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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 - 05/09/2020, 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 & Brewery News - October 2020 Wednesday 7 October 2020

    The Branch are aware of the following pub and brewery news during September 2020.

    Pub News

    As you will understand, the Government enforced the period of Lockdown from 20th March until Saturday 4th July 2020 for the Covid-19 pandemic. We have tried to maintain a list of those pubs which we know have reopened following the enforced closure – please see Pubs Known To Have Reopened Following Lockdown, where we have over 185 pubs listed. Due to the nature of this rapidly-changing situation, we are unable to list what each pub is doing, but have listed their website and/or social media link, where available. Please contact the pub directly, and not Plymouth CAMRA!

    To see the most up to date list of pubs that have, or are due to, reopen, please click on this link to WHAT PUB Tick the ONLY SHOW VENUES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS check box, and then type the place name, such as Plymouth or Tavistock, in the Search Box. Once the page has refreshed, un-check the filter box "Only Show Pubs and Clubs" to list all venues.

    Tap Tinn, Tavistock, has changed names to Too Hoppy, and Tavy Club has reverted to being Royal British Legion Tavistock. What Pub has been updated to reflect these changes

    Pub Beer Festivals

    Obviously, there are no known pub or other beer festivals at this time.

    Brewery News

    Most brewers in the region have recommenced brewing beer again, and some are still offering a takeaway or collection service direct. Some also offer online postal deliveries.

    Beer Scoring

    CAMRA members can still beer score if they are willing and able to do so. This can be done whilst in the pub, using a mobile phone/tablet, by signing in to What Pub using their membership number and password. Since the pubs reopened, we have received 344 beer scores, for 55 different pubs, submitted by 32 individual members – Thank You very much!

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

    Pub News

    As you will understand, the Government enforced the period of Lockdown from 20th March until Saturday 4th July 2020 for the Covid-19 pandemic. We have tried to maintain a list of those pubs which we know have reopened following the enforced closure – please see Pubs Known To Have Reopened Following Lockdown, where we have over 180 pubs listed. Due to the nature of this rapidly-changing situation, we are unable to list what each pub is doing, but have listed their website and/or social media link, where available. Please contact the pub directly, and not Plymouth CAMRA!

    To see the most up to date list of pubs that have, or are due to, reopen, please click on this link to WHAT PUB Tick the ONLY SHOW VENUES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS check box, and then type the place name, such as Plymouth or Tavistock, in the Search Box. Once the page has refreshed, un-check the filter box "Only Show Pubs and Clubs" to list all venues.

    Pub Beer Festivals

    Obviously, there are no known pub or other beer festivals at this time.

    Brewery News

    Most brewers in the region have recommenced brewing beer again, and some are still offering a takeaway or collection service direct. Some also offer online postal deliveries. Please click on this link to find a brewery near you - PULLING TOGETHER To buy beer directly from a brewery, please click here - BREW 2 YOU, , and follow the on screen prompts.

    Beer Scoring

    CAMRA members can still beer score if they are willing and able to do so. This can be done whilst in the pub, using a mobile phone/tablet, by signing in to What Pub using their membership number and password. Since the pubs reopened, we have received 211 beer scores, for 40 different pubs, submitted by 19 individual members – Thank You very much!

    During this difficult period of time, we would like to wish everyone the very best of health and, please – Stay Safe!

  • Pub & Brewery News - August 2020 Monday 3 August 2020

    The Branch are aware of the following pub and brewery news during July 2020.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all pubs, hotels and restaurants were closed by the government in March 2020 to reduce the spread of this new virus. The Government permitted pubs, hotels and restaurants to reopen from Saturday 4th July, with new Covid-safe restrictions/limitations. These will be different for all premises, because not all pubs are the same and implementation will be different for each establishment.

    We have tried to maintain a list of pubs which we know to be trading, and can be found by clicking on this link, Pub & Brewery News - July 2020

    To see more detailed information of pubs that have, or are due to, reopen, please click on this link to WHAT PUB Please tick the ONLY SHOW VENUES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS check box, and then type the place name, such as Plymouth or Tavistock, in the Search Box.

