Hinckley and Bosworth

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Latest Branch News

  • 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:

    The https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/ask-for-angela

  • 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.

    Stay safe

    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

    Gwilym's message:-

    "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."

    Kindest Regards,
    Gwilym Smith

    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.

  • 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 moc.liamg@seiddoeht.yraterces

    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.

    Chris Merriman
    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.
  • 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.

  • End of an era Tuesday 12 November 2019

    Secretary Treasurer

    The Chairman; David Finn, the Secretary; Richard Lewin and the Treasurer; Bethan Moore are all retiring at the AGM on 12th November, after up to 15 years serving the Branch.

    There are other officials stepping down at the same time after varying lengths of service.

    During this 15 year era, the CAMRA Branch has operated around 20 beer festivals in Hinckley and Market Bosworth. Around 86 pubs and clubs and six local breweries have benefited from support and encouragement.


  • Elephant & Castle Beer Festival Friday 25 October 2019

    The Elephant and Castle

    The Elephant & Castle, Thurlaston is holding a Beer and Sausage Festival between the 7th and 10th November. There will be a range of up to 13 beers available over the Festival period which can be purchased via a voucher system. See Elephant & Castle Beer Festival for more detailed information.

  • Beer brewed in recognition of Ada Lovelace the Computing Countess Monday 21 October 2019

    An Ada Lovelace beer brewed by Castle Brewery will be available at The Greyhound and Pestle and Mortar later this week. This is part of the celebration of the life of Ada Lovelace, daughter of English poet Lord Byron who spent her childhood years at Kirkby Mallory, Hinckley, where she was encouraged to develop a love of science and mathematics.

    Ada is considered to be one of the first computer programmers, following her work with Charles Babbage's Difference Engine, which is a calculating machine requiring a written program to carry out complex calculations.

  • Branch Vacancies ahead of next month's AGM Monday 21 October 2019

    Vacancies for Branch Committee Officers:-

    • Pubs Officer
    • Publicity Officer
    • Social Media Co-ordinator
    • Public Affairs & Campaigns

    Job Descriptions are on the CAMRA website.
    To view log on and click Volunteer Opportunities or contact Richard the Secretary and one will be sent to you.
    All volunteers will be helped in their new jobs and given advice and training if needs be.
    To show an interest, ask questions or apply by contacting David; ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc

  • The New Baron is now open Monday 21 October 2019

  • Roundup of October's Pub News Monday 7 October 2019

    The New Baron of Hinckley is set to reopen later this month after having been closed since 22nd September. The pub was closed by Wetherspoon's but has now been taken on by Nirad and Payal Solanki who intend to adopt the Wetherspoon concept of high turnover and low prices, where possible.

    Nirad also owns the Elmesthorpe Brewery and along with Payal, owns the Dog House bar in Braunstone Gate, Leicester , and The Bulls Head in Stoney Stanton. They also have pubs in Rugby and Gloucestershire and two bars in the Czech Republic.

    Two new Elmesthorpe beers have been launched for the opening and all cask ales, including the resident Bass at the New Baron will be £1.99 every Monday.

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Roundup of September's Pub News Friday 6 September 2019

    The Belper Arms, Newtown Burgoland, reopened on 1st July as a food led Heineken pub with a pizza oven. Heineken wanted them to have 6 beers; at the moment they have 3.

    The Black Horse, Appleby Magna, closed again on 15 th July, but reopened after 5 days with only one beer.

    The Crafty Elbow, 83-103 Church Street, Burbage, change of use – planning had been deferred, with 52 letters of support and 12 objections received by 12th July. Subsequently, planning permission has been refused.

    34 Windsor Street, Burbage, closed on 15th June 2017. Partial demolition proposed, with change of use to 2 dwellings plus 4 more dwellings to the rear, with 12 parking spaces..

    The lease of the Red Lion, Sapcote is currently being advertised on Marston’s web site.

    The Elbow Room have a Tiny Rebel Tap take over on 14/15 September

    The Black Horse, Bond Street has a sign up saying it is to let and may be closed as the licensees may have already left.

    The Wentworth closes for refurbishment on the 30th September and reopens on 10th October.

