Pub and Brewery News

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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 Photographs, 8/4/19, 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 - May 2019 Wednesday 1 May 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the May Branch Social Meeting on Wednesday 1st May

    Pub News

    The following beers have been on sale at the following rarely-reported pubs during the last few weeks:-

    Brass Monkey Bateman’s St George’s Glory; McMullen Hertford Bucket List; & Roam Tavy Porter; Brewery Tap Hunter’s Bluebeard’s Revenge, Devon Dreamer; Bays Topsail; Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock – Sharp’s Doom Bar; Edgcumbe Arms, Milton Abbot – Dartmoor Jail Ale; Elephant's Nest Inn – Palmer’s IPA; FordPurity Mad Goose; Fox & Hounds Hotel, Bridestowe, Lydford – Dartmoor Jail Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord; Lockyers Quay, Coxside – Sharp’s Doom Bar; St Austell Tribute; Lord High Admiral, Stonehouse – Otter Amber; Harbour Antipodean IPA; Rising Sun Inn, Compton – Dartmoor Jail Ale; Sharp’s Doom Bar (and guest, Sea Fury); Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht ClubDartmoor Jail Ale; Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot – Exe Valley Hopsit; Fuller’s London Pride; Penpont Cornish Ruby Red; Cotleigh Amadeus; Timothy Taylor Landlord; & Vine, Stonehouse – Dartmoor Jail Ale.

    Long-standing publican, George Harvey, has left the Providence Inn, Greenbank. We wish him all the very best on his retirement.

    Duke of York Hotel, Tavistock, is undergoing refurbishment, as is the Falstaff Inn, Southway. Beer festivals were held at Minerva Inn, Barbican, and Walkhampton Inn, recently, with excellent reviews on both. A new beer from a “new” brewery which was on the list at Minerva Inn and was called Billy Ruffian’s Bread Ale, at 3.8%.

    Cask Marque Accreditation

    Was lost and regained by Eagle, City Centre, due to an admin error; and the Maritime Inn is no longer accredited to Cask Marque.

    Brewery News

    Stannary brewed a one-off cask ale which was available at the Walkhampton Inn beer festival, and was very well received. Let’s hope that this becomes a new addition to their core range. A “Meet The Brewer” evening was held at the Mannamead, Mutley Plain, on Monday 30 April for Summerskills Brewery, where a range of their beers was available on the bar. A Tap Takeover will be held at Britannia Inn, Milehouse, on Monday, 20, May, featuring beers from Clearwater Brewery, of Bideford, North Devon. Please see Tap Takeover - Clearwater Brewery for further details. A Tap Takeover will also take place in Hutong Cafe, Stonehouse, from 1900 on Saturday 1 June, by new “nano-brewery”, Steel Beer Co, of Plymouth. Please see Tap Takeover - Steel Brew Co for further details

  • Pub And Brewery News - April 2019 Monday 1 April 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the branch committee meeting on Monday 1st April 2019.

    Pub News

    Venue, Tavistock, is undergoing a refurbishment and is now known as the Craft Emporium, opening times unknown at present. Trout 'N' Tipple, also in Tavistock, is back under the stewardship of Abigail – we wish her well. Famous Firkin and Firkin Dog House, both in Stonehouse, no longer serve real ale. Walrus, City Centre, serves St. Austell Tribute. Notte Inn, Barbican, is closed for refurbishment. It may re-open as an eatery/restaurant. Black Jack’s, Barbican, is now called Rust & Royal, but does not serve any real ale. The Plymstock Club, Plymstock, opens at 1030 Monday – Saturday, and at 1200 on Sundays. The regular real ale in the Plymouth Hoe Club is Hunter’s Devon Dreamer.

    Beer festivals are due to take place at the Dolphin Hotel Easter Beer Festival 2019, Barbican; Minerva Inn Easter Beer Festival 2019, Barbican and Walkhampton Inn Easter Beer Festival 2019, Walkhampton, over the Easter Weekend. The Boringdon Arms Beer Festival returns at the end of April, on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th. The STERTS Theatre Taming The Brew Beer Festival, Upton Cross, takes place on Saturday 4th May, from 1400.