    Pub News

    The Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe, is due to reopen in September following an electrical fire; the Fishermans Arms, Barbican, is due to open in mid-August, following flood damage; the Fawn Private Members Club, Greenbank, is also due to reopen by mid-August; the licensee of the Market Inn, Tavistock, is due to retire soon; the Nowhere Inn, North Hill, is due to reopen in September; the King Billy, Devonport, is now selling one real ale from local brewer, Summerskills, currently Indiana’s Bones; the Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock, has reopened; & the long-standing landlady of the Drake Manor Inn, Mandy Robinson, has bought the freehold of the pub from Punch Taverns and is now free of tie - we wish her all the very best for the future.

    Brewery News

    Most breweries have recommenced brewing beer again, but we do not have any specific information to report.

    Suffice to say that we would like to wish all breweries, and pubs, all the very best as the country tries to get back to some kind of normality. Please remember to stay within the guidelines set by each individual establishment. Stay safe.

  • Pub & Brewery News - July 2020 Friday 3 July 2020

    To see the most up to date list of pubs that have, or are due to, reopen, please click on this link to WHAT PUB Tick the ONLY SHOW VENUES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS check box, and then type the place name, such as Plymouth or Tavistock, in the Search Box.

    Plymouth CAMRA are aware that the following pubs and clubs were, or are due to, to reopen following closure by Government during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have news of your local pub re-opening, and it is not listed here, please email ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@swenbup and we'll add it to our list.

    Due to the nature of the rapidly-changing situation, we are unable to list details for all pubs, as each and every pub is different and we can not keep up with this as the situation changes. To give you an idea of what is or may be available, please click on this link to download brief details of Selected Pub Reopening Restrictions/Limitations

    LAST UPDATED ON: 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

    1620 Pub & Eatery, Barbican

    A

    Admiral MacBride, Barbican
    Air Mr Bean, North Hill
    Albemarle, Whitleigh
    Anchor Inn, Ugborough
    Anchorage, Billacombe, under a new name, Anchorage, on Friday 30th October 2020 at 1900
    Artillery Arms, Stonehouse
    Avon Inn, Avonwick
    Avondale Arms, Keyham

    B

    Bank, City Centre
    Bedford Hotel, Tavistock
    Bigbury Golf Club, Bigbury
    Blacksmith's Arms, Lamerton
    Blue Peter, Pomphlett
    Bluebird, Higher Compton
    Blues Bar & Grill, Barbican
    Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel
    Brass Monkey, City Centre
    Bread & Roses, City Centre
    Brewery Tap, Stonehouse
    Bridge Bar & Restaurant, Turnchapel
    Brook Inn, Plympton
    Britannia Inn, Milehouse
    Bulletproof Brewery Taphaus, Mutley Plain

    C

    California Inn, California Cross
    Castle Inn, Lydford
    Chaddlewood Inn, Plympton
    Cherry Tree, Pennycross
    Cider House, Bretonside
    Clarence Sports Bar, Stonehouse
    Clifton Inn, Greenbank
    Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel
    Colebrook Inn, Colebrook
    Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop
    Cornish Arms, Tavistock
    Crown & Anchor, Barbican

    D

    Rock Inn, Bickleigh
    Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale
    Dog & Duck, Mutley Plain
    Dolphin Hotel, Barbican
    Dolphin Inn, Newton Ferrers
    Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monochorum
    Drake's Wine Bar & Cafe, Tavistock
    Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock

    E

    Eagle, City Centre
    East Dart Hotel, Postbridge
    Edgcumbe Arms, Milton Abbot
    Elburton Inn, Elburton
    Exchange, Ivybridge
    Exeter Inn, Modbury

    F

    Falstaff Inn, Southway
    Fareham Inn, Coxside
    Fawn Private Members Club, Greenbank
    Ferry House Inn, Saltash Passage
    Firkin Dog House, Stonehouse
    Firkin Scholar, Stoke
    Fishermans Arms, Barbican, due to reopen middle of September, following flood damage
    Fishermans Rest, Aveton Gifford
    Ford Hotel, Ford
    Fortescue Hotel, Mutley Plain
    Foxhound Inn, Brixton
    Friary Vaults, St Judes

    G

    George Inn, Plympton
    Gog & Magog, Barbican
    Golden Hind, Mannamead
    Gossip, Bretonside
    Great Western Railway Staff Association Club, Laira, Laira

