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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 Pub Without Photos - 06/04/21, 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 - April 2021 Tuesday 6 April 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported during the April 2021 virtual Branch Committee meeting on Google Meet on Tuesday 6th April 2021.

    Pub News

    We have over 75 pubs in our branch area who have decided when they will reopen when permitted, both for outside service – now confirmed as being from Monday 12th April 2021 – and not until inside service is permitted. In addition, there are around 30 that have continued to offer Takeaway or a Delivery Service during Lockdown 3. All pubs known to be operating these services are listed on the branch website PUB RE-OPENINGS DURING COVID PANDEMIC.

    1620 Pub & Eatery, Barbican, have started a Crowdfunding campaign; Ales & Tails, Plymstock, is a new bar located in The Broadway; Bitter & Twisted, Tavistock, is under new management and has been refurbished inside and outside; it will be opening “soon”, but without an outside area it is suspected it will be May at the earliest; Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel, will reopen on Monday 12/4/21 and NOT May as previously reported; BrewDog Plymouth, City Centre, will open from Monday 12/4/21; Brook Inn, Plympton St Maurice, are under new management from Monday 12/4/21, but will not open until May; Burrator Inn, Dousland, is under new management and are advertising for staff. They intend to open “soon”; Duke of York, Tavistock, is now called Bitter & Twisted; Market Inn, Tavistock, is under new Management and will open from 12/4/21; Nowhere Inn, City Centre, will reopen under New Management from Saturday 10/7/21; A planning application has been submitted for change of use for the Office, Stonehouse, in to a domestic dwelling; Steel Brew Co Taproom, Royal William Yard, will open from 1500 on Friday 16/4/21, using temporary outside seating. It will open from 1200 on Saturdays and Sundays until inside service is permitted; Tavy Club, Tavistock, formally RBL Tavistock, is now called Stannary Arms; Three Crowns, Barbican has been refurbished and have a new outside area on the cobbles; Union Inn, Tavistock, will reopen on 12/4/21; Victualling Office Tavern, Stonehouse, is being advertised for sale.

    Post Meeting Note: the Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe, has been nominated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with Plymouth City Council by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum on 24th March 2021.

    Brewery News

    With the news of pubs and restaurants being able to reopen for outside service, we would expect the majority of breweries to be brewing again, if they had not re-started prior to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Easter Monday. However, Hunters has started a Crowdfunding campaign.

  • Pub and Brewery News - February & March 2021 Monday 1 March 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported during the February and March virtual Branch Committee meetings.

    The Stannary Arms Stannary Arms, Tavistock, (formally the Tavy Club/RBL Tavistock), has had some building repairs carried out which have now been completed and the pub will be ready to reopen later in the year. The Duke of York, also in Tavistock has a new licensee and has been renamed and rebranded as the Bitter & Twisted, “a craft and food bar”. It is also being painted outside. Horse & Groom, Bittaford, will be reopening in April, but without a marque because of unforeseen prohibitive insurance costs. There will still be some seating outside under cover. Pub On The Hoe has been refurbished and new cellar equipment installed. The Market Inn, Tavistock, is still advertising for new tenants. Stannary Brewery offered 15% discount during January, whilst Noss Beer Works offered a 25% discount during January. Steel Brew Co, of Royal William Yard, may be relocating. Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot, has been booked for SIBA South West Maltings Beer Festival 2021, due to take place from Thursday 30th September until Saturday 2nd October 2021.

    We have tried to maintain an accurate list of pubs that were known to be trading throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see the latest Pubs Known To Have An Outside Area - From April 12th 2021 TBC for brief details and a link to the pub's social media page or website.

  • Pub & Brewery News - 11th January 2021 Monday 11 January 2021

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the January Committee Meeting on Monday 11th January 2021.

    The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a television address to the country at 2000, on Monday 4th January 2021, following a sustained daily increase in Covid-19 infections, and announced a new National Lockdown.

    This announcement enforced closure of all hospitality venues, including pubs, bars, hotels, etc. Hospitality venues are only permitted to provide delivery of food and drink only. This prevents all takeaway or collection from pubs for the foreseeable future.

