Christmas Party Night – Wednesday 21st December 8.00 pm at the Dick Whittington. As a buffet is laid on for this event, there is a £5 charge and booking is required. Please do come along, but let me know by Saturday 17th December as I have to let Kay and Martyn know.
January Social – this will take place at Angie’s in Bull Lane and will be on Wednesday 11th January at 8.00 pm
Thursday 2nd February is our members only visit to the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival, so don’t forget your membership card. Booking for the minibus is required and it will leave the Pelican at 6.30 pm.
5th Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival – make sure the dates are in your diary – 31st March/1st April at Blackfriars Priory. A little earlier this year due to the Easter dates but there will still be 100 beers and 35 ciders available plus the Gloucestershire Cheeses.
Pubs – Angie’s has opened in Bull Lane (just opposite Peppers Cafe). They have real ale both cask and bottled. Many of you may have seen the article in the local press about how Angie’s came to be, so we wish them well for the future.
A number of pubs for a variety of reasons do not always keep to their published opening hours, perhaps closing early on very quite evenings. If you come across a pub that you think has regularly changed its hours please let me know so I can check it out and get What Pub updated. With over 100 pubs on the patch it is not possible for me to keep an eye on them all, and although the committee do try to follow up on things it is not always possible to know the up to date picture.
There has been a change at the Black Horse at Cranham, beer and food is reported to be very good. The Double Gloucester has also changed hands again. The York House in London Road is closed at present for refurbishment and we understand it is due to reopen soon, but please let us know if you have any updated info.
Breweries – Gloucester Brewery now opens regularly on a Saturday afternoon. They are holding a Winter Ales Festival the first weekend in February, details on their website. This happens to clash with the Tewkesbury Winter Ales festival weekend but hopefully there will be enough of us to go round.
We have received an invitation from Dario, Head Brewer at the Brewhouse and Kitchen to go along and meet him and see what he gets up to in the Brewhouse brewery. I will be agreeing a date with Dario for a date in January or February but this will be in addition to the social meetings. Watch this space.
Last but not least, seasons greetings to you all.
Chair CAMRA in Gloucester