Latest Branch News
- Olde Red Lion has new landlords
Tuesday 7 November 2023
Tom Roberts and Jo Hankins have taken over the Olde Red Lion at Market Bosworth. There are three regular beers including Wytchwood Hobgoblin Gold, Bank's Amber and Marston's Pedigree. The kitchen is undergoing refurbishment but is due to open soon.
- The Railway changes hands
Sunday 29 October 2023
The former Steamin' Billy pub, The Railway, has been taken over by the Birmingham based pub company, Valiant. The pub is currently closed and is undergoing complete refurbishment, inside and outside.
The new General Manager is Sam Lee who has stated that the pub is being modernised with a new look, a new kitchen and new food and drink menus.
Amongst the cask beers being proposed will be Sharpes Doombar or Atlantic, which can be rotated with Hobgoblin Gold, Wainwright, the micro brewery's Sunbeam, or Pedigree. Wye Valley's Butty Bach will also be be available. Amongst the Lagers will be San Miguel and Carling.
The Railway is due to be opened on Friday 10th November with a party from 5pm, and live music from 8pm, with Darren Craven. A Grand reopening is scheduled for the Saturday 11th November.
Once the pub is up and running, there will be a range of deals on offer from Monday to Thursday. A Burger and a Pint for £15 on Mondays, a Pie and a Pint for £15 on Tuesdays, a curry and a pint for £14.50 on Wednesdays and a Kebab and a Pint for £15 on Thursdays.
The Valiant Pub Company was set up by Gerry Carroll and Mark McGinty in Deccember 2021.
- October's Pub News
Thursday 19 October 2023
The Elbow Cask & Craft report that they have finally had two new Awnings installed and equipped with heaters just in time for the change in weather.
The Public Spirit, Edwards Centre, Regent Street, is a new bar which has opened in premises that were formerly occupied by nightclub Out Out. It is unlikely to be offering real ale.
The Clarence kitchen has been revamped and is now offering a new food menu, and has agreed to serve beers from Church End.
The Railway is undergoing a £250k refurbishment and is due to reopen on the 10th November.
Wetherspoons has confirmed it is no longer looking for a site in Hinckley.
- 200th Hinckley CAMRA Branch Meeting
Wednesday 11 October 2023
The 2nd October Branch Meeting was held at the Bricklayers Arms, Sharnford. This marked the 200th meeting of the Hinckley & Bosworth branch since the formation as a sub branch of Leicester CAMRA in 2005.
The initial 2005 meeting was held on the 7th September at the Black Horse in Hinckley. David Miller was able to read out minutes from this and the second sub branch meeting, along with the names of the attendees, who effectively became founder members. It is interesting to note that the subjects under discussion were very much as they are today. Amongst the founder members were David Finn, Norman Hall, Mitch Irving, Bernard Timpson and Geoff Targett. See a copy of the minutes below.
David Bates was also able to describe and distribute copies of the early branch magazines, including the one advertising the very first Hinckley Beer Festival located at the Green Rooms in town.
A very nice buffet was provided by The Bricklayers Arms at the end of the meeting, which, incidentally, was the first held at this location.
Minutes of First Hinckley & Bosworth Branch Meeting in 2005
Date: 7th September
Venue: Black Horse (back room), Hinckley
Attendees: Nigel Moore (Chair), Philip Tiplady (Leicester branch Secretary), Celia Ashton, Bill Smith, Chris Davies, David Miller, Alan Cooke, David Finn, Richard Lewin, Andrea Hall, Les Codrington, Mike Batte, Mitch Irving, Geoff Targett, Bernard Timson Apologies: Steve Colbourne, Yvonne Hughes, Frank Kendrick (Everard brewery), Martin Mellor
1. Introduction of new "probation" Chairman, Nigel Moore It was agreed by those in attendance, Nigel Moore's 3 month probationary period as sub branch Chairman should commence from 7th September 2005
2. Group discussion on other sub-branch roles where we, as a branch, feel representation is necessary (plus appointments, if possible) The matter was discussed with Geoff Targett volunteering to fill the role of Sub Branch Treasurer for the same probationary period as Nigel in his position as Chairman. Both positions to be reviewed at the end of the 3-month period
3. Gain a clearer understanding of the geographical area / boundaries of sub - branch responsibility - Philip Tiplady (Leicester branch Secretary) attending with more detail Philip Tiplady attended giving all attending a clearer picture / understanding of our geographical area of responsibility, with the use of maps provided by himself. The branch felt Snarestone would benefit from the inclusion into our boundaries as there is reported to be CAMRA interest there but on the extremities of the Leicester branch jurisdiction. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel (Chair) to discuss the inclusion of Snarestone within Hinckley Sub Branch boundaries with Julian Hough (Regional Director)
4. Appoint "owner" to organise, with branch support, presentation of "Regional Club Of The Year 2005" award to the Burbage Constitutional Club Norman Hall volunteered to organise presentation of "regional club of the year" to the Burbage Constitutional Club. A provisional date of Tuesday 1st November was agreed by all present Action Norman Hall: Norman to liaise with the Burbage Constitutional Club to finalise details of presentation. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel to speak to Julian Hough to confirm his availability for attendance at the presentation.
