South Devon

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Here is the latest news about pubs and breweries in the branch area.

  • COVID-19 latest pub and brewery news Wednesday 2 December 2020

    It is warming to see that most breweries appear to be still operating albeit at reduced levels. Having said that the information is a little complicated in that some breweries will deliver bottles/draught beer (with or without charge) including beers of different volumes in various types of mini kegs. Others are selling from their shops, but some are asking you not to visit and the only way to check what is available is to make contact with them directly or via their website. For that reason, I have kept detailed information to a minimum and do not want to convey false information.

    The same type of complications also appear with the pubs. Some will be doing beer takeaways and some just food, but there are day and time restrictions and again you will need to make direct contact.

    Pubs and in no particular order.

    Queen's Arms Brixham (our Pub of the Year) and doing take away draught beer

    Teign Cellars, Newton Abbot and takeaway beers in boxes and probably bottles together with food.

    Dartmoor Lodge, Ashburton and food deliveries including Sunday lunch as far as Newton Abbot

    Cridford Inn and food, groceries which include fish

    Shipwrights, Shaldon and food takeaways

    Bridford Inn real cider and food collection including Sunday lunch

    Tally Ho, Littlehempston with Wed and Fri food collections with the possibility of some beer

    Cider Bar, Newton Abbot doing cider take outs

    Rugglestone with food collection and bottled beer

    Old Commerial Inn, Bishopsteignton and building a shop for takeaways including bakery with black puddings and scotch eggs and two draught beers

    Bishop Lacy, Chudleigh with food takeaway during the week and Sunday lunch local delivery

    Ring of Bells Bishopsteignton and delivery of two real ales

    Further information about what pubs are doing in our area:

    The default setting for WhatPub has been changed to show only pubs offering ‘Takeouts and/or deliveries’.

    There are about 50 pubs at present in our area offering this service and they can all be seen by searching WhatPub for ‘South Devon CAMRA’.


    Bays have launched a new on line shop with discount code.

    The address is (it is not on the website) with a 35% discount by entering loyalty 35 at the end of the transaction

    Delivery postcodes TQ 1-14, PL 1-9 and 21, EX 1-9 and 11 with 2 or more cases or £28 spending delivery free.

    Cases are £21.44 and an 18 or 36 pint box of Gold at £25.99 and £42.24

    It seems to be a special offer for CAMRA members

    Black Tor (delivery)

    Red Rock including bottles and a 'real' lager (delivery)

    Salcombe (9 pint in box and free delivery)

    South Hams

    Teignmouth (again bag in box as previously reported)

    New Lion - - online store went live on 29/04/2020 with an extended delivery area to the following;

    Totnes, Dartington, taverton, South Brent, Stoke Gabriel, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Aish, Paignton, Ipplepen, Rattery, Harberton, Harbertonford, Denbury and the surrounding area

    Hunter's Brewery are doing free delivery for most of Devon (£12 for 20 bottles)

    Riviera are doing free delivery to Torbay and Newton Abbot with Drunken Porter (4.6%) imminent then Riviera Gold and RBC in May (9 pint mini kegs + 18 and 41 pint pressurised barrels). They are happy to deliver in any quantity, within reason, bottles, small and large casks, 9-pint mini-kegs.

    Out of Branch area

    Exeter Brewery rumoured to be free delivery to any Devon address and includes a 5 litre mini keg

    Crossed Anchors are doing home delivery

    Roam brewery are doing free deliveries in and around Plymouth with postcodes PL1 to PL9, Fridays delivery only and card payments only.

    My thanks to and in no particular order: Russell Davies, Andrew Thomson, Peter Lister, Chris Bradbury, Adrian Dyer, Alan Waldron, Roger Adams, Lawrence Stringer, Philip German, Brian Clargo, Dave Maddison, Chris R, Sue and Colin Stains, Amanda and Dave Buckler, David Fletcher, Duncan Moss and Les Flower. It really was good to hear from you all.