    H

    Herbert Hotel, Morice Town
    Horse & Groom, Bittaford
    Hotel Mount Batten, Mount Batten
    Hyde Park, Mutley Plain

    I

    Imperial Inn, Ivybridge

    J

    Jack Rabbit, Derriford
    Jack Cham's Lounge Bar, Tavistock
    James Street Vaults, North Hill plan to reopen in August date TBC
    Jolly Jack's Bar & Bistro, Stonehouse
    Jolly Miller, Estover
    Junction, Mutley Plain

    K

    King's Arms, Tamerton Foliot
    King Billy, Devonport
    King's Head Tavern, Bretonside
    King's Tamerton Community Centre & Social Club
    Kitty O' Hanlon's, City Centre

    L

    Lockyers Quay, Coxside, plan to reopen on Friday 31st July 2020
    London Inn, Horrabridge
    London Inn, Plympton
    Lopes Arms, Roborough
    Lord High Admiral, Stonehouse
    Lord Louis Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, Plympton
    Lounge, Devonport
    Lyneham Inn, Plympton

    M

    Mannamead, Mutley Plain
    Marina Bar, Barbican
    Maritime Inn, Barbican
    Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy
    Masonic Inn, Stoke
    Melbourne Inn, Stonehouse
    Mildmay Colours, Holbeton
    Millbridge Inn, Millbridge
    Minerva Inn, Barbican,
    Modbury Inn, Modbury
    Moorland Hotel, Wotter
    Morley Arms, Plymstock Laira Bridge
    Mountain Inn, Lutton
    Mussel Inn, Down Thomas

    N

    Navy Inn, Barbican
    Newmarket Tavern, City Centre
    Noahs Ark, City Centre
    Nowhere Inn, North Hill, due to reopen on Monday 31 August
    Number Ten, Stonehouse

    O

    Odd Wheel, Wembury
    Old Smithy, Ivybridge
    Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers
    OMG Bar, Barbican

    P

    Parkway Sports Club, Ernesettle
    Peter Tavy Inn, Peter Tavy
    Pheasant Pluckers Arms, Stoke
    Pickwick Inn, St Ann's Chapel
    Plume Of Feathers Inn, Princetown
    Plympton Conservative Club, Plympton
    Plymstock Inn, Plymstock
    Post Office Inn, Plympton
    Prince Maurice, Eggbuckland
    Prince Of Wales Hotel, Princetown
    Providence, Greenbank
    Pub On The Hoe, The Hoe, due to reopen on Friday 11th September at 1700 following an electrical fire

    Q

    Queen's Arms, Tamerton Foliot
    Queen's Head Hotel, Tavistock

    R

    Raffles Club, Mutley
    Rakuda Kitchen & Cocktails, Barbican
    Rising Sun Inn, Higher Compton
    Roam Brewery Tap, Peverell
    Rock Inn, Yelverton
    Rose & Crown, Yealmpton
    Roundabout, City Centre
    Royal Inn, Horsebridge
    Royal Naval Arms, Keyham
    Royal Oak Inn, Meavy
    Royal Oak, Hooe

    S

    Salumi Bar & Eatery, Millbay
    Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot
    Seymour Arms, Greenbank
    Ship Inn, Barbican
    Ship Inn, Noss Mayo
    Ship's Tavern, Plymstock
    Sportsman's Inn, Ivybridge
    St Elizabeth's House, Plympton
    St Johnston's Sports & Social Club, Keyham
    Stable, Barbican
    Staddy Function Centre, Staddiscombe
    Stannary Brewery Tap, Tavistock
    Stannary Court, Plympton
    Steel Brew Co Taproom, Royal William Yard
    Stoke Bar & Grill, Stoke - reopening for food, booking required
    Stoke Inn, Stoke
    Swallow, Bretonside
    Swan Inn, Noss Mayo
    Swan, City Centre
    Switch, North Hill

    T

    Tavistock Inn, Tavistock
    Tamar, Crownhill
    Three Crowns, Barbican
    Three Ferrets, Morice Town
    Tradesman's Arms, Stonehouse
    Treby Arms, Sparkwell
    Trehill Arms, Ivybridge
    Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick

