Black Horse, Cranham

Quick update from our shiny new Pubs Officer, Neil Richardson.

The Black Horse at Cranham is back to it’s former glories. Recently taken on by Stu and Sue Pugh formerly of the Plough in Hereford.

Food superb and the beers superb. Woods Tight Head, Donnington BB, Stroud Tom Long and Doom Bar. Real cider in the form of Westons Rosie’s Pig and Robinson’s Flagon also available.

Give it a try!

August Mini Update

Just a very brief note about the trips planned for August, I will do more of a newsletter early August.

Saturday 1st August, there is a trip by rail to Malvern Link and Worcester.  Saturday trips are usually excellent days out, and can easily be combined with sightseeing or shopping!  The train departs from Gloucester at 11.36 but please meet at 11.20 to allow time for purchase of tickets.

Wednesday 12th August our social meeting is at Tank, Gloucester Brewery’s new tap.  There may be further exploration of the docks area to take in the Lord High Constable of England.

Friday 28th August, Cotswold Mystery Tour.  Booking is essential for this trip as it is by minibus.  Bookings back to me please and a reminder that trips are open to non members, but if high demand, members get priority.

Saturday 5th September, Kemble and Stroud by train. Meet 11.00 for the 11.14

Date for the diary – CAMRA in Gloucester AGM 30th September details to follow

It is really important that these trips are events are well supported or they are in danger of not taking place.

Cheers and don’t forget to update me on any pub news you may have.


July Update

Dear All,

Have you missed me?  I suspect not if the lack of communication on the matter is anything to go by, but that is as it ever was, and I hope at least this communication finds you all well.  My lack of email was due to a problem with my computer, and whilst I could send limited individual emails by other means, main circulation lists were a problem.  Please remember if you would prefer not to receive these emails, just let me know and I will take you off the circulation list.

Much has gone on since I last wrote to you.  The 3rd Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival is long gone, and the Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip is nearly upon us, but more about that later.

Past events

3rd Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival – thank you to everyone who attended and particularly to those who volunteered, you all made it such a great event.  As in the previous year, we had nearly 2000 people through the door, with over 100 different beers on offer, and around 35 ciders.  We managed to drink nearly all of that, plus consumed in the region of around 40 kilos (88 lbs) of local cheese.  It would be really good, even at this stage to have any feedback from you about the festival, good or bad, as it helps us to look at how we can keep the standard for next year.

Whilst we have had some good trips out, there seems to be a distinct lack of interest in most things that are currently being organised.  This is very disheartening for those who put time and effort into organising the programme.  If there are trips you would like to see, please let us know and we will see what is possible.  Please remember that we have to arrange these at least three months in advance in order to get the programme in the Tippler.

Coming events

Saturday 4th July, there is a service bus trip to Hereford, with a stop off in Ross on the way back.  The trip will be leaving Gloucester Bus Station on the No 33 Stagecoach bus at 10.00 am.  For those of you not old enough yet for free bus passes, it is usually possible to get an explorer ticket around £6.50 but Stagecoach seem to be updating their ticket information at the moment.

Wednesday 15th July, Social meeting 8.00 pm at the Little Thatch, Quedgeley.  Stagecoach 12a leaves Gloucester Eastgate Street at 1950 and gets to Quedgeley at 2000.

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July, Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip.  This is our County beer festival and has been going for many a year!  Set in the idyllic grounds of Postlip just outside Winchcombe, this really should be on your “to do” list.  Tickets are available now on line or are available at certain outlets eg Favourite Beers in Cheltenham.  Tickets can be purchased at the same time for the buses which run from Cheltenham to the Festival, details on the website.

Should you wish to volunteer to help at Postlip, it is not too late.  For those working either Friday or Saturday evening, provided you can get to Postlip, there is the offer of transport back to Gloucester if that helps.  Camping is also available for helpers or there may also be some space in cars if it helps.  For helpers, there is the offer of a subsidised visit to Donnington Brewery!  Most of you will know that it has only been on very rare occasions that trips around the brewery have taken place.  If you would like to volunteer please go to either the website or contact me direct.

Saturday 1st August, Malvern Link and Worcester by train.  Meet at Gloucester train station 1120 for the 1136 train.

14th – 15th August, Cheltenham Real Ale Festival, Town Hall.  Again volunteers welcome see Cheltenham website.

Pub and Brewery News

Tank opened in Gloucester Docks in May and is proving to be a very popular destination with a range not only of Gloucester Brewery’s own beers but some very good guest ales.