    If you are aware of any hospitality venues providing these services during the latest Lockdown 3 period, please email ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@retsambew with details of services being provided, and a link to where the details are advertised, such as social media page or website – Many Thanks ! Stay safe!

    We have also tried to produce our own version of Drake's Drinker, which can be found by clicking on the link to download to your computer, Drake's Drinker - January 2021-A4-FULL or Drake's Drinker - January 2021-A5-Edited.

    Pub News – Prior to The PM’s Address.

    Post Lockdown 2, from 2nd December 2020 and with Devon being placed in Tier 2, pubs were only permitted to serve alcohol with a “substantial meal”. I listed all 207 pubs in the branch area which were flagged as serving food prior to 20th March 2020. This was divided up between the Branch Committee with 30 pubs for each of them to check if open, safely. These are listed on the website, with a link to this page from the Home Page.

    From this, and other sources, some pubs which didn’t serve food prior to this date now do so. This totals 229 now flagged on What Pub as having “Covid-19 Temporary Arrangements”, as of Wednesday 30th December 2020. A number of them also now do takeaway meals and alcohol. With the situation liable to change at (very) short notice, all pubs have a generic message, with a link to the pub’s social media page or website where the information can be found, as the pub will be able to change one entry quickly, and the Webmaster can not update 450+ pubs every day/week/month!

    The Southway pub, Southway, is now named the Lockdown Bar & Grill serving food all day, every day. There is plenty of outside eating areas around the front and side of the pub with bench tables, and a children’s play area. The pub is now part of the HSL Group, and not Victoria Inns. Chandler’s Bar & Bistro, Queen Anne’s Battery, is now renamed the Waypoint Bar & Bistro. The West Devon Club, Tavistock, has served up to four cask ales for “a while”. However, entry is currently restricted to Members Only at this time. Bonne Sante Plymouth is a national chain of eateries with a cocktail bar, has opened in the Custom House, The Barbican, PL1 2JP, Tel 01752 310263, a Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. Henry J’s, Mayflower Street, city centre, has been sold, completely refurbished and is now trading as Fleet Street, with a London theme throughout.

    Pubs Which May Be Offering Food and Drink Deliveries, From 4th January 2021.

    For a list of pubs which MAY be offering food and drink deliveries, please follow this link Pubs Offering Takeaway or Delivery Services - from 31st December 2020. Please use the link to the pub social media page or website to check the latest information – we cannot keep up with this rapidly-changing situation.

    Pubs Which Reopened Post Lockdown 2, From Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

    For the full list of those pubs which reopened offering substantial meals and table service only following the November 2020 Lockdown 2, please follow this link Pubs Serving Substantial Meals - 2nd to 30th December 2020.

    Historical List of Pubs Which Reopened, From 4th July 2020.

    For an historical list of all those pubs known to have reopened following the first Lockdown, please follow this link Pubs Which Reopened Following Lockdown 1, From 4th July 2020.

