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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 - 06/07/21, 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 - December 2021 Tuesday 7 December 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the December 2021 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. On the pub front, the Cellar Bar at the Fortescue Hotel Mutley Plain, is being converted into a Craft Beer Bar. In Tavistock, Bitter & Twisted and Trout 'N' Tipple are still believed to be shut, whilst the Tavistock Inn has been rebranded to the Tavistock Hotel and Inn. The Elephant's Nest Inn Horndon, Mary Tavy, is operating as a B & B only at present. A new beer was available in the Drake Manor Inn Buckland, Monochorum, in the last month or so, Crapstone Brewery 30-Miler (ABV 4.3%). There are no further details on this brewery at present.

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider is no longer considered real cider by the APPLE Committee of CAMRA.

    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

    A Planning Application, reference number 21/01683/MOR, has been submitted 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

    We are not aware of any pubs in our branch area who have gained CM Accreditation during the last month or so.

    Brewery News

    All local breweries have been brewing their Christmas and Winter seasonal beers, with Ivybridge producing a new bottle conditioned beer, Equinox, which is an ABV 4.6% American pale ale. Roam have announced their membership rate for 2022 at £70.00 – see the Roam social media/website for details.

    Beer Festival News

    The Exeter CAMRA Festival of Winter Ales will take place at the Exeter City Football Club on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd January 2022, and opens from 1100 until 2300 each day. Please see Exeter FOWA 2022 for further details.

  • Pub and Brewery News - November 2021 Monday 1 November 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the November 2021 Committee Meeting.

    Pub News

    The Minerva Inn Minerva, Barbican, still has a sign on the board outside stating “proof of vaccine status required for inside service, otherwise you will be served outside”. The Prince Maurice Prince Maurice held a beer festival in its’ car park and marquee area, over the weekend of 15/17 October 2021. JDW also held a beer festival during the last days of October, from Wednesday 20th. A lady with three generations of licensee in her family, going back to the 1920’s at the Crown Hotel, Stonehouse (more recently known as the General Moore), emailed a selection of photos of the pub, from the 1930’s – many thanks go so Sally Parker for these, and the branch website now includes several of these photos. Seventy pub records have been updated on What Pub during the last month, with 305 updated during 2021 so far – only 98 more pub records to go !!!!!! However, pubs still need to be formally surveyed with a CAMRA Pub Survey Form, which are available on the branch website when signed in as a CAMRA member. A new beer was available in the Drake Manor Inn Drake Manor, Buckland, Monochorum, last Friday, Crapstone Brewery 30-Miler (ABV 4.3%). There are no further details on this brewery at present.

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider is no longer considered real cider by the APPLE Committee of CAMRA.

    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

    A Planning Application, reference number 21/01683/MOR, has been submitted 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

    Castle Inn, Lydford; Cornish Arms, Tavistock; Penguin Lounge, Lipson; Rose & Crown, Yealmpton; & Waterfront Pub & Eating House, The Hoe, are no longer Cask Marque 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

    Art Brew, formally of Holsworthy, have now moved away from the area and are believed to be using Sherfield Village, of Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, to brew their beers again – they formally used Sherfield Village prior to 2015. New Lion, Dartington, has moved to another unit within Shinners Bridge, Dartington. Brewery tours are no longer available. The Tap Room is now a semi-permanent fixture at Meadowbank Community Centre, and is “thriving”. Roam have brewed a new beer, called Taz, a ABV 5.1% hazy pale ale in keg. Roam have also been awarded Gold in the Food and Drink Awards, Devon, for Hometown Pale – congratulations, Jon! Steel Brew Co have announced that Melville Building, RWY, will be undergoing some major redevelopment soon, and that they will be relocating across the road and into Mills Bakery. This will give them more space for expansion and increased brewing capacity. The new venue will also be a lot warmer for customers to enjoy their beers in! Their bottled Plymouth Pale Ale has just been awarded Champion Beer 2021 at the SW Taste of The West awards. Turk’s Head, Exeter, this brew pub opened on Wednesday 01 September as previously reported. They now have five cask conditioned real ales in their portfolio, which are:- God’s Little Cows, ABV 3.6%; Dickie’s Best, ABV 3.8% (Editor - my favourite !!!); Crusader, ABV 4.1%; Witches Brew, ABV 4.5%; & Hand Off, ABV 5.0%. Finally, there may be a new brewery in the Yelland area of North Devon. Details are sketchy and involve a student who may have gone away to university !!!! The brewery may be named “Brewing Unplugged”, but may not !!! As stated above under “Planning”, there may be a new brewery coming to Plymouth city centre shortly, named Pilgrimage Brewing – what this space!