    That's all for now and look forward to having a drink with you in more clement times.

    Thanks, Chairman Bob

  • Summer News and Brews Thursday 11 June 2020

    Due to covid-19 restrictions, there will be no Summer 2020 News & Brews magazine. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Stay healthy!’

  • Spring 2020 Brewery News Tuesday 10 March 2020

    Brewery news

    Bays Brewery is delighted to be launching a second product to their ‘Craft’ Keg range this April. Following the huge success of their award winning ‘Devon Rock Craft Lager’, ‘Devon Cove Pale Ale’ is the ultimate modern pale ale, combining an array of English malts and five aromatic American hops creating a smooth, refreshingly balanced pale ale with hints of mango, passion fruit and pineapple.

    Black Tor are bringing back three popular limited edition beers in cask from April: Saison 4% abv, Spring Pale 4.4% abv & New Zealand IPA 5.2% abv. They will be serving their cask ales at the new Black Tor Bar at this year’s Devon County Show. Raven 4.2% abv best bitter is being judged in the SIBA National Beer Competition at BeerEx in Liverpool in March.

    George (Ed) Langabeer, head brewer at Bridgetown Brewery’s latest creations - a Red Rye bitter and an Oatmeal Stout - were voted a success at the Albert Inn's Winter Beer Festival. More creations are on the way, including a mild - watch this space. Meanwhile the brewery - which has recently joined SIBA - is delighted that three of its beers - Albert Ale, Cheeky Blonde and Shark Island Stout - will be available at the forthcoming Maltings Beer Festival.

    With Otter Brewery proudly celebrating 30 years as a Devon independent this summer, a steady flow of new brews, as well as the core range of ales and two award winning lagers, continue to keep South West drinkers happy. Say hello to New Wave, the latest Otterfest seasonal - a tasty and fresh range that celebrates their love of music & beer. Deep gold in colour, tangerine & peach on the nose, clean, crisp & fruity on the tongue.

    This year sees the 28th SIBA Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival and as always, Red Rock Brewery are proud to be supporting the event. This year they have their Traditional Red Rock Bitter, Capstan ESB, Award Winning Pilsner, Limited Edition Summer Daze and our Award-Winning Slow Honey. In addition, a one-off brew, brewed solely for this event, Watermelon and Lime Gosa, available in 330ml bottles. Salcombe Brewery has won a silver medal at the European Beer Challenge for Island Street Porter. They are also delighted to announce the launch of Ocean Cider, a premium cider available from the 1st February on draught across the country and 1st March available in 500ml bottles. Ocean Cider (abv 4.5%) is a full-bodied traditional cider with a medium dry taste and a light sparkle. Ocean Cider is produced for Salcombe Brewery by Sheppy’s, one of the oldest cider making families in the world and will be available across the country.

    20th June is South Hams Brewery Mid-Summer Fayre which is a food and craft Fayre where they will be doing time slots for brewery tours and we are working with AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty). They will be again at Devon county show at the Contented Cow bar and brewing the show special ale celebrating 125 years of the show.

    At Summerskills Brewery trade picked up during the autumn and they had a busy Christmas period. Tamar featured in the JD Wetherspoon National Guest Ale programme between January and March and has been popping up in their outlets far and wide, as well as some closer to home. Their Dragon Pioneer IPA has been well received in cask and EcoKegs and they are achieving a more consistent level of secondary fermentation in the latter format. Christmas beers Turkey’s Delight and Christmouse sold well in cask, bottle and mini-keg. Indiana’s Bones has been selling well as has Plymouth Porter, both of which featured alongside Bunker Hill at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival Winter.

    Since starting brewing in 2019, Teignmouth Brewery’s brewer John has also introduced bottle conditioned beers from his existing range. He has a new beer called Devon Dipper and is planning another called Conversion aimed at the Six Nations Rugby championship season. Both these beers are around 4 – 4.5% ABV but other beers are planned. There are plans to expand the brewing equipment by addition of a conditioning tank and more casks and the current bottling arrangements are to be revised to enable greater production.