5. Diary Next meeting = 2030hrs, Tuesday 11th October, Black Horse November meeting / regional club of the year presentation = 2030hrs, Tuesday 1st November – TBC
6. Email address confirmation for future correspondence (sub - branch minutes etc) All parties present were asked to supply email addresses for future correspondence. Page 5 of 5
7. AOB · It was suggested the sub branch compile a list of all pubs within our area. To be discussed further at subsequent meetings · The matter of the sub branch name was perhaps not entirely reflective on the area covered Action ALL: Suggestions of alternative names to be forwarded to Nigel prior to next meeting for discussion / decision to be made. · Bernard Timson and Mitch Irving kindly offered their assistance to help publicise future CAMRA / sub branch events etc Approx. 12 members present expressed an interest in purchasing next year’s GBG from the branch. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel to order 12 GBG's from Keith Williams (Leicester branch Chairman)
AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER BRANCH MEETING
2. Minutes (acceptance/correction)
3. Action update
4. Discussion / decision to be made on sub branch name
- Beer Festival Volunteers Trip
Sunday 17 September 2023
The coach trip took place on Saturday 10th September and was organised as a Thankyou to volunteers at this year's Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival. The locations for the visit included Hook Norton and Banbury.
- Tracy Ellis elected as Branch Chair
Tuesday 29 August 2023
At the July EGM, the Branch Secretary advised that the purpose of this meeting was to elect a Branch Chair in accordance with the CAMRA and Branch Constitution. Formal notice was issued on 21st June for nominations for the role. By the closing date on 28th July only one nomination had been received from Mr Tracy Ellis. Therefore Tracy is duly elected as the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Branch Chair. Congratulations!
- August pub updates
Sunday 13 August 2023
The New Plough Inn is continuing to provide a range of beers under the Marstons Flex scheme, with the latest selection originating from the Derby Brewing Company. Previously beers from Brewsters and Byatts have been on tap. This arrangement means that the pub can have up to nine cask ales on at any one time.
The Belper Arms is being run by new landlords and is open from 12:00 to 23:00 daily with food being served for lunch and dinner.
The new cellar is now operational at the Ye Olde red Lion following the flooding in July, with real ales back on tap. Additionally, after changes to the beer garden were made with the demolition of a wall and erection of a fence, a retrospective planning application has had to be raised.
- Latest Planning Update
Sunday 13 August 2023
The current situation regarding planning activities within the Hinckley and Bosworth branch were presented by Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, to the August Branch Meeting:-
- Oddfellows Arms, Higham on the Hill
Update from Kate Phillips, Secretary to “Save the Oddies” confirmed that they have not yet acquired the Pub.
The £156,000 from the Government Community Ownership Fund needs to be matched with local funding.
A Public Works Loan application has been pursued with the Parish Council. Shares in the pub will be
offered to the local community to match the funding by the end of the summer.
Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of the pub by Cartwright’s. The final planning permission for housing
on the site still has to be determined.
- The Cock Inn, Sibson
Listed building consent was given in December 2022. In July 2023 Heineken submitted some plan details
to comply with the consent to the Local Council. Negotiations are ongoing for the work to start.
- Royal Arms, Sutton Cheyney
In July planning permission was given to convert the premises into 9 residences, retaining a very small
area at the front for a pub.
Representations made by Chris to the Planning Authority were not included in the assessment report.
Chris has raised concerns that the area allocated to the pub will later be declared by the developer as
“non-viable” and seek to remove the planned pub, as was the case with the Dog & Gun in Hinckley.
- The Wharf, Hinckley
There was a failure to secure a listing as a pub with historic interior, due to insufficient resources being available at English Heritage.
- White Swan, Stoke Golding
The Parish Council has declined to apply for an Asset of Community Value, citing two other pubs and the
club in the village.
Individuals may apply for an AVC providing more than 20 residents submit the application.
- The Clarence, Hinckley
Submitted an application for conversion of the roof area into a bar and five units of accommodation; some
to be used as “entertainment pods”
Barwell Constitutional Club Submitted an application to build four bungalows on the existing beer garden site. The Branch advises raising an objection for loss of amenity.
- Oddfellows Arms, Higham on the Hill Update from Kate Phillips, Secretary to “Save the Oddies” confirmed that they have not yet acquired the Pub. The £156,000 from the Government Community Ownership Fund needs to be matched with local funding. A Public Works Loan application has been pursued with the Parish Council. Shares in the pub will be offered to the local community to match the funding by the end of the summer. Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of the pub by Cartwright’s. The final planning permission for housing on the site still has to be determined.
- Government matched funding to help save The Oddfellows Arms
Wednesday 5 July 2023
Following the announcement that the Oddfellows Arms Community Benefit Society have been awarded £156,000 matched funding from the Government Community Ownership Fund, the following statement was posted on the The Oddfellows - Higham on the Hill facebook page:-
""Many of you have already heard but we are very pleased to announce that we succeeded in our bid for the Government Community Ownership Fund and have been awarded £156,000 matched funding. This is based on our current share pledges and other funding. This is really positive as it shows the faith that the funders have in the project. We still need your support though to see the project through! Here’s link to Luke Evans press release that he shared on the Higham Facebook page: https://www.drlukeevans.org.uk/.../oddfellows-arms... He and the borough councillors have been very supportive throughout. If you are in the parish you will be getting a leaflet from the Parish Council, inviting you to a consultation meeting on the 17th July and outlining the proposals for a Public Works Loan (PWL) to purchase the pub for the community. This approach is a tried and tested method for community groups. The Higham CBS and STOP team will also be there to help answer questions you might have about the project. The Community Benefit Society is a cooperative, so anyone who buys shares in the company can contribute to the planning and projects we develop. We are working on our shareholders pack and will be giving you more information very soon on how it works and how to buy shares but in the meantime keep pledging so we can show the community support we have. Join the 200 supporters already signed up to be part of the CBS! Find out more here https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop/support""
Congratulations to all those involved in the campaign and fund raising to support this vital community asset.
- Cider Pub of the Year 2023 Presentation
Saturday 1 July 2023
The Cider Pub of the Year 2023 award was presented to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on the 15th June. The presentation was made by Tracy Ellis as acting Chair for the HInckley and Bosworth branch of CAMRA.