    Beer Festival News

    The Maltings + Vessel Craft Beer Festival will take place at the Maltings, Newton Abbot, on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 November 2021. This is being organised by the Vessel Bottle Shop, Plymouth, and the Maltings Taphouse & Bottle Shop, Newton Abbot. Tickets are available for £12.00 each, includes glass and one pint of beer. For more details, please visit CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

  • Pub and Brewery News - October 2021 Monday 4 October 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the October 2021 Committee Meeting.

    Cornwall CAMRA have organised 24 pubs to jointly run a Falmouth Pub Trail - details Falmouth Pub Trail Leaflet 2021

    Pub News

    The Royal Albert Bridge Inn, Wolseley Road, Saltash Passage, is currently closed. Signs in the windows indicate that this pub closure is due to Covid, but will remain closed until further notice. Also in the window are posters advertising the Extreme Circus at Central Park, which runs until 26 September 2021. There are no current Planning Applications for the RABI (up to 30/9/21). The Lord High Admiral, Stonehouse, now has amended pub and food hours. Basically, it now opens at 1600 (1200 Friday, Saturday and Sunday), with burgers the main food choice Mon – Thurs until 2100, and pizzas Fri – Sun 1200 – 1500 (Sunday roast available until 1600, pizzas from 1700) until 2100.Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, will be closed from Monday 4th October until Thursday 21st October due to essential work. The Office, Stonehouse, has had planning permission granted for change of use of public house into two self-contained units, at 39 High Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3SJ , ref no 21/00572/FUL refers. Pub closed on WP on 16/9/21.

    Thatchers and Weston’s cider is no longer considered real cider by the APPLE Committee of CAMRA.

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 73 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

    Planning Applications were submitted for conversion of the former Edgcumbe Hotel, 2 Molesworth Road, into domestic dwelling (HMO), one in 2019 (19/01092/FUL, dated 6/9/19) and one in June 2020 (20/00872/FUL, dated 22/6/20). The pub entry has now been updated on What Pub, following confirmed conversion.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The George Inn, Plympton; the Old Smithy, Ivybridge; the Ship Inn, Barbican; & the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, are no longer Cask Marque accredited, wef 16 July 2021.

    Brewery News

    Bere Brewery are now brewing weekly to keep up with demand. Summerskills Brewery are now brewing First Light and Blondie.

  • Pub and Brewery News - September 2021 Monday 6 September 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the September 2021 Committee Meeting.

    Post Meeting Note Cornwall CAMRA have organised 24 pubs to jointly run a Falmouth Pub Trail - details Falmouth Pub Trail Leaflet 2021

    Pub News

    The gentleman who had a photo of the Cambridge, Queen Street, Devonport, subsequently supplied another 99 1982/83/84 Plymouth branch area pub photos, including the Talbot, Union Street; Star, Cambridge and the Standard, Queen Street, Devonport; Ark Royal (Zoo Rooms) and Western, Fore Street, Devonport; General Moore, 28, Manor Street, Stonehouse; United Service Inn, 32, Edgcumbe Street, Stonehouse; United Services Inn, Lambhay Hill, Barbican; and other pubs sadly no longer trading as pubs. There are also a number of pubs that are still trading ! How they have changed structurally, and in name !!!!

    Bitter & Twisted, Tavistock, is now closed again; Crooked Spire, Ermington, is under new management and has been completely refurbished; Dartmoor Union , Holbeton, is believed to be under a planning application for change of use to domestic dwelling; Forest Inn, Hexworthy, is also under new management and appears to be serving Dartmoor beers; Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, may be under new management? Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy, is also under new management; Mildmay Colours, Holbeton, is open and serving a regularly-changing range of local ales; Miner's Arms, Hemerdon, is still closed; Modbury Inn, Modbury, is also under new management, with Craig from the Dolphin, Kingston, taking over recently; the Odd Wheel, Wembury, is also under new management; the Tavistock Inn, Tavistock, is being run by a Relief Manager, a temporary arrangement for the time being; the Trout 'N' Tipple, Tavistock, may also be under new management; Who'd Have Thought It Inn, Milton Combe, is also understood to be under new management.

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

    Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

    There are currently 73 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website PLYMOUTH CAMRA LOCALE SCHEME. 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 PLYMOUTH CAMRA MEMBER DISCOUNT SCHEME. Planning Applications No planning applications have been found during the last month referring to any branch area pubs. Cask Marque Accreditation The Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe, and James Street Vaults, City Centre, are no longer Cask Marque accredited, wef August 2021.