    The Baron will be closed by Wetherspoons on 22 September. Elmesthorpe Brewery get the keys and expect to reopen it soon after. They have brewed 2 new beers: Baron Best Bitter & Hinca Ale.

    Many thanks to our 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

  • 10 year Award for Louise and Darren Saturday 10 August 2019

    Louise and Darren Lavender being presented with an award from the Chairman David Finn, in recognition of their 10 year tenure at the New Plough Inn, Hinckley. Congratulations to Louise and Darren for providing excellent beers and for their much appreciated support for the CAMRA Branch.

  • Country Pub of the Year -2019 Saturday 10 August 2019

    The George and Dragon, Stoke Golding has been awarded the Country Pub of the Year - 2019 following a ballot by members of the Branch. The George and Dragon is a village local serving eight real ales from the Church End Brewery range and a real cider. Home cooked lunches using local produce and bar snacks made on the premises are always available.

    The presentation date will be announced in due course.

  • Pestle & Mortar's 4th Birthday Wednesday 7 August 2019

    This coming August Bank Holiday (24th - 26th) is the Pestle & Mortar's 4th Birthday when there will be beers favoured by branch members, with all nine pumps being in operation. Bodgers Mate will be performing on Sunday 25th.

  • Thyme Bar & Kitchen - Market Bosworth Thursday 11 July 2019

    The Thyme Bar and Kitchen in Market Bosworth now features a windowed beer cellar on the shop floor, and a bar with three cask lines and four keg lines. Regarded as the only true Free House in Market Bosworth, the Thyme Bar and Kitchen features a constantly changing line up of craft cask and keg beers on offer. There will always be a Church End beer available amongst the line up.

  • Roundup of May's Pub News Friday 14 June 2019

    The Chequers, Burbage, was reopened on Friday 24th May by Sue & Dave who also have the Red Lion, Burbage and the Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton. There are currently 3 Beers – Bombardier, Eagle & Directors. One will change depending on how well they sell. There is no food at the moment as they are waiting to appoint a chef.

    The Gate Hangs Well, Carlton will be holding a gin, rum and beer festival on 21-23 June. The village will also be holding a scarecrow trail that weekend.

    The premises licence for The Crafty Elbow was passed by Hinckley & Bosworth council, however Burbage Parish Council are not in favour and will be objecting when the change of use application is submitted.

  • Country Pub of The Year - Voting open Thursday 6 June 2019

    Voting for our Country Pub of the Year 2019 is now open, with details shown on the downloadable form below. There are 10 country pubs to choose from with all six guidelines, as indicated, being important but Beer/Cider Quality and Community Focus carry most weight.

    Country Pub of the Year 2019 - Voting Form

  • Roundup of April's Pub News Sunday 19 May 2019

    The Cross Keys in Burbage has changed food provider from 1 May to The House Kitchen.

    Jesse Middleton, the new landlord at the Cross Keys, Barwell has introduced a Locale and will be having some live music.

    Topps in Barwell closed in April. Local opinion is that it is being refurbished and will be shut for about 3 months.

    The Blacksmiths Arms is no longer doing any food.

    The Chequers in Burbage was due to get permanent licensees at the end of April.

    The Dog & Gun, Hinckley is still closed but is due to reopen under new management.

    The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland shut for essential maintenance work after the temporary managers left in January, and according to the Leicester Mercury, new licensees have been found and it should re-open in the next few weeks.

    It is not yet known what the outcome is for Tim Arnold’s premises licence application for 95 Church Street, Burbage (The Crafty Elbow).

    The Elephant & Castle held a beer festival from 16 to 18 May including a family fun day on the Saturday.

    Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding its usual Music in the Pubs night around Burbage from 8pm on Wednesday 8 May. www.bcaf.net

  • The Pub and The Cider Pub of the Year Awards 2019 Thursday 2 May 2019

    Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar receiving both the Pub of the Year Award and the Cider Pub of the Year Award for 2019. The presentations were made by David Finn, Chairman and Alban Fellows, Cider Officer at the Pestle & Mortar on 2nd May.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that the Pestle & Mortar has been awarded Cider Pub of the Year and the first time it has been given the Pub of the Year award. It is also the first time that a pub within this branch has held both awards for the same year. Congratulations.

