Spring 202 Pub News

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Pub news

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: theonlypalkarms.co.uk. 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.