This charming one roomed micropub opened in August 2015, in a former chemists shop. Draught Bass is the regular beer with a varying number of guest ales, including both Cask and Key Keg, along with between 15 and 22 ciders. Remarkably, this is the 7th consecutive Cider Pub of the Year award for the Pestle & Mortar.
- POTY 2023 Presentation
Thursday 11 May 2023
The Pub of the Year 2023 Award being presented to Louise and Darren of the New Plough Inn
For the second year in succession the award was presented to Louise and Darren Lavender last night. On this occasion, the CAMRA National Chair was available to present the certificate to Louise and Darren, congatulating them both and commending them for raising over £100,000 for charities in recent years.
The event was very well attended with CAMRA members and regular customers, whilst Louise thanked all those, including staff that helped to make The New Plough Inn, Pub of the Year 2023.
Apart from the regular Marston's beers, including Bass Mild and a selection of ciders there was also a range of Byatts ales provided under the "beer flex" trial, on offer.
- POTY 2023 The New Plough Award
Friday 5 May 2023
The 2023 Pub of the Year Award for the New Plough Inn will be presented to Louise and Darren Lavender at the Branch Meeting on 10th May.
The event will commence with arrival at 6pm followed by the presentation at 6.30pm after which there will be a celebration and buffet from 7.30pm. The scheduled Branch meeting will start at 8pm.
Louise and Darren Lavender are welcoming everyone to The New Plough Inn to join this Pub of the Year celebration and to enjoy a new selection of beers from the Marston's “Beer Flex Trial”.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LOUISE & DARREN AND THE NEW PLOUGH
- Joint Pub Beer Fest
Thursday 13 April 2023
There is to be a joint Beer Fest between the Pestle & Mortar and the Shilton Vaults on the 4th to 8th May to coincide with the coronation of King Charles. Between the two micropubs, there are plans to include the following:-
- 15 guest ales
- 19 Ciders
- 10 Key Kegs
Sue and John have made the offer that anyone having purchased eight pints during this period will be able to claim the next pint free!
In addition, The Pestle & Mortar will be closed from Sunday 6pm 23rd to Tuesday 3pm 25th April for some "interesting" modifications. Watch this space!!
- 15 guest ales
- Darren Statham will standown as Chair at AGM
Thursday 30 March 2023
Darren Statham has announced that he will not stand as Chair at the December AGM. Darren has a new job demanding increased responsibilities and travel commitments. The branch is seeking early enquires for position as Chair.
Any member who might consider taking on the role, please talk with Darren or any Committee Member. Candidates will receive the full support of all Committee Members. Early engagement will allow for any coaching, ensuring a smooth transition and handover
- Good Beer Guide 2024 Submissions
Thursday 30 March 2023
Having confirmed that the 2023 Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and the Club of the Year would automatically be submitted for the 2024 Good Beer Guide, three teams surveyed the remaining top nine pubs and clubs based on the branch beer scores. Each survey team then went to six establishments. The scoring was based on quality of the beer, cleanliness, welcome, décor, community involvement and adherence to CAMRA aims. The subsequent average scores were consistent between the three teams. This process has produced the following GBG submissions for 2024 based on the combined scores;-
- New Plough
- Pestle & Mortar
- Sapcote Club
- George and Dragon
- Shilton Vaults
- Queens Head (Hinckley)
- Gate Hangs Well
- Elbow Room
The reserves are Lime Kilns and Weavers. Additional reserves if required are Rising Sun and White Swan
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ENTRIES FOR THE 2024 GOOD BEER GUIDE
- New Plough
- Branch award winners for 2023 Saturday 25 March 2023
- The Cock Inn planned renovation
Thursday 16 February 2023
Following a local campaign, the owners of the Cock Inn at Sibson, Star Pubs and Bars, have confirmed that they will renovate, refurbish and reopen the pub. The Cock Inn was closed in 2019 and is one of the oldest pubs in the country, dating back 750 years. Dick Turpin is reputed to have sought refuge from the authorities here. It is no surprise that the building is listed, and requires extensive and sympathetic renovation work, prior to the refurbishment and eventual reopening.
- February's Branch Meeting
Wednesday 8 February 2023
The basement of the Dixie Arms Hotel was the rather unusual venue for the latest Branch Meeting. The vaulted ceilings, candlelight and wrought ironwork provided a rather surreal setting for the business of the day. In addition to the published agenda items, there was a special presentation to Alex McDonald on winning Channel 4's "Four in a bed" competition for the Dixie Arms. The Dixie Arms episode is available on Catch Up TV, Channel 4 Series 16, Episode 72.
- Stoke Golding Club Real Ale Initiative
Friday 20 January 2023
As reported by branch member Nick Robinson, the Stoke Golding Club will have Jaipur on tap as of Tuesday next week (24 January) for a limited period. Moreover, for CAMRA members on production of a members card, it will be at the special price of £3.50 a pint. Their regular real ale, Church End's 'Foxes Hat', will also be on at £3.20 a pint, again on production of a CAMRA members card
This is part of an initiative to encourage more real ale drinkers to attend the Club and they are hoping that in time that they will be able to offer three or even four real ales at any one time (apparently they do have four hand pumps rather than the three reported at the last meeting), and as implied in an earlier news item.
- January Pub and Club news
Sunday 15 January 2023
Jo and Tom are leaving the Black Horse, Hinckley with Tina and family taking over on 30th January.The Olde Red Lion, Market Bosworth is to let and looking for new landlords. This pub in the picturesque town of Market Bosworth is in need of a new business owner. Ye Olde Red Lion is described as a "wonderful 16th Century coaching inn" by owner Marston's, which is looking for a self-employed pub business partner to take on the premises.