Today the new Weatherspoons, the Lord High Constable of England opened.  It has certainly enjoyed a few visitors today, and I look forward to hearing what people think.  It certainly looks very nice from the outside, and they seem to have put some effort into the setting.

The Bat and Ball in Churchdown is awaiting new management, with their anticipated arrival in August.

It will be interesting to see if the possibility of Brew Dog moving to Gloucester comes to fruition.  It would certainly indicate that Gloucester, which we all know to be a great place, is being recognised for the potential that it has.  Although not CAMRA’s favourite organisation it would still be a very welcome addition to the area.

Please remember that if you are looking for a great night out with excellent free music and great ales, several pubs in Gloucester offer this.  The Dick Whittington and the Fountain offer a great choice, as do many others, Cafe Rene, Cross Keys, sorry to those I have missed.  The Blues Festival will be upon us soon so do look out for whats on, and go have a great night out.

Hillside Brewery, whilst not technically on our patch, it is not too far out of Gloucester and we have sort of adopted them!  Hillside put on some really good events many for charity, so have a look at the website to see what is on.

Last but DEFINITELY not least – please read

I have mentioned before that the AGM for CAMRA in Gloucester will be held in September, the committee will be setting the date soon, trying to avoid important World Cup dates will be the main issue. This is not to be confused with the Branch AGM which is held in October each year.  CAMRA in Gloucester is organised by members living in the GL1 – GL4 post code areas and means that there are events and a social network organised locally rather than it all coming under the responsibility of the mainly County wide branch.  If the local focus is to continue, we need more people to step up and get involved in the sub branch.  Unfortunately the time has come for me to step down from being sub branch Chair, and in September I will not be standing for re-election.  This means we will be looking for a new Chair and possibly some committee members.  If anyone is interested please have a discussion with me about the role, confidentially if you prefer.  Remember if no one comes forward, Gloucester may have to be run by the Branch.

Look forward to seeing some of you out and about having a beer (or cider)

Best wishes


Rural Pub of the Year 2015

Friday 26th February 2015 saw CAMRA in Gloucester visit The Red Lion in Arlingham to present the award for our Rural Pub of the Year 2015 to Nick and Jo White. A pub threatened with closure and rescued by the local community on June 5th 2013. “Following considerable refurbishment we opened our doors again on November 1st 2013 – out of the hands of a pub co, The Red Lion is once more a free house.”

Always four regular local guest ales on offer – although there were 5 on the night of our visit 🙂  and a great menu. Take a trip down to the lovely village of Arlingham to see what all the fuss is about!

Gala Club receives Club of the Year 2015

Neil Hiley and his wife Maria are proud to show-off their CAMRA in Gloucester award for Club of the Year 2015 for the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens in Gloucester. CAMRA members met to watch Margaret Wilkins (Chairperson of CAMRA in Gloucester sub-branch) present the award while enjoying 3 fine ales. A particularly good pint of Moorhouses – Blond Witch alongside Wye Valley – Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout and Wadworths 6X and all at £2.50 a pint! Neil was keen to point out that CAMRA members are always welcome, just show your membership card.

February Update

Dear Beer Enthusiast

Can’t believe it is nearly February already and I haven’t yet wished you well for the new year, so best wishes and hope 2015 is a good and successful one for you all.

For those of you who have also received this update via email, may I make my regular request and ask that if you do not wish to receive this communication, please let me know and I will stop bothering you.  If you are happy, it would be good to have some feedback, good or bad!  Thank you.


Friday 30th January at 8.00 pm  Presentation to the Water Poet for being nominated our Winter Pub of the Season.  All welcome, and of course you can use your Weatherspoons vouchers, and the beer is still on offer for their January promotion too, meaning around £1.50 pint with voucher!

On Thursday 5th February we make our annual trip to the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival.  This is a members only trip, and there are a couple of spaces left on the minibus, which leaves from outside the Pelican at 6.30 pm.  Booking is essential and don’t forget you will need your membership card with you.

The February social event is on Wednesday 11th, and will start at the Gala Club in Fairmile Gardens, where we will present the certificate for being our CAMRA in Gloucester Club of the Year.  All being well the intention is to wander along to the Farmers Club.  Meeting time is 8.00 pm as usual, but if you need to get a bus out to the Gala Club, there should be a no. 98 leaving town at 7.25 pm.

