Latest Branch News
- 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.
- New Plough Mini Beer Festival
Friday 27 August 2021
The New Plough is holding a mini Beer Festival this weekend. The available beers is listed below:-
- SA Brains
- Black Sheep
- Big smoke brewery- underworld
- Lazy Blonde
- Pestle & Mortar celebrates 6th Birthday
Thursday 26 August 2021
The Pestle & Mortar celebrates it's 6th birthday this weekend (26th - 30th August). There will be a large range of ciders and cask ales available throughout the weekend, along with food such as cobs and pork pies. the cider and ale list is:-
Rosie Pig Rhubarb
Rosie Pig Raspberry
Rosie Pig Strawberry
Farmer Jim Pineapple
Snails Bank Damson in a Dress
Medium 4.5% to 6%
Lilly the Pink
Abrahalls AD 6%
Purity pure Gold 3,8%
Abbeydale Absolution 5.3%
Church End Hop Gun 4.1%
Tydd steam Iron Brew 4.2%
Church End What the Foxs Hat 4.2%
Front Row 99 Willie John Call 4.4%
Limestone Foundation Stone 4.3%
Market Bosworth Rum Porter 5.3%
Beartown Creme Beatles 4.8%
Bass will be on all the time
Plus 24 Rums
- Reminder: Branch Walkabout - tonight 6th August
Friday 6 August 2021
A reminder that the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA branch walkabout takes place tonight (6th August).
The start is at the Queens Head (Upper Bond Street) from 5pm. It is cash only in the Queens Head.
Just to confirm the list of pubs we will be visiting for the walkabout will be the following in order of attendance:
1) Queens Head
2) New Plough Inn
Beer list: Marston's Pedigree (4.5%), Directors (4.8%), 61 Deep (3.8%), Hobgoblin Gold (4.2%), Reverend James (4.5%), Brains SA Gold (4.3%)
Beer list: Marston's Pedigree (4.5%), Bass (4.1%), Market Bosworth Marmalade IPA (4.2%), New Buildings Brewery - Test House (4.1%)
3) Pestle & Mortar
4) Elbow Room
5) The Railway
- Hinckley Pub Walkabout - 6th August
Wednesday 28 July 2021
The Branch walkabout will commence on Friday 6th August at 5pm, starting with The Queen's Head. The list of pubs to be visited in order will be:-
- Queen's Head *Cash only
- New Plough
- Pestle & Mortar
- Elbow Room
The planned route may have to be managed on the night, especially if there are large numbers attending. Some members could be asked to start at the Railway rather than the Queen's Head. If on arrival at a pub which is particularly full, then the group will move to the next location. The walkabout is not a formal event, but a way of supporting local pubs and for the branch members to start socialising again. Please feel free to join and leave at any stage.
Although no longer mandatory, it is recommended everyone bring masks with them. The Queens have asked if customers can wear masks and maintain distancing where possible.
- Queen's Head *Cash only
- The Queens Head, Hinckley has reopened
Wednesday 21 July 2021
The Queens Head re-opened on 21st July following the lockdown period, during which refurbishment has been carried out, including turning the front room into a snug.
- Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year Awards 2020
Tuesday 13 July 2021
The overdue 2020 Pub of the Year Award was presented to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on 22nd June along with the 2020 Cider Pub of the Year Award. Darren as Branch Chair presented the Pub of the Year Award, whilst Alban as Cider Officer presented the Cider Pub of the Year Award. This is the second year running that Sue and the Pestle have received the Pub of the Year, and the fifth succesive year for the Cider Pub of the Year.
Photos courtesy of Ian May
- Two site Beer Festival
Tuesday 6 July 2021
The Elephant and Castle in Thurlaston and the New Inn, Enderby are working in partnership to hold a two site beer festival from Friday 23 rd July – Sunday 25 th July. As well as over 20 different beers across both sites there will be FREE transport provided between the two pubs on Friday evening and Saturday (all day). Different “pop-up” food will be available with selections at each site with food pairing notes and well as tasting notes for the beers on offer. Further details to be announced on their respective webpages:
Public transport to Enderby is possible by catching the 158 into Leicester and then changing over to arriva service 50. Alternatively, the X55 goes from Hinckley to Thurlaston and Enderby via Burbage, Sapcote, Sharnford and Stoney Stanton. See bus timetables below:-
- Over 40 Branch pubs have signed up to Ask for Angela scheme
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Over 40 pubs in our area have signed up to the "Ask for Angela" scheme in the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough area following the branch suggesting it to the Council.
