Here is the latest news about pubs and breweries in the branch area.
- Spring 202 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: 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.
- Spring 2020 Brewery News
Tuesday 10 March 2020
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.
- Brewery News December 2019
Sunday 5 January 2020
Following Bays Brewery’s success in 2018 where their beer Devon Dumpling won Silver Champion Beer of Britain in the Strong Bitter Category, they have had further success this year where their other beers ‘Topsail’ and ‘Gold’ were both finalists in the 2019 Champion Beer of Britain. Christmas beer ‘Jingle Ale’ is now available in most pubs across the region. ‘Jingle Ale’ is an "all singing, all dancing" Christmas bitter! Deep amber in colour with a subtle sweetness throughout, easy drinking with a festive hoppy finish. It is also available in 10 and 20 litre polypins direct from their brewery shop in Paignton.
Advent 4.8% ABV, Black Tor’s popular ruby red festive ale fortified with special reserve port is in pubs and also available in bottles for the first time. November saw release of Nine Maidens IPA 5% abv in cask, a modern IPA brewed with 9 new world hop varieties full of tropical fruit and citrus flavours and dry bitter finish. A new website with webshop was recently launched, with bottles and merchandise now available to buy direct from the brewery online. Black Tor will be running a cask ale bar and selling bottles and Christmas giftpacks at The Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington 14th & 15th December. January will see the return of seasonal beer Resolutiun 4.4% abv in pubs, a golden-straw coloured malty bitter late hopped with Wakatu hops with refreshing lime zest flavours and floral aromas.
The Bridgetown Brewery Xmas offering, Queens Speech, has been brewed and will be available for the festive season and will also feature in the upcoming January beer festival at the Albert from 24 – 26 January. Meanwhile Head Brewer George is also attempting to brew a pumpkin beer for the winter months, and the brewery is delighted to boast their recent SIBA accreditation.
Dartmoor Winter Warmer, Dragon’s Breath, is available in both cask and bottle.
It has been a very busy few months for New Lion Brewery, since it moved to the new premises at Webber's Yard Dartington in August, as preparations were needed to move and connect the brewing equipment. In October the long awaited Community Benefit Society was launched and investors from the local community were invited to become co-owners of the brewery. A minimum investment of £35,000 was required to refurbish the premises, with a maximum of £330,000 to do absolutely everything. In the event the launch raised £176,000 through 270 investors over the course of 42 days. This will allow for a new bar, some solar panels and more fermenting capacity and the work will start soon. The brewery has its brewery tap open on Fridays as before, and from mid- December they are hoping for Saturday 1700-2100 (check with brewery advisable).
Platform 5 has recently expanded the fermenting room which will now house 5 X 6BBL Fermentation tanks in order to keep up with increasing demand. They currently in the process of brewing an Oatmeal stout which will be on the bars of their 3 pubs, The Railway Brewhouse in Newton Abbot, Molloys in Torquay and Molloys in Teignmouth in December. The name had not been decided as we went to press.
Riviera Brewing has had another busy year with ales travelling far and wide. Recently Torbay Express 5% and Drunken Porter 4.4% found their way to the far north of Scotland on a special land cruise train. Currently the brewery is ramping up production for the Christmas and New Year season with special ales being produced. Santa Express 5% is a spiced amber ale, Christmas Gold 4% and Winter Warmer 4.4% Dark Ale. All are available direct from the brewery in bottle and small cask, some larger casks will find their way into selected local pubs. New Generation British hops continue to be a feature of RBC Ales, Jester and Olicana are currently being used with more to follow next year. The planned expansion of the store room has enabled a larger stocks of Barley Malts to be kept. RBC Ale is brewed with Maris Otter floor malt providing the best flavour profile and a regular supply is currently obtained from Warminster Maltings.
