King Teddy receives Pub of the Season Award ~ April 2014

On Monday 28th April a CAMRA meeting was arranged at the King Edward VII pub – better known as the “King Teddy” in Longlevens, Gloucester for the presentation of CAMRA in Gloucester’s Pub of the Season to the landlord, Aaron Abbott. We were reminded by a member present that this sub-branch had not made this award for over 10 years, more than a little remiss of us and a sobering thought!

Aaron was very pleased to receive the award from sub-branch chair Margaret Wilkins and spent some time talking with CAMRA members about his plans for the pub, owned by Ember Inns. He reported healthy sales of real ale, clearing between 6 and 9 barrels a week (Bath Gem being his best-seller currently), which allows him to offer such a wide selection. He stressed that if, as happens very occasionally, a beer is not popular he would rather remove it from sale to preserve the reputation of the pub – hear, hear to that! Of course CAMRA understand that pubs are a business and as such a decision of that type is not taken lightly.

Aaron operates a number of deals to benefit CAMRA members. All members receive a 20p per pint discount upon production of a current CAMRA membership card. Except on Monday evening’s, when all real ales are £2.49 to everyone. He has also introduced a “vote for the next beer to come on” scheme, where the pump-clips of all ales currently in the cellar are prominently displayed allowing ale-drinkers to influence what comes on next. A cracking scheme and mines a Wold Top Marmalade Porter BTW 🙂

Five Mile House re-opened

The Five Mile House pub has now re-opened at Duntisbourne Abbots up on the old A417. A CAMRA inventory pub, recent offerings were: Hook Norton Bitter, Landlord and one other ale about to come on, so three hand pumps in all.  Please can Gloucester CAMRA members try and get up there, it’s a cracking pub.

Pauntley Real Ale Festival

The Stroud RE Group, in conjunction with CAMRA Gloucester Branch, are pleased to present their first joint trip to the above Real Ale Festival, now in its 5th year and attracting a significant amount of interest, although not easy to get to by public transport. Well, we will rectify that! Also on offer at this event will be Real Lagers, Ciders, Perries and Wines, as well as a Pork Roast, vegetarian foods and lots of live entertainment, with any profits raised going to local good causes (please see www.pauntleyrealalefestival.org  for further details).

Transport will be by heritage bus Bristol RE single decker WHW 374H (2062) and the following pick up points will be serviced;-

STROUD Cainscross Roundabout Bus Stop depart 1200 / return 2000
STROUD Merrywalks Bus Station Stand B depart 1205 / return 1955
CHELTENHAM Railway Station Forecourt depart 1245 / return 1915
CHELTENHAM Tesco’s Tewkesbury Road depart 1250 / return 1910
CHELTENHAM Princess Elizabeth Way Petrol Station depart 1255 / return 1905
CHELTENHAM Arle Court Roundabout Bus Stop depart 1300 / return 1900
GLOUCESTER Longlevens Greyhound Bus Stop depart 1310 / return 1850
GLOUCESTER Bus Station Stand K depart 1320 / return 1840
GLOUCESTER Priory Road Bus Stop opposite Blade Motors (handy to The Pelican) depart 1325 / return 1835

We should arrive at Pauntley circa 1400, later leaving at 1800, giving four hours for you to enjoy what is on offer.

The cost of this trip will be £16 a head, to include transport and entry to the festival, as well as a programme and commemorative glass. As is usual, once a firm commitment is made, any no shows on the day will still be expected to cough up at a later date!

If you are interested in this trip, simply email us at webmaster@camraingloucester.org.uk with how many seats you want and where you will be joining the bus.

Even more April Updates!

Dear All,

As there have been a number of developments since my newsletter at the beginning of the month, I thought it would be useful to send out a brief update.

1. Also as previously mentioned, Pauntley Beer Festival is on 6th June and we are planning a joint trip to this event in conjunction with the Stroud RE Group (preserved buses). The details for this trip are here and bookings are essential. This is usually a great day out, only spoiled in the past by lack of direct transport, so with that sorted it should be even better.

2. Pub of the Season presentation – as mentioned in a previous update, the King Teddy at Longlevens won our first Pub of the Season for Spring, and we are looking to present their certificate on Monday 28th April, 8.00 pm. All welcome.