The following extract is taken from the Leicestershire County Council website:-
"Going out this weekend? Planning a date? As well as thinking about what to wear, make sure you also take some time to consider the venue.
It’s important that you feel safe when out and about, that’s why various pubs and bars across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are taking part in the "Ask for Angela" initiative, which provides assistance should you find yourself in a difficult or intimidating situation.
So, if you don’t feel safe, if your date isn’t who they said they were, or if things just don’t feel quite right, go to the bar and ask for Angela.
Staff at participating venues have been trained to recognise the discrete safe word, ‘Angela’, alerting them to a problem. The member of staff can then offer to call a taxi for you, provide a safe place for you to contact a friend, or help you to leave the venue if you are feeling unsafe due to someone else’s actions, words or behaviour."
Venues currently part of the initiative can be found listed by locality, below:
- No food service at the White Swan, Stoke Golding
Tuesday 18 May 2021
There is no food service and opening times have been limited at the White Swan, Stoke Golding as the chef has moved to pastures new.
- April update from new Chairman
Friday 7 May 2021
Update from Darren Statham who has taken over as Chairman
Hope this email finds you well now that the restrictions have started to ease & we can at least get to a pub!
It's not perfect. Some pubs like the Pestle & Mortar, our Pub of the Year, cannot feasibly open due to having limited/no outside space. But it's a start.
There have been some changes to the branch over the past couple of weeks. I have somehow become the Chairperson (Dad's Army fans may be quoting Private Frasier's "We're doomed" at this point).
This means I will be vacating the position as Treasurer. I am pleased to report that we have had a volunteer step forward for this role.
That leaves us with the role of Branch Secretary as vacant. To date, we have not had anyone step forward to take this on.
To be clear, we need to fill this vacant committee position if we are to viably continue as a branch.
I appreciate that standing up & speaking in front of lots of people can also be daunting. However, no one would stand alone & the rest assured that anyone wishing to volunteer will receive support from the rest of the committee as well as the wider branch. Remember, without someone volunteering for this role - there is no branch.
Also, there is the possibility that the role could be shared if you are a couple, for example.
Thirdly, I would say that you also do not need to be a real ale 'connoisseur'. One or two of the committee (i.e. Me) know very little on the subject.
Please, if you are interested in the role, please contact myself by return email to ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@rerusaert (I am having some issues with the Chairman email at present & will notify everyone once this has been resolved).
A description of the role can be provided upon request. You will also receive a free pint of beer courtesy of myself.
On to some positive news, the Good Beer Guide 2022 is going ahead as usual (Despite the pubs being closed for most of last year). The consensus amongst CAMRA hq has been that branches run with their full allocation of previous entries.
That left us with a dilemma of how do we survey the pubs to check that last year's information is still relevant & correct?
I am pleased to report that our minutes secretary, Michelle Tyrtania, volunteered for the task of ringing round all our GBG candidates & conducted a telephone survey. As a result, our 8 entries & 2 reserves, have been checked & submitted to the GBG team at CAMRA hq.
Now on to another negative...
You'll probably have seen the update on the website that the beer festival has once again been postponed. Due to the timetable for easing of restrictions, we felt that it was not viable to schedule a beer festival within such a short time period. What we didn't want to happen was to order a load of beer only for it to be disposed of if the government's roadmap changed. Also, we felt that taking trade away from pubs at this critical time was counter productive. I can only apologise to you all. I am sure that everyone is keen to resume some sort of normality after a year's worth of restrictions & enjoy a long awaited beer festival.
