time. They did have several collaboration brews with Firebrand, of Altarnun, Cornwall, during 2020, but we haven’t seen or heard of anything since May 2021, when they posted on Facebook “New bit of kit”, so they may have their own premises, TBC? The Brewery Liaison Officer Position is vacant and open to a willing volunteer. Bere: Bere brewery are still regularly brewing, but their Tap Room is not currently open to drink on the premises. They are, however, open to sell takeaways on Wednesdays and Saturdays (check their website for times as they vary). Their self-grown hops in September 2021 was a good crop, and they got 70% from their small holding for the following 12 months of brewing. Billy Ruffian’s: Nothing has been seen nor heard about this group of people, who were using the brew plant at PCFE, since before Lockdown 2020. Bulletproof: No news this year yet. Dartmoor: Dartmoor now has a cider produced for them, by a local cider producer with a long heritage in cidermaking, called Wistman’s. It’s a medium dry cider, with an ABV of 4.8%, and is served under pressure. Christmas Ale, ABV 4.2%, was available in cask and bottle; when it’s gone, it’s gone. The batch of bottles sold out within just over a day. Dragon’s Breath is also being brewed again. This dark, treacly, toffee nuanced beer is the perfect antidote to inclement weather. The Ice Warrior beer, ABV 6.0%, was produced in conjunction with Jim McNeill, who trains polar explorers and organises polar expeditions, and sales from it help to fund some of his work. The product may be brought back later this year. They are now the sole ale suppliers to Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club. The brewery is currently undergoing some maintenance at this quieter time of year. Ivybridge: : have a new ale called Moorland Mosaic. Morwell: Morwell continue to brew to provide cask beers for the Ship Inn. They also bottle their 3 core beers which are sold in the Ship Inn and also in the Morwellham Quay shop, which is situated on the attraction site close to the pub. Noss Beer Works: no news yet this year. Roam: Their cask ales are now available in a small number of local pubs. Stannary: are opening the tap room for local groups for special events and meetings eg AGMs. Steel Brew Co: The Brewery and Tap Room, which recently moved in November 2021 to the larger premises at the nearby Mills Bakery, are now open again 7 days a week. They are also holding A Meet The Brewer evening most Thursday evenings (check and book on the website) at a small cost, with tastings and a snack. The new Tap Room is still dog friendly. Summerskills: Summerskills has been brewing their core range along with some seasonal specials recently. Ninja returned in September after a long break, and Plymhop made its annual appearance when the Plymstock hops were harvested. The Christmas beers were also brewed around that time to allow the bottles, in particular, to condition, and both Turkey's Delight and Christmouse were well received, as usual. The dark beers, Plymouth Porter and Indiana’s Bones, are regularly available in the Fortescue, Mutley Plain, Plymouth, whilst Red Coat and The Famous Mr Jones continue to be brewed as house beers for the Foxhound Inn, Brixton, and Fisherman’s Arms, Plymouth respectively. The other core beers, and regulars such as Dragon Pioneer IPA, pop up in various locations within a roughly 40-mile radius of the brewery. The JD Wetherspoon pubs are featuring Devon Dew on their current national guest ale promotion. This started later than usual due to the uncertainty in the hospitality industry around Christmas so may well run on into late March. Following the successful rebranding of the brewery's bottle labels by Drive Creative Studio, Summerskills will be rolling out their new pump clips designs during 2022, starting with Devon Dew. They have also brewed Scrum Half Nectar (ABV 4.1%) and Scrum Half Stout (ABV 4.4%), which will be available throughout the Six Nations rugby.

    Selected Other Devon Brewery News.

    Hunters have survived what has proved to be a very difficult 18 months or so for us all. They have seen sales remain steady over the last 12 months, as things have started to open up and restrictions lifted, to enable all to get out and visit pubs again. They have noticed that lower ABV selections seem to be selling better than stronger ales, bestselling is currently Old Charlie, Half Bore and Devon Dreamer. With this in mind, they have opted to remove Full Bore (ABV 6.8%) from the cask conditioned range, although it will still be available in bottles. The popular Christmas ale, Dasher’s Tinkle ABV 5.5%, is available in bottles, using a calypso hop to create a unique and delicious festive ale. It is dark amber in colour, with real depth of flavour. A major investment at Salcombe, with brewing and packaging facilities at a new additional site, will support the imminent launch of its first canned products, its first lager and its increasing partnerships with leading South West hospitality venues. They have also tripled brewing capacity and introduced new cardboard packaging across the board to replace plastic. They are also launching Beer Club, a three-, six- or 12-month subscription package for its much-loved, award-winning beers. Bronze, Silver and Gold memberships are available to buy from their website, at prices from just £75.00 for a bronze package. South Hams: Their range of products has now expanded to include ciders, soft drinks, gin and whiskey. Sundown kegged IPA and Star Bay Pale Ale are new for 2021, and Mulled Cider has made an appearance.

    Beer Festival News

    The Exeter CAMRA Festival of Winter Ales took place at the Exeter City Football Club on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd January 2022, and went down very well with both customers and volunteer staff alike.

    The SIBA Maltings Beer Festival 2022 will take place as usual at Tucker’s Maltings, Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA from Thursday 21st April until Saturday 23rd April 2022.

    The South Devon CAMRA Sunshine Beer Festival will take place at Teignmouth RFC from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd July 2022.

    Please see the branch website LOCAL BEER FESTIVALS page for volunteering details should you wish to help out at any of these beer festivals.

    The Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, have announced three Ale and Cider festivals are due to take place this year, at Easter, in June and August. Please see the Beer Festivals page (link above) for details.

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all Publicans and Brewers all the very best for the new year