The Stoke Golding Club is now serving 2 real ales: one Church End plus a guest. They are hoping to add a third beer soon.
- Closed Nailstone pub planned for refurbishment
Friday 13 January 2023
According to the Leicester Mercury, new plans have been lodged to renovate the former Bull's Head pub in Nailstone.
The pub, dating back to the 1830s has been closed for about two years, but a scheme has been lodged to undertake significant renovation and create a two-storey rear extension. Part of the refurbishment plan will cover replacing the current toilets including facilities for disabled customers.
The planning documents state that the renovated pub will be a “valuable community asset”for the village of Nailstone.
- Hinckley to Coalville 159 bus service to cease
Sunday 8 January 2023
In a statement on its website, Roberts Coaches said: “It is with regret that we must inform you that after Saturday, February 25, the 159 bus service between Hinckley and Coalville will no longer be in service. We have been notified by Leicestershire County Council that they are withdrawing the financial subsidy that supports this service.
The 159 bus route detailed below will no longer exist after 25th February:-
- Tin Hat Monday Cask Club Promotion Wednesday 4 January 2023
- Red Lion, Burbage has changed hands
Wednesday 28 December 2022
Sue and Dave Hillyard left the Red Lion, Burbage on the 19th December. The new licencees are Nick and H along with their team.
- December Club and Pub news
Tuesday 20 December 2022
The Nags Head, Stapleton is now open and serving one cask beer. Breakfasts are currently available but the food offering will be expanded when a chef joins the pub at the end of January 2023.
Emily took over as the new manager of the Stoke Golding Club from 14th November.
The Clarence opened on 3rd December with the hours 8am to 4pm for café and cakes and from 2pm serving one regular ale and two changing ales. A discount of 20p per pint is being offered on production of a CAMRA card.
David and Sue are leaving the Red Lion, Burbage after 7 years. A new team is scheduled to take over.
The Baron, Hinckley is no longer serving food
The Bird in Hand, Austrey is one of Hinckley and Bosworth Branch’s most outlying pubs and is in fact in Warwickshire. The Tamworth CAMRA Branch have approached the Committee to request the pub be returned to their branch. The Bird in Hand was originally allocated from Tamworth Branch on the formation of the Hinckley and Bosworth sub-Branch. Tamworth Branch already have other pubs in Warwickshire and are allocated nominations in the Good Beer Guide for Warwickshire pubs. The Committee recommended that the Bird in Hand be transferred to Tamworth Branch. The Members present raised no objections.
The Earl Shilton Constitutional Club, has a new Steward, Mark and the club is currently serving three cask ales: Timothy Taylor Dark, Woodford Pure Gold and Bass. There are three other cask ales conditioning in the Cellar. Mark commented that he has few visits from Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Members who are always welcome
- November news update
Friday 4 November 2022
The Nags Head in Stapleton is due to reopen on 5th November. They have a new facebook page which says that they will be open daily, serving hot and cold food, although no times are listed. The landlords are believed to be Vicky and Katherine
Limekilns – update to opening hours – closing at 6pm on Sundays over the winter
The Ashby Tavern had a new manager, Shelley Spencer, in mid September and is now serving 2 cask ales. Dog friendly but no food or sports TV
The Clarence opening date is now expected to be 11 November
West End Brewery in Leicester will be closing 31 December 2022
- New date and venue for the AGM
Tuesday 18 October 2022
The AGM will now be held at the Greyhound, Hinckley on Tuesday 6th December rather than at the Sapcote Club on the 1st November.
- Planning permission granted for new Wetherspoons
Sunday 16 October 2022
Wetherspoons have now received approval for the development of a new pub in the Crescent located within the units occupied previously by Poundland. Having obtained permission for the development, Wetherspoons are in the process of applying for a premises licence in order to be able to serve alcoholic drinks.
It is proposed that the new pub will be able to accommodate up to 840 customers with booth style seating with the intention is to also provide pavement seating outside. Possible trading times are set for 8am – 12am Monday to Saturday and 8am – 1am on Sunday. On the grant of a premises licence, it is expected that the physical development will start in early 2023.
The original Hinckley Wetherspoons pub called ‘The Baron’ located in Regent Street was closed in September 2019, with the premises being taken over by the Elmesthorpe pub group and renamed the ‘New Baron’.
- New real ale bar and coffee shop - The Clarence
Saturday 15 October 2022
Planning permission has been granted for a new real ale bar and coffee shop in Hinckley town centre. The new bar is opening in the former Yorkshire Bank and will be called The Clarence, after the name of a former venue in an adjacent building. It is intended that The Clarence will be a coffee shop by day, and a real ale bar by night. During the day, from around 9am until 3pm, it will be a coffee shop, and then the bar will open from 4pm until close. There are also plans to add a rooftop bar next summer. The venue is due to open at the end of October.
- Alex Burton – Challenges of being Landlady and Manager of the George and Dragon
Sunday 14 August 2022
Alex has been running the George and Dragon for 8 years during which time she now has a 2½ year old child. Life is all about balancing managing the pub, her working week (banking, cashing up, cleaning, gardening, kitchen, relief chef etc) and bringing up a child in a working environment. The George and Dragon is owned by Church End Brewery. Alex has a very close relationship with the Church End Brewery Family Team of Stewart, Rosemary and Katie Elliott.
Prior to joining Church End Brewery Alex managed the Cottage in Fillongley operated by Enterprise Taverns – which was a very different experience being in a tied public house. Alex was invited to join Church End by her old school friend Katie Elliott. Alex already had connections with Stoke Golding through her grandparents living in the village, and had been a regular of the George and Dragon prior to Church End acquisition.