On that note, we have some stock left over from the 2019 Rail Ale of Tynt Meadow, a 7.4% English Trappist Ale, brewed at Mount At Bernard's abbey, just outside of Whitwick. Details on the beer can be found on the website:
2 dozen or so bottles are available (330ml). They are £2.75 each & all money will go to the branch.
Unfortunately, the best before date on them is 7 May, on/after this they will have to be disposed of.
If you are interested, please email our beer festival organiser, Jackie Wallis at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@ofb
On that note, I'll end on a positive. Hopefully there will be more to follow in the coming weeks.
Cheers & Kind Regards Darren Statham
- Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2021 cancelled until 2022
Friday 26 March 2021
It was agreed between Jackie Wallis, our beer festival organiser and Adrian Lock of the Battlefield Line, that under the current circumstances it would be best if the Rail Ale Festival was postponed again, until July 2022.
The lock down relaxation dates in the Government Road Map mean that it is not really feasible to plan a festival, as the May 17th rules for indoor venues are still too restrictive with social distancing, half capacity and table service. The festival depends on many people coming together, in close proximity to one another, in a social and enjoyable environment. It would be virtually impossible for the volunteer staff to observe the increased standards of hygiene and security that are essential to maintain a safe environment.
Here's to next year, and a successful festival.
- Gwilym Smith is stepping down as Chairman
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Gwilym Smith is stepping down as Chairman and called for nominations so that a successor can be elected in accordance with the rules of our Branch Constitution.
One nomination for Chairman has been recieved which means that the Branch can proceed with the election. With respect to the nomination, the current Treasurer Darren Statham is willing to stand for the position of Branch Chairman.
Darren's nomination has been formally proposed by Richard Lewin and seconded by David Finn
In view of the pandemic rules, the Branch is unable to hold a conventional Annual General Meeting where this election would normally take place. An online meeting could be called, but as the nominee is unopposed, Darren Statham will quite simply be appointed as the new Chairman.
To give time for the changeover, Darren will therefore take over in two week's time.
- Paul Green
Wednesday 3 March 2021
Sadly our member Paul Green passed away on 2nd March. Paul was a good branch member who attended a lot of meetings, beer festivals and supported our local pubs and clubs.
Our thoughts are with Paul's family.
- Chris Davies
Sunday 21 February 2021
Sadly, the branch has learned that Chris Davies passed away on 16th February. Chris was a founder member of the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch and contributed a good deal to it's early success and growth. Chris was a former Pubs Officer and at the early beer festivals he served as a bar manager. Always willing to help set up and serve at both Hinckley and Market Bosworth beer festivals, Chris is going to be greatly missed by his CAMRA colleagues.
- Branch in Crisis - Chairman's message
Sunday 31 January 2021
"I know that it’s been a while, but there’s not been a lot to talk to you about thanks to the lockdown.
I am sending this message in the hope that it will trigger a favourable response to the request for a new Secretary as Kelvyn is unable to continue in his role beyond the end of February. I have asked for a volunteer before, but I’ve had no response.
I also regret to inform you all that I will be stepping down from my role as Chairman in a similar timeframe.
If you know someone who is willing to take on either of these duties, please contact me on ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc so we can arrange a timely handover after an online AGM vote to confirm the positions.
I completely understand that these are trying times and there is a great deal of uncertainty about the future, but if there is no response by the 21st of February, I will notify CAMRA head office to begin the process of winding down the branch.
If you know any branch members who do not get the branch mailouts, please pass on the message as without a new Chair or Secretary, we will be folded back into the Leicester branch and we would lose most of our Good Beer Guide entries. I feel that would be a big loss for the area.
Thank you all for the time you have given to the branch."
Outgoing Chairman, Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA
Website Coordinator note: Shawn Collier, the Chair of the Leicester CAMRA branch has also indicated his intention to stand down, at their next AGM
- Prince of Wales Planning Application latest
Friday 22 January 2021
The Appeal against the Borough Council's decision to refuse the planning application at the Prince of Wales has just been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.
Although the principle issues considered by the Inspector mainly relate to the historic aspects of the building he did take into account local representations made regarding the importance of the pub in the community and its ACV designation, which our branch was instrumental in having placed on it.
