Pub News December 2019

Sunday 5 January 2020

Pub news Robin and Caroline Lewis are the new landlords of the Cromwell Arms in Bovey Tracey.

Participants at a recent branch meeting at The Old Coaching Inn in Brixham enjoyed 3 beers straight from the cask - Dartmoor Best, Otter Ale and Palmers 200.

Coombe Cellars in Combeinteignhead had Butcombe Rare Breed and Doom Bar on a recent visit and were found to be on form.

The Cott Inn in Dartingtion took the Top British pub 2019 award in The Great British Pub awards.

Renovations continue apace at The Palk Arms in Hennock ready for the Xmas period.

The Ship in Kingswear has changed exterior colour from white to a grey and blue livery. Our reporter found the Jail, Trelawny and Exmoor Gold to be on good form.

Gary and Julie Roberts (of Cromwell Arms, Bovey Tracey fame) have moved to the Kestor Inn in Manaton. This next chapter of their life sees them running a free of tie pub, and with plans for a microbrewery.

The Live & Let Live at Landscove has a new manager, Tom. His intention is to replace one of the 2 local beers served by handpump with an ever changing nationally sourced ale.

Rock for Rowcroft raised £2,481.92 at The Railway Brewhouse in Newton Abbot.

The Taphouse & Bottle Shop in Newton Abbot has just celebrated its 3rd birthday as an ‘on licensed’ premises. To coincide it has made changes to the bar layout, enabling the introduction of more beer taps. This includes an extra handpump, bringing the number of real ales able to be served to four. As usual, the bar will be open 7 days a week in the fortnight leading up to Christmas. The new upstairs facilities are available for hire.

Roger Cudlip was visibly moved when presented with the CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year award by Regional Director Gareth McDonald in a packed pub. The Tom Cobley in Spreyton now goes on to be considered for the National award, a trophy they are familiar with from the past!

The Blue Anchor in Teignmouth has won the 2019 Herald Express Pub of the Year competition, retaining the title it won in 2018!

Skinners Betty Stoggs has made a reappearance in The Old Church House in Torbryan and our reporter found it in excellent condition.

Over in Totnes, the Halloween Beer Festival at The Albert Inn was a great success despite the atrocious weather which destroyed the pub gazebo! The next Beer Festival will be 24-26 January 2020.