3. Two pubs re-opened recently, the Northend Vaults and Molly’s Bar (previously The Union). The Northend Vaults has made a good start, giving its commitment to being a “real ale” venue and apparently the pies are worth a look too. Unfortunately I have not yet visited Molly’s Bar, which has an Irish theme, and I understand two ales, one of them Doombar. Your views on the pubs would be very welcome.

4. Finally I can’t finish without mentioning the 2nd Gloucester Beer Festival. Thank you for all your support in making it such a great event. Over the course of the two days we said hello to nearly 2000 visitors, and signed up 50 new members, unfortunately not all from Gloucester. A particular thank you too, to Ben, Martyn and Mike, three of our finest landlords who gave so generously of their time, skills and support for the festival. In case you don’t recognise the names, they are from The Fountain, The Crown, and the Pelican respectively.

Best wishes

Margaret

April Update

Conscious that I have not done a newsletter for a month or so, I thought that I really ought to issue one this week just to remind everyone that it is the 2nd CAMRA in Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival this Friday and Saturday 4th /5th April. We have a greater capacity this year, so consequently a few more beers too. When we open on Friday morning we will have around 100 beers on sale, many from new breweries, but some old favourites too. For those not so keen on ale, there are ciders, perries, and even some wine. There will even be some Gloucestershire cheese to tempt you.

Everyone has been working hard getting Blackfriars ready, but remember this year when you come along, that the entrance will be off Commercial Road through the Language Immersion Centre. Doors open at 11.30 am and we go on through to 11.00 pm on both days.

If anyone was thinking that they may like to help out, there is always room for a few more volunteers but you do have to be a CAMRA member. It would be helpful to know to expect you as we will be somewhat busy, but please do think of helping out even for just a short while. Just drop me an email with the times you might be free.

Other events in April

9th April – Wednesday sees us catch the number 12 bus down to Quedgeley for a little walkabout. 19.45 seems to be the favoured bus time from Gloucester, and we will start at the Little Thatch around 20.00.

11th April – Friday and we are off to the Salutation at Ham with a pub stop on the way. If interested bookings are necessary, please contact me. Minibus will leave from opposite the Imperial, Gloucester at 18.30.

25th April – Friday evening by no. 24 bus to Mitcheldean and the Bespoke Brewery. Meet at Bus Station 18.00 for 18.15. We appreciate there is a later bus 18.55 but obviously there will be less time to enjoy the beers.

Advance warning for May

3rd May – Saturday trip by bus for a stroll in Cheltenham. Meet 12.00 at the Bank House

Early May Bank holiday weekend – beer festival at the Fountain Inn, Westgate Street

14th May – Wednesday social in the City, and we meet 20.00 at Café Rene, then a look round the area.

Pub news

There a few things changing in Gloucester, we have the Northend Vaults opening on 4th April. The Union is also due to reopen very soon.

The Severn Bore have signed up for Locale recognition and received their 2014 window sticker as are the other supporters of our local breweries.

Behind the scenes work is going on in preparation for the opening of Inn the Round, and we have also been informed that the Red Lion, Wainlode Hill is hoping to open before Easter with a new owner.

Finally our first pub of the season (Spring) was the King Edward VII at Longlevens. We will arrange a visit soon to present them with a certificate. In the meantime, please remember to nominate your pub of the season for Summer on the Camra in Gloucester website.

Brewery news

Mayhill Brewery has been operating under new owners and has changed its name to Hillside. We are looking forward to trying some of their beer at the Beer Festival this weekend, but CAMRA in Gloucester members will have an opportunity to try it out first hand as we have been invited to join them for a visit to the brewery. A date is being organised so watch this space!

General

As ever, please remember to tell me of any pub news in your area, never assume we will already know. The Citizen have been very busy in Gloucester recently with the news of the City Council’s decision to review their processes to help make it easier for the pubs to become registered as Assets of Community Value (ACV) following the successful application by the Ridge and Furrow. The City Council has gone further and committed to requesting that Central Government step up the planning permission requirements before a pub can be converted to alternative use such as supermarkets and petrol stations.

That’s it for now, but hope to see as many of you as possible over the weekend, and don’t forget CAMRA members will get a free pint on production of their current membership card.

Happy (responsible) drinking

Margaret