Alex related her experiences during the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns. During the first and second lockdowns the George and Dragon was able to provide take away beer and food to support her locals. It was over the Christmas lockdown they were only allowed to supply takeaway meals to pre booked time slots – but no beer!
When reopening in April the outside marquee and garden proved a great success in helping to build up the business with the support of the locals, all helped by food offering and new summer beers.
Question: What changes have been seen post COVID? April opening was very nervous. The outside space proved very popular. Reflecting the new economic conditions customers were staying for 1 or 2 drinks where previously maybe 3 or 4.
Question: Compare working for a PubCo (Enterprise Taverns) vs. Church End? The Cottage was rented from the PubCo and was tied to their drinks supply – at prices above the free distributors. Church End own the George and Dragon and it is a free house with no brewery ties. The Church End Beers are very popular and there is always a good selection available. Alex is free to source guest beers. Alex has a very close relationship with the Church End Brewery Family Team of Stewart, Rosemary and Katie Elliott.
Question: Which are the most popular beers? Presently the summer ales have proved popular. Overall Goats Milk and Fallen Angel are always in demand.
Question:What are your Food Offerings? The George and Dragon provides a lunch menu Tuesday to Saturday with monthly Steak Nights and Sunday Lunch. During evening customers are invited to bring their own buffet – especially on quiz nights. Alex has introduced “Pop-up Restaurant” nights – inviting food vans to the garden area twice a month. These included Greek, BBQ, burgers, and smokehouse menus. There is a charity evening scheduled for 14 August which previously raised over £3,500. Alex thanked all of her local customers for their continuing support.
- Latest Branch News - July
Sunday 14 August 2022
Golden Duck at Appleby Magna have the bar open each Friday evening. They are also planning a beer festival in October.
Buswells Brewery, Burbage. There is no brewing this month. The Buswells Festival Special was the first to sell out at the RailAle Festival.
Pig Brewery, Claybrook Magna. Kev Featherstone, has reported that he has "solved" the craft keg issue, unfiltered, unpasteurised and clear. Carbonating takes place on site, producing a bright beer keg with 3/4 week shelf life. The current beers include Barn Owl nitro creamflow on hand pump. All the Pig beers are on pumps including Chinook, and next will be a pilsner. The Brewery now has a bottling plant in house (can do filtered or not by request) for Christmas. Kev also expressed his disappointment at not being invited to supply beers for The Rail Ale Festival, was this just an oversight ?
Hinckley Rugby Club Summer Festival 20 August at 12:30 with 40 ciders, 20 summer ales and rare gins. Sausages, live music, DJ and 2 rugby matches provide entertainment. The rugby club run a free vintage bus transport from and to Hinckley town centre
The Sapcote Club Joint COTY presentation will be on Thursday 25th August at 20:00 – all members are invited. The club has also been booked for Branch Meeting and AGM on 1st November.
The Stoke Golding Club is booked for the Branch Meeting on Thursday 6th October.
- Latest Planning news for the Branch
Thursday 23 June 2022
Dog & Gun, Hinckley – Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, advised that he has raised an objection with the Council Planners on a proposal by the developers to change the plans from a pub on the ground floor, to a Flat.
The Oddfellows Arms, Higham – The Developer Cartwright Homes have submitted a new planning application for 9 new houses at the rear of the pub site, without affecting the pub building and retaining some carpark. It is believed that the developer has started negotiation with the Higham Local Community to sell the pub. CAMRA members can support the local residents ”Save the Oddies” campaign through their website: https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop
Wetherspoons – The planning application for Crescent Hinckley next to Sainsburys has been submitted. The Branch Meeting agreed to stand aside from the planning process. Former Yorkshire Bank / 5 Market Place Hinckley – A planning application has been submitted for a Bar/ café on the ground and a entertainment space / bar on the second floor.
The Bulls Head at Nailstone – the proposed purchaser / developer has withdrawn
- Cider Pub of the Year 2022 - Presentation
Friday 27 May 2022
The 2022 Cider Pub of the Year Award was presented by our Cider Officer Alban Fellows, to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on Monday 17th May. This is the 6th year in succession that the award has been presented to Sue at the "Pestle", since it was inaugurated in 2016. The Pestle & Mortar was also the East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year in 2016 and the Pub of the Year in 2019.
This extremely popular micro pub regularly features over 15 ciders along with a large selection of cask ales and craft lagers.
images courtesy of Mike Broadhurst
- Wetherspoons returning to Hinckley?
Tuesday 26 April 2022
The Leicester Mercury, amongst other publications has reported that Wetherspoons are looking to develop a currently vacant retail unit in Hinckley's Crescent shopping complex.
Planning documents appear to have been lodged with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, indicating that Wetherspoons wish to turn the retail unit into a new pub.
It is anticipated that the 8,773 sq ft space would be able to hold a capacity of 840 customers, with the hope that 80 people will be employed, both full and part time.
Hinckley’s former Wetherspoons pub, The Baron of Hinckley, closed on September 22, 2019, which was then taken on by Nirad and Payal Solanki and renamed the "New Baron".
- Latest Branch News - April
Sunday 24 April 2022
The White Swan, Stoke Golding is now also open on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Cask ale night is on Wednesday and is £2.90/pint.
The Queens Head, Upper Bond Street has a new licencee called Sam who used to work at the Dog & Hedgehog in Daddlington. It is intended that the Queen's Head will be accepting card payments in the near future.
The Dog & Gun, Earl Shilton has new tenants and on Wednesdays beer is £2.50 a pint.
