Campaign for Real Ale

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.