Salcombe Brewery sees a January launch of its first reduced alcohol beer, Salcombe Lite, an ABV 2.5% small batch brew which will be available until stocks last on draught in pubs across the country and in bag-in-boxes (5L, 10L and 20L) from the brewery shop. It’s a smooth golden ale with floral hints and a spicy hit. Also returning is festive favourite Christmas Tide, available in bottle/bag in boxes and on draught. This malt-driven beer is ideal for a winter’s day with crystal, chocolate and wheat malts that bring warmth and body to the beer. The plethora of hops build on the chocolatey malt base and add a bittersweet finish.
South Hams now owns Ashridge Ciders and Soft Drinks; an award-winning producer of traditional drinks notably the extremely popular Devon Gold and Devon Blush Ciders, the Sparkling organic Elderflower Pressé and Cox & Bramley Apple Juice; recent winners in the Taste of The West Awards 2019. Additions to the brewery awards cabinet: a Silver for Wild Blonde in the Food & Drink Devon Awards, and also Golds for the Sherman American Pale Ale and the whisky hued Cloch Point.
Devon Porter milk stout and Black + White - two ales that are guaranteed to get the glasses raised across the county. Their newly launched Mulled Cider a warm, spiced drink that keeps for 90 days when opened and is a choice that has become ever more popular with cider drinkers, and also with ale drinkers looking for something a little more festive as we head up to the Christmas period.
Summerskills Westward Ho! featured in the JD Wetherspoon National Guest Ale programme between September and November and was well received. They are now making regular trips down to Cornwall and three of their beers were featured at the October Cornwall CAMRA beer festival in Falmouth. They brewed an IPA with Centennial hops to coincide with the 4th July celebrations and another with Slovenian Dragon hops. The IPAs are being trialled in EcoKegs at a couple of venues in Plymouth and getting the right level of secondary fermentation in these containers is proving to be an interesting learning experience! Their local hop grower had a good crop again this year so they produced our green hop Plymhop Ale at the end of September. Christmas beers Turkey’s Delight and Christmouse have been brewed and bottled ready for the festive season. Stronger, darker beers such as Whistle Belly Vengeance and Indiana’s Bones are selling well and Plymouth Porter has made a seasonal return as has our Stout.
Launched in May 2019, Teignmouth Brewery is run by brewer John Norish who learned his trade at the Teignworthy brewery in Newton Abbot. Currently there are three beers brewed, Templar, Portside and Deckhand. All these have abvs around 4 – 4.5%. Beer is supplied in casks to some of the local pubs, notably the Blue Anchor in Teignmouth and the Devon Arms in Torquay. The brewery has recently started a line of bottle conditioned ales and also have a Christmas seasonal ale ‘Blitzed’ planned or even brewed by the time this gets to print.
The South West Regional Cider of the year is Ventons Thirst Responder. Awarded at Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 it progresses to the national competition finals at Reading in May.
- 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.
- September Brewery News
Monday 30 September 2019
September sees the launch of Breakwater, Bays Brewery’s first American IPA.
Black Tor’s Blonde 3.8% abv was a guest ale at The Stranger’s Bar in the Houses of Parliament recently. Jonathon met with local MP Mel Stride to share a pint and fly the flag for Devon ales. Raven 4.2% abv best bitter and Blonde 3.8% abv were served at GBBF in London. A new beer Tap Tackle 4% abv was launched for the rugby world cup, a malty, fruity amber ale brewed with Bramling Cross hops. Black Tor’s popular festive ruby red ale Advent 4.8% abv, which is fortified with special reserve port, returns in cask and also bottles for the first time in October. Recent investments at the brewery have increased capacity as the brewery continues to grow including a semi-automated 3-head cask washer, another van and drayman.
Increased production at Bridgetown Brewery due to increased demand for its beers, means that brewer George "Ed" Langabeer has also been entrusted (!!) with driving the brewery van to aid deliveries. Recent collaborations - "Kozbest" - a malty best bitter - and "Cheeky Phil", an IPA brewed to commemorate the late landlord of the Nowhere Inn, were great successes. The brewery is also in the process of joining SIBA to help in showcasing its beers to a wider audience. Dartmoor Brewery has a new Managing Director. Head brewer Ian Cobham has taken over at the top of the Devon brewery.