Although very close together, Thursday 12th February is CAMRA night (not exclusive) at the Pelican for the start of their Winter Ales Festival.  Around 8.00 pm we will present Mike with the certificate for CAMRA in Gloucester Pub of the Year. Although the festival will go on into the weekend, on the Thursday night, there will be a tutored beer tasting for members, and the option of a “cellar tour”.  For those who did the cellar tour last year, it will be interesting to see the recent extension” to the cellar.

There is a minibus trip on Friday 27th February which will leave from the Pelican at 6.30 pm.  This trip will be to the Red Lion at Arlingham where we will be presenting the certificate for CAMRA in Gloucester Rural Pub of the Year.  Bookings are required for this trip, as they also are for Friday 27th March when we will be heading to Worcestershire.

March events can be seen on the website or in the Tippler.


As you will be aware there have been some changes in our pubs.  Some of these may have already been reported or are known to you, but worth saying again.  Please do remember that if you have any pub news please let me know, it is impossible for us to visit all 100+ pubs on our patch on a regular basis.

The Royal Oak at Hucclecote has been refurbished, but they have hidden the real ales around the corner in the Sports Bar, so you need to hunt for them.

Norman is now installed at the Station Hotel, and there has been a quick change at the Dick Whittington with Martyn taking over (ex Pig, and the Crown).

New Landlords/Landladies can be found at England’s Glory and at the Bat and Ball in Churchdown.

Gloucester Beer Festival

The dates are confirmed as 24th and 25th April.  Gates will open at 11.30 am and close will be 11.00 pm.  This is pay on the door again, and our chosen charity this year is the RBL Gloucester Poppy Appeal.  Hillside Brewery will be making a special ale in commemoration of the 7th Glosters who, 100 years ago, fought at the Gallipoli landings during the First World War.

Should you be interesting in volunteering to help at the festival, please get in touch either direct to me, or via the beer festival website.  Volunteering doesn’t have to be for the whole event, even if you can only offer a couple of hours, or help out at the set up or take down, it helps take the pressure off the other volunteers, so please do consider helping out.  In return you get some free beer, and probably a free t-shirt but this depends on numbers and length of duty.


Gloucester City Council have been out to consultation regarding their propose Pub Policy

The closing date is 3rd February so if you were thinking of responding, then you have until Tuesday to do so.

Best wishes


December Update

Dear Ale Lover,

The festive season is here and Christmas only a jingle away, so the first task in writing this is to remind you all about the Christmas Party on Wednesday night (10th) at 8.00 pm at the Old Crown in Westgate Street.  Bookings are essential for this event, particularly as it includes a buffet.  Tickets, payable on the night, are £10 and that includes the buffet and the first two pints of real ale.  Yes real ale at the Crown for this special occasion.  If you would like to come, and the more the merrier, please let me know as soon as possible as I need to confirm numbers with Martyn and Kay.

Once Christmas is over, we will be seeing in the New Year at the Pelican.  Again all welcome, but we ask you to bring along some food to share.  Anytime for arrival that evening, but don’t leave it too late.

January 3rd brings our first Saturday of the month trip out, and we will be taking the train to Cardiff.  For those who have been on these trips before, you know that we will set a route for the day, so if you want to do some January sales inbetween you will know where to catch us up.  Meet at Gloucester Train Station for 10.22 train.

January 6th is the County committee meeting which will be held at 8.00 pm at the Gala Club.  Although a committee meeting, any members are invited to attend.

January 14th is our first Wednesday social of 2015.  8.00 pm start at Fosters on the Docks,  then we will move on to one or more pubs en route back to town.

Pub news

Well November and December have brought about one or two changes which you may have picked up on.

As you know the landlord of the Station Hotel went to the Northend Vaults, which meant new tenants were needed at the Station.  This has been filled by Norman from the Dick Whittington, and the new people at the Dick Whit are Dwayne and Hazel.  We wish them all well for the future in their new pubs.

Additionally there is another change which we are very sad about, Sharon and her family left the England’s Glory today.  Sharon had turned this into a cracking pub and we are sorry to see them all go.  Again, our very best wishes go to them all.

Gloucester Beer Festival

We now have final confirmation that the 3rd Gloucester Beer Festival will again take place in 2015 at Blackfriars on the 24th/25th April.  This date has changed so make sure the right one is in your diaries.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival can either contact me direct or register through   Additionally if you or anyone you know may be interested in sponsorship opportunities we are always happy to explore the options with you.

If there is anything you wish to update me on, please feel free to contact me by email or phone, or through which is back up and running at top speed.

It only leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and may Santa recognise how good you have been this year. Ho ho ho!