The Dixie Arms, Market Bosworth featured in an episode of Channel 4's "Four in a bed". A show that features four B&B owners who stay at each other’s premises through the week, with the best host chosen by the contestants after all stays have been completed. Licencee Alex McDonald wowed the other competitors with her passion for her pub, where she has worked for more than 15 years, becoming the manager and eventually buying the venture from the previous owners in 2012. The Dixie Arms went on to win the competition. The episode can be watched by clicking the link below:
The Shilton Vaults held an inaugural charity pub quiz, supported by CAMRA members. The event was a success, with plenty of banter between the teams whilst raising over £100 in the process, which is to be donated in support of the victims of the war in Ukraine. It is hoped that Sue will be able to host a similar event in future!
The Red Lion, Barwell had a new temporary landlord at the beginning of March.
The Red Lion, Barlestone is still closed. The car park is now coned off and it has a "To Let" sign outside.
The Bulls Head, Nailstone has been closed since lockdown in March 2020, however fresh plans have been submitted to renovate it by replacing the front entrance, front windows and roof rafters, and to create a two-storey extension to the rear with a new private entrance and stairwell for the upstairs accommodation.
- Pub of the Year 2022 Presentation
Saturday 16 April 2022
On Wednesday 13th April, the Pub of the Year 2022 award was presented to Louise Lavender by local MP Dr Luke Evans and our Chairperson Darren.
The New Plough is a double fronted building dating back to 1901 with wooden settles, and has a traditional town pub ambience.
Louise and husband Darren run a charity pub quiz on the last Thursday of the month and both were congratulated by Dr Evans on raising over £100,000 for a large number of deserving causes.
Previously, the New Plough Inn has been Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011, 2012 and Marston's Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2014 (South Region).
- Branch Awards 2022
Tuesday 8 March 2022
The following Branch Awards for 2022 have been made, following voting by Branch members in February and March:-
Pub of the Year 2022
The New Plough Inn
Cider Pub of the Year 2022
Pestle and Mortar
Club of the Year 2022
Joint Winners: Hinckley Rugby Club & Sapcote Club
- Latest news around the Branch
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Jackie Wallis reported that Dawn and Phil Jackson have now retired but retain ownership of the Queens Head in Hinckley and handed over the management to new landlords – Sue and Dave.
Becky left the Flintlock in Hinckley on 27th February to manage a pub in Northamptonshire.
The developers planning application for the White Swan in Stoke Golding has been rejected by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
The Nags Head in Stapleton has the windows boarded up. Chris Merriman advised that developers might sometimes have “security” move into empty pub premises as a ploy to say the building has been occupied as a residence. If occupied as a residence or 4 years a pub may lose its planning status. Any evidence of occupation of a closed pub should be reported to the Local Planning Authority.
Chris James has provided confirmation that the Burbage and District Constitutional Club welcomes CAMRA members. For access, the advice is to ring the outside door bell and the door will be unlocked from behind the bar. If staff are busy there may be a short delay. Be prepared to show your CAMRA membership card at the bar. If you are intending to visit twice a week, every week, it would be appreciated if you would join as a member of the club! The new Steward, Thomas is concentrating on LocAles.
Steve Barker has advised that Darren Lavender of New Buildings Brewery has bought some equipment from the closed Bosworth Brewery and is looking to brew some of the old Bosworth recipes. Marmalade IPA will be produced but marketed under a different name.
New Buildings Windmill best bitter is being served at the New Plough Inn
Alban Fellows has advised that Sue and John Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar have made a trip to the south of England and returned with a van full on new real Ciders, to be on available over the next few weeks.
- Invitation to Nuneaton CAMRA historic 50th anniversary celebrations
Monday 7 March 2022
All CAMRA members are invited to The Rose Inn in Nuneaton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s very first national Annual General Meeting of the Nuneaton CAMRA Branch. Barry Everitt, Chair of the Nuneaton and Bedworth CAMRA branch said, “We hope local CAMRA members will be able to join us and celebrate this historic anniversary at one of our branch’s local pubs. To boast such a historic connection to the founding of CAMRA is quite an achievement with so many pubs under threat of closure. We hope the Rose Inn can continue to host CAMRA meetings for another 50 years to come.” The event will be held: on Saturday 26th March starting at around 12:00 noon at the Rose Inn, Coton Road, Nuneaton. The pub crawl afterwards, will include the Lord Hop, Wetherspoons, Blue Bear, Silk Mill and Black Swan in Hand. To celebrate, CAMRA members from across the West Midlands will descend onto the pub 50 years to the day for a social event on 26 March 2022, raising a glass to CAMRA’s four founders and the pub which helped make history happen. The Rose Inn hosted founding members including Bill Mellor, Graham Lees, Michael Hardman and Jim Makin on 26 March 1972, when a historic meeting cemented the future of the Campaigning organisation. The pub was previously presented with a bronze plaque to commemorate its role in hosting CAMRA’s first ever AGM. It was also nominated by the community as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in 2017 and was tastefully refurbished in 2021, retaining most of its original character.
- New combined branch magazine
Sunday 20 February 2022
The Half Pint branch magazine has not been published since 2019 due to lockdown pub closures and financial restraints. However, it has now been agreed that Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA will join with the Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Branches to contribute to a new county wide magazine called the Leicestershire Drinker, due to be published in early May
"It is hoped that around 10,000 copies will be distributed around Leicestershire and Rutland every quarter as well as being available on line. "The Leicestershire Drinker will be an attractive, lively, and informative magazine, filled with news, views, and information about beer styles and types, festivals, campaigning, awards, breweries, pubs and bars, cider, and perry" states Clive Gamble of the Leicester Branch.
Contributors are being sought to provide news, articles and items of interest by accessing www.leicsdrinker.camra.org.uk or by contacting ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@rotidetnipflah
We are also looking for new advertisers, so if you work in a business that would be interested in supporting the new magazine and benefit from its wide distribution, please go to https://leicsdrinker.camra.org.uk/advertise/ for more information.
