Campaign for Real Ale

Pub and Brewery News

For national news and articles about pubs, breweries, beer festivals and more, please follow this link WHAT'S BREWING

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 - 04/11/19, 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 2019 Monday 2 December 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the December Committee Meeting on Monday 2nd December.

    Pub News

    The Eddystone Inn, Heybrook Bay, is undergoing refurbishment. The Crafty Half, North Hill, no longer serves real ale. Blacksmith's Arms, Lamerton, has very recently changed hands. The owners of the former Royal Standard, currently Scrumptious in Mary Tavy, have submitted planning application for change of use to residential. Cornwood Inn, Cornwood, has reopened under new management.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    No local branch area pubs/clubs gained/lost Cask Marque accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    All local breweries are now well prepared for the Christmas period with Christmas Specials waiting to hit the streets – we wish them all a Very Merry Christmas time! A planning application was submitted by Bulletproof Brewing Co to open a bar on Mutley Plain, in the former Cat Sanctuary charity shop. It is unclear if the premises will also house the brewing equipment. And Steel Brew Co will be housed in Melville Building, Royal William Yard, when their new premises open (hopefully by the end of January 2020 in both instances). Volunteers are required for the position of BLO for Anchor House, Billy Ruffian’s, Bulletproof and Steel Brew Co, as well as Ivybridge. If you would like to volunteer, please email the South West Brewery Liaison Coordinator, Ian (Dickie) Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.nosiailyrewerb@rotanidrooc.tsewhtuos with your name, CAMRA membership number, and the position(s) you are volunteering for. And finally, Salcombe Brewery will be launching a new beer in January 2020, called Salcombe Lite. As the name suggests, it will be a refreshing 2.5% ABV hoppy beer, just right for the new year!

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures!

  • Pub and Brewery News - November 2019 Wednesday 6 November 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the November Branch Meeting on Wednesday 6th November.

    Pub News

    Trout 'N' Tipple, Tavistock, is now under new tenants again, as is the Royal Oak, Hooe, where Aaron (Pub On The Hoe) is in temporary charge for an unknown period. Nowhere Inn, City Centre, has re-opened and continues to offer a CAMRA Members Discount of 20p off pint/real ale – Thank you very much Simon Barrett (new licensee). Paperwork to support the application to grant the Mount Pleasant, Millbay, as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been received and acknowledged by the city council for consideration until 28 December. A week of festive merriment at the London Inn, Plympton St Maurice, begins with a Festive Real Ale beer festival during the usual pub opening hours. Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock, is under new management again, and serves Doom Bar. Dolphin Inn, Kingston, is also under new management, as is the Blacksmith's Arms, Lamerton - believed to be the current tenants, (TBC). Great Western Railway Staff Association Club, Laira, Laira, serves at least one cask ale in very good condition, but has up to three at weekends. Summerskills Indiana's Bones was seen there recently. It is now open to new members. Hyde Park Social Club, Mutley, has no real ale, but will admit non-members for a nominal charge of £2.00. Indian Inn, Stoke, now serves at least one cask conditioned real ale on weekends, recently Summerskills Plymouth Porter. Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton, now serves four real ciders and one real perry. King Billy, formally known as the Bristol Castle, has been refurbished and re-opened recently. However, real ale is not available here. Sadly, it has been reported that Helen Gaye, long-standing of the Warren House Inn, Postbridge, passed away suddenly recently - we send our condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    Dolphin Inn, Kingston, has lost its' Cask Marque accreditation, due to the change in management. No other local branch area pubs/clubs gained/lost Cask Marque accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    All local breweries are now well prepared for the Christmas period with Christmas Specials waiting to hit the streets – we wish them all a Very Merry Christmas time! We were informed of yet another new brewery in our patch, Ivybridge Brewing Company, a community brewery providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities – Good Luck to them. Volunteers are still required for the position of BLO for Anchor House, Billy Ruffian’s and Steel Brew Co, as well as Ivybridge. If you would like to volunteer, please email the South West Brewery Liaison Coordinator, Ian (Dickie) Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.nosiailyrewerb@rotanidrooc.tsewhtuos with your name, CAMRA membership number, and the position(s) you are volunteering for. And finally, Salcombe Brewery will be launching a new beer in January 2020, called Salcombe Lite. As the name suggests, it will be a refreshing 2.5% ABV hoppy beer, just right for the new year!

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures!

  • Pub and Brewery News - October 2019 Monday 30 September 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the October Committee Meeting on Monday 30th September.

    Pub News

    Paperwork to support the application to grant the Mount Pleasant, Millbay, as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been forwarded to the city council for consideration; Boomerangs, Mutley Plain, closed unexpectedly; City Social Club, Merrivale Road, Beacon Park, has closed, but it is believed that there is a covenant stating that it must remain as a licensed premise; Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel, are holding a beer festival on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November, from 1600 on Friday and during normal pub hours; there are unsubstantiated rumours that the Blacksmith's Arms, Lamerton, may be changing hands; & finally, but not least, many congratulations to Mandy Robinson who has just celebrated 30 (thirty !!!) years as landlady of the Drake Manor Inn.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    The Brook Inn, Plympton St Maurice, gained Cask Marque accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    There are a few “new breweries” in our branch area: Anchor House, with an office in Plympton; Billy Ruffian’s, at City College, Plymouth, Devonport; and Steel Brew Co, with an office address given as Sherford – all three require a Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) and volunteers should contact the South West Brewery Liaison Coordinator, Ian (Dickie) Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.nosiailyrewerb@rotanidrooc.tsewhtuos

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures! And a very special congratulations to Mandy of the Drake Manor Inn.