  • Spring 2020 Pub News Tuesday 10 March 2020

    Every Friday is cheese night at The Old Workshop in Bishopsteignton. The Red Rock Brewery Tap Bar offers a cheese plate with a glass of Port for £7.00. The first Saturday of each month is live music night with their own beer from £2.50 per pint. Their annual Easter Sunday event has inflatable fun provided by Mane Events from 12noon, Easter bonnet competition at 1.30pm followed by the famous egg hunt at 2.30. Lamb roast is available in the beer garden. New landlord at The Bullers Arms in Brixham. Matt Stevens and team dispense Doom Bar, Tribute and a guest beer, sometimes London Pride.

    New owner The Greenway Group has invested £250,000 in The Prince William on Brixham harbour marina side, reopening with a complete refurbishment and reconfiguration of the bar and restaurant area.

    The Queens Arms in Brixham raised £5,572.11 at their December charity beer festival to fund the defibrillator in the phone box outside the pub (News & Brews Pub in Focus Autumn 2019). A packed pub (and road!) witnessed it commissioned on 31st January. The pub was acclaimed in the House by new Totnes MP Anthony Mangnall who lauded its community and charity focus. He had visited the pub during the charity beer festival as Totnes parliamentary candidate, with the then cabinet member Andrea Leadsom.

    St Austell is the new owner of The Royal Castle in Dartmouth.

    The Union Inn at Denbury has planned a series of Morris Dancing evenings for the spring and early summer on the historic and beautiful green outside. When our reporter visited, Proper Job was guest beer.

    The Palk Arms in Hennock is looking for a chef to join the successful pub team. Aspiring applicants can contact the pub at: Meanwhile renovations continue for the lounge/restaurant area and are about to begin in the bar. Planning is also well advanced for the one-day music & beer festival at the pub on May 30th.

    The Thatched Tavern in Maidencombe has reopened after the fire that closed it last year. New operators the Lyndon and Naylor families have carried out a complete refurbishment.

    The Cider Bar in Newton Abbot has a new owner. The partnership of Mike and Sadie Rowland and Julian Marsh from The Palk Arms in Hennock has taken over. Their intention is to run it as the recognisable cider bar it has been for centuries. We wish them well with their new enterprise.

    The 24 hour Scalextric challenge at The Railway Brewhouse in Newton Abbot raised £1,002.68 for Devon Air Ambulance. All the cars made it, although a bit battered at the end.

    Henrys bar in Paignton has reopened after a winter refurbishment complete with new flooring.

    The Isaac Merritt in Paignton has been sold by JD Wetherspoon. Supporting the real ale scene in The Bay since opening in 1998, most of their time saw the pub in the Good Beer Guide and gaining South Devon CAMRA Pub of the Year awards. The new owner keeps the pub name, reopening with 9 beers on the bar at £1.99 a pint. Our best wishes go to manager Chris Reece and team, though CAMRA members reckon they’re off to a flying start with the beers.

    Watch out for a new addition to the pub staff at The Albert Inn in Totnes. Pixie, a rescue dog, will shortly be accompanying Albert on his customary inspections of both the pub and its regulars.

    The Bay Horse Inn in Totnes has announced a slight departure from their normal beer festival dates. The Easter Beer Festival is moving to the weekend of the first Spring Bank Holiday 7 -10 May (from 1800h on 7th), and on 8th from 1100h to 2000h the pub will co-host a food and drink festival with The Kitchen Table in the Rotherfold (at the top of the main street just down from the Bay Horse pub) on the Friday. Geetie Singh-Watson’s first organic pub outside London is now open. The Bull Inn in Totnes has had an extensive renovation. On a recent visit our reporter enjoyed the organic Tom Long bitter from Stroud Brewery and his introduction to organic dining.

    St Austell is the new owner of The Royal Seven Stars in Totnes.