    Photos courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • The Club of The Year 2019 Award Wednesday 24 April 2019

    Peter Mustin, Chairman of The Citizens Club, Hinckley was presented with the 2019 Club of the Year Award by Chris James, Clubs Officer. This is the first time that the award has been given to the Citizens Club and is based on votes cast by the Branch membership.

    Photo Courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • General News Wednesday 3 April 2019

    There is to be a LOCALE Beer Festival at the Greyhound, Botcheston on 3rd to 6th May. Although this pub is not in the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA area, however the beers are being supplied by Market Bosworth Brewery and Buswells Brewery which are in our branch.

    The Leicestershire Mild in May event will be running from 27th April to 4 June with a number of our pubs within the branch taking part. They include The Greyhound, The Pestle & Mortar, the Lime Kilns and the Shilton Vaults.

    The Spring National Young Members Forum is due to take place on 25 May in Cambridge.

    The event is open to all CAMRA members, particularly those who are young or young at heart. This year it will be hosted at Cambridge Summer Beer Festival. It is the longest running CAMRA beer festival and attracts 40,000 beer, cider and perry lovers from all over the world.

    The festival always carries a strong theme, and this year is no different. 2019 marks fifty years since mankind first landed on the Moon. With the theme in mind the National Young Members Forum promises to be out of this world!

    The forum is a timely but informal meeting where young members and the young at heart come together to discuss topics and issues in CAMRA. The event is also a fantastic chance to meet like-minded people and experience first-hand the benefits of being a CAMRA member. After the forum is over there will be a pub tour of Cambridge led by a local guide.

    The forum itself will start at 12:30 on Saturday 25 May in the Garden Room at the Cambridge Beer Festival. The festival is located on Jesus Green just outside of the city centre and the number one bus runs there directly from Cambridge railway station. Walking from the railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Once through the main entrance head towards the marquee and to the right into the Garden Room, where glasses will be supplied.

    The Branch Young Member Contact is Jodie Smith. Email: ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@idoj

  • Roundup of March's Pub News Wednesday 3 April 2019

    The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland is still closed while Heineken find a new landlord.

    The Chequers in Burbage reopened 8 February with a relief manager. The new landlords are said to be Dave and Sue from the Red Lion.

    Elmesthorpe brewery have withdrawn their interest in acquiring the Oddfellows at Higham. The villagers had a meeting to discuss buying the pub. They know that the owner has already turned down an offer for it and hope that H&BBC will refuse the change of use as it is the last pub in the village.

    The Baron of Hinckley will close in September and you have probably seen in the press that the site will be taken over by the Elmesthorpe Brewery. After refurbishment, it will re-open with a new range of beers. There is no further information about Wetherspoons moving to other premises in Hinckley.

    Ade Lucas at the Cross Keys, Barwell was due to leave at the end of March and is giving up the pub trade. There should be a replacement licensee, Jess, who was due to take over on the 1 April.

    The Dog & Gun, Hinckley has closed and it is said that it will reopen under new management, following refurbishment.

    The lease for the Three Tuns in Barlestone has been renegotiated.

    Also Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding its usual "Music in the Pubs" night around Burbage on Wednesday 8 May. www.bcaf.net

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Hinckley & Bosworth win back the NH Trophy Thursday 21 February 2019

    The Annual pub games trophy match between Hinckley & Bosworth and Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA was held at The Rose Inn, Nuneaton on 22nd January. The games consisted of pool, darts, dominoes etc. After being on the losing side for the last two years Hinckley & Bosworth won the cup back. The photo is of Ray Buckler, Nuneaton CAMRA, handing the trophy over to Norman Hall.

    Big thanks to Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA for hosting this year's Challenge Cup.

  • Round up of January's Pub News Thursday 31 January 2019

    The Flintlock closed for refurbishment following its sale by Milton Pubs to Marston’s and re-opened on 15 December with a relief manager, Bob Morton. There are now 3 beers – Pedigree plus 2 guests from the Marston’s list. Both bars have been refurbished and the pub now has level access throughout and a disabled toilet/baby changing room. Food is served in the lounge bar 12 till 9pm every day, and sports TV is shown in the bar only. The front has been improved with plenty of outside seating.