    U

    Unicorn, Plympton
    Union Inn, Plympton
    Union Rooms, City Centre

    V

    Vessel Beer Shop, City Centre
    Victoria Inn, Hooe
    Vine, Stonehouse
    Volunteer Inn, Yealmpton

    W

    Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton
    Walrus, City Centre
    Warren House Inn, Postbridge
    Waterfront Pub & Eating House, The Hoe
    Westward Inn, Lee Mill
    Whitchurch Inn, Whitchurch, Tavistock
    White Hart Hotel, Modbury
    White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior
    Who'd Have Thought It Inn, Milton Combe

    Y

    Yealm Yacht Club, Newton Ferrers

  • Scott Prideaux - RIP Monday 1 June 2020

    Scott Prideaux – RIP

    It is with great sadness that Plymouth CAMRA has learned that Scott Prideaux, formally of the Sales and Social Media Team at Dartmoor Brewery, Princetown, and leading figure in the Jail Ale Appreciation Society, has died.

    He was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2017, but continued to live life with positivity, and spent a number of years raising awareness of this disease. He was responsible for enabling Plymouth landmarks, including the Guildhall, to glow purple to raise awareness after contacting Tudor Evans at the City Council.

    His daughters paid a touching tribute to their "wonderful" dad on social media. The post said “It’s with a broken heart we tell you that Scott passed away early this morning [on Monday 1st June]. He was comfortable and surrounded by love.”

    Plymouth CAMRA would like to pass on our condolences to his wife, Sarah, and his two daughters, Alexandra and Olivia.

    Ian (Dickie) Dickinson,
    On behalf of Plymouth CAMRA

  • Roger Ryman - RIP Friday 29 May 2020

    Roger Ryman - RIP

    Head Brewer and Brewing Director, St Austell Brewery, 1999 - 2020

    Plymouth CAMRA is very sad to have heard that Roger Ryman, Brewing Director, St Austell Brewery, passed away last week, at the age of 52, after a brave battle with cancer.

    When Roger was appointed Head Brewer in 1999, St Austell Brewery was a moribund local brewery, producing mediocre beers, and reliant on its near monopoly of pubs in Cornwall.

    However, newly appointed Chairman and CEO James Staughton knew that the brewery had to expand and diversify if it wasn’t to gradually fade into obscurity.

    The first step was to appoint a new Head Brewer. At the interview, the young Roger, from Maclay and Co in Alloa, Scotland, impressed James with his enthusiasm and integrity, being honest enough to say he didn’t think much of Tinners, St Austell’s flagship beer at that time!

    James said “The job of Head Brewer was already effectively his, right there and then – we need not have seen anyone else. He was the breath of fresh air our brewery so desperately needed at the time.”

    Roger’s first new brew was “Daylight Robbery”, brewed to celebrate the total eclipse of the Sun, visible from Devon and Cornwall that year (1999). Originally intended as a seasonal brew, it was immediately so successful, that it continued to be brewed, until eventually it was renamed “Tribute”, and became St Austell’s flagship ale.

    There then followed a string of successful ales, including Proper Job, Trelawney, Korev Cornish Lager, Mena Dhu, Admiral’s Ale (very sadly no longer brewed) and Cornish Best Bitter, creating an entirely new portfolio for St Austell Brewery. these beers took the brewery from strength to strength, and St Austell became a major national brewery.

    Roger travelled the country, and the world, to work with and learn from other brewers, bringing back hops, malts and recipes from all over.

    At the brewery, he created a unique team of young brewers dedicated to brewing ales of the highest quality.

    In many ways the quality he created was his most important, but mainly unsung, achievement, no longer “St Awful”, a bad pint of St Austell in a pub is now a very rare event indeed.

    Roger persuaded the brewery to invest in new plant to improve quality and capacity, and also to build a new Small Batch Plant, with a capacity of 10 brewer’s barrels. This gave his team of brewers the opportunity to experiment, and to create new beers. From the Small Batch Plant came the “Small Batch Club”, thirty outlets, both free and tied trade who would each take and sell a firkin (9 gallons) of the beers produced. This enabled the drinking public to share the tastes and delights of new and very different ales from the brewery on a regular basis.