    Brewery News

    Anchor House and Billy Ruffian’s – no news; Bere Brewery continue to brew every week and, with restrictions lifted, they are having their Tap Room open at least once a month. They are also selling their bottled conditioned beers at Tavistock Market on various dates (Go to their website for details on dates). Bulletproof have teamed up with TQ Beerworks to carry out some new collaborative brewing; Dartmoor continue to brew their full range of beers; Devil’s Pleasure, Sigford, South Devon, is a new brewery founded on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, on a farm near Newton Abbot, in 2020 and specialising in brewing punchy bold craft beers which are unfiltered and naturally hazy. The two owners are Oz and Al, who have been friends for years. Their beers mirror their passion: They are direct, full of character, have bold tropical notes, and are unfiltered and hazy. They aim to not be static, so look out for new creations and one-off brews. The website lists five beers as the most recent additions:- Breakfast Juice IPA, ABV 3.8%, described as fresh and citrusy with an intensely grapefruit flavour; Hellishly Hoppy IPA, ABV 4.0%, described as vibrant, fresh and delicious. Californian and German Hops combine to make a truly hellishly hoppy experience; Crafty Lager, ABV 4.5%, described as a lager profile fused with hops, sure to please lager lovers and craft beer enthusiast alike; NEIPA, ABV 4.5%, described as a New England IPA – punchy flavours and intense bittering; & West Coast IPA, ABV 4.6%, described as dry, mouth watering and punchy. Citrusy hop nose and finish. Australian and Californian hops create a craft beer for adventurous beer lovers. Gilt & Flint, Musbury, East Devon, are a new brewery and they generally produce ORGANIC beer which is bottled, or canned. The range includes a lager, a pale ale, a NEIPA and a stout; Ivybridge – no news; Morwell have only started brewing recently, when the Ship Inn, Morwellham Quay, reopened in July 2021. They provide cask conditioned ale for the pub and also have bottles of their 3 ales to buy from the bar for taking away. Free parking is available to visit the Ship Inn only at present; Noss Beer Works – no news; Platform 5, Newton Abbot, have relocated to Torquay from the Railway Brewhouse, which has also changed ownership recently; Roam – no news; demand for Stannary beers has risen, with more brewing, canning, running the online shop and the popular tap room. The tap room has been complemented by the addition the “Beer Shed”, a large covered outdoor area. The core range remains the same (Stannary Pale 4%, PL19 - craft larger 4.2%, All That Jazz - session IPA 4.2%, Reverse Camber - west coast IPA 5%). They have just celebrated their 6th Birthday with Lupo Juice (8.7% double IPA) brewed every August for the event. The tap room is now open Fridays 3-10pm and Saturdays Midday - 8pm; Steel Brew Co continued to brew and bottle during Lockdown and also started doing deliveries. They are now brewing their keg beers again to keep their Tap Room replenished. Currently, the taproom opens Wednesday to Sunday (check their website for times). They continue to brew one-off beers to go alongside their four core beers, which are Mantra, Plymouth, Chairman Meow and Breakwater; Summerskills are brewing once or twice a week at the moment. Following the Lockdowns and woefully inadequate and inconsistent financial support from government for breweries without taprooms, Summerskills are reassessing their channels to market and options going forward. Summerskills are now licenced for retail sales to the public from the brewery. Their bottle conditioned beers are also available to order online with delivery from Westcountry Produce (www.westcountryproduce.co.uk). The Foxhound Inn at Brixton are also continuing to take orders and payment for their beer for local home delivery or collection from the pub. Owner Norm is planning to bring their branding all in line with the bottle labels and refresh the website. Summerskills is still offering 5 and 10 litre bag-in-box beers to order, as well as a wide range of their bottle conditioned ales available for sale from the brewery along with some craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits not generally found in the supermarkets; Turk’s Head, High Street, Exeter, is a new brew pub and part of the City Pub Group. The pub has been closed since 2018, but reopened on Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 1600. It is believed that the pub has had extensive refurbishment during the Lockdown period, including hotel accommodation. The brewery is a 5 BBL plant and will be offering both real ale and keg products, initially building up to a range of 10 products (5 of each). The brewer will be Simon, who is normally based at King Street in Bristol. The pub is quite old and has a lot of history - Charles Dickens used to frequent there back in the day. Along with offering a range of alcoholic beverages and pub food, there will also be 6 guest rooms above the pub and a secret roof terrace. Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all publicans and brewers all the very best during these continued very difficult trading conditions.