    Brewery News

    Anchor House: The brewery website appears to have been discontinued/unavailable. However, they still have a presence on Facebook, and have recently made a collaboration brew with Firebrand Brewing, of Altarnun, Cornwall (Altarnun Brewery Co/Penpont), a 6.0% cherry stout, available in cans; Bere: brewery shop remains open for collection on Wednesdays and Saturdays as usual, despite Lockdown. Ring for a delivery slot Bulletproof: The Taphaus was closed just prior to Lockdown, due to a customer testing positive for C-19. However, the Taphaus did reopen again for takeaway or eat-in, with Zephyr burgers available whilst dining in. See the Bulletproof Facebook page for details; Dartmoor: They were still brewing prior to the latest Lockdown and are listed on Pulling Together website and deliver nationwide via their own web store. Free local delivery within the local area to Tavistock, Princetown and Plymouth, with details available on their website (restrictions apply); Ivybridge: Ivybridge had continued brewing and bottling throughout the pandemic. Their beers continue to be available at the weekly Ivybridge Weekend Markets throughout December, although cases of beers are in short supply at the moment; Morwell: Have suspended all brewing due to their location in a Tourist Attraction; Noss Beer Works: They are listed on the Pulling Together website, and are now available for direct delivery in Plymouth and the South Hams area of Devon, or for collection from the brewery. Church Ledge, Mew Stone and Ebb Rock are available in 500 ml bottles, 5L mini kegs and bag-in-box (10L & 20L) – see Facebook for full details, or ring 07977 479634 and ask for sales; Roam: Roam were still brewing, and the Tap was open for takeaway/collection only Tuesday – Friday 1100 – 1600, Saturday 0800 – 1200 (this is now closed!). Beers can be ordered for delivery on Fridays only; Stannary: The Brewery has continually adapted to the Covid situation since March by first offering takeaways, NHS staff discounts and free local delivery. Further changes to date are full national delivery from June, and the installation of a canning machine. The majority of the output is now canned, with some smaller run specials in bottles, and Stannary Pale Ale being available in cask form. This can be purchased from the taproom turned shop in 2 or 4 pint carryouts; Steel Brew Co: Brewery currently take orders on their website, with free delivery locally and a cost of £6.00 for the rest of UK. You can also collect at the brewery, Thursday-Saturday 11am-2pm (this is no long permitted!). For additional information visit their website; Summerskills: The Foxhound at Brixton are still authorising the sales and taking payments for Summerskills beer which Norm can then home deliver. Beer purchased through the Foxhound can also be collected from the brewery and pre-ordered beer collected from the pub (collection from the pub is no longer permitted). The brewery is also managing orders through CAMRA’s Brew2You app and is featured on the Pulling Together page. The beer is bottled by South Hams Drinks. They are having difficulty sourcing the profile of bottle that Summerskills use but there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of glassware generally. Summerskills have the core range: Start Point; Westward Ho! Tamar Best Bitter; Devon Dew; Bolt Head; Indiana’s Bones. In addition there is: Stout; Devon Frost; Turkey’s Delight; Whistle Belly Vengenace; Plymouth Porter and Christmouse. They also had their annual brew of Plymhop in September and have a few firkins of that left. As well as the brewery's beers, Norm can also deliver Hunts and Countryman cider.

  • Pub & Brewery News - 4th January 2021 Monday 4 January 2021

    The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a television address to the country at 2000, on Monday 4th January 2021, following a sustained daily increase in Covid-19 infections, and announced a new National Lockdown.

    This announcement enforced closure of all hospitality venues, including pubs, bars, hotels, etc. Hospitality venues are only permitted to provide delivery of food and drink only. This prevents all takeaway or collection from pubs for the foreseeable future.

    If you are aware of any hospitality venues providing these services during the latest Lockdown 3 period, please email ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@retsambew with details of services being provided, and a link if possible to where the details are advertised, such as social media page or website – Many Thanks ! Stay safe!

    Pub News – Prior to The PM’s Address.

    Post Lockdown 2, from 2nd December 2020 and with Devon being placed in Tier 2, pubs were only permitted to serve alcohol with a “substantial meal”. I listed all 207 pubs in the branch area which were flagged as serving food prior to 20th March 2020. This was divided up between the Branch Committee with 30 pubs for each of them to check if open, safely. These are listed on the website, with a link to this page from the Home Page.

    From this, and other sources, some pubs which didn’t serve food prior to this date now do so. This totals 229 now flagged on What Pub as having “Covid-19 Temporary Arrangements”, as of Wednesday 30th December 2020. A number of them also now do takeaways meals and alcohol. With the situation liable to change at (very) short notice, all pubs have a generic message, with a link to the pub’s social media page or website where the information can be found, as the pub will be able to change one entry quickly, and the Webmaster can not update 450+ pubs every day/week/month!

    The Southway pub, Southway, is now named the Lockdown Bar & Grill, Lockdown Bar & Grill serving food all day, every day. There is plenty of outside eating areas around the front and side of the pub with bench tables, and a children’s play area. The pub is now part of the HSL Group, and not Victoria Inns. Chandler’s Bar & Bistro, Queen Anne’s Battery, is now renamed to Waypoint Bar & Bistro. Waypoint Bar & Bistro. The West Devon Club, West Devon Club, Tavistock, has served up to four cask ales for “a while”, and I have been asked to publicise this fact. However, entry is currently restricted to Members Only at this time. Bonne Sante Plymouth, Bonne Sante Plymouth is a national chain of eateries with a cocktail bar, has opened in the Custom House, The Barbican, PL1 2JP, Tel 01752 310263, a Restaurant & Cocktail Bar.