- Re-opening of the Belper Arms
Tuesday 15 February 2022
The Belper Arms at Newton Burgoland, regarded as the oldest pub in Leicestershire, circa 1290 is reopening this Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th February.
The pub is opening for drinks only 4pm -10pm. The Restaurant will be opening at the weekend, and the Landlord is very keen to reintroduce the village pub as it should be, serving Cask Ale & Good Pub Food
- February's Pub, Club and Brewery News
Monday 7 February 2022
Jackie Wallis reported that The Black Horse at Market Bosworth is now serving real ales with Doom Bar and a Church End brewery offering.
The Flintlock is still offering a CAMRA discount while the Queens Head and Elbow Room no longer offer discount.
The White Swan in Stoke Golding is offering £2.50 a pint on Tiger, Wainwright and Sunchaser on Sundays.
Chris James reported that the Hinckley Rugby Club offers a wide range of beers including Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Milestone New World Bitter.
Steve Barker reported that Darren Lavender from the New Buildings Brewery has purchased brewing equipment from the Bosworth Brewery. New Buildings Windmill cask is being served at the Greyhound pub.
- January's Pub News
Monday 17 January 2022
The Gate at Ratcliffe Culey, changed hands on 30 November 2021 and is being run by Kim and Paul. The pub is open 12 to late, with food served daily from 12 to 7pm and breakfast from 9 to 11 on Saturdays and Sundays. There are 3 changing real ales available.
The Nag's Head, Stapleton has a "To Let" sign and appears to be closed currently. The pub is listed on the Admiral Taverns website.
Thank you to Jackie for providing this month's update
- Post Christmas Social & Meal
Tuesday 11 January 2022
Join us on Tuesday 18th January, for a post Christmas Social and Meal event, starting at the Elbow Room for 19:00 . . . . . .
Then moving on to the Pestle & Mortar at 20:00 . . . . . .
Followed by dining at the Bangla Pride, New Buildings for 21:00
- Borough Council - Extra Support Grant
Thursday 6 January 2022
Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational businesses across the borough that have seen their trade hit by coronavirus may be eligible to apply for a new Extra Support Grant of up to £10,000.
The Extra Support Grant, just launched by the Borough Council, aims to provide financial support for businesses to help them meet their on-going fixed business costs whilst trade is severely impacted by customer cancellations and low customer demand as a direct result of COVID concerns.
Grant amounts are expected to be between £1,000 and £10,000, depending on business costs and the impact on the business, however the council retains discretion to award lower or higher grants as it sees fit. Funding is limited, so grants will be paid on a first come first served basis, as long as all necessary information is supplied.
Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational (including creative) businesses who have previously received a COVID support grant from the Borough Council are being contacted and invited to check if they are eligible to apply as soon as possible, however affected businesses are urged to check the criteria to see if they are eligible for a grant.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:
This discretionary grant scheme will allow us to provide much needed support for smaller businesses in the borough, who have not been eligible for other government schemes, to help protect people’s jobs for the future.
Whilst I welcome this extra funding I would urge businesses to make their application immediately as it is most likely, there will be more businesses needing support than can be provided by the allocation provided.
Applications can be made from Wednesday 5 January 2022 and the grant scheme closes at midnight on Monday 31 January 2022. Payments will be paid before mid-March 2022.
For further information and how to apply see the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough website link below:-
- MP's response to a Darren Statham
Wednesday 22 December 2021
Following Darren Statham's very successful meeting with Dr Luke Evans MP on Tuesday 21st December, please find below the message sent to the Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Branch:Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises. More than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses, such as those who supply the hospitality and leisure sectors through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This is on top of the £250 million of previously allocated funding that remains with local authorities. The Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK.
From: Dr Luke Evans MP
Date: 21 Dec 2021 17:39
Subject: £1 billion support for Hospitality Businesses
I apologies for the short message, but given the changing nature of COVID and the Omicron variant, I wanted to update you with new information I received today. As you are a strong supporter of our local hospitality sector, I thought it was pertinent to share with you the recent announcement by the Chancellor for an additional £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by the new Omicron variant. My office have just been made aware of the announcement, and are awaiting further details, though you can find out more here: £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) I thought it was important to let you know that funding will be made available imminently as I recognise at what is often their most profitable time of year, many local pubs and restaurants have seen cancellations and reduced footfall as people have responded to the rise in cases ahead of Christmas. Around 200,000 businesses will be eligible for business grants which will be administered by local authorities and will be available in the coming weeks:
As the funding will be allocated and distributed by local authorities, please contact the council when applications open and if you have any queries: Contact us | Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk) You can find further help and support here: Help and advice for businesses | Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk) Please pass on to anyone who you believe this may be helpful to. As I have done throughout the pandemic, I will continue to make representations to the Government for support for businesses significantly affected by the pandemic, such as the night-time economy, hospitality sector, retail, travel and transport industry. As before, I hope to monitor the progress of the rollout and raise as appropriate. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.
All the best,
Dr Luke Evans MP | Member of Parliament for Bosworth House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA w: drlukeevans.org.uk t: constituency: 01455 635741 parliament: 0207 219 4250 office mobile: 07920 619812 twitter: @drlukeevans Instagram: drlukeevans
- Latest pub news
Tuesday 21 December 2021
The Union is selling Marston's Pedigree at £2 a pint on Wednesdays.
The Thyme Bar has now been converted into a shop and no longer sells beer.
The 4 Corners, Barwell has reopened as the Rumour Mill, but does not sell real ale.
The White Swan at Stoke Golding is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with two Everards beers, Wainwright and a guest.
The Black Horse, Hinckley is now only serving Wainwright in cask.