    Brewery News

    Summerskills Brewery have brewed a commemorative ale for the Maltings Beer Festival, First In, Last Out, which was brewed with the last malt made at Tucker’s Maltings before its’ closure last Autumn. The SIBA Tucker's Maltings Beer Festival 2019 takes place on the green in marquees in front of the old Tucker's Maltings building in Newton Abbot on Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April. Roam have once again won an award for Tavy Porter. This time it is a Silver medal in the CAMRA SW CBOB Competition - well done Jon, as he received his award from South West Regional Director, Gareth MacDonald. We are happy to point out that Glastonbury Ales have not changed their name.

  • Pub And Brewery News - March 2019 Wednesday 6 March 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Meeting on Wednesday 6 March 2019

    Pub News

    It’s all quiet on both the pub and brewery fronts this month. Explorer, formally Ordulph Arms, in Tavistock, has closed as a pub and became a part of the club, Craft Emporium. The Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, joined LocAle Scheme this month. No pubs have gained Cask Marque accreditation this month, however, the Edgcumbe Arms, Milton Abbot, and California Inn, California Cross, no longer have accreditation.

    Brewery News

    There is no significant brewery news this month. However, all SIBA breweries are getting ready for the Maltings Beer Festival, Newton Abbot, in April. The festival runs from 1700 on Thursday 11 April until 2300 on Saturday 13 April 2019, in a marquee on the lawn in front of the Tucker’s Maltings building, 5 minutes walk from Newton Abbot railway station. Please see SIBA Tucker's Maltings Beer Festival 2019 for more details. Long-established Glastonbury Ales, of Somerset, have changed their name to Parkway Brewery, apparently. More details to follow if/when known.

  • Pub And Brewery News - February 2019 Monday 4 February 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Committee Meeting on Monday 4 February 2019

    Pub News

    Carpe Diem, North Hill, has changed its name to Crafty Half. It has four cask ales, but serves only in half pint measures. The Cherry Tree, Ham Drive, is getting a new landlady soon. They have two pumps at present, with the potential for four. The Explorer, Tavistock, closed in January and is now part of Craft Emporium, centered around the upstairs room. The Tavistock Inn, Tavistock, now sells two Holsworthy Ales alongside Dartmoor Jail Ale.

    Brewery News

    There is no significant brewery news this month. However, all SIBA breweries are getting ready for the Maltings Beer Festival, Newton Abbot, in April. The festival runs from 1700 on Thursday 11 April until 2300 on Saturday 13 April 2019, in a marquee on the lawn in front of the Tucker’s Maltings building, 5 minutes walk from Newton Abbot railway station. See SIBA Tucker's Maltings Beer Festival 2019 for more details.

  • Pub and Brewery News - January 2019 Wednesday 9 January 2019

    The following pub and brewery news was reported at the Branch Meeting on Wednesday 9 January 2019 (repeat of the December committee meeting news, plus extra).

    Yelverton Golf Club gained cask marque accreditation in September, serving Doom Bar plus guest; Woodside, city centre closes at 2359 in Friday eves; Falstaff Inn, Southway, now serves Doom Bar and lunchtime food daily; Who'd Have Thought It Inn no longer gives a CAMRA Discount on real ales or ciders; Maritime Inn, Barbican, closes at 2359 on Sundays; Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge, reopened, serving a selection of constantly-changing local real ales; Swan Inn, Noss Mayo, has reopened under new licensees; Friary Vaults Social Club, St Judes, has reopened as Friary Vaults, a public house, also under new licensees; TapTinn, a craft beer bar and bottle shop, has opened in Tavistock and is open from 1200-2200 Wed-Sun, but accepts card payment only; Grenville Hotel, St Judes, is under new licensees – Good Luck to all new publicans in their new ventures!

    Cask Marque Accreditation:

    Has been gained by Rising Sun Inn, Compton, and the King's Arms, Oreston. However, the Ship’s Tavern, Elburton, no longer has accreditation.

    Brewery News

    The long-awaited 6 BBL plant has now been installed at Stannary in Tavistock. Two Drifters Brewery has relocated to Exeter from Vancouver, Canada, via Swansea, South Wales.