    Pubs Which Reopened Post Lockdown 2, From Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

    For a list of pubs which MAY be offering food and drink deliveries, please follow this link Pubs Offering Takeaway or Delivery Services - from 31st December 2020. Please use the link to the pub social media page or website to check the latest information – we cannot keep up with this rapidly-changing situation.

    Historical Lists

    For the full list of those pubs which reopened offering substantial meals and table service only following the November 2020 Lockdown 2, please follow this link Pubs Serving Substantial Meals - 2nd to 30th December 2020.

    For a historical list of all those pubs known to have reopened following the first Lockdown, please follow this link Pubs Which Reopened Following Lockdown 1, From 4th July 2020.

    Brewery News

    No news at this time.

  • Pub News - 31st December 2020 Wednesday 30 December 2020

    Prior to the Health Secretary’s Statement on Wednesday 30th December 2020, Plymouth (and Devon) were in Tier 2, meaning alcohol could only be served for on-sale with a “substantial meal”. During the Statement, Plymouth (and Devon and Cornwall) were placed into Tier 3. This means that all pubs must close, but they can provide a collection or delivery service if they wish.

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have tried to maintain accurate lists of those establishments providing services at the various times and following the restrictions in force at that time. We have also tried to produce our own version of Drake's Drinker, which can be found by clicking on the link to download to your computer, Drake's Drinker - Winter 2020-A4-FULL or Drake's Drinker - Winter 2020-A5-Edited.

    Following this announcement today, we believe the following pubs offer takeaway or collection services. Please click on this link:-

    Pubs Offering Takeaway or Delivery Services - from 31st December 2020.

    Historic lists

    Historic lists are also available for the pubs which were able to open following the November 2020 Lockdown 2, which required alcohol to be served with a substantial meal for on-sales. This is available on this link

    Pubs Serving Substantial Meals - 2nd to 30th December 2020.

    For a list of pubs known to have reopened following the first lockdown from March to July 2020, please follow this link

    Pubs Which Reopened Following Lockdown 1, From 4th July 2020

  • Pub & Brewery News - December 2020 Monday 7 December 2020

    Pub News – December 2020

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the virtual Plymouth CAMRA Committee Meeting held on Monday 7th December 2020.

    Burrator Inn, Dousland – is undergoing refurbishment; Lugger, Devonport – incorrect landline replaced by mobile number (from irate domestic customer who gave the mobile number from Facebook !!!); Victoria Inn, Hooe – incorrect landline indicated by landlady, who has been asked to supply the new one. Awaiting further details. Cornwood Inn, Cornwood – reopened and then closed again due to Lockdown. It is now closed on Monday and Tuesday; closed on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes, but open for takeaway in the evenings; Friday and Saturday is open in the evenings (restaurant); & Sunday open for lunchtime only (restaurant). Stannary Arms, – is being renamed Stannary Arms, according to license application, by M & C Beech Ltd, for on and off sales 1200 to 00:00 Mon-Sat, 12:00 to 23:00 Sun and live music 12:00 to 00:00 Mon-Sat. The premises will open to the public at 0800, but there is no indication of when it will reopen. Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy, is only open for takeaway only at the moment (TBC); Roam Brewery Tap, Peverell, is open for takeaway/collection only Tuesday – Friday 1100 – 1600, Saturday 0800 – 1200. Beers ordered for delivery on Fridays only. Stannary Brewery Tap, Tavistock, is open for collection only on Friday 1500 – 1900 and Saturday 1200 – 1600. See website for delivery options. It intends to open for Pre-Christmas drinks on Wednesday & Thursday 1900 - 2200; Friday 1500 - 2000; & Saturday 1200 - 2000; Too Hoppy, Tavistock, the shop is open for takeaway only Tuesday – Sunday 1200 – 1800; Steel Brew Co Taproom, Royal William Yard, is now open with food service. Chandler’s Bar & Bistro, Queen Anne’s Battery, has changed its name to Waypoint Bar & Bistro.