  • Pub and Brewery News - September 2019 Wednesday 4 September 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the September Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019

    Pub News

    The Unicorn, Plympton, no longer serves real ale; the Mount Pleasant, Millbay, has been refurbished; the Cornwood Inn, Cornwood, is closed, no further details known; Ker Street Social Club, Devonport, only serves bottled Doom Bar; the Green Taverners Suite, Plymouth Argyle FC, Home Park, serves Dartmoor Jail Ale and St Austell Tribute. Also available is bottled Jail Ale (not bottle conditioned) and Proper Job (bottle conditioned). WHAT PUB will soon be able to indicate both pubs offering a discount and pubs which are part of the Members Vouchers Scheme; a new pub survey form has been produced which will eventually be for each pub in the branch area. Members are asked to sign in to the branch website, and scroll down to item 5 of the left hand side menu, Plymouth CAMRA Pub Survey Forms. If the pub you wish to survey is not listed yet, please download the Blank Survey Form. 195 branch pubs and clubs have not been surveyed since 2013, or earlier.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    No pubs in our branch area gained or lost accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    There are a few “new breweries” in our branch area: Anchor House, with an office in Plympton; Billy Ruffian’s, at City College Plymouth, of Devonport; and Steel Brew Co, with an office address given as Sherford – all three require a Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) and volunteers should contact the South West Brewery Liaison Coordinator, Ian (Dickie) Dickinson, on ku.gro.armac.nosiailyrewerb@rotanidrooc.tsewhtuos

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures!

  • Pub and Brewery News - August 2019 Monday 5 August 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the August Committee Meeting on Monday 5th August

    Pub News

    Roam Brewery Tap, Western Park Road, will open this Saturday, 10th August, at 1200 until 2100, and then every Friday (1600 – 2100) and Saturday – Good Luck to John and Roam Brewery with their move into Peverell! Mount Pleasant, Millbay, is closed for refurbishment. Queen's Head Hotel, Tavistock, has excellent beer quality and choice at weekends recently. Ker Street Social Club, Devonport, no longer serves real ale.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    No pubs in our branch area gained or lost accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    Reported last month as rumoured new breweries, these have now been confirmed as:- Anchor House Brewery, a cuckoo brewery who brew beer in an existing brewery which is not their own, and have an office in Plympton; Billy Ruffian’s, who have taken over the old Plymouth Brewery plant at City College, King’s Road, Devonport; Many Hands, Dunkeswell; New Devon Brewing, Woodbury Salterton; Steel Brew Co, Plymstock; Utopian Brewing, Crediton; Parkway Brewing, who bought the old Glastonbury Ales plant and took over the building lease; a new company, Glastonbury Brewing Company, have been formed, and are looking for suitable premises in Glastonbury; meanwhile, Parkway brew the old Glastonbury Ales beers under contract for this new company; and Yonder Brewing, of Binegar, Somerset.

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures!

  • Pub And Brewery News - July 2019 Wednesday 3 July 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the July Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 3rd July

    Pub News

    The Dairy, Bretonside, is now trading as Bar Miami, but real ale is still not available. The Swallow, also in Bretonside, no longer serves real ale on a regular basis. Number Ten, North Road West, no longer serves real cider.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    No pubs in our branch area gained or lost accreditation recently.

    Brewery News

    Noss Beer Works have now taken over the next door unit, for use as a storage facility. Roam Brewing Co are hoping to relocate to the Peverell area of the city, with a tap room and shop facility, subject to planning approval. (* Post meeting - move confirmed 17 July 2019). A new and recently published book, the Brewery Bible, has listed a few new breweries:

    Cornwall – Bearded Brewery, St Mawgan; & Cornish Brewery, St Austell.

    Devon – Anchor House Brewery, Plympton (no confirmed address given), who will start with small-batch experimental brews during summer 2019; Many Hands Brew Co, Dunkeswell Airfield; New Devon Brewing, Froginwell Vineyard, Woodbury Salterton; Utopian Brewing, Crediton, who started in spring 2019 and brew predominantly British lagers; Whyte Bar Brewing, Exeter, who use spare capacity at other breweries and are known as cuckoo brewers.

    Somerset – Yonder Brewing, Binegar, focusing on foraged and locally-farmed ingredients.

    Post Meeting Note It has been confirmed that Glastonbury Ales has been sold to a new company, Parkway Brewing Co. However, the old Glastonbury company has re-emerged under a new name, Glastonbury Brewing Co Ltd

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new publicans, and brewers, all the very best in their new ventures! CAMRA are awaiting confirmed contact details for these new breweries.