Devon Earth are brewing Lost In The Woods and Devon Earth for both Abbfest and Falmouth Beer festivals. The Edgemoor Hotel just outside Bovey Tracey has been taking their ale along with Arthur at Avalon Wholesale & Brewing who has been sending the beers to various beer festivals across the country.
It’s been 10 years since Otter dug down and constructed the UK’s first eco cellar. Constructed over two years, half of it sits half underground and is built from honeycomb clay blocks more commonly used in the Alps. From concept to completion, by trapping the sun’s light and heat and building down rather than up, it’s a testament to intelligent eco-design in the 21st century.
Crowning the upper level is a living sedum roof which recycles rain water. The earth’s core temperature is used to cool the lower level area to 12°C – the ideal storage temperature for cask ale. This replaces the need to have 8 chillers and compressors running 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, all of which saves over 6½ tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Just one of a long list of green initiatives across the brewery.
Salcombe Brewery is showing its support for the England rugby team throughout the Rugby World Cup with the launch in September of its very special limited edition Red Rose beer, which will be available from the brewery in bag-in-boxes via the shop and online, and on draught in pubs across the country.
Brewer, Sam Beaman comments: “We are huge rugby fans here at Salcombe Brewery so we were very excited at the prospect of creating a beer to celebrate the World Cup. Just like the competition, Red Rose brings together some of the best ingredients from across the globe with hops from Britain, New Zealand and the New World. We like to think that the result is a world class beer and we hope that England will be coming out at the top of the table too!” Red Rose (ABV 4.0%) is a mahogany malty beer that has a spiced caramel and toffee malt base with a balanced bitterness followed by a smooth fruity finish. Created using a range of both British, New World and New Zealand hops the result is a flavoursome beer that is both subtle and complex. Sam continues: “Red Rose is the ideal beer to enjoy throughout the World Cup season. I plan to team mine up with a steak and ale pie for the perfect match day combination and hope to be raising a glass or two to toast England’s success in the competition.”
- September pub news
Monday 30 September 2019
The Exeter Inn in Ashburton has a new landlord. David Hattersley continues with Dartmoor IPA and Legend on the bar, plus a changing guest beer. By the time you read this the pub should have a new look after a refurbishment.
New ownership at The George Inn in Blackawton. John Smart has taken over this popular village local and has commenced a refurb. He intends having a Teignworthy beer on the bar all the time with rotating guests.
The Prince William in Brixham has joined the Greenway Group, the local family company known for River Dart cruises. In Hennock, The Palk Arms dining room refurbishment is now finished, as is the cellar upgrade (which includes a new cooling plant) while work is ongoing to redecorate the back bar. Mine host Mike Rowlands is pleased to announce that the Hunts cider handpump is now in place and the Palk is now a CAMRA-accredited real cider pub. Meanwhile plans are also afoot for the on-site brewery.
Jay and Heather Murray are new landlords at The Church House Inn in Holne The newly refurbished Lord Nelson in Kingskerswell had Clearwater Mariners and Flying Monk Mighty Monk on the bar on a recent visit and were found to be first class.
Another refurbishment, this time at The Sloop in Kingskerswell. The IPA and Abbot were both on form and our reporter enjoyed the GK Hungry Horse CAMRA beer discount as well.
The August beer festival at The Tally Ho in Littlehempston was enjoyed by all with our reporter remarking the range was probably the most adventurous he’d had all year.
A change of manager at The Taphouse in Newton Abbot sees Josh Pitts taking over at this South Devon CAMRA 2019 Pub of the Year.
A fire at The Lime Tree in Paignton closed the pub. Gary King and team are working hard to reopen the town centre location and complete the original refurbishment.
Cliff Morgan has taken over as steward at Shaldon Conservative Club.
Phil and Donna McCann and a new management team have taken over The Sea Trout in Staverton – a rare Palmers pub in South Devon.
The recent Summer Beer Festival at The Albert in Totnes was voted a great success. Their next beer festival is the Autumn Beer Festival, featuring around 10 beers and 7 ciders, which will be from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November.