    POST MEETING NOTE The West Devon Club, Tavistock, serves up to four real ales. Sadly, it has been confirmed that the Langdon Court Hotel, Wembury, has closed, after parent company, Heritage Hotels, went into administration in December 2019. The hotel closed in April 2020, with the loss of 20 jobs.

    We have listed pubs which may have reopened following Lockdown 2. These are listed on Pubs Serving Substantial Meals - 2nd to 30th December 2020

    Brewery News

    Anchor House: The brewery website appears to have been discontinued/unavailable. However, they still have a presence on Facebook, and have recently made a collaboration brew with Firebrand Brewing, of Altarnun, Cornwall (Altarnun Brewery Co/Penpont), a 6.0% cherry stout, available in cans.

    Bere: the Brewery continue to do their off sales every Wednesday 4.30-7pm and every Saturday 3-5pm. Please check for updates on their website and Facebook page.

    Billy Ruffian’s: No communication has been possible.

    Bulletproof: the Taphaus was closed prior to Lockdown, due to a customer testing positive for C-19. However, the Taphaus is now open again, for takeaway or eat-in, with Zephyr burgers available whilst dining in. See Facebook for details.

    Dartmoor: They are still brewing and are listed on Pulling Together and deliver nationwide via their own web store. Please see their website for delivery options.

    Ivybridge: no news.

    Morwell: no news. Suspect they are still suspended due to location in tourist attraction. Bob?

    Noss Beers Works: They are listed on the Pulling Together website, and are now available for direct delivery in Plymouth and the South Hams, or for collection from the brewery. Church Ledge, Mew Stone and Ebb Rock are available in 500 ml bottles, 5L mini kegs and bag-in-box (10L & 20L) – see Facebook for full details, or ring 07977 479634 and ask for sales.

    Roam: Roam are still brewing, and the Tap is open as stated above.

    Salcombe; have produced a number of new Special Brews recently: two barrel-aged porters, one in whiskey and one in bourbon, available for £19.95 each in 750 ml bottles; several other Christmas brews, see website for full details.

    Stannary: The Tap is still open on Friday (1500 – 1900) and Saturday (1200 1600) for collection only. See their website for delivery details, including national delivery via courier.

    Summerskills: The brewery is still brewing. The Foxhound at Brixton are still authorising the sales and taking payments for Summerskills beer which Norm can then home deliver. Beer purchased through the Foxhound can also be collected from the brewery and pre-ordered beer collected from the pub.

    The brewery is also managing orders through CAMRA’s Brew2You app and is featured on the Pulling Together page. The beer is bottled by South Hams Drinks. They are having difficulty sourcing the profile of bottle that Summerskills use but there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of glassware generally. Summerskills have the core range: Start Point; Westward Ho! Tamar Best Bitter; Devon Dew; Bolt Head; Indiana’s Bones. In addition there is: Stout; Devon Frost; Turkey’s Delight; Whistle Belly Vengenace; Plymouth Porter and Christmouse. They also had their annual brew of Plymhop in September and have a few firkins of that left.

    As well as the brewery's beers, Norm can also deliver Hunts and Countryman cider.

    Wickwar Wessex Brewery Co have decided to leave brewing and concentrate on running their 20 pub estate – their plant and equipment are up for auction. The company will go into voluntary liquidation, apparently, with their beers being brewed under contract by another brewery. We believe that they intend to concentrate on their pub estate of 20 pubs in and around Bristol and Gloucestershire. It is understood that the reasons for this move into being a pub company only, and not a brewer, are due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and Lockdowns.

    General brewery comments: there is no known UK brewery brewing at their usual levels for this time of year. Most are producing about 25-50% of usual production levels. Lots of brewers have furloughed staff, then brought them back, and then furloughed again. There have been some redundancies throughout the industry.

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all publicans, bar staff, waiting staff, brewers, and all associated Licensed Trade Staff all the very best during these very difficult times.