    Rich and Mandy at the Chequers, Burbage. held a leaving party on Saturday 29 December and left on 5 January. Charles Wells are now advertising for a new tenant although there are rumours that the pub will re-open in February.

    Many thanks to our 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

  • New Steward appointed at the Ashby Road Sports Club Sunday 6 January 2019

    Steve Mustin, the Chairman of the Ashby Road Sports Club has requested a revision to the club listing (see below) along with some minor changes to the opening hours. The new Steward is Sheralee Kenney, has been appointed and CAMRA members are very welcome, as are accompanied non-CAMRA members on payment of a pound signing-in fee. The large bar area has a pool table, dart board and dominos available. There is also weekly entertainment on a Friday night within the bar area and Bingo is played every Saturday from 9pm. The Club also has a large function room which is available for hire and sits on six acres of land where our football and cricket teams play. Cask Marque beers include Doom Bar which is served all week and at least one guest beer available. The Club is easily accessible with a large car park. It is situated close to three bus routes which are 158, 48 and 10.

    Revised opening hours:
    Monday - 7pm to 10pm
    Tuesday - CLOSED
    Wednesday - 5pm to 11pm
    Thursday - 5pm to 11 pm
    Friday - 5pm to 11:30pm
    Saturday - 12 to 11:30pm
    Sunday - 12 to 11pm

    The Ashby Road Sports Club has been both a previous branch Club of the Year and a Good Beer Guide featured club.

  • Roundup of November and December's Pub News Tuesday 11 December 2018

    The Cross Keys closed on 22 October for repairs and alterations by Marston’s. It re-opened on Friday 9 November. The bar on the right has been opened up and a door put in to allow access to the back room. New seating and comfy chairs have been put in. There are 3 beers which Eoin plans to change monthly. Food may be served in the new year.

    The Holywell has been closed on and off for a few months. It appears from their facebook page that they have had some problems and one of the landlords has left. Dan is now running it himself and it sounds as though it is back to normal.

    The Elbow Room celebrated its 3rd anniversary 15-18 November

    It has been reported that the Baron will close next year in September. It has been suggested that it may move across the road to one of the old bank buildings, as part of Wetherspoon's plan to move away from leasehold properties where possible. However, this possibility has not been officially confirmed.

    The Red Lion at Barwell is still serving Sunday lunches but have otherwise given up on food. Instead they have live music on Fridays and a disco each Saturday. Of interest is that Paul Casey plans to start a microbrewery at the pub and the initial capacity will be 4 x 100 litres.

    The Flintlock has been closed for refurbishment following its sale by Milton Pubs to Marston’s and is due to re-open on 11 December.

    As a result of a national agreement by CAMRA with Greene King, there are now discounts on production of a Camra membership card of 10% off real ales at the following pubs in our area:- Hansom Cab, The Wentworth and at Millers Hotel in Sibson.

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Presentation of the Club of the Year Award 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018

    At our AGM on Tuesday 13th November, the Regional Director Carl Brett presented the CAMRA EM Club of the Year Award to Claire Jones on behalf of the Burbage & District Constitutional Club. This was the third annual award in a row for the Club.

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • 1st CAMRA Quiz Night Monday 22 October 2018

    A very successful, first ever Quiz Night was held at The Greyhound on Wednesday 10th October. The event was organised by our Young Member Contact; Jodie Smith, with team "Camra Obscura" taking the winners prize. There were some restrained calls of "Fix", as the winning team included our Chairman, David! However everything was above board really, and all of the teams entered into the spirit of this social event. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future. Thanks very much Jodie, for all of your hard work in organising this very enjoyable evening.