The Bay Horse in Totnes is taking part in Party in the Town on 28 September 2019. This will comprise performances in a number of pubs around town. As we went to press it was not known which band will be at The Bay Horse. On Christmas Market Nights in Totnes, the 3rd, 10th, and 17th December the pub will feature live entertainment, Mulled Cider and lots of Festive Spirit. Their Christmas Eve Party will feature carols in the pub with the Bay Horse Horns, 7.45 to 8.45pm, and a Christmas Favourites singalong with Dave Holland, 9pm till close.
- Wales - Return of the casks
Monday 30 September 2019
Wales, the Return of the casks.
Someone has to do it, take the empty beer casks back to the breweries after the beer festival. That means another trip to Wales so check the passport and an early start from Kingsteignton. Pete was driving and Dave was organising, nine of us and lots of empty casks piled into the minibus and off we went. We had a very good run, no traffic problems nor border checks so we were at the first brewery, Hopcraft, early, they were racking this day and were really too busy but they did chat for a while, we dropped the empties and moved on. Glamorgan Brewery just a short distance away and they were all very busy as well but they did give us a good welcome, broke out a few beers and chatted away about their expansion plans, they are the main beer supplier for Welsh rugby it seems. We presented their certificate for the best Welsh beer of our festival, we were given a beer to take away and off we went to no 3. Grey Trees brewery, we stopped at the brewery in a small industrial estate to drop off the casks, a quick chat and on to their pub, Grey Trees National Tap. This was not far away but parking was a problem, the bus was too big so Pete dropped us off and went off to hide the bus. The rest of us piled into the Tap to sample some beers. The pub was finished off now but had no food, it is supposed to be famous for pork pies, none available though today. Right we called up Pete and moved on, I was getting hungry! We found the Glamorgan brewery tap, Rhoswenallt Inn, they had food and beer so we stayed here for quite a while. Their loyalty scheme of buy 9 drinks and get the 10th free was easily achieved. However we had more casks to return and off to the Treforrest brewery, only time to unload and buy a few bottles. We all wanted to go to the Tiny Rebel brewery and pub but disaster, it was closed for a private function, the bouncers wouldn’t let us in. Plan B was to go to their pub in Newport. We found a parking place, found the pub, a converted main street shop with minimalistic decor but lots of T R beers and good food. We had plenty of time spare now so some of us had a wander about. The local Spoons didn’t have exciting beers and the Lamb only had Doom Bar but the Pen and Wig, famous for Bass, also had several Welsh beers which we tried. We started to wander back to the Tiny Rebel pub and saw Hogarths Gin Palace which looked interesting, it had Courage Directors and some Welsh and Worcester beers so we had to stay there for a while to sample some. Now it was getting late so back to the minibus where the others were waiting and off to Newton Abbot. The journey seemed much shorter going home but perhaps that was the snooze! We visited 5 breweries, only drank beer in one but managed 5 pubs and lots of different beers, I like collecting beer and returning casks. RA
- 13 th June Midweek crawl - ‘ beers by the seaside’ ( or beers in the pub in the rain).
Tuesday 3 September 2019
13 th June Midweek crawl - ‘ beers by the seaside’ ( or beers in the pub in the rain).