Perhaps you would be kind enough to thank all our members who objected to the application in the first place and made representations on the appeal, which clearly had some influence on this excellent outcome. A bit of good news in these dark days. The battle now shifts to The Oddfellows Arms (Website Coordinator: which is subject to an undecided planning application)
Chris Merriman - Pubs Protection Officer
- Update on Oddfellows Arms - Higham
Thursday 10 December 2020
Following on from the news published earlier on 20th June, it has been advised that the "Oddies" campaign Group made an offer to Cartwright Homes, to buy the Oddfellows Arms, but this was rejected. Negotiations are now continuing, but housing development is still a possibility as indicated by a leaflet drop suggesting a revised planning application is being prepared.
See https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop/blog for the latest information regarding the campaign.
Update provided by Darren Statham
- Very Sad Loss
Sunday 6 December 2020
We have been advised that Les Codrington, a long serving, much loved stalwart of the branch and Market Bosworth Brewery BLO, passed away on 3rd December. Les will be fondly remembered by fellow branch members, and our thoughts are with his wife Pam.
- New Buildings Brewery
Friday 30 October 2020
Darren and Loiuse Lavender have decided to rebrand Elliswood Brewery as New Buildings Brewery and have introduced a new range of real ales as part of the process. See Local Breweries
- Odd House, Snarestone
Thursday 15 October 2020
The Old Crown Inn at Bosworth Road Snarestone DE12 7DQ is holding a mini beer festival on 31st October which will be open from 12 to 8 pm. There will be 6 or 7 local beers from the Golden Duck, Leatherbritches and Elliswood breweries. Jacqui of the Odd House advises that there will be full compliance with Covid rules and social distancing.
The beers are ;
Two beers from Leatherbritches;
- Hairy helmet golden 4.7
- Spitting feathers brown 4.8
One from New Buildings brewery in Hinckley
- Manor House 4.8%
And three (plus one if needed) from Golden Duck our very local brewery based in our neighbouring village of Appleby Magna.
- Tinners tipple light golden 4.1
- Extra pale 4.2
- Rev green 5.5 IPA
And the Taylor made 5.4 chestnut as a reserve.
There is also a Meet the Head Brewer (Harry Lunn Golden Duck Brewery) session between 1 and 3 pm (exact timings to be confirmed) for people to ask questions about the beers/the process etc.
- Hairy helmet golden 4.7
- Oddfellows Arms - Pub Protection
Tuesday 30 June 2020
The local action group, The Oddies, have thanked the nearly 100 objectors to the recent planning application, which hopefully, included many of our members. They feel this was instrumental in the applicants, Cartwright Homes, withdrawing the application before determination and has prompted the company to ask the community if they were still interested in the pub.
With this in mind it is hoped to create a Community Benefit Society with share options available to purchase, which would allow the group to show the level of support they have when progressing the bid and seeking funding from other sources.
Contributions are still being welcomed to help with fees and other costs via a 'GoFundMe' page, https://www.gofundme.com/f/to-reopen-the-oddfellows-higham-on-the-hill Any communications with the local group can be made to email@example.com
Chris Merriman - Pubs Protection Officer
- New landlords at the Red Lion, Sapcote
Friday 19 June 2020
Whitney Wright and Alexander L. Carpenter have taken on The Red Lion as of 18th June, and are looking forward to serving customers as soon as possible.
- Prince of Wales Planning Application
Monday 15 June 2020
A message and update from Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, regarding the Prince of Wales Planning Application:-
You may recall that this planning application was refused by the Borough Council at the beginning of November last year and I reported the fact to a Branch meeting, pointing out the applicant has the right to appeal the Council's decision to the Secretary of State within 6 months of the decision date.
I have now been notified by the Borough Council that an appeal has been lodged ( 3 days before the deadline!) and inviting any further comments to be addressed to the Government Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. Any objections to the original planning application will be forwarded to the Inspector and taken into account in his/her deliberations, but I shall, on behalf of the Branch, be making further representations and any other members who wish to do the same should do so through the Appeals Casework Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by emailing ku.vog.etarotcepsnigninnalp@1tsae
Appeal documents are available forinspection on the Borough Council's website using the link hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/online-applications and entering 19/00892/OUT into the search box. All representations to the Planning Inspectorate must be received by 9th July 2020.