  • Roundup of October's Pub News Monday 22 October 2018

    The Odfellows Arms at Higham on the Hill remains closed following the departure of the landlord

    The Shilton Vaults - Earl Shilton's first micropub opened it's doors on 29th September

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is currently operating with a caretaker manager

    The Holywell is still open, but the pub being advertised as "To Let"

    The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna is now free of tie

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Presentations of the Good Beer Guide to our 2019 entries Monday 15 October 2018

    The Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated every year with details of more than 4,500 pubs across the country serving the best real ale.

    From country inns to urban style bars and backstreet boozers, all selected and reviewed by over 170,000 CAMRA members, this is your definitive guide to finding the perfect pint.

    Complete entries for over 4,500 urban and rural pubs, giving details of food, opening hours, beer gardens, accommodation, transport links, pub history, disabled access and facilities for families.

    Informative features section, with articles on pubs, beer and brewing, as well as beer festival listings from around the country.

    All pubs are nominated, evaluated and reviewed by local CAMRA volunteers and we never charge for entries

    Unique brewery section listing all the breweries in the UK - micro, regional and national - that brew real ale, with tasting notes for hundreds of their beers written by a trained CAMRA tasting panel.

    Seven pubs and one club from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA have entries in the current guide. The respective licensees were congratulated and presented with their copy of the 2019 Good Beer Guide by the Chairman David Finn following a series of visits over the last few weeks. The Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA entries and the recipients are listed below:-


    Burbage & District Constitutional Club
    Kevin Scattergood, Claire Jones, Gladys Smith, David Bailey and Gina Hayes

    George & Dragon
    Mark Picker and Lucy Godsmark

    Lime Kilns
    Gary Buswell

    The New Plough Inn
    Louise Lavender

    The Rising Sun
    Simon Clough, Ann Clough, Danny and Sam

    The Queens Head
    Phil Jackson

    The Pestle & Mortar
    John & Sue Summerill

    The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House
    Tim Arnold

  • Country Pub of the Year 2018 - The Rising Sun Wednesday 3 October 2018

    Following voting by the branch membership, the Rising Sun at Shackerstone has been declared the winner of the inaugural "Country Pub of the Year" for 2018. The Rising Sun is a traditional pub, located in the centre of Shackerstone village near the Ashby Canal and the preserved Battlefield Railway. It has a wood panelled bar serving traditional ales and a restaurant serving good pub food. In 2012 the landlord was presented with an award by the local CAMRA branch to mark 25 years service. The "Country Pub of the Year" award will be presented on the evening of 20th November and there will be a mini bus running from Hinckley. Contact Robin via ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@pihsrebmem or 07454 217315 to book seats on the mini bus.

  • Latest Branch Micropub - Shilton Vaults Wednesday 3 October 2018

    The Shilton Vaults of Earl Shilton, opened it's doors for the first time on Saturday 29th September and is now the third micropub to be established within the Hinckley & Bosworth area. The micropub has been converted from the former NatWest Bank in the centre of Earl Shilton and is a sister pub to the Pestle & Mortar in Hinckley. There are three rooms, consisting of a main bar, a centre room and one in the original bank vault. There are up to 9 real ales along with craft lagers, 8 traditional ciders and a selection of wines and gins.

  • Roundup of September's Pub News Sunday 9 September 2018

    Black Horse, Hinckley The pub has a new deal with Marston's.
    It includes a partial renovation and cheaper beer.
    Some beers will sell at £2.60 a pint.

    Nags Head, Stapleton It reopened on 19th August.
    The new tenant's name is Jane Elton.
    Jane is from Hinckley and this is her first time running a pub.
    Both the Saddle Tank and Pedigree are £3.20 a pint.
    At the moment, they are the only ales on sale
    Basic food menu at sensible prices - new large kitchen
    Still settling in. They haven't got their ‘phone line sorted yet so no WiFi, card machines etc.

    The White Swan, Stoke Golding Has a change of landlord from Monday 3rd September.
    The new tenants are Andy and Deb.

    The Red lion, Earl Shilton Is displaying a 'To Let' sign.
    The lease appears to have been sold and the pub could be under new management late next month.

    The Ashby Tavern is still displaying a "To Let" sign.

    The Holywell is still displaying a “To Let” sign

    The Prince of Wales Planning permission for demolition and rebuilding as flats, has been refused.