This was the first mid week crawl that I had organised for South Devon CAMRA since becoming branch secretary a few weeks before. Bob, our Chairman and I had been discussing different venues for the mid week crawls and he suggested I devise one to visit some of the pubs in Babbacombe and St Marychurch. As most of these are accessible by the 22 bus from Paignton or Dawlish via Torquay, this looked like a good plan. It was also a good chance to get some scores on Whatpub .I did a couple of exploratory trips myself and came up with a suggested route which was to begin in The Hole in the Wall in Torquay and travel up to Babbacombe from the nearby harbour bus stop. Everything looked good so the trip was advertised in What’s Brewing and on the branch website. Snag no 1 came with the weather, particularly the good old jet stream which plonked a load of rain across the area on the appointed day. Snag no 2 was my late realisation that the proposed starting pub didn’t open until well after my advertised start time, but I averted disaster by emailing three of the known participants the night before. In the end three of us met in Yates in Torquay and so it was that the intrepid party comprising Ian the Vice Chairman and treasurer, Andrew our magazine editor and myself the Branch secretary set off for Babbacombe. As we had missed our first ale stop we decided to stop at The Kents in Wellswood which was open and sampled a half of Camerons Old Seadog brown ale. Here we were joined by Bob, who had caught the next bus up from Torquay harbour and then we left to catch the 22 bus to Babbacombe. We decided to visit the ‘ town’ pubs first getting off at the stop nearest to St Marychurch and walking up to Molloy’s where we sampled Platform 5 ‘s APA at 4.6% and Coaster , a blonde ale at 4%. Both were in fair condition and the pub staff were helpful and friendly so we moved on through The Precinct (aka Fore St) to The Dolphin Inn which looked smart and neat when we entered. Here we sampled halves of Dartmoor Best, which isn’t often seen in this part of the area and which proved to be in excellent condition. After The Dolphin we walked up to see Dave at the Crown and Sceptre. Here the beers were of the usual superb quality particularly the Butcombe Gold sampled by the author which was very clear and fresh tasting. After this we retraced our steps to the Snooty Fox, a large pub opposite the churchyard in St Marychurch. We sampled two beers here, one from the 3D brewery, and a light stout from Hunters. We were very pleased with the condition of both of these beers. By then the weather had cleared a bit so we walked down to Babbacombe Downs and visited the Buccaneer (St Austell) for halves of HSD, another rarity in this part of the South West. Then on to the Babbacombe Inn for Bay’s Summertime and Dartmoor Legend we sampled the Summertime and Legend, both in good condition. After The Buccaneer we adjourned to The Dog and Duck. Unfortunately the Purity UBU was going off but the landlord refunded us without hesitation and we left with a good impression. After this we decided to return to Torquay and the Hole in the Wall, which was now open. Timothy Taylors Landlord and proved to be a very satisfactory end to the day.
- Teignmouth Brewery.
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Teignmouth Brewery - a new brewery in our region!
The brewery is situated in the ground floor of a warehouse building in The Old Quay Road in Teignmouth. The brewer, John Norish learned his trade at the Teignworthy brewery in Newton Abbot where he worked for 14 years. The brewery has been operational since May 2019 and is still very much in its formative stage, with John having good ideas for development of his new venture.
The beer length is 6 barrels which is a good size for a start up brewery. Currently there are three beers brewed, Templar, Portside and Deckhand. All these have ABVs around 4 – 4.5%.
As at August 2019, John is developing his distribution network. Currently the Devon Arms in Torquay has been the most supportive and John will be visiting pubs in the South West as time permits. John has future plans for seasonal ales and bottle conditioned beers to attract more sales across a wider area. He also has plans for a brewery bar and open day once the business has become a bit more established. He is keen to put the brewery on the map in the South West and if business permits, may move to larger premises.
- Pub Of The Year 2019
Tuesday 20 August 2019
The Taphouse and Bottle Shop in Newton Abbot wins Town Pub and Overall Pub of the Year 2019, two years after founders Jonathan Webber and Richard Goodfellow decided over a beer to open a micro pub, and realised the potential of The Maltings as the perfect venue. Initially run by Sam Webber it was seamlessly taken over by current manager Becks Connett.
Over at The Tally Ho in Littlehempston, Mike and Kelly Joiner have won Country Pub of the Year 2019. They maintain the community ethos that was at the heart of previous owner Littlehempston Community Pub’s concept. At the time of writing Mike is planning his next beer and music festival over the weekend of 17 & 18th August.
Dale Holwell at the Conservative Club in Shaldon received the Club of the Year award as he leaves the club. We thank him for his welcome to CAMRA members and wish him the best for the future.
The Bridford Inn in Bridford won the Cider Pub of the Year 2019.