- Nuneaton Branch - CAMRA 50th Anniversary Social Event
Tuesday 21 December 2021
The Nuneaton and Bedworth branch are holding a social event on 26th March 2022 at the Rose Inn, celebrating the 50th anniversary of CAMRA's first AGM. All Hinckley and Bosworth branch members are invited.
- November Pub News
Saturday 20 November 2021
Gareth from the Bird in Hand, Austrey got in touch to say that in July, the pub became free of tie and up to October he has had over 40 different beers from 15 different breweries. He would love to see us there.
The White Swan in Stoke Golding had new tenants in early October. They should be there at least until the planning application is resolved and currently have Tiger, plus 1 guest but are hoping to add a 3rd beer. No food at the moment. Open Thursday to Sunday.
There is a new landlord at the Railway; open from Wednesday to Sunday. Adam Crump has moved on to another Steamin Billy pub: the Cow & Plough in Oadby.
Feedback received from WhatPub: The Bounty has no real ale. It is not known if this is permanent. Does anyone know?
Update provided by Jackie & Adrian
- Elbow Room celebrates 6th Anniversary
Saturday 13 November 2021
From Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st November, the Elbow Room Ale & Cider House celebrates their 6th Anniversary of opening with a Brew York Tap Takeover, live music on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and Friday's Christmas lights switch on.
- Win a pint by guessing the picture location
Sunday 10 October 2021
GUESS THE PUB AND WIN A PINT!
This picture hangs in a pub within the Branch. The first person to name that pub correctly can claim a pint from the Chair at an upcoming branch meeting or event. Contact Darren, by e-mail at:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc
This quiz is open to Branch Members only
- Urgent need to fill the role of Treasurer
Thursday 30 September 2021
Please help the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Branch to continue successfully.
The following committee positions are vacant:
- Minutes Secretary
- Social Media Coordinator
- Pubs Campaigning Co-ordinator
- Young Member Contact
The Treasurer’s role is constitutionally vital for us to continue as a CAMRA branch. Without a Treasurer the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch might be at risk of dissolution.
Previous Treasurers and committee members will offer advice and support. A description of the roles can be provided.
If you wish to meet and discuss any of these positions please contact:
- Interim Branch Chairman Darren Statham at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc
- Interim Branch Secretary John Moyes at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@yraterces
- September's Pub update
Monday 27 September 2021
Prince of Wales changed name to The Last Roadhouse June 2020
Royal Arms Sutton Cheney. The owners have applied for planning permission to convert the buildings into 9 new homes, a community building, green open space, retaining the pub under it's former name of The Greyhound Inn
As of 17th June 2020, the Red Lion Sapcote has new landlords Alex and Whitney
The Dog & Gun Earl Shilton has new landlords from August 2020.
The Boot Inn Ibstock has new landlords from October 2020.
The Nags Head Stapleton has new tenants JP and Sam from November 2020.
The Barwell Sports Bar - The Barn Barwell closed January 2021 due to Covid pandemic, has reopened with new landlords March 2021.
The Holywell Inn Hinckley has new landlords from 25 June 2021, after Hawthorn Leisure removed previous tenants on 13 May.
The Princes Feathers Hinckley changed hands in July 2021 following major refurbishment inside and out. They now have 2 cask ales.
The Thyme Bar & Kitchen Market Bosworth does not appear to be reopening after lock down
The Bulls Head Nailstone closed due to Covid-19 lockdown. Landlords due to leave July 2020, new landlords awaited
The Oddfellows Arms Higham on the Hill closed mid August 2018 when the landlord left. Single room village pub, with large separate dining room. Subject to contested planning permission for housing.
The Dog & Gun Hinckley is currently closed
Lee and Trudi left the Cock Inn Sibson on 13th November 2019. New landlords are awaited with the owners planning a major refurbishment.
The Four Corners Barwell (Formerly Topps) closed on 1st January 2020.
- Wider Hinckley Pub Walk on Saturday 25th September
Tuesday 21 September 2021
A pub walk is planned for Saturday 25th September, starting at The Railway at 11:15. See map below:-
- Ashby Tavern tenants leaving
Monday 30 August 2021
The tenants at the Ashby Tavern are due to leave in September and will be having a leaving party on the 18th.
- Hinckley to get a Wetherspoons again?
Monday 30 August 2021
Tim Martin, the boss of Wetherspoons has indicated that he is on the "look out" for new premises in Hinckley, following the closure of The Baron in 2019. This was subsequently replaced by the New Baron, run by Nirad Solanki of Elmesthorpe Brewery.
- Holywell reopening
Monday 30 August 2021
The Holywell has re-opened this summer with new tenants and a degree of refurbishment.
- Princes Feathers reopening
Monday 30 August 2021
The Princes Feathers have re-opened after a 10k refurbishment.
- Branch Member Tony Ashley
Saturday 28 August 2021
Sadly our member Tony Ashley passed away on 7 August 2021. Tony was a long time branch member attending many meetings and beer festivals. He was regularly seen in the Elbow Room where a commemorative tankard has been displayed.
The Funeral Notice is: Tony ASHLEY passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 7th August 2021, aged 79. Widower of Sheila and lovingly remembered by his son Stephen, daughter Karen, brother, grandchildren and extended family. He lived his life to the fullest, Morris dancing and enjoying real ale. Originally from Bolton, he worked as a radiographer and hospital manager at Walsgrave Hospital. The funeral will take place at Markfield Natural Burial Ground on 3rd September 2021 at 11 a.m.
- Golden Duck Brewery mini Beer Festival
Friday 27 August 2021
The Golden Duck Tap at Appleby Magna is holding a mini beer festival tonight (27th August), with a range of ales and accompanying live music.
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