    The Cross Keys in Burbage is due to reopen this week providing Marston’s have completed the planned work. Eoin will be the new manager.

    The Shilton Vaults is due to open this month.

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Country Pub of the Year 2018 - Voting Thursday 6 September 2018

    It is time to vote for the "Country Pub of the Year 2018".

    The following eleven pubs have been nominated by members:-
    Elephant & Castle
    Rising Sun
    George & Dragon
    Lime Kilns Brew Pub
    Dog & Hedgehog
    Black Horse
    Bird in Hand
    Gate Hangs Well
    Cock Inn
    Blue Lion

    Please could you vote for one pub only, using the Voting Form for Country Pub of the Year 2018 attached.

    To help your selection please read the CAMRA guidelines. You may wish to visit some of the pubs before deciding on your vote.

    Forms should be returned to secretary@hinckleyandbosworth.camra.org.uk by Monday 24th September 2018

  • Roundup of August's Pub News Wednesday 8 August 2018

    The Cross Keys, Burbage has advertised for a new manager and it is still closed at the moment

    There is a new landlady at Holywell, Charlotte Ellis, she has 2 regular cask ales Doombar and Jennings Cumberland, with 1 guest ale every week

    The Pestle and Mortar , Hinckley, is to celebrate its 3rd anniversary at the Bank Holiday weekend

    The Shilton Vaults is to open at the end of August or early September

    The Chequers Inn, Burbage, has a new chef

    The Landlady at the Belper Arms is to leave by October. Heineken fixed the flood in the cellar, but the cause is still a mystery. It re-opened in early June

    The Nags Head in Stapleton will be re-opening soon

    Jim at the Bulls Head, Nailstone retired on 31 July so there is a new Landlady there now

    The Elbow Room in Hinckley, the Needle and Pin in Loughborough and the Classroom in Leicester have got together to organise a tour round the respective micropubs on 22 October at £20 per head with 2.5 hours in each pub with food included. This will include a free first drink in each pub too!

    Many thanks to our 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

  • Roundup of July's Pub News Saturday 28 July 2018

    The Cross Keys in Burbage closed on Thursday 28 June for 2 weeks. After a bit of work by Marston’s it should have reopened on 16 July with Bob Conley, Aden and Alex as managers

    The Nags Head, Stapleton, is still closed

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton has reopened but the manager has not run a pub before and is finding her feet. The people with the lease run the Bell in Husbands Bosworth, and she's moved in with her family to manage it. Beer selection is Doombar and Pedigree. No Bass, Abbot or Broadside

    There is proposal to sell the King William in Earl Shilton town centre and build 11 flats. It's currently in the planning system

    The Weavers, Hinckley, are now not using plastic straws, in order to be more environmentally friendly

    The Pestle & Mortar will be opening a new micropub in Earl Shilton, to be called the Shilton Vaults

    The Black Horse, Appleby has been closed for 2 weeks for refurbishment

    The Black Horse, Sheepy, is now free of its tie

    The White Swan, Stoke Golding, is “to let” according to the Everards website

    Many thanks to our 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

  • 40 Years at the New Inn, Peggs Green Friday 20 July 2018

    Chairman David presented this award in recognition of the New Inn at Peggs Green being in the McKeefrey/ Kell family for 40 years, with daughter Tina the current landlady. The New Inn is a three roomed pub and a real gem, with draught Bass in the jug available from the cellar.

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Long Service Award to Jim Bartlette of Bull's Head, Nailstone Friday 20 July 2018

    Jim Bartlette, licensee of the Bulls Head in Nailstone is retiring at the end of July, and David Finn as Chairman of Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA presented Jim with an award in recognition of his eighteen years at the pub.

    This was Jim’s first and only pub and followed forty years working in accountancy.

    In the early days of the Branch, some of the monthly meetings were held at the pub, when attendances were then only around twelve to fifteen members. Jim was also one of the first landlords to advertise in our magazine, the Half Pint, when it began publication and he remained a loyal contributor until very recently.

    Very best wishes for the future from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

To view older items, please click here..... Branch News Archive

Clicking on links to Newspaper pages can invoke advertisements and features unrelated to the original article.