    Roger was a very good friend to CAMRA, supporting our festivals and events with ales and, through his colleagues, with financial help. He was always ready to help, advise and support other small brewers in Cornwall.

    No tribute to Roger would be complete without mentioning the “Celtic Beer Festival”, held at the brewery in November each year. The first was held in 1999, after Roger had been at the brewery for just six months, providing a showcase not just for St Austell beers, but for beers from all Celtic regions, including, of course, many local beers. Last year’s festival (2019) was the 21st, but of course, with Corona Virus, we do not know if it will be held this year. This festival has achieved an outstanding reputation throughout the nation as one of the best beer festivals in the country, (to me it is the best, but then, I am biased.)

    Finally, on behalf of Plymouth CAMRA, can I pass on to Toni, his wife, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues in the brewing industry our most sincere condolences.

    This sad news has been compiled from St Austell Brewery website and a tribute by St Austell Brewery CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer, Clint O’Conner.

  • Pub and Brewery News - May 2020 Monday 18 May 2020

    The Branch are aware of the following pub and brewery news during April and May 2020.

    Pub News

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all pubs, hotels and restaurants were closed by the government in March 2020 to reduce the spread of this new virus. However, some have been able to provide a service to local residents.

    CAMRA has launched two websites and Apps to try and help pubs and breweries who are able to provide a service of takeaway, collection or delivery of food and/or drink. Details can be found on the PULLING TOGETHER website, for both local and national facilities. Some have online stores.

    We are aware of the following local pubs providing a service, in alphabetical order, Horse & Groom, Bittaford; Stannary Brewery Tap, Tavistock; Vessel Beer Shop, City Centre; & Walkhampton Inn, Walkhampton.

    Brew2You is a new App designed by CAMRA, in association with SIBA, Cask Marque and the British Institute of Innkeepers, to help breweries and pubs to promote and sell their products. It is especially useful if the brewery/pub does not have their own online store. It is available in the App Store and Google Play. Please visit the Brew 2 You web link for full details HERE

    If you are a brewer or publican interested in becoming a partner, Brew2You can be helpful in providing an online store for breweries and pubs, who can both join the scheme, by clicking this link JOIN

    Brewery News

    Dartmoor, free (and contact-free) local delivery to Princetown, Dousland, Tavistock and Yelverton, of bottled beers, via the online shop. Online sales of 8-bottle cases (min 2 cases) for free delivery nationwide. Some T & Cs may apply. Dartmoor shop is available HERE; Noss Beer Works, are offering free local deliveries of bottled beers. Telephone 07977 479634 or email ku.oc.skrowreebsson@tcatnoc; Roam, Brewery Tap is closed. They are providing a local delivery service within Plymouth postcodes PL1 to PL9 inclusive, via online shop, or ring 01752 251059 at ROAM SHOP; Salcombe, are offering free delivery for Devon postcodes between Kingsbridge, Plymouth and Exeter. Cases of 8 bottles, 12 bottles beer/cider or 9 pint bag-in-box. A selection of other fresh produce is also available, eg potatoes, fresh artisan cheese, pies. See SALCOMBE SHOP; Summerskills, Orders being taken via social media (Facebook) or email ku.oc.slliksremmus@mron. Mixed case bottles, 5L mini kegs, 20L bag-in-box beers, Hunts and Countryman cider available in 20L bag-in-box, plus Hunts bottled cider. Orders to be collected via Foxhound Inn, Brixton, near Plymouth. Home delivery may be arranged.

    In addition, a selection of Bulletproof Brewing’s German-style lager beers, and guest beers, are available for delivery via the online shop. There is a minimum delivery order of £20. Free delivery within 5 miles of the Bulletproof Brewery Taphaus, Mutley Plain, other areas (UK-wide) flat delivery rate of £6.50. Order by Thursday for a Saturday delivery. Please see BULLETPROOF SHOP; & Steel Brew Co have now successfully moved into their new home in Royal William Yard. Details are available on social media. Sadly, it would appear that Moonchild, of Okehampton, have been dissolved, according to Companies House, from 9th April 2020.

    For detailed information of services being provided by breweries, cider producers and beer providers near you, or nationally, please visit PULLING TOGETHER. Please visit the Brew 2 You web link for full details of breweries and pubs with new online facilities HERE.