Members are urged to voice their objections to the loss of this important community pub so that the Inspector is in no doubt that he/she should reject the appeal.
Pubs Protection Officer
- Pubs and Breweries “Pulling Together” in our area
Sunday 7 June 2020
The following breweries and pubs in our area are providing takeaway beers, and in some cases deliveries. The up to date list can be found under "Pulling Together" on the Home page. Refer to the individual Facebook pages for the latest information on each brewery or pub as details may change.
Golden Duck Brewery Orders taken for ‘Safe' home deliveries, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Delivery within 15 mile radius of brewery, but will include CAMRA members in the H&B area.
George & Dragon Operating an 'Off Licence' real ale service. All their beers are £3 a pint and payment is contactless if possible.
Church End Brewery Off-sales only. Every day except Tuesday. You can order 4 pint beer bags, 18 or 36 pint polypins, and bottles for local delivery.
Framework Brewery Hopefully starting Monday 1st June will start brewing again and will soon have bottles and mini kegs available. Located within Leicester CAMRA branch.
Shilton Vaults/Pestle & Mortar Delivery in Earl Shilton from 4pm to 7pm each day and delivery in HInckley from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday. A range of beers and ciders available.
Poacher's Brasserie Takeaway and delivery food menu available from Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm to 8:30pm and on Sunday Lunch from 12 to 3:30 pm.
Elbow Room Ale & Cider Pub Takeaway service for Ales and Cider. Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Pig Pub Brewing Bottled beers are on sale at Ullesthorpe Post Office & General Store.
Market Bosworth Brewery Local Ales direct. Open Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 13:00. Local delivery may be available.
- Elephant & Castle POP UP BEER SHOP available on Saturday between 1pm - 3pm at the wooden gates at the side of the pub.
- Golden Duck Brewery Orders taken for ‘Safe' home deliveries, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Delivery within 15 mile radius of brewery, but will include CAMRA members in the H&B area.
- Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival Postponed to 2021
Tuesday 19 May 2020
Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Battlefield Line and Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA feel that they have no alternative, but to postpone the Rail Ale Festival until 2021. This is an extremely disappointing decision, but the Battlefield Line and the CAMRA branch believe this is right and responsible.
However, the Battlefield Line still has standing costs to service including those for the rail ale site at Market Bosworth. If you would like to assist them by making a donation and help ensure rail ale returns - please go to https://www.battlefieldline.co.uk/
A note from our Festival Organiser
This year’s Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival has now been officially cancelled. This follows the guidance from the government, and also from CAMRA that all beer festivals nationwide are cancelled until at least August and probably beyond. Without other guidelines to follow, we have to assume that some form of social distancing will still be required for many months.
The festival depends on many people coming together, in close proximity to one another, in a social and enjoyable environment. It would be virtually impossible for the volunteer staff to observe the increased standards of hygiene and security that are essential to maintain a safe environment. We know how disappointed you will be at this decision, but the priority has to be to take the correct decision now to ensure that all of you will be fit and well and able to attend the 2021 Festival. Thanks to all of the Camra and Battlefield Line volunteers who helped with the planning, and to those intending to volunteer or visit the festival.
- Latest on Branch pubs under threat
Tuesday 7 April 2020
The Oddfellows Arms at Higham on the Hill was sold to a developer, despite locals wanting to buy the pub. However on 3rd April, the planning application from this developer was withdrawn.
The planning application for redevelopment of the Prince of Wales, Coventry Road was refused in 2019. The pub does have ACV status, but the subsequent moratorium finished on 25th February.
The planning application for land behind the White Swan, Stoke Golding has been withdrawn following a major archaelogical and historical objection. The development may well have impinged on the Bosworth battlefield site.
- Market Bosworth Brewery suspends production
Tuesday 31 March 2020
News has reached the branch, that Market Bosworth Brewery has suspended production.
- Branch Awards 2020
Tuesday 24 March 2020
The following Branch Awards for 2020 have been made, following voting by Branch members in February and March:-
Pub of the Year 2020
1st: The Pestle and Mortar
2nd: The Queens Head
3rd: (jointly): The Shilton Vaults and The George & Dragon
Cider Pub of the Year 2020
1st: Pestle and Mortar
2nd: Lime Kilns
3rd: The Shilton Vaults
Club of the Year 2020
1st: Citizens Club, Hinckley
2nd: Earl Shilton Conservative Club
3rd: Burbage Constitutional Club
- Roundup of January's Pub News
Saturday 29 February 2020
The Chequers in Burbage has been painted outside and its Sunday lunches are proving popular.
In November, Cliff Morgan left The Red Lion in Sapcote after many years in charge. The new landlords, Lewis and Wayne, took over on 9 December 2019. They are currently refurbishing the 3 letting rooms, the bars were refurbished around a year ago. There are three beers: Pedigree, Ringwood’s Boon Doggle and a guest from the Marston’s list.
The Black Horse on Bond Street, Hinckley re-opened on 12 January with a new landlady, who was previously at the Tin Hat in Hinckley. Pork & Stuffing cobs etc are available.
The front bar at Ashby Road Sports Club has been refurbished.
The Flintlock now does 10% off real ales on production of Camra card, and has 1 real cider.
- Roger Protz visits Hinckley
Wednesday 12 February 2020
After expressing interest in Hinckley's association with the three brewers, William Bass, William Butler and William Worthington, the esteemed beer writer Roger Protz was invited to see for himself some of the related local history . Roger's visit took place on 11th February with members of the Three Brewers team present along with a number of committee members.
With a principle interest in Bass, Roger was taken to Upper Castle Street, the area of the town where William Bass lived and worked during his 60 years in Hinckley. It is here that a particular building (marked by a blue plaque), may have been his home, workplace and old brewery where he would have learnt to brew beer. This was followed by a trip to the Pestle & Mortar, holder of the 2019 Pub of the Year award, where Bass is always available.
The party then moved to The Greyhound in New Buildings where another blue plaque commemorating the birth of William Butler, is located. It is believed that the Butler family lived in a now demolished cottage on the opposite side of the road.
The Roger Protz article from his website can be viewed here Roger Protz visit. This article may well feature in a future copy of the CAMRA "Beer" magazine. Also see The Three Brewers for details of the Branch activities celebrating the links with these famous brewers.
- Roundup of November's Pub News
Saturday 30 November 2019
The Wentworth Arms reopened on 11 October after extensive refurbishment by pub owners Greene King. They are now serving 5 real ales – Greene King IPA, Abbot and 3 guests.
At the Sycamores, there have been changes to the food provided. Restaurant Twenty-Six finished on 1 August, they were replaced by the Sycamores Kitchen and from 20 October two chefs who had previously worked for Restaurant Twenty-Six, have returned and there is now a new menu.
After repairs and refurbishment, the New Baron of Hinckley reopened 20 October. The New Baron is still a free house which serves Elmesthorpe beers, guest beers, and reasonably priced food.
Andy suddenly ended the temporary lease agreement at The Belper Arms and having decided not to take on the long-term lease, he left on 9 October.
As reported earlier, the Cock Inn at Sibson closed suddenly on 13 November. A note pinned to the door said that Lee, Trudi and David had ceased trading and left after 13 years.
The Holywell was closed for around a month and seems to have reopened Friday 22 November. The lease sign is still being displayed.
The Dog & Gun, Hinckley is still closed.
The Black Horse, Bond Street has a to let sign displayed.
The Red Lion in Sapcote has a to let sign displayed.
Many thanks to our acting pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932
- Cock Inn ceases trading
Monday 18 November 2019
The Cock Inn, Sibson
It appears that the Cock at Sibson has ceased trading. There is a notice of regret on the door from former licensees Lee and Trudi. Only 3 years ago it was refurbished by Punch at just under £500,000 and re-opened by the local MP.
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